20 August 2014

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Blog Reviews from Empty Pocket Guide


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  1. Published : Tuesday, 5th August 2014

    Obikà Mozzarella Bar Charlotte Street | Obika

    Have you ever tasted mozzarella in Italy? It tastes completely different to the supermarket bought ones that we are used to in the U.K. It’s soft and creamy, gooey, light and fabulous, rather than plastic tasting and chewy! Obika is a restaurant dedicated to the good quality Italian stuff and was the first mozzarella bar. If you like fresh tasting Italian food, then you will love this restaurant. There are Obika restaurants all over the world including Italy and Obika has it’s 10th Anniversary this year...

  2. Published : Monday, 12th May 2014

    Quaglino's | Quaglinos

    Quaglinos is a decadent bar and restaurant hidden away behind a small door in Mayfair serving a modern brasserie menu. We made use of the fantastic champagne set menu and experienced a brilliant deal at this luxury restaurant . 3 courses including a glass champagne or a cocktail for £25.50. A glass of champagne alone would cost you £9.95, therefore making the cost of the 3 course meal £15.55. For this restaurant you need to doll yourself up as it is pretty swanky! As you walk in you are greeted, coats taken and escorted to your table with almost military precision. If you happen to be early head to the bar, that overlooks the whole restaurant, to get a pre dinner drink. The bar was busy, very atmospheric and full of interesting modern art...

  3. Published : Monday, 17th March 2014

    Charlotte's Bistro | Gin School at Charlotte’s Bistro

    Every Monday at 6.30pm a different producer of gin discreetly takes over the sophisticated Charlotte’s Bistro Bar area. Gin School is there to educate people in the art of making their gin, to talk of heritage and to let people sample their product. The week we visited Gin School was being run by Lewis from Haymans Gin. As we arrived a Charlottes Bistro, which is near Chiswick High Road and metres from Turnham Green Tube, we were greeted warmly at the door. Although we arrived at 6.35pm the place was already full and buzzing but we were swiftly found a space at the bar and a seat and everything was done to make us feel welcome. This was not special treatment, they were not aware that I was doing a blog, the service is impeccable and very friendly...

  4. Published : Friday, 14th March 2014

    Cocochan | Cocochan and Akasi-Tai Sake

    I know nothing more about Japanese cuisine and culture than I do from the film Lost in Translation and Wagamama. Therefore I jumped at the chance when I got invited to a sake tasting in conjunction with the Japanese festival of Hanami, Akashi-Tai Sake and Cocochan Restaurant to educate me. Hanami is a traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of the Cherry Blossom. The Hanami season is the end of March to early May...

  5. Published : Wednesday, 4th December 2013

    La Brasserie | La Brasserie

    I visited an all day French brasserie on the Brompton Road. From the outside you would think it wouldn’t be somewhere you’d expect Empty Pocket Guide to feature but I’m am so pleased we did. As you walk through the door you notice the incredible atmosphere, buzzing and friendly and this was on a Monday night. We were sat at the bar and sampled some happy hour cocktails. If you are in the area on holiday, visiting the museums or shopping in South Kensington or Knightsbridge you should come to La Brasserie to experience the food and drink. I would even make a trip to South Kensington just to visit this place. It is unique, independent and vibrant...

  6. Published : Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Benugo Bar & Kitchen at BFI Southbank | Benugo at the BFI

    I have always been a fan of this hidden gem of a bar and restaurant located at the BFI on the Southbank. The bar is perfect for all occasions from romantic dates and large group celebrations. There are cosy relaxed booths behind the bar or large areas with funky lighting which is great for having a get together with friends, I have personally had a few gatherings here (and a few dates…just a few) at this versatile and funky bar. They are happy to reserve areas for you if you require...

  7. Published : Monday, 30th September 2013

    Joe Allen | Jo Allen Restaurant

    Jo Allens is an American Brasserie in the heart of theatre land in the West End of London. It is an exact copy of the same restaurant in New York. When Jo Allen’s opened in London in 1977 the intention was to make it a hang out for everybody in the peforming arts industry, even the waiters to be jobbing actors and this intention is still true today. It is a brilliant option for dining anytime especially at the weekend as they have fantastic American style brunches. If you are heading to the theatre Joe Allens is a great choice for pre or post show dining and is open until midnight...

  8. Published : Tuesday, 27th August 2013

    Drink, Shop & Do | Drink Shop & Do

    In this wonderful cafe bar situated in Kings Cross you can drink, shop, dance and……..do! The set up is like a vintage style tea room serving tea, cake, full afternoon tea and cocktails upstairs. There’s a darker bar more suited to dancing downstairs. There are many ‘dos’ all well priced and also many are free. During the day if you want to arrange an event, like a hen party, you can book in a do of your choice. Otherwise there are many pre-arranged do’s you can take part in...

  9. Published : Sunday, 18th August 2013

    Poulet Rouge | Poulet Rouge Restaurant – Balham

    There’s a new restaurant in the Balham neighbourhood and it’s classy and competitively priced. Poulet Rouge, from the same owners of cattle grid, Steven Novak and Shaun Grey, opened this week on Chestnut grove. Poulet Rouge is literally a feeble stones throw from Balham station...