LicencetoGil's Qype reviews
35 Panton Street, London SW1Y 4EA
LicencetoGil wrote on 16 May 2010
I went here as hoping for a decent but fast pre-theatre meal. What I got was something that was very average, both in food and service.
The food was unexciting. The sides felt pre-bought - I don't trust those spring rolls which all look uniformly the same size and shape as though turned out from a machine. The mains were acceptable but nothing special - under-spiced and nothing outstanding. At £8+ for a dish you would hope that would be better. On top of that, the service was slow. It took about 20 minutes from ordering to drinks arriving (although we were offered the wrong drinks after just five minutes). Everyone was very nice but, again, nothing special.
It felt like the old Busaba experience had been diluted to become a chain-brand in much the same way as any of the other pan-Asian chains (Wagama, Miso, etc). What a shame.
(As a final observation, the toilet signs are very odd: two pictures that don't appear to relate to either gender which means that there are constantly confused patrons hanging about outside requiring staff to keep coming over to explain. As far as I can make out the ">" shaped one is men and the "Z" one is women...")