All reader reviews by Dan


Fantastic place. I'm really not sure what the earlier reviewer has experienced but it's too bad. I like the food and the service has always been ok. I've gone a few times for breakfast, and once for dinner. I'll agree that the dinner service is a bit scatty, but nothing bad.

The food is an upscale greasy-spoon type menu. Eggs, sausage, and the like for breakfast, including American style pancakes and waffles. Really good home style cooking. Dinner is burgers and hearty salads. There are a couple of great desserts, too. Fantastic thick milkshakes - you need a spoon for them!

Breakfast is around 6 quid plus maybe a few if you go overboard, and dinner will run you 10 plus drinks. Wine and limited beer are available.

Seating is first come first served, and they have you share tables at busy times. most weekend breakfast hours are like that, so if you're a pair you'll probably be sitting with other people. It's friendly that way.

Sunday, March 08, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10


Have been here twice, the first time for dinner. It's casual and easy-going, and serves tasty and uncomplicated vegetarian only cuisine. The food prices are very reasonable for the area (8 for a burger), though drinks are a bit much (3 for a juice).

As I said, the atmosphere is casual and modern but home-like. You have to wait as there are no reservations, and the queue can be half hour easily. The food is worth it if you want something simple, filling, and healthy.

The downside here is the service - I can concur with earlier reviewers speaking of nasty employees. Our last lunchtime visit was great, except for being ignored for a while before ordering, and being practically thrown the food. Luckily the service charge is optional, so vote with your pocketbook if you are disappointed on that end.

I might go back again, but only if I'm feeling tolerant!

Sunday, March 08, 2009
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9


Really friendly, pleasant Indian restaurant. They specialize in south Indian cuisine, which means they have dosas, a thin pancake wrapped around potato, chicken, or whatever you like. It's good as a starter to share.

Prices are reasonable, and the selection of dishes is nice. A combination of the typical curries you'd expect to find, as well as a few surprises, some of south Indian origin and some seem like their own variations on what have you.

Don't expect the most exciting surroundings, but the place is nicely done and clean.

We order takeaway from here as well, and they're generally prompt and very courteous.

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 9


Now closed

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0


We had dinner here on a Saturday night, and were really excited based on the reviews. We weren't disappointed. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly, it's a small room but with tall ceilings giving it an airy feel. The decor is easy and tasteful. It's easy to relax here, and despite being an epicurean's delight, it's not pretentious.

We started out with a nice bottle of wine, but it was definitely overpriced. This was the one downer of the evening. It wasn't that the wine was bad, but that it was priced well out of range. I get the impression most of the wines are, actually. The year on the menu was off compared to our bottle, too, which seems to be getting common in London. Penk's - take note of this and correct the error. You're better than that!

That said, the soon-to-come starters were fantastic. Soup and a goats cheese tart were solidly tasty and inventive. For our meal we had one of the better steaks I've had in a few years, and some great monkfish that were both cooked perfectly. The waiter was knowledgeable about sources of the food (I was concerned for no reason other than to get some for myself later) and happy to chat with the chef about a few things we asked about. It's nice to see staff that anticipate things like you needing more bread, water, and generally checking on things in a regular way.

Finishing off a great dinner, we both had nice desserts, lingered about despite it being fairly busy, and had no rush at any point. It's a special place, we'll be back.

Sunday, September 21, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Cafe Rouge (Hampstead)

I think most people know what cafe rouge is about. Reasonably French food, reasonable prices, nothing fancy. I was here on a Sunday and they were swamped. With a little patience we were served, and everything was alright. I did want to comment that the service, despite being a little slow, was fantastic. All the staff were very friendly despite the hordes of people. Clearly someone's doing something right, as this kind of busy afternoon is usually synonymous with bad service.

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Tiroler Hut

I would very much like to give this restaurant a full review. Unfortunately after reserving 3 weeks in advance, I got a ring from the manager to say that there was a big problem and they weren't sure they could take me.

I'm sorry, but ringing 2 days before when I've booked 3 weeks ahead is the definition of c**p service. Avoid.

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0

La Smorfia

I've been coming here since I moved to the area a few months ago, it's my standby for those want to go out but don't know where to go nights. This is the definition of a decent, good value pizza restaurant. Nothing fancy, not bad service, and a decent selection of wines. In short - great place, good prices, very fun.

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Rodizio Rico (Westbourne Grove)

Great food, great atmosphere, fantastic service, and tasty drinks! What a fun, wonderful place to go. And get so bloated from overeating tasty Brazilian food. Mmmmm! I can't rate this more highly. I've been here twice now and can't wait to go back. The overall way things work is described in previous reviews, but basically for a very reasonable 20 quid-ish price, you eat as much meat and veg dishes as you can. The service is over the top good, and people are so friendly.

Make reservations as it gets busy quickly. And ask to sit upstairs (although my partner seems to think the basement room is nicer) as it's less cramped, I think.

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9

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