All reader reviews by Jack

House on the Hill

My girlfriend and I found ourselves in Sevenoaks on our way elsewhere and were looking for a reasonable bite. House on the Hill was recommended by a friend as quiet and unpretentious, with decent food. And it most certainly was.

The setting is cosy and intimate, the staff friendly and efficient, and the food a totally unexpected pleasure. Would it make sense if I said the chef has a rare delicacy of touch?

There are two menus: a tapas-style list and a full a-la-carte. Going for the latter we shared a squid, pork belly and chick-pea starter where the squid was fresh and the pork belly melt-in-the-mouth tender, the overall effect being absolutely delicious.

She then had steak (good meat cooked a very respectable medium-rare, with excellent chips) and I had the fish of the day: sea trout flash pan-fried so the skin was crisp and loose yet the middle perfectly succulent, with freshly-made salsas.

On first picking up the menu the pricing seemed keen (c.£13-18 / main), but actually this is excellent value for the quality of the experience. All I can say is this place is a great find and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys their food.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

The Real Greek (Bankside)

Mr Jackson is of course entitled to his opinion, and if it is a matter of taste then of course there is no point in arguing. But I think he is unfair. My girlfriend and I went on Friday night. The service was attentive and efficient, with orders taken swiftly and drinks and food arriving promptly. The calamari that was fresh and tender, the dolmades fresh and flavoursome; of the eight dishes we shared the only gripe might have been too much dressing on the salad. And that would be picking hairs.

The overall experience was very enjoyable, and made even better by the relative inexpense of it all.

Monday, July 14, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Pizzeria On The Green

Everything you read below is true. Apparently there have been bad reviews, but I couldn't seem to get that far down the page, so they must not exist/be relevant any more.

The pasta's fresh and tasty, the service is quick, genuinely warm and accomodating, and it really is almost as cheap as making it yourself. And their new(ish) decking is fantastic in the summer.

What is there bad to say about it? Hmmm. I've never figured out why the tiny telly in the top corner of the room always seems to be on even when it's only showing Corrie with the sound turned off. But that's ok, I just sit facing the other direction. And there used to be a waiter with a penchant for overly loud Europophouse but he's not been seen for a few years now...

But seriously, The Ritz it ain't, but it IS a place you could imagine (and quite easily fall into the habit of) visiting every night apart from when your girlfriend gets bored and insists on going somewhere else. Er, not that that happened to me of course...

Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

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