All reader reviews by sravs

ASK (Wigmore St)

Two of us dined at ASK on the 20th of November. From the outside it looked like a really nice place - classy, the right kind of lighting and a place that wasn't too noisy. Inside, it was nice but to my disappointment, it was quite noisy. The food was okay. I tried the 12-topping Christmas special pizza, which I'd recommend.

There were two things that riled me - one, as soon as we were inside and waiting for a table, we were told that they are very busy and waiting time is 20 minutes and then another 30 minutes for the food. If this is indeed true, there's a nicer way of saying it; rather than making an effort to turn away customers. We said we'd wait and we got a table in 5 minutes and the food arrived in another 15 minutes maximum. So far so good, this wouldn't have bothered me if the second hadn't happened. I told them that I was going to use a 2for1 voucher from (a lot of people were using these vouchers and probably this was the reason they were keen to discourage us in the first place). The person went and came back, telling us that I'd have to order a drink in order to use the voucher. I pointed out that this is not mentioned in the voucher. At this, I was told that "we're telling you now," before toning down to "the management says so." We ordered a drink, we had our meal and that was that. I expect bad service in, say, Wong Kei, but not at such a restaurant.

Notwithstanding the service, I'd recommend the food just as any of the regular Italian places.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 6 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5


Fresh. Fast. Good pizzas. For all of £4! (take away is £3 or £4; eat in is 50p more) It's not the best pizza I've ever had but for the prize it's the best deal in Central London. For a small (mainly) take-away place the service is fine and fast. The atmosphere isn't fabulous but this is not a place where you'd go for a relaxed dinner out; more of a grab-and-go roadside shop. Value for money = tops!

Sunday, June 15, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 10

Da Mario

Two of us dined here earlier today. We had read good reviews of Da Mario and wanted to try out the place. The restaurant is literally a stone's throw away from where I live. Although small, it has a nice ambiance and a definite Italian feel to it. We had a lasagna and linguine ai gamberi (pasta with prawns in a white wine sauce). The food was really nice. The lasagna was the best I have had in some months and the pasta too was good.

The bad part was Da Mario it isn't as reasonably priced as a first look at their menu would have you believe. Apparently, they have a requirement that you pay £1.50 IF you do NOT order a starter (please correct me if I'm wrong!). So having ordered main dishes worth £6.40 and £7.70 (plus 10% service charge), we ended up having to pay £18.80 instead of £15.51. Effectively, that's an extra charge of 21% of what our bill should have been -- simply because we did not want starters. I think the food is great and I'd recommend Da Mario for their food but this is absolutely ridiculous! I, for one, have never before have to pay for a started I did not order/want.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 2

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