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Pradera Tapas Bar

The service and quality can be a bit uneven here but generally it provides for an agreeable night out.

The prices are just a fraction higher than normal tapas bars but then the quantity is more generous. The service is normally friendly, especially if you attempt a few words in Spanish (attempt being the operative word in my case). The decor and layout make it quite atmospheric; the open front section is obviously the place to be for the flamenco but the rear 'cave' like section is more secluded and intimate. The abundance of Spanish ornamentation gives an authenticity and character so sadly missing from those stark, minimalist type restaurants.

There a few non-standard tapas dishes that elevate the menu above a standard high street venue. The quality is normally good, though a paella ordered on a previous visit was disappointing.

They are also one of the few restaurants that don't rip you off on New Year's Eve.

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 6


Green Jade

First impressions are not good. The restaurant is located in an anonymous row of shops on an 'A' road in a nondescript North London suburb served only by a bus route. The restaurant comprises of two shop areas, not knocked into one as one might expect but separate rooms connected only by a doorway. The atmosphere is intimate, as one might expect from small premises.

Any misgivings stop there however. As if to compensate for any inadequacies, the service is such that you are made to feel like royalty on arrival. The menu prices may lead one to suspect that the food is only average Chinese fare - not so. It is of a quality far higher than the prices would suggest. This reviewer has paid significantly more at better located Chinese restaurants for a lower standard of cooking.

In addition to the normal a la carte menu, there is an all-you-can-eat menu, which £14.50 at the time of writing, is a steal; a platter of hot Hors D'oeuvres, crispy aromatic duck, plus a main course comprised of any five dishes from the main menu. That anyone could still be hungry after this is hard to imagine but more dishes can subsequently be ordered at no cost.

The restaurant also offers a weekend daytime buffet for the ridiculous credit-crunch busting price of £6.50.

It is supposed that the proprietors will move to a more financially rewarding location once this establishment has cemented their reputation.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 10


Babinondas Restaurant

Was a bit dubious about going because of previous uncomplimentary reviews, however after two visits (the second visit was with more people just to make sure the first visit wasn't a fluke) I'd have to say that this is a restaurant well worth visiting.

The meze is a veritable feast (and cheaper than nearby Vrisaki) with no dud dishes. Service on both occasions was efficient and friendly, the house white was good, the atmosphere is good whether full or nearly empty (the difference between a dry Friday night and wet Tuesday night!). Personally I can't wait for the arrival of a summer so that I can sit out front and watch the world go by from under the huge grapevine that adorns the front.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


La Vina

An unimpressive visit many years ago and the bad reviews below would make a second visit seem a foolish idea. Contrary to all expectations though, the restaurant excelled this time. They are quite happy to let you just choose from the tapas menu and not indulge in the mains - the tapas menu is not the most extensive but with unusual dishes such as Quails and Squid Stuffed With Prawns there is enough to interest a seasoned tapas devotee. The more regular tapas fare fared pretty well as well.

The layout and (very) low light levels made for an enjoyably intimate atmosphere but unfortunately made it impossible to read the menu without actually taking it outside - some candles on the tables would have helped there methinks (must remember the pocket torch next time).

La Vina passed with flying colours in two general areas of restaurant malcontent: the house white and the toilets (no connection). The intricate Spanish tiling of los servicios revealed an attention to detail that indicate an intention to impress and please on behalf of the owners. Even the tables were large enough to fit all the tapas onto!

Worth a try in my humble opinion.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7


Jamon Jamon

The prices of tapas in Spanish restaurants has been creeping up over recent years, to the point where one has to be quite discerning over which ones to visit. Jamon Jamon still rates as a good visit; the service is friendly (though perhaps too flippant), the portion sizes are reasonable, and the ambience is good regardless of the number of diners. However, the microwaved tapas dishes quickly lost their heat and, on this visit at least, were quite bland. Having worked so hard to establish a good reputation, Jamon Jamon is in danger of losing it through complacency.

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 4 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6


Exquisito

Not located in one of London's more salubrious areas but that only works to the diner's advantage as prices are low and portions are huge. A colourful Mexican styled interior plus a free tequila shot afterwards served by the friendly staff means you can't go far wrong. It's also large enough for them to be able to cope with a large raucous party and romantic couples with equal ease.

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


Exquisito

Not located in one of London's more salubrious areas but that only works to the diner's advantage as prices are low and portions are huge. A colourful Mexican styled interior plus a free tequila shot afterwards served by the friendly staff means you can't go far wrong. It's also large enough for them to be able to cope with a large raucous party and romantic couples with equal ease.

Sunday, March 18, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


Cedar Lebanese Restaurant

Marvellous restaurant; great food and friendly service. Well worth trekking all the way to the wrong end of London for!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


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