All reader reviews by Cat

Hix Oyster & Chop House

Went here for dinner with my boyfriend on a Monday night and we were pleasantly surprised by what a nice buzz their was to the room

The staff were really lovely and knew their stuff. All questions were answered without the sort of superior snootiness which is all too common. One small tip - our waiter mentioned they don't turn tables on Monday nights, so if you want a long, lesiurely dinner, this might be the best night to do it.

The food is the main reason we came here and it didn't disappoint. A plate of crisp, salty pork crackling while we pondered the menu was the start of one of the best meals we've had this year. This was followed by the hot bread and lightly salted butter which was all fantastic. Although if I had known how great the food was going to be, I wouldn't have filled myself up on bread!

We both had steaks - he chose sirloin on the bone, I had hanger steak (also known as onglet) with baked bone marrow. Both were very good, as were the bubble and squeak and chips we had with them.

We didn't have any room for pudding, but I'll definitely be forgoing the bread next time so I can sample them. They all looked incredible.

All in all, a refreshing addition to the restaurant 'scene'

Excellent food, excellent value for money and very nice, friendly staff. We'll be back

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


Sophie's Steakhouse

A consistently great restaurant, which does the best steak and mashed potato in London.

It does get busy and the tables can be a little bit cramped, but this isn't supposed to be fine dining, so I can't really see it as a negative

They steaks are really excellent - good quality meat cooked perfectly. What more can you ask for?! And the puddings are also very good.

The wine list is also worth a mention - reasonably priced, good selection and there is always the cocktail list for an aperitif...

Friday, August 15, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Magdalen

This has to be if not the best, then one of the top 3 restaurants in London. It is as close to faultless as any restaurant I've eaten in.

The room is simple and lovely, the food is extraordinarily good and the wine list is a lesson to other restaurants in not being greedy with mark ups

I've been telling all my friends to eat here and the only negative thing I've heard anyone say is that they have paper tablecloths (although it makes sense if you have any of the dishes to share)

And if that is the only thing anyone can find wrong with somewhere, then it has to be pretty damn good! I can't recommend this place highly enough

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Lamberts

Consistently excellent. We've eaten here a number of times, including as a big group and we've never been disappointed

I can see how less adventerous diners might feel out of their comfort zone with the menu, but anyone who appreciates good quality ingredients and skilled cooking will really enjoy it here.

The wine list is really good and avoids the big names in favour of less well-known but good value bottles. The service is also spot on. The stafff really know their stuff, but aren't in your face or stuffy

We really love this place and pound for pound, it has to be one of the best value restaurants in London.

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10


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