The worst dining experience ever. I dined here with my husband one Thursday evening and was wondering whether the previous reviews were actually about the Lantern Taverna. The food was inedible, burnt chicken with blood in the centre, had an awful smell, so called souflaki, nothing like what it should have tasted like. We had a couple of uninvited guests in the form of small mice crawling around our feet coupled with cockroaches running out of the kitchen. Not very pleasing to witness when you are trying to eat. Going back to the food, the so called pan fried rice that accompanied the raw chicken also had an awful smell and was cold with old used oil splattered over it all. Very disappointing and should never have been served. We walked away hungry, livid to say the least after having to pay for the experience. Should have said something there and then but didn't want to make a fuss. I kick myself now for being so polite. The least I could do is warn others not to fall into the trap as I did and not go and dine there. I would not feed this quality of food to my dogs or rats. I am sure the previous reviews were definitely about another restaurant, most certainly not this one. There was no atmosphere, we were the only ones there (I wonder why!!) that alone should have sent some signals out to us. The food was the worst I have ever tasted and paid for, and the prices were not at all reasonable, an example : a bottle of Keo beer at around £6.00. Ripp off! Would never ever go back and would urge anyone thinking of going there, go elsewhere. No atmosphere, we didn't feel welcome at all, 2 young foreign girls running the restaurant, while the men (around 6 of them) playing backgammon. Not a pretty sight. TIP: Don't go there, hold on to your money. We both, as a result, had upset stomachs the very next day and what a wasted trip up there from East London.
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