Little Bay Restaurant Reviews
228 Belsize Road, London
228 Belsize Road
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"The cheapest gourmet meal in London"All In London Rating
: Added Mon 10 Oct 2011 - Reviewed by Leila
If you saw a plate of moules marinière on a menu for £2.25, would you be suspicious? What about a chargrilled lamb steak for £5.25? It’s going to be rubbish isn’t it? Sinewy, chewy, made with the cheapest cut of meat and slopped on a plate. Well, you’d be mistaken, for despite Little Bay’s knicker-dropping prices their food is almost entirely delicious. Almost, because the pieces of chicken breast in the halloumi salad are a tad on the dry side, and the cutlery on the table is a little bit greasy, but when dinner is only £7.75 before 7 pm and the first course consists of two juicy pig’s cheeks with creamy mashed potato and a rasher of smoky bacon with madeira sauce, how can one complain? Other great dishes are two baked Portobello mushrooms smothered in a sweet, red pepper hummus, and place fillets with a mound of garlicky spinach and crab meat dumped atop them, served with ribbons of cucumber billed as “spaghetti”. Portions are huge, and just in case the chicken salad isn’t filling enough it comes with a side of Soviet-style boiled potato, carrots and cabbage. The desserts are equally scrumptious – a pistachio and white chocolate parfait oozes sinfulness. It’s no wonder this minuscule Kilburn eatery is full, and to make use of space the four corners of the room have steps leading up to individual tables, a little like royal boxes at the theatre.
There are other branches of Little Bay in Farringdon, Battersea, Croydon and Brighton, all owned by the enterprising Peter Ilic, also responsible for Just Around The Corner, the now defunct Finchley Road restaurant without prices, where customers paid what they felt the chef deserved. This welfare-ist approach to dining out continues at Little Bay, as our meal comes to a grand total of £21.
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Last Saturday, 19th December, I ate at this restaurant. The restaurant was full and I thought rather cramped. Even more cramped was my table although I wasn't uncomfortable, as luckily I don't eat with my elbows sticking out, and my seating partner was a family member. The food was very good and the price reasonable; the service also good. My only sadness was to see my plate come with water smears, which made me want to send the meal back, and did affect my enjoyment. The knife and fork reminded me of school (yes, I just about remember those days), but they just about managed to cut my mushroom. Thankfully the main course came with a steak knife. The wine glasses were not as clean as I would have expected from a restaurant that cared, so I drank quickly with my eyes shut. (and didn't point this out to my other guests). Would I eat here again??..No. Unless I can have smear free plates and clean glasses, with a proper knife and fork for starters.
Overall. 10% for Good food, 9% for good service, 6% for the unacceptable plates, cutlery and glasses. Decor wasn't to my taste but ok for a restaurant.
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