"Lots of tourists enjoying the buns and cakes, but worth remembering for a light meal and in particular a very good breakfast."
"You do take pot luck not only on the menu (which depends upon what is fresh on the farm) but also on your companions sharing your table. Just hope that they aren't too greedy when it comes to sharing out the vegetables - and (to some extent) it is the very fresh and local veg that make the Field Kitchen special. A walk around the farm in Devon drizzle is just what you need to round off your visit."
"A high-end Japanese restaurant, just off Piccadilly. The decor is minimalist and wooden, clean lines and traditional. The restaurant was full of Japanese people, a clear sign the food should be good. The ambience is quite formal, this is a place perfect for business lunches but maybe not a romantic meal for two. The food was very good, if a little pricey. We had the shabushabu, a sharing dish where you are supplied with the ingredients and good the food yourself in a boiling pot of water on the table, very good fun if slightly messy. The service was great, very discrete yet efficient."
"his place is unique with its dishes made of finely cooked Indian dishes made with wonderful and full flavours. This is the best place to go to try as many dishes as possible without dropping a fortune."
"Went to the launch night last Monday - fab food, the baked pasta dish was one that my late mother in law who was from Naples taught me to cook. Really rustic. the pizza's were delicious, the arancini balls fab. Wine and beer good. Excellent atmosphere. Was good to see Nigella there, Peter Gordon, Pierre Kaufmann. Went back again on Friday 28th August for lunch. Just wonderful. Fabulous cheese and pepper pizza, radicchio and walnut salad to die for, pumpkin arancine just delicious. Very quiet in there for the first open day to the public. Will be a favourite haunt for lunchtimes and after work. Just remember it's a totally different concept to Bocca di Lupo, but the food is just as good. Really rustic Italian food. Love both restaurants."
"the decor could do with a makeover, informal was verging towards shabby, but it still offers honest bistro type food at a very fair price."
"This is good pizza. Voted as one of the top places in London to get your pizza pies. Pizza Pilgrims takes a lot of cues from the wildly successful Franca Mancas but tge crusts are slightly thicker. The only annoyance here is the inability to book unless you are in a group of more than 8 (limited to two bookings a night). Pizza Pilgrims have a pop up venue open in the summer on top of the busy building in Peckham, well worth a visit for the views!"
"Tiny restaurant on a Hampstead backstreet. Small dining room with close-packed tables, so a tight squeeze when busy. Delightful traditional French cuisine. If only the service was just a tad better."
"The food here is awful. I've been twice and each time I've been disappointed. Portions are small and bland. A 'summer side salad' was a handful of wilted rocket leaves drenched in dressing, while the sourdough bread was dry and stale. The food is way over-priced, you're really paying for the nice courtyard setting. Having said that, the tables are crammed very close together - a diner at the next table along was almost sitting on my lap! My advice would be to find somewhere (anywhere!) else to eat than here."
"When you go to an Indian restaurant and it is full of diners from the sub-continent you can rest assured that the food is authentic. If there is a Mayfair gloss in terms of the setting and service, so much the better. It took a little while to become accustomed to the downstairs room, but the bright, intelligent service soon helped to settle us. The Taste of Tamarind menu was full of good things, beginning with very good poppadums and three chutneys, red fruit and mango, date and fig and tomato and onion seed, followed up by spinach tikki with red fruit sauce, and then a starter of channa chaat with delightful spicy chick peas, tamarind sauce, gram flour, fresh coriander, raw onion, mint and chilli and some very welcome and refreshing yoghurt. The smashed tomato and onion seed sauce with the super scallops seemed to have a sour touch at first but it made an excellent match and was backed up well with smoked peppers. The delicious tandoor-grilled chicken breast was served with a vegetable tikki with crispy gram flour coating and a tomato sauce with fenugreek which had a real kick on the tip the tongue but it all went down a treat, and was followed by a very interesting tamarind and sensational date sorbet dish as palate cleanser. Generous lamb chops were served with a rogan josh sauce, saffron rice, spiced spinach, cucumber yoghurt and raita, a special creamy dal makhni, touches of coriander and cumin and very good naan bread. A beautiful dish, intelligently conceived and executed to show off the full range of flavours. The dessert came very close to equalling the main dish with red fruit jam dobs which harmonised exceedingly well with the carrot fudge cake, as did the essence of pistachio in the kulfi. A further bonus was provided by the petits fours of fresh mint leaf in white chocolate and chocolate orange zest, and to complete the pleasurable experience the chef came out to chat about the variety of dishes on the menu and his vision for the future of this first-class venue. This is definitely one to return to."
The investigation will look into the possibility of introducing a cap on the percentage of tips restaurants can withhold from staff. Trade union body Unite – who protested outside PizzaExpress last month – said this doesn't go far enough and would be impossible to police.
Our solution would be to ditch the tip entirely, and it seems that the majority of our readers agree. Over 64% of people who took part in our poll said they would prefer to do away with the practice entirely. Please tell us your thoughts.
The row erupted in August when PizzaExpress were denounced for charging up to 8% for administration costs on tips left electronically. Côte and Bill's were then accused of pocketing not just a percentage of gratuities but the entire amount. And Las Iguanas and Turtle Bay come under fire for effectively forcing staff to ‘pay to work’.
Both restaurant groups require staff to pay the company three per cent of the table sales they generate each shift. Or in the case of Las Iguanas’s London sites, 5.5%. The payments come out of waiters’ tips, but if staff don’t earn enough tips then it comes out of their wage packets.
A petition stop this practice has been started by 38 Degrees. Find out more here.
Meanwhile a member of Côte staff blew the whistle on its employer’s practice of retaining all service charges and barring waiters from keeping cash tips – claims that the French brasserie chain vehemently denies. The group admits to taking the 12.5% service charge, but says it evenly distributes gratuities among staff. Further revelations in the Evening Standard also accused Bill's of the same practice.
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