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"Great location, on Sloane Square. The restaurant is closed off from the busy, noisy bar, resulting in a buzzy but not too loud dining experience. Food is reasonably priced and delicious. You could tell the grilled chicken was good quality. The fudge and chocolate served after dinner were great too. Unfortunately our waiter and waitress were poor- my order was taken wrongly and we had to ask several times for drinks to be delivered and for the bill."
"Lovely staff, food Amazimg and would recommend to my friends and family"
"More Emperor's new clothes than a gastronomical delight. Dinner in the private room upstairs last night with eight diners. Small menu with three choices for each course, all of which were a great disappointment. The much vaunted parmesan dumpling was gooey and unpleasant and was served with sweetcorn-a vegetable that defies any attempt to render it special. The main course of fallow deer was served luke warm on a bed of dull cabbage. A hideous potato risotto (who invented this abomination?) was served late when all had finished the micro portion that seems to be a compulsory feature of "fine dining". There then followed a curious chef's treat of what seemed to be an aerated cream reminiscent of the industrial topping one gets on pub desserts. The dessert itself was also typical of Michelin restaurants-an over cold fruit and creamy affair that lingered in the memory for only a few seconds. This kind of experience is sadly becoming the norm for so called cutting edge modern British cuisine. No amount of foaming, spherification or water bathing can substitute for food imbued with the love of eating well. Impossible to recommend this temple to pretension."
"Unchanged in all its essentials fifty years since we first ate there. Not fallen into a tourist trap but perhaps into a time warp."
"Unlike any other restaurant you've eaten at!! Both my wife and I are fussy when it comes to food and we've never been disappointed at McKenzie's!! The staff go above and beyond to ensure that the dining experience is second to none and that you leave as a completely satisfied guest! Mark and his loyal team have moved heaven and earth to strive to achieve the best culinary dishes available using locally sourced produce that is both fresh and tasty, and at an affordable price. The menu changes regularly so for those that frequently visit there's always something new and adventurous to try!"
"I love to visit The Rat Inn, I have moved out of the area but when visiting family I always make a point of booking in for an evening meal or Sunday lunch. It's such a cosy, homely pub, little gems like this are hard to find, the pub has a really lovely ambience and the staff are excellent, never have to ask for drinks to be replenished. I love the fact you can order champagne by the glass or by the half bottle as I cannot finish a whole bottle on my own !! My husband and son's say the beers are lovely although I can't really expand on that as I don't know much about beer ! My favourite is the Sunday lunch, I usually go for the roast pork with apple sauce, lovely fresh veggies and roasties, I have coeliac so I must follow a strict gluten free diet and I am always amazed at how many of the meal options I can have, usually including a couple of the desserts from the menu. My son's favourite meal at The Rat is the roast rib of beef which is served for 2 people, I must admit it is delicious, it usually comes with homemade chips and watercress and a choice of sauces. I've tried many different soups at The Rat which are always delicious. My husband is vegetarian and there is usually one veggie option and he has never been disappointed. The meals are varied with several unusual dishes or if you prefer the old favourites there is usually something like steak and chips. Mmmm I'm making myself hungry can't wait for my next visit."
"Food genuinely good, but hard to get. Fundamental breakdown between kitchen and front of house. Menu is way too complex and staff clueless as to what basic things mean: "oh, we don't really use those words." Not helped by noise and very close tables."
Harden's review of the reviews
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 â€“ 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: â€œ...fiddly, neurotic preparation with pale, polite taste and silly, parsimonious sharing plates that arenâ€™t bounteous or fun and are more like eating the catering pitch for a drug cartelâ€™s wedding.â€
Over at The Times, Giles Coren gives his opinion on Russian-imported pizza chain Bocconcino
â€œBocconcino isnâ€™t a bad restaurant. It just isnâ€™t a necessary restaurant.â€ At Â£202 for pizza and pasta it's not hard to see why Mr Coren might feel that way â€“ mind you, a Â£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 â€“ from the 'delectable' milk-fed lamb to theÂ Secreto Iberico.