30 July 2014

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Blog Reviews from Sunday Cinnamon


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  1. Boyd’s Brasserie is glam. Just a short skip from Trafalgar Square, it’s nestled in 8 Northumberland Avenue Hotel. I can’t comment on the hotel itself, but the restaurant is opulent and inviting. A grand bar, high ceilings, glittering chandeliers and marble walls. It’s a nod to it’s Victorian roots. I arrived THIRSTY on a warm July afternoon to try its freshly launched afternoon tea. The menu mixes savoury choices such as mini salt beef & pickled cucumber sandwiches and potted shrimps (a wildcard there) but it worked, followed by home-made scones, mini-eclairs, mini lemon drizzle cake (delicious) and tiny ice cream cone cups...

  2. Published : Monday, 13th January 2014

    Pix Covent Garden | Pix Bar, Covent Garden

    Inspired by the pintxo bars in San Sebastian and Barcelona, Pix has 3 bars in 3 trendy London locations. Trendy is the key word for this place, but there’s a lot of substance to go with its style. I visited the Covent Garden Pix. There’s a great, experimental cocktail list, and the food on offer is small tapas plates, which are sat attractively on the bar looking so damn good they practically drag you in through the window. The food is self service, perfect if you don’t want to wait, terrible if your eyes are bigger than your belly. You just go up to the bar, pick up what you fancy and save the little sticks the bites are presented on, which get totalled up as you go along. The food is pintos – basically little bites on sticks, and served in a shot glass, a dish or on crusty bread. The food is reasonably priced for the incredibly well thought out, creative flavour combinations to choose from...

  3. Published : Thursday, 14th November 2013

    Fish Market | Fish Market, review

    Fish Market sits nicely on New Street in London, right by Liverpool St Station and right next to seriously impressive restaurant New Street Grill. I loved the decor in Fish Market, beautiful bleached wood floors, slate and wood worn tables and nautical details including blue and white striped napkins. The seafood bar was a nice touch, I could see myself sitting there, a glass of champagne in hand knocking back some oysters. Yeh maybe not. The restaurant had optimistically crammed in the tables, perhaps it did get busy but when I was there it was very quiet indeed, meaning unfortunately the service was on the verge of being over attentive...

  4. Published : Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Olivocarne | Olivocarne, restaurant review

    A smart, pricey Italian in Belgravia – part of the Olivo group who are apparently taking over this suited and booted area of town in a Rick Stein Padstow-esque manner with their fish, meat and even gelato openings. The reception on arrival to Olivocarne (their meat restaurant) was relatively frosty. Not an overly warm atmosphere, walls blue and grey, it felt a bit clinical. Thank God the food warmed me up – top class Italian meat based goodness. Kicking off to a good start with Sardinian lardo on crisp breads (fat on toast to you & me) and beef tartare with grey mullet row..beef with fish… it worked...

  5. Published : Wednesday, 16th October 2013

    The New Club | The New Club, Brighton

    As the summer draws to a close, it’s all about finding some exciting new places to hang out in, eat good food and get drunk. The New Club opened it’s doors on Brighton seafront in March, and combines an independent coffee house with a stylish NYC eatery. The team have done their research. Having travelled far and wide in search of the best deep south barbecue food and cutting edge creative diners, they’ve pooled their knowledge and experience...

  6. Myself and my food fanatic Brother-in-law David were VERY excited at the prospect of attending Indian Essence, Atul Kochhar’s latest venture in Petts Wood, Kent. Kent you may say? Well the location is actually one of the many things so cool about this place, it sees his progressive Indian cuisine adapted to a neighborhood setting. If you didn’t know, TV chef personality Atul is a bit of a Michelin-starred legend from Saturday Kitchen, a mean Indian cook. We were attending his book launch ‘Curries of the world’ where we would be cooked for by Atul, from a dribble-inducing 6-course tasting menu paired with wines and cocktails. Element...

  7. Published : Tuesday, 30th April 2013

    Plateau | Plateau, a review.

    My second visit to Plateau in Brighton, second graduation meal, firstly mine, secondly my beautiful older sisters. This paints the picture of the trust I have in Plateau to perform. French tapas, ‘platters’ of meat, fish or veg and a drool-inducing specials board, and the food really is special. It’s the kind of restaurant where you are impressed by every course that’s brought to the table...

  8. With Decor inspired by old British gentlemen’s clubs, this it does subtly but well with leather banquettes and traditional colours. The bar is large, grand and impressive, what you would hope to see in an upmarket hotel bar. Seating wasn’t great, a choice of slouchy sofas or deep curved back chairs made having an upright conversation quite difficult. A separate dining area looked much more appealing, and the grill menu tempting, but on this occasion I was here for drinks only...