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Giorgio at Leadenhall

there are two things of note about this place that i saw while having lunch. first, it is filled with italian patrons. second, the staff and service is some of the best i have experienced in london, which unto itself is a reason to go back. why then was i so disappointed with the food? i started with the duck and chicken liver pate. it arrived looking like two scoops of chocolate ice cream with a little dusting of spices and cucumber slices. the toast looked like it needed a suntan, for pete's sake. it was bland, and i only ate about a third of it before giving up and weeping. the tuna carpaccio was too fishy tasting, although the spices and dressings on top were nice. the risotto with gorgonzola and pear could have used a bit more gorgonzola. my salad leadenhall was quite good with fresh buffalo mozerella, somewhat ripe tomatoes and an absolutely perfect avocado. the grilled eggplant on it had too much vinegar and the shredding of iceburg lettuce underneath was an insult. i recommend splitting a half bottle of the zenato valipocella superiore 2004 for 10 pound 50. great wine. i think perhaps one might have better luck ordering from the daily specials sheet.

Thursday, March 15, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 2 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

The International Bar, Lounge & Restaurant

went to this restaurant with a friend before going to the theatre. got a pretty good special of 11 pounds 50 for a main and side, as well as a glass of cava. the cava was great, and my main dish of duck breast in a red lychee curry sauce was spicy and tasty (even if the duck was a bit dry). the follow up glass of jewel zinfandel i ordered was horrid, as was my side dish of "lightly fried pumpkin and garlic". it was actually more like pumpkin potato chips (or crisps to you brits). regardless, we got out of there for a resonable amount of money, so it was worth doing.

Thursday, March 15, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

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