All reader reviews by Yummymummynumberone

Bob Bob Ricard

and Oh Dear The Lady D. Bob Bob Ricard.. great name, great idea, great staff and thankfully a decent sophisticated customer base of very superior people. And, the Yummymummynumberone clan all agreed, superior food. Another plus was that the overall fiscal propriety was very low.

"cheap as chips" as that funny honey-colored man says on television!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Spaghetti House (St Martins Lane)

Popped in for a quick and fairly cheap meal. Not bad at all. The Yummymummyclan of London said it was all they desired in cheap-eat-land!

Could find a lot worse - especially in Dagenham!

Friday, September 26, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Eight Over Eight

OK.. we of the Yummymummy clan had heard all the nonsense about the 'Black Cod" (sounds like a Johnny Depp film doesn't it?!!). Well, even I stand corrected.

It is fantabulous! and what a nice place. Clean, tidy, with waiters and waitresses who know their station in life and don't try to be your 'pal' or call you "guys" (one of my pet hates). Too much detail to go into here, but worth a visit just to try the (drum roll.... !) BLACK COD !!

Friday, September 12, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Stockpot (Old Compton St)

The Yummymummy clan love this sort of sensible, no frills, knock-em-up type of cafe/restaurant, the like of which is dying out sadly. Their breakfast is real value. tea or coffee, bread and butter and toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes and usually a few other extras - for approximately £3. Where on Earth (outside of some dive in Eastern Europe) can you get 'full up' for that sort of price. The average evening meal of 3 courses with tea or a glass of wine rarely exceeds £8. Wonderful!

And Stockpot have the loveliest, friendliest staff. Most of them have been there for years and know all their clientelle by name.

I have, as my readers all know, an encyclopaedic knowledge of cuisine, and when I say that Stockpot's level of cookery skills and taste are the equal of places such as the Ivy or Renforth's then I can be quoted as being correct. Would rather eat here than the Bluebird.

Friday, September 12, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Buddha Bar

I couldn't agree more with the below reviewer's comments, except that when I came here with two friends I found the staff so unhelpful, and the bouncer on the door so unfriendly that we decided that the slightest 'blip' and we'd be off.

We didn't stay. Long story but - I don't 'do' rude... we left. Went down the road to a very unpretentious little Greek place where the delightful owner had more idea of being a manager/waiter than "Buddha Bar" will ever have.

Remember fellow eaters, your power is your wallet. If trendy 'cafe's' can't be nice and seduce us with their food and style why on earth should we give them our hard-earned cash?

Thursday, September 04, 2008
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0

E Pellicci

I had wanted to come here many times after finding it had been used as a film set for such diverse shows as "Poirot" and "Pennies from Heaven". It is STILL exactly the same, and looks like you would have a first class meal in here before appearing on 'Brief Encounter'. The owner is funny and charming and (I believe) his sons and wife are too, a family-run business in a changing (and not for the better) catering world. The service was better than some expensive restaurants the Yummymummy clan have been to, cheap good no nonsense old fashioned food and the ambience is wonderful. The area's quite horrible, but if you can bear the surroundings, entering this lovely place is an experience. I hear Pellici's cafe is now a listed building and their not allowed to change it .. good. Shame Conran didn't have a listing slapped on the Bibendum. He should take note of how Pellici's have used the Art Deco originality as their main strength.

I would give it - albeit a small humble cafe - 12 points instead of 10 if I could.

Thursday, August 28, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Well, food was OK, service immaculate (but so it should be for the price!!!). and the clientele were obviously a good class of customer but the one thing that made us sad was the lovely flat roof of the Bibendum has been 'added' to with a ridiculous greenhouse on the top. Its a masterpiece of Art Deco design for goodness sake, it doesn't need or should have its flat roof destroyed by extra bits. If Conran needs a bigger restaurant he should have just bought a bigger place.

Shame, such Philistine and brutal butchery of a beautiful building. Prince Charles was right when he talked about Carbuncles. spoilt it for us...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

Cafe Creperie (Marylebone)

Nonsense.. these are perfectly superb crepes and the only ones the Yummymummy tribe have had that were better, was in a small cafe on the Left Bank in Paris. The Creperie is like a visit to France by itself.

Fully recommended by people who KNOW!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

The Engineer

Went here last night and won't be again. The place was full of Primrose hill fools and katemossalikes. The service was ridiculous slow, and even though me and my female friend had booked a table we had to constantly ask the irritated head waitress if it was ready. When she snapped "just a minute will you?!!" I replied in my usual way that if she talked to either of us again I would take it MUCH further. I think she realised she and the Engineer were dealing with superior people and she stammered a half-baked apology.

The Fish... mmmm not that bad but quite bland Samantha had the steak which was apparently very chewy. We had to keep telling the waitresses to leave the bread and olives we had ordered alone and that if they tried to take them away ONE MORE TIME.. we would walk out without paying. Opposite we had the most annoying pair of women talking "Media" shop in loud voices and swinging their (drunken) arms around, narrowly missing us two. I had to put them in their place as well.

We told the Manageress that the service and the establishment were not quite the standard we normally expect and said that we were not paying the service charge. She did not quipple.

Overall then, not a too bad - if expansive for what it is - place but hardly a gastropub experience.. The man behind the bar doing his best to chat us girlies up was the best part of the evening.! he was so inept but made us laugh!!!

Friday, August 01, 2008
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 4 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 4

The Little French Restaurant

Its true what B Smith says.. the hand rail is like touching treacle! Wear gloves!

That was the most amusing aspect of the whole evening. The Yummymummy clan went for a (what we hoped would be ) an uneventful meal in the slightly pretentious place. The waiters were very snotty and not at all as helpful as 'Al' says. (perhaps he has inside information??). We were quite put out at their 'deafness' at asking for cutlery and my husband had to actually go to the counter to ask for knives and forks. That seemed to increase the surlyness and the pseudo-Parisienne disdain - which might be great on the Left Bank but in Earls Court? do me a favour!!

The coffees were quite watery and the meals not exactly gourmet standard. Wouldn't go again, not even for another grab of the sticky handrail! (what's all that about?!)

Monday, July 21, 2008
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 4 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 0

Chutney Mary

As it was his birthday and he's been good, I took YummyDaddynumberone here to treat him, as we've often thought about going here. As my husband is white I enjoy introducing him to Middle Eastern and Indian dishes which he would not normally try.

Fantastic. The waiters are sweet and helpful, the manager did exactly the right protocol for a manager... kept a discreet distance, just making sure everything ticked along correctly and keeping the ambience and pleasure just so. Which he did admirably.

To go into fine details regarding the food would not do it justice. It was perfect and we shall definitely go again. Not a cheap night and Primary School Teachers might not be able to afford it, but not overtly expensive for Chelsea.

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

Bluebird Restaurant

Must agree with Andy below, the two handsome gypsy boys playing such lovely guitar music were a great part of the ambience and flavour of this now very sad and deteriorating restaurant. The food has gone downhill too and as for the service, well the least said, etc! Won't come back until they pull their Bluebird socks up.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 1 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 1

Le P'tit Normand

We had the most fantastic time here. The waiters are so so efficient, the food sublime and the whole was a most repeatable experience.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Well, after reading the reviews about the Fawlty-like manager, we had to go didn't we!

As soon as I sat down with my female friend, the manager virtually demanded why we'd chosen a seat in the corner. Because its empty I said! No, you mustn't sit there. you sit THERE!

I don't do shouting at by canteen staff. I just got up with my friend and walked out. We went to a charming little place in Gerrard street, where we didn't feel we were in that TV series "Tenko".

Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0

Okawari (West End)

I agree. Cheap and cheerful and although not strictly Japanese (fusion anyone?!) it is a good entry into Nipponese cuisine. As a friend of mine calls it Japanese-lite! The waiting staff, although they can get things wrong, are so sweet and slightly dippy that we can forgive them a lot.

Friday, June 20, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

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