London Restaurant Week

Posted on Monday, 9th March 2009

Dear fellow food lovers, here’s a quick reminder about the upcoming London Restaurant Week which runs from 16 to 29 March 2009. In conjunction with Visa and, over 100 restaurants in London will be offering some top value menus: two course lunches from £15, and three course dinners from £25. Restaurants include the gorgeous looking Landau, and some Michelin-starred eateries such as Nahm, Quilon, Benares, Tom Aikens, and one of my personal favourites, the Foliage at the Mandarin Oriental. Just as well London Restaurant Week runs for two weeks.

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5 Responses to “London Restaurant Week”

  1. Alex Says...

    Sure – you’re linked! Thanks for the link to my blog too.

  2. Alex Says...

    Cool, thanks!

  3. Finance Foodie Says...

    Hi…thanks for adding me on Fuelmyblog…I love your site! Thats so cool you have been to El Bulli…that is my DREAM restaurant 🙂


  4. Christine Says...

    Just a quick warning to anyone considering going to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill for restaurant week – don’t bother. I went there with my partner on Friday night and was thoroughly disappointed.
    It all started with the menu, which was reduced down to next to nothing. I never expected them to serve up 3 large courses for £25, but neither had I expected a steak house to not have a steak option.
    The starters on offer were cauliflower veloute, Caesar’s salad and asparagus with Hollandaise sauce. We both went with the asparagus, which consisted of 4 spears of perfectly cooked asparagus and a very nice sauce. Skimpy but tasty.
    My partner’s main course was a decent lamb stew with soggy carrots reminiscent of school dinners and creamed potatoes that seriously lacked flavour. I had chicken with creamy mushroom sauce and the same taste-free potatoes. The sauce was nice, the chicken raw in the centre. Honestly, I stuck my fork into it and blood ran out! When I pointed it out to the waiter, instead of an apology I got an arrogant explanation that this dish was meant to be cooked this way in order to prevent the meat from drying out. Excuse me? If your chef cannot cook chicken properly, you should not put it on the menu!
    For desert we had a decidedly average rice pudding (reminiscent of Ambrosia) with three raspberries and a drizzle of raspberry sauce and a half decent crème brulée. Not sweet enough for my taste and I wouldn’t have known that it contained vanilla had I not seen the seeds.
    The service, too, left something to be desired. Overall the staff were friendly, but attentive only when it came to selling extras. We were asked three times if we wanted water (are they on commission?), but had to ask twice for the bill. Similarly, when I used my starter knife to butter my bread and my main knife for the starter, I had to ask for a replacement when my food arrived. And the reaction to the raw chicken was just patronising.
    The overall impression I got was that the establishment doesn’t care about me. I was made to feel cheap for not going a la carte, I was met with arrogance and attitude and I was served mediocre food as if I didn’t know the difference. The regular menu may be great, but I will hopefully never have to find out.

  5. 'A Girl Has To Eat' Says...

    HI Christine, I’m sorry to hear you had a bad time at Marco Pierre White. That is a real shame. Thanks for leaving a comment. Hopefully my readers will heed your advice.