""Old school" food but done very well. Expensive, exclusive, very popular with University dons and good buzz. Worth splashing out for a special occasion."
"Rustic French bistro serving good food. Great value, no wonder it is packed!"
"What have they done to the Pit Bar? Awful formica cafe style, zero ambience. The food (a simple cheeseboard) was ok but served with a plastic knife and fork (and a poor quality one at that)! Certainly not a place to return to."
"The restaurant was empty on a Tuesday night so atmosphere was lacking and service difficult to judge. Mixed grill food was OK (chicken lamb and kofte) which came with no sides, so ordered chips. Very standard (F4 rating seems too high), and better Lebanese/Mediterranean restaurants around in the area. No sauces as standard and had to ask. They do not offer a meze platter in the evening."
"Reasonable food in a decent setting ruined by bizarre sudden increase in muzak volume, and complete failure of staff to take an order correctly, or know what was on the menu. They ended up forgetting our 7 year old's food, and she had to share! We won't return!"
"Interesting menu of excellent seafood. BYO so it makes it a very good value experience.Tiny back parlour that only seats 14/16"
"A convivial place, with a wide range of Spanish and other Mediterranean tapas."
"Not the best day at delilah's today. Underseasoned burger with oversalty bacon and rubbery cheese that hadn't melted properly. And polenta chips are not a good substitute for potato"
"Come for the beef Wellington, stay for the owners! Forever friendly, reliable and delicious plus a decent and sensibly priced wine list. the loos are starting to feel a bit in need of a refurb."
"Boozey sunday dim sum set lunch is the way to do it: I am not sure it would be worth the eye watering a la carte. The venison dim sum particularly memorable."
The Observer's critic-in-chief heads to Manchester to try out the new Hawksmoor and stumbles across a veggie dining room, 1847, serving great food – well, apart from the desserts. Read our roundup of restaurant news in Manchester and enter our Hawksmoor Manchester competition.
Meanwhile the Guardian's Marina O'Laughlin pays a visit to the much gushed about Kitty Fisher's
Everyone else love, love, loves it but Marina can't help but feel she's ended up at a house party she wasn't quite invited to, particularly as the restaurant staff seem allergic to answering the phone. We can attest to that having called them on at least 10 occasions without success.
The award for most ferocious review this week has to go to The Sunday Times's A A Gill
The critic has a thing or two to say about Mayfair's 'ridiculously overpriced' Mexican, Peyote, including: “...fiddly, neurotic preparation with pale, polite taste and silly, parsimonious sharing plates that aren’t bounteous or fun and are more like eating the catering pitch for a drug cartel’s wedding.”
Over at The Times, Giles Coren gives his opinion on Russian-imported pizza chain Bocconcino
“Bocconcino isn’t a bad restaurant. It just isn’t a necessary restaurant.” At £202 for pizza and pasta it's not hard to see why Mr Coren might feel that way – mind you, a £46 bottle of wine probably helped nudge the bill up.
And last but not least, Ms Maschler reviews Brindisa's new Morada Asador
The Standard's long-standing critic heads to the latest outpost of this tapas chain (in Soho) and finds the meats are the reason to flock here – from the 'delectable' milk-fed lamb to the Secreto Iberico.
We've teamed up with Soho's “quirky” speakeasy-style hideaway, Old Tom & English, to offer one lucky Harden's reader (and their guest) the chance to win dinner for two. The prize includes four of the restaurant's delicious small plates per person, and a glass of champagne on arrival.
Enter Old Tom & English through its “discreet” entrance on Wardour Street and take in the cool '60s styling of this low-lit and romantic basement retreat. Sip a glass of bubbly and choose from a menu of: Pan roasted hake on a summer broth, broccoli & almonds; pan-fried king scallops with seaweed, fennel, preserved lemon & lardos; seared rump of lamb with cauliflower puree, leek oil & mint dressing; and crispy pig cheek, cider apple and fennel. Or go for vegetarian options such as: Egg and asparagus with Jerusalem artichoke and marmite butter; or BBQ braised leeks, baby turnip, cream cheese mousse, mushroom & hazelnut.
For dessert there's dishes like: Flourless salted chocolate cake; banana bread with whisky cream; and rice pudding ice cream with almond crumble, cinnamon and salted caramel.
To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, just answer this simple question:
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Terms & Conditions
• The competition ends on 27 February 2016.
• The prize includes four plates and a glass of champagne each for two people only at Old Tom & English.
• Anything extra on the evening is to be paid for by winner.
• Prize must be taken between 8 February and 31 July (excluding 13 or 14 February) and cannot be exchanged for an alternative service, or a cash alternative.
• Booking is required.
• Those with dietary requirements should let the restaurant know.
• Prize will not be honoured after 31st July 2016.
• No employees of Harden’s may participate.
• Winner (and guest) must be 18 or over. Editors’ decision is final.
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