All reader reviews by Alby

Crab and Winkle Restaurant

Just had dinner on Sonday evening with my girlfriend. Fish was fresh and nicely cooked. We even got a complimentary bottle of wine for joining their mailing list! Finally, dessert (peach tart tatin) was delicious. The location is on the seafront, but the views aren't stunning since you can mostly see the harbour rather than the coast itself.

We'll definetly go back, even if we live in London!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7


Aglio e Olio

Just had dinner with friends last night. What is really important here is the food: authentic italian, big portions, fresh ingredients. We had minestrone soup, parma ham, mozzarella, pasta, and dessert. Everything was very good.

I agree with other reviews about the service: waiters look upset and don't make you feel welcome.... sometimes they forget to take your next order, but overall the service is not too different from many eateries in London! You can go to other places were service is too caring and attentive, and you can tell it's a phoney behavior (I've just been to Carluccio's were the waiters interrupted my lunch around 10 times just to ask us 'how's food?', 'whould you like anything else?'). At least at Aglio & Olio they are genuinely annoyed ! ;-)

Monday, May 18, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7


Negozio Classica

Fantastic, fresh, tasty italian food and good wine. Very expensive though.

Sunday, May 17, 2009
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5


Manicomio (Chelsea)

Lovely, fresh Italian food, but very pricy

Sunday, May 17, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6


L'Oranger

Had a Company lunch in the private room. Service is attentive and food is good, although nothing was really stunning. The main dining room is beautiful and airy, but the private room is downstairs and has no windows, which makes it a bit claustrophobic....

Sunday, May 17, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6


Bumpkin (South Kensington)

I can't complain about the atmosphere or food - it feels like eating superb British food somewhere in the countryside. But it comes at a price: £55 for a meal for 2 (just 2 main courses and 2 drinks), which smells of a rip off.

Make sure you double check what wine you're ordering: we asked for a large glass of wine and they came with a tiny karaff which was charged at £11!!!!

Why are London restaurant so expensive even when you're just trying to eat a simple decent meal???

Friday, March 20, 2009
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 2


El Pirata de Tapas

Average food - didn't like it at all

Friday, March 20, 2009
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5


The Engineer

Had lunch today. Food was nice and fresh, but the staff is so unfriendly: from the girl at the bar, to the waiters, all of them look grumpy and annoyed....

Sunday, September 21, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6


Kulu Kulu Sushi (Brewer St)

Very good sushi, and plenty of choice. The atmosphere is not great since the place is a bit dull and crowded. Had to queue only for 10 mins. Price was reasonable.

Sunday, July 06, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 8


Centonove

I had a late dinner on Sat night with 2 friends before going clubbing, and we had a good time and good dinner, but at a price of 50 each which is not cheap. The place wasn't too crowded and it was relaxing and friendly.

Ups: food is good (not really authentic Italian, but good), waitresses are pretty. Downs: small portions at very expensive prices

Sunday, June 29, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5


Cristini

Decent food at reasonable prices, but I don't agree with all those high marks: for me it's nothing special. I'm Italian and I've tried much better food believe me.

Sunday, June 29, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7


Carluccio's (King St)

I'm Italian and I find Carluccio the perfect place to have good Italian food at a very reasonable price, in a nice and modern environment. This new franchise in Covent Garden is very well decorated and service is very attentive.

Monday, March 17, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9


Lowlander Grand Cafe

I love the beers and quite like the food. Atmosphere is not great since all seats are very close and there is a lot of noise. Go there for some nice Belgian ale and a good steak.

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7


Bluebird Restaurant

I had brunch on Sunday with friends. Service is quite dismal, since waiters forget things and food and drinks come after a long while. Overall, not a bad experience, but nothing to remember.

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 6


Donna Margherita

I'm Italian. I visited this restaurant twice and only had pizza, which I think is great and close to the original from Naples. The atmosphere is nothing special, but the pizza is great and worth a visit. The 2 polish waiters speak italian and are very friendly.

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 9


Barrafina (Soho)

I went with a friend on Friday night and had to wait for over 1h... you wouldn't wait that long in Spain to eat some tapas, but here in London there are just a handful of good tapas bars, so you have to wait.

While waiting we had some tapas and wine, so it wasn't too bad and service was swift and friendly. When we finally got a seat at the bar, we only had 1 main course, but overall we were happy about the place and the food. The bill was £45 each since we had 3 glassess of wine each, which was of very good quality.

I would recommend this place, but I think it's too crowded for what it is. Go on a Monday / tuesday night, they say it's less busy.

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7


Pizzeria Oregano

Had dinner there with other Italian friends. Food is not bad but not worth a 8 or 9 mark! I had calamari which were fresh and well fried. Pizza is just OK, since the dough is more similar to bread than the original soft napolitan pizza base... The place is really basic so don't expect a great atmosphere.

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 7


Inn The Park

I feel that all the bad comments have already been written before, but why not share my experience?

I think this would not be an awful place, if only they charged half of the price!

I went there for a team lunch with colleagues:

- food was not bad, but steak and coffee came luke warm... definetly not good value for money;

- the view from the inside dining area is great, but the room is quite small and noisy: this area is shared with the cafeteria, plus there was a constant smoke of burnt food coming out of the open plan kitchen;

- my boss was unhappy and decided not to pay for the service: the staff is so careless that nobody asked him why...

So, was it a bad lunch? No. Would I go back and pay £40 for the same experience I could get at cafe' rouge? No!!!!

Friday, August 24, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 7 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 1


Fifteen

Had Sunday lunch in the Trattoria upstairs. The food is fantastic and ingredients very fresh (I am Italian and I believe this is good italian cusine). Moreover the prices are ok, since we paid £65 for 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 glasses of wine. Would definetly go back. Unfortunately the location is not great.

Friday, August 24, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


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