Archive for the ‘Covent Garden’ Category

Sway- Covent Garden

Two of the girls and I recently visited Sway for a cheap dinner after work to catch up on life. Sway sits next to the new Connaught rooms on Great Queen Street between Covent Garden and Holborn tube stations. This is a newly refurbished restaurant which doesn’t disappoint!

I’d first heard about this restaurant on the radio as the restaurant turns into the latest Jongleurs Comedy chain at the weekend. As a result of this I looked it up on top table and saw that they had a very reasonable menu, so reasonable in fact we shared a starter, had a main course each and a bottle of house red win all for £10 per head!

The restaurant was very new and welcoming and looked as if we were entering a 5* establishment. The staff was friendly and attentive without being intrusive and it was nice to be able to sit near the open kitchen to see the chefs at work.

The menu is similar to Ruby blue, so I assume they’re operated by the same people. The menu is wide and varied, mostly serving British and Modern European food which would suit even the pickiest of eaters. The menu is a reasonable price even without the 50% of discount we received for eating before 8pm and really doesn’t disappoint. You also receive 50% off all drinks before 8pm too which is a great offer to take advantage of.

So for a cheap meal in the heart of the west end in an exclusive location Sway is definitely the place to go. I’ll certainly be returning at a weekend to check out the comedy club!

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La Tasca

If you’d like somewhere a little different to try out for lunch or dinner you should definitely check out la tasca. La Tasca’s chain of tapas restaurants can be found in pretty much every town and not only to they have very tasty, authentic Spanish food, they have great prices too!

My friend and I went to the La Tasca in St. Martin’s Lane in Covent Garden last week for lunch and printed off 50% discount vouchers, which can be found on my voucher codes or on their main website, you can also use taste London cards if you have one. Signing up to their newsletter is a good idea as they always send through fantastic offers.

You can choose from a taster menu which gives you a little bit of everything for you to try, or you can choose your favourites from a vast menu which suits all tastes. Generally speaking 3-4 dishes per person is more than enough and the best part is if you get something different to whoever you’re dining with you can share around! Definitely check out the chorizo in red wine- it’s to die for!

Eating in the Covent Garden branch was perfect, service was good, food was great and we managed to eat our meal within our lunch hour without the need to rush.

The meal came to £7.50 each with soft drinks, so it was an absolute bargain for the happily full feeling afterwards! You should definitely try out their delicious sangria too to add a little extra Spanish-ness to your experience!

Circus And The Langley- Covent Garden

On Friday everyone in the office were treated to a free taster menu at the very recently opened Circus restaurant on Endell Street in Covent Garden. I was so excited about this as I had heard amazing reviews about fantastic food complimented by breathtaking circus acts whilst you eat and drink.

Walking into the restaurant felt like walking into a nightclub, however once you were in the main part it was very light and airy with their fantastic sky light and disco balls!

The free lunch unfortunately was as big as a starter so we all had to order mains. We sampled vegetable parcels, battered seafood and beef salad which were all very moreish! The menu is very varied with a lot of seafood which I’m not too keen on so I shared a beef burger which was filled with avocado, cheese, tomato and onion with very spicy coleslaw and fries which were also good but not quite as good as the starters.

We were very disappointed not to see any of the circus acts which we were expecting as it was lunch time and so I think this would be a better place to try out in the evening. The sales guys said it’s not going to be a place they’ll take clients for this reason.

We went back to work and began to plan our evening. We ended up at the Langley on Langley Avenue in Covent Garden. This is an underground venue with two rooms and a restaurant, which has a fantastic 50% off happy hour from 5-7pm and was really busy by the time we got there at 6pm. I thought this may be the case so was very glad that I booked a table for us so we had somewhere to sit down at chat.

The staff at the Langley were excellent, they booked my table with ease, the bar men were very friendly and had a good sense of humour and people were always coming round to collect empty glasses.

We left the Langley quite early as we were all tired from working, however I’d love to see it in full swing at about midnight as I think this will be a fantastic venue for a Friday night in Covent Garden.

Takari- Covent Garden

Last week we decided to try something a bit different to where we usually go to eat, so decided upon a curry as we haven’t had one in absolutely ages! So I took it upon myself to find somewhere nice we could go which was central to where we all work, so I chose Takari in Covent Garden- I wish I didn’t!

The food in fairness was alright, but was nothing special. The restaurant was practically empty which is quite unusual in the area, as it was prime time for pre theatre eaters and for those like us that were grabbing something to eat straight from work. However, we disregarded this and decided to stay anyway.

My friend likes to drink water alongside her meal rather than fizzy drinks etc, but according to the waiter asking for tap water was unheard of and the water may be ‘dirty’, we’re all from England and have drank tap water since birth so we took the risk!

We continued with our meal which was fine up until the bill came. Firstly, we weren’t allowed to split the bill onto our cards- we have never ever had this problem before and usually saves the problems of sharing out change at the end. So two of my friends had to go and get cash back from M&S and buy a sandwich each costing them even more money.

The bill was very high too, mostly due to the huge 12.5% service charge added to the bill for a pretty rubbish service if I’m honest. The worst part was the 12.5% was taken from the full price of what the food would’ve been if we hadn’t booked with a 50% starters and main meals offer with Toptable. This meant  that the service charge was over £10 for a quick mid week meal! Don’t get me wrong we always tip but they certainly didn’t deserve a tenner and when we questioned this and asked for it to be taken off the bill, the manager became very patronising and rude.

So with the hassle of paying the bill, huge service charge, lack of water, lack lustre food, inflated prices to accommodate their special offer and the zero atmosphere in the restaurant, Takari in Drury Lane, Covent Garden is definitely one to avoid!