Archive for the ‘Top Table’ Tag

Med Kitchen- Soho

Last week I met with two friends from university for dinner. I booked a table for us through top table at Med Kitchen on Charing Cross Road (on the corner opposite Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as I had walked past here a few times on my travels and loved the continental look of the place.

It was a really pleasant evening so we chose to eat out side. At first I was a little worried about noise form traffic and passersby, but this wasn’t a problem at all as the area was sectioned off and the hustle and bustle just added to the atmosphere.

The food was absolutely delicious with a wide menu to suit all tastes. As we booked through top table we were given the option of a three course set menu with a Bellini for £15; however this menu was quite limited so we chose to eat from the a la carte.

We had Italian breads to share as a starter, and then I had spicy Moroccan lamb sausages with apricot cous cous, minted yoghurt and chips as I was feeling a little adventurous and I’m so glad I did! My friends had spaghetti carbonara and eggs royale which is a toasted muffin with smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce; all of which we thoroughly enjoyed.

All of this plus a bottle of red wine for the three of us came to just under £20 per head which I thought was great value for money for the food.

Two of us stayed for a little longer and enjoyed a Bellini whilst soaking up the atmosphere. We were there a good two hours and there was absolutely no rush to vacate the table which was great.

Although we didn’t eat there the inside looked great too and is deceptively big, so you’ll never have to worry about getting a table if you’re looking to go pre theatre.

Med Kitchen is a little gem in the centre of the west end and makes you feel like you’re on the continent rather than the middle of London!

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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!

Marco Pierre White- Frankie’s

So last week I was searching the internet for somewhere for a friend and I to go on Friday night in central. Usually top table is perfect for these kinds of situations and I came across an absolute steal of an offer at Marco Pierre White and Frankie Detorri’s brain child, ‘Frankies’ in Knightsbridge (about 5min walk away from Harrods).

Frankie’s Knightsbridge is part of a chain of about 5 restaurants owned by the pair across London and it definitely wasn’t what we were expecting! Upon arriving at the door we were greeted by a dark staircase leading to a basement which looked like a bit of a seedy club where his Dad might go to! Haha.

After eventually getting inside and being shown to our table we looked around to see a room full of disco balls with a bar lounge and tables right at the back; I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this, we thought perhaps the tables might be pushed back at the end of the night to reveal a 70’s style underground disco!

The set menu was only £15 for three courses and the food was great, however it would’ve been nice to have the opportunity to look at the a la carte menu.  I had lentil soup (not a fan!) to start with then Spaghetti Bolognese which was really good, followed by a chocolate mousse to share which was presented very nicely in a martini glass. To wash all of this great food down, we ordered two bottles of the house red which was surprisingly good at just £15 per bottle.

Overall we had a very nice relaxed evening; however I don’t think I’d go back to this particular one as the service was very slow, the meal took about 3 hours and the whole place was a bit dated and dingey looking. Bit of a shame as I was looking forward to trying this one out a lot!

MAZE Grill- Gordon Ramsay

Last night the girls and I went off to Gordon Ramsay’s Maze grill for dinner for a treat, and what a treat it was!

After doing my usual search around for nice places to eat cheaply on nights out like this, I came across Top table which is a restaurant reviews site. The site is available in 14 countries (great for travelling!) and not only reviews but tells you all about good deals that are going on in the top restaurants!

This time I came across a fantastic early supper menu at the Maze Grill, which is inside the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square. You have to be sat down by 6.30pm for this menu so it’s perfect for going out after work, I was a bit worried we might be rushed out to turn the tables over but this wasn’t the case at all, we had a lovely leisurely meal.

We began the night in the Maze bar which is attached to the restaurant; the service was impeccable, taking our coats as we walked in, then having table service for our drinks so no need to wait at the bar. Be warned the drinks are pretty pricey with an average cocktail costing between £9- £13 each so you might want to nurse it for a while unless you’ve got money to burn!

We were then shown into the main restaurant which is a lot smaller than I had imagined but still very nice with bright decor. I particularly liked the relaxed atmosphere as I thought being a Gordon Ramsay restaurant it might be very posh and pretentious but was pleasantly surprised.

We were offered the choice of two menus, but all went for the early supper where you could have two courses for £18 or 3 courses for £21 which I thought was an absolute bargain considering where we were. I went all out and had the full three courses as I thought I probably wouldn’t go somewhere like this again for a while!

We were offered four flavours of bread to begin: sour dough, wheat, white or olive which went down a treat! Which was followed by French onion soup with Welsh rarebit to start which was delicious I would’ve been happy with just that for dinner! The rump steak was brought out on a wooden chopping board with the steak knife in a ‘well done’ wrapping which I thought was a nice touch. The steak was served with fries and salad on the side. Two of us had pudding, chocolate fondant which was to die for! Full of gooey chocolaty goodness! This was followed by the choice of soft centered peanut or white chocolate cookies which again were probably the best cookies I’ve ever tasted in my entire life!

I highly recommend Gordon’s Maze Grill for a little treat mid week (this menu is available Sun-Thurs), the full three courses and a drink cost me £30, with no need to go printing off any annoying vouchers. I think it was very reasonable for such a nice evening of fine dining with some of my favourite girls =)