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Jon W
Simple stuff but well done. Some have sugge...
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3.5
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Reviewed Today

"Simple stuff but well done. Some have suggested the Franco chain may be getting over-extended..."

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Ian B
The Brasserie serves an excellent range of ...
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5
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"The Brasserie serves an excellent range of reasonably priced up-market food. The service is top notch. The setting is delightful with lovely views over the garden."

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Paul S
Typically friendly and efficient Adnams ser...
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4
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"Typically friendly and efficient Adnams service. Delicious wild garlic sauce with (slightly stingy) sea bass.Interesting, well-executed menu, and good value wine list."

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Paul S
Ambitious cooking, well executed. Its sligh...
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3.5
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"Ambitious cooking, well executed. Its slightly naff exterior definitely conceals gastro delights."

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Susan J
Family-run feel, pasta superb...
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4.5
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"Family-run feel, pasta superb"

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Katie J
Delicious curries and crisp dosas and hoppe...
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4.5
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Reviewed Today

"Delicious curries and crisp dosas and hoppers for dipping into them. Our dish of the day was the starter of chicken hearts in coconut curry, really very good. Fast efficient service. We really enjoyed it here and will be back."

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Sarah F
I have eaten here several times and the foo...
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5
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"I have eaten here several times and the food is simply stunning. Dishes are expertly prepared in super stylish surroundings. Can't wait to go back."

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Simon G
A wonderful hospitality experience from sta...
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5
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"A wonderful hospitality experience from start to finish. Great food and imaginative matching wines. Good value for that level of food and service."

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iliana s
unusual menu ,with an excellent wine list...
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4
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"unusual menu ,with an excellent wine list"

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iliana s
a gastronomic delight with superb ambience ...
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5
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"a gastronomic delight with superb ambience and service"

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hawksmoor manchesterJay Rayner weighs in on the north/south restaurant divide question

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.
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no more tipsGreat news! Over at The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid's review of service charges in restaurants looks set to bring more clarity for consumers as to where their money ends up.

No longer will restaurant-goers have to guess whether money paid as tips will go into the restaurant's pocket instead of the staff's. The consultation (you can read it here) launched on May 2 has already established the objective that "all discretionary payments for service should be received, in full, by workers where appropriate". All credit to the Unite union for kicking off this whole debate and winning a major (and commonsense) clarification in their members' interests.

Sadly, the government missed the point...


Disappointingly, from the consultation document, it looks like the government is going to balls up the chance to clear up the whole dreaded business of "should I tip?".

The thrust of the consultation document still seems to be a mindset of how service charges are presented, rather than just setting out to ditch them all together. This suits large elements of the industry for whom it is too much of a mind wrench to give up deceptively lowering the apparent price of their product by relying on consumers' goodwill. But it ignores the fact that survey after survey shows that about 2/3 of the public don't like tipping.

The government seems to have missed the fact that the world has changed since tipping came into being. Dining out is a daily consumer happening. Of course I don't want an optional service charge added to my Pret sarnie, but you know actually I don't really want it added to my chain pizza either. Come to think of, nor to my really expensive meal where removing the "optional" 12.5% service charge would cause no end of delay and harrumphing from the maitre d'. Let's call a spade a spade and just price eating out like any other service.

#DitchTheTip


As we said when this consultation started in our August article, it's high time to #DitchTheTip.

The option missing from the government consultation is a binding obligation on all restaurants to print on menus and bills "Prices include a charge for service".

Let's set the same standards for the trade as in Italy, France, Australia and Japan where the price of your meal is the price of your meal: end of.
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