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Va Pensiero

One of the worst meals I've ever had the misfortune to suffer. I have never written a restaurant review before but my experience moved me to post this review. Deciding to forego the two hour wait at the pub on a Sunday lunch was a mistake. Va Pensiero was half-full, predominantly with other refugees, the ambience was created by a number of diners who were actively complaining which created a low hum as a backdrop to the food. This leads on to the food which was appalling.

The quality of the ingredients was of the lowest order, their preparation haphazard and the menu descriptions irrelevant. The service as far as it went did not cause offence. As a local Italian restaurant, it should be compared with its peer opposite Golders Green station, both deliver to the same market, at the same price range and share much of the menu. The latter represents incredible value with good service, delivered in a semi-fast food environment. Va Pensiero by contrast and despite the higher price does not reach school meal standard.

Sunday, March 09, 2008
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 1 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 0

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