Reviews by velvetrabbit


7 reviews, joined 30 December 2008

Wild Honey Wild Honey (Restaurant)
07 June 2010

Went here for Mother's Day. Staff very attentive, food and wine excellent. Really enjoyed the ox cheek and extensive selection of French cheeses. Special Mother's Day lunch menu very good value at £27 for three courses. The idea of the wine list being available in 250ml carafes sounds brilliant - will try that next time!

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Nicole's Nicole's (Restaurant)
07 June 2010

This should be the perfect place for lunch/afternoon tea, yet the interior reminded me of a department store cafeteria, and the service was pretty lazy - forgot to bring bread and the wine I had ordered. Shouldn't have to keep reminding staff of the basics in this day and age, not when there are so many other excellent restaurants in Mayfair.

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Le Caprice (Restaurant / Restaurant)
07 June 2010

Couldn't agree more - absolutely the best restaurant in London for its first-class food and service. Pre/post theatre menu is excellent value.

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One Aldwych One Aldwych (Hotel)
07 June 2010

Lobby Bar is highly civilised and the perfect place for a pre-theatre drink.

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Yauatcha Yauatcha (Restaurant / Restaurant)
07 June 2010

Excellent cocktails and dim sum, chic setting. Service a little patchy though - our table was not ready and we had to wait for 5 mins by the front door; waiter brought bill to us when we had asked to see the cocktail menu. Staff could have been a bit more attentive generally.

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Quo Vadis Quo Vadis (Restaurant)
07 June 2010

Excellent set lunch with faultless and charming service. 10 out of 10.

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River Cafe River Cafe (Restaurant)
31 December 2008

Had a lunch here a couple of years ago and it was great - staff very attentive, really looked after us and did their best to make sure we were warm sitting outside on a rather damp day in June. And although we don't have children ourselves, we rather liked the laidback atmosphere and the fact that it made families feel welcome (at least for lunch).

However, on returning to the refurbished restaurant in December 2008, in a party of five, the whole experience was rather disappointing. Staff were not particularly friendly or courteous. When we entered, a cluster of employees at the front desk took a couple of minutes to finish their conversation before acknowledging us; we sat for ages without being offered an aperitif and eventually had to ask for these; my coat was over the back of my chair and no one offered to hang it up, even though it was clearly visible to waiting staff; we had to top up our own wine and actually the food, although good, was rather forgettable.

Having just returned from Sydney where the food and service are world class, it was rather a let-down to have to put up (and pay for) this sort of dreary second-rate dining experience.

On the plus side, we did like the huge stove, which was a warming sight on a wet December afternoon. But would we go back to this restaurant? Probably not...

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