All reader reviews by The Hungriest Hippo

Eat Tokyo

One of my local haunts. This place is great, i usually go for a salmon jiu, and a bento box 2 hit combo accompanied by some rolls. Rolls are a bit pricey but the rice dishes are good value for money. The waiting staff are all very friendly. Rice is seasoned well enough and everything is presented well. Food arrives quickly and tastes great.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8

Ten Ten Tei

i go here for the grilled salmon head, and its excellent. Everything else is average but the prices are reasonable. Is the rice seasoned well? Not really but that there salmon head is yummy and such great value for money!

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 10


Wow, tenshi getting the low score on London-eating. What a shame, I see some people had AVERAGE experiences and rated the food a 0 or a 1. That makes senseÖÖÖ

The thing I love about tenshi is that it has the most complete menu of any Japanese restaurant Iíve ever been to in London. You can get all the regular stuff like sushi, bento, udon tempura etc but then on top of that youíll find okonomiyaki, takoyaki and the like. Both of which are great and better than other examples Iíve eaten here. This place is actually great. Sushi rice is seasoned well and the rolls are exceptionally well made. Great eating. Perhaps they had a previous chef who turned out bad food, which would account for the low scores from older reviews, but for the last year in which Iíve eaten there the food has been excellent.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8

Jungle Braai

Went to Jungle Braai having never sampled South African cuisine before and Iím pretty sure I still haven't.

I ordered the lamb chops to start. These were skinny chops with hardly any meat on them. They were however very tasty.

For mains I had a Zulu double chicken burger, a Zulu double lamb burger and the Zulu beef boerewors. These were all equally disappointing. The chicken and lamb burger meat was run of the mill, marginally better than that which you get in a high street fried chicken/kebab joint. The buns were the cheapest most nasty bread you can purchase and the onion rings tasted and looked like the pre-frozen variety. Gross. The boerewors was a tasty sausage, but was accompanied by the equally cheap roll and half fried onions.

Service was inattentive, I had to get up and fetch my own drinks at one point. Disappointing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 3 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 2

L'Art du Fromage

Very dissapointing. After reading so many positive reviews on the site i decided to start my easter weekend with a fancy fondue evening. In the week leading up to the meal i spied the critic reviews that painted a less rosey picture. not one to be put off, the evening went ahead as planned. i ordered: snails, onion soup, fondue savoyarde. (no dessert as we were rushed out of the place, although we knew ahead of time that the table was needed by another party who had booked ahead of us so no probs there)

the snails were average, very earthy as snails often are. The onion soup was lovely.

The fondue... well this was absolutely awful. i'm not sure what effect the flambe'd cheese had but i couldn't taste it. The fondue tasted horrible, not only had it seperated but was covered in a thin film of liquid. After 2 minutes it was like eating rubbery melted cheddar (not actually cheddar, its a mix of 3 cheeses but after a few minutes it'll taste like microwaved supermarket cheese), you were lucky to remove your bread on the fork as it was usually lost to the extremely viscous cheddar gloop. i also couldn't taste the rubbed garlic i guess they took the critics review to heart. Completely overpriced, if you go in a group no reason for more than 2 to order the fondue if you must go for it at all, i'd recommend sticking to the other mains which ranged from average (sole) to good (pizza)

having just returned from france and having eaten delicious fondues this did not live up to expectations. Will not be returning, will not advise others to go. Overcharged by £10 to boot...

Saturday, April 03, 2010
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 3 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 0

Roka (Charlotte St)

Had celebration dinner at Roka tonight, i haven't been so disgusted by a restaurant in a while.

Service is appalling, the waiting staff were ignorant and rude. For 75 pound a head for the food alone i expect to be waited on hand and foot. Instead we had staff who were half arsed and clearly couldn't be bothered to do their jobs properly, was not offered a drink once even though our glasses ran dry after ten minutes. When asked to reccommend a beverage we were told "i'm sorry i don't drink so i wouldn't know what to reccommend". The floor manager was rude and not shy at levelling dirty looks at our table when we complained at being seated in a cramped corner clearly too small for our modestly sized party.

The food was quite bland and severely overpriced. Really, the food was terrible and i have no idea how this restaurant has such a high score on here. The premium taster menu (for 2 persons only) has miniscule portions of food delivered to your tables in pairs. So it'd be a pair of dumplings (bland), a pair of wagyu beef gunken rolls (lathered in mustard), sashimi (which handily arrives in portions of 3...), over cooked lamb chops, a pair of oysters so drenched in lime and garnish it could be anything, etc etc. The desert bowl looked quite grand until you realised it was mostly ice, 3 dollops of ice cream, a packet chocolate cake and blueberrys (2 for 1 for only £2.99).

If you want VERY substandard food that is astronomically overpriced this restaurant is for you. Roka is for those lacking knowledge in good food, It's for posers who would rather be seen in a hip joint than eat somewhere that serves great food.

Saturday, September 05, 2009
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0

Bertorelli (Charlotte St)

Was unfortunate enough to have not done a little research online before visiting this place with some friends. Much like my main course, this review wont be very substantial:

- The price is ridiculous.

- The serving sizes are pathetic.

- Standard of food is average, but when coupled with the price, is downright offensive.

- Presentation of the food was messy.

- Ambience was lacking, it's quite sterile.

- Cover charge + service charge totaling over 20% was the kind of ending i expected and received. Denied.

Walked home and made a B-line to the fridge for a real meal.

Monday, July 07, 2008
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0

C&R Restaurant

The food here is average. This is a lazy chefs take on malay cuisine. The C&R located in chinatown is staffed by rude people, and the basement seating area smells like a public toilet. The restaurent near Bayswater is far cleaner and staffed by attentive and polite people. The food is better also.

Desserts here are very nice, its not often you can find chendol and ice kachan in london. Its pretty good value for money, and some main dishes are pretty tasty, you could do worse if you feel like some comfort food that doesn't stretch the wallet.

Friday, June 20, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 8


I have been to this restaurent twice. Both experiences were bad.

On my last visit i ordered salmon sashimi, black cod and a soft shell crab roll. The salmon sashimi was average quality. Considering the price, i expected either a large amount of fish or a very fatty cut of salmon. It was Yo sushi quaility but double the price.

The black cod was nice, but came at a ridiculous price considering the meagre amount of fish served. I sent the woft shell crab back as there were a few rolls with a pea sized amount of soft shell crab. They must have used quarter of a soft shell crab for 6 pieces which is DISGUSTING considering the price. Please avoid.

Friday, June 20, 2008
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0


Service: Good, quick to deliver menus and get drinks onto the table. Quite attentive.

Food: Poor. Ordered soft shell crab roll, had to send it back due to insufficient crab (approx 1 pea size of crab per roll), sloppy rolling technique (rice everywhere and uneven distribution) and padding with red pepper...seriously. Rainbow roll was average, insufficient fish for the price paid.

Cod and Sea Bass for mains, quite tasty but overpriced for the meager amount of fish offered.

Overall, it was a waste of time and money, do not go to this restaurant.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 0

Okawari (West End)

Really great rolls, well designed with a good mix of flavours and well made, tasty rich sashimi. Food always leaves me satisfied.

Thursday, September 13, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 8

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