All reader reviews by mariefife

Pizzeria Rustica

I've had wonderful pizza here in the evening. However, things are very different at lunch time. They clearly pre-bake pizzas for lunch time, then add the toppings and warm them up. Our 'award winning' pizzas arrived luke warm - something that simply couldn't happen if they had been freshly cooked from scratch. We tried to raise this in a friendly way, but they refused to back down. I don't like restaurants that take these kind of short cuts (the ham was also slightly stale), but what I really object to is being treated like an idiot. I've had enough pizzas to know whether a pizza has just come out of the oven freshly baked, or has been warmed up...

so - evenings only I'd say. As for me, I won't be going back.

Thursday, June 04, 2009
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 4

Camino (King's Cross)

It's sad to find a restaurant showing signs of resting on its laurels so soon after opening - maybe it's a London thing. You certainly can't fault the quality of the key ingredients: the meat and fish are superb and at their best simply cooked on a grill. But some of the supporting elements are disappointing given the prices: poor quality bread, limp piles of (undressed) salad leaves. The over sweet, slightly glutinous aioli served with our sea trout was clearly from a jar, and we're not talking Helmans. When challenged, the chef didn't even have the grace to admit that it wasn't home made. I notice that they are advertising for a chef in the Caterer, so perhaps they'll find one who knows his mayonnaise....

The service is willing, but not especially well informed. Our Iberian ham was wonderful, but slightly sweaty, having clearly been left absent mindedly on a hot surface. At £14.50 a portion, this is a bit careless.

Overall, Camino is a testimony to some excellent producers, especially of meat, but the restaurant adds little value. Better stock up on bread at St John, meat at the Ginger Pig and build your own barbecue.

Thursday, July 12, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 4

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