All reader reviews by bossygirl


To give you perspective on my expectation, I am from America, but have lived in Europe for a long time. I love the attentiveness of American service (which can sometimes be TOO personal) and the inpersonality of European service (which is USUALLY completely inattentive).

Saying that, Alloro's service was the best I have ever had. Period. And I eat out alot, everywhere. If you looked and needed something, they were there. But you rarely needed to do that, because every need was anticipated. The style of dining (there were 8 of us, for dinner) was a no-hurry style, to be expected in any 4-star Italian restaurant. The food was exceptionally creative (had the roast suckling pig carpaccio and wanted to cry it was so good). The pea soup with scallops was an eccentric but glorious combo. Ossobucco was rich and lovely.

But the best of all was the wine service; the sommelier/waiter could not have been more useful and knowledgeable about Italian wine. He made excellent and charming recommedations that paired well with each course. He also listened to what we said we liked and made his recs based on that as well.

Cannot say enough about Alloro. This is a real people place, where you feel the chef and the service staff (even the lovely lady at the front door) wanted to take care of you and cared. That, believe me, is worth the price (which by the way, with everything -- cocktails, wine and four courses, plus coffee -- was under £100 per person... not bad at all!) in a city like London where you can often find yourself paying alot for very little service and so-so food.

Monday, February 05, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

The Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar

We chose this place because of the reviews and because it was convenient to a visiting friend's hotel. It was really charming, the staff was friendly and not too intrusive, and the food was very good. I would recommmend it, for a glass of wine, or for a great, relaxing dinner.

By the way, our server was very gracious as to give us some LUSCIOUS chocolate truffles with our apres-dinner coffee. It was the perfect ending to a very enjoyable meal.

I should mention, this isn't a rush-in and rush-out kind of place. Probably not ideal for pre-theatre crowd.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

Maida Vale Tandoori

Honestly, I don't know how we got so lucky to live so close to my favourite Indian place in London.

I judge all Indian restaurants on the quality of their tarka dhal, and this is the best I have had, except my husbands'! They serve the bowls of food on hot plates and naan is excellent. The dansak is spicy (yes! actually spicy, not English spicy) and the vindaloo is for real. I love this place. Nice atmosphere, and nice people. Value is EXCELLENT! Worth a cab ride from the west end.

Thursday, February 16, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

Da Paolo

At the last minute we booked this restaurant for a birthday dinner for 8 of us. I chose it based on the reviews on this site and we were not disappointed.

In London, the best quality in a restaurant is service and this place has it in spades. Classic Italian service. The manager took our coats for us, the table was ready when we arrived. The table was not cluttered with menus until we had time to have a drink. I have served in restaurants for a long time in the States. I could feel they were paying attention to us completely, from start to finish, without being intrusive.

The food was excellent and very plentiful... I got an eyeful with my friends sardine starter and the mushroom bruschetta was out of this world. The wine list was excellent-- if you like red, you don't need to spend a great deal. Just ask for a recommendation for an Italian red and tell them what you like.

We were even offered limoncellos at the end of the meal. Lovely. Best service in two years in London.

Sunday, February 12, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Ping Pong (Soho)

I really like this place and I will go back. However, I hope the management reads this and gets a clue about service. This isn't traditional dim sum on push carts... it is served as it is made. I don't prefer this, but the food is VERY good. However, I can't believe these servers can't figure it out. One reviewer is EXACTLY right: servers are eager to pull empty plates away, but NOWHERE to be seen when you want a drink or need to pay and go. This seems to be traditional English service, though; disappear when the guest wants to pay, so I am starting get used to it. Eventually, though, I may just leave. If they don't want my money, that's fine.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

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