All reader reviews by Richard C

Anchor & Hope

After many years trying we were at last successful in finding a table one recent summer's evening. The food did not disappoint with some innovative and well conceived dishes but nothing remarkable . The gimmick of french tumblers for wine does nothing for enjoying a decent wine and can only be to make serving and washing up easier. In addition we did not like the arrogance of one particular waiter who refused to accept that a distinctly corked bottle had anything wrong with it. Only on pressing would he change it and even then we were charged on the bill and had to make an extra efffort to get it removed. Shame about that, the rest of the service we received was was good enough but the overall food quality and experience not as special as I had hoped. We wont be rushing back.

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6

Fish! Kitchen (Borough Market)

I can only agree with the previous reviews. This place is a complete rip off, the prices are sky high for extremely average food. How they can get away with such miserly portions and average quality for whitebait and calamari starters is quite extraordinary. Chips were unbelievably bad (ended up being taken off bill). The only highlight was a decent piece of steamed halibut. I can not recommend.

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 3 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 1

Le Vacherin

No complaints at all from our visit for lunch on Good Friday. Food to a high standard, nice atmosphere and good service. Reasonably priced and good quality wines judging by the 3 different ones we enjoyed. The only minor quibble was a slightly dry Duck Confit by one of our party but apart from that all very good. Hope to return soon. Superb value if you are lucky enough to have a Travelzoo Voucher. (Service would have scored higher if it had not been for the 3 attempts needed to get our bill correct!)

Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

The Gurkha's Inn

I had previously rated the Gurkha as the best Indian restaurant in Twickenham but was disappointed with things on my visit last Thursday. Perhaps the chef has changed. Superb Onion Bhajee was the only real highlight with other dishes being only average - with the exception of Rogan Josh which was still pretty good. Hopefully this was a one off but I don't see myself returning for a while.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 5 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6

Vivat Bacchus (London Bridge)

It's hard to believe I had lunch at the same restaurant yesterday as many of the previous reviewers. Lunch here yesterday was a disappointing experience, many dishes were simply not available and worst of all one of the key things which attracted us here, the cheese room, was not open. The food we did have was adequate, starters included a competent blue cheese salad and a miserly portion of gravadlax, rump steak for main course was tender and tasty enough but accompanied by seriously bland and under cooked chips. Other mains in our group (ostrich and risotto) were OK but nothing special. The cheese they were able to rustle up (after admitting they had run down stocks for Christmas) was good enough although a miniscule portion for £7.50. Wines were good, service well meaning but rather amateur. Far better dining experiences are available for similar money, will not be returning.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4

Black & Blue (Mortimer St)

Lunch at Mortimer's on Friday was disappointing. We booked a table outside but it was claer that they had not geared up for the sunny weather and full terrace - the staff were terribly under resourced and stressy and the food was nothing special. Scallops with industrial black pudding followed by a bland and tasteless sirloin steak. Only the chips were a redeeming feature. I won't be rushing back.

Sunday, May 23, 2010
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 3 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

Blueprint Cafe

Lunch here today was extremely good. Interesting food prepared with attention to detail and pride. One of the best lunches I've had for a while at very reasonable prices.

Friday, November 06, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

India Per Se

I have not been to Eriki for a couple of years but our return last night was very disappointing. Top prices for very ordinary food and miserly portions. The lamb was extremely tough and the other dishes very uninspiring at these prices. Shame, because I used to love it here.

Friday, November 06, 2009
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 4 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 1

Karahi King

I returned here for the first time in 5 years and was not disappointed. The food was beautifully prepared with fresh distinctive flavours and not at all oily as mentioned by the previous 2 reviews. Sheikh kebab and chilli baji to start were to die for and the overall experience was right up there with my usual haunts in Tooting. Well worth a visit even if you are not in Wembley. Service was courteous and efficient and the prices pretty good too.

Thursday, April 02, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8

Gaucho (Piccadilly)

OK the steaks are great and not bad value and the staff charming but the crazy mark up on wine and the £2 extra charge for dreary packet sauces such as pepper sauce with not a single pepper corn, takes the edge off the whole thing. Side orders too are stingy sized and too expensive. Just stick to a steak and keep the rest to a minimum. Like the cow hides on the walls and moody lighting but hard to see a thing in the loo. Enjoyed the overall experience but won't be rushing back.

Sunday, November 25, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 3


We had we been looking forward to experiencing Banares for some time following all the hype and finally made it for a Saturday evening.

Although we had a perfectly acceptable meal and a pleasant evening there was nothing special or memorable about the experience. And at these prices it was very disappointing.

OK this is Mayfair but £8.50 for a dhal and £19.00 for a fairly average chicken curry just doesn't stack up, especially when compared with the quality and value on offer in London's outer and more authentic reaches such as Tooting and Wembley.

Service was efficient and friendly but the venue itself lacks any charm or character.

Needless to say we won't be returning.

If you fancy a good quality Indian meal in central London that's a cut above the rest then go to Haandi or Bombay Palace.

Sunday, July 15, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 1

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