All reader reviews by William

Gazette (Battersea)

Having opened early this year, as a local, we discovered this gem rather late. But better late than never.

Opening at 8am and going on 'til beyond midnight if required, Gazette caters for all requirements. We've been there for coffee and crepes in the afternoon and light meal in the evening with wine (moules, charcouterie etc); we've also been there for little-known french beers whilst watching Brazil v Argentina on TV, whilst chatting about the Tour de France with polite, friendly, french staff.

It has become rather a favourite of ours and deserves to do very well. If you're not from around Battersea / Wandsworth area, make the effort to find it because we find it excellent value and, if you're a francophile, you'll find it very, genuinely, french.

Monday, July 23, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Luna Rossa

I'm not an expert on italian food, but am quickly becoming one on pizza...

The pizza here is delicious. It's the kind of dough you want to eat, quickly, including the edges, because if you didn't you'd be wasting good food. It's pretty similar pizza to Sarracino in W Hampstead so if you like it there, you'll like it here too (though at Luna Rossa these are by the 1/4m if two or more orders for pizza from same party). Wine list is OK and reasonably priced; deserts average; service efficient; very bustling place but reasonable prices considering popularity and location.

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


My girlfriend's friend booked a table for eight at this restaurant. If it had been up to me, I would have read these reviews and stayed well away.

I am nothing but ignorant when it comes to north african food, but I'm sure this place does not do it justice at all - I really pity the african in the review below who wanted to show off what it is like to his friends.

The service was not the best, and we were apparently allowed two hours only. But these pale into insignificance when compared to the food. You don't need to know about north african food to judge it; you just need well-functioning taste buds. My girlfriend's duck tagine actually tasted of something (gooey orange) but such a small portion for £17.50. Three of us had the chicken tagine which was literally tasteless, with so-so chicken wallowing in the green, watery sauce. These were £16.50 each and completely devoid of value. The couscous plates looked really dry but I cannot comment on these. Drinks arrived late, my small glass of house red was charged at an astounding £6.50, and unsurprisingly we wanted to get out of there before the two hours was up. Please do not bother with this place if you want good value, tasty food. Paying these prices, you can do oh so much better in central London. You might leave feeling very disappointed like we all did.

Sunday, June 03, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 1 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 1

L Restaurant and Bar

Four of us went to L last night, taking advantage of 50% off food offer. I cannot think of one single negative aspect. Staff were courteous, waiter attentive and very polite. Did not have to wait too long for the gorgeous food to come along. Started off with a few tapas (e.g. squid with ginger and chilli dip) then went on to starters (e.g. hand-carved ham, duck with pomegranate); choice of mains was excellent (monkfish, steak, chicken, roast belly of pork etc.) all of which were delicious. Finally, puddings were small but perfectly formed. I hope this place goes far; even if you pay top price, the fact that there are many wines by the glass (and also that the wines start at £13 per bottle) should mean it's quite good value even then.

Friday, May 04, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

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