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      22.10.2001 08:28
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      Are you staving and looking for something different - a restaurant where you create the menu! History: I needed a restaurant for a birthday party, and of course with any large group of friends each has different tastes and budgets as some where working, others were students and even a token vegetarian. After much research (i.e. searching the internet) I settled for Tiger Lil's in Bayswater (there are also other branches in Clapham and North London). The meal: We settled down at our table where our friendly (Columbian) waitress explained the format, you select some vegetables and then some meat/fish - with your ingredients in hand you taken them to the wok chef who will then cook your food with a sauce of your choice. This is all done in front of you - but don't stand to close unless you want to lose your eyebrows! If you want advice the chefs will happily tell you what would go with your chosen selection of vegetables and meat. As you can eat as many times as you want the secret is not to pile your plate up as high as possible, but have lots of small plates so you can sample as many of different flavours as possible - most of my friends managed 3 visits - but they all said that they'd go back again on another night for more. Plain rice and noddles are also included but you can pay extra for Prawn Crackers etc. After knocking back the best part of a bottle wine back the total bill came to £25 a head - and everyone was stuffed. Drinks: Beers (Tiger, Cobra) no Carling, Stella etc ;-) Wines (£10 upwards) Sake Offers: Lunch is only £6.50 (half price) from midday to 3pm. Also look at http://www.lastminute.com as they often haves offers for these restaurants. More info: Visit there website at:http://www.tigerlils.com - which needs updating. Notes: It's highly advisable to book in advance - this is a must on Saturday night, also at busy times you
      have a 2 hour table limit. Finally service IS included in the bill. This place isn't ideal for wheelchairs as there is a lot of moving about and the display of ingrediants is quite high up.

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        Location: I work in Ladbroke grove (just next to Notting Hill) and to be honest the area has seen better days - but my opinion changed when I walked through the doors of Belgo's Zuid - build in a former casino this restaurant is in this amazing huge hall - something which really has to be seen to be believed. I've visited 2 other Belgos in central London and found this one to be the most interesting - but not really that busy - ideal if you're looking for the quieter night out. (Nearest tube - Ladbroke Grove - Hammersmith and City Line - Zone 2 - entrance opposite restuarant) Food: Food is centred around mussels (or moules) with fries of course - there are other dishes but this is all that I've had there! Don't each to much of the garlic mayo which comes with the bread, it has a nasty oily aftertaste which will hit you if you over indulge. Beers: Belgo's pride themselves on their huge range of beers - all from Belgium - no Carling to be found here. I find the beer has an acquired taste, and if you're brought up on Stella and Carling such as myself you might not adapt to these new flavours. And they’re not cheap either. Shots: Also a huge range - you might be able to get some free ones from your server - if you're lucky! If not fork out anyway - it's a good way to spice the night up. They come on huge long sticks - handy for having races we found. Service is quick - but the staff are more efficient than friendly - I do like to talk to my waiter/waitress - it makes for a better night.

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          Toptable is a site I regularly frequent during my lunch hour. The concept is easy - you choose a restaurant and the date you'd like to dine on, the site tells at what times tables are free, then you book one! Toptable don't charge for the service (commissioned based one would assume) and they have a manned help line if you need to speak to a real person. After reading the special offers page I saw that one of the restaurants I'd frequented before (where the boss had paid!), "Blues Bistro and Bar", had a 50% off offer - this is something I couldn't resist - found 3 of my cheapskate friends - booked a table for 8pm Saturday night. We arrived late, but this wasn’t a problem, the table was in a good position – we weren’t hearded off to the back corner next to the kitchen door just because we were only paying half! An excellent time was had by all – especially as this meant we could buy dishes which were normally out of price range. I now wouldn't go to a restaurant which charges full price, knowing there is always a deal to be had on Toptable, good food and saving money seems like an excellent combination to me. The only problem I've had on occasion is with their site being a little slow to load, but besides that I’ve experienced no problems. (And if you're not a Londoner you'll have very little choice of where to eat). And one personal hint, always visit an alternative site to read restaurant reviews, every review that TopTable writes is positive, I know they are trying to sell the tables at the end of the day - so visit www.thisislondon.com or another review site (i.e. this one - dooyoo) to get an unbiased opinion of your chosen restaurant.

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          08.05.2001 21:38
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          Whatever the brand, all memory does the same job! If you visit any online retailer you will see that there 100’s of brands of memory available, but the cheapest memory to be had is always the unbranded stuff. Being au fait with PC hardware means that I build, upgrade and repair my systems (and other peoples). And when you know what you are doing you can save some cash! Comparison: Unlike coke cola which tastes completely different depending if you buy “The real thing” or “Sainsco’s Own”, I find that memory is one of those things which works whatever the brand, and the brand owners are just trying to cash in on your loyalty buy selling memory with there name on it. There is only one issue, and that is that unbranded memory might invalidate your warrantee, although you have probably already invalidated your warrantee by opening the case in the first place! Where to buy it from: I find the cheapest place is in computer fairs. I bought 256meg 133htz Dims for £57, this was in London’s Tottenham Court road (held every Saturday), but I can imagine that the prices are pretty much the same up and down the country. The price at dabs.com was £75! (All prices inc. vat). Problems: If you have any problems with the memory, it is normally due to the socket on the motherboard not lining up properly with the contacts on the memory – I’ve only seen this twice, I been through a lot of memory – I just took the memory back and got an different brand of no-name memory (if that make sense – there is more than one manufacturer of unbranded memory)! I’ve never actually had problems with memory itself. Price: I can only imagine that prices are going to keep on falling with huge capacity by manufactures and falling PC sales around the globe. The only thing that would put prices up again is another huge earthquake in South East Asia. The Advantages of more mem
          ory: I’m running win 2k on my machine, with 128meg it was caching every mouse click on the hard disk, and I was rebooting everyday. Now with 512meg I never need to reboot, I haven’t even heard the hard disk – and the machine is generally running a lot faster. Conclusion: If you running a machine with less that 256meg, then the cheapest and best value for money upgrade would be to add more memory, at the current prices you can’t go wrong! (Yippee, they have added my recommended category for unbranded memory.)

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          • London in General / Destination National / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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            05.05.2001 12:01
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            I was a victim of an attempted mugging tonight, and I have to give a massive thumbs up to the police force for the way they handled the incident. The Incident: It was about an hour ago from now (3.54am), when a friend of mine and I were walking down a the street to my house, and when we were only 50 yards away this guy approached us, first being friendly (but you knew where this was going) and then he went hostile, he just wanted a little change for a taxi home - we explained we had no cash on us, of course we were lying, but anyway he didn't believe us and started to push us around (there was two of us), after he threw me to a lamppost I managed to run to the other side of the road and started to dial the police on my mobile. Once he heard that I was asking for the police he made a run for it. About 5 minutes later the police turned up (although it seem like a life time). The officer took time to make sure that we were all right; his primary concern was to check if we were injured in anyway - luckily we were not. And he slowly went through the whole ordeal with us, noting every detail we gave to him and repeating it to make sure he had it right. After that an initial description was sent out to his fellow officers in the area did find a couple of likely suspects, and then he arranged for a drive by so I could ID the suspects, due to the shock of the incident, I wasn't 100% sure if these guys did it - 90%, but in my mind that was not beyond reasonable doubt! With that he returned me back to my flat, went through the details one more time, offered me access to a Victim Support Group, and didn't leave until I was safe inside my flat. All in all, they looked after me very well, as you can imagine I was fairly shocked at the time. Conclusion: If there is the opposite to the Police Complaints Authority (i.e. the Police Praise Authority, I'd like to know about it - these guys did all they could!)

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              05.05.2001 05:33
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              Google isn't bad, but use it with yahoo for the best results! Info: Just a bit of back-ground, as you might know, yahoo displays its directory categories first then when you click on "web page matches" yahoo relies on google for its results. The advantage which yahoo has is that all sites are scanned by real people first, this means that when you search for something you are more likely to find it in a directory category in yahoo than some random site in google which the site author has just included the right words in its content. I always start with yahoo first. At the end of the day computers are good, but not as good as people! The one great advantage about google is that is caches all pages it scans, so if a website disappears or is down when you need it you can refer to it, then visit google to retrieve the info - good work fellas - there must be some huge storage syste, going on there! Google is also bloody quick, there initial loading page comes up in a under a second, and the results pages come very quickly (mainly due to the lack of graphics - it amazes me how these guys make money!). Conclusion: Use yahoo to search with first, if the categories don't come up with anything then refer to google. Also if a site is down, visit google to get the cashed version!

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                05.05.2001 00:32
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                Pacific Fish Bar is disgusting. This place on Kings Street, Hammersmith, has been around far too long and it's about time someone closed it down. The first and last time I went there was because (i) my friend lives almost above it - (ii) I was hungry and was too lazy to wonder down to one of the more established fish and chip joints in the area. Now I should have been warned by the dodgy smell of fish in the air, but anyway my stomach was doing the thinking not my brain, and was I hungry man! I guess most of the food had been sitting in the heated cabinets for ages, (lots of food on display but no customers), but the chips were cooked to order - this place was so quiet that they didn't bother cooking chips in advance – just in case no one turned up. So I purchased my chips and battered sausage at a reasonable price to takeaway, you can eat in but it wasn’t the most attractive place to enjoy your dinner. But the time I had reached my friends house (some 50 meters away) the food was cold - had to settle for putting it in the microwave, I know that doesn't do chips any good but soggy chips are better than cold chips. The battered sausage was like rubber; with a normal battered sausage you can break into pieces using the side of a fork – not this one, thwang as it flew across the plate like some scud missle. After covering my chips with excessive amounts of tomato sauce to cover the awful taste I gave up...never again. Alternatives: - There is a chippy on the corner of Goldhawk Road and Paddenswick Road - And a good one next to Goldhawk Road Station (turn left towards Chiswick as you come of out the station about 50meters on the left before the Esso). Conclusion: - Avoid at all costs, go and visit some of the competition in the local area! - Good news, my friend has now moved, and I'll never need to go there again!

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                  04.05.2001 06:31
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                  Offers: Great offer £10 per a month for unlimited movie watching, considering if you go more twice a month it will cost you £11.40. I’m very tempted to do this myself, but for now I’m going to hang in with Sky movies! (note: For this offer I believe that you have to sign up for a year.) The Cinema: - Usual movie food in the cinema (popcorn, nachos etc.) also at the usual rip off cinema prices and of the same quality, which you expect in any movie establishment. - Open at midday to get those tickets in advance, but I’ve never seen it busy, so I don’t think there is any need, maybe on the first night of a movie, that’s about it! - The Foyer: Inside the Cinema is clean and tidy, the ticket desk doesn’t have that security glass in front of the desk so it means you don’t feel like your shouting at a brick wall! - Four screens here, so normally something on for everyone, but strangely some popular films come and go very quickly. - Inside the actual cinema you have your typical comfy seat (complete with drink holder) with enough legroom, although saying this every cinema I’ve ever been to seems to have the same seats fitted. As an added bonus, because of the way the main screen is laid out there aisles are at the side of the cinema, hence everyone gets a better view, and less chance of people squeezing past you who come in late! Sound is of the usual high quality we all come to expect in a modern cinema! Damage: - £5.70 – all times, about as cheap as you are going to get in London, even if you go further out of town. - Concessions are available on weekdays only Pre-movie drinks: - The Hampshire - Freshly refurbished pub next door to Cinema, with king size connect 4 and Jenga and a loud Irish bar maid! Far enough out of London to avoid the tourists! - The Pennyfarthing is a gay pub - just in case you're not that way inclined, (their quote "Your P
                  ink Pound Goes Further"). Food: - Avoid the chip shop opposite - really bad chips, must recycle the fat too much! - But you can smuggle in crisps and munchies at normal prices etc from the shop next door! - Normal convenience food in Hammersmith (McDonalds, KFC, Pret, Benjys) - A large number of independent restaurants Parking: - Meter Parking Mon-Sat at 50p/h - Free parking behind the cinema after 5.00pm - Free on Sundays and after 6.30 on single yellow lines (although this is the only parking so the sooner you get there the better!) Getting There: - Really easy to get there, to get in the mood my friends normally gather next door (see the top about pre-movie drinks). - Tube: Ravenscourt Park (District – Ealing Broadway + Richmond Branches), walk to the end of the road and then turn left on to Kings Street 100meters on your right. - Tube + Bus: Hammersmith Stations (Piccadilly, Hammersmith and City Line, District – Ealing Broadway + Richmond Branches), walk down 400meters down King Street. Conclusion: A good value cinema close to town with out of town prices. Also in good condition!

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                  High Speed..24/7 Connection. fixed price, all provided by BTO. Intro: I've had BT ADSL since December 2000, and have subscribed to the home service, I have 3 machines connected to one connection with 2 users, and I’m running a FTP service and a web service from my machines. BT's ADSL? Technically ADSL is provided by 100% BT owned subsidiary called BT Openworld. Installation: I had to wait 3 months from the first public installations (not the Beta testing), apparently waiting is now a thing of the past according to an article on zdnet, which said BTO should have you up and running with in a month of ordering. At the time I received free installation, it will now set you back £150 inc. vat. Note: Not all exchanges have been upgraded for ADSL, and even if it has you have to live close enough (3 miles) and have your line tested first! Pass these 3 tests and you’re off! Hardware: No need to buy a modem, BTO supply you with an Alcatel Modem, that looks very smart in the shape of stingray! (Although the make of the modem depends on what hardware is in your local exchange. So what are the benefits of Home ADSL? - Always on Internet Access - Download speeds of 55k/sec (in comparison 5k/sec with a normal 56k modem) - Fixed price a month (£40 including VAT) - BT Supply the modem - £40 is cheapest deal available for home ADSL. - You can download a MP3 from napster quicker than you can play it (DJ live from the Net as it happens And the Disadvantages - No SLA (Service Level Agreement) if there service fails you will not see any compensation - You need to have a BT Landline to your house; if you have cable you'll need to pay the rent for a BT Line on top of the £40 per month. - The price is double that of my friends in Canada. Bring on the competition. - £150 installation fee - Home users cannot upgrade the data transfer speed above 512k
                  (standard speed). - If you move house you will have to pay another £150 installation fee, £40 a month on your old contract until the year is up and £40 a month on the new contract for at least a year. So if you were planning to move I'd put ADSL on hold! - No Dynamic IP address, not a problem for most people, but it will stop you running a web service (but look at the tips section to get around this). Your IP address changes every time you log on. (Your IP address is a number associated to your machine whilst connected to the Internet – every machine has a different one so that each machine can be uniquely identified.) Tips: - Although it specifies you can only connect one computer to the Internet with Home ADSL with Windows 2000 you can connect as many machines as you wish. I run a small network at home with 3 pc's on it, and they all share the same connection. (No need to pay extra for a multiple connection package). (But you do need to have the PC's linked via a network.) - They will install the socket up to 30meters away from the main phone socket in the building - I had the guy hanging on his ladder 50 foot up! - (Technical part here) No need to pay extra for a fixed IP address, some of my colleagues paid extra for this with different a ADSL providers for this feature. The free alterative is that you can use a dynamic DNS service such as www.dynodns.net with conjunctions of an IP posting application (I use YiPost). This way you will always have a domain name (http://mysite.dynodns.net) which friends can reach our computer on. This way you can host FTP and HTTP services on your PC at home! - Security, many of my friends (including myself) run webservers for personal use, but we have been a victim of hackers - so make sure your software patches are upto date if you run a webserver! Downtime: - I've had few problems with downtime, probably totalling 48hours this year (well the times I've noti
                  ced). Other: - Although the contention ratio is 20/1 (i.e. 20 users share one connection from BT's local exchange to the ISP) I've never had any problems here. - When I complained to BT that my "Welcome Pack" had been opened before it arrived at my door and that someone could have my user name and password details to my account (including email) it didn't seem to dawn on them the importance of security. Conclusion: - Anyone who surfs and loves his or her MP3's needs ADSL. I think BT now have their act together and are running a good service. Never again will I have to hear the noisy handshake of a 56k modem!

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                • Testing in general / Archive General / 0 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                  04.05.2001 04:09
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                  I only joined yesterday and you have changed the design already. The last design was good, but this is better. Errors / Bugs: I know from experience (I work for an e-solutions provider) that migrating from one version of system to a new version nearly always produces problems that don't appear during testing, but appear when the site goes live. But the good news is that I've had no errors and no 404's (page not found). - (added 04/05) Have found the first problem! When refering a friend, the link which is generated give a "Page Not Found" - have informed DooYoo! Design: The design is tidy, not cluttered - unlike so many sites which just try and pack so much on page that you don't know where to look and you give up. Using green could have been potentially dangerous! But the shades you have chosen here work well together. Speed: The loading speed is quick - this is partly due to my net connection, but mainly due to the restrictive/intelegent use of graphics. Navigation: Like the old site, navigation is easy and logical, although I've only started using the DooYoo site yesterday, I already feel at ease with it. Suggestions: Just one thing so far, but I might expand as time progresses! - A facility to upload (not link) a picture of yourself to your servers, if it already exists, then sorry but I couldn't find it! Overall: Thumbs Up!

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                    I am getting old? Radio 1 and Capital FM have been relegated to 2nd and 3rd place on my listening chart, roll on Heart 106.2! One possible reason is that I’m getting older, and I now know all the songs from the past 15 years – and that is what these guys play! Ads: There seem to be few ads in comparison to some stations, (BBC Radio 1 excluded but they have an excessive amount of trailers). DJ's in general: The music is a mix of chart and anything from the 80's onwards, with the usual chatter. I'm one of these people who like music more than talk, and this is not normally a problem, the DJ announces the song and they get on with it! Breakfast: The Breakfast show is the flagship on any station, why, because more people tune in then than any other time. Jono and Erica run the show from 6:30 - 9:00 every morning. It seems to get me out of bed every morning, and it is aimed at families, with features involving kids. Quite funny normally, but you have to remember Jono is a failed DJ from Australia! Late Night: It gets all lovey, dovey, with love songs and the romantic story with the couple who are splitting up/getting back together/want to get back together, usual stuff. All commercial radio stations seem to follow this format for music late at night! Competition: Radio 1: Much more variety, Heart FM listeners want know the words to the songs they’re hearing - not so musically adventurous as R1FM listening audience! Capital FM: More modern music, younger target audience. Other stuff: The Studio is near Latimer Road Tube Stations (bit of dodgy area, hence the huge the gates on the Chrysalis Building). The company is part of the Chrysalis group; it also runs Heart Fm in B'ham and five Galaxy dance radio stations dotted around the country. Interesting Fact: I knew someone who worked in the office for Heart FM; she said that the offic
                    e radio was tuned in to another station (no names mentioned), but not Heart! URLs: www.heart106.co.uk www.Chrysalis.co.uk

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                  • Egg Card / Credit Card / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                    1% / 2% Cash back, 0% on transfer, interested? This is my experience with egg and an overview of there services. Special Offer: - Currently Egg is giving 0% interest on transferred balances for 6 months, nice bit of breathing time to sort out your finances, minimum of £200. - [TIP] Transfer more than your balance, this will give extra you credit on your current credit card, and this credit will be interest free for 6months – sneaky! Network: - The Egg has partnered with the global VISA network to provide a credit card, which has no annual fee and gives you cash back on your purchases. Standard Rates: - 11.9%(variable) APR for debts at the end of the month, there are better deals around (i.e. Cahoot), but I pay my account of in full every month – well I will do when they sort out the direct debit! Opening an Account: - Everyone I have spoke to (a number of friends besides myself have egg credit cards) have all expressed problems of getting one in the first place. Mine took a couple of telephone calls to customer support but we sorted it in the end. When you get the account you have to log on to the site to activate it, which is a good form of insurance to make sure it has reached the right person. Using the Card: - Simply you can use it anywhere in the worlds were you see the VISA symbol (although read the problems section). Notes about paying your bill: - You cannot pay it from your egg savings account (as I attempted to do and failed!); you have to pay it from a current account. - If you make an extra payment in between your direct debits the direct debit will not change, I managed to pay my account of twice in the first month as I wasn't informed that my direct debit had been set up - but they did put one of the payments back in to my current account immediately to rectify the situation. Egg Internet Shopping guarantee - “Whenever
                    you shop with your Egg Card online, we guarantee you will be covered against any fraudulent transactions carried out without your knowledge or consent, whatever the amount.” – This includes all sites, not just those via the egg shop! Statements: - The online statements lack information - they only show the store name only - not an address or even area of the purchase, they are very brief and seem to have a short history (i.e. only your last 15 transactions). There is room for improvement in this area. Don't expect to receive a paper copy of your statement - although it would be nice option! Cash Back: Very simply: 2% on purchases via the Egg Shop 1% on all other purchases Nothing on cash advances of course! Gold Cards: - Alas not, those looking for kudos with a trendy card will not find it here; one card with one design suits all! (Natwest will do you a free Gold Card with Airmiles if you earn over £20k). Customer Services [TIP]: - You will find that there normal number for UK residents (08451 233 233 local rate call) is often engaged, there is a way around this, dial there international number (01268 298 807) - I've never had an engaged tone there but you might pay more for the call depending where you live - I call from the office, not a problem ;-) - Once you've worked your way through 3 or 4 stages on there automatic telephone system you actually get through to someone - and I’ve never had more than 1 minute of hold music. Problems: - This evening I went to log on to my account, and all my Egg Card details have disappeared - I hope this means they have wiped my debts as well (I think not), this is the first time this has happened, I will update this opinion if it happens again! - I tried to increase my credit limit on my card today, it is currently set around 15% of my wage, so I thought getting another £1k on there shouldn't be
                    a problem - but apparently it is - all because egg have made some previous mistakes with my direct debits, and now I'm penalised for it, and if I want to complain about it I have to write in – I don’t know how to write, never mind sent a letter, this e-generation! - When out shopping I once had authorisation denied for the credit card, so had to bring out the Natwest Credit Card (the reserve), which worked. At the time I had plenty of credit in the account and when I called them later they couldn't give me an explanation, (didn't even blame computers which was a change!). Conclusion: - At the end of the day I will stick with the egg card, because I can view the (limited) bill online and mainly because they give me cash back - and money talks! If Barclays or Natwest offered this deal I'd probably move to them.

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                    Sir Paul McCartney asked for the music to be turned down whilst he visited this restaurant. This was according to the article in the Standard, and when I enquired about this to staff in the restaurant they assured me that this was all true, although I've never noticed the music in there! You wouldn't even know this was a restaurant from the outside unless you'd been tipped off. But what a great hidden secret it is! Booking is highly advisable for the evenings towards the end of the week (78 Goldhawk Road W12,020-8746 1337) as this place gets packed! (They do serve lunch as well dinner) Tip: Ask to be seated downstairs for that more romantic night! Seating is hardly on luxury-padded chairs, but you don't come here for the seats, you come here for the excellent food and great atmosphere, where everything is so big in London it nice to go somewhere small! Food - Starters: The soup wasn't the most interesting, so I'd go for the Japanese Rolls – very tasty! Also they serve some delicious warm bread whilst you're waiting for your starters! Main courses: Gorgeous food here, about 6 or 7 dishes to choose from, there is something for everyone, and the menu does change. Nothing is too spicy so no problems on that side. And it's all food you wouldn't cook at home - which makes it that much more rewarding. Any vegetables served here with the dishes are different and not just plain boiled – lot of imagination here! Staff: I'm now on a first name basis with one member of staff, they seem to remember even though I only go every couple of months, they are dressed casually but the service is good! Drinks: This is BYO (Bring Your Own) when it comes to alcohol, there is a corkage charge of £1.25 a person, this means you can bring along a great wine with out paying restaurant prices! Smoking: You can smoke anywhere in this restaurant - although as a non-smoke
                    r I didn't notice it. Paying: They don't accept credit cards here so bring along some cash instead! (Around £15/£20 per head 2/3 courses) Tube: Shepherd Bush (Central) - 1/2 Mile. Goldhawk Road (Hammersmith & City - 50yards) Just for the record I'm a non-Vegetarian!

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                      03.05.2001 23:37
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                      How to save money: I saw this after I purchased mine, that Tesco’s were selling "Gray Imports" - i.e. goods brought in to this country, hence bypassing the nation distributor, for half the price of any shop in this country. Look out for them in your local Tesco’s! The toaster cooks toast quicker than anyone I've used before, and time in the morning is always precious so this is a great bonus. The timer is a great way of setting the "brownness" of your toast! Although it makes an annoying clicking noise, you know when the noise has stopped your toast is done - and using this method you have a visual display of how long left you have to wait. Making things simple works! The design comes in a variety of colours, I went for the solid Chrome, and it looks perfect! But they come in number of different colours and it depends on the stockist on what you can get! These toasters are choice of chefs around the country; you will find when someone is looking for a workhorse for their toasting requirements, the look to the British Firm Dualit for their needs! Conclusion: If you have some money to spend, and want something stylish, practical and to use what the pro's do - then this is the one for you!

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                        03.05.2001 23:18
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                        If you fast, healthy, tasty food in an 'Ikea' style environment, then Wagamamas is for you! First tip, all these restaurants get very busy, especially in Soho. First if you mind waiting then eat outside normal hours, i.e. 2pm -> 6pm. (They don't take reservations) Secondly, the quietest one in the central London which I've found is behind Selfridges, Wigmore Street, there was a small queue, but we only waited 2 minutes and that was on a Saturday around 8.00pm (This location is also handy for All Bar One across the road afterwards - which does very good service considering it is part of a chain - but that's another opinion!) *new* I recently visited their restaurant in High Street Ken, it's the smallest one which I've visited which made the experience less like feeding the 5000. As there was no queue on a Friday night (around 80% full) which is good. The seating is friendly, i.e you will be sharing very long tables with people you don't know, because of this it is handy if you go in groups of 4, that way you won't be too close to your unknown neighbours! (Tip there is a shelf underneath the table for coats and bags - took me 3 visits to find it) Vegitarain Food: No shortage here, this is one reason why I went here with my partner! Drinks: Slightly more expensive than other restaurants, but everything branded comes in bottles which means none of the "fake" coke in syrup form! Also they have there own fruit juices - freshly squeezed! Food: You don't need side dishes here (which the waiting staff will try and push on you), you'll find that the main course will fill you up, and that your eyes were bigger than your stomach! Dress: Where anything you want, the staff are normally v. casual in jeans etc. If you want to go in your suit, no problem, you'll find numerous media types in soho looking fairing repectable - athough they ten
                        d to be rather loud! Ramen Noodles- Noodles in a bowl of soup - 2 meals for the price of one! (Huge bowl) Katsu Noodles- Deep fried noodles. Teppan-fried Noodles - Japanese style noodles. (You can have rice as well - but personally I'm a bit of a noodle fan!) Children: They don't have a problem with kids here, open to all! Online: http://www.wagamama.com/ good site, with menu, so you can see if it's up your street - also been there, but have you got the T-Shirt? Conclusion: Great food, which tastes good, and is healthy, quick service at a very affordable price - this chain will sweep the nation! (You'll normally spend around £8-£12 per head inc. drinks)

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