All reader reviews by Paul

China Tang at The Dorchester

I recently ate at the China Tang. The ambience was a tad laboured, with a die hard crowd reeking of mature affluence! The food was excellent and the wine menu, very impressive. It was pricy but if you are looking for a budget Chinese, then obviously this place does not home deliver. An experience defiantly and superb Chinese food, though heavy on the wallet, was not so on the palate.

Thursday, December 20, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

The Ivy

I have had the pleasure of dining at the Ivy on lots of occasions over the years, both with friends and when entertaining clients. I have to say that on the last three occasions, we all commented on how the level of both the food and the service has gone down hill of late. I visited again yesterday and sadly had another poor meal. My starter, an odd combination of salmon with beetroot was horrible. Imagine a piece of salmon that looked and tasted like beetroot and there you have it. Very odd. My main course, Eggs Benedict, was almost cold and had obviously been standing under a heat lamp, I have had it there before and asked to have it without the ham, on this occasion I was advised they could not do this (an obvious indicator that it was not freshly prepared) and that I could have the spinach as a separate dish. My dessert, a sherry and plum trifle again was not pleasant. My friendís vegetables never materialised with his main course, and when we eventually attracted the attention of a waiter, after several failed polite attempts, his vegetables still didnít arrive. We were left for an age and gave up trying to order a second bottle of wine. The Ivy has always been renowned for good simple food cooked well, with excellent services and a great ambience.

If celeb spotting is your thing, then there are much better places to go in London these days, where you will can see the great and the good and have an excellent menu to choose from. If you are into your food, then this place is a gamble, which is sad as it never used to be.

Thursday, December 20, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 2

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