Ich bin CJCarrot aus London. Ich bin Qyper seit dem 27.01.2010
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19 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NE
As far as fast food places in that area go, it's definitely one of the best and their late opening hours are really handy. Just watch out for the extra hot sauce that comes in a little bottle - it'll certainly make your eyes water!
I should mention that they also do what I've seen labelled as 'crumble dollars': large buns covered with an icing-crumble mix which are actually quite tasty but hard to find in London.
Richmond Towpath, London TW10 6UT
This place is eye-wateringly awful. Yes, it has good German beers and yes, the riverfront location is very nice, but I honestly would rather watch 100 replays of Sunday's England-Germany match than ever set foot there again.
First of all, the food, which you're forced to order if you want any alcohol. I don't have a huge problem with that concept per se, but the poor quality of what's served makes it rather galling. The meat was unpleasant, both in texture and taste, and they hadn't even bothered to drain the gherkins before shoving them on top of the plate, turning what was supposed to be a salad into a vinegary soup. It wasn't just my opinion, either, as an inspection of the other diners' tables revealed that everyone had left most of their food untouched. Even the bread wasn't safe, as we observed the staff pawing it over much more than was necessary.
The staff, in fact, were the other big problem. Obviously having graduated from the 'six second rule' school of hospitality, they were disorganised, inept and, amusingly enough, annoyed that customers tried to order whilst they were all sitting in the sun and enjoying a lunch break.
Despite the enviable location and decent beer I really would urge people to try somewhere else if they want good Bavarian food and drink. If all else fails, just raid the German deli and have a picnic on the riverbank!
Pařížská 10, 110 00 Prag 1 Praha
This place is simply outstanding. Once you've descended into this trendily-decorated basement bar, the first thing you'll see is shelves full of bottles. Look closer, because you'll soon realise that the long shelves are actually stacked 4 deep and contain an extraordinary range of alcohol - I even saw things that aren't even common in the region where they're produced! The bar has a selection of wines and beers but I'd recommend ignoring those and going straight for the 80-odd page cocktail list. Their staggering range covers pretty much anything and the friendly bartenders are also on hand to dispense advice and customise drinks to your liking. Sitting at the bar provides an opportunity to chat with them and I definitely learned a lot in the time it took me to guzzle several excellent drinks. Exploring the selection they offer is a great way to spend an evening and, unlike in some places, it won't bankrupt you to be adventurous.
Vodičkova 682/20, Nové Město, 110 00 Praha
The beer is really good, as you'd expect in Prague, but I have a feeling that they're not that friendly to you if you don't order food - we just stopped in for a quick beer and our waiter was somewhat brusque! Having said that, it's definitely worth a look as it's easy to get to, very spacious inside and, well, did I mention the beer? They also get points for having self-service pretzel trees and maps showing you how to get around the restaurant - it really is that big!
6 Hans Road, London SW3 1RX
Surprisingly enough for a restaurant in this area, they offer a set menu which is surprisingly good value. It's either 15.95 for 2 courses or 18.95 for three and there is a good choice of options for each course. Whilst we enjoyed our starters the mains were slightly underwhelming and service was a bit slow, despite the relative quietude of the restaurant. We forgave them this, however, when we got to the puddings, as they were delicious (especially the creme caramel) and apparently all made on site. This is never going to be a 'must visit' Italian but it's a good option for a relaxing meal after you've been fleeced at the Egyptian corner shop across the street.
10 Dorset Street, Marylebone, London W1U 6QR
The one thing that you have to watch out for with this place is that they add both a cover charge and a mandatory charge for bread and butter - whether you want it or not! It may seem like a quibble but it strikes me as slightly unfair to diners on a budget. Aside from that, the food is good and the place obviously has some devoted regulars - always a good sign!
1 Upper James Street, Soho, London W1F 9DF
I hate to do this, especially as I had really high hopes for this place (apologies to everyone who's gotten really excited from reading the reviews directly below), but I had a really bad time here two nights ago. The staff, admittedly, were really friendly, but trivial mistakes like completely forgetting to bring us the wine we had ordered meant that we left with a fairly bad impression of them. (It was a relatively quiet night, so they should have had time to run to the fridge.)
The restaurant's design is fun and it is suitably cosy on a chilly night, but does anyone else think that the green leather banquettes are reminiscent of the dodgy Aberdeen Angus restaurant down the road? Before you accuse me of pedantry, however, I should say that it's the food that I had the real problem with. Whilst their fish soup was decent, simple dishes such as scotch eggs and a burger were poorly done and simply not worth finishing. Given the other reviews on this site I feel that I've missed out on something spectacular, but I really wouldn't want to eat there again.
Perhaps we ordered the wrong things, perhaps we went on a bad night, but we left the restaurant with the distinct feeling that this Bob wasn't worth ours.
24-26 Russell Street, Coven Garden, London WC2B 5HF
I'm surprised at the amount of positive reviews for this place. From the depressed diners huddling around their cheap jugs of Mai Tai to the lonely souls on the dancefloor, this place exudes all the charm of a discarded tissue. Even when it gets busier (which is usually the result of the annoying flyer-people luring drunk tourists in with the promise of cheap booze) the atmosphere isn't particularly pleasant.
Wollzeile 38, 1010 Wien
Be sure to try the amply proportioned schnitzels too, they're simply delicious!
Ul. Ossolińskich 7, budynek Hotelu Europejskiego, Warszawa
This place is absolutely outstanding. I had one of the best meals of my life here and will be rushing back next time I'm in town. The menu is huge and everything I tried was truly delicious. The highlight of the meal was the steak tartare, which was made at the table by a chef with very strong hands! It was fascinating to watch and brilliant to eat, although as Polish food tends to come in very generous portions you might want to pace yourself if you intend to sample many more courses. (Oh, who am I kidding, I defy anyone to be self-restrained enough not to wolf the lot....)
Set in the hotel's old kitchen, the restaurant is really atmospheric and it's a great place to go on a date if you don't mind your other half witnessing your gluttony. They have a good selection of wines and some (predictably) good spirits to round off your meal - although beware that if you try to order anything too commercial the waiter will probably insist that you try something polish instead! By Warsaw standards it's a fairly expensive restaurant, but if you're used to eating out in London you'll probably feel like you're cheating them.
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