All reader reviews by Sarah

The Lockhart

I really enjoyed our meal here. The restaurant is buzzy and the staff nice and friendly. We ordered the corn bread which is baked and smothered in a honey butter. We could see Chef prepare this in the kitchen and it is deliciously rich. My main was the grouse which was very succulent and tasty. I ordered the greens as a side and these were nice too. We couldn't manage a pudding but they looked nice as they came out. Would recommend.

Monday, September 29, 2014
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8


The Dovetail

I have been to their beer tasting evenings which are fantastic value for money and the included food was delicious so I decided to come here for my birthday lunch. The bar was really quiet for a Tuesday but that gave us plenty of room to spread out. I had the bison burger which was very tender considering I forgot to ask for it medium rare and the chips as ever were delicious. Other guests had mussels and fish stew which they enjoyed. Portion sizes are good, service is fast and pleasant. The bar staff do know their beers so if you are uncertain they will happily advise. I will be back, I'm sure.

Monday, September 29, 2014
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


The Gate (Islington)

I'm not vegetarian but my friend wanted to try to I thought "Why not?" Well, I was disappointed. We had a reservation and the restaurant was busy at 6.30pm so we had a table in the middle of the room. But the layout meant that people were constantly using the gap between our table and another, which was set at an angle, as a cut through. Whenever we gesticulated while talking one or other of us would hit someone passing through. We ordered our drinks and I could see them on the bar whilst the staff chatted until the manager had to point out that there were drinks waiting.

Now to the food. I have a very bad habit of reading a description and taking it literally so when my ravioli starter arrived I was surprised that it consisted of three blobs of goat cheese inside three folded over circles of sliced beetroot - the ravioli. I honestly thought I had ordered pasta ravioli filled with beetroot and goat cheese. I had to really pace myself while my friend tucked into her normal sized starter of rice balls. Because I thought I was getting carbs for my starter I ordered the Thai salad for a main. Again I kind of expected to get a Thai salad but it was really "Thai style" as neither the ingredients nor dressing resembled anything you would get in Thailand. My fault for not reading the ingredients listing. As an aside, I was surprised that all the main courses were priced higher than I would expect to pay for a meal in a meat restaurant. Finally, still hungry I knew I would have no problem finishing a pudding. I ordered the brioche with white chocolate, blueberry compote and creme anglais. What I actually got was a brioche with raspberries, raspberry compote and nothing else. I feel sorry for vegetarians if they have these kind of restaurants to choose from.

Monday, September 29, 2014
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 3 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 3


The Modern Pantry

Came here with my usual dining partner. On entering I thought that it would be a little stuffy with the waiters wearing the white aprons but I couldn't have been more wrong! Our waitress was very helpful and friendly. The main courses are priced a little higher than other restaurants in the area but I am sure they are worth it. I actually decided that I would have two starters rather than a main as we just didn't have time for two courses and my friend followed suit so we shared the four plates and had a nice dining experience. We just about fitted in a shared pudding but the starters were better, in my opinion. Very nice cider on the menu.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


Granger & Co (Clerkenwell)

Came for a quick lunch with a friend. When we entered the atmosphere was quite buzzy and seemingly friendly but upon seating, we felt that it was all a bit pretentious. Our first waiter thought it more important to chat with her colleague across the room rather than attend to us. My friend said that the next waiter failed to make eye contact, although I didn't notice this. The food was ok. Nothing special, to be honest. I would have preferred to pay more for a quality dining experience. Other people seem to love it as my boss has been there twice that I know of.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5


Luce e Limoni

I came with my work colleagues for a late lunch. Service was very good - friendly and attentive although we were one of only a handful of tables. Our waitress took the trouble to explain some of the dishes to us

All the food was tasty and very nicely presented. One person commented that the sauce with their lamb was a little sweet. My rabbit leg was tender. Another person felt that their special of fish en papillote was bland but I tasted the sauce and thought it delicious. My only reservation was that when I asked if the chicken was free range, the waitress checked with chef and came back to say "no". On the one hand, I appreciated the honesty but on the other I wondered "Why not free range?"

Portion sizes were good and the total bill for 3 courses x 4 plus wine was £185.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


The Gun

We had lunch last weekend. Service was very friendly and attentive from the start. We shared the whitebait starter and one friend had turnip soup. The bread offered was nice but only one slice per person which I thought was a little bit stingy. My main of pork belly was tasty but again, the portion size was small and I had to supplement the dish with two sides because the dish did not include carbs or vegetables. The chips were to die for! My friend's beef stew was pronounced lovely but the suet dumplings were hard and there was not enough gravy. The fish pie apparently was mostly potato but tasty none the less. Desserts were hit and miss again. I had the lardy cake as it was beef week but it was just a slice of dried sweet bread with a rhubarb sorbet and panna cotta (which was nice).

Whilst the food was not as I had expected, my experience was mainly ruined by the request for 2p extra service charge just before we left. We split the bill between us, paid with our credit cards and rounded slightly, which meant we paid 2p less than the bill which included service charge. I couldn't believe it when the waiter came and informed us that we were 2p short! My understanding is that service charge on a bill is optional and quite often we pay by credit card minus the service charge and then leave a different amount of cash on the table. I found this experience embarrassing and made me wish I hadn't wasted my Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7


Roux at The Landau

I booked ahead, mentioning that we were wanting the pre-theatre deal which currently is 3 courses plus half bottle wine, coffee and petit fours for £45. We were given a choice of seats and the above menu was pointed out to us. Service was excellent, professional yet friendly. We were not rushed in any way and although seated at 6.30pm, we didn't leave until after 10pm. The food was delicious, I had fish main and my friend had the chicken which she said was very moist and tender. Desserts were all good too. My wine was very good for an included one. All in all, there were no real stand out elements in the food, but that and the service and atmosphere combined to make a very enjoyable evening.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


Foxtrot Oscar by Gordon Ramsay

My two friends and I had booked our table for Friday but decided to turn up on Saturday, oops - no problem! The first thing that I noticed was that the decor here needs updating. The chairs were ripped on the backs, definitely shabby but not chic.

My friends had bought a voucher for £25 for a 3 course set meal plus a glass of wine but I had missed the offer. Their starters of gazpacho and broad bean salad was pronounced very nice. I had a main of burger from the a la carte. I asked medium rare but it came a little overcooked for my liking. The chips, however were some of the best I have had in a restaurant in a long time. My friend's mussels looked ok but the pork chop was more appealing and a nice sized portion. Apple trifle was a proper 5 layered trifle, very nice to see. And the panacotta was good too. The lime and ginger ice cream to accompany it was a real hit. The very nice thing about our dining was that our waitress recognised that I was not on the offer but slipped me a glass of wine anyway and when the ice cream had been missed from my friend's desserts, she brought out three scoops so I had a real bonus! I would recommend.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


Med Kitchen (Soho)

My niece and I had a really lovely meal here on Monday night, using the 50% offer. Starters were tasty as were desserts but the mains were stand out. The rib eye steak was cooked perfectly medium rare, tender and very tasty. Calves liver special was cooked equally spot on and the accompanying sweet potato mash with sage was so smooth and tasty. The flavours were so nice I want to give it a go at home. Wine was reasonable, although I preferred the red to the rose and the fries were really skinny ones while I prefer normal chips. Service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive. Food came out promptly which some people may benefit from.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


The Ritz Restaurant

We purchased an offer for three courses plus a glass of Champagne for £45

The meal started with a few appetisers and bread selection. Then our starters, which were tasty but really no more than a mouthful. I had the sardine which was literally a sardine! The mains were not much bigger but still very nicely cooked and presented. However the dessert was full sized and in fairness it was all very tasty. There were also some jellies and chocolates at the end. I had a small glass of wine which turned out to cost £24 - wow! The Champagne on the menu was priced at £21 so the £45 we paid turned out to be a very good deal.

I would recommend it a place to come for the experience. The room, the waiter service and the piano playing all play a part in this.

Friday, April 05, 2013
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 6


Dim T (Charlotte St)

My friend and I were looking for a Thai restaurant that was open as we really fancied spicy food. We stumbled across Dim T which had a sign outside saying that they did Vietnamese food as well as other countries. My friend had never tried Vietnamese so we went in. Upon reading the menu, we saw that there was no Vietnamese food. We questioned this with the waitress who said "we are an Oriental restaurant". She repeated this a few times when we tried to explain that there is a sign outside saying....

Anyhow we decided to stay because we were hungry and still fancied spicy food. We asked for our orders to be made with extra chilli and with chilli on the side. The chillis used were so mild we could eat them whole no problem.

Upshot of the meal was, the food was pleasant but nothing outstanding and not hot and not Vietnamese. The restaurant was very quiet so it was nice we could linger for as long as we wanted but I wouldn't go back.

Friday, April 05, 2013
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6


Byron (Cowcross St)

I was looking forward to this branch opening as I have been wanting to visit Byron for ages and this one is near my workplace. We came one lunchtime and service was fast and efficent so no problem with timing. However, I was disappointed with the food. We were not asked how we would like our burgers. If we had I would have said medium rare and my friend would have said medium well. When we got our burgers, neither was medium (as I found out later via the website that is how Byron burgers are supposed to cooked unless you ask otherwise). Mine was medium well and my friends medium rare. Doh! Sides seemed expensive and the fries looked skinny which I don't like so didn't have but my friend had courgette fries and they were greasy. The buns were cold and the plates were cold so the food did not remain hot for very long. I wouldn't return.

Sunday, March 17, 2013
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 6


Podium

I also came for afternoon tea on a 2 for1 offer with a glass of Champagne.

Seeing the menu beforehand I saw that there were only sandwiches as a savoury course - I have been to other places where was an additional course with mini quiches for example. So we asked for an extra round of sandwiches between us. I was surprised when our waitress said that she would need to check with her supervisor that this was ok. I have been under the impression that afternoon tea was an eat as much as you want affair. The sandwiches were open, tasty but not fantastic. The scones were soft and fluffy and the pastries imaginative, delicious and rich. We asked for a repeat of two cakes which were difficult to cut in half and again this had to be checked whether it was allowed. Admitedly we did get full on a seemingly small quantity of food which I guess is down to the quality of the ingredients. The room was more like a cafe than an upmarket dining area and I felt seriously overdressed wearing a nice dress. I enjoyed the tea very much but am glad that I didn't pay full price due to the setting and being embarassed when we asked for extra.

Sunday, March 17, 2013
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6


Amico Bio

We had three courses for lunch and although it was in no way rushed, we were not too late back to the office. Service was excellent but food was a little hit and miss. The croquettes etc were lovely, hot and filling but the salad was small and uninspiring. The Ravioli and Gnocchi were both very nice. The apple tart was an apple tart but the chilli chocolate ice-cream was wonderful. I am not a vegetarian so would not rush back but would recommend to anyone looking for a veggie or vegan meal.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


The Luxe

We came here for a private company Christmas lunch and left extremely disappointed with the whole experience.

I can't blame Luxe for the space with the lift shaft in the middle because the people who booked from our company had seen this and didn't consider it an issue - unfortunately for the rest of us, it was.

The food was truly mediocre. The canapes were plentiful but either bland or had sloppy texture. The sharing platters for starter had no effort put into them at all. A chicory type salad, a plate of salmon and slices of bread with pate smeared on them. The turkey main was booked on the basis that the turkey would be brought and carved at the table - this didn't happen. The appearance of the turkey did not lead me to believe it had been carved because it was all uniformly shaped on every plate. The sausage garnish was nice. The beef looked nice but the fish was uncooked in the middle. Vegetables consisted of some boiled potatoes and sprouts. The sprouts were rock hard and had bacon in the dish (nice but this was also given to the vegetarians). No roasties, no parsnips, carrots or anything else you would expect for a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. When I got my pudding (if you weren't sitting down at the precise time it was served, it was taken away) it was ok. Apparently the creme brulee was too much like a cold custard.

Please, don't waste your money on this place. There are so many small restaurants out there who treat their customers well. Go to one of those.

Monday, December 17, 2012
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 1 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 2


Tas (Farringdon)

We came for a late lunch last Monday and had a really lovely meal. We like the fact that Tas is open all day and there is no rush for tables back. Service was attentive and accomodating. We had the goats cheese patties, tarama and falafels to start. All very tasty and large portions.

Mains were Hunkar Begendi (aubergine puree was a liitle odd but tasted nice with the chilli sauce), Soganli Dana Kavurma (lovely) and Scallop (a liitle soup-like but tasted very nice. To follow we had the baklava and rice pudding accompanied by some tasters of dessert wine. The baklava here is much nicer than I have had elsewhere, it was not as sickly sweet and my friend said that the rice pudding was the best she had ever tasted.

All together the 3 courses plus 2 bottles of a nice French Pinot Noir and a couple of beers was £160 - bargain. We are already planning our return visit for January.

Monday, December 17, 2012
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


The Peasant

I was recommended to book for my 3 friends and myself for a Friday night but it wasn't really necessary. Maybe we came on a quiet Friday or maybe it was because we were tucked away in the corner but it wasn't very atmospheric. The wine list was very reasonable and food was served and priced as normal gastro fare. Nothing to blow me away. i wouldn't not recommend but that's about as far as I would go.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6


Sports Bar & Grill (Farringdon)

Whilst the service was very nice and the house red very drinkable, I felt that the food was way overpriced. £10.95 for about 8 pieces of scampi and a few stringy fies was just asking too much in an area over-populated with eateries. The atmosphere was good but I wouldn't make an effort to come here to eat.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6


Morito

My friend and I arrived early Wednesday evening. As there were just us two, we were asked to sit at the bar. I had no problem with this but agree that the stools are pretty uncomfortable and as we were at the end, kept getting knocked by people as they walked by.

Service was quick. Sitting where we were, it was very easy to get attention and plates were cleared promptly.

Food was very nice. As you can see the guys cooking, you can tell that the dishes are simple. Portions are quite small but over the course of the evening, I actually got quite full.

I'm not sure that I would go back as I am struggling as I write to remember anything particularly outstanding but if you are passing by anyway, it's as good a place as any to eat.

Monday, October 01, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Pho (St John St)

Came for lunch with a friend. Got a seat no problem although it was quite hot and I would recommend that they invest in ceiling fans.

I have been before and had Pho, this time I had Bun Ga Hue. I prefer the more lemongrassy spicy flavour. The bowl is big and the food is fresh, tasty and very filling. The iced coffee was nice but not served authentically. I do like this place as I really enjoy Vietnamese food. I will more than likely come back to try the salads and noodle dishes. The only downside is that I feel £8.75 for a bowl of soup is a little overpriced. Otherwise, I would visit more often.

Friday, August 17, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6


Opera Tavern

Came with three friends Wednesday evening. We sat at the bar. Service was fine and friendly. We ordered quite an expensive Rioja and on commenting that it probably needs to breath, the barman offered to decant which was a nice gesture. Tapas were lovely, high quality. The pea and ricotta croquettes were yummy and apparently the scallop was good too. This place is not cheap but the quality of food, good service and warm atmosphere makes it worth while. I saw a couple of people at the bar who were clearly on their own so would come back and recommend it for anyone.

Friday, August 17, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


The Red Fort

We went early on Friday night with the 50% offer. I had an alcoholic lassi and a Beesting cocktail - both excellent and unusual. The soft shell crab was tasty but not crispy enough for me. The King Prawns and Lucknow chicken were deliciously spiced. Overall, the food is very tasty and unlike anything you would get in a bog standard indian, The quality was very good. I particularly liked that we were allowed to stay at the table as long as we liked, there was no rushing you off. Recommended at 50% but prices are quite high for the portions even though you do get full quite quickly.

Saturday, May 05, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Isolabella

We had a table for 4 on a Wednesday evening using the 50% offer. The restaurant was busy but the service was excellent. The food itself was nice but fairly uninspiring. I had the fish soup to start which was in fact delicious so inevitably there was not enough and my main of clam linguine was a touch bland. My dining companions also commented that their food was nothing exciting. It is the service which I'm sure makes people return. It is a place for everyone and there is no rush to leave so a very pleasant place to spend an evening.

Friday, May 04, 2012
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 7 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


Albannach

We came early Saturday evening (5.45pm) for the 50% offer and really couldn't fault it. Cocktails were very nice, service was attentive. We were seated downstairs and I felt if we had been any later I would have wanted to be upstairs as the atmosphere definitely turns towards being a bar after 7pm.

The haggis starter was very good and the gravy just superb. I would have preferred it to be a little hotter. Fishcake small plate was commented to be full of fish. I had the chicken for main. I don't normally order chicken in restaurants but this was stated as free range and a 25 minute wait so I was expecting good quality. And I have to say that it was very nicely cooked, not dry at all and very tasty considering it was "just" roast chicken. I would have liked the garlic mayonnaise to be more garlicky. My sister said that her ribeye was cooked to perfection and the whisky peppercorn sauce out of this world. The chips were very nice too, a little thin for my preference but definitely not fries. We couldn't manage pudding as I was full, the portion sizes are quite generous.

We had a query with the bill and the 50% was not deducted but this was rectified very quickly amidst apologies.

I would have no problem recommending.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10


The Bountiful Cow

I came with a small group after work one Friday. It was quiet at first downstairs but then a large and very noisy group arrived which was a little offputting. We dined from the festival menu, which I thought was very good value. I had the sirloin steak and chips. The steak was cooked as I asked although I felt the quality wasn't the best. The chips seemed to be frozen ones. The salted caramel ice cream was extremely nice but just came in a frozen glass with no other texture like a biscuit or something. The wine I had by the glass wasn't up to much for the price. Service was accomodating but the girl seemed a little rushed after the large group had arrived. I probably wouldn't come back.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8


Baltic

I came for an early evening dinner with a friend. Service was good. We had time for starters and mains. I preferred my black sausage starter to the rabbit main tastewise. However, the rabbit was cooked perfectly and my Polish friend sampled the egg noodle / dumpling and said it was very good. Apparently, a difficult dish to cook. She was very impressed with her duck. We went back later to the bar which was busy with a good atmosphere. The cocktails were nice although not expertly executed in my opinion. I feel for the price of the mains I would return and eat from the bar menu as I can then try more things at better value.

Sunday, October 02, 2011
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5


Camino (Canary Wharf)

I like it here. It has a good wine selection and cocktail menu. The tapas are good, particularly the squid and very reasonably priced. I haven't visited the actual restaurant but it looks nice and there are usually people in there. On a nice day, you can sit outside.

Monday, June 13, 2011
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


Cafe Boheme

I must be going to a different restaurant because I think this place is awful. Or maybe they can't handle large groups. I went last year and again this with a group of 10 people. It started badly when myself and two others ordered cocktails before the whole group had arrived. 20 minutes later I enquired as to where they were, to be told that the restaurant is very busy and they just haven't got round to making them yet!

I ordered the crab & avocado salad to start which was basically a plate of chicory with a dollop of mayonnaise and as much crab as you would find in a tiny claw and maybe 3 slivers of avocado. My neighbour's chicken & bacon salad had more avocado than mine. I don't like chicory so didn't get much of that.

I struggle to find something I like here because past experience told me that they don't cook things the way you ask for. So I had the crevettes starter as a main and was very happy with this as they were plump, juicy and very tasty. My neighbour's steak was not cooked medium rare as asked, and was very sinewy and fatty. Others steaks were also not cooked to order and the calves liver had to be sent back because it was so rare. Sides only arrived after we were halfway throught the mains.

Service isn't great here. Twice we got the wine bottle to pour drinks, only to be told that they would do that and when I tried to buy a drink from the bar separately, I wasn't allowed because I was at a table and had to wait for the waitress, who we didn't see for about 20 minutes.

This might be a nice place early in the day or there are only a couple of you but later on with a group and everything must go downhill. I'm sure there must be better restaurants in the area.

Monday, June 13, 2011
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 3 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 4


The Well

Came for lunch with colleagues for the 50% offer. I did not have to mention this at all and the cost was automatically removed form the bill. Two of us had the burgers, which were divine and perfectly cooked to order (mine was medium rare). The other had the mussels which I was was told were very good.

Desserts I feel did not match up with the mains but they were fine. The wine list is very reasonable and service very good.

I was surprised how quiet it was but Wednesday lunch after a long weekend probably isn't surprising. I would happily recommend.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


Archipelago

I went last night with a friend and had a very nice time. I would agree that the prices are rather over the top - £19 for a mains. However, we wanted to try the food and that is the price you pay.

The ostrich starter was delicious, very tender meat in a lovely creamy sauce, whilst the crocodile was just ok, a little chewy. Not huge portions.

Mains were zebra, which was a little tough and not very flavoursome but the kangeroo was very tasty and very tender - a difficult result to achieve with this meat, I believe.

We were co-erced into having the Love Bug salad which was a diappointment. £7 for a small bowl of spinach and rocket with about 6 bugs.

Dessert was very nice too. They are trying to be creative but as we just had the one chocolate dessert it is difficult to say whether this is successful.

Service was very friendly and gauged perfectly. Decor was unusual and atmosphere was good. We arrived early but the restaurant soon filled up.

I would return but maybe if I had a special offer because it was expensive for a midweek trip after work.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6


El Faro

Please phone before coming to this restaurant as I am not sure that it is even open anymore. We have tried to visit twice recently at a time when it should be open according to their website, only to find it dark and onbiously closed. We are only local so it is not a big deal, except that we were looking forward to some nice tapas.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 10


Bar Boulud

I have been here twice now and have twice had the pulled pork beef burger. I love a good burger and this is one of the best in town. I don't like the fries that they come with but forgot to ask if they could change them this time. We had an early evening reservation and were told that we had to be gone in two hours. As it was just my friend and myself this wasn't a problem but I do hate double seating in restaurants. Even though we had plenty of time, we found the staff quite pushy in getting us to choose desserts and it spoilt the experience somewhat. The plated desserts were world class standard. I know the head pasty chef so guessed that I wouldn't be disappointed. Finally, the house red was £5 for a small glass but is the nicest that I have ever tasted. Go.

Monday, March 07, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Coq d'Argent

I came with a group of 17 of us and we had a long table at the back. The tables are about one and half size of normal tables, which is nice if there are just two of you but it made it difficult to talk to people further down.

We were on the group menu which was £42 for three courses. Bread was plentiful and just as well because there was a little wait for the starters. I had the lobster bisque, which was divine but wish there were more. To follow I had the Romney marsh lamb which was nice but almost cold. The accompaniments were what made the dish. My partner had the slow cooked rump and this was very tasty. Veg was ordered for the table - chips, mash, boiled poatoes, spinach and green beans. Some of our group knew the head chef so he came out and supervised the serving of the plated desserts. They were very nice - the chocolate was a little too rich for me, not enough contrast in flavours or textures. We had wine, maybe a glass or two each and some water. The petit fours were good too.

Service started well but soon fell into chaos. One half of the table seemed to get served better than the other. We were situated by the serving station and I saw one waiter blow something off a customer's plate ( don't know what and it wasn't in our party so I didn't say anything). Coffees were meant to be included but only one half (not mine) actually got theirs.

The total bill was £1,440! Racked up I feel by the ridiculously overpriced wine. Ours was £67 a bottle and it wasn't any better than an Asda ES Merlot. Go to Bar Boulud for a great glass of house red.

I wouldn't recommend but I would go back if someone else was paying.

Monday, March 07, 2011
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 3


Bali Bali

Good Roti canai but accompanying curry sauce a little wet. Pankin Dagin (sp?) was perfect balance of hot and sour. Acar lovely. Chicken curry also very nice Excellent value for money. Came away very satisfied.

Friday, February 27, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


Mr Kong

Came late on Wednesday - open until 3am. Soft shell crab again wonderful. Lamb curry best chinese curry I have had. Duck rice a little greasy and hot sour chicken just so so. But still my favourite chinese and service very good as always.

Friday, February 27, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


54

My favourite Malaysian in town. Had Spicy Lamb soup to start which was perfect. Followed by an excellent Snapper in curry sauce. Partner had the lovely Laksa and Nasi Lemak. Too full for dessert. 50% off makes it great value.

Friday, February 27, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Foliage

Came for lunch on my 40th. As it was a Tuesday it was reasonably quiet so not surprising then that the service was excellent and we felt in no rush to leave. The food was perfectly balanced and definately some of the tastiest I have had. The two glasses of wine complemented the food and not only took the guesswork out of matching but also meant I got to try 4 different wines as my husband had ordered different courses! As a previous reviewer noted, I was almost accompanied to the ladies and I'm sure I saw a look of relief from the head waiter when I came back unscathed! Lunch at Foliage made a special day for me and I can definately recommend.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Little Bay (Farringdon)

Walking to Exmouth market for Sunday lunch with the family and stopped here to look at the menu. I had already heard good things but everyone seemed happy with the menu choices and prices, so we went in. Staff were very pleasant and helpful in seating our unbooked party of 10. Service and food were equally good. We lingered and there was no evidence of feeling rushed. This is not high class stuff, just tasty and filling. I wouldn't even say it is French food, more International. A lot of dishes had pastry as an ingredient and this meant that you didn't go away hungry. Tiramisu and Apple cake were very good, although the goose fat cooked chips could have been crispier for me. And I didn't like their coffee at all. Decor is unusual and the restaurant soon filled up, making for a good atmosphere. We all had two courses, some three with beer and soft drinks. With the tip, it worked out at £25 each.

Monday, September 15, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9


Mr Kong

Came here on Saturday with 3 freinds. The waiter was very friendly and advised us that we were perhaps ordering too much - he was right! The Soft shell crab starter was excellent. A good size, not greasy with a nice salty and spicy finish. The other starters ordered were bog standard but good. Mains were excellent. I have a rice dish that was half chicken and tomato and half king prawns & cream. Different and very tasty. The Emperor chicken on the bone was equally good. Very enjoyable evening.

Monday, May 19, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


Azou

I fancied Moroccan so booked Azou on the basis of reviews. Bank holiday Saturday early evening, we were the only diners but strangely this didn't affect our enjoyment of the meal. We started with Brik (excellent) and calamari (standard). Mains were Hummus tagine and Couscous Royale. The lamb and chicken were incredibly tender and the chickpea sauce rich and tasty. We shared ice cream with sauce which was fantastic and the Moroccan coffee was lovely. I haven't had Moroccan food before so can't compare but there were lots of interesting flavours going on - saffron was evident as well as cardamon and cinnamon. Would definately recommend.

Friday, August 31, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 9


C&R Restaurant

Based on reviews here, we went on Saturday and I ordered the char kuay teow. What a disappointment! The dish was plentiful and reasonably tasty but so greasy I couldn't finish it and felt sick afterwards as it sat on my stomach. We also had the roti canai (not great), lamb satay (very nice), beef redang (tender) and chicken curry (poor). Overall, I couldn't see what all the fuss was about. We have been to Malaysia before and there was really no comparison. Service was actually very good and they do accept cards over a certain amount. We won't be going back.

Monday, June 11, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


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