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“Pleasantly surprised!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of 805 Restaurant

805 Restaurant
805 Old Kent Road, London SE15 1NX, England
+44 20 8639 0808
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Ranked #12,467 of 18,265 Restaurants in London
Price range: $22 - $37
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
London
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I had read the reviews on Tripadvisor prior to my visit so was slightly dubious. I visited with my husband as we'd been invited by another couple & visited on Thursday evening at 7.30pm. The restaurant was quite busy which was a good sign. We didn't wait too long for someone to take our drinks order (my virgin pina colada took longer I guess as it takes more to make than rum & coke!).

Food orders were taken without having to wait too long. My only gripe was when they brought out the mains; mine was brought of first and there was a good wait until the rest of the parties main meals were delivered. My food didn't get too cold though and this small wait was nothing compared to what I was expecting.

My hubby had the mixed grill for a starter & I had the prawns in filo pastry. My starter was nothing special but hubby's mixed grill was very, very nice! Our fellow diners had the hot pepper soup & said it was nice despite a few too many bones.

We all went for the jellof rice, plantain & fried fish. There was PLENTY of rice, too much for any one of us to finish. The fish was very tasty and I enjoyed the tomato/peppery sauce. Plantain which I love was cooked perfectly and there was a nice small side of salad. Needless to say we were all stuffed!

The other couple did mention the fish was better this time than their last visit (on a Saturday evening) so quality may be affected when they are really busy.

We were however pleasantly surprised, really enjoyed the food and would return!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Gone downhill”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

I have been coming here for many years, and I am very sad to say that the food has gone downhill they must have a new chef that really can't cook.

The Fish was DRY the sauce has changed was not spicy at all and had leaves in it.

Despite complaining they did nothing terrible service.

I will cook my own in future and not waste my hard earned money.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Nice atmosphere and good food. Service is always friendly but can be a bit slow but thats only when it is really busy which is understandable. Been here many times and will continue to :-)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Looks nice but not really.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Very nice looking restaurant, we sat in a corner near the bar and there were so many tiny flies. Customer service is poor, takes a while to serve initially and even longer wait for food. Waitress was trying hard to hide her attitude of being at work or whatever the problem was. The rice was a really small portion but fancy presentation. Overly priced for the portion and service received. Location is not the best.
There was a VIP area also so probably a better experience there.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“great food and atmosphere -- like being in Nigeria!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

I lived in Nigeria as a child and was anxious to share Nigerian food with friends while visiting London. The food was great, and totally authentic (as evidenced by the fact that the place was full and we were the only non-Nigerians there, as far as I could tell.) If you haven't tried Nigerian food, do it! It was wonderfully full of flavors that you can't have elsewhere. My only complaint was that the place is a bit too pricey.

Visited May 2013
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