"What have they done to the Pit Bar? Awful formica cafe style, zero ambience. The food (a simple cheeseboard) was ok but served with a plastic knife and fork (and a poor quality one at that)! Certainly not a place to return to."
"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"
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.
Solo seafood bar dining...
“Always fun, especially in the downstairs oyster bar” – Richard Corrigan’s “classy” fish veteran, near Piccadilly Circus, won vigorous praise this year for its “amazing” oysters and other “bang-on” fish and seafood; there’s a “pleasingly traditional” upstairs restaurant too.
J Sheekey Oyster Bar WC2
“Slurping down quality oysters perched on a stool – is there a better way of spending an evening?” Not according to many devotees of the “brilliant”, “friendly” and “glamorous” bar attached to the adjacent “doyenne of seafood restaurants”.
A single ticket on the sushi train...
Sushi Tetsu EC1
“As close to the Japanese sushi-ya experience as it’s possible to get outside Asia”; you sit at the bar, one of only 7 people face-to-face with the chef at this “amazing” Clerkenwell “hole in the wall”, run by a “lovely husband and wife team” and serving sushi “like an incredible dream”. (“It’s akin to the Vienna Philharmonic performing just for you and six others, while explaining every note!”)
There's also the newly opened Araki in Mayfair, which has only nine seats and allows for solo dining. But, with a £300+ price tag it's a pretty pricey way to treat yourself.
Pham Sushi EC1
“You don’t go for the ambience!”; you go to this “basic” Barbican fixture for “fabulous” sushi and sashimi that’s “incredible value”.
Small plates you don't have to share...
“I’m never happier than perched on a stool here, watching the incredible food being prepared!” – The Hart Bros have fully captured the zeitgeist with their “thrilling” small foodie meccas in Soho and Covent Garden – “truly exciting, vibrant London experiences” founded in “some of the best tapas outside Barcelona” (and in particular “peerlessly fresh fish”), “fabulous” wines and sherries, and “empathetic” service. “You wait over an hour for a seat, but it really is THAT good!” Incredibly, the second branch is rated just as highly as the Frith Street original, and to sound in-the-know, remark on how the Josper Oven makes the fish taste even better at Adelaide Street. Can they pull it off again with Branch No. 3?
The Palomar W1
“Israeli cooking as in Jerusalem” (“brilliant, punchy, sparky” small dishes), plus “super-keen and knowledgeable” service have made a smash-hit of this “bare-walled” yearling, in the heart of the West End – “the joint is jumping!” and it’s superb “fun” (if “squashed” and “extremely noisy”). There’s a little, tough-to-book, dining room, or sit at the bar and watch the chefs in action.
“What a find!”; this “lovely and romantic” (if “cramped”) Soho yearling is “a gem” – superb “buzzy” atmosphere, “knowledgeable” service, and “delightful” Gallic take on ‘tapas’ too.
To truly treat yourself...
Aulis, Fera at Claridge's W1
Simon Rogan extends his offering at Fera in Claridge's Hotel with a new development kitchen which allows just six guest to sit at the kitchen counter and watch the chefs at work while they dine. Single seat reservations can be made up to four weeks in advance. Full prepayment is required at the time of booking.
Dude food on your tod...
Patty & Bun (group)
“Just wow!”; the “revelatory” burgers are “a sloppy sensation” – “so juicy, moist and cooked to perfection” – at these “loud”, “indie-vibe” pitstops, whose branch near Selfridges is the highest-rated burger-joint in town.
“Awesome pizza” – “huge”, and with “obscure combinations that work” – are well “worth the wait” (you can’t book) at these “fun”, but “crammed” and “loud” pit stops, whose Fitzrovia outpost opened in August 2015. A Shoreditch site launched in December last year.
Noodles for uno...
“The hoards queuing outside know they’re in for a treat” at these cheap, “truly genuine”, “cheek-by-jowl” ramen newcomers in the West End (outposts of a chain originating in Fukuoka, in southern Japan); “the broth is so rich, the meat so unctuous, you’ll finish the bowl, even if you feel you’re about to burst!”
Bone Daddies W1
“Go early to avoid the crazy queues, and being rammed next to loads of self-adoring 20-somethings”, if you grab a bite at this “rock ’n’ roll ramen house” in Soho, which doesn’t only offer “silky, rich noodle dishes”, but lots of other “enormously tasty” snacks. (Top Menu Tips include the “incredible miso aubergine” and “ever-so nice green tea ice cream”.) It has an OK spin off over Kensington’s Whole Foods too, and – coming soon – a branch in its spiritual home – Shoreditch (and see also Shackfuyu).
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