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“Lovely food, excellent service”

CheckMate Bar, Lounge and Restaurant
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Ranked #4,993 of 22,664 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$35
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Business meetings, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: South Kensington
Description: CheckMate Bar, Lounge and Restaurant occupies the ground floor of Kensington���s Park International Hotel. Its location in chichi southwest London makes this an ideal stop off after a visit to the area���s many museums and attractions, or for guests at the hotel. The d��cor follows a unique black and white chess theme, making this a glamorous place to kick back and relax. The raison d'��tre at CheckMate Bar, Lounge and Restaurant is cocktails ��� well-trained staff are skilled at preparing a wide range of delicious drinks. The menu features both pan Asian and traditional British pub dishes, meaning you can enjoy anything from a fragrant pad Thai to a hearty burger and chips, depending on your mood. The menu changes regularly and there are also daily specials, and a range of bar snacks.
Armagh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lovely food, excellent service”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

The atmosphere and ambiance in this bar is fantastic. The food is lovely and the staff are the most efficient I have ever encountered (Martyna is brilliant)

Visited March 2013
Thank mricycold
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Victoria, Canada
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“Great Dinner”
Reviewed 1 October 2012 via mobile

Wife and I staying next door at Ashburn Hotel and had mixed-feelings about having dinner there last evening after reading mixed reviews. However what a pleasant surprise: great waitress, super entrees, attentive manager - so a good time was had by all!

1 Thank Jasbark264
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“An overlooked gem on the Cromwell Road - but a few niggles”
Reviewed 19 May 2012

We came here with the Travelzoo deal, which was excellent value. We took a table by the window, which was nice. Very well appointed decor and furniture, the place feels classy and a bit special. Service from Spanish waiter Daniel was friendly, but his colleagues (including the food and beverage manager) were less appropriate. We enjoyed excellent cocktails, although the barman did try to dissuade me from my choice, I suspect because he didn't want to make it. Starters and main courses were tasty and high quality, although I was disappointed that they had run out of steak (what hotel does that?) and the salad leaves that accompanied each plate needed a dressing. It was a little amateurish to have to order desserts at the start of the meal, but these too were excellent. We also had a bottle of prosecco, which was delicious, very light and not at all sharp. Two hotel residents appeared at 9:50 (when the restaurant stops serving at 10pm) and were told no food was available. They only wanted chips, and I was amazed that this could not be accommodated either by the kitchen or the room service menu. Very poor for a hotel lounge. Overall, we enjoyed our meal, but the service needs a few tweaks, I suspect largely because the f&b manager is poorly trained.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank DoctorSpa
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London, United Kingdom
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“First-rate Thai Dining in Intimate Atmosphere”
Reviewed 14 May 2012

I had dinner here with the wife 2 weeks ago and we were very happy with the experience. The bar staff was friendly and the overall atmosphere in the Checkmate bar was relaxed and intimate - just what we wanted! What really stood out, however, was the great Thai food on the menu. My wife and I both enjoyed the scallops and mussels we had to start, but perhaps even more so our mains (Panang Curry for me, Esarn Classic papaya salad). The papaya salad came with grilled chicken and rice ans is a treat for the eye and the mouth :) - not to mention reasonably priced. On the whole, we were very surprised to find Thai food of this quality hidden away at this hotel bar, especially the hotel does not seem to be charging you the ridiculous prices other hotels in the area set for their (often pretentious) menu. A real treat!

  • Visited April 2012
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2 Thank Sven S
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n ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“tasty food”
Reviewed 7 May 2012

First Thai and very nice. One of party was gluten free and - eventually - they managed to come up with something

Visited May 2012
Thank alleycatNIreland
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