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Bukowski Grill (Boxpark)

Best burger and fries in town!

LIke the previous reviewer I checked this joint out after reading about it in the Standard. It was a really cold night when we went and there was a queue but it was worth the wait.

The place is tiny, can only fit less around 16 people. You can't sit in there too long as you feel the eager hungry potential diners watching your every bite! However the burgers were juicy and cooked to perfection. We ordered the mother f and the iberico. We were asked how we wanted it cooked and we requested medium rare (they don't do rare). The mother f is huge, couldn't quite get my mouth wide enough!

The fries were the best, they are triple fried and in beef dripping, but funnily enough it wasn't too greasy.

You should allow waiting time when you go, but it's definitely worth it. Pity is they close around 8 on a Saturday night. Also they only have one staff to serve (they don't have enough room for two) so just need to be patient.

I will be going again to check out the rest of the menu!

Monday, January 30, 2012
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

El Pirata de Tapas

Went here with friends as heard about it on Gordon Ramsay's show. Chef's menu seemed very interesting so decided to give it a try.

We ordered both tasting menus, which was good as both had dishes which sounded interesting and I wanted to try, and we also ordered the tapas.

The food was very good, sizes were right as they are all dishes to share. The cod and scallops were cooked to perfection, croquetas were tasty with their oozing centres, the black risotto was full of flavour. Only disappointment was the paella which lacked enough seasoning.

Two of my friends were Spanish and they couldn't fault the food, it was as good as in Spain.

The staff were friendly and although I was told when I made the reservation that we only had the table for two hours, they didn't rush us nor remind us and we ended up overstaying by two hours. Part of the reason may have been that the food was brought out in waves so the dining experience took time but it was perfect to allow us to enjoy each of the dishes.

Thoroughly recommend this place and it was very reasonable for the amount and quality of the food we had.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Sweet & Spicy

Excellent Indian greasy spoon.

Food is very good value and tasty and portions are generous. I have been twice, second time with a larger group and they allowed us to bring our own beer.

Unlike the other restaurants on Brick Lane, they do not need someone standing outside to lure willing victims in, they just get their custom by serving honest food and by reputation too.

Definitely worth going back!

Monday, November 16, 2009
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


I have to agree with the previous reviewer. The only reason to go to Inamo is to try out a dining experience with a difference. It's fun playing with the interactive menu system and having a game of battleships in-between your courses with your dining partner. However once the novelty wears off and you actually sample the food it is rather disappointing.

I went for the set menu to try out the lamb, beef rolls and ribs but the portions were small and the food was nothing special. The sushi was below par as the rice was hard, a sign that it was prepared earlier in the day rather than when ordered.

All is not lost though, the desserts were interesting and a lot went into the presentation. I particularly enjoyed the pandan macaroon with yuzu cream.

All in all if you're after decent Japanese cuisine then you'd be better off heading elsewhere.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5


Our relatives from Hong Kong has specifically asked to go to Hakkasan so they could see what the fuss was about as it was rated the top Chinese restaurant in the world. However they were hugely disappointed.

We could only get a booking for 10.15pm and even at that time the restaurant was heaving with people, noisy, cramped and the air conditioning was inefficient given that it was an exceptionally warm evening. The service was disappointing especially as it's a Michelin starred restaurant and towards the higher end of the market.

We ordered some traditional Chinese dishes and these were substandard, The dim sum was below par. We have had better in Chinatown and at Yauatcha. The dishes were overpriced and portions were small.

All in all a very disappointing experience, which failed to live up to the expectations. It was a pity as our relatives were looking forward to it. It is not a place to go for proper Chinese cuisine.

Friday, June 06, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4

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