All reader reviews by CoffeeM

Lola & Simon

A very good neighbourhood place, simple but tasty food (best breakfasts in the area) using good ingredients. Works well as daytime cafe, the atmosphere not so good for an evening place (often the case with cafes). Several bottles of wine from a good list have, however, been enjoyed in the evening. This is not by any means the 20th or so best restaurant in London (as it's ranking in Trip Advisor gave it a few months back!!! - I feel sorry for anyone who made the journey from central London to eat here for this reason) but is a great place that is in a similar league to the other good King Street places - Zing, Tosa, Saigon Saigon etc

Major issue for me here is the inconsistent coffee. In the 18 months we have been coming here I have had some excellent coffees and some below average ones. People who know about expresso coffee making know that many factors effect how a coffee comes-out – amount of coffee in the each shot, adjustment of the machine valves, adjustment of the grinder valves, ratio of froth to milk…..I have ordered 2 flat whites here within 1 hour of each other that have arrived with different strengths. With a typical coffee having a 75% profit it is reasonable for customers to expect it to be good, and consistent. The 3rd (Aussie and Kiwi led) wave of cafes in London is producing some excellent places (e.g. Kaffeine, Tapped & Packed, St Ali, Flat White….) so stuff the passed as OK a couple of years ago will (I hope) become increasingly less viable. And what an opportunity for a local cafe to excel over its competition if the copied the leaders! Maybe some of the staff here need professional barista training (which is becoming a bit more standard these days).

Staff - very friendly, most of the time.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 6

The Bridge in Barnes

This used to be a good pub to have at the end of our road. Unfortunately over the past few months the wine quality seems to have deteriorated - same prices but inferior wines.

The half price food on Monday is good value, but I would certainly not pay full price - mains courses for £12 - £15 which are worth much less.

Sunday, May 02, 2010
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 3 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3


We have visited Shilpa 3 times with friends over the past 6 months. Always excellent, and well priced for the quality. Decor a bit cafe like - but that brings me back to eating experiences in Asia.

We took a Sri Lankan friend here who is also very familiar with South Indian food, and he gave it the thumbs up.

Just a shame that it is 1/2 empty most evenings - I think the locals don't know what they are missing!

Sunday, May 02, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8

Papaya (Ealing)

We have been quite regular (every few weeks) here since it opened. Until the last couple of meals the vote would be for pretty good food (and I compare to Sri Lankan places like Palm Palace in Southall). The last 2 meals, however, were disappointing. The food had dumbed down, less flavour than before, and heading more (still some way off) in the direction of a standard curry house. Previously I had noticed that Chicken Tikka Masala had crept onto the lunch menu; we had a conversation with the staff who said they were thinking about adding "Mediterranean" options to the lunch menu.

I remember having a conversation with the owner when they first opened, pointing out that Northfields and Ealing generally have plenty of dumbed down restaurants, some of which started very well, where they had allowed themselves to be influenced by people who seem to have a problem with flavoursome, genuine food. Some people complained so they changed their food and in the process lost what they were about. Needless to say they eventually lost both the people who originally enjoyed their cooking, and the people who complained (they had no shortage of other bland establishments to go to).

In a sentence - be what you are; people who appreciate you will come from from far and wide, and ignore those who don't - they have plenty of other options.

Friday, July 24, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Wapping Food at The Wapping Project

Have now been twice in a few months in the summer. Excellent food, friendly service from the waiting staff, a tremendous setting, ok but not inspring wine list, but....., yes I agree with other reviews -the lady manager is rude and also somewhat weird. I had booked a table on the plinth and we arrived for her to tell us that she had given the table to a person of the same name a few minutes ago. We would have to sit elsewhere - no apology. A few more exciting wines but especially a new manager are badly needed.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Ealing Park Tavern

We have been going to EPT since it opened, but on the last couple of visits a month back the food has been mediocre. Shame as for the last year or 2 it's been very much on form.

Please... a return needed to your usual form!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 5 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

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