25 April 2014

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  1. Anyway Covent Garden is one of my favourite places in London and we enjoyed people watching and having a drink while we waited. Brasserie Blanc is an amazing setting, with a fab bar, a great terrace and a conservatory style restaurant all over looking the market. The place was packed - lots of pre theatre goers and tourists. The restaurant has a varied french based menu and also does a very reasonable set menu - two courses for £14.00 and three courses for £16.45. We decided to share a charcuterie board to start and then I had mussels and Pascal had a burger. Service was very swift although all the waiters / waitresses were rushed off their feet and would very obviously only work "their section"...

  2. Published : Monday, 31st March 2014


    I was so so torn over the menu - I wanted the pulled pork sandwich, the burger with blue cheese, the popcorn squid, buffalo wings, quesadilla, mac and cheese and a hot dog!! Unfortunately even I couldn't fit that all in, in one go!! We didn't have starters and instead just got more mains. Arabella my pasta piglet went for mac and cheese. They do a great kid's deal - £15 for a game of bowling, a main course, side, drink and then either a milkshake or pudding...

  3. Published : Sunday, 23rd March 2014

    Tommi's Burger Joint Chelsea | TOMMI'S

    Tommi's Burger Joint is the brain child of Icelandic entrepreneur Tomas Tommasson (hence the name) and he already has 4 very successful branches - the only other one in the UK is in Marylebone. You wouldn't think it is Scandi though - it feels totally american with memorabilia from the States around the restaurant. The menu is tiny - a burger, cheeseburger, veggie burger or a steak burger, the only side is fries and you can add bacon. This works though as they do what they do and they do it well...

  4. Published : Thursday, 20th March 2014

    Poppy's Place | POPPY

    I think neighbourhood restaurants and cafes are really important in creating a village community. Of course I visit chains like Pizza Express or Wagamama and they are good in that you know what you are getting and are generally consistent, but they lack the charm of local places. Of course some of these can be terrible but thankfully that is not the case with Poppy's Place...

  5. Published : Wednesday, 5th March 2014

    My Old Dutch - Chelsea | MY OLD DUTCH, CHELSEA

    My Old Dutch on the King's Road has been there since 1958 and serves both savoury and sweet pancakes, salads, traditional dutch starters and puddings (menu). I love the sound of all the savoury pancakes so was at a total loss of what to have. We were lucky to get a table as the restaurant was rammed even at 5pm! I expect that this is because it was pancake day - by the end of our meal there were people queueing down the street. Service was friendly and prompt, I had to ask the waitress to slow down as I had no idea what to choose. There are several starters (mainly dutch) like nachos (er Mexican), meatballs or even fried cheese parcels that sounded very interesting! There are many many pancakes - they have pancakes that are pizza - esque like a four cheese or a Hawaiian with ham, cheese and pineapple, they have other folded pancakes with fillings like chilli con carne or chicken curry and then they have create your own pancakes where you can add whatever toppings you like...

  6. The Berkeley afternoon tea is a fashionista's heaven as all the cakes and treats are inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world (I definitely learnt a thing or two)! We arrived at 2.30 and the place was heaving - this is obviously the "cool" place to be. It is served in The Caramel Room which is brightened up with colour popping menus and brightly coloured crockery. Service was extremely efficient and friendly - we ordered champagne and tea and the waitress immediately bought out a plate of sandwiches for everyone. She offered a more simpler selection for Arabella however she was happy with the more grown up ones (she can't be fussy as she is constantly my recipe guinea pig)! The sandwiches were egg mayonnaise in brioche, ham & mustard, smoked chicken mayonnaise, smoked salmon and cream cheese and cheese and chutney. All the breads were different and homemade and it tasted delicious!!...

  7. Published : Friday, 25th October 2013


    I searched online for anywhere selling nachos nearby and came up with Hache Burger. Hache is a family run restaurant that was established in 2004 in North London, they then set up shop in Chelsea and have consequently opened another two venues in Shoreditch and Clapham in recent years. I had been here but years ago and so was quite happy to try it again. It is a very "cute" place as it has these gorgeous Japanese style fairy / flower blossom lights and there are plenty of mirrors, dark wood and low lighting that creates an ambiance. It almost feels romantic which is extremely rare for a burger joint! Plus it literally serves every burger you can think of from an All-Day-Breakfast burger with bacon, mushrooms and a fried egg to a Thai Fish burger which is a mix of cod and smoked mackerel with exotic Thai herbs and spices served with a sweet chilli sauce and topped with spring onions and shaved cucumber....now you don't get that in McDonald's. They also do the usual run of the mill cheese burgers and salads if you prefer to stick to what you know...

  8. Published : Tuesday, 24th September 2013


    As I have mentioned several several times I LOVE Gola. I have already done my review however I have a few more pictures to share after my brilliant birthday supper there 10 days ago (I have been a bit slow off the mark at putting them on – I did have a terrible hangover)!! I went with Pascal & 6 other friends and we managed to eat and drink like absolute pigs – champagne, wine, aperol spritz, grappa etc to drink and the list of food was endless...

  9. Published : Tuesday, 10th September 2013


    I had heard about the long queues to get a table however I diced with danger and turned up at 1pm - prime lunching time. Thankfully it was not too busy and we got a seat at the bar. The restaurant was much smaller than I expected - it is tiny in fact - around seven tables which mostly sit 4 and at a push 5 and then about 10 bar stools - not the most relaxing environment. It had a buzzy, lively atmosphere and the service was friendly and prompt. There are 13 different hot dogs to order ranging from a plain sausage in a bun to a hot dog with Caesar dressing, lettuce, parmesan & crispy chicken skin to one covered with cheddar cheese, apple, pickled onions and homemade piccalilli. For sides you can choose from sweet potato french fries, tater tots or coleslaw...

  10. Published : Thursday, 5th September 2013

    Gola | GOLA, FULHAM

    I love to eat out somewhere within walking distance of home and I have hit the jackpot by having Gola as my local Italian. It is safe to say we have become regulars and the food is so incredible we are wary about eating at any other Italians, as they never live up to Gola’s standard. Gola is a very cute restaurant on the Fulham Road with a real Italian feel, the door is always open and the owner and staff are always welcoming and friendly. If you come as a couple, with friends or with children, you will always have a warm reception – just make sure you book before as this place can be so busy in the evenings...

  11. Published : Friday, 9th August 2013


    Five Guys was originally set up by the Murrell family in 1986 and since then it has grown and grown to over 1000 branches with a further 1500 in development. They had a simple concept to serve only hand-formed burgers cooked to perfection on a grill along with fresh-cut fries cooked in pure peanut oil. The menu offers burgers, cheese burgers, bacon cheese burgers and bacon burgers with either a single or double patty. There is a BLT sandwich, a vegetable sandwich or a grilled cheese. The fries are either served salted or cajun style. Apparently hot dogs will be added to the menu soon (I will obviously be back to try these)...