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Food as fuel, not much to write home about
Member Name: Dribblekitten
Advantages: Fast service, reasonably priced lunchtime deal
Disadvantages: Very cramped and underseasoned food
I went to the Queen's Street (London) Strada last week for lunch with a friend. It was my first visit to a Strada, eventhough there appear to be 100s around - how has it escaped my radar?
My friend works in Holborn so suggested Strada for lunch as it was close to her and you can get a lunch deal for £8.95 including drink so it was worth a try.
We arrived just after 1230 and it was relatively empty. We were the first people upstairs and first impressions were (apart from the mega heavy front door) clean, cramped chain restaurant. The table they tried to offer us would have left us fighting to get out so we opted for a larger one near the till. The lunch deal menu is quite varied, I opted for sardines with ciabatta and rocket salad, my friend had some pasta. Sadly we couldn't take up the included booze (driving, work etc) we went for soft drinks which were of a good quality.
The food came quite quickly, there was an offer of some parmesan for my friend but not even an oversized pepper mill - we had to do this ourselves. I was disappointed with my meal, the sardines were quite fiddly, and there wasn't really much room on the plate or for my elbows to really get stuck in. The rocket salad wasn't dressed and the whole plate was really bland - a shame really as I love italian food and it doesn't take much to make it tasty. My companion's pasta looked very nice, she was impressed but there wasn't much of it.
By the time we'd finished the restaurant was full, so they would appear to concentrate on quantity rather than quality, but for £8.95 in central London it wasn't bad. At service charge was added (think about 10%) which we paid as the service was quite good - too busy to hover over us but brought stuff as and when required.
I don't think I'll go back again for lunch, as it did feel a bit cramped and rushed, but I would try one for dinner (if hubby is reading) as I feel it might be a bit more relaxed and the menu looked good.
Summary: Cheap and quick, somewhat lacking in charm