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Picture of The Churchill Arms, Kensington, London

The Churchill Arms, Kensington (Bar)
“I've been going to Churchill Arms on and off for over 5 years and I have never encountered bad service. The service is fine, the staff are professional and courteous, they serve you your food and pass you the bill. If you want Michelin Service go to the Ritz and pay over the odds for a bit of meat. I hadn't been in over a year and I went there yesterday (Bank Holiday Sunday) with two friends. It was nice to get out of the rain. They were both impressed and so was I. My only one very minor gripe is that the protions looked a tad smaller than I usually have. I often get the chicken with cashew nuts but there did not appear to be many cashews. Maybe it was me but I can't grumble, the food was hot, fresh and nice and CHEAP. This restaurant comes highly recommended.”
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B Carr, London 28 May 07

Picture of Cubana, Waterloo, London

Cubana, Waterloo (Bar / Restaurant)
“The evening started bad because the table that my friend had booked was not vacant when we arrived. We sat elsewhere until our table of choice became available in a part of the restaurant that had more light. We had 2 portions of chicken & chorizo skewers and you get two skewers per portion, one portion of prawn skewers, 2 bowls of fried plaintains and an empanada each. Everything tasted great. My one gripe is that the food is a bit on the pricey side. One empanada costs £4.95 each. They are nothing more than a very substandard Jamaican pattie but where a pattie is more spicey, larger and with flaky pastry their empanda was a bit greasy. We were starving so we wolfed it down and as I said it tasted good. The food bill alone came to £68.00. Too expensive especailly when we didn't have desserts. I have, however had better sangria with more alcohol and fruit, theirs was very watery. I though it was me until later my friends ordered mojito's that tasted like cold mint tea, there was hardly any alcohol in it. My other major gripe was how quick the table staff were in removing plates and glasses. We were still eating when they started to clear away plates and my friend was nursing a cocktail when one of the staff snatched her glass from right under her. This is the height of bad manners I don't understand what their problem was because it was late but nowhere near closing time and it's not like they needed the table. It is very evident that Cubana is taking”
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B Carr, London 27 May 07

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