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  1. Simon, I was planning to try Fino tonight, but I was a bit put off by your review: not another under portioning restaurant again! I have arrived in London recently, and out of all the different restaurants I have tried, I can’t recommend Paolo in Percy Street enough (is actually, not too far from Fino). Portion maybe are not huge, but the quality and what you pay for it is definitely what I classify ‘good value for money’. If you happen to try it, let me know what you think.
  2. I went to Teca ( Brooks Mews), few days ago.. Nice atmosphere, classic design, attentive and professional service. I had a 3 courses dinner and my companion had a degustazione menu. My starter was a salmon Carpaccio with soia sauce, nice and fresh. I had a Risotto mantecato, beautiful flavour, but finished with two mouthfuls. My 3rd course of squid ink Gnocchetti with Lobster was full of flavour, again a bit small and with a surcharge of £5 on top of the £32 three course meals.In the end had to order a cheese to feel content. My companion degustazione was made of six small dishes (including two desserts). He was not impressed, especially by a terrine of potatoes which was boiled potatoes cut in a square and lacking of flavour. We spent about £150 (wine £30 - incl. coffees, and service). Although some of the dishes were really tasteful, I think Teca is suffering from a common restaurant disease these days: under portioning or if you like, little value for money.
  3. Hello, fresh to London and new to egullet, I find this site very useful, and had many hints about new places to try. I also like to give my first contribution! Went to Paolo on Tuesday, after several recommendations. Didn’t find the value set meals anymore (3 course for 17.50), and was initially disappointed, but decided to try anyway. I was completely surprised by the all experience. The high standard of the food, the nice, cozy atmosphere and professional service. I had a starter of Fish ravioli, all of different colors and with that kind of delicious taste that you can still recall after few days. My main course was the Duck with Limoncello, very nicely cooked, tender, juicy meat. My companion had the monkfish carpaccio with grapefruit, fresh, delicate taste. Her main course was the wild seabass, again, surprisingly good. We finished with a chocolate and almond cake (very chocolaty and moist- superb). Bread was home-made Towards the end of the dinner, the manager comes to ask us about our meal. I took advantage of this to ask him about what happened to their set menus. His reply was that they are now proposing a more gastronomical menu, with more selected ingredients than before and they intend to keep it along this line. They also had granite table tops, now covered by white linen. Food come to £55 for 2 + a nice bottle of Cialla Bianco (£30) -service 12.5% - still good value for money for cooking of this standard. I didn't find the atmosphere dull, as mentioned in earlier posts. Nice people -nice time and above all, beautiful food- heartily recommended My next visit will be Locanda – I will report back
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