Expensive and rather overdone food. Service was muted and both my partner and I felt slightly ill afterwards. Not great.
by micropig (8 reviews
), 30 Nov 2009
The food is excellent and ambitious, wine list decent. Though not cheap, it's good value for money, especially the midweek set menus. Perhaps the only thing that lets Lamberts down is a slight lack of atmosphere, but the long room doesn't allow for much informality or cosy tables. Overall, though, it's definitely one of Balham's new highlights.
Edited to add: I'm taking a star off my previous review following a couple of disappointing meals there. While the cooking is still better than anywhere else in Balham, there's a slapdash feel to some of the basics (roast potatoes with the Sunday lunch were greasy and undercooked; accompanying veg was limp) and the service can leave something to be desired. I took a friend there for what I hoped would be a leisurely weekend meal, but after being made to feel oddly unwelcome by the female front of house throughout service (I can't quite put my finger on what she did, but we both felt uncomfortable), we ended up having coffee and drinks next door at the Firefly - which says it all.
by hesterb (5 reviews
), 26 Jan 2009
Great food and great service. Although, I wouldn't call it a fraction of Chez Bruce
's prices. We spent £50 per person, so it's up there!
by nicky13, 28 Sep 2007
Excellent food and excellent value! Second only to Chez Bruce
, at a fraction of the price.
by gourmet, 02 May 2007
Nothing wrong with the food at all, but somehow Lamberts fails to press my buttons. Something about the design or layout of the room or bright lighting? Can't put my finger on it but it lacks ambiance. Good for non-smokers though, as it's a smoke-free zone.
by capital girl (54 reviews
), 14 Aug 2005
Have we missed a great restaurant in London?
Let us know.