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Boulevard Brasserie

Embarrassed to say that I recommended we eat here for a late Sunday lunch with two friends. Had not read the most recent reviews so was mortified when the set menu meals we had were delivered. Really small portions of terribly cooked, inferior quality food. Much to my regret did not complain (and my friends said nothing as did not not want to upset me I think) yet the fries were burnt but soggy and greasy and the entire contents of my chicken kiev was all over the plate. The list goes on and on................ the waiting staff of which there were plenty were more interested in laughing and messing around behind the bar rather than doing their jobs, cannot see how this place can stay open if the standard stays as abysmal as we encountered.

Monday, November 30, 2009
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 1 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 2

Restaurant 109

Visited on Sunday after the glowing reviews on here. Staff extremely welcoming and we loved viewing all the artwork for sale on the walls. Had the set menu and whilst it was nice it just wasn't quite as good as we were expecting. We had the Sunday roast and were disappointed that the potatoes weren't freshly made but the frozen type. That said it was a pleasant experience overall.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 6 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Albert's Table

Fantastic experience. Food top notch with delicious homemade breads and really efficient but relaxed service, reasonably priced too. What a fantastic addition to Croydon.

Thursday, August 13, 2009
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Le P'tit Normand

After reading the mostly rave reviews on here and deciding to go on a trip down memory lane as we lived just around the corner in our pre children days. We were expecting great things and were sorely disappointed.

Our experience in essence was similar to that of the review by Sandra. We waited 15 minutes for our drinks, lukewarm Kir and Gin with "a little bit of lemon" instead of a bitter lemon!. Waited a further 25 minutes for someone to come and take our order and it just deteriorated from then onwards. Wine didn't arrive until we again asked after starter arrived, 2 requests for a jug of water, which arrived in a small carafe tepid no ice and the food was ok. We were expecting the fantastic rustic kind of food we have on our French holidays but this was a poor relation in comparison. There were three wait staff but the left hand didn't appear to know what the right hand was doing. 12.5% was added to the bill for the chaotic service, it wasn't deserved but we paid it anyway as we didn't want to cause a fuss but felt we paid far too much for a not altogether enjoyable experience. I hope this was a "blip" as the Southfields residents seem to rave about the place but it surely must usually be better than our experience?

Monday, July 07, 2008
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 6 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 5

Stockpot (Old Compton St)

We only had an hour or so to eat before a show so the Stockpot more than fitted the bill. Large choice on the menu at prices cheaper than our local cafe, service quick and food good, the highlight of the meal being husbands perfectly cooked rib eye steak. Two courses each and a bottle of very drinkable house red for £28, unbelievable value for Soho. Would highly recommend for speedy pre theatre meal.

Friday, June 27, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

Zizzi (Chiswick)

Read the last review and thought I'd add my comments as our experience couldn't have been more different.

We visited on Friday and were fairly late as on the way home from a visit, needed to find somewhere to suit the whole family. We haven't been to a Zizzi in years and were amazed at the transformation. It was fairly busy but a table was found quickly for us. Service was excellent, we all had different choices of both pizza and pasta and everyone pronounced their food to be brilliant. We weren't expecting anything nearly as good. The prices were good too. Will most definitely be trying our local branch.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Sticky Fingers

Went with some friends and all of our children. Really good choice, well priced for the portion sizes and service fast and slick. The children loved the whole vibe, the adults too come to that. Couldn't fault it really, good honest American style food.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Pizzeria Sette Bello

This place is fabulous in everyway. Great, freshly cooked food in good sized portions, atmosphere buzzing with really efficient and friendly service and the prices are really reasonable.

Huge delicious pizzas, you can choose from three different types of pasta to have with your sauce choice and the best salads I've seen in a long time. Meat dishes and specials of the day also available.


Monday, March 17, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Jack's Place

If you are watching Ashes to Ashes at the moment you may well think on entering Jack's Place that you have entered the film set or on second thoughts the set for the earlier one Life on Mars! The whole place is like a seventies time warp, decor, crockery, cutlery glasses are all from a different era. BUT under no circumstances let that or the 1970s menu put you off. I can't remember the last time I saw a melon boat on a starter list, the whole menu looks as if it hasn't changed since the seventies but the portions are generous and fantastically cooked. Husband is a real carnivore with T Bone steak being his favourite. Jack's Place is all about the steaks really and the Angus T Bone that was served to hubby was magnificent. The platter of vegetables that came included were piping hot, perfectly cooked and a choice of 6 different kinds. From the outside you would never know that this wonderful place was hidden inside, if you are looking for a romantic dinner this is not the place for you but if you like good food cooked from top ingredients at a reasonable price then Jack's Place fits the bill.

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Prezzo (Cheam)

Have visited before and had a nice meal so popped in again with husband on Sunday night. Waitress who spoke poor English took drink order and tried the all too common ruse in pizza places, offering olives (which you get charged for later) and pushing the mineral water, our pet hate!

She came back literally two minutes later for our order even though we were still reading the menus. Didn't have our first starter choice and when the substitute arrived which was deep fried Mozzarella it was two huge lumps of plastic like cheap Mozzarella that was barely melted. Quattro Staggioni pizza very doughy and not really very tasty at all. Husband fared better with tuna on bruschetta and burger but then surely it is hard to go wrong with those two items?

Atmosphere good and service quick but really quite underwhelming. Don't know what has gone wrong in the space of a few months as last time so much better. Won't be hurrying back.

Monday, February 11, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 2 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5

The Boulevard

This little gem definitely gives Little Bay a run for its money. Menu more varied with more specials and mains come with vegetables. Service really good and the prices are so reasonable, house wine very drinkable and for 3 courses and a bottle of wine £30-40 hard to beat really.

Saturday, February 02, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10

The Westerly

Visited for husband's birthday on a midweek evening in January. They are so busy nowadays that a weekend table is rarer than hens teeth!

The whole feel of the place was more casual than I had thought it would be after all the hype.

My pheasant and fois gras pate was one of the best i've ever tasted, a huge portion served in a Kilner jar!, pickled grapes are new to me but were the perfect accompaniment. Hubby had ordered the steak and triple cooked chips but they had run out which was a shame as looked fantastic. I had the bourride which contained perfectly cooked pieces of fish. We shared a pudding between us. Overall reasonably priced for the quality ingredients but pretty,artistically arranged food it is not .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

The Ritz Restaurant

Went with two girlfriends for tea as our very late Christmas get together. The whole experience was very genteel and like stepping back in time. Attentive waiters in starched and braided uniforms with a harpist playing background music. Sandwiches whilst not exactly inspiring were fresh and delicious and the service was very efficient with regular offerings of more sandwiches, scones and pots of tea. This really was an experience that did live up to expectations.

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

La Trompette

Went with husband for lunch on Friday. The experience was absolutely perfect from start to finish. Efficient, attentive service without being in your face and food to die for . From the fantastic homemade bread to the perfect chocolate truffles it was sublime. We will be returning very soon.

Monday, December 10, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Buenos Aires (Purley)

Visited with husband on Sunday night. Arrived early at 6pm and place was dead so went off for a drink and returned at 7.15pm. Still dead but went in anyway. On taking drinks order waitress brought over toasted ciabatta with two types of dip and olives, all of which were really nice. Food order taken quickly, rib eye steak for hubby lamb cutlets for me. They both arrived quite quickly and were cooked just as asked, medium. Husband pronounced his steak to be the best he's had outside New York and my lamb was four really meaty cutlets. The only thing that spoilt it a bit for me was the fact that the meat came with nothing else so you were forced to order pricey sides. Quite expensive but the meat was excellent so I suppose you get what you pay for. We would go again but on a Friday or Saturday for a bit more atmosphere.

Monday, November 19, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 8

The International Bar, Lounge & Restaurant

Totally agree with the last review. After paying only £20 for a theatre ticket and a meal at Katana was not expecting much at all. Read the reviews on this site and was prepared for awfulness but we were very pleasantly surprised. The place was full to the rafters with people who later all ended up sitting next to us at the theatre! Service was polite and fairly speedy with a very lively, buzzy atmosphere. They serve the food in sharing portions and it was really quite nice. As the theatre menu is reasonably priced even without the offer would definitely visit again. As it was our daughter's 11th birthday they even put a candle in her chocolate brownie and the waitress sang happy birthday. Really thoughtful considering how busy the place was.

Friday, September 28, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Fabrella Eating House

Visited on Saturday with husband and two daughters. It was very quiet but we received such a lovely , friendly welcome from the lady owner. The food was very good especially the meze starter which we all shared, of which you select your own choice of 6 items from a list of cold and hot foods. We had a lovely evening overall, service excellent with food to match.

Sunday, September 09, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Imperial Dynasty

Popped in on a Sunday night for first time ever and was amazed to see the place was packed to the rafters. Nice modern decor and comfortable leather chairs. The menu was extensive and when the food arrived it was lovely but we felt quite small portions for the price. The special rice was the most interestiung we had ever encountered before and lovely fresh king prawns. The table next to us was quaffing pink champagne and we recognised one of them as a minor celebrity. Someone or other from Boyzone who was on Love Island. You never know who you will meet in Suburbia! Would recommend.

Monday, July 23, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Galicia Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Went to Galicia with a friend after going with my family to its sister Tapas bar in Purley ,Las Fuentes. We were not disappointed. The whole place was packed so we sat at the bar and asked for a table for Tapas. We only had to wait about 15 minutes. There was a great selection of Tapas to choose from, they were reasonably priced and were all delicious. A fabulous place to go, good value, fast efficient service, great atmosphere and speaking personally all the better for the smoking ban.

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

Il Pagliaccio

We have eaten at Pagliaccio many times, but always at lunchtime and always with other friends and their children. This visit was on Saturday night and just myself, husband and one of our daughters. The atmosphere was different to lunchtime and I agree with other reviewers about the overly loud music. The food was good but we last ate here on New Years Eve for lunch and the food was fantastic. Service was good too with no long wait for our food. There was lots of frenetic activity going on all around with waiters singing, sometimes dancing, flirting with the parties of girls and pizza dough flying through the air. A great place for a group or if you are just up for a laugh but definitely not for a cosy dinner a deux!

Monday, July 16, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6

The Ivy

Umm, maybe I was expecting too much but after the sometimes rave reviews but mixed with the sometimes indifferent reviews I think I side with the indifferent.

Went for a saturday lunch with two girlfriends and found it just o.k. Set lunch was only three choices and whilst food was nice it really wasn't what I was expecting. The starter came before we had even finished the bread (that incidently was served with no plates) and this was the rushed way in which the afternoon went. Service not bad but sometimes plates, glasses etc were whipped away before you were even finished and the mostly eastern block staff could not understand you sometimes although were very polite and willing. The main problem was that the tables were so cramped you were virtually siiting on the table next to you. A visit to the ladies actually meant moving the table next to you to get out and was excruiatingly embarassing.

The food was ok but nothing to rave about and just don't know what all the fuss is about. Really quite disappointed. One to cross off the list of places to go but won't visit again. Shame this website does not include that many Greater London/Surrey restaurants some of them could wipe the floor with establishments like this, but of course they are not frequented by the "Hello magazine" set!

Sunday, July 01, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 4 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6

Smollensky's METRO Bar and Grill (Sutton)

Recently had burger lunch here. For the price felt the burger was really small. Had to order fries as a side which considering the price was not good value and the portion was miniscule. Staff were good but pushing the drinks all the time which is a real bugbear of ours. There were more staff than diners, including the manager who was eating in the restaurant. Didn't do it for us, too expensive, too little atmosphere on a weekday lunchtime and although the burger was nice wasn't fantastic so will not return.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 4 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 2

Little Bay (Wandsworth Bridge Road)

5 of us had a late lunch yesterday (Sunday) . We have already been to the Croydon Little Bay and as our relative lives in Fulham we decided to give this one a go. The place was totally empty so we were a little concerned but we needn't have been. Although the waiter sometimes struggled with understanding us as English was not his first language the service was good. The food was really good with fresh vegetables and dare I say it much better than the Croydon restaurant. even though it is pretty good there too. We couldn't fault it in any way and where else in Fulham can you get a starter for 1.95? Do not know what it would be like when busy as there was not a lot of space but as we had the whole restaurant to ourselves everything was great .

Monday, May 07, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 9


We went to Lamberts for lunch today (Sunday) after reading the mostly favourable reviews on this website. We telephoned in advance to see if a table was available and were told to come at 3pm as some large parties were booked in at 1pm and 1.30pm and we would have a long wait for our food. We had the 3 course lunch at £20 and found it to be good value for the money. I don't know what I was expecting the Cuttlefish and cockle Saffron stew to be but not the tiny portion of smooth fish soup that it was although it was lovely tasting. The roasts were good and so were the desserts.The wine was delicious at a very reasonable 15.50. We were overall very happy although I can't normally manage three courses I could here as the portions were small and not so highly flavoured as at some more expensive establishments where although you haven't eaten very much but feel full. My only criticism would be the lack of bread provided or petit fours with coffee. Still, I would return.

Sunday, April 01, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

OXO Tower Restaurant

Myself and two girlfriends went to the Oxo Tower restaurant for lunch yesterday (Saturday)as part of my fortieth birthday celebrations. I was a little wary after reding the very mixed reports on this website but we had a lovely experience from start to finish. My husband had pre ordered Champagne for us and he was concerned that this would be "forgotten" but it was waiting for us very efficiently. We had the excellent value three course set lunch at £31.50 and found the choice to be plentiful and the food when it arrived to be excellent in presentation and taste. The waiting staff were very good and attentive but not so much so that they were in your face as in some establishments. The view was fantastic and the whole atmosphere was relaxed but buzzing. We had to rush off to see a show otherwise we would have stayed longer to enjoy the view from the balcony which would be absolutely stunning at night.

Sunday, March 04, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

Little Bay (Croydon)

Went to this restaurant on Sunday evening after not visiting for eight years! It had completely changed in decor but the food quality and prices were just as reasonable as before. On the main menu all starters 1.95 befoe 7pm and 2.95 after and mains 4.95 before 7pm and 6.45 after. We had a lovely 2 course meal of very good quality with a bottle of house red for £26 we could not believe the size of the bill! If I was to criticise I would say that lack of non smoking area spoilt it a little for me and the bread offered was white and brown sliced from a packet. But hey we've been to restaurants at £50 a head and not been offered so much as a crumb of bread! Altogether good food and excellent value. Will definitely be returning to see the opera singer.

Monday, February 05, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

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