All reader reviews by j

Cote (Soho)

They say that when you discover something great, you should keep it a secret.

Cote is my new favourite everyday restaurant. It is very reasonably priced, and serves delicious food in Central London.

There is something for everyone, so there is no need to look for anything elsewhere!

The Steak was cooked perfectly, and so was everything else. The wine was reasonable too.

Just do not know what to say apart from that this is the perfect medium price range restaurant, of which I think there are very few in London.


Friday, September 26, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10


Love it, love it, love it!

I have been a fan of Angela Hartnett since visiting, and meeting her, at the Connaught.

The food was superb. I had the Crab Ravioli (delicate and delicious), the duck was just right, and the desert was a treat.

I also got a glimpse of Mr Ramsay himself as he popped in to have a nosey...

It is expensive, but so is flying first class.....

Friday, September 26, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Tootsies (Richmond)

This restaurant is awful. I really recommend you not to waste your time, money and patients here.

Friday, January 04, 2008
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0


the shrimp is to die for! It melts in your mouth. And it comes with a lime-and-chilly dip that i could almost drink, it was that good.

The staff have always been friendly.

A bit pricey.

Friday, March 30, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

The Thomas Cubitt

I do not live far from here, and I love to take friends and family there for any occasion, whether it may be for a drink or sunday lunch.

I love the interior as it is cool yet cosy. The clientele is very casual sophisticated, but varies from the quintessential belgravia trust fund kids to the lovely eccentric lady with her toy poodle.

The food is always good. My most recent sunday lunch there had me totally silent through my whole desert. I had the chocolate brownie. It is however not what I expected as i generally do not like brownies very much, but it was frightfully good: warm and rich.

I love this place and I really recommend it.

Beware though, it does get busy, it is a bit pricey but worth it.

Friday, March 30, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7


I love this place! It has the whole package:

- Staff is friendly and genuine. And chatty!

- The interior design and layout it great

- The food is divine: the Lamb chunks in Hummus is an A+! and the Minced Lamb is super. I also recommend having it with rice instead of chips. This place is definitely a must for lovers of good meat.

I can't think of a single bad thing about this place.

It is worth every penny.

Friday, March 30, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8

Tootsies (Richmond)

Yes, I agree with all of the negative reviews listed for this restaurant.

I think it is worth mentioning the details of our Sunday lunch experience. It is acceptable for a Sunday lunch on a wonderfully sunny day that things will be busy. It was therefore nothing strange to wait 10 minutes to see the maître d'. After which we were told there was half an hour's waiting. So we waited by the bar where we ordered drinks. This is when it started to get strange. The bar lady was in some sort of break-down and I have never felt more uncomfortable. I put this down to the place being very busy and the signs of Tootsies being short staffed became very clear. We were taken to our table after about 25mins. And by this I mean the maître d' called us at the bar and we followed her. She threw some menus onto a table and walked off, with us standing a few meters behind not sure whether it was for us or not. We had to go after her and ask her.

The waiting staff was very polite and I felt really sorry for them as I only saw three waitresses taking care of all the tables on the ground floor. This I think is the service was delayed, sporadic, and it everyone around us really had to grab a waiter when you saw one.

The food was poor. The steak was tough, even for medium rare, and my partner's salmon looked hideous. The food overall was flavourless.

We paid for a good view, but next time it is better to take a picnic and enjoy good food and drink on the grass lawns in front of this terrible restaurant.

Ps. on a purely personal note: it has been a long time since I saw a people with mortifying table manners. I am not the queen when it comes to table manners but eating like an animal is really off-putting. By bad manners I mean basically throwing food into your mouth and 'downing' your entire drink in between spade-full stuffing. As for him..... I could see him stomach through his open mouth way of eating. Their baby had better manners.

Monday, March 12, 2007
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 2

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