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Who needs the Booker Prize? Here at Square Meal, we have our very own award for the best reader review. Ever since My Square Meal was launched, a growing community of amateur critics have been posting their comments on our restaurant pages, often under witty pseudonymns. And today we can officially reveal that the winning review written in spring ’09 was by none other than 'R.R.Gill' (pictured, left). He has won a bottle of Louis Roederer as well as a £300 meal for two at a restaurant of his choice, and has opted for Hakkasan. We hope he has a fantastic time and look forward to reading his comments.
Considered by the Square Meal panel to be the most witty, engaging and succinct review of the past quarter, here is his review – of Cipriani – in full:
Cipriani seems to have a little of a schizophrenic reputation – I know people who love it and people who hate it. Strangely enough the people I know who hate it do seem to go back quite frequently; one friend describes it like a bad boyfriend – she may be treated appallingly at times but she keeps going back. Personally I like it and always have, the food while not being overly gastronomic does the trick well. Service-wise I've had off occasions but generally it's ok. Although for the money I spend I should expect perfection every time I go, I always leave with a smile on my face. At the end of the day it's not for everyone – if I want excellent gourmet cuisine I'd go elsewhere – if I want decent food and an amazing, electric atmosphere I go to Cipriani (as long as I don't have to sit in the back!)
Think you can do better? Post your reviews on www.squaremeal.co.uk by 20 September 2009 for a chance to win the prize for summer's best reader review. (You need to be a member of My Square Meal – click here to register – it’s free.)
Read more of R.R.Gill's thoughts here.