I'm Katherine from London. I've been Qyping since 04-07-2011
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127 Westbourne Pk Road, Paddington, London W2 5QL
Yet another restaurant in Tom Conran’s mini dynasty, ruling the Westbourne Park Road. Small but perfectly formed diner, complete with booths and an array of Americana decor.
Walked in with my friend, only a few people eating made a clear and audible hello to the four staff grouped at the end. Not one said hello and all turned their gaze. Quiet bizarre.
We ordered some drinks, I asked for a Bloody Mary, they had no vodka, so I had it virgin, fine. I ordered the cob salad and fries, and asked if I could have it without the chicken, was told in an overly blunt tone, that I would be charged full price. Is all of this rudeness part of a new underground service technique I don’t understand?
I asked for the chicken to be cooked and given to me in a doggy bag. Hmph.
Food was good but won’t be spending my money in there ever again.
38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT
To be fair, I did not stay to watch an act, as my friend and I had sat waiting for a good 20 minutes after the show was suppose to start. The comp tried to do some stand up, as he was filling in for a comedian who had not shown up, however he was not funny.
The room itself is a bit of a dive, not something I always mind, if the vibe is good. The drinks are cheap, but is a Blossom Hill wine type of bar.
Will not be returning.
42-44 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DL
I have been meaning to come here for ages as I am a fan Arbutus, and love the look of the place.
I cannot fault the cocktail and wine list. I had a great Negroni and several delicious wines. My friend and I had the pre theatre menu, excellent price of £15 for 3 courses. The food was good, though I feel that Arbutus has the edge.
What did let the evening down was the service. It was relatively quiet when we arrived at 5:30, and started getting busy around 6:30. Much effort was needed to order, throughout the meal. We seemed to have several different waiters for our table, which you would think would help matters, but didn’t. Several orders were made to one person and delivered by another.
Considering this, I will in future, return to Arbutus, where the service is more personal, where I can enjoy a fine meal in a tranquil environment.
5 Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7JD
14-11-2011 (updated on 25-11-2011)
My younger sister took me along on Friday and I really enjoyed it. Cute booth table and wood panelling made me feel I was in a Spanish bar/speakeasy. A combination I found pleasing.
Great cocktail list, served in jam jars, in a similar vein to the Meatwagon/Meat Liquor. The music was actually good, somewhat of a rarity these days.
Plus the staff were shockingly lovely. We did not have to pay the £5 door entry as we said we would not go downstairs and watch the bands, and they allowed it. Then when I asked to use a seat near a couple, he not only moved out the way so we could sit down, but got another one for my friend. I have never had anyone be so nice, especially in such a crowded venue. Thumbs up!
8-10 Moxon Street, Mayfair, London W1U 4ET
04-11-2011 (updated on 25-11-2011)
One of, if not the, best butcher in London. From the moment you step through the treshold, the smell alone tells you, you are somewhere special.
Prices are competitive considering the quality and location. They have a second branch in Borough market.
The cooked meat/deli counter also has a great range of products. Always end up buying a sausage roll/pork pie/quiche…
505 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9BU
Spit and sawdust, pool table, good tunes and a interesting mix of friendly patrons.
21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
I have been to several productions, found them to be interesting, left of centre and competitively priced.
The bar is great, does food, and is quick to serve. They do a number of deals on food and drink if you have a ticket for a performance.
49 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 8XD
A beautiful building, in a prime position by Primrose Hill. I had a £20 voucher, for two main meals and a bottle of wine, which the Young’s brewery is promoting for autumn.
I had a sneaky pork pie before dinner, tasty. Then we went upstairs to the dining room, as we were not allowed to use the voucher to eat downstairs.
They had a new team and menu, and were very keen on hearing feedback. We both ordered the steak, decent size, but covered in strong herbal gravy. Half the steak was decent, the other tough as boots. If I had paid the full price of £18, I would have been miffed. I had a dessert of brownie with ice cream, Tesco average.
The staff were well informed, but at times, very casual.
If you want a bottle of wine, some cheap food, in a generic chain pub, you could do worse.
41 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 4PY
I wanted to like this place more than I did. Staff were eager to please and seemed genuinely interested. The place is tiny, so you will be sitting very close to your neighbour. We had a decent bottle of biodynamic wine, prices ranged between £26-£36. It was quite hard to see the rest of the drinks menu, as it was written on a small part of wall by the till.
We ordered artichokes, good, with a delicious vinaigrette sauce. Then we had a small plate of mushrooms, nothing special and another of duck liver pasta, delicious.
Our main was a pot of pheasant; it was good, but overcooked, and dry.
Mushrooms were overwhelming, as they were also in the pasta and pheasant courses.
The bill came to around £100, quite hard to work out if it was correct as items were listed in plate sizes.
Style over substance for me. Good place if you are eating in solo or a pair.
4a-5a Perrin's Court, Hampstead, London NW3 1QS
Coffee is very good as previous Qypers describe, but the service was extremely erratic. Arrived at around 1pm, it is a short menu; a number of things had run out. Do not expect a big breakfast, more like piece of cake, or cheese toasties. We ordered, first came the cheese and marmite muffin, very tasty, and then we waited…eventually (15min) had to go and ask for the rest of our order, they had forgotten. Then came the coffees, finally came the sausage sandwich. They had run out of baps, so we had it on bloomer. Bread was sliced too thin, a bit stale, and not warm, unacceptable at £6. Trying to pay was chaotic, will not be retuning.
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