All reader reviews by Mark B

Marco by Marco Pierre White

Went here with a Groupon voucher (£35 for 2 people eating steak and chips + any pudding + a glass of wine each) as we live round the corner. Weird, footballers' wives style decor (unsurprisingly given the location, ownership and likely clientele) and service was adequate. Food was very good (10oz sirloin and caramelised apple pie) and house wine was fine.

The main gripe I have was a blatant attempt to increase margins by making people buy extra drinks. When we arrived, we were told that our table wasn't ready (when we arrived there were 3 or 4 ready tables for 2) and were told to go to the bar. This happened to everyone who walked in - really shameful and obvious process. Of course, when we sat down it was at one of the tables that was already prepared when we arrived. Shame as everything else (at the Groupon price) was good.

Thursday, December 01, 2011
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 5


Excellent dinner for 6 at Tangawizi. Service impeccable (you don't get to say that often these days), food delicious all round and prices fair (they don't add an automatic service charge - again another customer friendly policy). Highly recommended for all occasions.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Dos Amigos

On a road with many other fine restaurants (Bouchon Bordelais, Scoffers, Giraffe, Strada etc.) Dos Amigos stands out by offering good Mexican (not Spanish!) food in a fun atmosphere. The restuarant is double-fronted and deep and is well equipped to host parties at the back or smaller groups at the front.

Food is unsurprisingly typical Mexican fare, cooked and presented well. Service is mixed (we were asked for our order by three different waiters) and cocktails very good (definitely worth going just for drinks as well).

Finally, this place is not in Clapham, it's in Battersea (as the postcode and the name of the road it's on would suggest). The restaurant's card also states Clapham, which won't be too effective at charming the locals.

Saturday, April 05, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

Royal Nepalese

Great restaurant tucked away on Battersea High St. I've been looking for a good 'Indian' type restaurant in Battersea for a while and this one fulfils every need - great food (try the Momo starters), excellent and friendly service and very good value for money and ambience.

I have recommended this to various people and the feedback has been similarly excellent. It's not an obvious destination as the road is pedestrianised but definitely worth repeat visits. They do takeaway as well.

Monday, February 04, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Sree Krishna

I went with a group of 6 others to this restaurant last Saturday night.

We were seated on a table for 8 and having asked for the extra seat to be taken away I was told there was no room to move it - so two of my friends had to speak over it, which was inconvenient.

As the menu was South Indian, the menu was more varied than the usual fare. The Chicken Malabar, Bonda starters were good but the portions were small, very similar and uninspiring. The meat was hardly succulent.

Service was dismal, there were ample waiters but most seemed to be chatting amongst themselves behind the bar. The time taken between finishing starters and the arrival of the main courses was about forty-five minutes. We didn't bother with dessert as they didn't take our order. They added an automatic 10% service charge to the bill.

In short, I will not return to this restaurant - the food was average, the service abysmal and it is not worth the journey to Tooting. They need to buck up their ideas and focus on customer service a little more.

Monday, February 04, 2008
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

Sale e Pepe

Excellent restaurant tucked away off Sloane St. Friendly staff, great food, good/ affordable wine list and super ambience. It's very Italian and the staff are all charismatic. Recommended!

Friday, January 18, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Numero Uno (Clapham)

Excellent Italian restaurant at the southern end of Northcote Road. This is no pizzeria and is perfect for when you want a refined Italian meal (if pasta can be referred to as such).

The welcome is warm and typically Italian and the restaurant is lively. The food was excellent (try the homemade tiramasu), wine equally so and prices reasonable.

All in all a great find, and somewhere to take your friends or family for a special meal (especially if they are Italian) and show off one of the best Italian restaurants in Battersea.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8


I've lived in the local area for over a year and am half French so inevitably I'd end up in here sooner or later - and what a pleasant surprise it was. From the moment you walk into the bar with people on their laptops, reading newspapers and chatting and wander into the restaurant itself, you are in a small part of France in SW11. Everything is typically French from the chairs to the decorations and general warm bistro-type ambience.

My party (x4) found the food to be excellent (chateaubriand with bearnaise for two, tarte tatin, creme brulee). The presentation was very good (nothing too chic - but traditional French) and the taste and tenderness of the meat was excellent.

The service was also very good and efficient - they warned us that my chateaubriand would take 20 minutes (as i wanted it well cooked (from experience I know that French meat done medium can be bloody!)).

The only drawback to the place is the price, which makes it prohibitive for repeated visits (sunday lunches etc). We paid £40 per head (admittedly with a £35 bottle of wine) - the chateaubriand at £45 for two was steep.

All in all an excellent restaurant - if you have French relatives take them and they will love it. Just make sure they bring plenty of livres sterling..

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 6

Donna Margherita

The best Italian restaurant in London so far (with 27 years of looking).

I live with an Italian (her father is from Naples) and she agrees. The pizza is excellent, the service is truly Neapolitan (friendly, relaxed) and the pasta is good too. It is like being in a neighbourhood restaurant in Naples and at Christmas all the typical Neapolitan nativity pieces come out.

If you're going for a birthday, they turn the lights out and come out with tambourines and guitars - i.e. maximum embarrassment.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone for any occasion. If you know any Italians, take them here - you won't hear the end of it!

Monday, October 15, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Nancy Lam's Enak Enak

A great little restaurant close to Queenstown Road. I went in a party of 10 on a Saturday night and Nancy was milling around being as direct and forthright as her public persona. The food and atmosphere were excellent - a friend had something like 'spitting beef', which arrived spitting hot and was delicious. Everyone seemed happy with their choices.

I'd definitely recommend a visit to anyone. Price came to £30 a head, which included two bottles of wine and about 10 bottles of beer amongst the 10 diners.

Monday, October 15, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


Went here post theatre last Friday with my partner. Had a table booked for 10.15 and arrived at 9. Cocktails were excellent (try the Hakka) but the bar was cramped (except for one end where a 'lady of the night' was sitting). The decor was great, very stylish and not dated at all.

We were eventually shown to our table at 10.30, which was underneath a large speaker. It was impossible to hear anything without leaning forward, my partner asked for us to be moved and the manager was helpful but said she couldn't (you feel like a party pooping bore asking for this but it really was too loud).

Food was very good but the menu (and wine list) veered dangerously on the wrong side of gloss. I thought there were dishes and wines in there for appearance only and the substance was lacking in the whole restaurant. There were a lot of older men and their younger partners in there and it all felt a bit seedy and trashy.

We were also asked to vacate our table after an hour and a quarter - which is terrible in a restaurant of its supposed calibre. We were then put on the table next door to finish our meal and wine - only for our original table to remain vacant until we left.

In short, if you're going to go, go late after a few drinks when you won't mind the noise and the prices as much. The food and surroundings are excellent but it's not a romantic restaurant and could do a lot better by just turning the music down.

Monday, October 15, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 8 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 1

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