Restaurant Reviews from August 2009

August 2009 Restaurant Reviews Archive from Foodepedia

  • Beach Blanket Babylon East

    Monday August 31st, 2009

    It isn’t easy to fill venues on the industrial stretch of Bethnal Green road where Beach Blanket Babylon has hunkered down. Brick Lane’s melee bristles five minutes away. Commercial Road’s pencil moustache and cupcake brigade posture to the right. But despite the relative quiet on our Friday night visit, the punters seemed still to be loving it.

  • Mint Leaf Lounge & Restaurant - Bank

    Friday August 28th, 2009

    In a TV commercial a few years back a grumpy old lady bitterly complained that her local bank branch had been turned into ‘a trendy wine bar’. Well here around Threadneedle Street there’s hardly a bank branch left that isn’t now a restaurant or bar and while Mint Leaf may be the only ‘Indian’ it is rather trendy.

  • The Britannia

    Thursday August 27th, 2009

    This imposing Victorian pub is cavernous and it is not until you walk through the entrance that you get a feel for the scale of the place. With good quality, well cooked dishes at reasonable prices, The Britannia is certainly worth visiting.

  • Steam

    Tuesday August 25th, 2009

    There are a couple of things everyone should have local to them, a good curry house and a relaxed bar/restaurant. Until recently Wandsworth residents had The Chutney to satisfy the former, but since the demise of Dittos Bar & Restaurant nothing has come along to replace the latter. Now there's Steam to give Wandsworth some puff.

  • Massis

    Tuesday August 25th, 2009

    A short canal-side walk past the bustling bars and eateries left our abstention seeming ill founded as, in the middle of the after-work crowd, we spotted our destination, Massis. A curiously subdued venue set amid towering hives of industry the food here is simple, tasty and a wonderful conduit for easy bonhomie among friends.

  • Coach & Horses

    Monday August 24th, 2009

    Two foraging carnivores have modestly gentrified Clerkenwell’s ‘Coach & Horses’ into gastropub territory. However rather than tick box diners expectant of Michelin frippery alongside a beer garden / sprog storage pen, it now draws genuinely hungry foodies craving good value, hearty quality.

  • Nonna's Sheffield

    Friday August 21st, 2009

    The Italians know what food is for – it’s for lunch - a meal that can often stretch on until it becomes dinner. The best Italian food is found, unsurprisingly in Italy, but in about the same time it takes for a budget airline to deposit you, cantankerous and queasy from your in-flight ‘snack’, at Pisa airport you could be at Nonna’s in Sheffield.

  • On-Site Parking: ‘Frank’s Café and Campari Bar’

    Monday August 17th, 2009

    Through sculptures, lighting and curious sounds, the otherwise derelict top tiers of a Peckham car park have been transformed into polished decay and dreamy decadence.‘Bold Tendencies’, is the third summer showcase from the local but far-reaching, ‘Hannah Barry’ gallery.

  • Quilon

    Sunday August 16th, 2009

    Quilon, awarded the Wine Spectator magazine’s 2009 Restaurant Wine List Award of Excellence, is set in Buckingham Gate, A spacious, uncluttered, stylish restaurant well-deserving its Michelin star

  • Cadogan Arms

    Saturday August 15th, 2009

    Step into this new drinking and dining venue in the heart of Chelsea and you’re immediately welcomed by an old-English-gentleman themed interior, decked out with stuffed animal heads and Robert Dighton drawings of Georgian aristocrats. Plus save 50% this month!

  • Wheelers of Whitstable

    Monday August 10th, 2009

    To secure a sitting at Wheelers at either 1pm, 3pm or 5pm at the Formica counter, or past a curtain, the demob-demure dining room, you must be dogged. I tried for months, finally capturing a cancellation with hours to spare.

  • Masala Zone Bayswater

    Friday August 7th, 2009

    The Panjabi sisters’ latest Bayswater offering epitomises what the expanding Masala Zone chain excels at – tantalising thalis,  tribal-styled interiors and cheap chow. And its bouquet of wet-saried women (on posters, not at the pass) is sure to enchant the average solo male diner. But while its starring dishes twinkle, can it afford to let its standards slip on those that don’t?

  • Bengal Clipper

    Monday August 3rd, 2009

    Tucked away in the trendy riverside passages of Shad Thames lies ‘Bengal Clipper’ restaurant, which in its 15 years of trading, has been awarded more accolades than you could shake a stick at.

  • Due South

    Sunday August 2nd, 2009

    The title of this restaurant worried me. Not only does it have ‘Carry On’ connotations, it also sounds like the title of a hellish, low budget, box-ticking sitcom.

  • Bellevue Rendez-vous

    Saturday August 1st, 2009

    Cooking at Bellevue is Pablo Gallego while his partner Stephanie Gandon runs the front of house. A nice woman, but at one point she let out a thunderous unrestrained sneeze, something I recommend she doesn’t do when the AA Rosette inspector comes round.