All reader reviews by mudmucks

Dong San

Walked in on a random Tuesday night. Decor is simple but homely, nice large tables (I suppose to accommodate the BBQ heaters)

No problems with service. Very friendly, no long wait for food.

I thought the food was excellent. Highlight was a Spicy Soft Tofu Chige.

Bill, including service, for two with drinks and more food than we could eat was £50 which I thought was pretty reasonable.

I will definitely be going back to explore more of the menu.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7


Very popular restaurant, as has been said before, a lot of Koreans come here to eat. The décor is cosy and relaxing without being over the top. Service is also very friendly. The food is top quality, I can’t remember what we ate (visited a few months ago) but it was all very well prepared. One minor quibble is that our waitress was dead set on ‘helping’ us put all the meat on the hot plate at once. I would far rather eat at my own pace thank you very much! It was weird because in all other respects the service was just at the right pace and nicely unhurried. If Golders Green is not too much trouble for you to get to, I would definitely recommend checking this place out.

Monday, April 19, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7


Went on a Saturday when it is nice and quiet round this part of town. The deli/cafe is about 4 or five tables squeezed round the central till area with Austrian produce on display around the place.

The clientelle seem to be a lot of 'international' couples - Japanese guy with English girl, German girl with American guy etc. We (Slovakian girl and English guy) had liver dumpling soup which was really good and the Kipferl Special, a choice of sausages with three salad samplers which was OK. Staff were very friendly although getting rather stressed at having to serve the grand sum of four tables!

All in all a pleasant place to spend a few quiet moments. If you wanted to buy a sachertorte then all the better.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5


Mosob is a treat. Really friendly guys in there. Lots of regulars who are known to the staff, you really feel like you could come in and just have a beer and a chat at the bar. Spinach starters are exquisite – no other word. Eritrean beer is good. For mains we had two varieties of lamb stew, both were excellent. So, three beers, one starter and two mains, all for £23! Check this place out; it really is one of the best places you will find to eat in London (IMHO).

Monday, February 19, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10


Banburi suffers from its location. It is a clean modern Thai restaurant. Service is ever so polite; you can tell they really want you to enjoy you dining experience. The food is also very good, my Drunken Duck was great, but the few tastes of my friends curry were even better. Starters do have a slight feel of being of the deep fry/microwave variety but that is a small niggle.

The bill for three beers, two starters, two mains, rice and a veg dish was £40 which I thought was pretty good. Unfortunately the place is always empty – I do hope they don’t go under.

Monday, February 19, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7


Fairuz, has a number of ‘good food’ type stickers in the window which tempted us in.

Décor is dark, modern and clean; very pleasing. The food is very well prepared, although a lot of the mains seem to be some combination of lamb and rice – maybe to be expected in a Lebanese restaurant. The first thing that gets places on the table is a strange ‘salad’ bowl, with a whole sculpted lettuce, whole tomato, lime, small cucumber and spring onion. It is very dramatic looking but next to useless because you cant cut anything up, unless you really want to pick up a whole lettuce and start biting in to it. The bill for three beers, two starters and two mains came to £50 which is at the very top end of what I think the meal was worth. And of course we were charged for the salad sculpture.

Monday, February 19, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 2

The Empress

Went here on a Sunday afternoon. If you want to get a ‘proper’ table on a Sunday you need to book. They had space at the bar or a few non-dining tables where you can still order from the full menu. We chose to sit at the bar which was fun and kept us nicely above rug-rat level, which I suppose I should explain. The Empress is a ‘child friendly’ place. Combine this with the typical resident of Victoria Park and you get the picture. Lots of early thirties mummies, proud dads and attendant clutter. I sympathise with parents trying to find somewhere nice to go where you can bring the sprogs, but with the amount of breastfeeding going on, I thought I was at the local NCT meeting .

But it is all worth it for the food and beer. This is the only place I have found that does Paulaner wheat beer – delicious. For food we had a selection of starters and sides; Squid and merguez sausage on spinach and watercress salad, buttered curly kale, a really creamy roquefort and mushroom quiche, and roast butternut squash with pesto. The quality of all dishes was excellent. You can also order a whole roast chicken for two, which at £25 is pretty good value.

Service is polite and friendly.

For all my misgiving I can’t help liking the place.

Monday, January 29, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8


Went here on a Wednesday night just after new year. I wont write loads about the place because I'm sure it's covered in previous reviews. Although the food is still interesting I think standards have slipped recently and they are resting on their laurels. Judging by the number of Aussies, Americans, Spanish etc in there it looks like it get plenty of 'guide book' trade.. One highlight is the coffee. For anyone interested in Ethiopian/Eritrean food, I siggest Mosob in Westbourne Park. Freindly and they are interested in you custom, which is more than I can say for Lalibela.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Chez Gerard at the Opera Terrace

Thursday lunchtime. In the Zinc bar section. There was one waitress serving the whole area. She was obviously stressed out, but wasn’t doing herself any favours, if you know what I mean. When we got there, there were only two other tables occupied and it shouldn’t have been that hard to get things right. Took ages to place our order. Drinks took ages to come and were wrong when they did. Waiter turns up with food but hasn’t got a clue where to go – even though there were only a handful of tables occupied, and only one of them without food!

Burgers were on the tough side, buns were stale. Chips and salad were nice.

Waitress apologised, saying she was on her own – but it was a little late to be polite, just as I was pressing the “Tip – yes/no?” button on the card reader 

Thursday, November 23, 2006
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 4

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