Don’t do Deliveroo – unable to deliver

Sort it out Deliveroo

Save yourself time and money – don’t do Deliveroo.

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LardButty does not recommend Deliveroo.


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Deliveroo rating on TrustPilot (poor)
Deliveroo asks for disgruntled customer’s forgiveness instead of refunding ‘stone cold’ pizza Independent article, Jan 2017



A few tasty outings around London – a recap

Is it time for dinner yet?


A short recap of some of LardButty’s tastiest outings recently…


Is it time for dinner yet? Here's a re-cap of some of LardButty's tastiest outings

Is it time for dinner yet? Here’s a re-cap of some of LardButty’s tastiest outings



Kennedy’s – best fish + chips south of the Thames


There was a long queue coming out of Kennedy’s this evening, with good reason. It’s just the weather for substantial food like fish, chips and pies today (cold and raining heavily) and Kennedy’s knows how to do them best.

I may have mentioned once or twice that good fish and chips are scarce in London, so when you do come across them, it’s all the more pleasing.

Perfect fish and chips from Kennedy’s

Kennedy’s fine pies, fish and chips (and more) shop, Leigham Court Rd

While the fish and pies are outstanding, the menu has other interesting options such as
~ Half a BBQ chicken served with salad + coleslaw or chips + curry sauce £5.95
~ Cod burger with salad and tartar sauce in a bap @ £3.00
~ 8oz steak burger chargrilled with cheese and salad in a bap @ £4.00

Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Streatham Hill area.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British
~ Address: 5 Leigham Court Rd, Streatham, London
~ Postcode: SW16 2NS
~ Tel: 020 8769 1003
~ Nearest train station: Streatham Hill
~ Website: n/a
~ Location: Kennedy’s map

Kennedy's on Urbanspoon

Maroush – Sidi Maarouf

I was heading over to the Marble Arch area (west Oxford Street) to meet K the other evening, trying to eliminate some of the endless dining opportunities available to us, as I walked. There’s so many appealing restaurants in west central London, it had the potential of being a long drawn-out decision.

Luckily, I found I had a craving for spicy turkish sausages and grilled halloumi. And I was walking in the direction of Edgware Road (Lebanese Central) after all.

After a short circuit around Maroush-land (Edgware Road is a mini-town of Maroush delis, cafes, expresses and restaurants) we settled on a Maroush restaurant which was formally Signor Marco (an Italian style Lebanese restaurant with cheesey music and dancing, much frequented by us when we worked nearby, around 2001). It’s now Sidi Maarouf serving middle eastern meze and Moroccan tajines.

We shared a selection of kemia (mixed Moroccan meze) including the best baba ghanouj (roast aubergine dip) with warm pitta, spicy Turkish sausages, grilled halloumi cheese, side salads and olives, and a portion of spicy minced lamb briouat triangles, along with an initial thirst-quenching Almaza Lebanese beer and a bottle of Australian Viognier with food.

Decor is North African and the ceiling is a sea of beautiful silks, lit from behind with different coloured lamps which give a lovely soft glow of varying shades around the room (though possibly not favoured by the local fire safety department…).

The cheesey music remains albeit different artists from Signor Marco’s day. Reverberating twangs from an electric organ reminded me more of the roller-discos I was taken to as a child in the 70s than the exotic middle east. And the keyboard player was texting on his mobile phone while leaving the organ to play at the same time, but hey – that’s entertainment.

Fruit bowl dessert at Maroush, Lardbutty restaurant of the week

All in all: great food, decor/ environment and amusing entertainment, very reasonably priced.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Lebanese, middle-eastern
~ Address: 56-58 Edgware Road, London
~ Postcode: W2 2EH
~ Nearest tube stations: Marble Arch – Edgware Road branches
~ Website + menus: Manoush restaurants website
~ Sidi Maarouf web-page: Manoush Sidi Maarouf page
~ Location: Maroush map

Sidi Maarouf on Urbanspoon


Eight courses for £22.50 – we’re all laughing!

It rained heavily across London last night like it hasn’t rained in a long time. I’d been shopping and had an American-style big brown paper shopping bag which got thoroughly sodden and disintegrated. Still, on the plus side I dried out and had a fabulous meal at Benihana, Kings Road.

Hibachi grill at Benihana Kings Road – Lardbutty restaurant of the week

There’s an offer on at the moment: £22.50 for an eight course set menu. You get to choose two courses from steak, chicken, prawns, salmon, black cod or sea-bass – I chose blackened cod and steak and they were outstanding.

My favourite course – sashimi – wasn’t in this deal. Instead, there was an onions and veggie dish which was good to watch as the chef created a chimney-stack of onion rings and somehow fired some liquid underneath it, so it smoked. The chef did it all so quickly, I won’t be trying out his fancy tricks at home.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Japanese
~ Postcode: SW3 4NX
~ Nearest station: Sloane Square
~ Website: Benihana UK website
~ Special promotions: Yes
~ Location: Benihana Kings Road map