"Outstanding highly creative sampling menu. I have never experienced better. Amazing tastes all from local ingredients. Rooms and breakfast also excellent"
"Interesting flavour combinations "
"Fantastic tasting menu if a little decadent. But why serve the food on stones, when hundreds of years of evolution have given us china plates as an adequate alternative? (bone marrow butter served on a pebble, and many of the small tasting dishes served on exceptionally thick and heavy stone plates). I worried for the health and safety of the waiting staff as they were required to carry so many of these rocks at once, not the best way to enjoy one's meal. Plus the restaurant was noisy (crowded, no soft furnishings and unnecessary music), which didn't enhance the enjoyment of one's food, and ill-lit so that I couldn't see it properly either. But the food itself couldn't be faulted."
"After three visits, all enjoyable, it is most welcome to have a newcomer in the gastro-desert of Earls Court"
"It looks great. It should have been great. But tempura (in this case belly of pork) has to be really hot so that when the crisp batter is bitten into the flavour of the pork bursts in the mouth. If it's cooked and kept warm until it's ordered it becomes battered pork belly. Similarly, the Argentine beef skewer should have been sizzling hot so the barbecue sauce ran into the meat' juices. Sadly, it was only warm. The maitre d' asked the conventional is everything OK? when told of the above reaction he replied with the conventional "I'm sorry about that" and walked away."
"Seemingly reeling from a busy bank holiday weekend, the staff seemed tired, service chaotic and the kitchen understocked. This elegant building on the edge of the modern blot that is Gunwharf Quays Outlet Centre has everything going for it, but last night's dinner was unlikely to prompt a return to this lacklustre chain."
"Table service in a pub is always nice. Food could do with some work though as it doesn't live up to the description of it on the menu."
"Quality remains consistent at this veggie Indian with good spicing. Service is lackadasical,however."
"Tasty food - duck confit was well cooked & very nicely presented and chocolate peanut butter torte was very well balanced & tasty. Service was trying hard but the waiters were a bit young & needed reminding of order requirements. Very welcoming & good value though - definitely worth taking a detour off the A30 for."
"After a recent makeover and refurb, an excellent gastropub has become even better, with completely new menu and kitchen, and btw some great new beers including 5 Points Pale Ale a local favourite. Imaginative small dishes at the bar, and proper sit-down three course meals, all well-sourced and seasonal. An old favourite is now a new favourite."
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.
Rousset left the group he helped co-found with Agnar Sverrisson in 2007 in May last year. The restaurateur and wine expert, who has worked with Sverrisson since they met at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, said he was leaving to pursue other projects. And now we know what his next project will be.
Blandfold Comptoir will serve a Mediterranean food (with Italian influences) small and large plates.
The menu will feature a selection of meat, seafood, raw and vegetable small and large plates, designed to be enjoyed in any order. Guests can choose to order three separate courses, or simply select a few plates to share in a group. Dishes include: Carpaccio of fassone beef and 36 month old parmesan; Sicilian red prawns; and Duck breast with tortellini of leg and figs. Fassone cote boeuf, with confit new season garlic and red wine jus will be available to share between two. Sunday lunch will also be served every week.
The 250-strong wine list features old and new world wine, as well as 40-50 champagnes. Rousset told Imbibe that some bins will be chosen by customers and well-known names from the wine world and the 40-cover restaurant, with 14-seater bar, will also serve wine-inspired cocktails on offer.
A second venue is expected to open at the end of July in the City.
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