"Food is always great quality and service is usually pretty nice too. This time I have been ringing for 15 minutes, continuously and still no answer to order a take-away. I had to contact the West Hampstead branch to attempt to make an order, as the online order function is currently not working. I would suggest an answering machine to leave details to get a call back instead of a continuous ring."
"An almost perfect lunch slightly let down by a lack of attention in the Rivoli Bar."
"Very young waiting staff, perhaps lacked a little confidence. Good atmosphere. Well priced wines but a little gimicky on the desserts."
"An old-established gastropub, food can sometimes be of a high standard, but, when full, too noisy for conversation, and service iffy"
"Excellent coffee, wine & ales pre cinema, or with the view over the Ouse any time. Such a eclectic mix of clientele."
Celeb chef du jour, Nuno Mendes, who closed Viajante last year and headed for Marylebone's über hot Chiltern Firehouse (pictured), has announced plans for a casual, new tavern in east London. Mendes, perhaps the first chef to put Bethnal Green on the culinary map with his tour-de-force restaurant at the Town Hall Hotel, will open Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields Market later this year.
The 40-cover all-day venue will serve food and wine from Mendes’s native Portugal. A soft opening will take place 4-10 May with booking available from 29 April via http://www.tabernamercado.co.uk/.
Mendes himself will stay on as executive chef at American hotelier Andre Balazs's Chiltern Firehouse – which despite being a like a flame for celebrity moths was decidedly put in its place by our survey reporters who found the food a bit “meh” and the place itself full of “paparazzi and poseurs”.
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