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The William IV

Took a friend here for lunch as they had a 3 for 2 offer on the Tapas lunch during the week. He had his 5 year old and I had my 2 year old. It's a really nice roomy pub (at least during the day which is the only time I get to go there!). Big sofas, separate restaurant area, quite light and airy feel. Oh and a relatively open tabled garden area in the back.

We had six dishes between us and were stuffed. Was able to get the sauce on the side of the patatas bravas. Very tasty dishes they were too!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Fitou's Thai Restaurant

Number One Cafe is very much local to me. They expanded a couple of years ago and updated the decor. They even had a review by the Guardian recently. So has it changed at all?

We ate there as two families of four with kids from 1.5 to 9 years old about a week ago for a "Chinese New Year" celebration (end of Jan 2009).

We had asked for everything to arrive at once because the kids mostly fill up on the mixed starters (wrapped prawns, prawn cakes, veggie spring rolls, chicken satay w/3 sauces). We also needed a bowl of hot water for the rice based vietnamese pancakes we had bought for the wheat allergic 4 year old (for the crispy aromatic duck). The baby was throwing down cutlery like a crazed circus act and I only got to pick it up about 1/2 the time as they were quite attentive. And we'd bought our own bottle of white and they provided 4 glasses (BYO). One of the kids broke a glass (they had various juices and in a very unpretentious manner, the whole bottle is provided-about 350ml) and this was quickly cleared up too.

Service was still very good after all this.

Singapore noodles had a nice bite. The Colley Chunks in sweet and sour sauce was well cooked and nice and crispy on the outside. Yes, the crispy aromatic duck is a departure from standard Thai fair, but the rest is quite authentic. We usually get the Nasi Goreng Campur but as it's quite spicy had to get standard egg fried rice.

One of our best local restaurants!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

Stick & Bowl

We eat here quite regularly. It's very much a cafe type as opposed to restaurant. But that's one of it's attractions. Good basic south east asian food, not overpriced, served quickly. The waitresses speak lots of different dialects of Chinese and you'll notice lots of se asian people eating there.

One tip if the menu is confusing or you want something different from normal (which is pretty small anyway) is to order what you see other people eating.

Not good for large groups and more about individual plate meals as opposed to the communal dining of traditional Chinese restaurants. Of course you could still confer on the dishes you are all getting and still share. They do provide bowls on request to make this easier.

Their Crispy Belly Pork Rice is very good as is the Soya Sauce Chicken Rice although they might seem a little basic to western palates. NB: ask for the gravy on the side.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10

George's Fish Bar

Georges is situated right on Portabello, albeit at the less trendy flea market part near Golborne road. It was my local fish and chip shop for quite a while (and seemingly Jamie Olivers judging from all the pictures of him frequenting there!).

The fish is good with crisp light batter. The chips are large thick cut (but not wedge shaped). They do an entire range of food from kebabs to ribs to burgers, but I tend to stick to the fish (and the yummy ribs!).

The only issue I have with the place is the price. The fish alone is the price of fish and chips at other places. But that said, it's quite a consistently good fresh piece of cod that I end up with. Occasionally, it's so fresh its sweet to the taste.

It's a local fish and chip shop regardless of the copious amount of tourists on market days so you can get some real characters in there. The staff have been there quite a while so they're very efficient and dealing with the large queues that form at times (and some of the characters too!).

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 2

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