What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby nickkarkie on Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:41 pm

Mega Ron wrote:Chelo is closed isn't it?

I think so. Lots of new places opening up in Brentwood. Turkish restaurant at blockbuster site. Giggling squid, Bill's American restaurant next door to Barclays and a Costa coffee there. The Baytree centre is always having a big overhaul soon.
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Mega Ron on Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:54 pm

Hopefully some of them will be decent.

My wife and I will be making use of babysitters a lot more often once this little one gets into a decent routine.
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby nickkarkie on Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:57 pm

I don't really get time to eat out much as I'm always working but I've now got 4 months off and will have to start trying out decent places
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Big George on Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:24 pm

nickkarkie wrote:I don't really get time to eat out much as I'm always working but I've now got 4 months off and will have to start trying out decent places


I don't know how independent restaurants make any money out of it.

We have the most perfect neighbourhood Italian in South Woodford, Nino's is nearly always half empty except for weekend evenings and sunday lunch, meanwhile crappy chains nearby like Zizzi and Prezzo are rammed out from 5 in the evening, every evening

We even had a well reviewed high end restaurant "The Woodford" open which was a pretty serious place to eat. You had to book weeks in advance and was very, very good. Lasted just over a year.

It seems like you're doing well Nick but you are competing against the lousy taste of great British public
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby nickkarkie on Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:48 pm

People go to the chains in the week George because they do lots of offers like 2 for 1 on tastecard etc, they certainly are not that busy in Rayleigh or Brentwood, most of the time they are empty. We usually average around £1000 a night on a weeknight and then on Friday you don't do much until 7pm and then you take around £3000 (turning away around 40 people from 7-9pm) from virtually 1 sitting, Saturday usually around £5k (turning away 80-100 people from 7-9pm) and Sundays have been great since we launched roast dinners and are averaging around £2.5k but the Sunday just gone we did 194 covers for £3.7k. So if I ever did a restaurant again (which I doubt) I would probably make sure it had a lot more seats to make all the money at the weekend, we are missing out on around 150 covers every week at £22 average per head.

The takeaways are much busier than the restaurant Monday to Friday but the restaurant overtakes them on Saturday and Sunday (we close on Sundays in takeaway)

I think with a lot of independent restaurants their food can be hit and miss whereas chains go for more consistency. There has definitely been a shift in the last few years and people are definitely eating out more at the independent restaurants.
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Big George on Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:25 pm

nickkarkie wrote:People go to the chains in the week George because they do lots of offers like 2 for 1 on tastecard etc, they certainly are not that busy in Rayleigh or Brentwood, most of the time they are empty. We usually average around £1000 a night on a weeknight and then on Friday you don't do much until 7pm and then you take around £3000 (turning away around 40 people from 7-9pm) from virtually 1 sitting, Saturday usually around £5k (turning away 80-100 people from 7-9pm) and Sundays have been great since we launched roast dinners and are averaging around £2.5k but the Sunday just gone we did 194 covers for £3.7k. So if I ever did a restaurant again (which I doubt) I would probably make sure it had a lot more seats to make all the money at the weekend, we are missing out on around 150 covers every week at £22 average per head.

The takeaways are much busier than the restaurant Monday to Friday but the restaurant overtakes them on Saturday and Sunday (we close on Sundays in takeaway)

I think with a lot of independent restaurants their food can be hit and miss whereas chains go for more consistency. There has definitely been a shift in the last few years and people are definitely eating out more at the independent restaurants.


Good to hear.
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby bunk on Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:19 pm

On the subject of takeaways...

CheeMC, Elephant & Castle - Korean restaurant / takeaway that is known for it's fried chicken. The chicken I've never been sold on, espeically for the price (think it's £18.50 for 10 pieces). Today for lunch however it redeemed itself with the beef dolsot bibimbab. Essentially beef and vegetables topping rice, with a fried egg thrown in for good measure. The beef was flavoured very nicely, the vegetables tasty and the egg making it that little bit better. It could have done with some more sauce for the rice, but overall a very tasty lunch for £6.90. 7/10.
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Postby Denzil on Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:14 pm

Have our monthly curry club next month, looking for some decent curry houses East London way. Done Empress and Tayyabs on the last two. Decent food and loudish is the vibe we want. Basically not an expensive upmarket gaff. Talk to me?
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby dal on Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:31 pm

off to Broadway in the cotswolds for a couple of nights, any recommendations? thanks in advance
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby BSB1 on Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:27 am

RichieRiv wrote:They appear to be a dying breed those family run sandwich shops, especially in the square mile. My Friday treat was Figaro's just by Moorgate Station.

Now all replaced by generic chains. A real shame.


Romford wrote:Is Birleys still going...LOVED that place :thup:


Blimey, I remember Birleys.

There used to be loads of decent places up around there. Sandwich Plus was one. One of the best was Scotts which was between Fenchurch St and Leadenhall. Did the best sausage and egg sarnies ever.

I've been doing a tour of old eateries around town on various business meetings. Simpsons, Sweetings, Old Bank of England, Rules. You can forget how good simple grub can be.
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby whuben on Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:58 am

Bel-Sit, Woodford last night

Simply but very effective, does what it says on the tin sort of gaff

Service very good

9/10
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Hammer1972 on Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:22 pm

dal wrote:off to Broadway in the cotswolds for a couple of nights, any recommendations? thanks in advance


We were there over new year. Didn't eat anywhere too fancy but had some lovely fish & Chips from here:

http://russellsfishandchips.co.uk/

and a decent pub meal in this place:

http://www.crownandtrumpet.co.uk/home
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby bunk on Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:40 am

The Larrik, Marylebone - A sort of gastropub I guess. Was very busy and took a while to get a table though the pint, the name I've forgotten, was very good. A shared starter of salt and pepper squid was pretty tasty, along with a sort of chilly dip. The main of baby back ribs wasn't so nice, it seemed to have lingered in the kitchen for a while, along with the chips. With a bottle of the house red, which to be fair was very nice, totalled £33 with service. Good drinks, starter and service, let down by the main. 6/10.
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby sendô on Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:10 pm

Went to Petrus in Belgravia last week. Very expensive but worth every penny. The food was excellent and the service top notch. They gave us numerous little appetizers between courses and, although the main course was small, I was full up by the time I left the restaurant (we did have 4 separate desserts mind).
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Re: What Restaurant have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby EvilC on Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:39 pm

Birley's coffee is outstanding.
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