All reader reviews by Lucy


Something has happened to the almeida! The food is fantastic and great value at £22 for two courses or £27 for three. Recently I think we've tried almost everything on the menu and it has all been delicious - especially a plate of charcuterie with terrines, foie gras pate, lamb and lentils and an amazing desert trolley with apple tartes, chocolate mousse cake and lemon tarte. The staff are attentive and helpful. And it is full again all the time with a great atmosphere! We went last week for the third time in two weeks and were, very dissapointingly, turned away because they had run out of food! I disagree about the 80's decor - yes, there is no trendy theme and the exterior isn't dark and brooding but the restaurant is well furnished and looks good. Superb, excellent value french food. If you've been before and not been convinced, give it another go.

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

Roka (Charlotte St)

I disagree with previous reviews that suggested that waiting staff "push" food on you - I think they make excellent suggestions for what I imagine can be a daunting menu for those who havn't eaten this type of food before. Excellent sashimi and great to sit at the table around the grill "the robata" and order hot food. You can't book these seats though so better to turn up early or book a table and see if you can swap it.

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6


Not a fan of Conran restaurants at all but was really, really pleasantly surprised. Super service, low key decor, buzzy atmosphere, tasty, fresh scallops to start, followed by delicious duck and my dining companion told me his selection of pates was great - it was certainly generous! Not a special restaurant but does what it does well and relatively cheaply. I will return.

Monday, August 14, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8

Ping Pong (Soho)

I've been twice - once when this branch first opened and once last week. The service is now much, much better. But the food really is nothing to write home about. There's much better, cheaper, more authentic dim sum in Chinatown, tastier, hipper dim sum at Yautcha and more delicious, more expensive dim sum at OQO. It just feels like too much of a conveyor belt of mediocrity to me. Not bad - not good.

Monday, August 07, 2006
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 5

Andrew Edmunds

Absolutely fantastic food for lunch. We had a duck liver pate which was the best I've ever tasted. And followed it with smoked haddock with lentils, poached egg and hollondaise sauce. The dish was out of this world. Perfect comfort food, expertly excuted but not too heavy or mucked about with. Haddock was melt in the mouth delicious. Highy highly recommended. The handwritten menus and friendly staff were welcome too.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

Thai Corner Cafe

Ate here for the first time on Good Friday and am adamant that it won't be the last. The food was delicious and the service attentive and friendly. I can recommend the crispy fish with black bean sauce, red curry and lemongrass prawns and chicken green curry. Generous portions but not too daunting. A good local Thai restaurant with both traditional and more innovative dishes. I would recommend booking as was packed all night when we went. Excellent value too - £50 for two people with wine and beer. Can't wait to go back in summer and sit on the veranda.

Saturday, April 15, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10


My bofriend & I used to eat here all the time & I wrote a rave review below. However, the food is now exorbitantly expensive. My favourite drink, the chilli chocolate martini is no longer on the menu and the yellow monkfish curry has changed beyond recongition. It doesn't feel special anymore at all & is often full of chavs. Sorry - but it's the truth - such a great shame. The staff are still lovely though.

Sunday, April 09, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 2

Salt Yard

The food is excellent & they have a super wine list. I've been with friends, parents & boyfriend - all enjoyed it immenseley. It's tapas & great to share a few dishes for a light bite with drink. But that's not to say you can't make a full meal of it - it isn't "just tapas". You can turn up & sit at the bar without booking (there are 6 seats) but you may have to wait a while. Or book - I would recommend the tables upstairs as that floor is candlelit, dark & more atmospheric. You can order as you go along too depending on how hungry or flush you are feeling. I've been through the whole menu & never eaten anything that was less than delicious. Of special note are the pork belly with beans, taleggio-stuffed courgette flowers & the tuna carpaccio. Vegetarians are very well catered for indeed. Go before they put the prices up as they inevitably will.

Sunday, April 09, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Asia de Cuba

first, of all, can i say EXCELLENT food -truly delicious from start to finish. and a fantastic waiter, but, well, you had to be expecting this didn't you!!!! Saturday 25 March. absolute CHAOS front of house. completeley and utterly farcical from start to finish - and I mean ridiculous. table booked for 10pm. not seated til 11pm. meanwhile customer service just goes downhill all the time. this is just not good enough. apparently there was a problem with the tills - which I understand. BUT restaurant bar staff and reception seemed completey overwhelmed and untrained to deal with the unxpected. either you make sure this doesn't happen in the future or you train staff to deal with it or get more staff in on the off chance that things go wrong. Just utter chaos in every way. I have NEVER seen anything like it. please reviewers if it ever happens again please write about it - we were given to believe it was a one off but if this is a regular occurence then it is one of the worst restaurants I have ever been to. Luckily, when we were finally seated our fantastic American waiter and the delicious food turned it all around and a good night was had by all.

Sunday, March 26, 2006
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 9 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 5

Street Hawker

very cheap and absolutely delicious.

Friday, March 10, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10


The good stuff was that the starter was very tasty indeed. I had a seared tuna and mustard seed starter which was fantastically fresh and a very promising start to the food. The rest of the party enjoyed their starters too. Cocktails were interesting and tasty too. Service was attentive.

The problem is that this place lacks buzz and character. It feels distinctly unmemorable and old fashioned. Two main courses of sea bass and mushroom biryani were very dull indeed.

The food is ok but there is nothing about this place that would especially make me go back. It's hard to work out what their selling point is. Sorry.

Friday, March 10, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 5

The Providores & Tapa Room

It's a bit schizophrenice really but that's not such a bad thing.

I've eaten at both the tapas bar downstairs and the restaurant upstairs. While I prefer the former, they're both excellent examples of the genre.

Tapas bar - The tapas is delicious and the wine list extensive. Food comes promptly and staff are pleasant and efficient. I've tried most of the menu and never eaten anything I didn't like a lot. The atmosphere is very relaxed. You can eat and drink at traditional tables or high tables with bar stools. This part of Providores is probably best for popping in if you're in the area or drinks and nibbles with friends.

Upstairs is better for occasion meals - white table cloths, lots of space, eat your own dinner, 3 courses. Extremely delicious food. I still dream about the chocolate tort with green tea ice cream!

It's definitely worth a try.

Friday, March 03, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Sushi Waka

Very pleased to stmble on this little treasure. Laidback environment. Very friendly, polite and attentive staff who all said a cheery, non-cheesey goodbye when customers left. Excellent, succulent and very fresh sashimi - good value too - a big plate of 5 generous portions, miso, green tea, picled veg and fruit was £13. The sushi looked interesting and generous. Diverse clientele too - couples, families, friends and singles. Good for your sushi fix.

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

Golden Hind

absolutely superlative fish and chips. best I've had while living "dahn saaaarf".

Thursday, February 16, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Portrait Restaurant & Bar

This place is a real find! I am getting to the stage where you expect a lot from places and quite often they fail to deliver. But a museum "cafe" didnt have much to live up to. It has fantastic views over Trafalgar Square and down to the Eye, surprisingly good range and high quality cocktails and good bar bites. Not "cool" but I will defnitely be returning. Didn't eat but the food was really really well presented. Even if you're not interested in portraits it would be an interesting place to start an evening of fun!

Thursday, February 16, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8

Epicurean Lounge

Good stuff - our waiter was lovely and friendly. The Razzberry cocktail was fantastic and I liked the cubed cocktail menus. Fantastic steak. A good wine list.

Other stuff - the fried squid was delicious but I didn't think the banana really went with it - I had a few "Revels" moments trying to work out if fried things were squid or banana! The seats were really weird. A bit like lying back on a sofa bed to eat - not really my cup of tea. And I found the decor a bit oppressive.....

I would go back to have a mammoth pizza but was slightly dissappointed as had been wanting to go for a long time and it didn't really live up to my expectations.

There were two large parties there and they seemed to be having a great time. And I think that's who I'd recommend it to - big portions, great booze and a bar out the back for a drink and boogie afterwards!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

Langans Coq d'Or

A fantastically executed brunch menu. Delicious Eggs Benedict. Very friendly, professional, non-intrusive and attentive service. Diverse clientele of all ages - you could just as easily take your granny or your partner. A very easy place to eat well and relax.

Monday, January 23, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 9

Mr Christian's

Ooooh this little place is good enough to eat! It's a deli/shop/cafe in the vein of La Fromagerie. They sell an amazing and delicious range of cakes, cookies and fresh bread out front with cheeses, anti pasti and meats inside. Plus loads of beautifully packaged stuff for the cupboards.

The eating space at the back is a big wooden table which sits about 10 people total so it's very small and communal. I wouldn't go there for a meal as such but for watering and a homemade, tasty snack it is great. Good coffee too. Well worth a stop on a Saturday or Sunday if you are shopping in Islington.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Asia de Cuba

Good - The food at this place is fantastic! Huge portions of Asian-influenced cuisine to share with friends. We ordered 3 dishes between 2 of us to pick at. Without starters. But it was DEFINITELY enough. I would especially recommend the slow roast pork - it was divine. I will definitely be back for the food. I loved the atmosphere and decor too - it's very modern, spacious and brightly lit (which might be offputting to some - not me!). And the restaurant bar with it's tiny uplit tables is cool. Our waiter was absolutely fantastic too - incredibly knowledgable and helpul without being supercillious.

Bad - we had to wait ages for our table despite having pre-booked. We were told to wait at the bar but no-one came to collect us to tell us the table was ready. We had to ask and once we did we were offered a choice of 2 or 3 - suggesting that they had been available for some time...

Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7


Have revisited this place three or four times since October. My last visit was on Saturday and I just have to reiterate that the food is always absolutely delicious. This consistency is so impressive. As well as the monkfish green curry and garlic prawns I would now recommend the red snapper - really zingy and fresh. I always find the service friendly and attentive too. The venue is small (don't expect grand dining) but intimate and they have made excellent use of the space and butterfly theme. I highly recommend it for good Thai food.

Monday, January 09, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

The Prince Regent

Never eaten here but the pub is an absolute gem for a drink with friends or a partner. Very dark and atmospheric with great big crystal chandeliers. A really top notch selection of wine by the glass and always pleasantly busy. A long way away from those awful generic chains. It's a great stop after shopping on Marylebone High Street or wandering around Regent's Park. Lots of locals too. Highly recommended despite not being a pub person.

Thursday, December 22, 2005
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 5 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

Tas Pide

Unbelievably good value. 5 girls in party season up for a tasty, not-too-hard-on-the-pocket, meal out. The food was great - I recommend the borek and the aubergine starters (the hummus was a bit bland - more garlic needed). We all had pides and they were tasty but very heavy - I guess to be expected from bread based, pizza-type things. Wine was ok too. Vegetarians were also catered for. Live music of the guitar variety meant a happy, if slightly cheesy vibe. 10 out of 10 for the staff - they were totally swamped with Christmas parties - but still attentive and good natured. You'll definitely need to book. We had a good night and ate our fill, with a range of starters to share, a main course and plenty of wine - all for less than £20 each. A great budget place.

Saturday, December 17, 2005
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 6 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Roka (Charlotte St)

The food was great, very simple and not too much of it - I can recommend the scallop skewers, seared beef and king prawns. We went to the bar downstairs beforehand and the green tea and peach bellini was superb. The bar looks beautiful, very atmospheric and I always notice the big block of ice that they chip into throughout the night. The not so good stuff is I have never managed to get a seat in the bar - ever. And I'm not sure what you have to do to get one! Often very busy indeed but deservedly so.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

New World

This place is great on sundays! Totally mad but an absolute institution. Always loads of people queing to get in but the service is so efficient that the queue moves quickly - don't be disheartened and give up. You take a ticket as you go in and then they seat you.

The food is great, there's a lot of variety and it is really, really inexpensive. We've been there and eaten our fill for £25 for two plus service. Go with an appetite!

And I love the idea of the trolleys and the marking of your order on the bill on your table - it's a really different experience from so many places - and watching the staff work is a lesson what a smoothly oiled machine looks like.

In summary - Perfect for a drop in-and-go meal. Great as a comma in a saturday or sunday. Wouldn't go for fine dining or personal service. And wouldn't go if was looking for peace, quiet and a tranquil atmosphere. I like it because it feels like the real deal and shows you where places like OQO, Yautcha and Ping Pong have come from....

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

Ten Ten Tei

Yes the decor is very grotty indeed. And the sashimi is the best I have had in the UK. Don't go for the decor.

Monday, November 28, 2005
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

La Porchetta (Islington)

It's a pizza place - a traditional, Italian cafe-style, fast fooderie. And a great one at that. The pizza boscaiola is my favourite pizza in London. It's a brilliant place to go for a bite with friends, or on a relaxed sunday night or post cinema. Staff are very funny and the atmosphere is really, really relaxed. Not a place for a date or a "Meal Out" though. Have pizza though - why would you have anything else?!!

Monday, November 28, 2005
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

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