All reader reviews by Anonymous

The Glasshouse

After trying this restaurant once before and leaving a little disappointed with the food and having a sour taste in my mouth with the service, I decided to give it another go a couple of week ago mainly based on the reviews of the fellow diners on this website. I am pleased I went back!

The food was much much better than Imy first visit. Roasted Venison was absolutely perfectly cooked and simply left me wanting more.

The service was attentive and the atmosphere welcoming and warm. We were with some diners who had not eaten there before and they really enjoyed their experience.

I am pleased that the meal lived up to the reviews here on the website, and as its a local restaurant for me I'll certainly go back.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

A Cena

Ate here on New Years Eve, and what a way to end the year! The four course menu was amazing, the service attentive and the atmosphere warm and friendly.

The Jersualem Artichoke soup, followed by Vodka Spaghetti hit just the right note. Wonderful flavours and generous portions.

I followed by rare roast beef which simply melted in the mouth, and a delicious home made dessert.

If you've not tried A Cena please do, its simply wonderful!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

The Glasshouse

Simply unacceptable.

Dined here on Saturday night, and was treated to appalling service by talentless and disinterested staff. Waiters coming and going on the table all night long, each one asking the same questions again and again. Nobody offered any help in going through the menu, there was no real interest in "selling" dishes to us, no assistance given in helping to choose appropriate wines which surely all Michelin starred restaurants try to guide you (and your wallet) with suitable wine which enhance their food?

I do not think being asked to move my small clutchbag from the table because inept waiters could not find room for a small dish of mashed potato was Michelin Star service, I also did not think asking 3 times for the bill was acceptable either.

The restaurant itself was incredible uncomfortable with the temperature too warm, there are also far too many tables in the room so intimate dinners are impossible as everybody can hear what you are discussing.

The food was very average indeed, I started with soup, which was actually rather good, and a very interesting combination. I followed this with duck, and in honestly this could have been any red meat. There was no hint of flavour whatsoever in either the duck breast, fat or sauce. My husband chose scallops accompanied with prawns that were dreadful, he left some untouched, he chose the Pork which was excellent - so 1 dish out of 4 isn't a bad result for Michelin star is it?! Desserts (if you can stomach them) were mediocre.

I'm not sure how this has managed to earn a Michelin star, a venue clearly resting on their laurels.

If you are looking for a quality restaurant and excellent value for money try A Cena in Richmond town centre, 10 / 10 every time!

Monday, September 24, 2007
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 1 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 1

Smollensky's Metro Bar and Grill (Richmond)

Dreadful! Ate here 2 weeks ago on Saturday night. Service was painfully slow. We waited 40 minutes for 2 drinks, whilst others seated after us were served immediately.

Food was okay, but not an awful lot better than a fast food restaurant.

A poor addition to the High Street.

Monday, April 30, 2007
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 2 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 2

Restaurant 109

Ate here on Saturday night, for the second time in past few months. Service is excellent and food is exceptional. Exactly what you would expect from a Richmond based restaurant.

The surroundings are small and intimate and perfect for group dining or table for two.

Reasonably priced for the quality of the food.

Keep up the good work!

Monday, April 30, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

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