All reader reviews by Francesca

La Fromagerie

I have been a big fan of La Fromagerie both for the cafe and its renowned cheese room for quite a few years.

However, I feel in the last year the place has become a victim of its own success. Whilst the produce and the dishes are still of the same quality, the same cannot be said of the service, which is sloppy at best.

On my last few visits staff have made seating me and my guests seem like an unpleasant chore and have been generally inattentive. Sadly, this malaise seems to have spread to the cheese room too. My last two orders have been met with total apathy and at the very last moment on both occasions I’ve been informed that integral parts of the order are unavailable (despite having ordered several weeks in advance).

Very sad as I used to love this place.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 8 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

Due Fratelli

Fantastic, fresh food; generous portions and all very reasonably priced with attentive yet not over-bearing service.

The restaurant is very stylishly decorated and serves modern Italian cuisine.

Highly recommended.

Monday, October 22, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Le Boudin Blanc

Having been here once before and having had an enjoyable experience we decided to visit again last Friday (19/10) .

The service was extremely hit and miss. It took three attempts to order wine as we kept getting referred to a different waiter before finally speaking to a sommelier who recommended a £50 wine that can at best be described as drinkable.

Starters were ok, but unremarkable. After rather patronisingly being asked if I knew that my steak tartare would be raw, we both ordered the dish. It was extremely bland and was a disappointment especially considering the price tag. When we mentioned the poor quality of the wine this was met with a nod and nothing more.

I don't have a particularly sweet tooth, but the dessert of vanilla soufflé with chocolate sauce was the highlight of the meal.

At no point during or after the meal were we asked if everything was fine with the food. All rather a shame. For £170 for two, I would have expected better.

Monday, October 22, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 4

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