All reader reviews by Cherry

The Athenaeum

Went here for a hen day girlie lunch on saturday and had a great experience.

The decor is safe and comfortably posh, although lacking a bit of personality.

With the lunchtime offer, the price was worth it. The food was OK, nice enough, good presentation, but nothing to write home about.

What really stood out for us was the outstanding friendliness and helpfulness of the staff! They were accomodating and understanding even when certain members of our party were late.. very late!

Complimentary water, coffee and truffles was a nice touch!

Thanks so much to the staff who made it an extra special experience for the bride to be :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 6 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


bunch of us girls took the private room (no need to pay extra, just reserve in good time) for a dinner party last night and had an absolutely awesome time!! (private room big enough to seat 14 comfortably and seats are on pillows on the floor)

The food was very impressive and plentiful for the extremely reasonable price of £10 per head for the bronze menu! For starters there was sheish kebab and chicken tikka were succulent and flavoured well, and the naan bread was fresh from the oven and very tasty. For mains we had two types of curry (not the run-of-the-mill korma and biryani), fresh salad with endless mint sauce and more naan bread and rice.

Dessert would have only cost £1.50 extra per head (unlimited soft drinks £1.50 extra per head) but we gave it a miss because there was still birthday cake to come!

Incredibly good value, good service, and the ipod feature in the private room was an extra special touch. We could dine in privacy to whatever soundtrack we pleased from our ipods. Would definitely recommend for informal parties and gatherings.

This place has won recent awards and recognitions by the media, proudly displayed in the front window and rightly so!

well worth the trek from the station to get there.

I will definitely be back! Thanks for a wonderful evening Maida! :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

Mint Leaf

Wow.. my bf took me here last night and I was really impressed!! it is certainly a sexy place to go to! The atmosphere was a perfect balance of ambience and intimacy with a hint of mystery! loved it.

the cocktails were great (try the porn star one), and food was scrumptious. We had the jumbo prawns, potatoe cakes, lentils, lamb curry (this was OK not worth £16) and various other little dishes! The chocolate fondant dessert was to die for!

on the whole very impressed and had a lovely evening! A bit on the pricey side but I think for the whole experience, it's worth it. Hopefully will be back v soon to check out the bar area and more of those delish cocktails!:)

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

Ark Fish Restaurant

I was impressed on my first visit to The Ark so I was anxious to bring some friends to try it. The portions were generous so most of the party could only manage a main course for lunch.

Although the fish was especially fresh and tasty, the chips let the fish down! They seemed to be the kind out of the bag instead of from freshly cut potatoes, and secondly, they weren't cooked enough, so they weren't crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

For the price, I would expect perfect chips, as well as perfect fish.

The mushy peas are great and the staff are lovely.

I'd probably give it one more chance.

Monday, April 07, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

222 Veggie Vegan

My vegan friend from New York was visiting and I had the responsibility of finding us somewhere decent to dine!

In all honesty, I was simply dreading an experience that was not only vegetarian, but vegan!!

HOWEVER, i was SO pleasantly surprised and impressed by the standard and tastiness of all 3 courses and i had to eat some humble pie that night, as well as a banana and walnut cake to die for AND pancake with vanilla icecream and cholocate sauce -- all incredibly vegan-friendly!!

wow!! may even convert after this experience!! :)

ps; if you go, you must order the pasta with wild mushrooms and cashew cream -- it's on another level!!

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

Browns (Richmond)

Regarding the previous review, I thought it a little harsh in all fairness. I ate at Browns last night with a companion and it was a really nice atmosphere in there. The waitor was extremely helpful and friendly and the place was absolutely packed with people enjoying the dining experience.

I think the food is tasty and satisfying, although of course not comparable to le gavroche or mr. ramsey, but you get what you pay for!

I had the rump of lamb which was succulent and hit the spot, my friend had her regular favourite the guiness steak pie which also gained a thumbs up.

We shared a sticky toffee pudding which was just delightful and a brilliant sweet way to finish off the meal which was not rushed at all despite being busy.

So many people come back time and time again to Browns for the food, cocktails and excellent service - methinks that the previous reviewer may have been just a little bit fussy!

2 main courses, 1 dessert and 2 LARGE glasses of red wine for £35 - I don't think that's unfair by any standards!

Saturday, November 26, 2005
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7

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