All reader reviews by slowloris
Authentic French Bistro with buzzy atmosphere. Very competent food. No frills service. Good value for money - highly recommend.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Awful awful awful! We came here last Wednesday evening for a bite to eat after work. We asked to sit outside and the waiter said "Sit anywhere you like" then proceeded to ignore us. We eventually begged him for a menu. The food was OK, in fact the pasta was nice. The service was the worst I have ever experienced. We had to ask for napkins, and eventually go get them ourselves. It was just terrible. We paid cash and didn't leave any tip at all. I have never done that before but honestly this guy's rudeness and sloppiness wasn't worth even leaving small change. I would never come here again and I doubt I will ever try any of the other places in the chain there are many good Italian places in London but this is not one of them.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Food 6 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 4
We ate here last night and found the experience disappointing. Our booking was for 9pm. The staff appeared harassed from the outset, and we stood a fair while in the doorway, squeezed between the desk and some other poor diners' table, before finally being taken downstairs to an uncomfortable table wedged between the stairs and a pillar. A cold draft blew down the stairs every time the front door was opened. It took ages to get any attention from the waiter, who was very pleasant but appeared run off his feet. Ages to get to see the menu. We had to ask to see the wine menu. Ages for the wine to arrive and when it did it was taken away and eventually we had to get up to retrieve it when our glasses were empty. The food was OK, but no better really from what you might expect from a competent gastro pub. In short it is not worth the trek across town. If they can't cope with a 3/4 full restaurant on a Saturday evening then what's the point?
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Food 7 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 5
We visited this restaurant last night as a party of 4. The dull frosted-glass frontage makes the place look more like a high street dentist than a restaurant, but once inside it is pleasant and bright, and the staff were friendly and welcoming. We ordered "deluxe chirashi" - a large bowl of perfect sushi rice topped with seaweed, egg and various delicious raw fish, "superior nigiri" and mixed sashimi. Everything was ultra-fresh and delicious and beautifully presented. We ordered miso soup but for some reason that never materialised. We also had two rounds of Asahi beer and two small flasks of warm sake.
The portions are not huge so after we had virtually licked our plates clean we ordered the same again. Nevertheless the bill for 4 including drinks came to only £115 so I would say this is great value for the best sushi I have had. I would like to eat here every week.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Food 10 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8
We ate here yesterday evening with a friend. In common with other reviewers we found the service hit and miss. On arrival bread and pesto was delivered to the table and that was the last we saw of the staff for some time. When I arrive in a restaurant I want to be offered an aperitif, but it was some time before we caught the waitress's eye and managed to do this. Once we had ordered the food came promptly, except for the side orders which eventually (after asking twice) came just as we had fininshed our main courses. The food is nice but not exceptional - fritto misto is in fact up market calamari - and therefore overpriced. Generally this would be a very nice neighbourhood restaurant worth a visit if the service were considerably sharper. Also rather too expensive for what is on offer. Disappointing.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Food 6 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3
Having heard great things about Chez Bruce we eventually ventured into the wilds of Wandsworth for a Sunday birthday lunch. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent - the cheese board deserves special mention. And the rhubarb trifle is to die for. The service is attentive but unobtrusive. The wine list is eclectic but includes plenty of choice at moderate prices. The dining space is small so one might feel a little cramped. Although the set lunch is good value at £37.50 for three courses, by the time you have added drinks, service and other extras it becomes an expensive experience, but this is as it should be for food and service of this quality. A memorable meal.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8