All reader reviews by Enoki

Casa Brindisa

Went on a Friday night with friends. Had an excellent time. All staff were very friendly, charming, helpful and courteous. Service was efficient and attentive and the food was excellent.. especially the plain tortilla, pulpo, iberico chorizo, padron peppers, guisantes y torino and for dessert, the torrijas and the goat's curd cheesecake. The atmosphere was buzzy and warm.

I am not sure why the reviews below are so bad but whatever may have happened in the past, I cannot fault the experience we had and I am not easily pleased.

In some respects it would be good for others to believe bad reviews as it may mean those who enjoyed Casa Brindisa will always be able to get in ! To my mind, the standard is as good as the branch at London Bridge but has an edge in that one can book a table in advance.

Saturday, June 09, 2012
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9


Beautiful, romantic, fragrant (yes, fragrant with fresh flowers) sumptuous room. Warm red leather, dark wood and soft lighting all tastefully done. The staff were helpful and charming and service could not be faulted.

I had high expectations of the food. This is Marcus Wareing after all. However I was left disappointed. That is not to say the food was not good; it was. But it was not spectacular especially for the price paid. I think Maze is a lot better.

Also the famous egg custard tart was not on the menu! A real shame....

Friday, February 19, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 5


Had dinner here with a few Pak friends who prefer to eat halal food. One of the few upmarket restaurants in London that isn't MiddleEastern and that caters for it (Awana is another). The decor is attractive and classily done with sofa options instead of chairs. The owner/manager was welcoming and helpful. Together with his staff the service was personal, friendly and very informed (rare in this day and age). The ingredients used were clearly of high quality and the food was delicious and not oily as so many Indian/Pak restaurants' food can be. The cost was approx £40/head (without alcohol, although a good wine list is available) and so comparatively pricey. However one could pay the same or more at Porte Des Indes round the corner and not have such an enjoyable and tasty dinner. As may matter to some, the loos were exceptionally clean too.

The restaurant is in a quiet street a stone's throw away from Marble Arch and the buzz and noise of Oxford Street. These type of restaurants are really undiscovered gems and hopefully will be kept going especially in the hard economic times to come.

Sunday, January 11, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Noura Mayfair

Fairly good value assuming the offer/deal has been taken up. However, the offerings are of varied quality. Moutabal/Baba Ghanoush, foul, kibbeh and grilled quail were lovely. The hummus and shawarma not up to scratch. The loubieh was awful. Although there was no atmosphere at all when we went, the service was very pleasant and it is a shame that the food does not deliver as well as the staff. Keep perservering I'd say...

Sunday, June 24, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 6


All the good things stated in the reviews below are true. There is no exaggeration. Ambrosial food; nectarous drink and very important and rare to the point of extinction nowadays: flawless friendly and informed service. In this day and age upmarket restaurants all over the world could take a leaf or 500 out of Maze's book. The evening was a true joy. Please don't change.

Monday, March 05, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8

Gordon Ramsay's Boxwood Cafe

A friend and I went to BC for a late lunch on a Friday afternoon. The restaurant had a buzzy atmosphere but for some reason we were placed at a table near the door. In any event we made the best of it as we were in a brighter part of the restaurant near windows cf. the main part (underground). We were given the offer menus only (staff missed a trick because though we booked quoting the offer deal we didn't feel restricted to choosing only from the offer menu). The offer menu had a good selection but though food was of good quality, tasty and well cooked they are all dishes that could reasonably easily have been made at home without too much trouble. Whilst I agree with the policy that it is better to do something simply and well than concoct a complicated hash, at Gordon Ramsey prices, I would expect somewhat more for my money. We had a delicious Malbec to go with the meal and the service was excellent.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5

Shanghai Blues

Over all very good. Excellent tasty dim sum, delicious chilean sea bass cheung fun, turnip paste in XO sauce and char siu bau, washed down with exceptionally lovely jasmine tea. The added value is that many dim sum dishes on offer are not ordinarily available in Chinatown. The lobster deal was a bit of a disappointment however. Even at half price (£28) we thought it was not worth it. There is no need to have deep fried parts of the lobster in the dish! Next time we'll stick to dim sum for lunch. Did not try the main dishes. Service a bit slow but friendly helpful staff. Very appealing decor.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

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