All reader reviews by Gregory

Philpot Tandoori

With a lot of curry houses I think it is fair to say that half a dozen beers beforehand will usually aid the experience. Unfortunately not in this case.

The sizzling Chicken Karahi was served in stainless steel dish as opposed to a sizzling cast iron grill and the Naan was supermarket quality at best.

Despite the good natured service, I think I will be hard pressed to return on the strength of this experience.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 5


Trinity

After a disappointing visit some years ago, we recently enjoyed a superb Sunday lunch. Both service and food were excellent.

Having eaten at Adam Byatt's previous Clapham venture Thyme on a regular basis, I'm delighted to say Trinity is working like a well oiled machine and is an asset to the area.

Will return soon.

Monday, March 30, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


1 Lombard Street Brasserie

How often have I heard the phrase "when a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is !" So when my wife booked a table for the five course set meal at £20, I felt she had been seriously conned.

Upon arrival, we were promptly greeted, seated and watered while bread was delivered to the table. Still nothing to quibble about........ especially at £20 for 5 courses.

1st course arrives; a small pumpkin soup...... fantastic.

2nd course: Salmon.........looks like an 80/90's triumph of colour on a plate. A few too many flavours for me, but still fun.

3rd course: shoulder of Lamb served atop of a bean cassoulet....AWESOME am I really only paying £20 for this.

4th course: the Berry and Mint Granita thing did it's job and cleansed the palate.

5th course: Cheese with no explanation as to what the farmhouses cheeses actually were despite our questions.

The service from the senior waitstaff was exceptional and they did go the extra mile.

The same cannot be said for their junior colleagues who are still grasping the finer points of the English language need to at least have the confidence to clarify what is asked of them. We asked what cheeses were served .... no response. I asked for another bottle of the wine we were drinking ... no wine, I asked again and specified the wine and the wrong bottle was brought. Perhaps it is just the one staff member and is the only small quibble on what was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

My suspicions could not have been further from the truth.

Recommended.

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


Big Easy (King's Rd)

The Big Easy is exactly what it looks like. Lashings of comforting American style food in a fun yet relaxed atmosphere. 4 of us recently went for their Monday night Rib and Chicken deal and I was impressed all round.

The ribs and chicken were good and the sides were in fact very good. The coleslaw was surprisingly good, as were the beans and the Macaroni Cheese. The fries however were unremarkable. OK, it is not going to beat a similar BBQ styled meal in the US but it would run close and it sure beats a Trans - Atlantic flight.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


The Abbeville

Went to the Abbeville the other night and was very surprised to see the massive improvement since my visit over 12 months ago.

I wont dewell on the past, but it seems like a new chef is a 'breath of fresh air". The menu of of wholsesome real pub food was well priced, well cooked and well served which is a far cry from what it used to be. No one on our table was disappoitned with the food. The wine list was also fair.

The service whilst not precise, is good natured and what you would expect.

In short, I would not cross town for a pub of this calibre but as it is less than 5 minutes away I think I might return here a little more often. At the very least it will get another chance.

Monday, September 22, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


maze

Had the 'chefs experience' which was executed brilliantly. 9 courses all explained and presented by the particular chef who made that course. On the whole the food was fantastic and with our group of 10 we were able to choose a wine with each course. On all but one case the sommelier was spot on with his choices.

OK not an everyday experience but for a group special occasion, it really was a fantastic procession of food and wine that restored my faith in tasting menus.

The interaction with the kitchen team was not only fun but very informative and helpful. On this 'performance' can wholeheartedly recommend the chefs experience.

The night was expensive but it is also a one off experience that was worth the investment. While I may never do the chef's experience again, I will go back to Maze.

Thursday, August 28, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7


Lamberts

Having wanted to go to Lambert's for some time, I finally had the chance to experience it last Thursday for a birthday dinner. As birthday boy, I was last to arrive but still had the chance for an aperitif before dinner. Everyone's drinks arrived promptly without fuss, so things are already heading in the right direction especially as the appealing menu is creating indecision of the right kind. Even the fixed menu looks good.... but I figure it is a special occasion so why not focus on the full menu.

I chose Rabbit terrine as a starter which was a great even if the rabbit meat was practically whole. Smaller pieces of meat would have enhanced the terrine, but that is a small complaint. For main the Mutton, Wether and Lamb dish is a triumph in looks and flavour. The deserts were sensational and my cheese plate exhibited some fine cheeses.

The service didn't quite have the same finesse of the food, but, it was honest, well meaning and certainly appropriate for a local restaurant. I suppose you could say that the senior staff members now their craft and are imparting their knowledge on to their enthusiastic junior counterparts. No problem with that.

The wine list however needs some more thought. Whilst having some good vintage bottles at the top end of the spectrum, I feel the mid range at £20 - £50 was poor in terms of number, variety and quality. The reasonable priced end of the list was 'unremarkable' in the true sense, neither good nor bad.

Would I go again ? Absolutely.

Does this knock Chez Bruce off it's local throne ? No, Not quite. Because Lambert's doesn't have a wine list of Biblical proportions nor does it have a gigantic cheese selection. Then again it is also a little easier on the hip pocket and you can get a reservation within the month. In my opinion, it is also significantly better than my other local experiences at Trinity and Greyhound at Battersea.

Lambert's is a great local restaurant that will evolve with the seasons and with it regular customers..... which will likely include me.

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Dehesa

Foodwise, the quality of the produce was excellent although it was one of the first times in recent memory that a restaurant could use more salt. The butter beans served with the pork needed some seasoning. Aside from that all the food was good as was the wine list.

While our reception was welcoming, the service itself was a little bizarre at first but once that settled down everything was OK.

Great atmosphere and will return for a night of Tapas and good wine.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7


The Warrington by Gordon Ramsay

Had a great meal at the Warrington a few weeks ago, so I returned to find the food and service to be just as good as the first visit.

The food is everything you could wish for in a local bistro. It is not Michelin Star food, but it is good food, cooked well. The service was without fault, even though the receptionist could learn to smile (then again this is the same everywhere).

In short, I am not sure I would not make a special journey across town for the Warrington, but if I lived in the area I would dine there regularly.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8


Locanda Locatelli

Romantic, Seductive and just damn sublime.

When making the reservation for our anniversary dinner I was almost put off by the insistence of a return time. Fortunately I went ahead as at no point whatsoever did we feel pressured to progress our meal.

The warm sumptuous modern surrounds made us feel well at home while the professional yet personable team lead us through an exceptional Italian meal. The menu was not ground breaking, but nor does it have to be when quality produce is cooked and served this well.

For a romantic evening, I would prefer to return here than to endure a tasting menu of re-invention that many other high profile restaurants encourage at the moment. A day later, I can still remember the flavour and enjoyment from each course which is more than can be said for the last tasting menu I had.

As the bill reminded me, this is a special occasion venue (for me anyway) but nonetheless worth it.

Locanda Locatelli is brilliant.

Monday, November 05, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


Skylon Restaurant

Surprisingly I really really enjoyed it.

OK, in recent years I have not been a fan of D&D (formerly Conran Restaurants) but Skylon really works to create a fantastic atmosphere backed up by some very well cooked food and service. On this occasion I dined in the grill which doesn't try to re-invent the culinary wheel, yet it does serve delicious well cooked fare.

The bar is equally capable with a great range of well thought cocktails which compliment the whole experience.

This enormous room is big enough to house an open plan restaurant, bar and grill that fells both warm and very comfortable. Even in the more cost effective Grill, you are made to feel a part of the 'big atmosphere' rather than the poor cousin as you do a so many similar restaurants.

If you haven't gathered by now, I am already looking forward to a return visit to either the bar, restaurant or grill which are all complimented by a fantastic riverside view.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7


The International Bar, Lounge & Restaurant

Fantastic Value for West End!

Had the surprisingly good set meal deal which I would normally avoid. The only gripe are the side orders which were a little small, but that's easily overcome by another order.

The air conditioning was also on the blink but the very cold wine and water eased that pain.

Not a ground breaking experience, but at this value there isn't much to lose for a reasonable casual dining experience.

Monday, August 07, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


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