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  1. Published : Saturday, 15th February 2014

    Boulangerie Bon Matin | Boulangerie Bon Matin – Stroud Green

    Pancakes/crepes are always forgotten about when it comes to weekend treats! Boulangerie Bon Matin is lovely place for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even for tea and cake in the afternoon! A delectable display of cakes, pastries and breads welcomes you into this cafe. Brick walls and framed artwork makes up the seating area towards the back of the cafe. This area is flooded with natural daylight which is always a bonus...

  2. Published : Sunday, 15th September 2013

    Hiba Express Lebanese Restaurant | Hiba Express – Holborn

    Hiba Express always seemed to me that it was a takeaway place. This is the impression that I got from its name or maybe because at a quick glance, it looks like a really small eatery. But this is definitely not the case. It is a proper restaurant and it also does takeaways. There is some cordoned off seating by the entrance and inside the restaurant it is a lot bigger than first expected. All the food is cooked fresh and I got the impression that it would be fairly busy at lunchtimes for takeaways, as there were dedicated order points and collection points. At the back of the Hiba Express, was a colourful display of all the fresh fruits that would be used for the fresh juices and for desserts!...

  3. Away from the busy shopping end of High Street Kensington and just after Holland Park is where Down To Earth is located. Down To Earth is an organic vegan and vegetarian cafe serving organic food, fairtrade coffees, speciality teas and ice cream. There are a lot of cakes including cheesecakes in the counter fridge. The only thing is that the bread is on open display along the window wall. My preference is always for covered displays. The main decor and theme of Down To Earth is black and white which extends to the artwork on the walls. There are high seats by the window. The seating area is surrounded by shelves and the open fridges of the shop section of Down To Earth...

  4. Catching up with friends is always special even if it is only manageable at times for a weekday lunch! Hence, for this lunchtime, it needed to be somewhere central. Just off the busy Euston Road and behind the office buildings, lies a quiet area of Regents Place. This is home to Giovanni Rana’s restaurant; the only UK restaurant of this famous pasta chef! There are other items on the menu apart from the pasta, and these include meat, fish and salads...

  5. Published : Thursday, 9th May 2013

    Joe Allen | Joe Allen – Covent Garden

    If you didn’t know that Joe Allen was along this very small quiet side street, it would not be the obvious place to look for a restaurant. It is hidden away from the all the main restaurants in Covent Garden. Joe Allen is on the lower ground floor and the red brick walls leading to the the restaurant are full of framed posters. The same style of wall decor is continued throughout the whole of the dining area. The restaurant area is quite big with round wooden tables and there are a couple of alcoves as well. The service was good and the staff were friendly and professional. The menu was interesting and varied with seasonal daily specials...

  6. Published : Monday, 29th April 2013

    Recipease Notting Hill | Recipease – Notting Hill

    Recipease do not have a reservation system so be prepared to wait for a table. The staff do not rush the diners even if there is a queue of people waiting. That is a good thing in my eyes as the last thing that you want when you have gone out to eat is to feel the time pressure. When we got there, we opted to wait slighter longer so that we could have the comfy seats instead of the wooden window seats. The ground floor of Recipease has the shop area with lots of baked items, fresh sandwiches, cakes and gifts. Unfortunately there are all on open display. On both the ground floor and the upper level, there are big areas in the centre that are used for the cooking courses...

  7. When both my friend and I said to other people that we were going for fish and chips in Finchley, all the people independently asked if we were going to the very well known Two Brothers Fish Restaurant. We had not realised until then at how popular this North Finchley establishment was! There is always something comforting and classic about fish and chips! Two Brothers has a lot on offer including haddock, cod and plaice. They do grilled fish if you are not in the mood for the fried battered variety. Two Brothers has such a lovely welcoming feel to it and feels quite family orientated...

  8. Published : Friday, 8th March 2013

    Dolcetto | Dolcetto – Angel

    As you walk up Chapel Market, Dolcetto is a great unexpected find! The atmosphere is warm and it is one of those places that looks inviting and makes you want to go in. The restaurant area is made up of beige chairs and wooden tables and has an open kitchen with the pizza oven in full view. The red brick walls give it a rustic feel but it also feels really modern with the funky framed pictures. The Bruschetta Tradizionale was two thin slices of toasted bread, topped with plenty of plenty of chopped tomatoes...

  9. After our fun art filled afternoon, it was time to rest and go for a cup of tea. My friend suggested the nearby Cafe in the Crypt in St Martin-in-the-Fields. The cafe is below the church and can be accessed by the cylindrical pavilion entrance, just round the corner from the church. Cafe in the Crypt is quite a striking cafe. The distinctive brick walls and arches make up this beautiful 18th century crypt. It is quite a large cafe and even when it is busy, there is a sort of peacefulness about it. This is helped by the soft lighting...

  10. Published : Tuesday, 22nd January 2013

    Sagar Covent Garden | Sagar – Covent Garden

    Sagar is a south Indian vegetarian restaurant. It has always looked busy whenever I have been past it. It made me wonder whether this was because of its central tourist location or if it was due to its food. It was nice to discover that it was more the latter. Even though it was late lunchtime, the restaurant was busy and it was good that we had booked a table. The dining area is quite small although I am not sure if there is also an upper level. Light wooden tables and chairs matched with the light walls and flooring. Some of the tables are just that little bit too close together. The alcoves on the walls contained small statues...

  11. Published : Tuesday, 15th January 2013

    Nid Ting | Nid Ting – Holloway

    A nice impromptu weekend treat was going for lunch with my neighbours! It is really great when you get to know your neighbours and they become close friends. It’s nice when you get to spend proper time with them. Staying local is a bonus; it takes no time at all to get to the restaurant and no time to return home after the meal! Yellow tablecloths covered the dining tables at Nid Ting. This is contrasted by the blue theme going through the restaurant. There is a slightly raised level where there is a decorated bar like area. A basket of crispy prawn crackers were given while we were deciding on our order...

  12. Published : Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Jamie's Italian Angel | Jamie’s Italian – Angel

    It has become an annual event to go see a Christmas show! This year, it was Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty. A slightly dark take on the classic fairytale with amazing dancers and sets. After our festive show, it was time to fill our tummies! As we were in Angel, there were quite a few choices. The consensus was to go for Italian food and what better place to head to, than Jamie’s Italian. Jamie’s Italian is in the fairly new, recently renovated Angel Building. As it was Christmas time, everything was looking very festive contributed also by the fairy lights and soft lighting. The bar area is separated from the restaurant by the deli shop. We were seated in one of the curved booth areas on the upper level...

  13. The outside of Hotel Russell always reminds me of something that you would see in an American movie. There is something about the grandness of this hotel, especially at Christmas time when it is decorated with big red bows! The building overlooks Russell Square. The grandness follows through into the Tempus Restaurant. Marble pillars and columns and wooden floors make up the spacious and clean restaurant. The high ceilings are adorned with chandeliers. Our Afternoon Tea started off with a large pot of tea. The staff gave us time to relax and settle with our cups of tea before they brought out the food delights...

  14. Published : Friday, 30th November 2012

    Salts Diner | Salts Diner – Saltaire

    Often when things are on your doorstep, then for some reason, you don’t visit them. This was the case with Salts Diner located in Salts Mill. It’s always great to have the quality time out with my dad! This time we thought that we may as well stay local and hence headed down to Salts Diner. A late Sunday afternoon lunch meant that Salts Diner was busy but not heaving. The specials on the menu sounded great and the fish dish was the one that my dad chose...

  15. Waterloo Bar and Kitchen had an old sort of feel to it. Its dark wooden furniture, black panelled walls and some booth cushioned seating made up the dining area. The back of the restaurant is where the open kitchen was. There is always something good about being able to see the food being prepared and made. There was also a small bar area. There was a good range of food on the menu. As it was a cold day, it felt like the meal should be started off with soup. The soup of the day was Vegetable Soup. It was a fairly big bowl of soup and I couldn’t finish it all. The soup was tasty but was also spicy. I am not sure if it was due to chilli or pepper...

  16. Published : Friday, 19th October 2012

    Kipferl | Kipferl – Angel

    For something a bit different, head to Kipferl, situated in the quirky Camden Passage. This Austrian/Viennese cafe has a relaxed feel to it. The cafe area is at the front and the small restaurant area is at the back. The cake counter divides the two areas. The restaurant area is casual too. There are a few seats outdoors. The staff were friendly and gave service with a smile. They were great at recommending dishes, so that we had enough to share but were not over ordering...

  17. Published : Friday, 5th October 2012

    Vapiano | Vapiano – Great Portland Street

    Vapiano is like an upmarket fast food pasta and pizza restaurant. They have been clever in the way that they have done their set out, which means minimum work for the staff and more work for the customer. You are given a card on entry and you use this to record your food and drink orders. It is a bit of a juggling act if you have a pasta order and a pizza order to do. I was advised by the staff to order the pizza and then go to the pasta section and order the pasta. Hopefully, by the time the pasta is cooked, then the pager for the pizza would go off indicating that the pizza is ready to pick up as well...

  18. Patisserie Valerie can be recognised by its intricate signature cakes displayed in the shop window! Inside, there is dark wood furniture and counter fridges displaying savoury items as well as more cakes, croissants and pastries. The staff were friendly when we entered Patisserie Valerie and allowed us to choose where we’d like to sit. It was that time in the afternoon when a cup of tea was needed. The Suki Darjeeling tea was presented on a wooden board. A small green teapot together with a cup and saucer was how the tea came. I asked if we could have hot milk on the side instead of cold milk and that was what was given. So far, our experience at Patisserie Valerie was going okay. The staff were nice enough, it was a relaxed atmosphere, and we were content with our cups of tea!...

  19. A beautiful hot summer’s day meant a lovely day to be dining al fresco. The outdoor area at this restaurant was enclosed by hedges, so it really did not feel like we were close to the main road. The menu at The Brasserie showcases mainly seafood but there are a couple of meat and vegetarian options as well. There wasn’t anything that really caught my eye for the starters. But on the main dishes, there was a spring vegetable and parmesan risotto. I asked the waiter if it was possible that I could have a starter portion of this dish and he said that was absolutely fine. The risotto was perfect in size, presentation and taste!...

  20. Published : Wednesday, 4th July 2012

    2 Friends | 2 Friends – Caledonian Road

    What better place for two friends to go to than the appropriately named 2 Friends cafe! This place was spotted along the Caledonian Road when we were looking for somewhere to go to for a cup of tea. 2 Friends had such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There were big round tables with comfy high backed cream chairs. The tables were decorated with cute plants. The interior with the wooden floor and the beige walls made the cafe feel very clean and airy. A good range of music was playing in the background. The walls had shelves with various jars of Greek produce including olives, sun dried tomatoes and olive oil. There was a counter fridge which displayed the deli produce of sausages and cheeses. A lot of care and attention to detail had been dedicated to the decor of 2 Friends...

  21. Published : Tuesday, 21st February 2012

    Crocodile Cafe | Crocodile Cafe – Muswell Hill

    Crocodile Cafe is part of the Crocodile Antiques shop in Muswell Hill! You have the option of going through the shop to get to the cafe but I prefer the other way. The other entrance is next to the shop, down the green foliage plant filled aisle. Here you can pass by the fish pond with the carp! The kitchen area of Crocodile Cafe can also be seen from this walkway. The pavement leads to a heated outdoor covered seating area on one side and the cafe entrance on the other...

  22. Published : Wednesday, 8th February 2012

    Yauatcha | Yauatcha – Soho

    For Chinese New Year this year, we were lucky to have our family member from overseas in town for it! To make it an extra special celebration, we went to Alan Yau’s Michelin-starred Yauatcha restaurant in Soho. This finally fulfilled yet another one of my dreams and that was to go and dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant! Yauatcha has a blue theme with a wonderful fish tank along one wall of the restaurant. Just inside the entrance is the counter fridge displaying the many eye catching desserts. The soft lighting sets the mood of the restaurant. There is some cushioned seating and also some round white tables and dark leather chairs...

  23. Published : Wednesday, 1st February 2012

    Euphorium Bakery | Euphorium Bakery – Angel

    Euphorium Bakery is an extremely busy and popular one! Heading here on a weekend, it was pretty full, even though it had seating on the ground level and additional seating on a lower level too! It seemed like it was one of those places that if you saw an empty seat, you should grab it, otherwise it would get taken up fairly quickly! All orders are taken at the counter. The first counter fridge had the savoury items including sandwiches, salads, quiches, savoury rolls and pizza! The second fridge had all the tempting sweet pastries, cakes, cookies and pies!...

  24. Published : Friday, 16th December 2011

    Madam Chi Coffee Lounge | Madam Chi Coffee Lounge – Angel

    It is refreshing to have a coffee lounge that is open late into the evening and it’s all thanks to Madam Chi! At least you can go here and not have to worry about the time! Madam Chi is spread over two floors and we chose to have our drinks on the upper level this time. There is a cushioned bench like sofa along one wall and also normal table and chairs. Various books are dotted around on one of the shelves along the wall!..

  25. Published : Friday, 9th December 2011

    Papa Del's | Papa Del’s – Highgate

    Two huge wooden tables and long benches make up Papa Del’s communal dining area! There are also a few window seats! Papa Del’s has a very natural feel to it. The tables are uneven so that slate placemats are used to keep the plates level! It was nice to have such a dining area with all the wooden surroundings! The painted walls and wall lights gave a soft ambiance! The food was cooked fresh in the open kitchen and so we were waiting a short while for it! The Vegetariana pizza had a thin crispy base and the tomato sauce was tasty. It was topped with tomato, mozzarella, sweetcorn, onions, peppers and mushrooms. We had an additional topping of aubergine! The vegetables were all cooked perfectly!...

  26. Published : Friday, 12th August 2011

    The Cuban | The Cuban – Camden Town

    For a lively Friday night out with the combination of tasty food and some dancing, The Cuban will not disappoint! The Cuban has the hip location of being in The Stables part of Camden Market. The ground floor is the big bar area with some seating as well. It took us a short while to figure out how to get to the restaurant part of The Cuban. We spotted a small elevator with a sign above it with an arrow pointing to the restaurant...

  27. Published : Thursday, 14th April 2011

    New World | New World – Chinatown

    Originally, Soho was our place of choice for a Sunday lunch and meet up. But the eatery that we had in mind happened to be closed on Sundays. Not to worry though as we were in a central location with many more places in Soho open. Also Chinatown and Covent Garden were close by too! Chinatown was where we decided to go for some lunchtime dim sum! The entrance of New World was busy but once we entered, we were given a ticket by the staff and were told that there was a 5-10 minute wait for a table. After only a few minutes, our ticket number was called out and we were directed to enter the restaurant dining area!...

  28. Browns feels more like a restaurant but you can go here just for drinks! There are wicker seats near the window, seats along the bar, and then there’s the big dining area. It has quite a nice relaxed atmosphere with its jazz music softly playing in the background. The atmosphere is also created by its soft lighting and dark wood decor. Browns has a range of teas and coffees as well as cocktails and soft drinks. I decided to have the Ceylon tea but unfortunately it was not available on this day. So, I went for the regular Earl Grey. The tea was served by the pot and it was nice that it was loose tea leaves...

  29. Published : Thursday, 17th February 2011

    Megan's | Megan’s Delicatessen – Chelsea

    Megan’s Deli is the perfect place for a Sunday brunch! This café is small and cute and has small seating areas over a couple of floors. What makes this café special is if you head down the steep stairs, it opens out into a little outdoor garden area. Here it feels like you have been transported into some sort of country house garden. The tables are dressed with green chequered tablecloths and there are bowls of fresh fruit on the tables. If you go a little earlier in the afternoon, then your luck should be in to catch some of the sunshine in this walled garden area...

  30. Published : Saturday, 29th January 2011

    Hazuki | Hazuki – Covent Garden

    It’s quite easy to walk past Hazuki and not notice it, as it’s on the corner of a busy street! But, Hazuki is worthwhile noticing, as it has some of the best Japanese food! Hazuki has its dining area over two levels. The dark wood furniture contrasts with the cream decor. There are also screens decorated with Japanese artwork. The restaurant was quiet when we first arrived but it didn’t take long for it to get busy. The staff and service were fantastic. They gave service with a smile and were always ready to clear up empty dishes to make room on the table for more food! Also, our cups were constantly being refilled with the jasmine tea...

  31. Published : Saturday, 22nd January 2011

    Coquine | Coquine – South Kensington

    Coquine is a very chic and boutique-like with its patterned walls, carpeted lightshades, huge wall mirrors and teal green decor! It has a bar area in the middle of restaurant. Secluded at the back of the restaurant is an oval table surrounded by high chairs! A nice setting for having drinks and food with a group of friends! Sunday brunch was our visit to Coquine. To start with, we had a blueberry smoothie! A big glass of goodness made with blueberries, milk and honey!...

  32. Published : Saturday, 11th December 2010

    Itsu Lower Regent Street | Itsu – Regent Street

    Itsu’s motto is health and happiness and that is exactly what it delivers, in my eyes! The calming atmosphere is created with the help of its beautiful orchids, spacious dining area, booths, and the pink and brown decor! At Itsu, you have to go to the counter to order your meal. This is convenient if you want something quick but healthy at the same time. The menu is not huge but has enough choice. They recently updated the menu so now it includes hot rice dishes, cupcakes, teas as well as the original noodle soups, ready boxed sushi, salads and frozen yoghurt...

  33. Published : Friday, 15th October 2010

    Raoul's Maida Vale | Raoul’s Cafe – Little Venice

    Raoul’s Cafe is definitely the place to come to for Sunday brunch! The cafe was so busy and full when we went there on this particular Sunday. We thought that we would be waiting a really long time for a table. So we were pleasantly surprised when we were seated within five or so minutes! The perfect way to start the lazy Sunday was with a cup of Earl Grey Tea. I was happy that the tea was served by the pot! They also have a good range of fresh fruit smoothies. These are served in tall glasses and can be fairly filling!...

  34. Published : Thursday, 30th September 2010

    Cafe De La Paix | Cafe De La Paix – Chelsea

    If you want a good range of teas and hot drinks, then Cafe De La Paix is right up your street! They have the regular tea bag teas, herbal teas, coffees, soy milk, but they also have a few extra special teas! It was difficult to decide between the chai tea and the mint tea and I eventually decided on the latter! The mint tea did not disappoint; it was fresh mint leaves served with a couple of red berries in the glass! If you are a fan of ginger, then I would recommend the ginger and lemon tea...

  35. Published : Wednesday, 10th February 2010

    Rocca di Papa | Rocca di Papa- South Kensington

    Rocca di Papa had such a warm and welcoming feel. It made a refreshing change to other restaurants. What was striking was the original brickwork walls, big canvas pictures and high ceilings. This building used to be part of Christie’s auction house. The waitress was really friendly and didn’t mind me waiting for a while at the table for my friends to arrive. It made a nice relaxing start to the evening. I did notice that there were a lot of tables reserved but we were lucky to get a table without making a reservation. The service was quick, efficient and the waitress made the effort to recommend items on the menu and to make conversation with me...

  36. Published : Wednesday, 3rd February 2010

    Thai Pepper | Thai Pepper – Swiss Cottage

    This is a cute Thai restaurant, which when you enter looks really small. We thought that it only had the four or so tables/booths. So we were surprised when we asked for a table, we were taken downstairs. I just assumed that the downstairs area would be the whole of the kitchen! On the lower level, Thai Pepper opens out into its main restaurant area with lots more seating. The food seemed fresh as it took them a little time to make it. The vegetarian dumplings were really tasty and you got six of them, so enough to share! Even though it said on the menu that they were steamed, they had crispy edges, so I’m not sure if they had been fried a little. Either way, they were good and they went well with the fried garlic and soya sauce...

  37. Published : Thursday, 21st January 2010

    Melanzana | Melanzana – Battersea

    Melanzana was one of those places that we weren’t sure whether to go into or not. This was only because we thought it may just be a take away deli and we wanted somewhere that we could sit in and have hot drinks. As soon as we entered, we were impressed with the colourful displays and the range of food in the deli. Little did we know that Melanzana was a restaurant as well! It’s a shame that some of the food was open on top of the counters. They had a range of breads, pastries, cold meats, olives and roasted vegetables...

  38. Published : Thursday, 14th January 2010

    Leon Strand | Leon – Strand

    Leon is quite a small casual restaurant! I liked it and think it would be good at any time of the day! On this particular occasion, I was there in the evening. It had quite a quirky feel to it. When I first entered, I wasn’t really sure what to expect and didn’t know if they would have much seating. The waitress was really friendly and recommended lots of things on the menu including the Moroccan meatballs, sweet potato falafel and the original superfood salad! Although it was a busy time in the evening, there were a couple of tables free. I chose to sit in the middle part where they have the high chairs and this particular area separated the two halves of the seating area...

  39. Published : Thursday, 17th December 2009

    Wahaca | Wahaca – Covent Garden

    Wahaca calls itself Mexican market eating! This restaurant is located below street level. It all looks bright with a turquoise colour theme, wood panelling and bare concrete walls. First impressions definitely count for something on most occasions and for Wahaca, this did not work in its favour. When we arrived, the restaurant was fairly empty. We asked for a table for three people and the waiter showed us to a table that was clearly just for two people. So we asked if we could change to a slighter bigger table and he let us but wasn’t too happy with us doing so...

  40. Published : Thursday, 3rd December 2009

    Masala Zone Camden Town | Masala Zone – Camden Town

    Masala Zone has quite an extensive menu with food that they say represents different regions of India. The food on the menu ranges from street food snacks, grills, noodles, curries and thalis. So quite a lot to choose from and there is something for everyone! The vegetable samosas had a thick crispy pastry and were not oily. I’m not quite sure what the filling was but it did contain cashew nuts. The samosas were good and it made a nice change to the usual potato filled ones. They were served with chickpeas in a tasty sauce. The dahi puri were great little balls of puff pastry filled with tangy yogurt. They were topped with pomegranate seeds. This was a cold starter dish...

  41. Published : Wednesday, 18th November 2009

    New Culture Revolution | New Culture Revolution – Angel

    Tucked away in one of the side streets behind the busy Upper Street in Angel, is this fantastic noodle and dumpling bar! It’s nothing short of great fresh tasting food. I really liked the simplicity of New Culture Revolution! New Culture Revolution make their noodles fresh everyday and none of their dishes contain MSG! It really does feel like you are having a healthy meal and you can definitely tell the high quality of the food. I found that the food was not oily and the portions were big. It’s a good place to go for a satisfying lunch!...

  42. Published : Tuesday, 10th November 2009

    The Riverfront | The Riverfront at BFI Southbank

    So, as promised we went back to the newly refurbished BFI Cafe. The interior is all new and they have the separated seating areas: one for the restaurant and the other for the cafe/bar. I think that the bar area has tried to become all trendy and I don’t think it works. It has lost its charm, cosiness and its relaxed atmosphere. It is has become more of a bar than a cafe and I think that they are enough bars around! The lighting is dimmer, and its a real shame that they have taken away the high window seats that you could sit on and have views of the river. Also, the big wooden tables and benches that made up the outside seating have gone. This has been replaced with a hedge enclosed table and chairs area...

  43. Published : Wednesday, 4th November 2009

    YO! Sushi Brent Cross | Yo Sushi – Brent Cross, Hendon

    Yo Sushi is one of those places that I have seen all over the city but never managed to make a visit to it, that is until now. All of the seating is around the conveyor belt with the various dishes going round. You can also order individual hot dishes from the menu. The staff were friendly and helpful. The yakisoba noodles were a bit too greasy for my liking and they also could have done with more vegetables in it. It really only had grated carrot and sliced red onion in it...

  44. Published : Wednesday, 28th October 2009

    Addis | Addis – Kings Cross

    When a friend of mine suggested going to an Ethiopian restaurant for a dinner get together, I realised that I knew absolutely nothing about Ethiopian cuisine. But I trusted my friend’s opinion, who told me that the food is “yummy”! Addis is a pretty cool restaurant but be sure to make a reservation if you want to dine here. They have normal tables and chairs, but when they are busy, they also have a more casual seating area with straw like tables and little drum like seats. These straw tables reminded me of upturned sombrero hats! When we arrived at Addis a little earlier than the time booked and told the waiter that we had a reservation, he kind of looked a bit puzzled and seated us in the straw area! But we did not have to wait too long before we were given a table...

  45. Published : Friday, 15th May 2009

    Sway | Sway Bar and Kitchen – Holborn

    Sway is quite a trendy looking place from the outside and we were welcomed by the friendly smiling staff as soon as we entered. The restaurant area is on the same floor as the bar but is separated by a small divide. Take a look at the fresh fish fridge as you walk to your table! The deep red tones and wooden tables sets the atmosphere. The open kitchen area is situated at the back of the restaurant. As for the music, it was fairly up to date with current chart songs playing. It was a little loud for a restaurant but I guess that is what you get for having the restaurant and bar sharing the same place!...

  46. One of the things that caught my eye as I looked at the entrance of this branch of Pizza Express was that it had been given an impressive five stars from Scores on the Doors. Scores on the Doors is the official local authority hygiene ratings for food establishments. The Bruschetta con Funghi was not made with the usual ciabatta bread slices that you get in many Italian restaurants. The topping on this starter was mushrooms baked with cream and bechamel sauce. It seemed that the bread was swimming in the creamy sauce but apart from that, it was nice enough...

  47. Published : Friday, 6th March 2009

    Coffee Cake | Coffee Cake – Crouch End

    The displays of all the fresh sourdough breads, pastries, cakes, salads and quiches in the front of this cafe are very attractive. Each corner of the display has big baskets of meringues! But again, this is one of those cafes where all the food is not covered and it is open to all the customers walking in. It is a real shame as all of Coffee Cake’s products looks really freshly made/baked and of a very high quality. I’m not sure if the food was self service or if customers were supposed to be served by the staff. There were no signs up indicating either...

  48. Published : Saturday, 28th February 2009

    Rossopomodoro Covent Garden | Rossopomodoro – Covent Garden

    This Neapolitan restaurant is situated on the premises where the former sushi eatery Gili Gulu used to be! Rossopomodoro’s menu is quite extensive ranging from the usual pizzas, pastas, salads to fried pizzas, grills and a selection of starters. We were quite impressed with the quality of the food the first time we ate at Rossopomodoro. We had the A Tiella to start with. These are mixed fritters of fried breaded mozzarella, rice balls, potato dumplings and fried dough balls with tomato and cheese. It was a very filling starter even though we shared it between the two of us! The Padulese pizza was good with the fresh cherry tomatoes and two cheeses: Provola and ricotta. Although this pizza had no tomato sauce, it did not lack in flavour...

  49. You can tell the excellent quality of the fish at Poseidon. I was impressed that they specialised in 20 varieties of fish and that you have the option of either having it fried in groundnut oil and matso flour or you can have the healthier grilled option. We asked if we could have the mussels starter as a main dish instead. The waitress said that that they could do that! This dish was presented really nicely with the open mussels and a light dressing. Another request that was very well accommodated was when we ordered the medium haddock and chips to share. When this was brought out to us, it looked like two full size fish and chips! The chips were cooked to perfection and the mushy peas made them even moreish...

  50. Published : Thursday, 20th November 2008

    Café Rouge - Highgate | Cafe Rouge – Highgate

    What I like about Cafe Rouge is that you can come here just for drinks or for a proper meal. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the staff don’t rush you in any manner. The red and white furniture complements the dark wooden surroundings. It does feel like a bistro that you would get in France! The tea is always served by the pot and the coffee is also of a good quality. The butter biscuits are a nice accompaniment if you just want something small to go with the hot drinks. Cafe Rouge do a soup of the day and the one that was on offer when we went was red pepper and aubergine soup...

  51. This Parisian tea room is hidden away on the ground floor of the famous department store, Harrods. As soon as I entered, the colourful selection of macarons and the amazing display of cakes caught my eye! The hot chocolate had the right creaminess and thickness. It was served to us in a pot and we just helped ourselves. There was enough hot chocolate for a couple of top-ups! To go with our drinks, we had the millefeuille praline which was caramelized puff pastry, praline cream, almond pralines and crispy hazelnuts. Each mouthful was divine and heavenly!...

  52. Published : Tuesday, 30th September 2008

    Yum Cha | Yum Cha Silks and Spice – Camden Town

    We originally came to this restaurant just for tea but then decided to have some dim sum as well. It has a nice location opposite the Stables Market in Camden. There was not a great range of vegetarian steamed dim sum but we did have the vegetarian Thai spring rolls. These were crispy and not at all oily. This made a change as spring rolls are normally seeping with oil. We were given quite a big portion of crispy seaweed. The steamed pork dim sum was very tasty and all the dipping sauces that came with the meal were really nice...

  53. A leisure centre is not the first place that would come to mind when thinking of a good Mediterranean bistro but this one is an exception. The large wooden tables and stools give it a rustic feel. You can sit either looking at the view outdoors or one of the window walls looks down onto the swimming pool. They have a range of salads, sandwiches and hot food. I’ve had the courgette, aubergine, roast peppers and hummus ciabatta sandwich and would say that it was a good choice. To drink, I always seem to go for the jasmine tea! They have coffees, smoothies and fresh juices too and they do serve soy milk...

  54. Published : Friday, 29th August 2008

    Candid Cafe | Candid Cafe – Angel

    This is a surprising little cafe tucked away from the busy Upper Street and City Road. The cafe has an outdoor courtyard area but to actually get to the indoor cafe, keep climbing the narrow stairs till you reach the top! You may feel like “when are these stairs going to end and is there actually a cafe here!” The cafe has a unique rustic feel to it with its dark red and wooden decor. It is quite spacious with a big communal table in the centre of the room. It has a good number of comfy sofas and normal wooden chairs and table. The window seats look over the courtyard area. The cafe was very relaxing and you could imagine staying here for a few hours with a good book!...