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3-5 Glentworth Street, Marylebone, London NW1 5PG
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6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ES
The food is prepared innovatively - they manage to create a lasagne and spicy thai noodles. However, it is ridiculously expensive for what you get - £12 for their sampler - and all the environmental credentials are somewhat undone by the decision to use disposable - albeit compostable - plates and boxes, and plastic cutlery.
It's also a huge mistake to have the restaurant essentially in the lobby of the Royal Academy, an overbearingly quiet serious place with all the atmosphere of a library. It discourages discussion and relaxation, which you probably need when presented with a different take on the standard dining experience.
23 Castilian Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN3 2BT
Let’s be honest, you wouldn’t expect Northampton to host a quality gourmet Chinese restaurant which serves a wide variety of dishes beyond the standard simple fare that everyone expects. But this place does. A wee bit pricey but you do get what you pay for!
25a Lisle Street, London WC2H 7BA
I've got Chinese parents who used to run a takeaway. This essentially means that any journey to a Chinese restaurant usually results in mutterings about how the food isn't fresh, the service isn't up to scratch and oh how it would all be better if they cooked it themselves.
However, I have now taken my parents TWICE to Imperial City, for major family celebration occasions. And on both occasions, neither of them have complained. Which is a win as far as I'm concerned.
Better yet, we managed to have a huge celebration meal with ten people, and only paid £30 per head (without drinks). Which is a fairly good deal, but very good when you consider the relatively luxurious ambience you get at Imperial City.
13 Nelson Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9JB
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For the last decade, on my occasional wanderings into Greenwich, I have walked past this place with its prime spot in the heart of Greenwich and wondered if it was any good.
Now I have been and now I know. It's ok. Reasonable food, reasonably priced. You won't offend anyone but you won't amaze them either.
66 Bayswater Road, London W2 3PH
Popped in on a dreary Sunday for a roast lunch with some friends and found it very warm and comforting.
The food was pretty good but what was outstanding was the service. We needed some hot water to warm up some baby formula - but unlike other places we've been to - the staff were very sympathetic and gave us hot water almost immediately. A simple request, quickly added upon.
The food was pretty good too and worth the cost of £10 for a Sunday roast.
Boston Road, London W7 2AX
Well, it's a Harvester - so expect a nicely inoffensive corporate pub decorated to look like a rural country pub, in the middle of suburbia.
Alas, they don't ask you if you've ever been to a Harvester before - which is a shame, because their unlimited salad bar and drinks offering does confuse things slightly.
The service was nicely good, if slightly inefficient - and the food was fine. The unlimited salad bar and drinks are good if you like that sort of thing.
The wife loves it, so I'm doomed to be here again and again!
71 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0QF
If you're getting bored of the same average bread, cakes and pastries at your local cafe, then pop down to the Bakehaus for a German twist on the traditional bakery.
Everything tastes wunderbar here - and just in time for Xmas - with a great twist on the hot dog bun and the pizza slice. Delicious.
I just wish they had bratwurst to go.
31-33 Putney High Street, Putney, London SW15 1SP
If you like meat, this is the place to go, no question.
Within five minutes of having sat down on a loud and busy Friday night, I had no fewer than eight waiters swing by our table, offering us various cuts of freshly cooked meat from a large skewer and plonking it on top of the very substantial range of rice, veggies and other cheesy deliciousness (like cheese and brocolli, and shredded chicken lasagne).
I have no idea how everyone else managed lively chatter since our table was just silent except for approving ooohs and wahhhs with the delicious meaty goodness on offer.
Of all the meats on offer, I think the lamb was perfect, as was the rare juicy steak. The chicken and beef sausages (wrapped in bacon naturally) were a particular treat. It comes to something that I had to stop eating, but kept being tempted by more delicious cuts of meat that kept emerging.
If you want a meat coma to send you to sleep afterwards, this is the perfect place to indulge. I just want to go back!
11 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JG
Good luck on finding the place (psst: it's pretty much opposite the famed Pineapple Dance Studios) - and once you do, you'll find a very imposing set of double doors.
But get past those and there's a friendly host who offers to take your coat. Not many places do that these days for free, so there's a good start!
Down the steps, and as someone else mentioned, it's a throwback to urbane 1950s New York, with a dark bar thronged with people supping cocktails and generally being fabulous. There's not really any such thing as a bad cocktail, but the Hawksmoor Julip was tastily bitter, and the Concealed Weapon certainly was.
The bar snacks on offer are highly recommended - the lobster roll are oozing in gorgeousness and something slightly Oriental, while the lamb cutlets were very easy on the stomach.
Of course, all it did was whet the appetite, and we'll have to come back one night for the steaks in the dining room, which looked opulent, spacious, gorgeous and well-lit.
Definitely somewhere you'd take Christina Hendricks on a date swoon, and far more visually impressive than its predecessor.
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