All reader reviews by Hungry Hungry Hippo

Baozi Inn

I have to agree with the first review below. I set off for Baozi Inn on the basis of the Time Out review, and was left a bit disappointed. Service was a bit rushed, but that's pretty much par for the course in Chinatown. The restaurant is relatively small, so we wound up sharing a table with other customers. Normally, I don't mind sharing, but the cramped table made it a bit too close for comfort. It wasn't so much the food, which was fairly tasty (although somewhat bland), but rather its failure to live up to the promise of being an ambassador for Sichuanese cuisine. Nothing was particularly spicy, with only a scant selection of the many vegetables that you can find at truly authentic Sichuanese restaurants. Perhaps the heat and spice has been toned down for the UK palate?

When Baozi Inn turns up the heat, I might go back. But not until then.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6

Boulevard Brasserie

I would not eat at Boulevard Brasserie again. I went with a friend for lunch a few days ago. Although the restaurant was nearly deserted (only two other tables that I could see), it still took nearly 40 minutes for our order to arrive. Really too long of a wait at lunchtime. Meanwhile, the waitresses stood hovering over us, which is a bit disconcerning when you are trying to have a relaxing meal.

All of this would have been OK if the food had been great, but sadly it was not even cooked to order. I asked for my lamb medium rare (expecting in a French restaurant that it might even come out 'bleu'!) only to have a nearly well done lamb delivered to my table. The chef cannot have been rushed in the kitchen, as there was seemingly hardly anyone there, so who knows? Maybe he went outside for a smoke break and forgot about the lamb?

And then there is that grating 'cover charge' that others have mentioned. I am sorry, but charging anything for bread is simply unacceptable, especially when it is a 'per person' charge. Just because a London restaurant can rip people off, doesn't mean it should.

Thursday, June 12, 2008
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 3

Konditor and Cook

Scrumptious cakes, muffins and biscuits. They do very cute themed stuff around the holidays that makes a good gift.

My only complaint is, why must they be so darn unfriendly at this branch? I often stop there in the mornings on my way to work, or on the way home when it's less busy, and it is rare that I receive anything but surly service.

I rarely get a 'thank you', let alone a friendly greeting or a smile. Why so grumpy, Konditor and Cook?

Thursday, June 05, 2008
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 8 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 4

Thai Thai

Disgusting. Stringy, dry meat. Overpriced.

If you are looking for an after-work meal, please do yourself a favour and go elsewhere!

Saturday, February 17, 2007
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 1 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 1


Whilst not the BEST Japanese restaurant in London, it is certainly the best serving American-style sushi. In fact, Hubby Hippo and I both felt as if we were in an American restaurant with the brand new decor and friendly staff (and I mean that in a good way!). Having said that, my only real complaint is that this same type of sushi at Kobe Jones that is so prevalent in US sushi joints - dragon rolls, spicy tuna rolls, and other 'inside out' rolls - came at nearly four times the price of what you can expect to pay for similar quality in NY, Florida, California, etc.

The food at Kobe Jones is great though: fresh, large portions, and a change from both 'traditional' sushi restaurants in London and celebrity sushi hangouts. Our eyes were on this occasion definitely bigger than our stomachs - we could not resist ordering way too much! A special note of caution when ordering any of the chef's specials with cream in them - they are delicious, decadent and different but oh-so-filling. So be sure to save room for more!

My only other tip to the restaurant would be to rein in some of their more overzealous waiters. Our waiter fell into that all-too-ubiquitous habit of hovering over us and topping up our water glasses every 5 minutes, which does become a bit irritating when you are trying to have a romantic night out.

Thursday, January 18, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 4

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