All reader reviews by D

The Botanist

While the food was excellent, the service really lets this place down. Upon sitting down, our coats were not taken, we were not given the pre-theatre menu (this was at 6pm), our plates were not taken away before our main meals arrived and we had to repeatedly ask for tap water.

Although, when we asked for the pre-theatre menu it was brought to us, I found it strange that they didn't give it as an option in the first place - obviously a ploy to get customers to spend more money.

Now onto the food, we had the £21 pre-theatre menu for two courses, which was excellent value for money. I had the smoked salmon, he had the rabbit terrine - both were excellent quality -the horseradish cream with the salmon was particularly good. For mains, I had the tortellini, which really was well-made. He had the veal which was huge - it easily could have fed two people if you bought sides. My greedy husband just had the veal (no sides) and almost managed to eat it all!

The wine was also well-priced - although not excellent value, it didn't have the substantial mark-ups that some restaurants impose.

It's a shame that the service did not match the excellence of the food - if it did, we would certainly return.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8


While the food is very, very good, the service is appalling. We had a great table next to the window, and the view is fantastic. We asked the waitress a few questions about the wine and food but she simply couldn't answer. There didn't seem to be a sommelier which is a little strange when you think how expensive this place is. And it is expensive.

We spent £170 for two. We started off with a glass of Champagne, then shared a bottle of wine. We were unsure how much food to order as we wanted to try some dumplings as well as some fish from the a la carte menu. We ended up ordering far too much.

The dumplings were by far the highlight - they were amazing. The fish was also good but not as good as the dumplings.

Would I come here again? Yes for a drink and dumplings but not for a full dinner...

Friday, November 15, 2013
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

La Culotte

This place knows how to do cocktails. I had the Oui Madame cocktail which was amazing and he had some Pernod concoction. The staff are brilliant and really make this place fun......

Now about the food.... They do offer a £23 set menu but we decided not to go for this as neither of us were fans of the starter and we didn't want a dessert. The mains are priced at £15 each and the starters were around the £8 mark. For a starter I had the ginger marinated gravadlax which was served with focaccia bread. I couldn't really detect any ginger although the salmon was good quality. He had the foie gras... good but not the best, he said.

For mains he had steak (an extra £2 supplement) and I had a vegetable and herb pate with goat cheese. I didn't like mine at all. The pate didn't really have any flavour and even the goat cheese wasn't that strong.

To accompany the meal, we had a bottle of white wine, which was about £23. The bill came to around £100....which I thought was way too expensive. I really wanted to like this place but came out feeling robbed. I would like to go back for the cocktails, which was definitely the highlight, and perhaps some nibbles but I wouldn't have a full-blown meal here again.

Monday, July 01, 2013
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Taberna Etrusca

I was here for a business lunch a couple of weeks ago and the food was really disappointing. I had the tuna tartar which was tasteless, followed by a mixed fish platter. The fish was ridiculously over-cooked and the whole dish needed seasoning.

The restaurant has a great atmosphere but the service and food leave a lot to be desired. I don't think I would return.

Friday, June 28, 2013
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Byron (Northcote Rd)

Although I agree with the comment about screaming children, I have to say that my boyfriend and I had a lovely meal here yesterday, albeit I don't think we would return. We arrived just after midday and the place was packed -it isn't a place for a relaxing lunch.

My boyfriend had a cheese burger and I had the veggie burger (essentially grilled mushroom in a bun). He said his burger was the best that he has had in ages, whereas, although the veggie burger was nice, it was completely overpriced. The burger buns were really good but they were cold as were the plates. We also had one portion of chips and two beers, and it came to £30 in total.

Monday, March 18, 2013
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6

Del Mercato

I used to love this place but not so much now. I used to think that it was really good value for money, as I normally only have pizza here which are all huge and extremely tasty. However, I recently tried other things on the menu - calamari, chicory salad, spaghetti vongole, turnip tops with chilli, green salad.

I like the presentation of the calamari which comes in a mini 'fryer basket', however the portion size was tiny (I think it was £9) and it was far too salty. I've had the radicchio salad twice - once yummy with lots of blue cheese dressing, the second time, tasteless - no dressing and no flavour at all. Turnip tops are also yummy but a tiny portion size. But none of this compares to the spaghetti - at least half the clams weren't open and the ones that were didn't taste to ANYTHING. The portion was also tiny. I had this with a green salad and I was still hungry after. So, if you go here, stick with the pizzas, which are really good value and, possibly, the best in London.

The service is consistently haphazard, but the place has a great atmosphere so this can be overlooked. As a previous reviewer said, the Italian petit fours are a nice touch at the end of the meal.

Friday, March 15, 2013
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House

I had a lovely lunch here yesterday. I went for the fish pie which had a variety of fish in it - it is a little expensive but I presume this is due the location. Great atmosphere and great service.

Friday, February 22, 2013
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 6

Leon de Bruxelles

I really enjoyed the food but I would not return as I just thought it was too expensive. We had two portions of moules frites and a bottle of wine (not the most expensive one!) plus tip and it came to £50....I like the fact that you get unlimited chips and the waiter was very attentive. But these are mussels....not steak, mussels! There is no reason for them to be so expensive, particularly when you can buy 1kg of mussels for £3 from Billingsgate Market! They obviously have a massive mark-up...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5

The Winchester

We came here for Sunday lunch a couple of weeks ago, but I would not bother coming back. The only good thing is that the Sunday lunches are two for the price of one, but I would prefer to pay full price for one AND have it made well.

It had a good atmosphere though....and they obviously have a loyal clientele.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

New Tayyabs

When we arrived for our reservation last week, I was amazed to see the queues outside. However, I thought the queues meant that that food would be amazing. Well, the food was ok, the service however were abysmal! The waiters insisted that we have our starters and mains at the same time - obviously to get us out of the door quickly! However, the table was not big enough to accommodate everything was crammed on to the table!

The best thing that I had at Tayyabs was the mango lassi - this was delicious. The naan bread was also delicious as were the dips that were on the table. They were very very good but, be warned, if you don't like spicy food, take it easy as they are incredibly spicy. Everything else verged between okay and nice....

I had the paneer which was nice but lacked in spice. For my main, I had a lentil dish which again really lacked flavour.

My complaints would be that the table wasn't big enough for all the food, particularly as starters and mains were served at the same time, the waiters were rude, and also we weren't able to have tea or coffee afterwards as we were told that someone wanted the table...I don't think the food is good enough to warrant a return to be honest.

Monday, January 28, 2013
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Del Mercato

Excellent service and food. My fiance and I went there for a quick lunch on my break. We shared a pizza and had one glass of wine each. The pizza was very good. However, what makes this place stand out is the service. The waitress continually refilled our jugs of tap water and when perusing the menu again, we noticed something called Nduja. When we enquired as to what this was we were told it was spreadable salami and they offered us some to try, which was a very nice gesture. My fiance thought it was out of this world!

The total bill came to around £22, which isn't bad considering this is an exceptionally touristy area. I will certainly come back again!

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Fish! Kitchen (Borough Market)

Terrible restaurant. I ordered smoked salmon, followed by hake with salsa verde. The smoked salmon was nice but it was just a plate of it with NO greenery at all. The bread that accompanied it was thickly sliced and it would have been nicer if they were half the width!

The hake was okay - a little overcooked for my liking. However, the salsa verde was disgusting - it was far too garlicky and lacked in other flavours. Like previous reviewers, I agree that it is overpriced - a tiny bowl of spinach for almost a fiver?? Really?? The food just isn't worth the prices that are being charged.

Friday, November 23, 2012
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 4


After yet another disappointing visit to Roast, I have decided to refuse all lunch invitations that involve this restaurant.

For lunch today, I had halibut with chanterelles and squash puree. The latter was lovely but the halibut was over-seasoned and for £28.50 it should not be. As a side dish I had broccoli - it was barely much so that I could not even cut it with my knife. The only thing going for this restaurant is the location.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 4

Zizzi (Bankside)

I had a lovely lunch here yesterday. I ordered the beetroot and ricotta salad and a water - obviously the waiter asked if I wanted wine or starters but I stuck to my guns! The salad was lovely and more than enough. The service was quick and efficient and I was and out within 45 mins.

I would definitely return.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Kaosarn (Brixton)

I went to Kaosarn last week with quite high expectations and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with the food....My boyfriend and I we ordered three starters...battered vegatables, spring rolls and the papaya salad. The salad was the highlight of the meal - the flavour was punchy and it had a big kick. However, the vegetables' batter was soggy and the accompanying sauce was nondescript. The spring rolls simply tasted of oil and the filling, mainly vermicilli, was dull.

The other half liked his chicken which was served with sticky rice and a papaya salad. But when I tasted this salad, it was far too sugary and lacked any spice. This was strange cosidering the previous salad was so good! I had a prawn curry with steamed rice. It was fine but for some reason, it contained cherry tomatoes - I have never seen this before, so I don't know if this is how it is traditonally served but it was odd.

The prices are incredibly affordable - we spent £30 and wobbled out. It's bring your own booze and they don't charge for corkage, so this is a massive bonus. They also operate a strict one hour table policy, as it is a very popular restaurant and there were queues when we left. Not sure if I would return, but I an see the attraction.

Saturday, October 06, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


I am a regular at Roast as I work nearby and have quite a few business meetings here. My most recent visit was last week.The food can sometimes be a bit hit and miss but on this occasion it was spot on - the halibut was cooked perfectly and the vegetables we ordered - carrots, broccoli and squash - were also good, particularly the squash. However the good food was marred by the absolute shambolic service.

They couldn't find our reservation, although eventually found us a table, and we waited over an hour for our food. We were in a rush so this really put a downer on the meal. Roast is not a cheap or even good value restaurant. It is overpriced, probably due to its location, but for these prices, you expect excellent service.

Saturday, October 06, 2012
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6

Coq d'Argent

Overpriced, mediocre restaurant. I had lunch there this week and I was not impressed at all. For a starter I had a salmon and artichoke salad. The flavours worked together but the artichoke was hard and a bit bland. The smoked salmon was nice with the crab. For my main meal I had sea bass on a crab risotto, or supposedly a risotto. The fish was nice but the risotto was hard rice with no crab in a green broth. My lunch companion had one scallop with one piece of pork belly - he was not pleased considering this was around £15! His main meal was some kind of chicken dish - this was served at the table but it was annoying as it took ages and was too elaborate.

There was also a long wait in between our starters and main meals - at least half an hour. Considering we were there at lunch, I would have thought they would have been a bit speedier....

All in all, I would not return for the food but I would come and have a drink on the terrace...

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5

The Folly

I went to the Folly a couple of weeks ago for a business lunch and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I had a salmon salad which was lovely. I also like the way that the menu tells you what is under a certain amount of calories. I wish more restaurants would do that! It is overpriced but I expect this is due to the location.

Last time I went here (another business lunch), we were seated upstairs but this time we were seated downstairs which I think was much better!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

The Blues Kitchen (Camden)

My boyfriend and I had brunch here last week. The restaurant we were intending to go to was closed for the day so we came here and, to be honest, we did not have high expectations at all. How wrong we were!

The food was really good. I had a vege burger and he had some fried egg and chorizo dish - all the food was delicious. I could not find any faults with the food at all.

However, my only complaint with the experience is how long it takes to receive the drinks. It wasn't busy so I can't imagine how long it would take if the place was packed.

Overall though it was a very enjoyable lunch and I will certainly return as I want to try other dishes on the menu!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

City Caphe

Really disappointing bahn mi! I used to love this place's bahn mi but not today. I ordered a lemongrass bahn mi, which was stuffed full of tofu...but nothing else. The tofu was freezing cold and soggy and the bread was stale - it really lacked any flavour at all!

My last visit was a few months ago and as it was quite late in the afternoon, the bahn mi had sold out so I had the tofu rolls that were in the fridge section. I wish that I had got that today as they were amazing!

Today's bahn mi may just be a one-off though as I arrived at midday and there was already a long it is still obviously very popular...but I can't help thinking that it is perhaps a victim of its own success?

Thursday, September 06, 2012
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9

Northbank Restaurant & Bar

The only good thing going for it is that it has a lovely large outside space on the river, which is where we sat for lunch yesterday. Oh and they are pretty generous with the bread as well, however, the butter is so salty that it is inedible.

I ordered the goat cheese and truffle mouse. It was a terrible dish - looked terrible and tasted bad. It came with some kind of melba toast (I think) but there wasn't enough for the mousse, which just tasted of goat cheese - no other flavourings/seasonings at all. Underneath the mousse, there was a thin slice of did add a bit of oomph to the dish but I can't say I would order it again.

For my main, I had sea trout with a tomato and onion 'salad'. I say salad in the loosest sense - how one thinly sliced tomato with a few tiny chopped onions constitutes a salad is beyond me! The skin on the trout was lovely and crispy but the trout itself was overcooked.

And lastly, the table that we had was way too small for three people. It would be fine if there were no side dishes, wine, bread plates or any other dishes apart from the one you were eating your food from but obviously there were. Overall, I was highly disappointed with my lunch and will not be returning.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 5 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Knights of St John

I love this place, but my one criticism would be that I didn't think there were enough options for mains. I ended up having two starters - one as a main, but this was enough! The food was well-cooked and the flavours were good. The service was excellent as well. With a taste card it came to £30 (we had wine which added £20 to the bill!), and unlike other places, they didn't bat an eyelid when I mentioned it.

Friday, August 24, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


After wanting to try this place for ages, I was pretty disappointed with the bog-standard food! Whenever I walk past, it is always busy which would make you assume that the food is pretty good. It's reasonably priced and the food isn't bad...but it's not good either.

Two of us went for breakfast - we had a pot of tea, an omelette with three fillings and a veggie breakfast. The mushrooms were tinned, which were disappointing, the hash brown was not home-made and tasted more of cheese rather than potato and onion...but both dishes were huge and neither were finished. It came to around £15 for two, which I thought was good value for money. However, despite this, I won't be returning.

Monday, August 20, 2012
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 8


Four of us had a late dinner here last night. We just opted for starters, olives and bread, and a bottle of wine. We had the mackeral, the goat's cheese and beetroot salad, and a chicken salad. All were delicious and quite a good portion as well.

The service was faultless and the restaurant had a great atmosphere. The total bill came to £62 which isn't bad value for the area. I would certainly return again - I would like to try the main meals as they sound delicious too!

Friday, July 13, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Taberna Etrusca

I recently went here on a business lunch. I must admit that I don't think it's a great venue for a business lunch as it is far too busy and noisy but I think it would be a great venue for lunch/dinner with friends. Brilliant atmosphere, good food and good service.

I would definitely come again but not for business....

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7

Swithins Fish

I absolutely love this place! I have been twice now and both times, the food has been very very good.

The first time i was there I had a grilled fish plate which contained a mix of seafood and fish with spicy noodles on the side. My only gripe was that the scallop was wrapped in meat which it didn't say on the menu. I just took the meat off and still dug into the scallop (I don't eat meat) but other people may be quite annoyed by this.

The second time I went I had a fish pie which was lovely.

I do agree that the restaurant does seem to be a bit 80s and could have a makeover but I really enjoyed the food, the ambience and the service. I would certainly come here again.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Muang Thai

Best Thai food that I've had in ages and friendly service to accompany this. We ordered vege spring rolls, a chicken thai green curry (could have had more chicken in) and a mixed seafood stir fry. All of it was lovely and fresh. My only complaint would be that they advised us to get two portions of rice when one would have been more than enough.

All in all, it came to £60 - BUT this included a £25 bottle of wine.

I would definitely come again - great restaurant with a great atmosphere.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Elliot's Cafe

Great addition to Borough Market! Went with a colleague last week on our lunchbreak. We did have to wait around 10 mins for a table but that was fine. It was very busy!

When we arrived tap water and bread and butter was immediately put on the table. A great touch I thought.

I ordered the squid with dukkah and alioli with a green salad. I thought it was a bit tight on the portion size but I did enjoy my meal - the dukkah went really well with the squid and alioli. The salad was a good portion for two to share and the dressing was really delicious!

The service was excellent, really friendly. I loved how everything is from Borough Market... really making the most of a great market.

It worked out being around £25 for two main meals, a side salad and two glasses of wine plus free tap water and bread and butter.

I would definitely return.

Friday, September 02, 2011
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7


Great food, great service! I went last weekend with a friend - it was busy but we only waited 10 mins for a table. The food was absolutely declicious - I ordered the burrito - this was a big meal and completely stuffed me and my friend ordered the special which was mushrooms with smoked tofu. We also had a tap water and a lemonade. It worked out being around a tenner each - I think this is reasonable considering the location.

The service was also faultless - very friendly and efficient.

Everything on the menu looks great and I look forward to returning.

Friday, September 02, 2011
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Tsuru (Bankside)

I haven't been for dinner but I have had lunch at Tsuru several times. I think their sushi is by far the best in town and is good value for money! Highly recommended.

Monday, August 22, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Langan's Brasserie

I am really surprised by the reviews below. I went there for a business lunch a few days ago and I thought it ticked all the boxes!

For a starter, I had the spinach souffle with anchovy sauce. This was really nice although the souffle should have been a bit lighter and was actually quite heavy. This was followed by red mullet in nut butter with a variety of vegetables. The food was lovely, the atmosphere was great and the service was excellent.

Granted, it is expensive but I wasn't paying.

Friday, July 08, 2011
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 6

City Caphe

A welcome addition ot the City! Really really lovely food, reasonably priced and friendly service! The only problem is the place is tiny and so we often have to take away. Also expect a huge queue at lunchtime but it's so worth it!!

Friday, July 01, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Jamon Jamon

The food is terrible - how this can be called spanish food is beyond me! We ordered white asparagus with mayonnaise, followed by seafood paella. Terrible, terrible, terrible!

However, the rioja we ordered was lovely and very good value for money. The service was also very good. We were not happy with any of the food so they took the paella off the bill (it would have been £20) and gave us a free drink.

I would perhaps return for some rioja but certainly not for the food!

Friday, July 01, 2011
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 3 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5

El Molino

Loved it! We spent 52 quid on 6 tapas, a dessert, water and wine which is a real bargain considering how good the food was. We had bean stew, gambas pil pil, asparagus, sardines, stuffed peppers, plate of meat and cheese and poached pears. Very friendly. service and good atmosphere. Recommended!

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

The Real Greek (Bankside)

Awful food. The taramasalata was dreadful, absolutely tasteless! Flat bread was ok. Halloulmi was fine, how can you mess up fried cheese?? Tabouli was fine. Souvlaki was awful. I wasn't paying but I thought it would have been dreadful value for money and the service was SLOW...

Will never return (willingly!)

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 4 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 5


I had a nice lunch here with my partner last week. We shared a garlic bread for a starter, then I had mussels with bread with some green beans and he had a pizza. We washed it down with a bottle of red. It was nice but I thought it was a bit expensive for what it was.

Service was haphazard, took us ages to get our drinks and then a good 40 mins for our main meals. It's okay but there are better places to go to then northcote road.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6

The Refinery

Pretty much the same as the Folly but the food was far better in the Folly!

I ordered a mixed beetroot and goat cheese salad. They were very generous with cheese but the salad had far too much vinegar in the dressing which really put me off it! It actually made my eyes water!

The wedges were... odd.... there were six wedges, all massive and the cajun mayonnaise tasted odd.....

The dessert was amazing though - I had a berry crumble which was really delicious.

However, I wouldn't bother returning as the Folly, its sister restaurant, is far better!!

Friday, March 04, 2011
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

The Folly

Had a lovely meal here at the end of January. I agree with the comments that it is hard to get a table - we booked in advance but over Christmas it was a nightmare trying to get a reservation.

My colleague and I shared the salmon salad and the mussels. The salmon was delicious but I felt the mussels were slightly undercooked but were still nice, albeit very salty.

Another colleague had the goats cheese salad and said it was lovely. We also had two bottles of wine and three desserts - the brownie knickerbocker glory, the brownie (no real difference between the two and we regretted ordering them both) and the cheese plate. The cheese plate was delicious and I would certainly order it again.

We were there for around two hours and did not feel rushed at all, as is the norm in some restaurants. I thought it was well-priced, considering the area, and it worked out being £35 a head for two courses and wine.

I would definitely return!

Thursday, March 03, 2011
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Lola Rojo

A waste of £50. I used to love this restaurant but I will not be returning. The service was dreadful, the food was edible but far below its usual standard. For £50, the only things we enjoyed were the wine, the anchovies and the bread with alioli. My partner ordered ham croquettes- there was no ham in them but the waiter told him that's what they're like. Err no they're not!

After waiting 40 mins for a 'special' I asked where it was only to be told that it would be another 20 mins. I explained that I did not want them and why wasn't I told that it would take so long - he said that it was a main meal and not a tapas - well that defeats the point as everything else we ordered was tapas.

I was still hungry when we left!

This place is certainly a victim of its own success.

Monday, February 28, 2011
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4

The Exhibit

Had a delicious breakfast on Sunday. I don't know if you can order 'off the menu' but there was only one vegetarian option and the menu was very egg-heavy. I had the eggs florentine which was delicious and incredibly filling. A bargain for £6.50!

Service was dreadful - forgetting what we ordered and not bringing drinks until the food was served...

Monday, February 28, 2011
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

Chez Bruce

We went to the early sitting for NYE.

Impeccable service. the food was excellent but I wish that I had gone for the creme brule instead of the pineapple carpaccio. I had a bit of the creme brule and it was the best that I had ever had!

It was £65 for three courses which I thought was excellent value.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Franco Manca (Brixton)

We went for lunch on a week day a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Without a doubt, the best and most affordable pizza I have had in years! It came to £20 for two pizza, two glasses of wine and a tip.

The service was haphazard but the food was worth it. Would certainly return but only on a week day as I imagine it will be packed on the weekend

Friday, December 17, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

Pizza Metro Pizza (Battersea)

I used to love this restaurant a few years ago. Not anymore. Undercooked pizzas, wrong pizza orders, too oily - the list can go on and on....

Will not return

Friday, December 17, 2010
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Strada (St Paul's)

IT does what it says it will do - feed you good food at a reasonable price. The service was pretty shoddy but if I was in the area, I would probably come here again.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Amano (Clink St)

Awful, absolutely dreadful. At least they had the decency to remove the starters and one of the main meals from the bill - all of these were untouched after the first bite.

In the end we paid for a bottle of wine and pasta with mushrooms (edible). I certainly would not return here again.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 6


I had a business lunch booked for 12pm. The food was delicious but the service was so haphazard! We were the first to arrive and the restaurant wasn't open yet so we had a drink at the bar. The restaurant was open but no one called us over. Hmmm... we reminded them and then ten minutes later we were led to a table.

We ordered two main meals - both fish - both very good. We were then asked every ten minutes if we wanted wine... No thank you... asked ten mins later, were we okay, ten minutes later, did we want wine. You get the gist.

It then took an age to get the bill! It finally arrived 20 mins after we requested it! How bizarre.

The restaurant was packed and had a good atmosphere.

It's not cheap at all and I don't think I would pay these prices for the food, although the food was nice.

Conclusion: It was okay but I don't think i'd return

Friday, August 20, 2010
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 6

Feng Shang Princess

My boyfriend and I went here a couple of weeks ago. All I can say is - Amazing food! I will no longer be ordering Chinese take-away if this is what real Chinese food tastes like! We ordered a mixed platter, soft shell crab, scallops, venison, seafood pot amongst others and it was all beautifully presented and tasted delicious.

The service was excellent as well. I must have asked 100 questions about their food and they couldn't have been more helpful.

It's not cheap at all. We spent over £100 including a tip and you can easily spend more if you order the lobster and expensive wine but it was worth every penny and I cannot wait for my next meal there!

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Wahaca (Westfield)

Went for lunch on Saturday with a friend who recommended it. It was ok, not the best and not the worst Mexican food I've had in London but for the price who can complain?? Eighteen pounds for two main meals and two non-alcoholic drinks. The hibiscus water was gorgeous and my friend had a mint and lime water concoction (tasted like a non alcoholic mojito!) was also nice.

I had the burrito which was very filling. Two salsas were put on the table as well - i loved the smoky one but the other one was tasteless. My friend had the enchiladas which she loved! Would return if I was in the area.

Monday, May 31, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

Carmen Bar De Tapas

Awful service. There were five of us and they tried to squeeze us in on a table of four. My boyf explained that we all had bags so we needed a bigger table.... finally they gave in and said that if the restaurant was busy we would have to vacate. Fine. Only when we arrived we were the only people there and when we left we were the only customers.

So finally settled, we're chatting away to each other and the waiter comes over and speaks, only no one hears him, so we're chattering away when the waiter says: "Hello?? Hello??" He continued to be rude throughout the 40 mins we stayed.

The food was nice - we had a good mix of fish and meat and it was all well-cooked. Bread rolls were the frozen ones you buy in the supermarket so that was a disappointment.

I thought it was expensive- £68 for five tapas, bread, a glass of wine and four beers....

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 7 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 6

Lola Rojo

You certainly either love the food here or hate it and i love it! A group of us went for dinner at 7pm, we had a two-hour timeslot which was stuck to religiously, the waiters informed us that we had ten minutes left as I think they saw that we easily could have stayed here all night!

Between four us we ate: bread and alioli (really lovely alioli!), two plate of meats very nice but served without bread or anything...and by this time the bread and alioli was finished), olives (yummy), aubergine cannelloni (very interesting, really excellent flavours), breaded artichokes (the star of the night!), lamb cutlets (great flavour) and a couple of portions of the scallops (the most disappointing dish - not how I expected it). Plus four bottles of wine.... came to £172.

The service was interesting... a bit hit and miss....but all in all we were looked after.

It's not cheap but I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and would highly recommend this restaurant.

Monday, April 12, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Belgo Centraal

I had a long lunch on Good Friday with a friend.

The service was impeccable, the waiter really knew her beers and there were hundreds of them, but ironically they didn't have any cider which was a bit of a disappointment. The waitress recommended a nice beer and and a nice bottle of wine. We were at our table for about two hours and the waitresses didn't rush us to hurry up, and they made it an enjoyable experience.

We ordered two sets of mussels - one mariniere and the other traditional - they were okay, certainly not the best and certainly not the worst. I had the traditional - it was quite 'gritty' and there was hardly any sauce. My friend said the same regarding his mussels too. The chips were ok. We wanted some bread and the only bread they offer is rye bread, which neither of us like but considering the lack of sauce, it wasn't needed anyway!

All in all, we paid £65 for one and a half pints of beer, two lots of mussels, one side dish, a bottle of wine and a dessert. Not bad value considering the area, but the food didn't live up to expectations. I doubt I will return.

Monday, April 12, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 6 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Pho (Westfield)

My dad and I went to Westfield a few weeks ago and wanted something 'healthy' for lunch so decided on Pho. The queue was huge but actually went down quite quickly, within 10-15 mins we were served. We ordered two fresh lemonades, noodles with tofu and noodles with beef. It came to around £18 for everything. I really enjoyed the food, I thought it was delicious and fresh and so did my dad. We weren't really keen on the lemonades and I do think it is overpriced for what it is!

I also like the fact that they give you a mobile-type thing (can think of no other description!) which beeps and vibrates when the food is ready, therefore you can go find a seat in the meantime and not hang around the food stall.

Next time I'm in Westfield, I will certainly eat here again!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


Even on a Monday night this place is busy! We weren't too bothered whether we sat in the restaurant or at the bar, so after a 10-min wait we sat at the bar. The food was good, the wine was lovely - the barman really knew his stuff and we had a lovely bottle of red wine!

Now the food.... it wasn't as good as the last night I came. We ordered two bread things - one with smoked salmon and the other with proscuitto (sp?) and arrancini to 'start'. The arancini were not cooked properly and should have been more gooey... the breads themselves were tiny! I then had the fritto misto - this was a nice size and was lovely but it lacked some kind of sauce - maybe a lemon mayonnaise? My partner had a small meat dish which he enjoyed as well.

All in all, it cost £60, around £35 of that was on wine... the food is overpriced for what it is... but I like the place itself and would return, probably for just a drink next time.

Friday, March 12, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

El Pirata

I've had worse but I've also had far better. A large group of us went for a birthday celebration last weekend. The birthday girl was told we would all be on the same table - we weren't, we were on two different tables. The whole point of tapas is to share dishes etc - as we had to order the party menu, the vegetarians of the group just had one large plate full of food.... kind of defeats the point of tapas doesn't it? The food was ok although the dishes really varied in quality! The cold tapas to start was supposed to feature an avocado, tomato and mozzarella salad, couscous, artichokes, white asparagus and mixed lettuce salad. It all came served on one plate per person - again that isn't how tapas is supposed to be served! The triclore salad was a joke, I received one tiny piece of mozzarella (half the size of a matchbox) on my plate and no white asparagus. The rest was ok - I mean how tasty can a few lettuce leaves with artichoke be???

The main meal was a complete disappointment - mushrooms supposedly cooked with garlic yet you couldn't taste the garlic, the bravas patatas was spicy but certainly didn't taste how it should nor did it look the part - it was a pale beige colour and didn't even have a hint of tomatoes... the rest was ok.... the highlight would have been the Spanish tortilla but it certainly would be hard to get this wrong! Oh also the garlic mayonnaise with bread was nice but there wasn't nearly enough for all of us...

The service wasn't consistent - they kept on forgetting drinks, we had to keep on reminding them.... some may say that it could be because we were a large group but we ended up paying over £600, of that £55 was a tip.... For this kind of money, I expect much better service and much better food. I doubt any of us will be returning. El Pirata, such a shame, as I was really expecting good things from you! This could have been an opportunity to capitalise on impressing a large group so that we would all return... a missed opportunity for you.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


I went with a friend for lunch on a Saturday a few weeks ago. The restaurant was buzzy and had a good atmosphere. We paid £30 for one glass of prosecco, one bottle of Magners, one pasta dish on the specials board and one smoked salmon salad as well as a tip. The food was good, my salad was huge and they weren't shy with the smoked salmon. Really good value for this area and would certainly come back here again!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Portobello Ristorante Pizzeria

A group of us went here last night for dinner. The place was packed as we arrived at around 8.30pm, so we had to wait 20 mins for a table. Once sat, the chefs sent over a pizza for us to share as an apology for the wait - a very nice touch which was appreciated.

The food was good and so was the wine. The pizza was amazing, very very good! I ordered the grilled prawns which was nice and served with a decent sized salad. My boyfriend had pork sausages, two had the cannelloni and two had the sea bass and we also shared a starter of fried potatoes. The potatoes were ok although some were burnt - it was nothing special. The main meals were good and everyone enjoyed them. One had dessert - a chocolate mousse which looked delicious.

I thought it was pretty expensive for what we had - six main meals, two bottles of wine, one starter, one dessert, three espressos for £160... however, it was entirely enjoyable and I would certainly recommend this restaurant again

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Italian Graffiti

I couldn't disagree more with the review below. Six of us went there last night for dinner and were greeted warmly by the staff. One member of staff started speaking to one of the men in our group but when I told him that he was French and couldn't speak English, he then spoke in French to him, which really impressed me!

We had a bottle of champagne, a bottle of red wine, a bottle of water, two portions of garlic pizza bread and six bowls of pasta as well as one dessert for £108 which I thought was very good value for this part of town! The portions were generous and we all left fat and full!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

The Loft

Service - excellent, we felt really taken care of

Food - It was nice but not the best food i've eaten although certainly not the worst either. Three of us had steaks and I had the risotto ball salad. The olives were good too as was the garlic bread.

Value for money - each of us had a main meal. we also shared garlic bread, olives, a cheese plate, a chocolate brownie and two bottles of red wine. It came to £30 each which I thought was really good value for money for the area.

I would certainly go back but more for the cocktails and service than the food.

Monday, January 18, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


Over-rated. Cous cous shouldn't be that expensive.

Friday, December 18, 2009
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 0

The Avalon

Four of us recently went for Sunday lunch and we were lucky to get a table as it was PACKED!! We didn't sit in the restaurant section but were told you need to book three days in advance... wowser, the food must be good!

The short answer is no. It's incredibly overpriced - I ordered a vegetarian mezze with turkish flatbread - £9.50 for a tbsp of hummus and a tbsp of some spicy dip plus a carrot salad. Hmmm... I wasn't impressed - it was ok but certainly wasn't worth £10 (include service charge and it cost £11....). My boyfriend ordered the roast chicken sunday lunch and he said it was good but not enough of it! IT was supposed to come with 'all the trimmings' yet only came with one carrot, a parsnip and some potatoes...I wouldn't eat here again.

However, I really like the bar, we stayed for quite a few drinks and it had a good atmosphere and the cocktails were good. I would definitely come for drinks again.

The service was also not good - they were supposed to operate a table service and we were seated for at least 30 mins before they took our order and then the waitress didn't come back with our change so my friend had to go find her to get it! Only one out of three toilets (women) were working so there were constant queues....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Lola Rojo

I completely disagree with the majority of the reviews below. I go about once every two months and I absolutely love the food!

I went last Friday night with my boyf and had a superb time! My one complaint though is that the food came out too quickly - within 45 mins we had eaten seven tapas so were pretty stuffed! Our waiter suggested to order six or seven but we found that it was too much for us as some plates were a lot larger than tapas and could feed two people! However, everything that we ordered was delicious! We ordered toasted bread with allioli (lovely and garlicy!), chickpea and tomato salad with duck's egg (very good but very very big!), mixed meats, prawns with spinach and peppers, peppers with hake, breaded tuna and meat croquettes. In total we paid £68 but I do think it was worth it. This was for a bottle of red wine, seven tapas and an espresso.

The staff were incredibly attentive and were very knowledgeable about the menu. If the food as a bit more spaced out, I would have given a slightly higher score for the service.

I'm glad that I called to reserve a table as the restaurant was packed but really was buzzy - everyone seemed to be having a good time!

Definitely recommended.

Monday, October 05, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Stef's Italian

I love Stef's! My boyfriend and I went on Saturday night on a whim and I was surprised that they could fit us in as it's normally packed (credit crunch??). We were seated straight away and given menus immediately. We ordered a bottle of red wine and two starters and two meals. After ordering, I noticed the specials on the menu and was a little disappointed that our waiter hadn't mentioned this as one of them sounded very very good!

We ordered a bruscetta and a goat's cheese crostini, both were very very good, very flavoursome! I then had seafood spaghetti in a lobster sauce and the boyf had a calzone - both were huge! We didn't finish them but we both agreed they were delicious. After, he had an espresso and I had an Ameretto.

Our meal came to £53 plus tip. I think this is exceptionally good value for a restaurant off Oxford St and we enjoyed it very much!

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

Lahore Karahi

Abysmal! The service was terrible but the curry was the worst I have ever tasted in my life!

Three of us went for dinner and we ordered three rotis, one pilau rice, a channa, prawn korma and a mixed vegetable curry.

The rotis were nice but that was all that good about the food! The prawn korma tasted of dishwater... actually no... it tasted of absolutely nothing - it was the blandest thing ever! The channa was ok (edible) though again, it lacked flavour as did the vegetable curry which came with an inch of oil on top...

As I said, we ordered a pilau rice, however, when the server finally gave us the rice and breads (five to ten mins after our curries!) it was the wrong rice, yet he tried to persuade us this was pilau rice... it was plain boiled rice. He finally took it back and gave us the correct rice, after another five minute wait!

Five mins later, it was time to leave so we asked for the bill....bill please! Twenty mins later, still no pill so we just went up to the counter and paid.

Yes it's cheap... but we ended up paying £20 for three rotis, one rice and two curries (the prawn one was inedible!)... I'd rather pay double this and enjoy my meal. The worst thing is that the restaurant was packed... I can only presume they all have no tastebuds!

Avoid at all costs. Terrible in every single way.

Friday, September 04, 2009
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

All Bar One (Henrietta St)

Hungover to the back teeth, my friend and I had lunch here on Bank Holiday Monday. It wasn't too busy and as soon as we sat down, a waitress appeared and gave us food menus and took our drink order.

I have to say, this is the best service I have EVER had in a pub. My friend had cut her leg so the waitress went off to find a plaster and nothing felt too much trouble for her!

We ate halloumi and aubergine burgers, which were good - better than the standard mushy vege burger most pubs serve. The meal was huge and was good value for money (£7.50). Don't get me wrong, if you are just expecting pub food you won't be disappointed but by no means is this 5-star cuisine.

All in all, an enjoyable afternoon!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

Pizza Metro Pizza (Battersea)

A group of us had dinner here on Friday night and yes, agreeing with the reviewer below, it was slow service! But we weren't in a rush, so it didn't really bother us!

As always, I thought the pizzas were delicious - I can't believe they are being compared to Pizza Express! The pizzas are huge, so between five of us we ordered three different pizzas and some garlic bread which was more than enough. However, the wine is pricey for what it is.... but the pizzas are reasonably good value.


Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

The Hope

I had can okay lunch there today with a group of friends. I thought the food would be better than it was - two of us had scampi and chips, two had haddock and chips and two people had the lamb burger. My chips were overcooked and the mushy peas were odd, they weren't really mushy and they had a strange taste. The scampi was lovely though, but again, the tartare sauce tasted very vinegary and not how it should! The fish and chips must have been good as my friends finished off their plates! The lamb burgers were burnt but tasted okay.

Service was slow; we wanted a big bottle of water and he didn't ask how many glasses we wanted among other things so the waiter kept going backwards and forwards...

Recommended for a drink as it's a nice looking pub but not for food...

Thursday, August 20, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Bistro 1 (Brewer St)

My friend and I had intended to go to a new Lebanese restaurant that had opened but it seems we weren't the only ones as it was fully booked! So we had an hour before the theatre to eat somewhere, so headed to Bistro 1. We had two courses for about eleven quid each including tip, so it really was cheap but good value as well as the food was nice, not amazing, but worth the money. We also requested tap water which was brought to us no problem!

I had the calamari, followed by the spinach and goat cheese pancake and my friend had the Mezze (houmous, dolma etc), then the salmon. The calamari was ok, the batter could have been better but the rest of the food was well done and well flavoured!

We told the waiter that we were in a rush so the food was brought out promptly. We were out 45 mins later! They also brought us two free shots at the end of the meal, which was a nice gesture but we didn't drink them.

Recommended if you want a cheap, simple, filling dinner!

Saturday, August 15, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


I had a business lunch here yesterday. With regards to the comments below, the restaurant was noisy but it wasn't too noisy to not do business in.... I think it just added to the atmosphere.

I thought the menu (maybe it was because we came at lunchtime) was very short, particularly for those that don't eat meat. There was only one choice of starter and one choice of main meal. Anyhow, I had for a starter the mussel salad, it was very good, the flavours were lovely and it seemed a really refreshing light starter! For my main meal I had the vegetable mezze. This was huge!! It was a mixture of typical mezze such as houmous and baba ghanoush (sp??) plus beetroot in a yoghurt type sauce, lentils which were lovely and garlickly and flatbreads amongst others! It was a lovely meal though I left half of it as it was just too big. The star of the show was definitely dessert, cardamom ice cream. Really lovely and again refreshing, perhaps the most unusual icecream I've ever had!

The service was good, they aware we had a business meeting and didn't interrupt and payed us the right amount of attention.

Now, prices.... I did not pay for this meal so have no idea how much it cost or how much the wine was, but I think it was quite pricey, considering what the food was... and I doubt that I would come here again if I was paying! However, the food was good and it was an enjoyable meal!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6

Boiled Egg and Soldiers

My friend and I went last weekend for breakfast and left quite disappointed! It's quite cramped - the tables are very close together, so we sat down and waited and waited for the waitress to come over. Twenty mins later, the waitress took our order!

It is very expensive, probably because of the location, and the food is not worth the money. We paid £16 for two orange juices, dippy eggs and toast and a poached egg on toast. We also ordered sauteed mushrooms but they were inedible as they were so salty! Again, she took ages to come and take the plates away so we just went up to the till to pay.

I won't be coming here again.

Monday, June 15, 2009
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6

Hache (Camden)

My friend and I had Saturday lunch here a couple of weeks ago. He is from 'up north' and was shocked when he saw the prices of the burgers.... however he ate his words, declaring it the best burger he had ever eaten, which is why i've given it a good score for food despite the bad veggie burger i had.

This is the second time that i've eaten here and had a veggie burger - and it was BAD. I know this place is known for it's meat burgers but I was just expecting more from a veggie burger! It was so mushy and had no real shape - the taste was okay but as it was so mushy i couldn't eat it with the bun like a 'normal' burger, so i ate it without the bun and with a knife and fork, which takes away half the pleasure of having a burger.. We ordered two portions of chips which was way too much - they are very generous servings...

The service was okay.. the waitress was a bit rude... and not really attentive...

Overall, GO if you eat meat and AVOID if you don't!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6

Lola Rojo

My boyfriend and I had dinner here last night. I thought the atmosphere was relaxed, it was really busy and quite buzzing.

Yes the service was slow but I actually liked this... we weren't in any rush and we didn't know what we wanted to order so to begin with we ordered a bottle of wine and a starter tapas. Some 30-40 mins later, we ordered a two more tapas each and we also shared another one. All in all we were in there for about two hours but this was what we liked. I could imagine if you were in a rush, this woudn't be the place for you.

To begin with we ordered toasted bread with allioli (sp??). This was nice but there wasn't enough allioli (but quite enough for my waist line!). I then ordered the Spanish tortilla which was lovely - it came with a really nice sauce... and i also had prawns with peppers and spinach. Again, it was really nice but a littley pricey - £7 for five prawns.... My boyfriend had sardines wrapped in some kind of meat which he loved! and he also had another meat dish, I can't remember what it was but again he loved it!

My boyfriend and i shared potatoes 'bravas' - this was the most disappointing dish - i thought it was supposed to be a spicy red sauce but it was pink - the colour of seafood sauce and it wasn't really all that nice...

All in all, despite my moans about the price for the prawns, it cost £57 for a bottle of wine and six tapas in total... this seemed reasonable to me but I think some things are just priced too highly.

Overall, I would recommend this place and I hope to come again soon!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Pizza Metro Pizza (Battersea)

My boyfriend and i had dinner here on Friday night - it certainly is the best pizza in london!! the bases are very thin which is how a pizza should be to me! I had a baby tomato and rocket pizza - which was yum! My only gripe was that there weren't many baby tomatoes on the pizza... my boyfriend had a pizza with sausage - he didn't like the sausage but thought the pizza was still yummy! We also had bruscetta and a pizza pane and a bottle of red wine.

I thought that it was a little expensive for a pizza restaurant, £52 but the food was gorgeous - i also think that we ordered too much food as neither of us finished our pizza. Next time i think i'll be happy with just a pizza!

Monday, January 26, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Without a doubt, this was one of the best meals I have ever had! My boyfriend took me here for a surprise dinner last night and I thought the whole experience, the food, the wine, the service was out of this world!

We had a Kir Royal to start which was lovely, and then I had white crab in a kind of bloody mary dish - i know it sounds strange but it was lovely! I then had the roast veg with goats cheese. this was lovely but it was too small! We also had a bottle of red wine.

The reviewer below must have had the only waitress who wasn't French as most of the staff were french and were quite knowledgeable about the menu. Even for a Tuesday night, the restaurant was PACKED which is always a good sign! As it was a treat, i have no idea how much it cost but i think it was worth every penny!

Anyway a lovely experience - i'll be back!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


My girlfriend and I are have just come back from Vito's. We both had Scallops with chilli and garlic which was lovely , and as a main meal she had Spaghetti with lobster and I had a pizza .

Well to be honest ,the starter was good but 9 quid for 3 small pieces of scallops and 11 quid for a pizza which was drenched in olive oil was way over priced.

Yes the service was good and friendly but it doesn't justify the bill - a 2 course meal with a bottle of wine for 70 quid YES IT IS OVER PRICED.

Friday, August 29, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 2


Went here again on bank holiday weekend and it was MUCH better than last time! It wasn't greasy/oily at all, probably because I asked the waitress to make sure of this. As the mushrooms are tinned, I didn't have mushrooms in my vege breakfast and had extra grilled mushrooms instead!

For £24, we had two vege breakfasts (double), one 'meat' breakfast (double), two orange juices, tea, coffee and one yankee double breakfast which was huge! I challenge anyone to find somewhere just as good as this for this amount of money - really impressed! Go!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


This place is perfect for hangover food! My vege friend and I went after it was recommended to us as a 'breakfast' place. We arrived at 2pm and it was fairly busy.

We both ordered the vege breakfasts which came with two eggs, two toast, two sausages, mushrooms, two hash browns, baked beans grilled tomatoes and bottomless tea for £6 each! Really good value!

It was really greasy but it was what we were after but it wouldn't be a good choice for the health-conscious! However, the mushrooms were tinned...THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR TINNED MUSHROOMS!!! AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL!! The tea and coffee is included in the price and is bottomless - but the tea was terrible - it was too stewed and had prob been in the pot for hours!! The rest of it was good though - great vege sausages! Yes i would come here again but only for 'hangover' food - otherwise it would be far too greasy for me!

Thursday, August 07, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Fish in a Tie

Hmmmm....what to say? Well it was really a mixed bag to be honest. IT was my dad's birthday and i told them this on the phone but they didn't do anything special for it at all. There were four of us and we had a three-course meal with drinks for £110 which I thought was quite good value. The drinks were VERY cheap!

Drinks: two bottles or red wine, one pimms and lemonade, two archers and lemonades.

For starters, I had spicy calamari salad which was lovely, other people in my party had calamari (really, really good), crab de choux (again, really really good!) and I can’t remember what the last starter was…

Main meals: I had the swordfish – I asked for it to be rare when I ordered it but when it came it was overcooked so I sent it back and the lady said that, despite it being fresh, the chef wouldn’t cook it rare…ok fine, but I wish I was told this when I ordered it as I would have changed my order and it had some kind of accompanying potato thing which was APPALLING so it seemed that I had ordered the wrong meal! My dad had the pheasant in cassis sauce which he said was one of the best things he’s ever eaten!, my boyfriend had a t-bone steak which was MASSIVE and he finished the whole thing and my sister had linguine with lobster which was gorgeous!

Desserts: lemon sorbet (too bitter!!), two of my party had vanilla ice-cream (very good!), and my boyfriend had the cheese plate. But here’s the funny thing – my boyfriend likes bread with cheese so he asked for it to not come with crackers but come with plain bread….they refused to give him bread which I found very strange….

I would recommend the restaurant but I was expecting more after reading these reviews.

Monday, August 04, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

Original Lahore Kebab House

I was really excited about going here after reading the reviews but unfortunately it just didn't live up to my expectations, purely because the food was way too spicey for me - in fact it was so spicy that out of my group (8 people) three of us didn't eat anything.

When we arrived there was a queue out of the door but we had reserved a table so no problems there! I ordered paneer tikka which i normally love but i only had a tiny piece as it was too spicy, followed by a mixed veg curry with roti. the roti was lovely, the curry too spicy! As it was bring your own alcohol, it was incredibly cheap - £83 for seven starters and seven main meals with rice and breads.

I would not come again but I can see the appeal of the place. Go if you love extra spicy food!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 5 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

El Chicos Mexican Cantina & Cocktail Bar

Went here again for a girly-only dinner. There were three of us and we arrived at quarter to seven and left at about half nine. When we arrived we were the first people there but it had filled up a bit when we left. To start we shared a starter of margarita calamari with chilli mayonnaise - the mayonnaise was lovely, really spicy but the calamari was a bit of a disappointment - certainly not freshly made and the batter was a bit too thick and there wasn't a hint of the margarita flavour.

Only two of us had main meals - my friend had the beef tacos which she said was really good and i had the vege burritos. It was really nice, just the right amount of spicyness, and the portion was massive! It came with rice which I didn't like but was too full anyway to eat as well as sour cream and the guacamole - the guacamole was certainly not authentic and didn't really taste of much!

The service was ok, although one waitress certainly had a bit of an attitude problem, but we all have bad days sometimes! All in all, for one starter, two main meals, one non-alcholic cocktail, a diet coke, and five cocktails the bill came to £43 which wasn't bad at all! I would recommend it but not for a romantic couples night!

Friday, June 20, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 9

Little Bay (Wandsworth Bridge Road)

I had heard mixed reports from people before booking this place, but thought I would try it for myself and am so glad i did!

My boyfriend and I went for dinner on Friday night and the place was practically empty which didn't forbode well! However, the food and the service was brilliant! For £43, we had a bottle of red wine, two starters (crab choux and I had butterfly king prawns) and two main meals (he had a t-bone steak and i had the goats cheese frittatta). The food was really good - my only complaint is that the butterfly king prawns seemed to be of very poor quality and simply tasted of scampi but the main meals were really good and the service was faultless!

I was also expecting opera singers and 'pornographic' toilets but apparantly it is a different branch of the restaurant and not this one. We were looking forward to the singers so we were a bit disappointed about this. But all in all, a lovely relaxing meal for two which was extremely good value! Thanks Little Bay!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10

OXO Tower Restaurant

I went here with a group of around 8 colleagues for lunch in the restaurant. the food was out of this world - small portions but considering we had three courses I left satisfied and not overly stuffed. As there were eight of us, we had to order from a set menu - i felt sorry for my vege colleague as there was no choice for him and he just asked for the vege options but when it arrived he said it was lovely! I had the crab spring rolls to start - absolutely delicious! and then the seabass with quince and mussel tartare - all yummy although the fish was very salty but a small quibble over something so nice! The wine was also very good and the service was fab - we had the table for a good few hours and they had no complaints about this.

The cocktails are amazing - certainly worth £9 each. Teh terrace is also good for smokers, on a sunny day that is!

Overall one of the best meals i've ever had but would i come here and pay for this myself? I don't think so - I don't think it's good value for money at all although the drinks are certainly worth it as they are so good!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 5

Da Mario

I went here on Saturday night with 5 of my family and friends. I have to say I think this is the best Italian food I have ever had in London! and also so affordable! There were six of us and we had three bottles of wine, a bottle of water, two cokes, six starters, six main meals and six desserts and it came to £200 including a tip!

I also thought the service was excellent - in fact I cannot fault this restaurant on anything. Thanks for a wonderful night!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Mirch Masala (Norbury)

I went here with my boyfriend two nights ago, recommended by a friend, and it was lovely! We were the first people in there so the waiters were a little over-keen but it filled up very quickly for a Tuesday night! The tables are very close together, so it's not somewhere you'd have a private/intimate dinner.

It's BYO and they don't charge a corkage fee, so already costs are down. We ordered paneer tikka - yummy and spicy but a little greasy, he had lamb samosas which he said was delicious and nice and spicy.

For main meals we had a garlic naan (it was covered in oil and I wouldn't order it again - I know naan is bad for you but this made it too obvious it was bad for me!), boiled rice (again seemed a little greasy though I don't know how as I thought boiled rice was simply boiled!!), he had the chilli chicken which he said was hot (how he likes it) and i had the khari king prawn and mushroom (it was £11 and contained about 5 not so good quality prawns so I wouldn't order it again) and we also shared a channa aloo massala which wasn't on the menu but they made it up for us anyway which is a sign of a good restaurant.

On the whole the food was tasty and authentic - a little greasy but Indian isn't exactly the healthiest food you can eat. All in all, including a tip, it cost £30 and we waddled out of there stuffed. I would certainly recommend it if you live in the area,

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Levant certainly has its ups and downs. If you're looking for the best Middle Eastern food in London, you won't find it here but if you're looking for a great buzzy fun restaurant then this is it!

I went last night with a friend for drinks and dinner. The cocktails are out of this world, really delicious, though a little pricey. We then moved on to dinner. We ordered from the fixed price menu and I think this was more expensive than getting a 'feast'. The good: the hummus, the baba ghannough (probably spelt it wrong!), the tabboule, the lamb kofte. The bad: anything in pastry, it just didn't taste fresh...

Belly dancers were also there, encouraging people to dance, which was a nice touch. However, I felt a bit sorry for them with old businessmen perving at them.

To round up, if you want an expensive, tourist trap with great cocktails in a buzzy atmosphere then this is it but it's definitely one to try once.

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 5

El Chicos Mexican Cantina & Cocktail Bar

My friends took me here for my birthday and it was really good! The food was spicy and tasted authentic to me, and the cocktails were delicious! Definitely worth a visit. I actually thought it was good value for money (or maybe I'm too used to London prices!) as it was £80 for five main meals, three soft drinks and five cocktails and a tip.....

and they also embarressed me greatly after the meal with a birthday song....

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


I had high hopes for this restaurant but it really let me down. I certainly agree with the another review on here - the whole experience was just 'ok'. I ended up paying almost £90 for an OK meal. The best bit of the meal was the home made bread which was delicious with the oil and vinegar. Then it all went downhill. None of the primi dishes jumped out at me, so I ordered the gnocci (ok), followed by tuna steak with panzanella (the steak was ok bit too cooked for me but panzanella was terrible). Can't remember what my boyfriend had.....

There isn't much choice on the wine list if you want to spend below £30 for a bottle....

Overall, I think Jamie needs to come back here and do some work with the food!

Friday, February 29, 2008
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 0

Stef's Italian

My boyfriend and I went to Stef's last week. The atmosphere has a fantastic buzz and it was a really enjoyable night . We started the night with a couple of strawberry bellinis which were really nice before moving onto food.

The bruscetta was out of this world so we thought we were onto a good thing! My boyfriend ordered the calzone which was huge (he loved it and attempted to eat all of it) and I had the porcini pancakes (it was ok, didn't eat half of it, couldn't taste the porcini....) The food wasn't the best Italian food I have eaten but it was really good value for money.

The service was slow but it was nice not being rushed, though we sat there for about half an hour before a waiter took our food order. I would definitely recommend this place for the buzz and for a fun night out.

Friday, February 15, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Banana Tree (Clapham)

I had high hopes for Banana Leaf after my friends told me how nice it was and that it was quite reasonable. Well my boyfriend and I left disappointed. To start I had vegetarian dumplings which came with a very sticky sweet sauce which was sickly and overpowered the dumplings. For my main I had a seafood red curry which was ok - I don't think it suited the salmon but that might just be my preference. My boyfriend had a chicken noodle soup which he didn't even eat half of. He said it was tasteless and watery. The meal cost £40 for two mains, two starters, a glass of house white wine and a beer. I thought this was very expensive (maybe they put the prices up for Valentine's Day??) considering the food and the canteen-style ambience. I won't be returning.

Friday, February 15, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4

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