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Indigo

I wrote a review a few months ago very much in favour of this local restaurant. I've changed my mind! We went for dinner on saturday night and they seemed very busy. We waited over 1 hour for our starters, received meat samosas instead of vege and paid £10 for a king prawn main course consisting of 2 prawns!!!

Most of the other dishes tasted okay, and whilst we may consider the occasional take away, we won't be returning to the restaurant.

Monday, April 27, 2009
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4


Almeida

We dined on on Sat 18th October and would have to agree that the service was more than a little slow. However, the staff were charming and a special mention has to go to Suki who patiently dealt with our ever-changing booking requests. The Chocolate tasting menu was fantastic, an incredible cascade of dishes, all really well cooked, especially the brill and the veloute. The 'coffee/ganache' to finish the meal, however, lacked the subtley of the other courses and was almost undrinkable. The chefs can certainly cook. If in the area, I would come back, and hope that a three hour service (even for a tasting menu) was not ahead of me.

Monday, October 20, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


Nobu

Good. Really Good. Service was just right. Not sure what happened with previous reviewers but we found the pace of service and attentiveness just right. We approached the evening with nervousness as this was the first time our parents would be trying sushi and japanese cuisine, but they really enjoyed the experience. Yes, it is expensive. And vegetarians have very little choice. But the black cod, sashimi with jalapeno and scallops were all exquisite. Sushi was average and we stayed away from the over priced wine list. Would return.

Monday, October 20, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


Ping Pong (South Bank)

Not good. Poor food and service, which is such a shame given the location and decor are both breathtaking. Ok, I know it is a chain, but within a few years it seems to have gone downhill. I agree the food lacks delicacy, and most importantantly any definiable taste. The puffs are underfilled, the dumplings stoggy and spring rolls greasy. All dipping sauces came straight out of a jar. The only good dish was the aubergine. Service is completely disinterested.

Sunday, June 29, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 5


Indigo

The food here is actually of a very high standard. Flavours deep and very little excess oil. Tandoori chicken was moist and well spiced and the chana had a wonderful hint of tamarind which is really authentic. Take away service is brilliant with well packed heat seal boxes and fresh, not the usual limp, salad. It's a shame the place is not as busy as it should be - the locals really should be supporting this little place, as good indian restaurants are such a rarity in london.

Monday, June 09, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8


Michael Moore

Sixteen of us dined in the private dining room last month and all in all we had a good experience. The service was polite and inobtrusive, though there were no particular efforts put in to ensure the evening was extra special, which was a shame given that it was an important celebration which we made them aware of when booking. The maitre D only made an appearance at the end when we paid our four figure bill, and it would have been nice if someone had come down to enquire if all was well at some stage. Mr Moore was not available to say hello, as we were hoping for.

That said the food was beautifully presented and there were more than a few sighs of satisfaction on eating, especially the elk. Food portions were indeed small. The barracuda, however, had to be sent back for being undercooked and oddly chewy and the replacement plate was only marginally better, and the kitchen had run out of side orders to go with it.

Not sure if we would rush back.

Monday, May 26, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6


1901 at Andaz

Beautiful restaurant and seven course tasting menu was unfaultable. The memory of the scallops in creamy cheese and cauliflower sauce will stay with me forever. I'm usually quite hard to please but this place wone me over. We will be returning.

Thursday, September 27, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


Nutmeg

I thought I should write to re-dress the balance of these reviews.

The Nutmeg is a slightly above average. Yes, the service is friendly but with only 2 waiters for a full mid week restaurant it was quite slow and mistakes were made with our order.

The food is well presented but very mild, and some of the 'modern twist' dishes miss the mark by miles. We has a lamb mince stuffed chicken breast smoothered with a sweet sauce and a king prawn dish that was watery and sat atop a mass of iceberg lettuce. Admittedly, had there been more than just the 2 of us dining we may have sampled, and liked, other dishes. Certainly, we were glad to have the 50% off offer as paying the full amount would not have gone down well given the standard of the food

The decor and sevice may just have tipped the balance in favour of a return visit. There are, however, restaurants serving tastier indian food out there.

Monday, July 02, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Nutmeg

This is clearly a much loved restaurant. It was completely booked out on the Thursday evening that we dined. We went on the London-eating offer and, quite frankly glad we did, as paying the full amount would not have gone down well. We had high expectations based on the previous reviews and they were not quite met. Yes, the service was very friendly, but with only 2 waiters available it was a little slow and prone to mistakes, as proved by our first course - we received someone else's order. The food was actually ok, but very mildly spiced. We had the mixed starter to begin with, followed with a less successful chicken breast stuffed with mince lamb and spinach. It was covered with a thick sweet sauce. The £16 king prawn chef special was watery and sat atop a huge salad dominated by iceberg lettuce. Perhaps if we'd dined in a group and had the opportunity to try a wider range of dishes we'd have been less disappointed. We may even consider going back - the friendly staff and nice decor may just warrant another try. The food, however, seems quite over-rated.

Sunday, June 24, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 5 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6


The Bishop

Food was lovely and the value for money excellent. I have never sent compliments to the chef before this meal, but the chicken pie and my husbands simple but well cooked fish and chips were both perfection. We were just passing and decided to pop in for lunch, and so glad we did. Sunday lunch is reputed to be amazing. Highly recommended.

Monday, June 18, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


The Bishop

Food was lovely and the value for money excellent. I have never sent compliments to the chef before this meal, but the chicken pie and my husbands simple but well cooked fish and chips were both perfection. We were just passing and decided to pop in for lunch, and so glad we did. Sunday lunch is reputed to be amazing. Highly recommended.

Monday, June 18, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


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