All reader reviews by andreas

Cottons (Islington)

I visited this restaurant on a Friday night in May 2010. I had not heard of it before but was just passing by with my girlfirend and both of us were quite intrigued by the atmosphere. It was not very busy and the staff were all very friendly. We had a cocktail to start with which was delicious and quite appropriate for the spicy food that was to follow. The starters were very reasonably priced and sized. The mains (I went for red snapper and my gf for roast lamb) were also very delicious. Alltogether we paid around £60 which included a well desreved service charge. If we were not as tired we would've popped down to the bar which had a live soul performance. I will certainly visit again.

Friday, May 14, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

The Duke of Cambridge

This place seems to generate mixed reviews and if I hadn't already visited at least 5-6 times I would be seriously biased. I really can't figure out why some people have had bad experience as every time I've been there I came out very impressed and really happy. The food has been excellent, the service very fast and the atmosphere very friendly. The fact that it's not on the high street is a big big plus. I've enjoyed every time I've been there. I have to say that I generally avoid busy hours - last time I was there on a Sunday evening around 9.30pm.

I can think of three reasons why someone would give a bad review:

1. My standards may be very low (I'm not fussy about food & service but personally I rule this out as I'm Mediterranean and I'm used to very good food and generous portions) - by the way, I love the fact that you always get bread & olive oil for starters (at no extra charge - of course) shortly after you place your order - this is how a proper meal should start

2. Although I've never been dissappointed, I realise that I may just be lucky and every time I visit I get the good food/service whereas other people may have been unlucky - this is quite a plausible scenario but I doubt it

2.1 A sub-case of this could be that food/service is generally very good, but on some occassions it may have disappointed - and people tend to complain when disappointend rather than congratulate when satisfied - this seems more plausible

3. Bad reviews may deter new customers so you can always get the best service/food with no crowds - personally I prefer this scenario and now that I think of it, I wouldn't recommend going there because I'd hate to get there only to find out that there's no free table

Monday, August 13, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

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