I'm Ham from London. I've been Qyping since 19-06-2007
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Cesta Svobode 27, 4260 Bled
Oficina en Terminal de Llegadas, Flughafenterminal, 07001 Palma de Mallorca
I'd booked through an agency, deciding largely on price,believing Goldcar to be a normal car hire company. Forget that. The most underhand thing they do is charge you for a full tank of fuel, on an island the size of Majorca there is no way you can use that, so you are paying for the fuel left in the car, with the cost of fuel these days that is not insignificant. Then, even if you have collision damage waiver they make a 7euro a day charge to cover other stuff such as tires, keys etc. Another 35 Euro for the week. All these hidden costs mean that they are able to undercut the headline prices which means that you will be stuck in a queue and have to wait for the privilege of being overcharged with hidden charges. Oh, and they "upgraded" me to another car as they didn't have the car I booked. You guessed it, another 12 Euro charge for the benefit of a diesel.
Save yourself the aggravation - go somewhere else.
rivington street, London
Does what it says on the menu, and it has all the right things (for a diner) on the menu. Burgers, steak sandwich were what we chose, impressively the burger was cooked as requested medium rare, and excellent quality. Service was also excellent although we were there at a busy time. Seating is diner style pack’em in, tomato ketchup, chilli sauce and (american) mustard on the table, nobody got hurried out. Lots of stuff to choose from, also for veggies, the eggs florentine looked very appealing. Don’t expect change from £10 a head especially if you have drinks.
126 Drury Lane, Holborn, London WC2B 5QG
You will have gathered from the other reviewers that the interior is great, and that is the case. However, the time we had to wait for our food (when the restaurant was pretty empty) meant that out chief interest in the decor was whether or not we could gnaw it to stave off hunger.
We called in pre-theatre , with over an hour and a half to eat in. We told the manager we were going to a show. But still, we had to wait nearly an hour for our starters to arrive, and another twenty after that for our main course to arrive, despite asking the waiter when it would arrive ("Five ten minutes, OK" yeah, right). As a result, we had to rush our food.
Good job the food wasn't particularly special and deserving of attention, then, eh? Ordinary/OK-ish food. Stale bread. Nice olives to be fair. £60 for two. 12.5% optional service charge? Best laugh I had all night.
109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, Westminster, London W1D 8AY
You can't detract from the quality of the productions here, but this review is for the theatre. And that quality is extremely suspect.
I paid £50 for the £70 from Tkts booth for stalls seats - being dragged along to Priscilla with my wife & daughter - and I was appalled by the total lack of space for a person of reasonably average height. Vision was OK, acoustics were fine, but no way could the experience be described as good. Plus, I know I should be inured to West End Theatre drinks prices by now, but really!
The show itself was as expected, a throughly professionally staged production of a nonentity of a musical. Nothing to hate, lots to enjoy, but my life would not have been measurably poorer had I not seen it - my pocket certainly would have been richer.
31 Thayer Street, London W1U 2QR
It's a Lebanese caff-style restaurant with a lean-to tent outside where people can kipper themselves with shisha if they so choose. I've eaten here two times now. the first time when I was cycling past, and looking for lunch. Then, the scent of the food cooking over the barbecue was too much to resist and I succumbed to their Kafta Ourfali, a mixture of meat, aubergine and chili on a skewer cooked in front of me, served in a wrap with hommous for £3.50. Entirely delicious, what could be bad with that?
So, when I wanted somewhere to eat a light meal on the way to a show I thought of here. We had, between two, a plate of their mixed meze with mixed kebab (real meat, none of that dubious donner stuff here) with added chicken wings, foulmedames and Kafta B'theineh (meatballs in lemon and sesame). We really didn't need all that, but it was great. The bill, £30 which for the area is stonking value.
So what's so good about this place? It is clean and friendly. The food is cooked fresh to order (try those falafel) and served without fuss. Lebanese food is fresh tasting, with a completely different flavour palate Not the sort of place if you want plush service, but you can see that from the outside. If what you are looking for is a place to have a snack or a meal,with fresh interesting food, at reasonable prices look no further.
Lourmel, 22980 Plélan le Petit
If you find yourself stuck in this very attractive corner of the rearparts of beyond, you may well be looking for a good, traditional style French restaurant. You know the sort -the ones that welcome families and have a simple, well cooked menu. Well, you've found that here. Closed on Tuesday (according to the card I brought home with me) it is a great place.to eat. Would be inexpensive if the pound wasn't crap.
2 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4PX
I took advantage of the £5 lunch offer and went for a steak sandwich. First, the good stuff. The steak was truly excellent, and cooked rare to perfection. That's not a "still got a little bit of pink in" that you end up with in most English restaurants but properly rare - seared outside, rare inside. For that, they earn my vote as possibly the best £5 lunch. They happily poured tapwater, too (which given the eye-watering beer prices is no bad thing).
However there were several things I'd take issue with. It would have been nice for the Ciabatta it was served in to have been warmed or toasted rather than cold, and the steak was a slab in the sandwich. True, that allowed full appreciation of the quality of steak and cooking, but in my view a good steak sandwich is flash fried strips so you don't have to gnaw at all. Also, given that the place was nearly empty I don't see why a family with a (out of control) child were plonked on the very next table, inches away.
I looked at the rest of the menu and the only reason to come back foodwise would be for the steak. Still, really good steak houses are no longer easy to find.
123 High Street Wanstead, Wanstead, London E11 2RL
The Orange Tree is a small shop filled to bursting with stuff. Not a chain store, it's one of those places you will find that gift fir the awkward aunt or favourite friend. Definitely one to look in if you are in the area.
Aemtlerstrasse, 8003 Zürich
This is a Spanish restaurant, Zurich style. This means that while they have other stuff, like pizza etc, the best food is the Spanish variety. If you challenge the Tapas (really, they mean racion) you can get a mixed plate, easily the equivalent of anything you will get in Zurich. Prices are on the Zurich side (hence the lack of a fifth star) but really, if you are in the area you ought to try. The Creme Catalan is worth a visit on its own, and the carajillo too.
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