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Reliable but overrated

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02.02.2001

Advantages:
convenient, enough seats, variety of drinks

Disadvantages:
mediocre food, no atmosphere, impersonal service

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The good thing with chain bars is that you always know what you're going to get. With All Bar One that usually means enormous spaces, a look that's modern without being aggressively so, long and well-stocked bars, and big wooden tables with gold numbers on (so the waiters and waitresses know where to bring your food).

It's fine if you want to drink somewhere that you can sit down and have a conversation with your friends - there are always enough seats in somewhere so big, and I often come here if I want coffee and a quick drink. The hot chocolate is delicious, by the way - served in a big cup like the ones in the coffee house from Friends, made with good quality chocolate and just the right temperature.

The main problem is eating or drinking in somewhere so anonymous, impersonal and overpriced. I prefer going to more intimate places with more character, and sitting on velvet banquettes or squashy leather sofas rather than indentikit wooden chairs in a cavernous, characterless room, but this is just a matter of taste. There are always sofas at All Bar Ones, actually, and it's wonderful if you manage to grab a couple to share with your friends - unfortunately they tend to be claimed by the first people to arrive, who will then settle down with their drinks and refuse to leave for the rest of the evening.

The food is okay, especially the hot baguettes, but it can sometimes be a little greasy or carelessly prepared. I remember a very oily shared platter there, and a disgusting chicken and bacon sandwich dripping with cheap mayonnaise - for nearly five pounds I would have expected something slighly nicer. The service is very impersonal. You can't ask for for slight changes to items of food (even Burger King will serve you something without the mayonnaise or ketchup if you ask). Waiters and waitresses are polite without being friendly.
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City London
Type Bar
Chain All Bar One

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This review of All Bar One, London has been rated:

"very helpful" by (88%):

  1. Modena
  2. gideon
  3. ashford

and 4 other members

"helpful" by (13%):

  1. Katieshaz

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