All reader reviews by Anonymous
Good but not great. Good things - service was good, atmosphere was lively, the room is large & attractive, and the food (pancakes with blueberries and mascarpone) was perfectly decent. Not so good things - rather uninspiring menu - brunch menu was quite extensive but main menu largely consisted of burgers, fish & chips and other standards (and apparently doesn't change often); they're a bit cheap - the pancakes didn't come with maple syrup (?!) so we asked for some, and then a £1.50 charge appeared on the bill for each little pot; the room was badly ventilated - cooking fumes permeate the restaurant so that the clothes I wore still reek of brunch, and we eventually had to leave because my friend's eyes were stinging; but the most annoying thing? The restaurant is not signposted. It's on the first floor of a converted building and you have to walk off the main street into a kind of alcove, go through a door off the alcove into the building then walk around a corridor to the right and go up to the first floor. At no point is there any indication that a restaurant exists in the building. Nothing. Nada. Not outside the building, not inside the building. This is irritating and pretentious.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Food 5 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 5
Visited for an early dinner and was impressed. Casual cafe dining, though a very attractive room. We tried a variety of small plates - which are quite small, but a couple are perfectly sufficient for a light dinner. Leeks with beans and a mushroom and red onion yorkshire pudding were both lovely, though I think we were even more taken with the side dishes - truffled cabbage and squash with hazelnut oli were both simple but delicious. A couple of glasses of English wine and a shared gingerbread man with zingy lime icing made for a pleasant visit. It's not somewhere to linger all evening (currently closes at 8pm) and the bright lights mean it might not make a great romantic night out, but it's good food and good service so I'm sure I'll be back.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10
Lovely Sunday evening dinner here. Two of us had the set menu, and two ate from the a la carte. The set menu went down very well, and was good value, including a glass of prosecco. The a la carte was very flexible - starters were small plates, and the pasta mains were offered in both small and large portions. Octopus plus a small plate of pumpkin ravioli was plenty for me and both were very tasty. Squid was a particularly small portion on a particularly small plate but came with a good smoked aioli, and a large plate of tagliatelle with ragu was devoured happily. Decent wine and great service.
Do believe the good reviews of this plate, because I suspect they're not going to get too much passing trade. The basement dining room is very warm and welcoming with an impressive bar, but from the street the small area with a couple of long tables with high seats that can be seen isn't very inviting. Also, their website still says they're closed on Sunday - which may have explained why we were one of only two tables occupied all evening...
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8
I've been here twice now - a weekday lunch and an early evening dinner. On both occasions I've been impressed. The food was (mostly) very good, it's good value (especially the lunch menu) and the service is good to excellent (as an example of the latter: when the waiter attempted to share the last bit of wine between my brother's and my glasses he found there were only a few drops left for my brother. So he brought another bottle of the same wine from behind the bar and poured a splash into my brother's glass. Nice touch).
The quinoa salad I had for lunch was so lovely I've attempted to make it at home a couple of times since. The mackerel with sauce vierge at dinner was also very tasty. My brother was a little disappointed in his burger though, which was no more than just OK. Perhaps it's better to stick with the more interesting items on the menu - his olive oil parfait was a better choice of dessert.
What I really like about this place is its flexibility. It's open all day, so the early dinner my mum wanted wasn't a problem. And the menu has a range of dishes to suit most tastes - from a basic burger to much more innovative dishes - many of which can be ordered as small or large plates, suiting all appetites too. My mum was even tempted to join us with dessert because she was able to order a single scoop of sorbet. I was surprised that we were almost the only diners for most of our dinner, early though it was - I really hope this place is successful, as I'd definitely like to return!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
In summary: decent enough food but way over-priced, with absolutely no indication of the quality or flourishes you might expect from a big name chef like Marcus Wareing. If I were him I'd either improve the food drastically or remove my name from this place sharpish.
The room is impressive - though rather closely packed with tables. The service was good. The food...was fine...the menu read well, lots of slightly unusual touches made the longish menu sound very appetising. Unfortunately the interest didn't quite make it onto the plate - the dishes were all slightly less appealing than they sounded on the page. On the whole they were competently cooked, if not perfect - liver was a little over-done and (lightly smoked) pollock just a little under. There were some nice touches - I was brought a little cup of cauliflower soup while my partner ate his starter. Unfortunately the soup was just very hot and bland - I can knock up considerably better soup in my own kitchen, because it really isn't hard to make good soup. About the best dish was a 'Lord Mayor's trifle' with chocolate jelly and orange - chocolate and orange is a difficult combination to get wrong, but again it just lacked a little something, possibly a good slug of booze in the case of a trifle.
At the prices they're charging - which are not cheap, painfully so in the case of the wine list - the food really ought to be better than merely fine.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3
This place was a lot better than I expected. Instead of the over-priced tourist trip it could have been, the food was pretty good and not bad value. We were there for a late weekend lunch and had to wait 20 mins for a table - not much of a hardship since there was a wide range of wines available by the glass at the (admittedly very crowded) bar. We then lucked out with a window table so ate lunch with an incredible view. From the light lunch menu available late afternoon we had a great mezze plate, with fantastic pepper and beetroot purees; very good quality mussels in a lovely creamy sauce and excellent chips. Puds were not quite as good as mains but cheesecake and bakewell tart were perfectly decent. Service was very friendly. Prices are hiked up at dinner, but better value at lunchtime.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Had a much better meal here than many of the reviewers on this site. Showed up about 7:30 on a Tuesday night and were told we'd wait an hour - but were seated before we were halfway down our carafe of wine. The food was excellent - skate on lentils with herbs was a big chunk of fish with lovely, flavoursome lentils; potato and ardrahan (cheese) pie was also very tasty. Of the puds, the buttermilk pudding was so spectacularly good I've tracked down a recipe for it and will be trying to make it this weekend. The details were also spot on - the bread was delicious and fresh (and not charged extra for!); the salad leaves with the pie were beautifully dressed; and the service was efficient and friendly.
One small moan - the heating was apparently turned off since all the radiators (and so the room itself!) were cold. It may be lovely and warm in the kitchen, guys, but spare a thought for your poor customers shivering at their tables when it's minus several degrees outside!
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8
Lovely. Went here for a spontaneous Tuesday night dinner and was very impressed. The place is popular - there were only seats at the bar available at 7pm on a wet and windy January Tuesday. The menu is short - so short we didn't fancy the mains (not as finnicky as it sounds since we don't eat meat - carnivores are well-served here), and had starters and sides instead. Which I don't have a problem with - much prefer places that do a few things well than a large number of things badly. And they do do the food well here. Smoked mackerel with beetroot and horseradish was fabulous - it came as a chunk of fish, backbone included, rather than a fillet, and was much less greasy and the smoking more subtle than is usual with mackerel. Crab on toast perhaps didn't hit the heights of the mackerel but was still a very tasty plateful, and both portions were substantial for starters (the menu doesn't in fact distinguish between starters and mains, so these might be have 'light bites' rather than starters). Sides of mash, with a hint of nutmeg, and greens, buttery and tender, were also very good. Despite not having mains, we were too full to manage a pud each and shared a muscat custard caramel - a slightly boozy creme caramel. I'm not usually drawn to creme caramel on a menu but if they were all as good as this one I might change my mind. Service was polite and efficient, they'd turned the heating up enough for January (which SO many restaurants don't do!), so overall we left very happy and will undoubtedly return - though will take the precaution of booking next time.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10
Not wholly impressed by this place. Some of the food was great, some was just so-so. Starters of smoked eel and squash ravioli were good, but mains were really disappointing - dover sole was just OK, and the frittata wasn't any better than one we could have knocked up at home. What rescued the evening, at least for me, was the soft chocolate cake - absolutely amazing, so good it made it into my all-time top 3 desserts! Unfortunately my partner wasn't so happy with his pannacotta - which came with prunes instead of the advertised raspberries (and he's not a prune fan...). Given the rave reviews this place has had I wonder if perhaps it's one of those places where you need to eat a la carte, rather than on the toptable deal we were on.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 5
Fabulous place. Much more intimate than I expected, with absolutely fantastic views. Food ranged from good to amazing. The highlights were a perfectly cooked sea trout starter, and the mains of scrumptious cod with a superb salsa verde and the best risotto I've ever eaten (pea and parmesan - but so much better than that sounds). Desserts a little disappointing after the mains (though one did include a gorgeous honey ice cream), but the plates of luscious petit fours we were given after the meal made up for this. Service utterly delightful. Certainly not cheap, but not bad value on a toptable offer. Perfect for a special occasion meal.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7
Confess to feeling a bit disappointed by Inside. Greenwich badly needs a decent local restaurant with good food at reasonable prcies. Given the enthusiasm of many of the reviews I thought Inside might be it. Unfortunately not. The food on the whole is by no means bad - nicoise salad followed by potato and pea somosa were perfectly pleasant, but not spectacular (and the chef tries a bit too hard with the fancy presentation of dishes). But I would steer clear of dessert. The white chocolate and passionfruit cheesecake was frankly a disappointment - somehow managed not to taste of anything much despite two such strongly flavoured ingredients! Perhaps the biggest complaint though is the cost - these prices are simply too high for a local restaurant that doesn't serve spectacular food. (This may be a minority view, however, as the place was packed out on a Thursday night - which may say more about lack of alternative quality restaurants in Greenwich than about Inside...)
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 3