All reader reviews by Rittie

Maki Yaki

Love Maki Yaki in South Wimbledon. We have been coming here for years and the menu is packed full of interesting and exciting items its sometimes very hard to choose. The food is a taste sensation, always fresh and tasty. We took our 2 year old twins for lunch and the owners could not be more helpful and welcoming. We'll be back soon for more exciting Sushi and Sashimi treats very soon!

Sunday, February 07, 2010
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

Imperial China

Celebrated early Chinese New Year with a group of friends at the Imperial China last night. We had a private dinning room which was absolutely lovely and came complete with Karaoke facilities which was so much fun that even the most serious of us sang and sang. The service was very attentive. And the food was authentic and excellent. We had Peking duck to start which was outstanding in taste, crispy skin and succulent meat. For mains we had slow braised sweet and sour pork (melt in mouth and unusal); spicy stir fried chicken with young ginger and shallots (what a wow way to eat ginger!); slow braised beef in ouster sauce (deep flavours and the beef had a bit of bite); stir fried venison with baby leeks (gorgeous combination of a heavy meat with sweet young veg); steamed sea bass (simple and lovely but I must say a couple of mins over cooked); and stir fried pea shoots with lotsa garlic (aromatic, crispy, tasty). We had chicken and salted cod fried rice to accompany the meal which was so tasty it was a meal in itself. We had a GREAT time at the Imperial China. Yes, it is a busy restaurant. The whole place was buzzing and we loved it.

Sunday, February 07, 2010
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

We have always been a fan of Ramsay restaurants as compared to many other 2-3 star restaurants, we've always loved the food and service and had never ever had reason to complain. Last night, we finally had the chance to eat at GR's Hospital Road establishment. And we think it tops them all and we love love love everything about the evening.

We ordered the Menu Prestige which is 7 courses plus amuse bouche. The menu was very well put together, very tasty and every dish looked great. We had melt in your mouth pressed fois gras to hot toasted brioche to start. A fresh ravioli very well stuffed with lobster and crayfish swimming in a lobster bisque. Turbot in a shellfish reduction so tender and juicy it may well still be alive. Full gamey flavoured Brest pigeon breast perfectly roasted and accompanied by a piece of kick-ass super smoky, salty pork belly. A fantastic cheese trolley. Followed by a strawberry champagne liquid dessert topped with vanilla cream (this was like drinking a dream cloud). And a to die for chocolate moussy dessert.

We rave about the delightful food but we'd also like to point out the wonderful service provided by the staff. The staff were very friedly, helpful, made us feel very welcomed and looked after us well. The service plays a big part in an evening's enjoyment and we give them top marks too.

Now the cost. It was very expensive (but we think its worth every penny as long as you expect it). Dinner for 2 excluding any alcohol came to over £150 per head. I think the London-eating site should update the cost information on this restaurant's page as the current price shown won't even cover 3 course (food alone).

Loved Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road. Would truthfully recommend it to everyone who love great restaurant experiences or are looking for a really lovely place to be treated for a special occassion. We can't wait to go back!

Thursday, August 20, 2009
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

The Ritz Restaurant

Had a lovely time at the Ritz to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The hotel and the restaurant is simply beautiful, full of glamour and old world charm. It is like stepping into a 1920's movie or a fairytale book. Its nice to see a place not modernising - to be different!

We took the 4 course £65 set menu which had good dishes to choose from. The food was delicious, well cooked and beautifully presented. The portions were a bit small and as only 1 small slice of bread was ever offered and there was no amuse bouche or other little extras, we were not entirely satisfied at the end of the meal.

The other criticism we have of the evening is that the staff could have been more enthusiastic/forthcoming. Don't get me wrong they were polite and available. But there was just no spark and we didn't feel like the service was at a level of an over-and-above restaurant - like we always do at a Ramsey restaurant.

Overall, we enjoyed the food and the evening (the Ritz I think is one of the most romantic restaurants in London). But it could have been perfect if they could just pull themselves up that extra couple of inches with the food and service.

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

The Square

We went to The Square for my husband's 40th birthday. We were quite happy with the restaurant and the food. But we do not believe that there was anything the Square had that was over and above other 1 Michelin Star restaurants and were a bit disappointed with 2 Michelin Star expectation.

We had the 7 course Taster menu which actually was very good - good combination, good running order, good tasting. Course 1 Chicken consumme served in a small cup that one drinks from (thats right, no spoon) which was different, was delicious. Course 2 Salmon with vegetables was nice but blend. Course 3 and 4, Fois Gras and Langoustine was out of this world. Course 5 pan fried fish (white, can't remember which) was excellent, crispy on the outside, soft in the middle. Course 6 spring lamb melted in the mouth. A surprise dessert of Rhubarb mousse then came in and beat the real dessert of a very alcoholic Creme Brulee with cherries, hands down. BTW, we know its a tasting menu but the portion sizes should not be laughable.

The place was ok, not particularly posh as we were expecting something posher with 2 stars. The waiting staff were ok, not as friendly and charming as Ramsay staff. The food was good and in our opinion, satisfies 1 star expectations, not sure about 2.

We'll go to the Square again. No problem with that. But there are better places to eat out there. All our Ramsey experiences, for example, have surpassed the Square.

Sunday, April 20, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


Had a very ordinary meal of Dim Sum at Laureate last Friday. it is such a shame as I remembered a couple of years ago the Dim Sum used to be outstanding. What happened? Did they lose the chef? Anyhow Laureate Dim Sum is no longer better than the run of the mill fare in Chinatown. Come on guys, pull your socks up and give us Dim Sum fans something to talk about.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

Villaggio Italiano

This restaurant has shut and is now a South African Pizzaria. Shame!

Friday, February 29, 2008
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0

Great Queen Street

My friend raved about this restaurant and so we were very much looking forward to a fine GastroPub experience at the fabulous location near Covent Garden Tube. it is a shame that we found the food to be mediocre and definitely a 'try-too-hard'. The Mussel Chowder starter was delicious but the GravaMacs (Mackerel done in Gravalax style) was totally tasteless. The mains were definitely not brilliant. My friends' steaks looked very plain but were apparently ok. Another friend ordered the roast partridge and it was so tough and dry she ate maybe a third of it. My lamb and cous cous was horrible - instead of a lovely winter warming dish it was full of raw onion and pomegranate bits. It was just awful - don't order it. The dessert was the saving grace of the evening. Both the bread and butter pudding and the cream caramel were excellent. The trifle was a total non event.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 4

Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's

We went to Gordon's at Claridge's for our anniversary dinner and we had a totally delightful experience. We were confused by the choices on the excellent a la carte menu and ended up ordering the 6 course Menu Prestige. The food was very good with the scallops, the venison and the desert being the most enjoyable. While I'll rate the food very good, I'd rate the staff excellent. They were friendly, welcoming, forthcoming and made us feel like a million pounds. It is now one of my most favourite restaurants and I wish we could go there every week.

Thursday, February 22, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Bayee Village Chinese Restaurant

Went to the refurbished Bayee Village restaurant for Chinese New Year dinner. I must say that I like the new decor a lot. The contrast of black walls and red decorations worked very well. Food wise, Bayee's standard remains at the level of an 'Anglocised' 'Suburban' level local Chinese. There is nothing to sing about. But it is not unpleasant either. Whats interesting is that we found out that none of the staff were Chinese (mostly from Indonesia/Malaysia etc) and they didn't stock any Chinese beer (sorry but Tiger beer is not the same as Tsing Tao). So a pleasant evening was had by all. But I will still be heading to my favourites in Chinatown for a fix of proper food.

Thursday, February 22, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 5

Joy King Lau

Went for Dim Sum lunch and the quality and variety of Dim Sum was just passable. There are far better places to eat Dim Sum at the same price around Chinatown now. And Joy King Lau not have moved on with time in terms of food, services or ambiance. All in all, its an OK Chinese restaurant but nothing to write home about.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7


Ok restaurant at great location. Staff was ok. Food was ok. There was nothing outstanding but was pleasant enough Bistro type place. A little expensive for what one gets as the 2 courses for under £13 special was not on offer on weekends.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6


Hakkasan is not normal run of the mill Yum-Cha (known as Dim Sum in the UK) where one would drink copious amounts of tea and order tonnes of different Dim Sums to fill the hungry belly. It is an expensive taster to a Anglocised Dim Sum experience which is good, but not true to the authentic fair. Saying that, the standard of food was superb and althought expensive, one gets what one pays for. Both the Dim Sum and Vegetarian Dim Sum Platters were very tasty. We also had the Claypot Tofu and the mushrooms in tofu wraps. They were superb vegetarian dishes full of yummy flavour. Our biggest dissappointment was the lack of chinese dessert on offer. There was a deep fried custard bun on special but I mean, how lame is that. All in all, the food was delicious, service good, place is very smart and I'd like to go back even if its a little short of authentic for me.

Monday, August 07, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Truc Vert

Nice, quiet little cafe/bistro off the hussle and bussle of Oxford street. Excellent location for shoppers and tourist to take a break and enjoy breakfast or lunch. The menu is small but adequate for this type of restaurant. The roasted duck breast with spinach and roasted butternut squash tasted very home made and well seasoned (a bit on the salty side if anything). The chilled lemon souffle was more a lemon mousse which was very sweet and pleasant. All in all, an averagely nice dining experience, a bit pricey for whats on offer but then this is central London.

Thursday, June 08, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6

Cocum (Raynes Park)

South Indian cuisine is a lighter and more refreshing alternative to the normal popularised high street Indian offer. Cocum's Kerala menu offers some interesting dishes that are fresh in taste, light in texture and multi-layered with spices. We started off with the vegetarian and non-vegetarian starter which consisted of deep fried large chillies, fish and prawn cakes, potato dumplings, spicy lamb and chicken. This was enough for 6 people to share and at £8.95 each was excellent value. We had the Dosa pancake with Masala which was superb, sweet pancake with fried egg and fragrant saffron rice to accompany our meal. Main courses included an excellent lamb dish cooked with fennel, fish moolah, lamb birhianie, chicken cooked in curry sauce. We also tried the excellent dried vegetable dishes such as Beetroot with Coconut and Cabbage stir fried with carrot and coconut. With copious amount of Cobra and Kingfisher to wash down the meal, the bill came to £20 a head which we thought was excellent considering everyone was totally full and satisfied. A good find local restaurant and we will be back soon.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9

Maki Yaki

Maki Yaki is a very pleasant restaurant and the food is simple, beautiful (as per presentation), and fresh. There is nothing fancy about the taste of hot (cooked) Japanese food, but the tempura, Agedashi Tofu, Beef Bulgogi (OK thats Korean) were well prepared and good. The cold dishes (raw food) at Maki Yaki is yummy and outstanding. The choice of sushi was enormous and we opted for the visually beautiful Sunflower rolls which was salmon, tuna and avocado presented in the shape of a flower. And the Maki Yaki special which was a most unusual deep fried sushi of eel and snapper. Maki Yaki, in my opinion, is up there with the best Japanese restaurants in terms of food. But the one complaint remains - why is Wasabi in the UK so mild and lacking in flavour compared to the real thing?

Monday, April 24, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


A group of us went to Floridita to celebrate a friend's 35th birthday and what an outstandingly fantastic time we had. The restaurant was chic and filled with glamorous people of all ages. We were sat at a wonderful table facing the band and were up dancing from the beginning till the early hours. The food, cocktail and wine were of good quality but as observed by the other reviewers on the site - quite pricey. We were warned about the £6 music charge on booking but I agree with one reviewer that another 15% charge on top of everything was unreasonable. We spent around £80 a head for two courses and an evening of sublime fun. Its pricey but we had such a good time I can't wait to go back.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Henry's Cafe Bar (Covent Garden)

Went to Henry's to grab a bite to eat on a busy Friday evening. The bar and restaurant was packed full of people but the atmosphere was buzzing and good. The staff were running off their feet but they were courteous and efficient. I had the Braised Lamb Shank in Marsala curry. My friends had Fish and Chips and Beef Burger. The food was very nice and prices were pretty reasonable. Would go back for drinks at the bar and quick meals in the future. A nice place to stop!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Golden Dragon

Went for Dim Sum lunch on Saturday and the food was decidedly average. Dim Sum choices was relatively limited and lacked innovation. Taste was fresh, but nothing special. There are a lot of newer and better places to eat in Chinatown. Perhaps it is time that the Golden Dragon look at improving itself (update the food - yes even Dim Sum can get a bit more trendy), brighton up the decor a bit and bring in some happier looking staff (they looked so miserable). I won't resist going back but I won't be running back either.

Sunday, February 12, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 6


Excellent, just excellent. We went to Maze for our 3rd wedding anniversary. The place was packed full of smart, beautiful people. The service was friendly and professional. And we were thrilled with the concept of a taster menu which allowed us to try a variety of dishes over one execellent sitting. We each had five dishes and a dessert. I was most impressed with the cornish crab and avocado dish which came with a lump of surprise savoury icecream which totally lifted what would be a boring dish. We loved the fois gras, the gunea fowl, the venison, the beef, and the artichoke salad with truffles (lots of truffles) was superb. Then the most memory thing came for me - my lovely chocolate fondant came with a big surprise accompanyment - salted peanut icecream. My word, together with the chocolate, this is the sexiest thing I've ever tasted. We loved the food and can't wait to visit again. The only complaint - the modern seats were very uncomfortable but the food more than compensated for this.

Sunday, February 12, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

Royal Dragon

We arranged dinner for 12 on one of the busiest nights in the year - Chinese New Year eve. And the Royal Dragon had more than exceeded expectations and pleased everybody including the standards of our Chinese and ex-pat friends. The updated and chic darkwood decor of the restaurant worked well. The staff were running off their feet but kept their cool and were friendly and polite. My chinese friend and I chose the menu for the group and we were pleased that it delivered to such good standards making us very happy and allowed us to keep face :-). For starters, we had perfectly, lightly steamed scallops with ginger and shallots, crispy aromatic duck and the piece de resistence - lobster steamed in chinese sherry on a bed of rice noodles. The lobster was so lightly cooked, and the sherry brought out the sweetness of the shellfish without any distraction. Mains included a perfectly steamed deep sea fish, veal ribs in honey sauce, salt and pepper squid, roast duck and cha sui platter, seafood and tofu hotpot, and braised chinese greens in chicken stock. The cooking was outstanding. Tasty and light. And despite it being the busiest night in the year and it took a long time for food to arrive, the deliciousness of the food made up for everything. We'll be back and pronto :-)

Sunday, January 29, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10


Started the new year with a visit to our favourite Chinese Dim Sum restaurant and once again we were delighted with the piping hot, fresh, tasty Dim Sum served. The skill of the Dim Sum chefs at Laureate deserves their recognition. It is not easy to ensure that the dim sum pastry are thin but unbroken, the shell is cooked but the stuffing not overdone. Well done Laureate, keep up the good Dim Sum standard.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


Fabulous place for a light chinese lunch in the middle of a day's shopping trip. The staff were so friendly and polite it made us felt very welcome and relaxed (Ping Pong in London should learn). The menu consisted of non-fussed, well priced, chinese and south east Asian dishes. We had the Thai Chicken Green Curry and Fried Beef Ho Fun. The food was delicious, hot, fresh, authentic tasting, full of flavour (Ping Pong please note) and attractively presented. Only down side is it got quite crowded on the Sunday and everyone were squashed in along benches and long tables.

Monday, December 12, 2005
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Ping Pong (Soho)

This is the worst Dim Sum I've had in a long long time. Undoubtedly, Ping Pong is a good looking, reasonably priced, well located restaurant. So what a shame for it to get the food so wrong. The Dim Sum menu was very limited. The food was fresh but totally tasteless and every dish was as bland as the next. It is like eating pretend Chinese food with most of the main ingredients missing. We tried both the vegetarian and mixed set meals and we were equally dissappointed with the taste and size of the food. We also didn't understand the snootiness of the pretty European waitress who is just out of place and convinced me that Ping Pong is more a gimmicky place rather than a place that sell themselves on food. We did like the Jasmine Flower tea which was spectacular. We won't be going back though, not when the food is so poor.

Monday, December 12, 2005
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3

Rasa Samudra

This restaurant offers Indian cusine which is refreshingly different to the usual Curry House Fair. We ordered 2 vegetarian and 2 Seafood Feasts which comprised of a misture of starters, main courses (seafood set had three differenct curries with prawns, king fish and another white fish (note size of fish was that of a match box and that is a portion for 2)) and rice and bread. The food was very tasty but we all felt that the portions were stingy to the extreme for the price. Don't get me wrong, by the time we ate everything (yes plates were cleaned) we were satisfied and were in no rush to the nearest kebab shop for a top up. I would recommend this restaurant for the food and ambience as it is different to the normal fair but be prepared to pay a lot more than your usual Indian meal out and its quality not quantity. PS This is the pinkest restaurant I've ever been to in my life. Sweet.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5

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