All reader reviews by Abbie


We had an excellent meal here last night. The staff were really professional and we didn't want for anything at all.

Everything we ate was well executed and delicious. The squid started was cooked to perfection, the steak was out of this world and each dish tasted amazing-they've obviously got a great chef in the kitchen!!

Would definitely recommend this place. It's certainly a step up from the Mexican it used to be!

Saturday, June 02, 2012
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

One O One

Brilliant. Food was excellent and with the 50% discount it was a bargain for the quality, service and execution. 

Hushed tones and low lighting meant it had the feel of a formal dining room so if you're put off by that sort of place then I wouldn't recommend you go. Fabulous thing for me were the large tables and being fairly far away from fellow diners-much more intimate an experience.  

I had crab with lemon mayonnaise on a bed of ice-fresh, simple and delicious. My partner had scallop with fois gras-perfectly executed. My main course was the highlight; fondant potato, tuna steak & fois gras and just the right amount of each. The ingredients were of a very high quality and perfectly balanced. We had a bottle of Pinot noir for around £35 which was a steal. 

The food was fairly rich so we all (4) opted to share a cheese plate at the end with a glass of port. About 10 cheeses to choose from, nothing too 'out there' but all the classics were there. 2 courses, 1 bottle of wine, a glass of port and a shared cheese plate plus service between 4 came in at £50 per head.  I would recommend this restaurant even without the 50% deal as for me it was the perfect dining experience. 

I have to comment on the previous reviewer who thought there should be more food...

This is a fine dining restaurant, the food is very rich so you get less of it, yes. I was totally full at the end of the meal. If you want huge portions scrap this and go to an American diner! 

Sunday, March 20, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


Ate at Morito a couple of Saturday's ago. Love the laid-backness of the place. Dishes come as & when they're ready. Tiny plates of quite rich tasting food. The tomato bread was delicious. If you're the type of person who likes to try lots of little things rather than having a whole meal then this is the place for you. The beer they serve on tap is lovely too. Would definitely go again. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Les Trois Garcons

We went here on a Monday night with the weekday deal. The decor is really interesting/quirky and the high ceilings make it a lovely space to dine in.

My starter was a little bland and I had to add salt which was a little disappointing from a restaurant of this level. The amuse bouche was lovely and truffle infused. My partner had the pork belly which was delicious. My fish and chorizo was good but again nothing special. They forgot our mashed potato but were quick to get it when we brought it to their attention. The dessert was the highlight; the tea ice-cream was perfectly smooth and really unusual. The cheese plate was varied and the perfect amount for us to share.

Service was a little over the top; every time the waiter came to the table we knew about it and that was a little annoying as we were trying to have a conversation but he was very pleasant all the same.

I wouldn't eat here again and pay full price as there are many other restaurants in London that deliver food better and for less.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5

Public House

Dined here last Saturday night with several friends. Decor is victorian meets Phantom of the Opera - lots of candles and drapes, beiges, pastel greens and sparkles. Really liked the look of the place.

However if I had to sum it up I'd have to say It was a bit of a Faulty Towers experience from beginning to end! When I called to book the table the person I spoke to on the phone sounded a little as though I was troubling him to book a table...but more that he didn't know whether they had any tables or was scared of the chef....but he booked us in anyway. So, table booked, excellent.

On arrival we ordered two pisco sours but half way through making them the barman realised they'd run out of pisco so we were rallied into having a gin sour instead...nothing like a pisco sour but we didn't argue as we'd just stepped through the door. We were shown to our table, given menus and told the specials but no wine list and on asking we were told that they didn't have an up to date list so if we said which sort of wine we liked and price, they would recommend one. Okay, we went with it and were pleased by the choice made on white and red.

The starters came, I had a hearty pumpkin soup - very nice and reasonably priced for the size of the portion. Our mains then took an age to come...and when they did, some of them were cold but by this time it was so late that we didn't send them back. The pork belly was very tasty if a little small. Our side orders were forgotten (broccoli and potatoes) but after asking for them twice (we'd almost finished eating by this point) someone (not our waiter) came over to tell us that they had actually run out of potatoes. To his credit he was very apologetic and offered to bring us some cabbage instead. When this arrived is was really unattractive shredded lettuce (I don't think it was even buttered) so we didn't eat it. On to dessert...

We ordered dessert and coffees but after about 5 minutes the waiter came back to tell us that they had run out of crumble for the apple crumble but he could bring us the apple with some ice cream and he'd throw in an extra portion. He also said that they'd run out of coffee so someone had gone to buy some more... We had ordered espressos but ended up with filter coffees with no apology. We had to ask for the bill 3 times and when our waiter finally came over the machine wouldn't work and he had to keep walking to the bar so it would! 7 times and our patience was seriously starting to wane.

In summary, the food quality was very good but it's apparent beyond belief that they have serious problems with their chef/kitchen/supplies/machinery. Food should not be arriving cold in such a small restaurant nor should a restaurant ever run out of a basic like coffee! Thankfully the waiting staff were very charming and I think this helped a lot on the night as our friends ended up laughing about the whole experience and we had a good time anyway.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 6

A La Cruz

You'll find this restaurant just a bit off the beaten track, just behind Exmouth Market. Although in an old building, it has a very modern, glass, white and dark wood decor with high ceilings. We went last night (Tuesday) and the atmosphere was quite buzzy.

Empanadas to start which are like deep fried cornish pasties. The beef one was delicious but the ham and cheese lacked flavour in comparison. We ordered the slow cooked beef and beef milanese for the main. The steak was very large but due to it being slow cooked it only comes medium-well done and my preference would have been less but that aside, it was very flavoursome indeed. The beef milanese is basically flattened steak which has been breaded and fried. This was delicious and served with a salad garnish and a slice of lemon.

2 dishes provided plenty of food for 2 people but we also ordered chips and a side salad which we ended up having to leave as we couldn't fit it in so be wary of this if you're not a big eater.

Overall the service was a bit patchy. Our waiter seemed to be clomping around all over the place, looking shifty behind us and fairly unsure of what he was doing (perhaps it was his first night?). The second waiter however was very attentive and well-polished and to be honest, showed the first guy up a bit!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


Having read the reviews, I am surprised! I have been here 3 times over the past month and enjoyed it every time. Yes the door policy is a bit of a pain but there is a waiting area with seats in the reception where you can wait for your friends. Once you get over that initial break from the norm of not being directly shown to your table, there's lots to be gained in the food stakes so do not be put off people! It's not a glamourous restaurant decor-wise, more like a canteen come restaurant.

It's very good value for money and the sushi/sashimi is of a high quality. Last visit I had 2 plates of 6 pieces of maki and that was enough to fill me up...and it cost around £5....! There are various soups on the menu too costing in the region of £6-7. Great for a quick lunch and a break from the usual suspects near Oxford Street. I have never had a problem with waiting for food to come either.

As for the rude staff, I have never found this to be the case. A little rushed on their feet, yes, but never rude and I have never had my plate taken away before i've finished eating. A smile goes a long way in this place and I get the impression you will be served accordingly (this has been my experience anyway). I guess my only gripe is when you come to pay the bill, it would be nice if the person taking your money wasn't trying to multitask at the same time !

Thursday, May 06, 2010
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

Sophie's Steakhouse (Covent Garden)

We ate here last night. Agree with the previous review that, for the area, it was not what I was expecting at all. There's a spacious bar where you can wait for friends to arrive which means you can start the night in there. Pleasantly surprised on the decor, high ceilings, dark wood, brasserie style feel.

Went for the chateaubriand and did not regret it! Delicious and tender, served on a wooden chopping board. It came with a smooth bearnaise sauce and what I think was a gravy of some kind which was very tasty all the same. Finished the meal with a perfectly sweet espresso martini (I highly recommend this - it was very obviously made with love!).

A good place to come with a group but maybe not a romantic evening for 2 unless you love steak and don't mind the noise!

Thursday, May 06, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

The Modern Pantry

I like what they've done with this place. We ate in the restaurant one evening last week Trendy inside, bright and airy. The food is very different and I like what they've tried to do with the menu using healthy ingredients and really working on combinations of taste. I had the beetroot bruchetta to start which was delicious followed by the onglet steak. The food was presented in a rustic fashion, was colourful and tasty and...'modern'..! I can imagine this would also be a lovely place for brunch/lunch.

Saturday, November 22, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


From the website this place looks like quite a classy one but on arriving it was quite the opposite. We went to eat in the restaurant but first had to pass 2 sets of security staff and walk through a metal detector... We were then asked if we wanted to put our coats in the cloakroom...for £2 per item! I've never been to a restaurant where they charge you. The warning bells should have started ringing then but we gave it the benefit of the doubt and decided to go with our plan of eating in the restaurant. We were shown to our table and asked whether we would like a drink. I ordered a Whisky Sour, which I presumed, being a cocktail bar, wouldn't be a problem but the waiter didn't know what it was so I had to spell it and write it down for him. We then waited over 20 minutes for our drinks to be served in which time the music had been turned up so loud that we were yelling at each other across the table and had to ask for it to be turned down but then realised it had been turned up so loud because there was different music playing in the adjoining room which they were trying to drown out. Essentially, what i'm saying is that this place is primarily a club...which happens to serve food. The food was average considering the price at £16 for a steak and potatoes. If you are looking for a Sketch Brasserie type evening don't go here because you won't get it. If you're a group of friends out on a night where you want to go to a club but think it would be best to eat something before the night begins and you're not short of a few pennies then this is your place. A typical boozy 'West End' hangout in my opinion.

Saturday, November 22, 2008
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 3 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 2

Gordon Ramsay's Boxwood Cafe

Had a wonderful lunch at Boxwood on Sunday. Set lunch was £28. Started with a perfectly golden salmon fishcake, followed by a delicious roast of melt in the mouth beef with yorkshire pudding and veg and topped off nicely with a simple vanilla pannacotta and strawberries. Service was excellent (we didn't wait or want for a thing). The only downside is that it was a beautiful day and it was downstairs with no natural daylight but that's only a small complaint.

One suggestion to the restaurant - get firmer seats on the lounge seating as we on that side of the table had to sit on cushions to be up to table height.

A great place to spend a Sunday afternoon :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Cocktails were great - especially the variation whiskey sours. The barman was happy to explain all the ingredients. Steaks were pretty good too and cooked beautifully (but I would say you should expect that at £20 per steak). Shame about the service though.

We weren't in any particular hurry so were fine to wait at the bar for 25 mins, wait for our order to be taken for 20 mins and in general, do a considerable amount of waiting that we wouldn't normally be happy doing.

A lesson in putting things down gently on the table wouldn't go amiss.

A waiter spilt a glass of red wine on my partners suit and shirt. Accidents happen, and we can forgive them, but the general attitude from the staff could only be described as apathetic. Shame, it's left a rather bad taste in our mouths....

Unfortunately, with so much choice in London where the service is far better, I don't think we'll be eating here again.

Friday, November 09, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5

The Fat Duck

Our party of six visited for the first time on Saturday night. What an experience!

On arrival we were seated at a roomy circular table and given time to settle into the atmosphere which was light, warm and buzzy. After a few minutes we were offered champagne and handed the 'wine bible' as mentioned below. 4 opted for the matching wine menu and we 2 decided on a lovely nutty Mersault to share. After our champagne had arrived we were handed the menu and we all decided on the 'tasting menu'. **Don't be put off by what you read, believe me, the combinations sound crazy but they really work!

The courses are detailed in the review below and I agree with much of what is said but I have to disagree with the comment about the oyster with passion fruit and lavender. This, was above all the most sophisticated dish on the menu and must have taken much perfecting. The passionfruit puree was just the right level of acidity to work perfectly with the natural salt taste that oysters have! The adorning horseradish crisps were a perfect touch and gave a little kick that left your tastebuds wanting and built you up to the next dish (mustard icecream and red cabbage gazpacho). Although this was perfectly eddible and the combinations worked very well together, I did find it a little on the vinegary side - but my friends would probably disagree!

The 'trifle' was amazing; the pea puree evened out the powerful quail jelly with langoustine cream sandwiched between and topped off with a perfect foie gras parfait (I think the moans from the table told the other guests how great we all thought it was!).

The three women on our table found the the salmon and licorice difficult but on the contrary, the guys thought it was one of the most amazing dishes on the menu. We all loved the classic lamb dish and found the desserts wonderfully fun! (Especially the sherbert fountain with vanilla dipper!)

Although we had opted out of the wine matching menu, our friends were good enough to let us in on a touch of the magic and if we had the choice again we would definitely go for the matching wines. They set the foods off perfectly and included an interesting Sake and a delicious late harvest Riesling. We were certainly poured more than a few mouthfuls!

The staff were attentive and friendly at all times. We were extremely impressed with the fact that every single member of staff we called upon knew exactly what each of the ingredients were and where they were sourced from (to the extent that they could tell us how many quails made the quail jelly!). There was a strong sense of a team work amongst them which meant that we didn't want for anything at all.

All that's left to say is that we were all in agreement that our tastebuds went on an amazing journey on Saturday night; one that we'd like to live again when the menu changes in the future! I would highly recommend going in a group as most of the fun was had in discussing the others opinions and interpretations! It was well worth the 12 phone calls to get a reservation!

Monday, April 02, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

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