"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."
"Excellent and attentive service, although bizarrely only the female half of our group were offered aperitifs! Food was top notch, well balanced flavours. Portions could have perhaps been a bit more generous with the starters but the mains and dessert meant left feeling full. Would go back for a date or a special meal."
"Classic dishes. Fantastic addition to Marylebone"
"will return for the Canard presse"
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.
“The matzo meal batter is so light and the fish always so über fresh” that it’s inevitably a delight to visit this “truly excellent” – if “basic and functional” – West Hampstead chippy.
Golden Hind W1
“A joy for lovers of fish ’n’ chips” – this “very basic” Marylebone institution’s “unbeatable” scoff and “welcoming” style have only improved since its renovation after a fire in June; “it’s also great value as you can BYO”.
“Utterly dependable fish ’n’ chips” maintains this “always busy and welcoming” Muswell Hill institution as one of north London’s most popular chippies.
“Wonderful, fresh, char-grilled fish” is an alternative to the “succulent non-greasy fish ’n’ chips” at this “unpretentious” Finchley chippy, whose longstanding owners give a notably “warm welcome”. Top Menu Tip – “divine sea bass cooked in sea salt”.
Vintage Salt N1 & EC2
“Quality remains high” at this rebranded chain (from Fish & Chip Shop), where the national staple “can be had grilled or steamed if you prefer”; the “noisy and crowded” Islington branch is still the best-known, and is pepped up by its “charming” staff.
THE HOME COUNTIES
“Fish lovers travel for miles to eat here”, at this Harrow chippy, which is “never without a takeaway queue and full restaurant”; “you don’t come for the ambience” but “everyone is happy knowing that results will be first rate”.
Tony McDermott’s chippy continues to win raves for “the best fish and chips in the South-East”. OK, so it's in a “fairly horrible shopping arcade” in the 'burbs, but “this doesn’t put you off an outstanding meal”.
“A trip to the seaside isn’t complete without a visit to Maggie's” – a modest café atop the fishmarket (and handy for the beach) which serves “excellent” fish ’n’ chips (and in “huge” portions too).
“A welcome option amongst the Mill Road eateries” offering “high quality and reliable fish ’n’ chips”, “great crispy calamari” and “even a wet fish counter”; given all this, it's “worth the price compared to its competitors”.
TO THE NORTH
“Really fresh fish” ('n' chips) served in “lovely decent portions” is the winning formula at this long-standing family favourite; better still, “the service is old-fashioned Yorkshire – no-one will be asking you to ‘have a nice day’!”
A large, bright diner-style venue named after the apparently characterful owner of Moorfield Mill, which used to sit here; its “great fish ’n’ chips” mean there’s “usually a queue to get in”.
“Believe the hype!” – The National Dish is “succulently fresh, with marvellous, crispy batter” that’s “cooked to perfection”, at this “splendid” old-fashioned seaside café, which year-in, year-out is one of the survey’s most commented-on destinations, as the UK’s most notable chippy. “It’s right beside the harbour with views from many windows” and attracts “a lovely mix of ages”. “The only downside – there are always massive queues to get in.”
An “excellent posh fish and chippy” in a town “where competition is strong”; the “sparkling tiled and mirrored décor with separate booths” adds to the experience, while “the lavatories would grace The Ritz… and, if it smells of chips, so what?”!
This “lovely, modern-looking” establishment (in fact, established way back in 1926) continues to serve “the most reliably excellent fish ’n’ chips in the NE” – it’s “worth a long drive”!
Anstruther Fish Bar, Anstruther
The “BEST fish and chips ever… EVER!” is the main draw at this “popular” venue, with a “good location on the harbour”; this being so, there's “no pretence to excel in terms of ambience, which is a bit in the style of a 1950s American diner”.
Chez Fred, Bournemouth
Fred Capel's upmarket but “affordable” fixture still offers “the best fish ’n’ chips in Bournemouth”, with fish as “fresh and tasty as you could wish”, and “the chips and mushy peas are up to the mark as well”! “Get there early to avoid the queues (out the door)!”
Glowing feedback for this “fantastic” new chippy from Titchwell Manor chef Eric Snaith; it wins praise for “lovely and chunky” fish plus “more interesting options” amid an industrial-chic interior.
“Fabulous fish from a wide range of sometimes unusual choices”, plus “cheery, professional service” – the winning formula at the TV chef's posh chippy, with a “great location” near the Maritime Museum.
“This good-value yet tiny fish and chip shop from Cornwall’s celebrity chef” continues its upward turn; “you have to queue outside for a bit”, but it's worth it for “great” food (including “brilliant” gluten-free chips).
It may be new, but this no-frills chippy – with two hugely popular siblings locally – is already “the best in town”, say fans; there's a sizeable dining area, and if you prefer to take-away, the beach is very close by.
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