All reader reviews by Gaz

Gordon Ramsay's Boxwood Cafe

As a vegetarian, I was wary of visiting one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants but I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. All the menus have vegetarian options, and they even have a veggie tasting menu.

The food was top quality, it seemed to have been created and presented with as much care as the meat and fish dishes on the menu and was much nicer that the food that I've had at some veggie restaurants such as The Gate in Hammersmith.

I'd taken my nephew there for his sixteenth birthday and when his dessert arrived, one of the marshmallows had a candle in it and the plate had "Happy Birthday" written around it in chocolate - a nice touch.

Finally, I must recommend the banana sticky toffee pudding - it is the best I've ever had!

Friday, December 21, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Locanda Locatelli

This was my second visit and it was just as good as the first. We had a great, well informed waiter who promptly pointed out that a dish that I'd chosen was made with meat stock (unsuitable for me as I'm veggie) and said he'd ask for it to be made with vegetable stock. The service throughout was friendly and faultless and the food was great.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Halal Restaurant

I can only agree with everyone else, this restaurant is great. The decor is nothing special, but the food is great, the service is excellent and the prices are great. I've stuffed myself silly and managed a drink or two for around fifteen quid!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons

As a vegetarian, it is always good when you get a decent menu selection rather thatn the usual lasagne or stroganoff, so when I discovered that Raymond Blanc did a special vegetarian menu, I just had to try it.

And he did himself proud. A whole, ten course, tasting menu without meat or fish. It was imaginative, beautifully presented and very tasty and just shows what can be done if you have the flair and skill.

The setting of the restaurant is stunning, and we were so glad that we went at lunchtime rather than the evening as it gave us some time to have drinks on the terrace, wander around the beautiful gardens and play croquet.

We were there for around five and a half hours and never felt pressured to leave, it was a really good day. Okay, so it's not cheap, but the whole experience was so much more than just a meal.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Food For Thought

Good portions, very reasonable prices. The place is 'cosy' to say the least. The soup I had was great, and the salad was lovely. The moussaka and the bean hotpot tasted almost the same, but I guess you can't have everything. Not fine dining by any stretch of the imagination, but for a filling, hot meal at a good price you probably won't find better around the West End.

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9

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