All reader reviews by Phil

Crazy Bear

Lots of people have recommended this place both as a bar and a restuarant. I took some people for a business lunch last week and was impressed by all aspects. The decor is fantastic if not somewhat over the top (loos particularly) and reminded me a bit of Sketch (which is way too over the top). Food, service and atmosphere were all good without setting the world alight. It's not that expensive either so makes a great relaxed and non bank breaking business lunch venue.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Babylon at The Roof Gardens

I went here for a Friday business lunch as was looking for somewhere that offered al fresco somewhere near central London. Unfortunately, you cannot book the outside, it's allocated on a first come first served basis. Whilst I can understand the logic of this, I think there should be tables you can book with an non-returnable deposit. Fortunately there was still a table free and we sat outside which was great. Nice leafy views of the west of the city and not so nice views of Stamford Bridge! A la carte is expensive but there's a decent set menu on offer which is only around £17 from memory for 2 courses. Although the set menu was not the best i've seen, it was good value. The best part of the meal was the service and especially the head waiter who was excellent. We were on a tight schedule and he took the time to find out how long we had and the speed of the service was altered accordingly. Further more, when we ran out of wine, he offered excellent advice for a wine which accompanied the beef. It was a great choice. This guy ran the shop and it showed how service can turn a decent experience to an excellent experience. Still overpriced but I wasn't paying :-)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5

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