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Saki Bar & Food Emporium

This Japanese restaurant is decent. I'd definitely recommend the omakase course as the chef knows what's the best. Though it's not on par with Michelin dining but there is some proper Japanese cooking you don't find in many Japanese restaurants in west end trying to be too posh! Good take-away lunch deals -- their Pork Katsu or Beef Yakiniku Don for £5.50 takeaway is as good as they make it in Japan!

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 9


Cha Cha Moon

We went there at 8:30pm, only 10 minutes wait to get a table and about another 10 minutes wait for food.

Many dishes resemble what I had in those noodle shops in small alley ways in Hong Kong. Only £3.5 per item - definitely a bargain in Central London. Do not miss the Taiwan Beef Noodle!

Friday, May 23, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 10


Sketch Lecture Room & Library

Dinner is too expensive. But lunch is excellent value for money. It includes an Amuse Bouche, 4 starts, 1 main, and 3 desserts and Petits-Fours! All for just 35 pound!

Thursday, May 15, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 7 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9


Texture

Great food and reasonably priced! The best was the tender slice of chargrilled pigeon breast with corn puree and decorated by a few bacon popcorns. Surprisingly, the sweet corn puree worked brilliantly with the meat. Superb combination!

Monday, April 21, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8


Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Had a high expectation of the restaurant as we have been to more than 30 Michelin 3-star around the world in the last two years. Gordon was in the kitchen that night, but I have to say it was just an average meal. We expected a bit more and for ₤110 per head, there are definitely many other places where you would get a better experience of a lifetime! Having said so, their lunch menu is good value for money.

Sunday, April 13, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Amaya

We had the dinner tasting menu, a bit pricy but definitely worth it. We’ve been to a few high-end Indian restaurants in London and even Bukhara in New Delhi. Amaya is the winner!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


New Mayflower

I have to stand up for this place too after dining at many Chinese restaurants in London. We’ve been to small crappy places in Chinatown, to tasting menu in Hunan, to the more trendy Hakkasan. No doubt that you don’t go to New Mayflower for its service. But where can you find a fried whole crab on crispy noodle at this calibrate in London? Deep fried frog legs? Garlic steamed scallop on its shell?

Saturday, April 05, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 10


Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons

Superb tasting menu, top-notch service, lovely gardens, and stunning rooms!

But save it for a special occasion.

Monday, March 31, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


Royal China (Canary Wharf)

We’ve been there for dinner five times -- twice were superb, but the other three times were below average. Fortunately for dim sum, it always maintains its high quality.

Monday, March 31, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9


Yauatcha

As with many other Chinese restaurants, it lacks consistency. We’ve been there many times for dim sum, both lunch and dinner, it was great most of the time. Trendy environment and tasty dim sum. Don’t miss the venison puff!

Saturday, March 29, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


Princess Garden of Mayfair

We were there for dim sum on Saturday lunch. Average food but definitely reasonable price at this area of London.

Thursday, March 27, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


The Fat Duck

It might be a bit dull for a restaurant which never changes its menu. It might be a bit uncomfortable to enjoy a long meal in a tiny old wooden house. But who cares? This is the only place in the world where you can enjoy the “Sound of the Sea” with an iPod and the spectacular performance of transforming a “magic egg” into ice-cream!

You just need to be open-minded to enjoy the experience. We have already been there 3 years ago, but Heston’s new creations definitely kept us entertained again!

It was different from our El Bulli experience as the Fat Duck had more “real food” that we prefer. If you are in England, it is absolutely a once in a lifetime food experience even though the damage is £110+ per head.

Thursday, March 27, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9


Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

We both were impressed by Ducasse’s restaurant in Paris and Monte Carlo. That’s why we had a high expectation for his London child.

Unfortunately, food was just average, especially the seared scallop turned out to be a completely cooked chewy scallop and served with an overwhelming acidic Japanese citrus sauce. What a total waste of the scallop’s fresh sweetness!

A small box of treats was provided to us by the reception when exiting the restaurant... but not enough to compensate for the expensive ( £200 / head) and disappointing meal!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 2


Hakkasan

Fantastic interior and great food. A bit pricy but worth the experience!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


Princess Garden of Mayfair

We were there for dim sum on Saturday lunch. Average food but definitely reasonable price at this area of London.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


Hunan

I am from Hong Kong and my girlfriend is from Hunan!! But as mentioned in the restaurant’s website, the name Hunan is just the birthplace of Chef Peng's mentor. The food they serve here came from various Chinese regional cuisine.

Just so you know, we both can eat a lot! After serving us a few cold starters (octopus, pig ear, cucumber, jelly fish, etc.) and 10+ hot dishes (soup, tofu, dumpling, duck, bitter melon, braised pork belly, red pepper, frog leg, aubergine, filet wrap, “white rice” mini-fish, etc.), the manager came by and asked us if we were full. I asked “Do you have scallops?” He said, “We got a crab for you, but I will bring you both.”

We were definitely a bit full after the big whole crab with a huge soup noodle. But since the manager asked us again if we were full, I told him it was about right, but maybe one more dish. He gladly said not a problem at all. After a 10min wait, he brought us a whole steamed fish. For dessert, we asked the manager what dessert they were serving that night, he then brought us all three desserts!

Conclusion, my girlfriend said a few dishes she definitely had in Hunan. Also, there were a few other dishes reminded me of my grandma’s cooking when I was a child. There were also a few innovative items, but I would NOT call them Westernize-Chinese. From both the ingredients and the cooking technique, I would still call it Chinese food. I think some people here are mixing up between modern/innovative dish and westernize-Chinese dish! (By the way, you don’t call it sushi whenever you see seaweed!)

You cannot try as a wide variety of dishes in any other Chinese restaurants if you only have two people. This place is perfect as everything is in tasting portion (except for the whole crab). Good food, great value (food ₤40 per person) if you can eat a lot!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10


Hibiscus

We ordered the 7-course surprise tasting menu along with a wine pairing few weeks ago. As an amuse-bouche, serving with an egg shell, it was cabbage soup with yogurt and runny egg yolk topped by coconut foam and a brioche stick.

The meal was flawless. The best course was the poached organic Scottish salmon with dill puree and olive oil, accompanied by fennel, champagne rhubarb, black truffle bits, and a stimulating honey wasabi dressing. Poached with precision, the texture of the salmon was simply spot-on: cooked enough so that it was flaky, but just rare enough so that it melted-on-the-tongue! Furthermore, the dressing provided an intelligent Japanese touch to our palate. Impressive!

Will definitely go back again!

Friday, March 14, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


Umu

Went there last Saturday and sampled a lot from its a-la-carte menu.

Overall: elegant decor, superb service, beautiful plating, mouth-melting toro, but...

Other sashimis were average. The innovative sushis were disappointing. The Uni was extremely bitter (Edokko is much better), and the bill (food only) was £180 for two.

Friday, March 14, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5


Edokko

We were there two weeks ago, sitting in the interesting horigotatsu-style room upstairs where we had to take our shoes off.

The atmosphere and the sushi definitely reminded us of our food journey in Tokyo last year. Uni is best we ever tasted in London with no bitter aftertaste. Authentic setting and authentic food! We absolutely need to go back.

Friday, March 14, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Sake No Hana

The Chilean seabass and the pork rib pot were both tasty. The unique shiso soufflé with soya ice cream was brilliant! But all the sushi and sashimi were disappointing. Not worth £60+ per person.

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 4


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