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Fish! Kitchen (Borough Market)

You want good fish? Then go to Fish! It's the best fish place this side of San Francisco. (And the sticky toffee pudding is to die for.)

Monday, June 25, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Trattoria Mondello

My wife and I went to Trattoria Mondello on the strength of all the rave reviews appearing here. It was a big mistake. The first indication of this, which we should have heeded, was the waiter out in front trying to drum up trade by calling out to passersby. The second sign of trouble was the waiterís continuing to holler at pedestrians from directly behind my chair at an outdoor table. After we had moved inside, the menus were presented promptly as was the food, which, to be fair, was perfectly edible although nothing to write home about. And itís true, as other reviewers have noted, that the wait staff are friendly and attentive -- up to a point (the point at which you want to order more wine or get the bill, the point at which you become terminally invisible). We never did get a second glass of wine; it took forty minutes for someone to fetch my credit card; and it took another twenty minutes for the owner to return it, claiming it that didnít work. Rather than dispute this tired ploy--by now our ears were ringing from the din of other diners who had meanwhile been enticed inside and packed like kippers in a tin--we gladly paid in cash and made our getaway. My advice: avoid this noisy tourist trap unless youíre a noisy tourist yourself in search of like companionship. If you want truly delicious Italian food, competent service, and a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy these things, go to Camerino down the road on Percy Street. But keep your eyes peeled: itís a little hard to find and thereíll be no one on the pavement with a megaphone.

Monday, June 25, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 6 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 5

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