All reader reviews by Paul

The Gay Hussar

Four of us went to the Gay Hussar yesterday evening just as they were opening at 6pm. The boss made a small amount of fuss when we said we hadn't booked but found us a table as long as we left by 8pm. Not a good start but we had two hours. The Beef Goulash starters was a bit thin but very tasty. The Venison Goulash main course was even better but in all honesty, something I could have cooked equally as well at home. We bought a couple of carafes of red and a couple of white and the wine was pretty good. Unfortunately no cheese board. The bill came to about £130 and we were surpised to find that the service charge had already been added. The numerous framed charicatures of politicians were interesting and the place seemed popular. I'm not sure I'd return though. There are better restaurants.

Saturday, July 26, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Al Forno (Kingston)

What a super place. very friendly and attentive staff, good food, pretty good wine and even a guitarist to serenade us. Four of us arrived at 6.30pm and at first I was concerned by the loud canned music, but then a Dustin Hoffman lookalike began playing his guitar. Excellent and he enjoyed the joke that his career had gone downhill after 'The Graduate'. I stuck to a mussels starter followed by a seafood (including more mussels) main course. Our daughter had a great big pizza. The staff were attentive and things weren't rushed. The house red was OK but the Valpolicella Classico was better, and the four of us got through three bottles. Their website claims we could see the Thames, perhaps but only with a step ladder. I don't think the food was expensive but we were treated by our daughter's partner Leighton so I didn't know the final cost. A really good evening out and the 'Two meals for the price of one during January' vouchers given to us as we left was a nice touch.

Friday, December 21, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Souk Bazaar

Well we were recommended to the Souk Bazaar by friends. I'm riding my motorbike to Morocco next year and wanted to try Moroccan food which I'd heard a lot about, especially the tagines. We arrived just before 6pm - it's only a minutes walk from Leicester Square - to find we were the only customers. It was extremely dark inside especially with the dark maroon material draped across the ceilings and tiny candles on the small tables. We shared a mezze (between three of us) which was fine then ordered tagines, each one was different. The Moroccan red wine was pretty good so we had a second bottle. The food was superb so we are going to buy a tagine and cook our own. The ladies had puddings which they liked. The service was excellent although we had three different waiters/waitress. The bill was a bit of a surprise as they'd added £5.90 for two large bottles of tepid tap water (we think)(which he hadn't asked for) plus a 15% service charge. The bill for three of ur was about £90. We would have preferred to have tipped the staff ourselves. All in all though, a really enjoyable meal and we shall return (with a torch!)

Saturday, October 27, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Tas Pide

Three of us went there yesterday at 5pm after my wife and a friend had seen a play at the Globe Theatre just around the corner. No problem getting a table as long as we were out by 6.30pm (we hadn't booked). Complimentary bowl of excellent soup followed my a meze-type meal. House white was fine, house red was truly awful (Gamay). The place was clean, the staff attentive and the food excellent. We shall definitely go again. Our first experience of Turkish food.

PS I cannot understand the previous bad revues. All I can say is that when we left, the restaurant was packed with very happy looking customers.

Saturday, August 25, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

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