I love this place. Service is quite slow, I've found, so dishes take a while to come. But you get a good drinks selection and if you're at the bar, there's an amazing barman who'll ask for your tastes and feed you delicious gin. Food is good - they used to do an amazing AMAZING wild boar pappardelle but they've taken it away! Bring it back! The meatballs with choice of mash/pasta is pretty damn good though. It's reasonably priced and you get a mountain of good food. Great for friends or for dates - it's a good go-to casual tasty restaurant and there should be more of them in London.
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Time Out says
Posted: Tue Jul 12 2011
The building that formerly held Match EC1 was revamped in 2010 by Match supremo Jonathan Downey, and in pretty fine style.
Lined with brick walls and a handsome tin ceiling, Giant Robot pulls off the neat and unusual trick of feeling both industrial and cosy, and the split-personality nature of the decor extends to the food and drinks.
During the day, it’s a café-diner offering coffees, snacks and Italo-American food favourites such as spaghetti with meatballs and salt beef. In the evenings, you can dine or just drink from a fine, American-themed cocktail list (manhattans star Rittenhouse rye; a Brooklyn cocktail comes with Woodford Reserve). And the later it gets, the more the drinks come to the fore. A welcome and successful reinvention.
Giant Robot 45-47 Clerkenwell Road
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Open 10am-midnight Mon-Wed; 10am-2am Thur-Sat; 10am-10pm Sun. Food served 10am-11pm Mon-Wed; 10am-1am Thur-Sat; 10am-5pm Sun
Tube: Farringdon tube/rail
- 45-47 Clerkenwell Road
- 020 70656810
- 45-47 Clerkenwell Road
- Giant Robot
Average User Rating
3 / 5
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- 1 star:2
There's only one reason to go to Giant Robot. The Lucky Chip burger. I don't think the service is as bad as people have made out (but then I've only ever been at lunchtime). What does grate is that their menu and till have different prices so what you see isn't what you pay. They've also begun adding a £1 charge in support of the homeless. I don't mind that, but when they add their service charge on the donation. Well it takes the piss. If they sorted their billing system out, I'd probably go more often.
The friendly bar staff is the only redeeming factor. Open kitchen + fried food = VERY stinky bar. Small building & cramped layout. Breaks boundaries for squeezing bookings into tiny space. Average quality drinks, toppy prices, cliched food, grumpy waiting staff.
Had brunch here on Saturday (veggie brunch with poached eggs) and it was amazing. The spinach was delicious, my eggs were perfect, the Giant Robot juice was really just what my hangover needed, the waiter was friendly and helpful, and the waitress was like a hot Mexican. I shall be going back to sample more of the menu.
Seriously do not know how anyone could give this place more than 1 star. Two of the staff working there last night were rude and completely incompetent. Our orders had to be taken 3 times as the waitress couldn't read her own writing. Service matters..........in this place you will not get it. Avoid.
The royale with cheese - the best burger I've had a in very long time. Totally hit the spot. Nice vibe in the place.
Came with a birthday group for a meal last weekend and we were very disappointed with the quality of the food. Extremely average which is not good enough at the prices they charge. The crostini were a particular lowlight - voted by several of our group as the worst ever had. Several meals arrived cold and the beers weren't cold. (at £4.50 per bottle - they should have been). I will admit the cocktails were decent and good value which makes sense as the Match bars were always good with these Positives - nice atmosphere, friendly service and good cocktails Negatives - rubbish food