Getti – Piccadilly

Reviewed on May 5th, 2010 by Dina

Getti is a mediocre Italian restaurant. I would not say that the food was outstanding nor was it bad.

The bruschetta was generously topped with fresh chopped tomatoes, although it had a little too much pesto drizzled on top. The olives that came with this starter were extremely salty; almost to the point where they were inedible.

The fillet of salmon was ok. The white wine sauce was not that tasty but it was nice that this dish came with green beans. The side dish of grilled vegetables were the best part of the meal. It was a selection of peppers, artichokes and courgettes. The vegetables came with Carasau bread. I’ve never tried this bread before and I would describe it like being a cracker bread. It was very thin and extremely tasty!

Initially, the dining area in Getti looked quite welcoming. It had pale wooden tables and chairs and deep blue walls. But after we were seated, I realised that the restaurant was fairly cramped with the tables too close to each other. This meant that we had to wait till one waiter was done serving one table, so that another waiter could get to our table.

The staff at Getti were friendly and quite helpful with our food queries. We were served our food quite fast. One thing that would improve Getti is if they had more vegetarian options, apart from pasta, on the set menu.

Getti is conveniently located in the West End, but I think that there are better Italian restaurants that you could go to in this area.

Getti, 16/17 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LT

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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Richoux – Piccadilly

Reviewed on December 10th, 2009 by Dina

Richoux had a French feel to it with it dark wood decor, deep reds and green seating. This is slightly strange as it describes itself as “the home of traditional English food”. It reminded me a little of Cafe Rouge.

The tea and coffee were both served by the pot. The tea was served in a ceramic pot and the coffee in a metal one.

Richoux has its own blend of tea. This was an average tea and I don’t think that it tasted very different to other black teas. It was nice to get quite a few cups of tea from a single pot!

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You can go here for breakfast, lunch or dinner as the menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, meats, fish, pasta and risotto. They also do afternoon tea and have quite a few pastries, cakes and ice cream sundaes for people who have a sweet tooth!

The service was a little slow and we were there for quite a while before any of the staff came to take our order. On the other hand, it was nice that we did not feel rushed while we were having our drinks, even though the cafe got quite busy at some points!

The staff were pleasant enough but they just seemed that they were there to do their job. The service did not feel very personal.

We were seated at the front of the cafe which meant that there was the constant opening and closing of the door. Also, there were always people walking past and queues of people waiting to be seated. I think that the busyness of Richoux had a lot to do with its central London location.

Richoux, 172 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EJ

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Fakhreldine – Green Park

Reviewed on August 4th, 2009 by Dina

Deep reds and brown colours, sofas with lots of cushions, bowls of rose petals and a formal dining area sets the atmosphere for this Lebanese restaurant. The seating by the windows has a great view over Green Park.

It’s a shame that Fakhreldine seems to have put in a lot more effort into its decor than into its food. We were impressed with the menu but were greatly disappointed with the taste of the food.

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We ordered a selection of mezze dishes and these were served with round pitta breads. The dishes of  okra with garlic, tomatoes and onions and the aubergine with chickpeas and tomatoes were the ones that we were looking forward to having the most. It took us by surprise when these were served cold. When we asked the waiter if we could have them hot, he took them back and warmed them up. But these dishes were served lukewarm not hot like we had requested.

In the aubergine dish, the tomatoes tasted better than anything else in it. The okra was average but not very flavoursome. Our favourite was the diced potatoes that had been fried in garlic and chillies. The five thin slices of grilled halloumi cheese were also really good.

The staff were friendly, the restaurant dining area was nice and we enjoyed the views over Piccadilly and Green Park. The only thing that was missing from this picture was the flavours of the food, which is what we had actually come to Fakhreldine for.

Fakhreldine, 85 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NB

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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