All reader reviews by Ruth

La Figa

Went here the other week for a friend's big birthday do. The portions are gigantic that you'd struggle to fit it 3 courses. The food is excellent, especially their main course, the pasta had a lovely texture and my veal t-bone was very moist and tender. Their monkfish was also highly recommended along with their ravioli.

Personally I like the decor and atmosphere in the restaurant, it's modern, spacious and relaxing yet serves some good traditional Italian food. If I wanted the more traditional Italian atmosphere, I'll try the sister restaurant in Wapping (at some point). Staff were very friendly and helpful, letting us drink at the bar first before the birthday girl turned up, and even joined in some of the fun we were having with a few questionable 'party tricks'!!

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable night out, the birthday girl was very happy. Not the cheapest of places but good for a group special occasions (Alot of people were having birthday dos that night).

Thursday, January 29, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

New Tayyabs

Great food and cheap. I tried the mixed grills and they were all delicious, chicken tikka, lamb chops etc. Poppadoms were great too. thin and crispy. Curry was also very good, though mine was a little salty for my liking. My friend's keema mince curry was also very good but the star prize has to go to the lamb biryiani- it's the best I've ever tried. Their selection of nan bread is great too (they encourage you to order their recommended selection of rice and nan bread to go with the meal- good move) Also very good is their homemade mango lassi where I drank far too much of it. Bills came to £15 each with a large selection of starter and curry with rice/nan and only came that much cos we order jugs and jugs of lassi.

Service is rather rushed, they kept pressuring us for the next course as the place was packed with people queuing from outside as well. But it's fine as I rather have brilliant food slightly rushed with less atmosphere than some pouncey restaurant with overpriced terrible food that you can cook better at home eg Papageno

Not to take out for a romantic date unless he/she is a serious curry fan, but excellent for a good curry

Thursday, April 12, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 10

New Fook Lam Moon

I've been to many Chinese restaurants in Chinatown and if you want proper Chinese food (not the Sweet and Sour/Chop suey usual rubbish) then this is by far the best-they have a huge range of authentic dishes and can probably order authentic dishes not from the menu as well.

I highly recommend the Home Made Belly Pork stew and the Mutton stew they do there-fatty but melts in your mouth and very tasty-reminds me of my (Chinese) mother's cooking and home cooking in Hong Kong. The crab with ginger and spring onion (chinese style) is also excellent.

Service is ok- not the most attentive but very friendly bunch of staff (unusual for Chintown!) Excellent value- Bring a big group in and you're probably paying around £15 per head with lots of food (including lobster last time)

Thursday, March 22, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10

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