All reader reviews by Giuseppe

Geeta

This is my favourite restaurant in London, I've been coming regularly for a few years.

The food is freshly prepared, Kerala-style, and very good value for money: with less than £15 you're guaranteed to walk home with your belly bursting out! As I think I've gone through the entire menu by now, I can especially recommend the Masala Dosai and - if you have a sweet tooth - the Peshwari Naan, simply the best in town.

Until three years ago this was "the best Indian food in the shabbiest place", as a friend of mine put it; after refurbishment, the decor has become decent, if just standard.

Service is excellent and very discreet.

I keep bringing friends along, and they all come out enthusiastic. What more can I say?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 10


Al-Dar

Walking on Edgware Road with a friend, we noticed that this place looked busier than many other similar restaurants in the area: we took this for a good sign and went in. Actually a bit too loud to have a peaceful conversation, but you expect that.

The food was good, although a mezze platter which the waiter claimed to be for 3 people wasn't actually that big. Being uncertain between Mouhalabieh and rice pudding as a dessert, I opted for the former because of the pistachio nuts it should have contained... so, when the dish came, I was disappointed to see there weren't any, in spite of what it said on the menu.

The service was bad: I felt just about tolerated rather than welcome, and when the bill came and I politely pointed out that they had charged us for a coffee we never ordered, the waiter came back a couple of minutes later with a correct bill but not a single word of apology for the mistake.

With so many other Lebanese restaurants around, I don't think I'll go to this one again.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 6 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 6


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