All reader reviews by Philip Turner

Terra

I would never have known this restaurant even existed let alone booked up to go, had it not been for the marvellous reviews here on London-Eating. However, after visiting Terra last night I can say it certainly is not Michelin starred fine dining but it is a restaurant serving a very delicious fusion of home-made Spanish, Italian and Greek food.

There is a large choice of starters and mains to choose from ranging from fish, meat on skewers, pasta and rice. I had mussels to start (exceptional, definitely recommend) and for main a prawn and asparagus paella – also very tasty. My girlfriend had goat’s cheese starter and linguine for main – she also enjoyed hers.

The two ladies that served us were very lovely and we didn’t have to ask for anything or require where our food was. The restaurant wasn’t overly busy but there was a nice ambience about the place which created a pleasant atmosphere, but not great.

The one thing about this restaurant is that it is very reasonable. The bill came to £46.00 with a couple of gin & tonics and a couple beers although we didn’t have a pudding. There are numerous tourist traps in the west-end where the quality of food is not nearly the same but you will pay maybe £20 more.

I would definitely return but would visit if I was in the area rather than book up especially.

The reason this restaurant is so heavily reviewed and is in and amongst restaurants of the calibre of ‘Petrus’ , 68 Hospital Road’ et al is because at the bottom of the bill receipt you are asked to put your review on London-Eating.

Monday, June 23, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10


Ortega (Leadenhall Market)

Great tapas restaurant, much better than Barcelona's. Well worth a go for a casual lunch.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8


Blue Elephant

I went here for the second time on a Thursday after watching tennis at Queens. I love it here, the food is very delicious and the service was great, although it wasn't overly busy.

The restaurant is lovely inside as it is given a tropical feel with water running through it, this in turn gives a lovely atmosphere.

One thing is we sat at a table for four and we were quite a distance from the people opposite us. Also it is very pricey, I can’t remember seeing anything under about £14 or £15 but then again I have never had to pay. Definitely recommend.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7


The Hill Bar & Brasserie

I have mixed reviews about The Hill really.

Stumbled upon this place whilst wandering around Belsize Park (which happens to be a lovely part of London) yesterday evening with my girlfriend.

The 'GASTRO' pub itself is a very nice looking place and definitely felt inviting. Once in we were seated and we were promptly asked if we would like a drink. The waitress seemed fairly friendly but there was something strange about her, especially when we asked for some bread (which we were made to feel bad about as it was coming anyway).

Anyhow I ordered the scallops for starter my girlfriend sautéed mushrooms. They came after about 15 minutes and I thought my girlfriends didn't look too great but she said they were nice. Mine though were delicious and they came with pak choi in a chilli sauce - I would say they were better that the ones in Le Gavroche and £20.00 cheaper.

Next we ordered mains of leg of duck for the good lady and swordfish for me which is where things started to go wrong. The mains took well over half an hour to arrive and there was no apology. We weren't to mad as we were having a nice time but it did seem a long time to wait. Once the food arrived I was really happy as mine was excellent and came with delicious mange tout and grilled tomato. However my girlfriends duck was well overcooked and she said it was really dry. When she told the waitress the reply was it is supposed to be like crispy duck and that she chose the only leg of duck and could have had breast. This is not true and complete lies as there was only one type of duck on the menu. Furthermore this is very poor service – no apology whatsoever seeig as the duck wasn't cheap at £15.00. I also ordered a glass of wine after my pint and it came out warm.

They include 12.5% service and the bill came out at just under £70.00. That wasn't too bad but it did seem overpriced for what we had.

I would like to try once more and give the hill the benefit of the doubt.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6


Rhodes 24

went to rhodes 24 last thursday. the food was very nice plus i left feeling pleasantly full. i had foie gras for starter which was okay plus a delicious sea bass for main, however, you must try gary rhodes signature pudding, for those who love traditional british puddings it is exceptional.

one waiter seemed a little stuffy but other than that the service was good and sommelier was very helpful and friendly.

the restaranrt itself is a little formal and it lacked a little atmosphere but apparantly it is best a night time, especially with the wonderful view.

i wasn't paying so i didn't pay much attention to the cost but from what i can remember the cost was in corrolation to other michelin starred/fine dining restarants in london

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8


Kazan

went here on saturday night for a 5.30 booking before the theatre and can honestly say that this is a great restaurant. The staff are friendly (even when you book up) and the food is delicious and fills you up. i loved everything on the menu and can't wait to go back and try something else. its not that expensive either at £70.00 for two people and the wine i chose was £30.00. just loved it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Gaucho (City)

was taken to there on tuesday by my boss and it was my fourth time in a gaucho grill. i had lobster claw to begin with followed by a fillet steak, both were amazing. they don't give you a particularly sharp knife but it cut through the steak perfectly. gaucho steaks really are the best tasting steaks there are. the atmosphere is buzzing in there and times it was almost too loud you couldn't hear yourself speak. the service was good and attentive perhaps a little too much at times. would love to have lunch in there every week but it is quite expensive, i was lucky enough not to have to pay though.

Thursday, December 06, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Le Gavroche

i went to le gavroche on saturday night with my girlfriend for her birthday and although we have been to many lovely restaurants this was our first michelin starred.

when we arrived we decided to have a glass of champagne each in the bar upstairs which is where we ordered our food. we were asked if we needed any help with the menu but were left to our own devices as to the wine we chose. In fact i am unsure if i knew out of all the staff working there which one the sommelier was all night.

once down in the restaurant the service was excellent, they treated us very well and the maitre de asked us if everything was okay as did michelle roux jr himself, which was nice.

the restaurant was a little quiet to begin with and we did tend to whisper but once it became busy the atmosphere was great.

The food was delicious and we enjoyed every course, i had scallops to begin in a minestrone broth and my girlfriend had foie gras terrine, both were excellent. i had veal for main and my girlfriend had fillet steak which she he said was one of the best cooked steaks she has ever had, however, she wasn’t quite sure about the macaroni cheese that came with it; i had no grumbles about mine. afterwards my girlfriend had the cheese board and it was the biggest selection I have ever seen, although I felt the waiter rushed her when she was choosing which cheeses she would like, she enjoyed it nonetheless. i had a desert where five different chocolate puddings were given on a plate, it was superb and arguably the best course of the night.

i knew before coming that le gavroche is not a cheap place and was told you could go there for £200.00 for two people; this is not true, well unless you don’t drink and what sort of celebration would it have been then! anyhow, I’m just not sure, no matter how delicious the food was that it justified being quite as expensive as it was but i suppose that is the price you pay for a two michellin star restaurant with michelle roux in the kitchen at the time.

i will go back again and would like to try to menu exceptional.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Nando's (Southbank)

its really hard to judge a restaurant like nando's because ovbiously it doesn't compete anywhere near to the top restaruants of london. however, for what it is, its great!

the first thing is the loaction of this one on south bank, it is just a lovely historic part of london and the restarant building is lovely itself.

so after decding to go there for a night out with work colleagues, we arrived and they didn't have our booking (only gripe) but they soon found us a table. after that what more can you say, loads of chicken and chips and lots of hot suace washed down with portuguese 'super bock' - lovely. everyone was full, no one had spent a lot of money and it was thoroughly enjoyed.

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


Bertorelli (Mincing Lane)

just had a business lunch at Bertorelli and overall it was very enjoyable. i had scallops for starter as did one other of our party and they were very nice. one of the girls with us was given the wrong starter and the waiter almost accused her of lying when she said she ordered something else.

The steak for main course was good but the extra's such as chips and spinach took a while to come out after the it was delivered. i think everyone else really enjoyed their main.

the pudding although having to remind the staff to bring it out after ordering it was lovely. the lemon tart (which was actually traditional new your cheese cake) was delicious and was worth the wait.

nice wines and although a bit slow at times the staff were friendly.

Thursday, November 15, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6


Navajo Joe

went 1 Sept 2007 and not a great place. i love loud music but not when i'm eating. food took ages to come out and i would have rated the service even less had it not been for the fact that the eastern european waitress was so nice and polite and she advised me that i shouldn't have the salmon because it is so small. i had sword fish for main which was fairly nice but my girlfriend didn't like her piri piri chicken at all. there were people complaining all around us and the bill wasn't that cheap and we hardly had anything to drink.

Friday, September 07, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 2


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