Metro food critic Marina O'Loughlin rails against the high prices of London restaurants, revealing that she can't recall the last high-profile opening she has been to in recent months or even years where the bill hasn't topped £100 (for two).
In her review of Bombay Brasserie in West London, she calls the restaurant "a case in gasp-inducing point", pointing to the £140 cost of two meals, wine water and service (with no pudding or coffee).
Guy Dimond from Time Out admits the food at Royal Wok in Bethnal Green isn't the best Chinese cooking you can find but says the many unusual and interesting mainland Chinese dishes make a "refreshing change" from the Cantonese food found in most Chinese restaurants in the UK.
Whilst reviewing Dockmaster's House in east London, Bloomberg food critic Richard Vines "sat alone nursing a beer in the venue's 100-capacity cellar bar and pondered how cruel the restaurant industry can be, even without Gordon Ramsay shouting or mystery illnesses prompting complaints from about 400 diners a la Fat Duck".
But, fortunately, he wrote, the food is good, the wine list realistic and the prices acceptable, lending hope it will survive if not prosper.
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By Daniel Thomas
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