All reader reviews by Gaby

York & Albany

Went to the York and Albany today. The food was really good but the service made sure that we won't be rushing back. On the plus points, the restaurant is light and airy, there's a nice buzz to the place and they've done the refurb perfectly to keep the character of the old coaching house. And the food - oh my word, it was lovely. Chicken liver and rillettes starter followed by some fantastic roast beef. My partner's soup was lush and his roast lamb was lovely although he grumbled that there wasn't much on the plate.

And so to the service... first they brought us the wrong starters and then attested that my partner had said 'the same' when in fact he said 'the soup'. ...ok fair enough, small mistake - no probs. Then they only bought over one drink when we asked for two. Then they forgot to bring us our wine with our main courses - and then had to ask us to re-order the wine as they didn't know what we'd ordered. Then I asked for extra gravy which never came, no apology, no acknowledgment I'd ever asked. Then a passing waiter dropped a yorkshire pud down a women's back who sat next to us - we repatriated the offending pud with the waiter. And then just as our we're-paying-£70-for-lunch patience started to run out, they gave us the bill and they'd overcharged us... So while all of these are minor offences, the sum total of them is not what you'd expect from a restaurant in this price category. Especially when there's a 12.5% service charge added to your bill no matter what.

Think we'll be going back to Market in future which is a shame as I really wanted to love this place.

Sunday, February 08, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 10 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


I was quite apprehensive when I was invited to Saf; imagining it to be all grated carrot and cabbage dishes in a worthy vegan atmosphere. So, when last night's dinner resulted in being one of the best meals I've had this year, I was quite surprised! The restaurant is cool and trendy and we were sat at the back overlooking a small pretty courtyard. To kick off, we had cocktails which were all fantastic and fresh tasting whilst we chose our meals. The starters were my favourite - maki rolls of avocado and parsnip rice, beetroot and ricotta ravioli and cucumber consomme. To follow, we had a sharing cheese plate of various 'cheeses' from a walnut flavoured concoction to a boursin-type round - each little taster was well-presented and packed with flavour. As mains, we tried the Buddha Bowl, a mushroom dish and the sushi plate - all of which were nice albeit not as stunning as the starters. All in all, we had a great evening and would definitely go back. And I'm already booking my meat-orientated friends in for an unexpected conversion!

Friday, May 23, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 6

Konstam at the Prince Albert

We went to Konstam last night and had a great time. As just two diners, when we asked for a table by the wall instead of in the middle of the floor, we were moved without any fuss. The menu was varied with tons of exciting combinations on it. I had the Amersham pork chop with cabbage which was some of the best tasting meat I have eaten in a while. The cabbage was cooked to perfection and complimented the pork perfectly. You can taste that these ingredients have been sourced with care and the fact that they are local just adds to the quality of freshness. The prices are very reasonable and we will be returning!

Saturday, May 26, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

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