All reader reviews by George C

Dishoom (Covent Garden)

Quite the most exiting, different and fresh Indian eating experience in London right now.

Stand-out dishes are the Desi Fish Fingers, Bombay Sausages and Spicy Grilled Lamb. The curries have deep flavours without being heavy. The breads are smackingly fresh.

These are tastes and textures as exciting as you would expect from the likes of Veeraswamy, but at a high street price and in a buzzing atmosphere.

Well worth a visit - this place should make Masala Zone feel tired and ordinary.

Sunday, July 11, 2010
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7


Cha Cha Moon

Only had to queue for 2 minutes on a Saturday evening. Bright and busy - great atmosphere. We were made to feel very welcome and the staff were friendly and fast.

The food is fresh and bright and delicious and brilliant value. Well worth a visit.

Sunday, August 10, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Great Queen Street

Really interesting menu. Skilfully cooked food with great bold flavours. Friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere.

Sunday, May 04, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Salt Yard

When you think of having tapas, you imagine delightful, delicious and different dishes in a buzzing place with great atmosphere. You're so often disappointed in London, but not here - it hits the mark!

Waitress very knowledgeable and helpful. Service is efficient but not hurried.

Reasonably priced. Friday night was really busy but we managed to get a great table near the back. Avoid downstairs, it has the atmosphere of an office.

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


Chinese Experience

Of course, if you want a great Chinese meal don't go to Chinatown. But if you do, this is your best bet.

Lively atmosphere and sharp service. Food of a good standard but with no surprises or stand-outs.

Take the five minute walk to Hakkasan if you want something special for not that much more money.

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7


The Wallace Restaurant

Not up to the standard of other Peyton restaurants. Compared with his brilliant operation in the National Gallery, this place falls short. Go to the National or Inn The Park instead - the food will have brighter flavours and will be much better value for money.

The menu promises a lot and has some interesting and fresh ideas - but what arrives is flat and ordinary.

Service a bit of a let down - the staff don't seem to be bothered. Even with only four tables occupied, we were given little attention.

Great location, being part of the Wallace collection, but lacks the stylish atmosphere of the National and the buzz of the British Museum.

Should do better at this price.

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 3


Moti Mahal

£10 lunch is brilliant value. Fresh, tasty, interesting food that you can see being cooked through the glass-walled kitchen. One of the best Indians, in fact one of the best lunches I've had in a long time.

Sunday, January 13, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8


L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Downstairs has a much better atmosphere than upstairs.

Go and have the special lunch - it is brilliant value.

The service is brisk and prompt. Having the kitchen in the middle of long bar seating makes for a lively atmosphere.

Sunday, December 09, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10


Texture

Called on a Saturday afternoon on the chance of a table that evening and got one. Although it was a 7-9 sitting we were made to feel very welcome and in no way rushed. They've certainly got the welcome spot on.

We tried the fish tasting menu and it was *incredible*. Light and delicious and each plate was an art masterpiece. They did a dramatic thing with a cold tuna dish where there was cool and beautifully scented smoke under a porcelain dome that they lifted from your plate.

They did a scallop dish with something they called "cauliflower cous cous" which knocked our socks off.

The dining room doesn't have many tables so it feels special and the service is friendly but super professional.

I could go on - a real 10 out of 10 experience and good value.

If you're in two minds - take it from me and don't hesitate.

Sunday, December 09, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


Med Kitchen (St John St)

Good service, food not that great.

Friendly attentive staff and fast service when I had dinner here last week.

But the food was a let down. The steak lacked flavour and wasn't well trimmed. A huge bowl of fries were so soggily cooked that they stuck together and you could pick up huge clumps with your fork. The Bearnaise sauce on the side looked like it had been sitting around for a while, but tasted nice once you'd got through the skin that had formed.

Sunday, June 17, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 5 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6


ZeNW3

You will feel very well looked after here.

Some classic dishes but presented in a contemporary way and sometimes with a bit of a twist to them.

Sunday, June 17, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6


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