All reader reviews by LoveGoodFood

Muang Thai

We've been enjoying this gem since we moved to the neighbourhood several years ago. Fantastic value, most curry or mains are 6-8 pounds. Nice cosy atmosphere, feels like a chilled out haven from the noise on the high street. Friendly polite staff, efficient and consistent.

Friday, February 27, 2009
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Took advantage of the London-Eating 50% off a la carte offer last Saturday and was pleasantly surprised. The interior is cosy and cool at the same time, with sofas grouped together, black linen lamp shades and soft grey panelled walls. Saturdays proved to be popular and the noise from the ground floor bounced up to the mezzanine restaurant. In any case the food was great! Three fish starter was super fresh, venison was cooked to perfection, and the glass wine was totally reasonable and very good.

A bit strange but the toilets are in the basement, shared with the club...and the music was cranked up part way through dinner, the same music piped in from the club in fact. Almost had to yell across the table to be heard, but a buzzy atmosphere and will definitely keep it in mind in future.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Las Iguanas (Royal Festival Hall)

Have been to Las Iguanas at this location near Southbank 4 or 5 times now and have yet to be disappointed.

Food is good, the specialty dishes even better. Why have nachos if you can try tasty Brasilian dishes instead. Prices are reasonable and cocktail list is pretty extensive (though we preferred the classic caipirina).

Happy hour 2 for 1 drinks between 5-7pm are incentive to book an early table for dinner. Buzzy atmosphere especially upstairs on the same floor as the bar, so if you're looking for a dinner where you don't have to shout better to request a table downstairs.

Service can be a bit sketchy depending on who your server is, but no complaints. Love the atmosphere and welcome addition to the restaurant scene along the river.

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Gordon Ramsay's Boxwood Cafe

Went last night to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. Loved the atmosphere - metropolitan cosmopolitan chic is the best description - laid back, cosy but slick at the same time. Wait staff, servers, sommelier were great, not too intrusive but attentive.

I had the pear and endive salad starter with sesame dressing and lobster risotto with broad beans and courgette. Loved the salad, main was ok but was confused by lobster in tomato sauce sitting in the middle of the fresh green vegetable dotted risotto. Birthday boyfriend had the better choice with crayfish bisque and goat curd and hazelnut ravioli - both fantastic.

Total for 2 with £48 bottle of wine came up to just under £135. Great value - but will have to make better choices (for myself) next time.

Highly recommend for any occasion, great round tables for groups of 6 or 8 under a boxy light fixture which I'd love to try next time.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

Browns (Covent Garden)

Just have to say although it's a chain, it really does depend on location. I had a fantastic experience at the much smaller and intimate Mayfair Browns.

Sorry I can't say the same for Covent Garden - perhaps it's the sheer scale - echoes bouncing off the high ceilings, cheesy piano player, and strange dim lighting..

Have been to this location twice once midweek, a second time on the weekend. Pretty similar experiences - felt like I was in a rushed factory of tourist and theatre goers. Food was okay, not bad at all, but lukewarm..

Although a busy tourist area there are loads of other great eateries that offer decent food in a better atmosphere -

Friday, November 02, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 7

Mangal Ocakbasi

Went here last night after seeing a play at the Arcola Theatre. As soon as you walk in you are welcomed with the smell of barbeque and a buzz in the air. The staff are polite and professional. The quality of meat was absolutely top notch.

Had a table for 4 in the back, BYO 2 bottles of Turkish wine and settled in for what was one of the most delicious meals I've ever had in London. Mixed starter and fresh salad. Mixed grill, lamb, shish, one of the yoghurt sauce dishes, sides of houmous, aubergine, were served one after the other. £50 for all 4 people but to be fair we ordered too much (!) Superb value.

Definite experience to be had and definitely going back often.

Friday, November 02, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Ruby & Sequoia

A friend had booked out an area downstairs in the club for a birthday on a Saturday night (fun place to book for parties). My boyfriend and I popped in early to try out the restaurant beforehand.

Service started out a bit sketchy, as they were just setting up for service, and we had to walk over to request our order be taken. But they did apologise and were charming otherwise.

To be fair I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. Simple straight forward menu, food was great and the prices very reasonable. I had a risotto which was (very) garlic-y but hearty and hit the spot. Boyfriend had a burger on ciabatta, hearty also. The booth style sofa set up with damask swirl wallpaper and dim lighting makes it a cosy, funky and laid back environment.

Would recommend it (already have) to friends.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Bincho Yakitori

Have been meaning to get here for some time now and so pleased that I finally did! Booked a table on Friday for the same evening and asked if possible for a table with a view of the Thames. We were given a great table facing the waterfront, just as requested.

The staff were attentive and polite. Being Japanese-Canadian and my friend who is Japanese, we were impressed with the extensive authentic menu.

It's a perfect way to try different Japanese food (people tend to think it's all sushi and sashimi). I love a place that specialises in a particular cuisine, like it is in Japan. Grilled skewers or kushiyaki is a perfect way to sample a variety of grilled delights - especially loved the cherry tomato wrapped in bacon and pork belly - one skewer at a time.

Prices are completely reasonable, if you take an average of 5-7 skewers each it makes a whole meal. The wine list is decent but the focus is on sake and shochu. We had a bottle of wine and about a dozen skewers, chilled spinach starter (ohitashi) for 50GBP for two.

Would be fun to have larger parties too. Maybe fun to sit in front of the open kitchen next time, to see them preparing everything.

Definitely going back!

Saturday, October 06, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

The Clerkenwell Dining Room

Dined here last Friday and it was not particularly busy. We were not sat in the main dining room but in the side space with 3 other couples - had assumed the main room would be full up with other reservations (but it wasn't - we were there til after 10pm) . Everyone was on the 50% off deal - but can't knock it. It's a great way to try a new restaurant.

Service was warm attentive and professional. No problems here.

The pre-dinner chef taster, a rich & yummy girolle mushroom soup, was an unexpected surprise. I had a squid starter and halibut & pork belly main course. It was a first for me to see the fish meat combination but it did work well..

I have to agree with other reviews on this site that the number of ingredients is a little high for every dish. There was a lot going on with each course.

But quality was good, wine list was okay (though I am by no means an expert).

I wouldn't turn down another chance to go again but will remember to ask to be seated in the main dining room next time.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

Browns (Mayfair)

I've never been before but popped in on a Monday evening for a bite to eat with a friend. The atmosphere was quite cosy, the interior is upscale and relaxed at the same time. Great half circle booths as you walk in, but we sat a normal table near the bar. I had a great seafood platter for around £10 and the recommendation that I would not need a side salad or anytihng else was much appreciated. There was about 8 different dishes on there, smoked salmon, prawns, rollmops with onion, other smoked fish and salads..plenty for a main course. My friend had fish&chips and it looked very appetizing. Amazing value for money, professional service, not stuffy or pretentious. Will definitely be going back soon. Highly recommend -

Thursday, August 16, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Cottons (Camden)

Was entertaining some friends from across the pond and booked for Saturday night - we arrived early to take advantage of their fantastic cocktails (happy hour 5-7pm!). We had a table downstairs, quite a cosy spot. Service was excellent. Prompt, polite, professional. I had the fish special - whole red snapper with fried plantain. It was lovely but a bit of work (2 small snappers not 1 whole one which is what anyone would have expected). Everyone was pleased with their food - the place picks up after 9pm on weekends because of the DJ set up at the front of the restaurant.

A definite must to book in advance. It would be nice to eat upstairs ~~ or to get more lighting downstairs to brighten things up..! Will be going back again.

Friday, July 06, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


There is something about Japanese restaurants and their love of bright lighting that gets me everytime ~~ despite the glare, the food is brilliant. It's basic almost izakaya style in my eyes, but dependable for good bit of sashimi or nasu dengaku (baked aubergine with miso). Haven't tried the private rooms - but probably worth a try. Wouldn't say it's the best sushi in town - but that's hard to find outside Japan anyway!

Friday, July 06, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 7

Soho Pizzeria

I have been three times over the last year on different days and different times. Each visit, I wonder who wrote these 10/10 reviews. Service is sketchy at the best of times. I will not be going back again.

Friday, January 26, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 6 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 4

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