All reader reviews by city luncher
It's hard to understand why this place gets such good reviews, undoubtedly living on its past but totally past it now. It's a poky, scruffy little room with tables far too close together; a bunch of clueless waiting staff; and the food is frankly pretty mediocre. Someone needs to tell the person preparing the sashimi that it's not meant to have bones in it (really). And the skewers are all pretty revolting - smothered in a nasty sugary gloop that purports to be teryaki.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Food 1 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 2
West end prices but far from west end quality.
Pokey, noisy room. Staff barely speak English and don't really know what they're doing.
Fried squid starter was horribly over-cooked in stale oil which made it incredibly rubbery, greasy and unpleasant. Tempura was the same.
Poorly cut sashimi - tough connective tissue in the tuna made it inedible.
Menu has the usual Japanese staples (nigiri, sashimi, yakatori, udon etc) but nothing out of the ordinary.
Unless you live in Willesden and this is local, it's definitely not worth a journey.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Food 1 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 2
I've been to Trishna a few times this year and on each occasion have come away thinking that I must write a glowing review; so here it is.
The food really is quite stunning, often using an inventive combination of spices and ingredients in what might seem familiar dishes. I particularly like the fact that they use game such as partridge and pheasant as well as many varieties of fish rather than relying on chicken or lamb.
The food is remarkably good value - there's not much difference to the prices in a common or garden tandoori restaurant despite the food being in an altogether different league in terms of quality.
Service is reliably fast, friendly and efficient.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10
After a fairly disappointing experience in the downstairs bar a couple of weeks ago I decided to give the upstairs restaurant another try. I'm local and I really want to like this place; unfortunately I just can't.
The ambience of the room is great and the service is thoroughly professional.
The problem is the food - it's just not good enough. It starts with the menu which is limited to pretty banal and unexciting canteen food - basic steak and chips, fishcakes etc (interestingly, you get two of these for £11.00 in the restaurant as opposed to one for £7.50 in the bar for the same thing). It wouldn't matter if they were done well, but they aren't. I went with a party of five and all of us found everything massively over-salted and pretty unpleasant. The chips had obviously been hanging around for ages and tasted really stale.
It's interesting to note that when the Warrington re-opened last year the bar used to be jammed and it was very difficult to get a table in the restaurant. Now - tumbleweeds.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Food 0 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 1
The downstairs bar has a great atmosphere and extravagent decor but be warned, the food that's served in it is a bit of a joke. The menu offers a variety of simple bar food type things, scotch eggs, fishcakes, sausage and mash, pies etc; the problem is that the portions are absolutely tiny.
I was there on Saturday and ordered fishcake. OK, that's what I got, but one tepid fishcake plus three bits of lettuce is not a meal unless you're about 4 years old.
Why do they bother? Maybe the bar food is so miserable in order to encourage people to eat in the restaurant upstairs?
Monday, November 24, 2008
Food 2 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 2
I was taken here for the first time for dinner by an elderly regular of the place last week. The location, ambience and service are all as you would expect of a good London restuarant; and I guess if that's all you care about then Langans is good. It's certainly busy (clientele seemed to be Mayfair oldsters, tourists and hen parties as far as I could tell, but lively nontheless).
The food really is woeful though. The menu is totally uninspiring, consisting of nursery/pub grub favourites of the 1970's although at decidedly modern prices. Fearing the worst I decided to play safe, even that didn't really work. To start, I was presented a plate of luminously pink, oily and thoroughly unappetising smoked salmon - supermarket stuff is generally better. This was followed by a frankly horrible dish of gristly sausage, glue-like onion gravy and lumpy, reheated mash. This accompanied by some astringent red wine from the eccentric list.
Langans is a throwback to the bad old days of ghastly, slapdash english cooking and does I suppose serve as a benchmark of how much standards elsewhere in London have improved in the last few years - but if you're prepared to take that for granted then best to avoid it all costs
Monday, March 19, 2007
Food 1 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 1
Decent, local, family run Italian seafoodie type place. A fair few regular customers plus a lot of tourists. Solid cooking and well sized portions - like most fish restuarants the specials are a good idea. Faintly hit and miss, although very friendly service. You won't go wrong with this place, but you probably won't go back either.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8
A small and rather unprepossessing room in a dingy road at the edge of the City.
Portions small but cheap.
Actually though, this is the best japanese restauarant I've been to in London by quite a margin. Try the Rock Shrimp tempura with sesame sauce and you'll go back.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10
Been three times
Food is consistently OK (not great, but definitely OK). A few problems with the service though, whilst willing the staff are not all terribly competent, eg
- wrong dishes brought and order muddled
- wrong wine brought and poured - didn't show the bottle first
- and absolutely unforgiveably, poured the dregs of a bottle of claret into our glasses before we could stop it - so a lovely mouthful of sediment to add to the meal
Frankly, the place is rather over-hyped , it's possible to do much better than this for the money
Friday, March 17, 2006
Food 6 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 4