All reader reviews by TwoForFood

Maison Touareg

We used a LS voucher for this establishment. Reasonable value with the voucher but otherwise somewhat over priced. Belly dancer was there for 20 minutes and whilst not that busy I'm sure she was happy with the payment she received.

Service was good but seriously we got the impression this outlet more suited tourists rather than people who eat out in their city a couple of times a month. I'd have to say we'd not return as there are many places offering better food of the same type with better atmosphere and value for money

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 3

Mews of Mayfair

We went there with a LS voucher. That'll be the no option tasting menu and two glasses of wine. The bill showed £79.50pp and £5.50pp for the glass of wine. The amount of wine in massive brandy glasses leaves a lot to be desired if that's the real price and the meal whilst very nice would shock me even more if I paid the full price. Extra like a bottle of water for £4.50 must sum it all up.

Service was brilliant but it did take 25 minutes from getting the bill to it being processed. The mixed toilets were spotless. Overall we felt the atmosphere rather bland.

Would we go back? Truthful answer must be a no.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 2


We went there a month ago. Very authentic as the staff laugh with you but do not understand - a compliment actually. We went for the set meals including Sushi. My eating partner smiled and said 'That's it then' after some food arrived but alas a large plate of absolutely superb Sushi arrived. A great evening, non rushed and the Plum Wine always does the trick. Well recommended and hey, we are there for the food - We've visited many places where the decor is amazing but the food seldom equals it. This place hits the right notes and we'll be going again.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10

New Tayyabs

Well rule 1 is you MUST BOOK (on the phone/through their website) - unless you want to wait an hour or more! This is an oddment because it's all halal produced and the menu's short but appertising but 'just' too popular. Don't imagine you are going to sit there for a few hours either because you won't. The only real critism is the table size. We were in and paid out in an hour by pure speed and a feeling you have to eat fast. Remember also that if you want to drink alcohol you take your own (think of Balti places in the Birmingham area if you've been there).

You really have to experience this place. You might never go there again, (we probably won't) but something not to be missed. Great food, served quickly and keenly priced that a certain GR (3star Michelin chef - hint) would not be able to fault.

When we arrived the queue was long and an hour later the queue was even longer. We booked for 7pm, seated at 6.50pm and left at 7.55pm! In a nutshell, smart menu, well priced and everyone packed in like sardines. Fast halal Pakistan food restaurant continiously operating at full power.

Monday, October 20, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Galvin at Windows

Okay I hold my hands up - We booked a promo meal through another site due to timings alone!...

The meal and service were brilliant. The service a bit too OTT (brilliant) to be honest as I don't like to feel I'm being watched.

28th floor views are quite amazing and obviously the main 'selling point'. The lift is danmed fast too!

Now the nitty gritty bits - One thing I hate about having a promotional meal is the potential reaction of the restaurant staff. I never realsed my friend telling me something untill she repeated it once we'd left. We filled in the questionaire they gave us - I'm guessing for promotional visitors only and I could not understand why she looked at me oddly when I answered 'yes' to 'visit again'. It would appear that she spotted a derogatary look when we were pointed to with regards to the waiting staff. Some comment as 'Promotion' was made which if I'd known at the time would have generated some swift comment from myself. One should never assume that visitors with promotional meals booked are lesser than 'corporate' spenders. I used my own funds for the two of us (as I normally do) and my company is not reimbursing me! In this particular case my MD asked me to search out some 'quality' establishments. Sadly I won't be adding this one to my suggested list for him for this entirely unprofessional manner alone.


Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


I've read the reviews....

I have to say we've always wanted to go to Pasha but it tends to be a tad above our monthly spend. Then the special offer appeared (aka theatre menu) and we were overly impressed! Heck they even had our booking which is seldom the case with other places.

So ... We went there, we experienced ... we enjoyed ... We'll be going back! In other words sadly marred because of the stupid smoking ban, I add here idiots without brains who decided on such an absolutely stupid law!!!!! We will go back and the ambiance is amazing, the people are A1 and it took both of us 5 minutes to say, ideal for groups and us as a couple were also impressed! Total professionalism as its highest and it might have said 90 minutes turnaround (due to special rates) but we were there over 2 hours and the time whizzed by a bit too fast.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Stef's Italian

We went there and the food was delicious. Heck how can a location just off Oxford Street produce exceptionally good value meals? Very professional and certainly will have a revisit as often as we can. I was actually a little stunned by the bill as being less than I expected.

I read all the comments here. I do understand that many might expect some sumtuous surroundings and I know from experience you can have them and the prices scare you occasionally. All in all this is a well run professional no strings operation where the customer gets real value for money for authentic Italian food.

I'd add that when we left we felt we'd eaten! We enjoyed our visit and surprised to see how early people vacate restaurants. We will as previously mentioned be back at some point and it's certainly been added to out top 5 lists.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Hoxton Apprentice

Well we went there with a booking which seemed to not be there! LOL No problems though on it. Sat down nicely in the centre of the room. Waitering staff acme over as professional, very nice and welcoming.

This is one of those times I call into doubt people saying this is a training restaurant and it's great value for money. For the prices charged it's average, nah in fact (very) well portion controlled would sound more prudent. I'd read many remarks of large portions served and the 2 of us went with that in mind. Beautiful food by the way and reviews are sometimes hard like this. It's the people behind the scenes who pull the strings who need an update! In fact when we left we pondered as to who was going to make the opposite remark to the latter sentence.

All in all a nice experience and as someone who once was involved long ago in this kind of operation shall we leave it as 'You call it training but we could call it marketing under that guise'. We'll probably not revisit but would certainly mention others to experience it. Nice staff, should move up the ladder well and very professional so compliments to them on that.

As for the basics of the menu, well neat and small and sounds a heck of lot more appertising albeit perfectly presented (but could have been twice the size!) food. For just short of £80 for a pint of lager, a glass of red wine, bottle of water and without frills 3 course dinner a little below average.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 3


The two of us went here... Yet another place where you arrive and they take it for granted you did 'not' book. Places really need to make their requirements clear on bookings.

Anyhow nice place itself albeit in an area that might not be to everyone's taste. Welcoming staff and seated with an option of 'in the window' or to the rear. I should have said in the window because my view was the servery. (lol)

Starter was okay, not what was expected but the Red Snapper pan fried served with rice was spot on. Nicely presented in 'hotel' fashion but none the less enjoyable. I think me seeing the servery area (and a minutre bit of the kitchen) proved a professional manner of operation.

Generally a good experience, maybe not the top of the 'revisit' list but recommended. Damned good value for money though I have to confess my friend always' spots the bill total before I put my glasses on! LOL


Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

Rodizio Rico (Islington)

We booked early Friday evening. Welcomed and found evryone friendly.

I'd read the reviews here and put it this way the salad help yourself bar area is absolutely amazing! Simply if you used a teaspoon you'd fill the large plate with so much to select. We intended to book later but in the end our earlier booking was probably a good idea as one notices this place to be truly sucessful and probably ultra busy as the evening wears on.

We'd gone for the set meal with fish - bad idea because the food from the salad bar and the carvers (who never stop) was simply too much. In my case I loved all the meats and just wanted more but there was just no more room!

An exceptional experience to say the least. The waiting staff and carvers were all so friendly. The bill was around £90 including the 10% gratuity included in it. For this we'd had two set meals, a desert, bottle of Chilean Savagnon and two espressos. Initially one might think expensive but for the quality of food and service well worth it.

Nothing else to say except a a re-visit is guaranteed. This area of Angel (Islington) itself is quite an experience with numerous bars and restaurants that bustles with people.


Sunday, November 04, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Okay where do we start? ...

We arrived and were welcomed by a really pleasant waitress. I booked for 8pm but was not asked if I'd done that, yet the data suggests 'always book' I mentioned I had booked and by pure intrigue the waitress finally asked me my name. My immediate thoughts were 'Hmm, you HAVE to book gives one the impression of being seriously busy', - but that can backfire on you (as appears to do here)! I was told that the restaurant was Baltic/Eastern European rather that primarily Polish.

Nicely seated at a table by the window we are presented with the menu and wine list.I asked where the 'set menu' was as I'd viewed it and printed it but am told it ends at 19:30! I think 'Here we go again, this is not quite how it seems', and decide swiftly we are onto a place that gives the impression of being ultra busy and trendy followed by menus they don't actually run from.

I was not disheartened though as I wanted to try Vodkas and went for the suggested Strawberry one. Okay, I'd try them all but we were there for a meal! Wine was a let down as a £24.50 bottle that was described by my partner as, 'Table wine we drink in Italy' so we went for a more obscure one and a good choice I might add costing £17.00.

The starter (and the only item it seems made in house) was okay, nothing special followed by the main course. Erm, shall we say I can obtain this in a supermarket which should not really be a valid comment I should be making here. We both ended with 'White cheesecake' (which I looked forward to) but was not as expected. Bill (including the surprisingly 'optional' 12.5% service 'included') was just under £90.00! I'd conclude that my late Polish farther would have thought we were on a slimming course.

Presentation was okay with much of it appearing to be pre-plated. Certainly overpriced and overrated - Kensington does not mean charge the earth for very little! The pub across the road would have been a better choice to have stayed at.


Monday, October 15, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 2

Pham Sushi

Well I'd read the reviews, and the two of us went with an open mind on Saturday 4th August 2007. When we got there I was impressed but surprised that I'd seen mentioned that no bookings were required. The time was 6.50pm and we were asked if we could vacate the table by 8pm it would be fine as they were 'fully' booked. We looked at each other and said, 'We're sure we could cope with that', as we'd looked forward to this.

My friend sat down and she said, 'I like this place' and I totally agreed. Nice decor and the best of all was that the people were friendly. We had two of No.59 off the menu (aka you have to visit to find out!), a bottle of Califonian Grigio and two glasses of Plum wine (you need to have that!), oh and a glass of water.

The service in no way reflected we had around an hour left. The drinks and food arrived. Everything was beautifully presented.

Another couple walked in whilst we were seated and recognised as frequent customers. I was pleased to see that they also were advised the 8pm completion time so no favouritism - very professional. Both the waiter and waitress said goodbye on our leaving.

Conclusions: Would we go again - You bet we will! A great find and happy we saw the positive comments.

Friday, August 10, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

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