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      12.08.2001 19:28
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      The Deli Bar, 117 Charterhouse Street Lunchtime is always a sort of nightmare. I do not always have the time nor the will to prepare myself something the night before, Pret is not really my cake and eating out gets expensive in the city. Then I found the perfect place. The secret is good ingredients, simple preparations, affordable pricing. It is called The Deli Bar and it is deli shop, cafe, restaurant all in one. Let's start. In the morning it is a cafe with real coffee (Illy) and croissants from Patisserie Valerie. Just perfect for breakfast. It is at lunchtime when it gets busy.You can either buy a takeaway from the deli downstairs or sit at the restaurant. The menu consists of soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta and meat plates. Sandwiches are made from true Italian bread. Huge and filled with cheeses, meats or salads from the deli. Not the usual fare. Pasta is fresh (try the salmon ravioli with nuts sauce). A choice of 2 or 3, the special of the day is not always the best. Salads are quite traditional but it is one of the few places where I eat a nicoise or a Caesar salad. As in everything in the menu, ingredients make the difference. Meat plates are a enormous selection of cuts from downstairs. For a good appetite! The service is smart, fast and friendly. If you are lucky you will get served in less than 10 min ( but sometimes the kitchen gets too busy) I'll recomend going a bit early or late: between 1 to 1:30 is full and it is difficult to find a table unless you have booked. Bill time, after lunch, drinks and coffee it is less than a tenner, cheaper, of course, if you go for the takeaway. Coming to the evening, the menu changes and becomes a kind of tapas-bar with Spanish-Mexican food. So you can find tortilla or chorizo but also guacamole or even cactus! The list is very long and as before the food is really good (but a bit more irregular)
      Some of the tapas are small for the price but the value for money is still better than in your average place. And it is not the usual Tex-Mex lot. I will say, go for it, give it a try. I really recomend it to everyone.

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        06.07.2000 23:55
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        Yup, have to say I'm with Pehchiong on this one. Wong Kei's (affectionately known as Wonky's) has to have THE rudest waiting staff in town..... but god it's HILARIOUS! The place is ENORMOUS, something like 5 floors of it, and even if the tables are all full (it happens on Friday and Saturday nights) they sandwich you in somewhere, usually on the end of someone else's table! So it's great for the social life. Once I got put on a table with a load of people and we had loads of weird coincidences! Some of us had been to the same Uni, some of had lived in the same places.... the list goes on! Anyway, importantly, despite the service Wong Kei's is one of the busiest places around, so why? Well it's PHENOMENALLY cheap, they pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap. The food is good, considering the price, not the best, but good. If you're around China-town and have a spare few quid drop by Wong Kei's. Put it this way, you'll save even more money on the tip!

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          23.06.2000 21:10
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          Very central which is always as bonus as it means you havent got far to stagger once you are full and hammered ( a lovely combination!!) Book a table( especially at the weekend) as it gets really busy. Tends to be full of fantastically goodlokoking people which is always good andisn't half as expensive as you think. About £3 -5 for starters and £6 - 12 for mains - but the food tastes fab!! Great atmosphere (as it is like a big conservatory) and really nice to sit with wine and chill afterwards too. Service can be brask though!!

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          11.06.2000 21:24

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          The Gourmet Pizza Company is located on Gabriels Wharf on the South Bank, just by the National Theatre. It is a fantastic location, right on the river and you can even sit outside in the summer and watch the world go by. This is a great place to eat on a warm summers evening. The food, Pizza and Pasta (mainly) is very good and very reasonably priced. Everyone I have been there with has always been impressed. The staff are friendly and the house wine good. If you are going on a summers weekend, it can get very busy and you may have to queue. I'm not sure if you can book, but it's worth a try - book a table with a river view! If it's full, why not try Studio 6, still in Gabriels wharf, but without the river view (but you can sit outside). Food is modern British and quite reasonable. Again though, this place is heaving in the summer.

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