All reader reviews by Cuthbert Greenwood

Arang

FOOD

Illustrated menus made ordering easier, although I am familiar with the more popular Korean dishes in restaurant anyway. The dolsot bibimbap was really good. We ordered one with raw beef and one with cooked, but when it is stirred, the raw beef becomes cooked anyway. The scanty quantity of matchstick-thin beef slivers seem to be a feature of all restaurants serving bibimbap. The meat was well marinated and really flavoursome. Wonderful with thinly sliced spring onion, rolled in a crispy lettuce leaf. I also had a cinnamon drink which, perhaps overly sweet for some, was really really scrumptious, but then I love cinnamon and I have a very sweet tooth.

SERVICE

Staff were friendly and eager to make recommendations. It may have been because the restaurant was not particularly busy at the time, but they really were over-attentive to the point of discomfort! They came over to cook the meat on the barbecue for us, turning each and every slice over with patience. Very kind and sweet, but unwarranted. We asked to do it ourselves but moments later, they returned. After another request to be allowed to cook the meat ourselves, we were left in peace, but with a watchful eye over us! Admirably yet disconcertingly patient and attentive!

VALUE

Good value. Neither really excellent nor at all bad. Food was undoubtedly delicious, a similar quality to all the other places I've tried in Soho. You won't be disappointed, but not ecstatic.

Monday, July 02, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7


Pierre Victoire

FOOD

It's been some time since I went to this restaurant but some of the dishes remain memorable, in a positive way thankfully. My creamy prawn pancake starter was light and scrumptious and the duck main had that melt-in-the-mouth factor. Tender and moist, unlike some duck breast which if not cooked well can end up tasting dry and bland.

Dessrts were disappointing. Portions were small but the presentation was decent. The sticky toffee pudding was freshly microwaved and drowning in toffee-coloured custardy goo. I found the creme brulee not quite rich enough but perhaps I am too used to over-indulgence!

SERVICE

The restaurant was very busy so the staff were a bit rushed and flustered. Service was nonetheless decent and relatively quick.

ATMOSPHERE

I never realised Pierre Victoire was a chain. I love the gothic style writing on the shop facade and the interior is cosy and intimate. In the evening as the sun was setting, the loud conversation and live piano-playing really added to the pleasant dining experience.

VALUE

The lunch menu is good value for money but the choice is limited. Overall our dinner would have been good value for money, but for the disappointing desserts.

Monday, July 02, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7


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