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Martin B
A sure hand at the fryer and well-cooked, f...
Reviewed Today

"A sure hand at the fryer and well-cooked, fresh local fish. Wine and spirits showcase local talent. Service excellent and the view stunning. Expected a lazy star name rip off - came away thoroughly enjoying the long lunch."

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Norman J
The best steak I have had in a long time, f...
Reviewed Today

"The best steak I have had in a long time, flavour and texture were very good indeed and much better than I can achieve at home. Triple cooked chips and roasted mushrooms were almost as good and stilton with pears and walnuts was equally good. Coffee was fine. My friend said that the room reminded her of the kind of gentlemen's club where all the waiters are called Charles to avoid confusing the members. (Not that either of us have ever been in such a place!)"

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Colin S
Why it doesn't have at least one Michelin s...
Reviewed 1 day ago

"Why it doesn't have at least one Michelin star is beyond me! My wife and I agree that it was the best meal we have had in 15 years - and that was in Winteringham Fields in its 3-star hey-day."

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Edward C
French bistro style. Consistently excellent...
Reviewed 1 day ago

"French bistro style. Consistently excellent value for simple but consistently enjoyable food. This reminds me of Cafe Rouge or Cote when they very first started"

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Andrew D
What a gem. Lovely food, sensible and very ...
Reviewed 1 day ago

"What a gem. Lovely food, sensible and very good wine list, delightful service. Well worth the detour"

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Trevor J
Solid cooking with meat the king as the res...
Reviewed 2 days ago

"Solid cooking with meat the king as the restaurant is part of the adjacent family butchers."

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John L
I haven't been to the Waterside for several...
Reviewed 2 days ago

"I haven't been to the Waterside for several years and recently went there with six members of my family who all have very different tastes to my wife and I. Everyone without exception thought the food and the service were superb but what impressed us most was how they have been able to still produce such superb traditional style dishes full of flavour and complexity without succumbing to the trend that at times puts presentation beyond taste. Still a stunning restaurant in a stunning location."

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Lynn G
Very charming but extremely inefficient cou...
Reviewed 2 days ago

"Very charming but extremely inefficient coupled with a lot of noise (loud music plus a full restaurant) ended up having more of an impact than the extremely good food. An incredible menu but service was bordering on the non-existent. (A portion of prawn crackers to have with drinks came halfway through the meal - albeit with an apology and offer to remove them from our bill.) The Asian fusion food was wonderful: great flavours enhanced rather than overpowered by chili. However, not sure the food is so good that I'd go again."

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foleys_interiorsdetails-21⦿ The Observer's Jay Rayner reviewed Foley's in Fitzrovia, a restaurant taking inspiration from the Near and Far East under former Palomar sous chef Mitz Vora.

"Individually each dish really does deliver a thrilling whack. But tasting six in a row starts to feel like being shouted at repeatedly by the kitchen."

⦿ Grace Dent of ES magazine also reviewed Foley's 3/5, where a number of dishes disappointed her, including a "super greens salad [that] wasn’t much more captivating than an M&S lunch pot."  

"The grilled cauliflower is delicious, rich with cumin and littered with smoked peanuts, but a plate of lamb with hummus was oddly something or nothing."

⦿ The Guardian's Marina O'Laughlin wondered whether Chick'n'Sours 8/10 in Covent Garden was merely "poncified fast food". Her answer was: Not at all -- "It’s not just junk food wantonly gourmet-fied; it’s fine cooking in its own right."

"The most vanilla choice is the Colonel. It is remarkable, somehow managing to taste like the first time you had KFC, a weird, mesmerising return to the palate of childhood, only better. Much, much better."

⦿ Tim Hayward of the Financial Times returned to Bentley's, the oyster bar and restaurant just off Piccadilly that has served "a kind of British soul food" for 100 years and has been revived in recent years under Richard Corrigan.

"Bentley's is the very antithesis of cutting edge. It's a slice of old London, lovingly revived by people whore really care about such things."

⦿ In the Telegraph, Michael Deacon reviewed Yosma 3/5, a Turkish restaurant in Baker Street, where he enjoyed the hot dishes despite finding them saturated in oil.

"So much oil. The patates kizartmasi – fried potatoes – were bathed in it. The tepsi kebab – spiced lamb mince, onion, tomato – dripped with it. The börek – essentially a kind of spinach and feta sausage roll – was pretty slithery too."

By the end of the meal, he wrote, "I was now so full of oil I was worried the Americans would invade me."

⦿ His colleague Keith Miller reviewed Bronte 3/5 in the Strand, where the menu was "a bit footballery: expensive steaks for the geezers; fussily “healthy” pan-Asian dishes for the laydeez."

"There is plenty to like about Bronte. It’s stylish, not too formal, modern (in a retro-futuro-primitivist sort of way). It doesn’t bang on about provenance, but the ingredients seemed generally excellent. I’m just not sure the food has that much character."

⦿ In The Evening Standard, Fay Maschler reviewed Margot 2/5 in Covent Garden, a new Italian restaurant where she was unimpressed by both the food and the prices.

"I choose a dish of the day of veal chop with black cabbage, described by the waiter as costing £32. A diminutive, rather flaccid chop is not the mighty plate-dominating beast it should be and on the bill I notice the charge is £34. Cavolo nero is sopping wet."

⦿ Tom Parker Bowles of the Mail on Sunday reviewed the revamped Bluebird 4/5 in Chelsea, which he said "flies surprisingly high".

"Boeuf en daube, on the other hand, is instantly loveable. Soft, silken and deeply spoonable, it’s blessed with the most shiny, resonant and serious of sauces." 

⦿ AA Gill of the Sunday Times reviewed Elystan Street 4/5, the new Chelsea restaurant from Phil Howard, formerly of The Square, "not a television star or a magazine recipe-monger, just a consummate cook who is still working shifts in his own kitchen".

"Ravioli of langoustine on a shellfish broth was immaculate, but the star of the staters was sweetbreads with the surprising combination of barbecue dressing, hispi cabbage and sweetcorn." 

⦿ Giles Coren in the Times reviews the Hare 7/10 in Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, where "the cooking by a fellow called Matt Dare is exceptionally fine."

"We had a quite stunningly good fillet of black bream, huge, crisped on the skin side, perfectly sweet and moist, on top of a big tangle of crab linguine, dense and gamey." 
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