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33 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JU
I’ve eaten here on a couple of occasions, and both times I was wholly satisfied.
Tai (or Jai as it is on the Window) is a buffet style, all you can eat restaurant, and ALL the food is veggie and vegan friendly. It is presented beautifully, and the dishes are regularly refreshed so that you are always presented with the best looking and best tasting selection.
Being in the heart of Soho you might expect this to be rather expensive, but at the time of my visits (late afternoon/early tea-time) the fixed price was £7.90 per person. Obviously drinks and desserts are extra, but if you just want tap water, as one of my friends did, there was no fuss, no ‘up-selling’ to bottled and certainly no charge for a large jug of iced water dressed with lemon.
The staff are very attentive and very efficient, and I would wholeheartedly recommend this place to anyone.
Oh! as a quick aside, don’t let the fact that many of the dishes appear to contain meat – they only serve soya substitutes…although I’ve never seen the point of being a veggie and eating meat substitutes Tai Veg show the reason why.
My only gripe is that an air conditioning unit is directly above the buffet area, so a couple of dishes are prone to getting cold, but this is not enough to detract from my 5* rating as the staff are more than willing to put right any qualms you have about the food.
It is so rare to find a restaurant where everyone there takes so much pride in their product, their service, and their desire to please their customer
164 Willerby Road, Hull HU5 5JW
My girlfriend suggested that we go to Manor Farm last night. Although she’s been before, this was my first visit, and she felt that our experience last night was fairly typical.
We were seated straight away, at a table which although had been cleared of the previous diners debris, the table had not been wiped. This however was rectified straight away, although not particually enthusiastically.
The menu has a good selection of food, and is reasonably well laid out, and we quickly made our choice, which then came to the ordering. This being essentially a pub restaurant, you have to queue at the bar to make your order. Which would normally be acceptable, however Manor Farm only has one till dedicated to food orders, and as a result if you arrive at a busy time, have to stand in line quite a long time to place your order. As I mentioned earlier this appears to be the norm, and a long wait to order food is part of the ‘Manor Farm experience’.
Having had to wait a long time to order, I was expecting an equally long wait to actually get our food, however I was quite wrong! Our meals arrived within about 10 minutes.
My girlfriend had the steak pudding with pepper sauce. She enjoyed it, but warns that the pepper sauce is a lot more peppery than you might expect. However this did not distract for her enjoyment, as why would you order pepper sauce if you did not enjoy pepper???
I had the cheese, pea and green bean chimichanga (sp?), for the light bites menu. This was full of flavour, and far better than I was expecting.
The prospect of another long wait at the bar put us (me) off the idea of having a dessert, so we retired to the bar.
Sadly, and bearing in mind this place was only refurbished about four years ago, I felt that the décor and furniture were starting to get a bit tired.
We will no doubt return in the future, if only because it is round the corner, so we can walk there easily. Sadly it is nothing special for the hundreds of other pubs in the area, and I would not be tempted to travel any great distance.
The whole experience would be so much better if they could sort out the system for ordering food.
St Andrews Quay, Hull HU3 4SA
I dined at here last night as part of a party of about a dozen of us. This was my first visit to a F&B’s and reading the reviews of the Kingswood outlet I was expecting the worst, however my experience was not nearly as bad as I was expecting.
The table was booked for 5.45, and the table was ready for us at that time, although we didn’t actually sit down until we’d all arrived and had a drink in the bar area, which was shortly after 6pm.
Most of us chose from the specials menu which offers two courses for £9.95, and a 3rd course for a couple of quid extra, so value for money the menu appeared to be spot-on.
The only disappointment was that they could not provide us with Bruschetta, apparently they were short of onions that night. With this in mind I opted for the Mozzarella & Tomato Salad to start with, and the American Blue Pizza as a main course. Although the restaurant was over 2/3 full, our starters arrived within 30 mins, which bearing in mind the size of our party, I did not feel was particually slow and gave us a chance to chat and catch up with what was happening in each other’s lives. Furthermore it appeared that other diners were receiving their orders before us, which to me demonstrated that the kitchen-staff were able to prioritise orders and not let other diners be inconvenienced by our presence.
My only complaint with the meal was that my starter did not have very much salad. This as a non-meat eater, is a common gripe as the dishes I generally choose cost far less to prepare, yet are of the same size or the same price as meat dishes.
The pizza was excellent. The thin base was crispy but not burnt. There was enough tomato base to flavour and compliment the pizza, but not so much that it took over, and the toppings gave a good taste and texture to the meal.
Having a hearty appetite I did opt for a dessert, and chose the Sticky Toffee Pancakes. These were prepared and served quickly, and I found them particularly tasty.
The service was good, and the staff attentive, especially as I earlier noted, the restaurant was reasonably full, and actually became as full as it did in a very short space of time.
Being a chain ‘themed’ Italian/American restaurant, you are not going to get the authentic taste of Italian food, and to get that you should go to a non-chain/franchise restaurant. For a pleasant dining experience this F&B’s outlet did tick all the boxes, and my partner and I will be returning in the near future to try the breakfast menu.
If there was more Rocket on my starter then this would have been a 5* review.
Queen Victoria Square, Hull HU1 3RA
I love popping into the Ferens Art Gallery in my lunch hour. Of course I can’t do the whole thing in that time, but the individual rooms are big enough to pass 20 or 30 minutes. Furthermore to have a place of such peace and calm right in the heart of the city makes the place a little sanctuary.
Of course this gets 5 stars…Value for money – it’s free to get in. The exhibitions and exhibits are rotated on a regular basis. It’s been mentioned before, but the staff keep this (and the other museum buildings run by the Council) immaculate, and they always acknowledge you when you walk in.
Sadly at the moment, like so many public services and facilities, there are questions as to the future of the Gallery. Without going into the whys and wherefores the one thing that is certain if people don’t visit the gallery it will be lost
47-49 Newland Avenue, Hull HU5 3BG
What an appalling place!!!
If you really feel the need to go, don't take your friends. I visited with friends - about 10 of us, at about 4pm on a Saturday afternoon. They watched us all come through the door. Were happy to serve us and take money off us, yet they refused to seat us, despite the place being barely half full.
In all fairness the bar staff were reasonably helpful and were reasonably happy for us to push a couple of tables together...that was until the man who appeared to be running the show appeared and said that we could not sit together, that the large tables that could have accommodated us were reserved for 7pm that evening. Despite the fact we assured him that we were only staying for the one - maybe a 2nd, we would certainly be gone before his bookings arrived.
This was to no avail, seating was refused, we finished our drinks very quickly and left.
How an the management of an establishment like this can have the arrogance to behave in this manner is beyond me. There are far nicer bars and far more accommodating bars on Newland Avenue than this.
When we left, we crossed the road and went to Larkins, who were happy for our custom. My recommendation is that you walk past Sleepers, and find somewhere (anywhere) that deserves and appreciates your patronage.
havenside, Hull HU12 8FH
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What a lovely pub. I visited with friends whilst drinking in Hedon. The atmophe frindly, the ale excellent and the food tasty.
109 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull HU1 1EP
Not to be confused with Ye Olde White Harte, which is a 5 minute walk away. The White Hart is in my opinion a far nicer 'drinking' pub.
The staff are always pleasant and welcoming, it's never too busy, and the best bit about it is that The White Hart is next to the bus stop. So when you're on your way home (assuming you live in East Hull) you never have to shiver in the cold, you can pop in the pub, and have a warmer while you await your carriage.
1-7 Jameson Street, Hull HU1 3LS
I've been to May Sum many times, and although it's not a goumet restaurant, it provides no-nonsense adequate food.
I find it especially good for lunchtimes from the office when a group of you wan to to do something a little different. It's not overly expensive, the food is OK, and because the service is efficient, you can eat plenty and get back to the office in your lunch hour.
I mention the service, as previous reviewers have noted that staff appear eager to take plates away. I have no qualms with this as it means that you can go back and get more without worrying about plates piling up on the table. It also means that you can go back time & time again and get lots of small helpings.
In the case of May Sum keen attentive staff are a credit to the restaurant. Sadly the food can look a bit sad at times, as can cutlery & crockery - hence the 3*'s
47 Jameson Street, Hull HU1 3JA
I've eaten here about 3 times over the last few months, and found it a really enjoyable experience.
The food is excellent, well prepared and presented. The staff are attentive without being overly-so, and I have never felt as though I ever been rushed (despite one visit being quite late on what was clearly a quiet night). Additionally it it the sort of restaurant that would appear to most tastes, appetites and likes
An establishment has to do well for me to give 5 star's, but for me Ayutthaya delivers visit after visit.
I suspect that Craig was either very unlucky on his visit, else he has based his review on the same number of visits he made to review The Minerva (ie none).
Public House Nelson Street, Hull HU1 1EX
The Minerva is my idea of what a pub should be like. Good beer, pleasant surroundings, and if I'm feeling peckish, a selection of good food.
The Minerva scores highly on all levels, and I have wiled away many-a-weekend-afternoon here since it re-opened (Craig I assume you felt that your 2008 review was no longer applicable).
Being on the waterfront, the prices are a little inflated, but not so much that it'd put you off coming again. Thumbs up for The Minerva.
Oh - my score reflects the absence of afternoon bar-staff when I've been there