All reader reviews by roym


Tacos, burritos and quesadillas were all lovely and tasty. Meal for two with plenty left over was a bargain at 11 pounds. A welcome addition to Tooting.

Monday, January 10, 2011
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10


Went for a birthday meal recently and had a very pleasing night. The art deco bar is a bit much, but the restaurant itself was great. Excellent service and attention, extremely solid cooking. The coquille st jacques could do with a bit of a boost though.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Benihana (Chelsea)

Just returned from my first and ONLY foray to Benihana. Avoid in summer as it's downstairs and pretty dark decor. Second when empty, theres zero atmosphere. so you can hear every clink. Third it is just way to overpriced. There were only two of us, and we hardly ate like royalty: one prawn and one steak hibachi, and a spicy prawn stir fry on the side with soft drinks came to 80 quid! Ouch. If you want to see the grill chef in action, check em out on youtube instead and save yourself a nice wedge of cash. to think we could have eaten at our favourite local (Lamberts) for that amount.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 1

The Exhibit

Went on Saturday eve as we were reliably advised the menu was half price during April. i thought the food was pretty good (pear and rocquefort tart followed by seabass) though the service was a little slow, and it was a tad raucous in there. still, I'd thoroughly recommend going, especially at those prices!

Monday, April 27, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 10

Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote (City)

Went for lunch there yesterday. The finish in the place was perhaps a bit too polished (its just been built) and some of the tables in this noisy room were a little close. If you're fond of city types then this wont be a problem for you...

The food concept is straightforward enough; A set menu consisting of a green salad with walnuts, followed by steak and chips, plus a secret sauce! Your only option is how you want the meat done; blue to well done via rare and medium. They serve you half your steak (in slices) at first while keeping the other portion warm until you are ready for it, and more fries to boot. There's more variety on the dessert menu which included cheeses and ice-creams. It was pretty delicious i have to admit. One problem though is that the way it was served meant that i wasn't sure how big the steak was, so its difficult to say if the 19 pounds was good value.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

El Faro

I get the feeling that most tapas bars in london fall short of authenticity partly thanks to our own laziness but if you're looking for the real deal el faro is it. Everything about our evening here was spot on. The plate of ham although quite pricey was the best cured meat ive ever eaten and my wifes chorizo was also delightful. We opted to go for the standard starter-main meal which meant that i might have missed out on trying the famed suckling pig pork belly confit which was also on the starter/tapas list were it not for the extremely helpful waitress who brought us a small taster version of the dish to try. An all too rare example of thoughtful service which guaranteed a return visit. Our mains (Cod with white beans for me, baby lambs leg for the lady) were equally enjoyable, accompanied by a top value £20 bottle of red which was recommended by the staff. The wine list is pretty extensive but again we simply said what we liked and disliked and were directed to the Care 2005. it the wrong side of london from where we live but i can't wait to return.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

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