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Butlers Wharf Chop House

The food was absolutely awful. It is very rare that I am so disillusioned about the food at a restaurant that I have to write about it.

Went to Chop House with a few friends on Monday night. The starter was the duck terrine which was too dry. My partner had the potted shrimp, which was passable, although the melba toast was slightly burnt.

I was terribly upset with the main which was the Brixham fishstew. I was assured by the waitress that it was excellent. Unfortunately for me, she tried it when a different chef prepared it. It was very very bland (almost as if they forgot the salt), and shockingly, the fillets of fish were not deboned: I spent a good five minutes trying to pick the bones out. The grilled mushrooms were cold and tasteless as well. Thankfully, the green beans made up for it (a bit) - but all they did was drench the beans in butter - not that difficult. My partner had the roast beef, which was actually quite good. The Yorkshire pudding was also excellent. Unfortunately, they failed to provide enough gravy - which I would have thought was the easiest thing to do.

Finally, the dessert. Had the drop scones and honey ripple icecream. That was passable. I was told that the coffee was absolutely terrible though.

Service was not very good. Barely acceptable for a restaurant if they charged half the price this one was charging. I think the highlight of the evening was actually the spinach bread. That was quite nice.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 1 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 1


The food at Bar Shu is really very good for the normal standards that you can get in London. The service I thought was excellent, although that may be because we spoke the language. The spices used were very authentic, although the level of spiciness was obviously adapted for local taste. The price was a bit on the high side (£107 for 3 for a Saturday lunch), but understandable as the quality of the food was quite impressive. I am unsure why there were so many negative reviews, but perhaps we were lucky that we went there for a Saturday lunch, and the restaurant was not full at all.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Have attempted to visit twice before and failed, but finally managed it last Friday. I am very glad that I persevered. We (three of us) all had the dinner set. Started off with edamame which (I was very glad to note) was not oversalted, like some versions you could get in other Japanese restaurants. The sashimi that followed was very good. Fresh and well cut and presented. Notwithstanding that they only offered tuna and salmon, it was still very much enjoyed. I had the yakitori afterwards, which was simply sublime, whilst my boyfriend had the tempura. He said that the vegetable tempura was better than the prawn, but all was of a very high quality. The next dish was assorted sushi. I was slightly disappointed here, because the fish was not of the same quality as the sashimi (perplexing, I know). Although the rice was in the right fan-shape, it tasted a bit old and hard. It was almost as if the sushi was made in advance and left standing before being served. However, am pleased to report that the ikura was not too salty and the tamago (egg) is one of the best I have tasted in London. The miso soup was really decent and we finished off with green-tea ice cream. My favourite. I really enjoyed the dinner. The service was attentive, polite and non-intrusive. I felt as if I was back in Japan. It was that good. I think the lunch menus are probably better value for money. Too bad I don't work near by. Will definitely be coming back.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


A really gorgeous restaurant. The service was really good and the food was really nice as well. Nothing tooo fancy, just really decent, fresh, well prepared and presented organic food. However, with Borough Market right next to it, it would have been severely embarrassing if the ingredients were not fresh.

Only problem is the cost - but then, if you decide to go to a swanky restaurant, you really should be prepared to pay for it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

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