All reader reviews by Kirsty

Kyoto

I have been to Kyoto many times, both in the new location and when it was in the much smaller premises next door - I will continue to return because of the excellent quality of the sushi and value for money that is second to none.

The staff are always friendly and welcoming, they always remember me and know how to treat loyal customers. The owner Kim is often around and happy to share his expertise if you are interested.

I must admit, i am such a big fan of the sushi that i haven't tried too many of the hot dishes on the menu - except the noodles, which are also fantastic. This place is all about the sushi though, the salmon sashimi is superb, as is the tuna, generously sliced and wonderfully fresh. The soft shell crab maki are one of the best i have had, and fantastic value for money. The dumplings are delicious, the spicy tuna rolls are a firm favourite, i have yet to put a foot wrong on the menu.

My advice is to go and share lots of sushi dishes. The wine list is limited, but if they don't have a wine you like drink sake! It is a very relaxed atmosphere and not formal in the slightest.

Friday, February 13, 2009
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


La Pampa Grill (Battersea)

After visiting this restaurant last saturday night i felt compelled to say something to counteract the negative reviews on this site. Yes it is noisy, and yes the tables are quite close together - but that's just the type of place it is. It has coloured fairy lights, plastic animals and a fun, holiday type atmosphere- if you want silence and silver service, then this is not the place for you.

I found the staff to be pleasant and helpful, there was always someone around when you needed them. The food (although not the best steak i ever had) was very nice, the fillet steak was very tasty, the baked aubergine and chorizo starters were exactly as expected, the chunky chips and vegetables were perfect companions for the steak, and the wine was lovely - the waiter was also helpful in choosing the wine by recommending a great one that was the same price as the one we were originally planning to select.

We had a lovely evening in there and thoroughly enjoyed our food, we left full and happy. It's an unpretentious restaurant, which was very busy on a saturday night, and anywhere that is that busy, can't be as bad as reviews on here suggest. So don't be put off by negative reviews, try for yourself.

Monday, June 25, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6


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