All reader reviews by Wokhei

Green Cottage

Recently reopened following a fire. Gradually reclaiming their loyal clientele and their rightful spot as one of the best value Chinese that sell authentic Chinese food rather than westernised slop. This place serves good consistent food. Their real strenght is the roast meats and soya chicken. The more esoteric dishes are also good for the more adventurous. Try the seafood rolls, they are exquisite and rarely found elsewhere. The service is friendly when they are not too busy, and it is excellent value for money. The best by far in this row of Chinese restaurants.

Friday, March 23, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


China City

Dim sum is always excellent. Not the best, but consistently good. Often, the best Dim Sum is found in places that have just opened, and then the chef moves on and the quality falls, but not here. The scallop dumplings are particularly good. The fried noodle dishes are a good size, but can vary in quality. Service is a little brusque, but accurate and efficient. Great place to come if you want to avoid Chintown, and brilliant for me as a local. Can't believe the council are going allow the place to be demolished and put up a housing estate instead!

Friday, March 23, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Akasaka Japanese Restaurant

Oh my god! Yellow tail for £1, Fatty tuna, and fatty salmon for £1 a piece. I must have died and gone to sushi heaven, Not the best, but fresh and good quality. What do you expect for a £1? The cooked food is also good and fair value, but the sushi's the thing. Very nice attentive staff, but dining room looks bit shabby becasue of the lighting. On the occasions I have been there, they have been really quiet which is a great shame. Makes the place lack atmosphere, and you wonder if people not coming becasue they know something you don't.

There is a lot of local competition now in Golders Green, but this is the best value for money. And if you want to avoid noisy, brash production line sushi joints, then support this one. It deserves to be much busier. Pig out for 2 for less than £40 (including drinks)!

Friday, March 23, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 10


Jin Kichi

One of the delights of Hampstead. You should not go anywhere else to eat at night, but would rather you didn't as it would mean I would have to wait even longer for a table. If you have to wait, it is worth it. We booked once, and the table was not ready, so we had to take a walk 30 minutesa (not too much of a pain in Hampstead). We joked to the manager that we hoped that there would be some sushi left for us when we came back. We were very disappointed when we came back and ordered that they had run out sushi rice - so no more sushi. We were gutted, but to our delight, the manager came back and told us that they had set aside the last of the sushi rice for us. We sated our sushi lust after all.

They are justifiably famous for their grilled dishes, but they are good all round, although maybe not the best in town.

The room, both upstairs and downstairs, is rather cramped, but the place is always buzzing with a lively atmosphere. You will become quite cosy with your neighbour if you sit at the sushi bar. Although they have many celebrity autographs over the walls, I have never spotted any myself (for which I am thankful). I have been going to Jin Kichi for many years, and have never been disappointed or felt ripped off. Have always come out feeling that we really should live to eat, and a very satiafied smile on my face.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


Daruma-San

One of my favourites. Have been coming here on and off for over 12 years and it never disappoints. The welcome is warm, the room is comfortable and there is mostly a japanese clientele which is obviously a good sign.

The food has always been fresh and reliable. Sushi is reasonable value, the katsudon the best I have had, the grilled eel is also good. The cooked and grilled dishes have always been well done if not spectacular. The bill at the end is not cheap, but certainly not West End. A great place to go if you live in North London.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Wakaba

Went last week. Spartan is not the word for the decor, minimalistic would be overplaying it a bit as well. Felt like we were in a canteen, and when we were the last table there at 10pm on a Saturday, it felt rather uncomfortable. Probably better at lunchtime with a bit of light.

Food was good though. Sushi was to a high standard and fresh. We had the Yosenabe hotpot (cook at the table) which is often a good guide to whether they know what they are doing. The ingredients were fresh though not plentiful. At the end, one usually finishes off the remaining boiled down delicious stock with some rice thrown into it with a beaten egg and spring onions. We were rather surprised that this did not happen, and when we asked where the rice was, they looked at us rather surprised. Language was a problem, but when we got over this hurdle, we were told that although they would normally do this in Japan, they did not do it there! We would have to pay extra for the rice and also for the egg (after having payed £25 for the Yosenabe itself). We told them that it seemed a bit odd that the rice is a standard item in Japan and in other restaurants, but not theirs. Finally, they relented and gave us the rice and egg free of charge (we presume as the bill was not itemised).

All in all, a bit disappointing for £80 for two. Won't be putting this on our favourites list.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 6


Rainforest Cafe

Awful, awful, awful! Despite booking, had to wait to be seated as they will not seat partially arrived bookings. Rather surly attitude of staff. Thunderstorm in the dark scared the **** out of my toddler, along with the moving animals in the dark undergrowth - but can see this may be interesting for some for a few minutes. Food was dire. Burgers were tasteless wedges of what seemed like processed meat. I feel sorry for the cow that gave it's life up to end up in that. Ribs were so overcooked, and the sauce dried onto the surface (obviously had been lying around for quite a while). They did replace the ribs after complaining, and those were better, but children had already finished theirs and looking to create havoc. Salads were OK.

Walking around - I had feeling staff not really into children. Asked to move aside quite frequently as staff hurried food around the place, and some of the comments I heard muttered not really what you would expect from a "child friendly" establishment.

Value for money? Kids meal £10.25 for 3 small pieces of dry chicken, some chips and 2 scoops of ice cream - no drink. You decide.

After paying downstairs, you have to try and get out through the shop upstairs without having to pay anymore.

Monday, February 05, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 3 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 1


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