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Daniel O.


30s, Male

MEMBER SINCE: May 2009

RESTAURANTS RATED: 0

REVIEWS: 10


Latest restaurants reviewed

Mongolian Grill

29 North Street Old Town, Clapham Common, Clapham, SW4 0HJ

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

18 February 2013

What does the average person know about Mongolia? All I know is that many of the population play a kind of polo with goat heads, and that Ewan MacGregor enjoyed traversing the vast landscapes by motorbike in his series The Long Way Round. The fact that it was a grey and dismal Sunday is worth a mention; however, it was lunchtime and entering a dead empty restaurant and feeling like you have rudely interrupted the window cleaning isn’t a great way to start the experience. I waited, and in the end, was forced to interrupt the chores (why weren’t they doing this when the place was shut?!) to be seated and receive a menu. A point on the menu: it had to be the first ever draft as it resembled a toddler’s scrapbook with messy writing and spilt tipex marring each page. Dirty extension cords, scruffy signage and coupled with harsh red and black colour scheme made me feel like I was in a car mechanics boudoir. The best bit about this place was the menus’ attempt to encourage the guest to eat like a Barbarian. Apparently, you could choose to either grill or dunk your food in a hotpot but the ‘mechanics’ were unclear and no matter how many times we stuttered and stumbled during the order taking process, our waitress was unable (and unwilling) to clarify the procedure or even act somewhat sympathetic to our plight. Hedging our bets, half the table decided to grill and the other half to have the hotpot. I went for the ‘spicy’ hotpot which was no spicier than a damp sock and utterly flavorless to boot; rather worrying for something that had promised a taste explosion. The grillers in the party seemed to be fairing a little better; however, I struggled to understand the Mongolian angle in all of this. It just reminded me of the French pierrade, but without the charm. Whatever you chose to grill or dunk was collected from an unappetizing buffet located in the centre of the restaurant. It isn’t unfair to say that some of the offerings looked rather tired. I say ‘some of the offerings’ because it was nigh on impossible to tell what was what (no labels) and it was difficult to drag the waitress from her cleaning duties to get a decent explanation. The ‘fishballs’ were a particular lowlight, especially when they were still frozen in the centre. It was all accompanied with rice and noodles, which were, well, rice and noodles. No attempt was made to explain what went with what; how to create a compelling taste combination. It was simply left to the diner’s knowledge and discretion. Yes the food was cheap; the Sunday buffet was £12.50pp, but that shouldn’t mean that a dinner should have to endure such an experience. There were glimmers of potential for a different, social dining experience but the realities of this restaurant overshadow these. I would rather be a Barbarian, eat in a cave and forage for my own lunch of nettles and bark than eat at the Mongolian Grill again. I’m afraid I would go The Long Way Round to avoid this restaurant in the future.

The Beehive

126 Crawford Street, London W1U 6BF

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

08 May 2012

Meeting friends on a bank holiday can be problematic so after some research, I decided to suggest The Beehive, due to its convenient location for all. I knew it would be a little left field, and indeed it was. Good pub classics alongside Italian inspired food was let down by a strange format. I really enjoyed my halloumi and pesto starter, and tucked in to the special of pan-fried skate with new potatoes, green beans and salsa Verde. Both courses were a feast for the senses. However, unused gastro pub furniture was shoved in to corners as if no one would notice, and I felt a little awkward, and uncomfortable. An interesting and well though wine list also was a plus. Good beers also from Greenwich's Meantime brewery were enjoyed, although I have to say I didn’t think much of the Beehives own ale. All this was alongside a soundtrack of Italian pop. I think some clearer definition would really help this place. Everything on its own merit I enjoyed, but it was not the sum of its parts.

Tayyabs

83-89 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1JU

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

23 December 2011

I had heard and read alot about this place so knew what to expect. Yes, it is chaotic. I didnt get any cuttlery until 3 or 4 minutes after my food arrived! Yes, it is busy, and YES the food is fabulous. Food doesnt wait long on the hotplates here… straight off the grill and WHOOOSH, it arrives in a flurry of activity in front of your eyes. Fabulous naans like I've never tasted, and the lamb kebabs looked amazing… I dont even eat meat! The only downside for me is the location; it is a little difficult to get to from central London. Nevertheless, I recommend you go. It is quite an experience. Don't forget to BYO!

Brasserie Joël at Park Plaza

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, 200 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7UT

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

01 September 2011

We were staying at the hotel, and ate the Braserie for convenience. The food also sounded great and we took advantage of the set menu deal which allowed for a three course menu with unlimited drinks. Value for money was definitely a plus point. To begin, my wife had the caesar salad and she really enjoyed, in fact, saying it was the best she had ever had! I had fresh prawns which were simple, huge and fresh. For main course, I had the fishermans' pie done in a french style, according to the waiter. It was creamy and moreish, with a finesse that the made it a cut above the standard fair. The side salad was beautifully simple, with a good, punchy dressing. My wife had Homemade Crab Rolls, but these were not so enjoyable; they were way too salty which ruined an other wise interesting dish (although the name didn't do it any favours either). The desserts, a blueberry macaroon and Semi Freddo respectively were a charming end. The atmosphere was a little dry, although it can be difficult in a hotel restaurant, especially with grumpy lone diner nearby. Staff were happy and attentive. An enjoyable god value experience let down by a poor main course dish.

Mildreds

45 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AN

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

27 October 2010

I had several friends recommend this restaurant and had always wanted to go. The restaurant, as said, above doesn't take bookings so expecting to have to wait we arrived at half past seven. The decor is minimalist and modern, with interesting plates adorning the walls. It was rammed, and being one of those long narrow soho rooms, space was at a premium. No matter. My friend and I had a beer at the bar. We were asked if we minded sharing a table, for us that wasn't a problem, apart from when I dropped my napkin. The stranger dining next to me and I both went to reach it at the same time and clunked heads! We all had a giggle. Thought had gone in to the presentation on both courses, which is always good, because I'm on who believes you eat with the eyes first! To begin I had the butternut squash, chilli feta and red pepper pie with green beans. It was lovely, the chilli contrasting nicely with the sweetness of the squash. For my main I chose the Sri Lankan curry which was smooth and delicate. Being a chilli fiend, I LOVED the heat provided by the little ramekin of tomato sambal, and could have happily smothered it all over! Service was smiley, and prompt, on leaving the waitress suggested we return for lunch one time. If I did, one of the starters would serve the purpose because as perfect sized portions. The atmosphere was fun and vibrant, although, a minus for me was the up tempo pop music. Nevertheless, definitely worth a visit!

Find out more about Daniel O.

Personal description

I like good customer service, and like to think I know what that means as Ive worked in bars and hotels. I'm a happy, posiitve person but a stickler for service. My favourite cuisines would be probably Indian, Thai, North African, italian… most really, although Im not mad for Tapas.

Eating out habits

Not as often as I'd like- once a month.

Favourite restaurants

Locale – Blackheath, The Gate – Hammersmith

Interests

sport, politics, Channel 4 news, education and food, obviously.

Favourite book and film

film – Seven book – I tend to read alot of non fiction so er…currently reading a book about the thinking of Muhammed Ali which is very interestiing – The Soul of A Butterfly.

Dream dinner companion

Monica Belluci

Favourite holiday destinations

New Zealand when I finally go! For weekends, Belgrade Serbia and San Sebastien, Basque Country.

Drives a…

Skoda