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Restaurant review charts - week ending 16 October

Our latest fortnightly round-up of the latest London restaurant reviews from the top UK critics as they are added to our reviewssection. This week we see Lawn Bistro get raves from the Evening Standard and Time Out, plus more great reviews for Cut, Ducksoup, Elliot's, Brunswick House Cafe and more.

Lawn Bistro - overall score 8/10 (new entry)
Lawn Bistro

Fay Maschler - Evening Standard
8

Choice quote: "Wimbledon and its surrounds must be thrilled to have a restaurant as ambitious and well grounded as The Lawn Bistro..."
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Guy Dimond - Time Out
8

Choice quote: "Flavours are adventurous, without being too crazy, so sea bass was served on a risotto with crayfish and chorizo, the advertised 'coriander' restricted to a seed-sprout garnish, so the pungent flavour didn't overwhelm the rest of the dish."
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Ducksoup - overall score 8/10 (no change)
Duck Soup

Euan Ferguson - Time Out
8

Choice quote: "...Ducksoup remains a concentration of all that's exciting about eating out in Soho at the moment."
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Elliot's Cafe - overall score 8/10 (no change)
Elliot's Cafe

Marina O'Loughlin - Metro
8

Choice quote: "...it’s the sort of food I love to eat, served by lovely people at reasonable prices in surroundings that make me happy."
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Medlar - overall score 8/10 (no change)
Medlar

Giles Coren - Times
7.5

Choice quote: "...I loved the simple excellence of the food so much that I went back with Esther the following week – it is the highest accolade I can give a place, to say I liked it so much I wanted to share it with her..."
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Richard & Peter - Harden's
8

Choice quote: "In short, you might say, Medlar has many of the qualities you might associate with the legendary 'perfect neighbourhood restaurant’."
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Wolfgang Puck's Cut - overall score 7.5/10 (no change)
Massimo

Richard Vines - Bloomberg
10

Choice quote: "The steaks are as fine as any you will find in London. They are right up there with Hawksmoor and Goodman: Not better but more refined -- posh and almost ladylike in their elegance."
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John Lanchester - Guardian
6
Estimated score

Choice quote: "Flavour. The meat had a little, but not nearly enough. The steakaholic friend with me expressed sombre disappointment and felt no need to finish them – quite a strong statement at that price."
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Richard & Peter - Harden's
8
Estimated score

Choice quote: "In fact, everything we ate was really enjoyable. Not 'gourmet' perhaps. Just lip-smacking. Perfect comfort food for the cost-insensitive."
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Casa Batavia - overall score 7.5/10 (down 1.5)
Casa Batavia

Zoe Williams - Telegraph
6

Choice quote: "My star rating here includes the pudding, but my real appraisal is that if you don't care for pudding either, you'll love this place."
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Brunswick House Cafe - overall score 7/10 (up 0.5)
Brunswick House Cafe

John Lanchester - Guardian
9
Estimated score

Choice quote: "The short and simple way of describing Brunswick House Cafe is to say it is perfect."
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Bread Street Kitchen - overall score 6.5/10 (down 0.5)
Nopi

Tracey MacLeod - Independent
5.5

Choice quote: "Bread Street Kitchen is a potentially fantastic restaurant, exciting and – yes! – hip. But they don't have a clue how to look after their customers."
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Cay Tre Soho - overall score 6.5/10 (down 1)
Cay Tre Soho

Zoe Williams - telegraph
4

Choice quote: "It wasn't a disgrace; it's not an unattractive place and I'm sure careful ordering could yield something more eventful."
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Meatballs - overall score 6/10 (no change)
Meatballs

Giles Coren - Times
5.5

Choice quote: "A meatball restaurant is a nice idea, and well-timed for hard months ahead. But it is very, very niche and not done quite well enough here to suggest it will last till the spring."
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Marina O'Loughlin - Metro
6

Choice quote: "The balls (fnarr) are pretty good: organic meat from actual butchers. They’re served straight, or with ‘underneaths’ such as buttered pappardelle or decent pearl barley ‘risotto’, or in mini-brioche buns."
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Senkai - overall score 6/10 (no change)
Senkai

Helena Lee - City AM
6.5

Choice quote: "...overall, Senkai doesn’t pretend to strive for total-Japanese authenticity, as it serves just good, progressive food. So here’s to being inspired, and done with style too."
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The Big Red - overall score 6/10 (no change)
The Big Red

Liz Hoggard - Evening Standard
6

Choice quote: "If you're a gritty Londoner you'll forgive the menu for the sheer sense of adventure. Staff are charming - and how often do you get to sit in an elevated section of the DLR listening to Billie Holiday as herons fly overhead?"
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The 10 Cases - overall score 5/10 (down 1)
The 10 Cases

Richard & Peter - Harden's
5
Estimated score

Choice quote: "So a rather muted welcome from us for an operation we rather expected to like. It seems to us that if you hone your operation down to the essentials, you better be pretty damn sure that you’ve got those essentials right."
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ALSO REVIEWED

Funky Asia 159 Commercial St, E1

David Sexton - Evening Standard: "It's easy to see why the owners of Funky Asia thought hitting this trend might be a smart move, but they've got the whole thing wrong, beginning or ending with the name."
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The Collection Brompton Road, SE1

Marina O'Loughlin - Metro: "Roasted sweet potato with chorizo and rocket is inoffensive. It’s one of many ‘small plates’; we’re encouraged to order several, winding up with a bill that could only be welcomed by someone used to paying £500 for shoes"
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