All reader reviews by scot

Clos Maggiore

This is a restaurant that thinks a lot of itself, and charges accordingly. The environment in the garden room is rather precious, with a profusion of fake blossom, but nice enough in the fading light of a summer evening.The wine list is deeply intimidating, both in appearance - a vast plastic ring-bound dossier with about twenty different vintages of Chateau Mouton Rothschild alone - and pricing. Not much here under £40. The food is good certainly, especially the pressed rabbit starter, and the suckling pig with little nutty dumplings is out of this wordl The desserts, such as a warm chocolate brownie and a strawberry tart, are, again, nice enough, but not totally fabulous. Numerous waiters hover constantly, and this is one of those places where your bottle of wine is whisked away so that you are never trusted to fill your own glass. If you want to impress somebody who doesn't get out a lot, this would do the trick. But for me, it was all trying rather too hard.

Thursday, July 10, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

Sosta Ristorante Italiano

Visited this restaurant last week on a friday night. As Anna (below ) says, it is a bit like a time trip here, and rather unnecessarily fancy for a neighbourhood restaurant. That wouldn't matter if the service matched the style, but it was desperately slow and inefficient (and I have found this on previous occasions) ; wine took more than 15 minutes to come, bread even longer, and mains only after two reminders. The food is nice enough, and not expensive, though not copious. Don't go if you want a quiet relaxing time.

Monday, March 24, 2008
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 4 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 4


Three of us had an excellent pre-theatre meal at Bradleys last night. The menu wasn't extensive, but you wouldn't expect this in the circumstances, and it was all very fresh and well presented. We had two starters, crispy duck salad and goat's cheese quiche, which were both delicious, and all of us had the fishcake with mustard sauce and leeks, a more interesting dish than usual with more texture and bite. A friend with food allergies was treated very sympathetically and efficiently by the friendly waitress. The total was around £60 for two courses each from the set menu, drinks and coffees, and we were out in good time for the theatre. The place was full and the atmosphere very buzzy. Will certainly go again.

Sunday, March 09, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

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