All reader reviews by Tony Glazier

Bengal Spice

Something wrong with the ratings shown above. based on "one review" but no review to read! I am also suspicious of those who have only done one restaurant review and where each aspect scores full marks.

I went there on a Tuesday about 8 pm. No one else was eating there which was not good for the atmosphere. They were sending out a lot for home deliveries though.

The restaurant is smart and clean with linen serviettes.

The food is tasty and average sized portions apart from the rice which was quite small.

The house wine is 9.95 but instead I had beer so unable to comment on it yet.

Overall a pleasant local restaurant with some special menu deals midweek.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 9 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 8


Humaira

I went this Saturday evening to try their give away Saturday buffet for £5.95 ! I was a little later than planned at 9.45 pm and the place was empty and no sign of any buffet. I was told that I was too late!

So we decided to stay for their a la carte anyway. The menu was pretty typical of many Indian restaurants.

The place is quite smart and seats about 44 which is larger than you would immagine from the outside. Only paper napkins though.

The food we ordered came quite quickly, rather too quickly to have been cooked fresh from the constituents. It tasted quite good so I suppose one cannot complain apart from the very soggy cauliflour.

The bill came to about £30 for two including 1/2 litre of house wine at £4.25. I quite like the idea of house wine in 1/2 and 1 litre quantities as it seems more appropriate for those who like to drink a little more than 1/2 a bottle.

Sunday, November 16, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 6


Fresh

I have to say that I was disappointed with this restaurant! We visited on a weekday evening and were the only people there.

I went with about eight friends and it seems that all the food that they were offering was previously cooked and just reheated. Hardly half of our choices were "available" !

This supposition was evidenced by many of my friend's dishes were still pretty cold and they could not even cook a simple chicken dish from their menu for us. Three returned their meals to be reheated.

It gets worse! They are not licenced but they refused to allow us to bring our own drinks. Obviously its up to the owner if he does not drink alcohol but if he imposes his choice on others then I have no alternative but to dine elsewhere.

Perhaps at lunchtime they do have a chef who may cook what you want to order but it seems that in the evening they just reheat previously cooked food. It may all be organic but it spoils the experience when its not freshly cooked.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 4 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 5


Chiquito (Staples Corner)

It was nearly 10 years ago when I last visited this restaurant but its little changed. They park you in the bar for quite a while even though there are loads of empty tables. Part of the getting you to spend in the bar while you are waiting. I had salmon fishcakes which were really quite good. My friends buritos looked very stodgy with hardly any filling. Main courses are about £8-£12 each. Starters and sweets about £3.95.

All in all its a rather formulaic place but they had a singing guitarist tonight who was quite good and certainly added to the pleasant atmosphere. It seems to appeal to the 20s-30s and quite a lot of couples with children although its quite a lot more expensive than the rather similar Nandos. Its certainly a nice looking environment and if the service and food were more refined could almost be quite romantic. Its very suitable for hen parties although none there tonight, mostly couples or two girls.

Thursday, June 26, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5


Spice of Hampstead

I went back again after 14 months to see how it was.

The portions were a little larger, perhaps they listened to my previous comments?

The food was good, but perhaps not as good as it was a year ago? The Sag ghost was very oily and the mince in the keema nan was more like sausage meat then the more usual spicy lean mince.

The portions seemed larger and now can be considered about average, The service, still good, was not quite as professional as before.

Still a nice place with good service and nice food but so dissapointing that there were only four people eating there on a Thursday. The bill for two with no wine and just one small beer was about £22 each which was reasonable for the quality but not such good value if one puts a significant value on the ambiance which was marred by so few eating there.

Sunday, May 11, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6


Elephant Walk

I had read mixed reviews so I was interested to see what I found when I went there myself.

Its a little spartan with shiny table tops and the tables themselves are rather small if you order more than a couple of dishes.

Like all sri lankan restaurants the service is a little haphazard like the attempt to put my red wine on ice!!! Its very friendly though. There were only a couple of others eating at 9 pm on a Thursday which was a pity.

The food is tasty but the portions are rather small for someone like me with a good appetite. The masalla dosai was rather filled with lumps of potato rather then the spiced mashed potato I get at the three other similar restaurants in Kilburn. I prefer the others!

The bill with a 1/2 bottle of house wine was about £25 per head which was rather more than I had expected when ordering. It was certainly not a degustation but rather a fairly ordinary starter, main, side and rice etc.

Its certainly worth trying but its not everyones cup of tea and seems rather expensive for the smallish portions they serve. Not really a romantic venue but more of a quick meal if you are not too hungry.

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6


Meghna (St John's Wood)

This is wrongly named! This is a proper and very smart restaurant and NOT some kind of "grill" or kabab house. They should drop the "Grill" from the name!

It appreals to the smart 30s and 40s who like dining in above average places where the service is very professional. The decor is modern and the tables are well set. On a Friday evening I thought it deserved more than the 10 dining there tonight.

The food is certainly good ( apart from the pineapple juice which needs to be sourced elsewhere! ) and the range of dishes is very wide. I had a chicken liver masalla which was very good indeed. The two banana fritters ( £1.95 ) were almost 8" long and very nicely cooked without too much batter.

Its the ideal place to impress the boss or a new girlfriend.

They add 10% service and so a good meal with 1/2 bottle of house wine ( £10.95 ) will be about £25 per head. So whilest not the cheapest its still quite affordable and will be perceived as good value particularly as the portions are quite reasonably sized.

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7


Kipling's Tandoori

I have been there for a meal as it was recommended by a friend and i pass it often and wondered why it was usually empty.

Its very smart and the tables are very well set out with gleaming white linen.

Its a pity that its not more popular locally as eating on ones own in an empty restaurant does nothing for the ambiance.

True there is nothing wrong with this place, the food is tasty, reasonable portions and reasonable prices. But it deserves more clientel eating there to improve the ambiance.

The only drawback on our visit was that the young locally grown waiter gave us the impression that he would be out burning tyres on a hotted up Ford Escort on his days off. It was certainly not the effusive service you usually get from staff flown in from Bangladesh!

Tony Glazier

Friday, April 11, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8


Bombay Bicycle Club (Hampstead)

I had a meal with five friends and my experience was very enjoyable.

Perhaps I had a selection of dishes which they did particularly well but my thought was that its the best Indian food in London. My friends all enjoyed the food.

The service, whilst efficient, was rather hurried because it was full but I expect it would be good if less busy.

The bill was what one would expect for a restaurant serving freshly cooked food in Hampstead, a bit pricey! But its an expensive area and my food was very good indeed so thats par for the course. As its full most evenings evidently the prices dont put off the Hampstead set!

This is definately somewhere I will go again when I want something a little upmarket and a delightful meal.

Tony Glazier

Monday, January 22, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7


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