All reader reviews by Harvey

YO! Sushi (Fulham)

I must agree with other reviewers, I have been a long-time and regular visitor of Yo! Sushi, and I'm not nearly as impressed as I used to be. The novelty of the conveyor belt has been replaced by disappoinment at the weak selection on it at busy times; to add to this the service is slow when you order. The sushi is disappointing and not always as fresh as it could be...clearly the less popular items go around for quite some time, while more popular ones are rarely there. Waiting for half an hour for some nigiri to go by is rather annoying in a sushi restaurant.

For a quick and convenient meal with added novelty, yes - but for a good sushi experience, I wouldn't really recommend it.

Monday, May 07, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5


Thai Garden Cafe

I visited recently on a Friday night and was surprised to get a table quickly. The service was good but the waitress was rather inattentive. We ordered a set menu, at £30 for two it was excellent value but far too much food (not that I'm complaining). The starters were very tasty, while the mains were good but nothing special.

Overall, competent food and excellent value for money; the place was the usual decor one would expect, but not worth a special evening out.

Monday, May 07, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8


Hare and Tortoise (Bloomsbury)

Hare & Tortoise has been a recent and excellent discovery. Far better value for money than similar places like Wagamama, the portions are huge and delicious. The queue often extends out the door around lunchtime, so expect a wait at peak times for a table and for service, which can be exceptionally slow when the place is full. Surprisingly, the sushi is around half the price and much better than nearby offerings such as Yo! Sushi. Although the selection is narrower, I think 16 pieces for £12 including octopus and fish roe is very reasonable.

Overall, it might be best to go somewhere else during busy times if you want a quick meal, but otherwise for fast, delicious food at excellent prices, I highly recommend it.

Monday, May 07, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10


Tinseltown (Farringdon)

This place is excellent if you want to avoid a hangover, but good for little more than that. At 4AM a full english breakfast and a cup of tea was fantastic, but at close to £10, hardly value for money. The service was fast and efficient, although clearly more suited to dealing with too many drunk clubbers than giving a fine restaurant experience. The food that my friends and I had was good but basic, and overpriced, especially on the breakfast items, and the halal bacon was an experience I wouldn't repeat out of choice.

As the only 24-hour diner that I've found so far, Tinseltown is a godsend, and I would highly recommend it in the early hours. However, comparing it to other American-themed places like TGI Friday's and so on, it is considerably overpriced for what you get. Given a wider choice, I wouldn't go there again.

Monday, May 07, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 6 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3


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