All reader reviews by MikeyT

Cocum (Raynes Park)

I have been a regular at Cocum for the last year, since we discovered this superb little gem in our town of Raynes Park.

The service is very good, with time taken always to explain the menu. Whilst there are items on the menu that are to be expected in any generic curry house, there are a great number of Keralan dishes with which to experiment. The quality of the cooking and the delicacy of the spices always encourages me to try something different every time, so I have tried most dishes on the menu.

They are certainly not afraid of spice and coconut; dishes can be found that cater for these tastes. Also the chicken from the tandoor has lovely spices too.

I mostly stick to chicken, fish and vegetables. The lamb is always a tricky one to get right and the one time I had a lamb dish, the meat was a little tough. Given the wide choice available though, this isn't really a problem for me. I do wish they offered lamb chops in the tandoor!

The value for money here is excellent and they even offer a 10% (or so) discount for a minimum value take away order, which is very generous.

Overall, if this restaurant were in the city, the plaudits for consistency and variety would ensure an excellent package. We are just lucky enough to have a little part of Kerala in Raynes Park.

Monday, January 19, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9

Maggie Jones's

I visited this restaurant last night for dinner with an acquintance whom I had not seen in many years and also a few of her accociates. I have never heard of this restaurant before.

It has a very nice homely/rustic feel to it, with trinkets hanging all over the place and excellent mood lightning, set predominantly with candles.

The menu is extensive, full of interesting starters and seasonal specials including game. I was 20 mins late and another was 40 mins late. We were not rushed in any way during this time and were satisfied with a steady supply of bread, butter and vegetables (cucumber, radish and carrots) in a salad dressing.

Once we did make our minds up, the food arrived in a timely fashion. Our starters were:

Stilton Mousse (a bit watery but nice)

Haddock Mousse (erm, fishy lol)

Smoked Salmon and Crab parcel (what it says on the tin)

Smoked Mackerel with gooseberry mayonnaise (a whole fish, went down well)

Cheese and Leek tart (very nice).

Our mains were:

Rack of Lamb

Saddle of Lamb

Sirlion steak in a pepper sauce

Various sides, spinch, mange tout (rodney), cauliflower and cheese, sauteed potaotes.

Desert was stilton and celery, bread and butter pudding (one with ice-cream, another with custard) and sherry trifle.

There were no complaints at all.

This was all washed down with the house red (merlot). It was served in 1.5 litre bottles that is simply taken and weighed once you ask for the bill, so you just drink as much as you can/want.

A good experience, as we all know, depends on far more than the quality of the food (which should be taken for granted really). My experience was that the service was pleasant, attentive, yet non-obtrusive. The ambience was very relaxed and cosy, yet strangely, despite being in close proximity to other tables, it felt very quiet too.

I would recommend this restaurant for a good atomsphere and pleasant food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8

Aberdeen Steak House

This is funny as I feel as though I am really swimming against the tide here, but my girlfriend and I, having just finished at the theatre, visited this restaurant.

I was expecting the worst. I love Ribeye with a passion, sourcing the best steaks from accredited butchers in london. I have also have the pleasure of enjoying steaks on the other side on the Atlantic, where they (can) do it so well.

Needless to say I was extremely surprised by the quality of the steak. Beautifully cooked, medium rare exactly right, the mash was good and the broccoli steamed just right. My girlfriend enjoyed her meal too.

The service was good too - these things are usually a gamble anyway. Our waiter was good, though the couple next to us did have to wait quite a while for their order to arrive.

Simple meal, fairly dear - but look at the location who are we kidding?! The atmosphere is non-existant - look at the location and clientele for crying out loud!

Too easy to take the mickey out of this place as we londoners are all food critics dontchaknow....

Friday, November 24, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 7

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