All reader reviews by Courtney

Salt Yard

Just beautiful. I'd been dying to visit Salt Yard for some time and found myself lucky enough to get a reservation on a rainy January lunchtime. The quality of the food is just exceptional - croquettas were firm with just the right amount of bite; the pork belly was unctuous with skin so sticky it remained in my molars for the best part of a week. The simplicity of the charcuterie board, served with some delicious crusty bread let the quality of the cured meats speak for themselves, and the service from our lovely waitress was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. I can't wait to go again, and visit Salt Yard's sister restaurants.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

The Landseer

We went here on Saturday and I must say I really wasn't that impressed with the food.

They have two menus, a tapas menu and a standard three course gastro pub menu, plus above the bar is a list of some various bar snacks they do (BBQ ribs, chicken wings, nachos etc). I ordered two items from the tapas menu initially, some patatas bravas and croquettes de jamon. Price wise I thought this was pretty good value - each tapas dish is three quid. The patatas bravas were okay despite the massive dollop of sour cream on the top which I personally despise, but the ham croquettes were ridiculous. You would think that a ham croquette would actually contain some ham! And the batter tasted exactly like fish fingers, usually no bad thing but I didn't order fish fingers. Later on I ordered some nachos, which were okay but seemed to contain absolutely no cheese at all, which I would have considered a fairly integral part of the dish. Some others ordered the steak, which looked okay and was served with some really lovely looking bread, and the fish and chips looked reasonable but maybe not for £11.

Overall, I might give some of the other tapas dishes a bash but overall I wouldn't go back.

Monday, July 12, 2010
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5

Wahaca (Westfield)

I can't really work out what I thought of this place. I visited yesterday as a sole diner, and even though it was the tail end of lunchtime it was still rammed, and the only place was at a bar. I have a feeling however that the staff would have seated a sole diner at the bar even if the restaurant had been empty, as they seemed to be quite keen on turning over the tables.

I ordered the salsa and tortilla chips, which are not bought in thank God, but are kept in a cabinet similar to that which hold popcorn at the movies. The salsa came with two other sauces, which the waiter also called salsas, but were not chunky - one was a deep red tomato based one, which was meant to be the more mild, and also a green tomatillo/coriander concoction, in which I couldn't taste the coriander, nor the extreme spice which I was told to watch out for. There was a mild kick, but nothing remote to a sweat was brought on.

I ordered two dishes from the street food menu, the first of which to arrive was the chicken taquito. This was, I must say, extremely tasty, if a little difficult to cut into without the crispy ends flying into my neighbours lap. I also ordered a quesadilla with corn mushrooms, British mushroom and cheese, which was disappointing. I don't know if it was the corn mushrooms, or the cheese, but the overwhelming taste was not a particularly pleasant one, and it wasn't warm enough to stop the cheese beginning to congeal very quickly. Despite having gutsed this all down, I did consider a churro dessert, but spying on a nearby tables order of the dish I decided against - the churros looked far too dark brown, like they had been burnt (the ones I've had previously have always been a lovely light golden brown), and couldn't deal with the potential disappointment. It was fairly cheap for what it was - three dishes and a beer for £13 - but I will have to go again to work out if I actually like it or not.

Thursday, April 01, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9

Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's

We went a as a party of three to Claridge's last night for a birthday. and the one thing we all agreed on was that the service was in a class of it's own. I had organised a few surprises for my Dad's birthday which were executed with ease and style, and they remembered that I had emailed ahead to state a party had a nut allergy. The food, in my opinion was okay - I have had the same kind of thing before for a lot less money. Another small gripe in my opinion was the rigidity of the a la carte. You have to have three courses - two is not an option as they will charge you for three courses regardless, and so I felt I was being quite wasteful when I couldn't finish all three of my courses. The wine list is the size of a small phone book, the cheapest bottle hovering around the thirty quid mark, which is pretty much what you would expect for an expensive place like this. All up, three dinners two bottles of wine and two botles of water came to £350 - the food alone was £210 for 3 people. Truly the service is superb though so for special occasions I would consider this as a definite option.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 6 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 5

Juniper Dining

I'm so pleased this place has opened just up the road from us. We visited on Monday night, and had five courses between the two of us, plus four glasses of wine which came to approx £50. My pork belly main was superb, the only critique being the crackling could have been a little cracklier. My husband has the beef bourgignon and foie gras parfait, both of which he enjoyed a lot. For dessert we shared a chocolate fondant which was the perfect combination of cakey on the outside and gooey in the middle, whilst being so rich we both got a bit hyper. The specials board was extensive and well-rounded and there really does seem to be a dish for everyone there. Gorgeous, can't wait to go back.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

El Pirata

I have to agree with the reader below. The food was OK, but the waiter was without doubt the rudest I have ever encountered - after being seated at a tabel we had booked til half eight, we were sneeringly told we would have to move immediately as a few of our large party were unable to come. Fine - so we all moved, sat down and had our food, and when the time came to vacate the table (after we had just had another drinks order taken, which had yet to arrive with us), the waiter came back, literally threw the bill at us and snapped we would have to leave immediately. After having spent a large amount on food and drinks for our large party, to be then treated in such a disdainful manner was truly gobsmacking. I shan't be returning.

Thursday, October 18, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

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