All reader reviews by Giovanni

Little Bay (Farringdon)

Went there last week for lunch with two work colleagues. The restaurant was really busy but the the waiters were still very responsive. The chicken that one of my colleagues ordered was pretty well prepared and tasty, the lamb I ordered instead was very insipid. They have a very good list of wines at really good prices. Best course I had was dessert: the chocolate cream was freshly made and still warm, which is what I call quality.

For the 15GBP each that we spent I would say it was good value for money.

Friday, December 21, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 8

Loch Fyne (Covent Garden)

I would not recommend this restaurant.

I went there last Wednesday with my work colleagues for a fish based dinner. The made us pre-order the main courses 5 days before the dinner date, so I was expecting the restaurant to actually go to the fish market and buy fresh same day fish (at least not readymade supermarket style). The reality was entirely different.

I ordered Fillet of bream with seared king scallops and braised fennel and the bream (very small portion of a bream!) had clearly been out of the water for quite a while and it was very insipid. The king scallops were good, but they only put TWO (!!!) on the dish. I then ordered a mozzarella and tomato salad as a side dish, but they added a mayonnaise sauce on top!!! I had to give it back and request a new salad with no fancy sauce added and olive oil on the side.

The only decent note of the dinner was the dessert, I went for a simple chocolate ice cream and they clearly buy and serve a decent quality one. The white wine was just OK. I tasted some of the fish that my colleagues ordered and it was equally insipid.

For £ 35 and what I ordered I think I can find better.

Friday, December 21, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 1 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 2

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