Friday 11 October 2002 5.30pm
I have to disagree.
I thought Castello's was a grave disapointment. Way too much Garlic, which they need to hide the fact that the ingredients are not too fresh. If you want a really good Italian, may I reccomend Pizza Metro in Clapham. (a fair distance, but you won't be dissapointed)
Tai Won Mein is one of the best value eateries around. For the prices you pay, I can not see how anyone can be dissapointed.
The food is very authentic, and the portions are huge. I especially recomend the noodle soups.
Yes given, when you expect a vegetarian dish, it would be a little dissapointing to find meat in it. The waiting staff could do with a smile sometimes, but it's fast and efficient. Remember, you're not in a full service restaurant. The location is not the best in the world, but it's always busy in there. Which must explain something.
If you'd like an alternative to this, then I'd recomend 'Culture Grub' on the Cut. The owners recently opened it (about 3 months) and previously they ran the noodle shop frequented almost solely by taxi drivers (and they know value) behind Waterloo station called 'Dumpling Inn' The prices are higher, and the food is generally not as good. But I'm certain also that the 'veggie meals' have no pork in them !