All reader reviews by steve5312

Ping Pong (Market Place)

We came here for lunch yesterday (Wed 20th March). I'm a big fan of Dim Sum and so usually frequent either the Golden Dragon in Chinatown or the Royal China on Baker Street, which are two of the best places in London as far as I'm concerned. I was a bit wary of Ping Pong being a "chain" restaurant, but was willing to give it a go.

The experience was thoroughly mediocre. The tables were too close together, so you couldn't have a private conversation. In fact, it got irritating having to listen to the next door table's conversation all through the meal.

The service was distinctly average and inconsistent. We had three different serving staff, each of which we had to explain to which one of us was having the set menu whenever they brought the dishes.

The Jasmine tea looked pretty with the expanding flower, but it was served in a glass which made it too hot to hold, and the flavour was bland.

As for the food... it was ok, but not a patch on the aforementioned places. The pastry dishes especially lacked any flavour, and the dumplings fell apart and the slightest touch. The price is about what I'd expect.

Overall I would give it about 5 out of 10, but wouldn't come here again when you've got far superior establishments nearby. This is not a place to go if you're a big dim sum fanatic, but if you've never had it before then I can see why it would be passable.

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 6

Pink Rupee

I've been here a few times and can thoroughly recommend it. The food is perfect every time and the waiting staff are friendly and convivial. Admittedly it can sometimes take the food a while to arrive, but it's well worth the wait. I wouldn't necessarily take a date here, but it's excellent for groups of 4 or more.

Thursday, January 03, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 10 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

Olivelli (Store St)

What a great restaurant! Having walked past Paradiso on Gt Titchfield about 100 times I finally visited on Friday night to a meal with my partner. We had a great time. The interior is really intimate and modern, whilst being comfortable at the same time. The food was gorgeous and the wine (Le Fagge) set it off perfectly. The staff were attentive and friendly... I want to come back and try the buffet next time (significantly cheaper than a la carte!). Well done.

Monday, July 23, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

Andrew Edmunds

I visited here last Monday and had a fabulous meal with a friend. I think it was the day after the previous reviewer visited, because we also had the pigeon (very nice) and the duck as a main. The service was casual but prompt, and the food was delicious as always. I don't know why this place has started getting bad reviews recently because it's as good as it ever was. Maybe there was a rogue waiter working there for a few weeks. Either way, it's still one of the best in London for a romantic meal, although make sure you get an upstairs table and book in advance.

Monday, July 23, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Little Bay (Croydon)

Two of us went to Little Bay for dinner on Sunday evening. The first thing I noticed was the decor. The front of the restaurant looks par for the course (and in fact when I popped in before we sat by the window and didn't see the rest of the venue). However, walk down a little corridor and you end up going down some stairs into a great cavernous space that resembles a mini-theatre with an orchestra pit and royal boxes on the upper level! The service was very quick and friendly. I couldn't believe the prices - very very reasonable. A great menu, but my only posible gripe would be that my duck was slightly dry. Still, can't complain considering the price - £15 each for two courses and a beer, water and apple juice. Will be visiting again.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

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