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  1. Published : Sunday, 20th July 2014

    Kaffeine | Kaffeine – Fitzrovia

    Glorious blue sky summer days means the pleasure of making the most of the great outdoors but also taking the chance for a relaxed lunch. Kaffeine is a very popular cafe with queues coming out the door at busy times. Wooden panels and crate like tables make up the small seating area with some high stools near to the counter. There is a bench outdoors too. Kaffeine serves up one of the best smoothest coffees and one that I would return for. The Americano decaf was served in a matching black cup and saucer with soy milk. The food is displayed in the counter fridge and includes toasted foccacia sandwiches, baguettes, tarts and salads. As the food is seasonal, Kaffeine has a menu that changes each week...

  2. Published : Wednesday, 9th July 2014

    Andy's Taverna | Andy’s Taverna – Camden

    Andy’s Taverna is a small cosy restaurant which has a family run feel to it. The outside is decorated with hanging flower baskets. Several attempts were made to come to this restaurant but each time they were fully booked and one of the times they were closed for a private party. To have some variety to our meal, the Vegetarian Platter was chosen. This started with a selection of dips and a basket of bread. The houmous, tzanziki and the aubergine dip were all tasty and the bread was fresh. The portion size was generous! Next came the main part of the platter which had a great colourful selection. Grilled vegetables included mixed peppers and aubergine. The centre piece was the vegetable moussaka. Thick vegetable slices baked with a creamy cheesy top was delicious...

  3. What a wonderful surprise when my dad came to visit me one weekend! It was the perfect opportunity to take my dad out for an Afternoon Tea; something that I had wanted to do for a long time. With the location of Caffe Concerto in the shadow of the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral, what better place to be at on a Sunday. Caffe Concerto looks quite elegant with its chandeliers, beige seating and red decor. Single yellow roses decorated the tables. There is the counter fridge near the entrance with a great display of cake slices, pastries and tarts. The staff and service were okay but it was hard at times to get the attention of the staff...

  4. Salvador and Amanda is a Spanish restaurant focussing on tapas. It has more of a bar like informal environment. There are small booth sections on the raised levels. The little white washed alcoves have cushioned seating and small buffets. Even though the seating was supposed to feel quite relaxing, it was difficult to get comfortable. Our tapas selection started off with some salted smooth Marcona almonds and grilled tomato bread. The artisan bread was toasted and topped with a paste of fresh flavoursome tomatoes. The Spanish omelette was a classic choice and you can never go wrong with the potatoes teamed with the egg. It was crispy on the outside and not overcooked...

  5. Published : Friday, 2nd August 2013

    The Gate Islington | The Gate – Angel

    Sometimes, we take it for granted when we live close to our friends! The regular meet ups, popping over to each other’s houses and going for that cup of tea. But when they move away to a different area, then it makes us realise how much we miss those casual get togethers. After a couple of months of not seeing my close friend, we thought that it’s best to put a date in the diary and go out for lunch. The vegetarian restaurant, The Gate, was chosen! The Gate is on the same location that used to be Med Kitchen, before it closed down...

  6. Published : Friday, 15th February 2013

    Cafe VN | Cafe VN – Farringdon / Clerkenwell

    There is something truly comforting about a hot steaming bowl of pho. The combination of the thick rice noodles, the broth and the vegetables is perfect. Cafe VN specialises in pho – the noodle soup, and bun – the noodle salad. The bright lime green sign lights up the outside of the restaurant. The green colour theme is followed through into the interior. The restaurant has a casual feel to it and even though it is fairly small in size, it is very clean and light. Red lantern style lights hang from the ceiling. The vegetarian Summer Rolls were a cold starter. Shredded lettuce, cucumber and thin noodles were wrapped in the rice paper. The rolls were fresh and light...

  7. Published : Friday, 8th February 2013

    Pescatori | Pescatori – Fitzrovia

    After a good but busy kind of a week, it felt fitting to take some time out and go out for dinner. The location of Pescatori was at the quieter end of Charlotte Street, away from the many other eateries. The initial vibe that I got when I first entered Pescatori was that it felt very welcoming. This continued throughout the whole evening. The restaurant had a rustic feel to it with its dark wooden beams, arches and alcoves. There was also a boat and oars hanging from the ceiling! Sardines are so underrated; they are one of my favourite fish. Three butterflied chargrilled sardines with salsa verde was my starter dish. The lightness of the sardines went well with the rich tomato salsa verde. The sardines were served with half of an Amalfi lemon. A delicious start to my evening meal...

  8. Published : Friday, 23rd November 2012

    Camino King's Cross | Camino (Cruz del Rey) – Kings Cross

    A close friend’s birthday gathering brought us all together for a tapas evening at Camino! Starting off in the bar area was a good way to start the birthday celebrations. It had a lively and quite an energetic atmosphere. You can always end your evening back in the bar area after your meal! There are quite a lot of cocktails on offer! As I wanted a non-alcoholic drink, the bartender made me a cocktail which was a combination of peach purée, passion fruit purée, passion fruit syrup, lemon juice. It was slightly fizzy, sweetish, orangey pink coloured and was delicious! As there was a fairly big group of us, it gave us the chance to try lots of dishes. Tapas is perfect for sharing and sampling different tastes and flavours!...

  9. Published : Friday, 2nd November 2012

    Patara Oxford Circus | Patara – Regent Street

    It is always nice to have family come visit. An added bonus is that it gives us a chance to explore and try new places to eat. This time, it was my cousin who had come over from LA! I was after a place near Oxford Circus as we needed to be close to the theatre, to get there in time for an evening show. On recommendation from my brother, Patara was our restaurant for this evening. I always trust my brother’s restaurant recommendations and have never been disappointed by any of them to this day. They are always outstanding restaurants and so I was excited to try Patara! The entrance to Patara was lit with orange and yellow panels. There was a sofa area opposite the bar. We were seated here while our table was being prepared...

  10. Published : Saturday, 13th October 2012

    Coco Bamboo | Coco Bamboo – Camden Town/Chalk Farm

    Caribbean and Brazilian food is cuisine that I have never tried before. It always sounds interesting but think that I have shied away from it, thinking that it would be too spicy for me. So coming to dine at Coco Bamboo was exciting as I wasn’t sure what the food was going to be like. The entrance goes into the bar area and then upstairs is the dining area. There is also a floor on the lower level and a rooftop area. It has pretty cool lighting with black net domes as the lightshades. There are palm trees, fairy lights and mirrors decorating the restaurant. Each table has pretty flowers, though on a closer look, these were artificial flowers...

  11. Published : Thursday, 20th September 2012

    The Iskelé | The Iskele – Old Street

    As we had come to The Iskele late lunchtime, we were expecting it to be fairly quiet. But it was the opposite, the restaurant was pretty much packed and so it was a good thing that I had made a reservation. The luscious colours, wall hangings and lanterns from the ceiling welcomes diners into The Iskele! The dining area is fairly big although some of the tables are quite close together. There are lots of ornaments decorating the walls and shelves around the restaurant. The Iskele also has quite a big outdoor dining area with wooden tables and chairs...

  12. Sometimes it’s just nice to take some time out for you and to treat yourself. That’s exactly what this day was for me; it was supposed to be an indulgent Afternoon Tea in central London...

  13. Published : Monday, 3rd September 2012

    Woodlands Hampstead | Woodlands – Hampstead

    It is not very often that my mum gets a chance to come down to London! So on this special occasion, I decided to take her out for some dosas! Dosas are thin pancakes made from ground lentils and rice, which are then fermented. The first place that came to mind was the Woodlands restaurant. I knew that their speciality is dosas as well as other south Indian dishes. They also have north Indian dishes on the menu! To start the meal, we had two colourful drinks! The freshly squeezed apple, carrot and ginger juice was pretty refreshing. The mango lassi was made with Alphonso mangoes and yoghurt. I am used to mango lassi having a thick consistency but this one was fairly thin. It was still enjoyable though!...

  14. Published : Wednesday, 22nd August 2012

    Spice and Rice Thai Restaurant | Spice and Rice – Chalk Farm

    Spice and Rice is about a ten minute walk from Chalk Farm tube station, but don’t let that put you off! This restaurant is nicely decorated, clean and has friendly staff. There are a couple of cosy seats by the entrance as well as the regular dining area. Both the starters of spring rolls and corn cakes came as a portion of two, with some salad, a few prawn crackers and a dipping sauce. The spring rolls were served piping hot and were generously filled with vegetables and noodles. They were real tasty and went well with the sweet chilli dip...

  15. For something very English, a traditional Afternoon Tea comes to mind! So when my cousin was over visiting from Los Angeles, then this is exactly how we spent a Saturday afternoon. The Mercure Hotel in Bloomsbury has recently been refurbished. The area for our Afternoon Tea was made up lovely velvety sofas, buffet stools, lots of creams and reds for the decor and tinted mirrored tables. Cute pink gerberas decorated the tables. The area where we were seated was near to the bar, but it all felt very spacious and not at all cluttered...

  16. Published : Thursday, 24th May 2012

    Stingray Café | Stingray Cafe – Tufnell Park

    Big thin 14 inch pizzas are what were on the menu from Stingray Cafe! Stingray Cafe gives you the choice of having any of the pizzas as the normal kind or the folded calzone type. They also do gluten free pizzas and pastas. The Vegetariano pizza was topped with mozzarella, tomato, aubergine, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic. The garlic gave a wonderful taste to the pizza. The aubergine chunks were soft and cooked well. The pizza was also supposed to have olives but we asked for the pizza to be made without them. Our second pizza was the Vegetariana. This had the unusual topping of avocado...

  17. Sometimes all you need is the classic burger and chips, and who better to share such an evening with, than with the family! Fine Burger Co is decorated with bright orange and white and light spheres hanging from the ceiling. The dining area feels quite spacious and clean. The seating is plastic chairs and wooden tables. There is cushioned seating along one of the walls. In addition, there are also some tables on the outside of the restaurant. Fine Burger Co has some tables with a computer screen displaying various offers. You can place your order from these screens. A little fore warning about the offers displayed though. On the night that we were there, there was an offer on the dessert. When we enquired about this particular offer, the waitress told us that they knew nothing about the offer and hence they could not offer it...

  18. It’s always nice to meet friends for a weekday lunch, especially when it’s a Friday! So it feels like the weekend has started early! Constolia has a red and blue themed interior. The walls are decorated with various artwork pieces. The dining area is quite spacious. The staff were friendly and made us feel comfortable. We were given plenty of time to decide on our order and also we were not rushed through the meal. The waiter even put on the heater for us as he thought that the restaurant was slightly cooler than normal! The meal started off with a cup of mint tea! This was served in a clear glass with the fresh mint leaves and a slice of lemon. As for food, the starters that we chose were the Falafel and the Sigara Boregi. The Falafel were golf ball sized spheres and were made of chickpeas and broad beans. They were very crispy on the outer but had a softer interior. The Falafel were served with houmous...

  19. Published : Sunday, 1st April 2012

    Zilouf’s | Ziloufs – Angel

    A late Friday afternoon is how we ended up at Ziloufs! We weren’t sure what we were expecting when we went into Ziloufs. We were after a relaxed afternoon with some tea! Surprisingly, Ziloufs was a spacious place with a separate dining area and another area near to the bar. There was plenty of light coming into the bar area due to the glass front of Ziloufs. It was nice that there were cosy leather sofas, just what we were looking for! Ziloufs did serve tea and they did it by the pot! The Earl Grey tea was good. The latte was made of strong coffee and it had a good depth to it...

  20. Published : Wednesday, 21st March 2012

    MonkeyNuts | Monkey Nuts – Crouch End

    Ever since Pick More Daisies closed down in Crouch End, I’ve always ventured further afield for brunch. That is until now; now that Monkey Nuts has been discovered! Don’t get me wrong, I have been to Monkey Nuts a few times before. But it has always been for drinks in their cosy sofa bar area! Monkey Nuts has a big glass fronted entrance which makes the restaurant feel very light and airy. There is the dining area at the front of the restaurant and another towards the back. Even though we were seated just by the entrance, we didn’t feel the draft of the door and the outside air...

  21. Published : Wednesday, 7th March 2012

    Siaim | Siaim – Finchley Central

    If you fancy a good evening meal out in a relaxed environment in North London, then you should give Siaim a go! It is noticeable from the subtly changing colour of its sign outside. This continues into the interior of the restaurant, with the wall backlight gradually changing from colour to colour! There is cushioned seating along one of the walls and the rest of the dining area is made up of dark wooden tables and chairs. The bar and counter area are at the back end of the restaurant...

  22. Published : Wednesday, 29th February 2012

    Mestizo | Mestizo – Warren Street

    Mestizo was a place recommended for a dinner out and a get together with friends. It does not provide your standard run of the mill Mexican food. At Mestizo, you get something that is different and special. It’s not the first time that someone has recommended this Mexican restaurant, so I was more than happy to give it a try! The warm atmosphere is set by its tones of deep reds and browns for the décor. There was a big bar area at one end of the restaurant, displaying all the shelves of spirit bottles! Downstairs, there was also a floor dedicated to private dining. Mestizo has an extensive menu which ranges from small dishes, specials, tacos to the classic chilli chocolate mole dishes. We were given some tortillas with dips to start with. It was a decision between the tacos and one of the specials. I chose the vegetarian Chile Rellenis De Flor De Calabaza Y Queso...

  23. Published : Wednesday, 15th February 2012

    The Sitara | The Sitara – Archway

    As it was a week of ongoing celebrations, this meant that there were a fair amount of meals out! On this particular evening, we decided to stay local and opted for The Sitara. The Sitara describes itself as “The Indian Jazz Restaurant”! We were intrigued and not quite sure what to expect. Entering the restaurant, we were welcomed by the friendly staff. Framed pictures lined the red walls, tables lit by candlelight and jazz music softly playing in the background all contributed to the mood of The Sitara...

  24. Published : Tuesday, 24th January 2012

    Bouga | Bouga – Crouch End

    Entering through the grand entrance of Bouga makes you feel like you’ve been taken into a whole new world! There are the colourful lanterns hanging from the ceiling, welcoming sofas and chairs with scattered cushions and little alcoves displaying various ornaments. On this occasion, we were seated on the ground level, near the bar. Bouga also has an upper level with an equal amount of wooden and cosy seating. A lovely start to our meal was some fresh mint tea. Bouga did have variations on the mint tea such as mint and roasted almond tea, but we had the plain one this time. A tall silver teapot contained the tea and we were served the tea in small painted glasses...

  25. Published : Monday, 16th January 2012

    Ask Italian Finchley | ASK – North Finchley

    After a fun afternoon of bowling with friends, we definitely had worked up an appetite! ASK was conveniently located next door to the bowling place, so it seemed like an easy option to go to. From the outside, ASK looked inviting with its spacious restaurant area, white and green theme and it looked like it had had a makeover. It also had some outdoor seating. As we were pretty hungry, we felt the need for a starter. The Bruschetta Classica was two thin slices of crisp bread, topped with chopped tomatoes, onions and basil. It had quite a tang to it, as if there was too much vinegar in the dressing. Also the dressing had made the bread slightly softer than it should have been...

  26. Published : Tuesday, 10th January 2012

    Mishkin's | Mishkin’s – Covent Garden

    A big thank you goes out to my friend who introduced me to Miskin’s just before the Christmas break! He suggested trying this new restaurant when we decided to have a festive catch up! It made such a refreshing change to have some different types of food! Food that when we looked at the menu, there were no descriptions of each item. So the ones that we didn’t know what they were, had to be explained by the staff! From the exterior, it looks like this place has been around for a while! It reminded me of an old sort of tavern. But Mishkin’s is a fairly recent addition to Covent Garden!...

  27. Published : Friday, 25th November 2011

    Benito's Hat | Benito’s Hat – Covent Garden

    Benito’s Hat has a colourful and vibrant interior with an orange and green theme! These fresh and striking colours are reflected in the food! There’s a funky mural on the back wall towards the bar area of the restaurant. All these elements set the theme of a relaxed eatery! The restaurant is made up of a long communal high wooden table with many high chairs. There are also seats against the wall with scattered cushions and some window seats, if you fancy watching the world go by! At the counter, there is the vast array of rainbow coloured fillings to choose from! These include rice, beans, chicken, pork, salad items, sauces and garnishes! The food is all fresh and locally produced where possible...

  28. Published : Friday, 18th November 2011

    3 Oceans | 3 Oceans – Finchley

    An afternoon tea with an Indian twist is what 3 Oceans provides! Gone away are the traditional scones and in come the vegetable samosas! It made a refreshing change to have many savoury items and less of the sweet ones! Instead of small finger sandwiches, we were given two whole sandwiches, cut into triangles! The cheese and tomato one had thick slices of cheese and was on granary bread. The egg mayonnaise one was made with wholemeal bread! There were the options also to have smoked salmon, prawn and ham sandwiches, but we decided just to have the cheese and egg ones. For the Indian snacks, we were..

  29. Published : Friday, 11th November 2011

    Lakorn Thai | Lakorn Thai – Angel

    Lakorn Thai is an average Thai restaurant close to the Sadlers Wells Theatre in Islington. The food is not outstanding nor is it bad. The restaurant seemed to have two dining areas: one close to the entrance and one through an archway. Lakorn Thai was nicely decorated and was also quite light due to its cream interior...

  30. Published : Thursday, 20th October 2011

    Portal Restaurant & Bar | Portal – Farringdon

    For a really special occasion, Portal is the place to go! Exquisite food, excellent service and a wonderful atmosphere is what this restaurant is all about! On entering Portal, there is the bar area. The restaurant area is slightly separated from the bar and it extends right through into the conservatory! As we were early, we started off with drinks at the bar. The bar staff were really knowledgeable about the drinks and made us feel comfortable straight away!...

  31. Published : Friday, 14th October 2011

    Chimichanga - Finchley | Chimichanga – North Finchley

    A mid week Mexican lunch meant a visit to Chimichanga! The restaurant is really spacious and has the booth seating on a raised level at the back. The interior is made up of large stone arches and large wooden posts! It had to be the classic nachos to start with; this would also give us time to decide on the rest of our meal! The sharing appetiser of chicken nachos fit the bill perfectly. We were presented with a huge bowl of crispy tortilla chips, topped with chunks of chargrilled chicken, cheese, sour cream, guacamole and salsa! There was no disappointment with these and we happily munched our way through these delights!...

  32. Published : Wednesday, 28th September 2011

    GRAB Thai street Kitchen | GRAB Thai Street Kitchen – Old Street

    Just a few minutes away from Old Street tube station, down a small side street, is GRAB Thai Street Kitchen! GRAB opened its doors in the summer but it has taken me a few months to finally go visit! Fresh, tasty, authentic, quality Thai food is what GRAB is all about! The decor is based on creating a scene from the Bangkok markets! Big lightbulbs hanging from coloured wire from the ceiling and wooden tables with small plastic stools make up the casual dining area. Just inside the entrance are the open fridges, with boxes of salads, iced coffees and drinks. Next to this, is the unit with the tubes of hot food, all neatly labelled!...

  33. Published : Friday, 23rd September 2011

    Massala Hut | Massala Hut – Euston

    When a close friend of mine came to visit from Malaysia and he suggested going out for an Indian meal, Drummond Street came to mind! Drummond Street is just behind Euston Station and has plenty of Indian restaurants! Massala Hut has recently been refurbished. The decor is dark wooden furniture against a white tiled floor. The chairs were pretty funky with their space age like frame! There was a TV screen on in the background playing Bollywood songs!...

  34. Published : Thursday, 28th July 2011

    The Blue Legume Islington | The Blue Legume – Angel

    The Blue Legume has never been noticed by myself, the many times that I have walked along Upper Street. It has a unique characteristic blue aubergine-like vegetable artefact as part of its sign! There is outdoor seating at the front, which then goes through into the cafe area! The kitchen, counter and cake fridges are in the middle of the cafe area and then there is extra seating area at the back! The back area seemed like it had a lot of daylight coming into it!...

  35. Published : Thursday, 21st July 2011

    Pu's Brasserie | Pu’s Brasserie – Holborn

    Down a small side street off Lincoln Inn’s Field is this wonderful Thai restaurant! Pu’s Brasserie is a small, cosy, intimate kind of a restaurant. It doesn’t have a huge dining area so it would be better to make a reservation to guarantee a table! The restaurant looked bigger due to a huge wall mirror! For the starter, the paper rice baby corn was chosen! These were whole baby corn wrapped in a crispy pastry! It was a nice alternative to regular spring rolls!...

  36. Published : Tuesday, 5th July 2011

    Coco Momo Marylebone | Coco Momo Cafe Bar – Marylebone

    Coco Momo has a limited menu on Sundays, which is when we were dining here. It is a shame that they don’t serve the bar menu on a Sunday afternoon as there were quite a few items that would have been nice to have. These included wraps and nachos. I ended up having the broccoli soup. It was quite a creamy soup and it made a nice meal with the few slices of granary bread that it came with. For drinks, Coco Momo does juices and smoothies. The guava and mango smoothie was really good. The taste of the two fruits definitely came through and it was a fairly refreshing drink!...

  37. On a drive from Harrogate to my home village of Saltaire, we spotted Murgatroyds! Not that my dad and I needed an excuse to stop by for some fish and chips, but it seemed perfect to go to on this rainy summer’s day! Originally, we were just going to get a take away but then thought that we might as well sit and eat in the restaurant. When we entered Murgatroyds, we were welcomed by the friendly staff and also by the spacious lobby like area with the bar and a tempting cake display!...

  38. Spaghi is a lovely local Italian restaurant! It is situated on the busy island opposite Archway station. But once inside the restaurant, the traffic can barely be heard! The inside of Spaghi is made up of the dining area together with an open kitchen. The back of the restaurant opens out into a pretty area decorated with a wall of fairy lights! The restaurant is fairly spacious; it has dark wooden furniture, an ornate fireplace and small decorations!...

  39. Published : Thursday, 5th May 2011

    Esarn Kheaw | Esarn Kheaw – Shepherd’s Bush

    Thai cuisine is one that I am very fond of and I can never resist a good Thai meal! Unfortunately, Esarn Kheaw was a huge disappointment. Apart from the friendly staff, we really did not enjoy our meal and time at Esarn Kheaw. For the starters, we had the tempura; deep fried mixed vegetables and prawns. The batter was thick and didn’t have much flavour. It was a big portion but not at all tasty and very greasy. The vegetarian spring rolls were tiny and looked like they were overcooked. I’m not sure what they were filled with but it tasted really salty...

  40. Published : Saturday, 23rd April 2011

    Base Bistro | Base – Hampstead

    As soon as you enter Base, there is the counter fridge displaying lots of tempting food! Some of the food is inside the fridge and some is placed openly on the top. The food has a Mediterranean influence with dishes including roasted vegetables, couscous, quiches and salads. There is beige cushioned seating along the wall to go with the dark wooden furniture. The tables are close together but this is inevitable as Base is a fairly small restaurant. There is also some seating outdoors...

  41. Published : Thursday, 7th April 2011

    Feast on the Hill | Feast on the Hill – Muswell Hill

    Feast on the Hill is a place that I’d been meaning to go to for a while but just never got round to it. So when a friend suggested meeting there one weekend, it was the perfect chance to go try the place out. As it was a bright sunny Spring like day, there were a few people dining outdoors! Inside, the cafe was busy and most of the tables were already occupied. The decor was quite simple with dark wooden furniture. I wasn’t sure how hungry I actually was so was contemplating between a light brunch, such as bagels or something slightly heartier. Eggs Florentine caught my eye and my decision was made!...

  42. Published : Thursday, 17th March 2011

    Mori Sushi Marylebone High Street | Mori - Marylebone

    A tea house on Marylebone High Street is what Mori is! They have the counter/shop at the front and at the back is the seated cafe area. It has a light and airy feel and the cafe area is made up of beige furniture. Mori’s Tea House has a great range of different teas as well as coffees! The teas include power tea, lemon and ginger, slimming, fresh mint, afternoon, cleansing, relaxing and white tea...

  43. Published : Thursday, 10th March 2011

    Busaba Eathai Store Street | Busaba Eathai – Bloomsbury

    Busaba Eathai is one of those restaurants where it is like communal dining and you share your table with strangers. There are big wooden tables and long bench like seating. It has a warm decor and atmosphere created with the contrast of the wooden furniture and the orange lighting. The restaurant was decorated with tea lights and Buddha statues. The starter dishes were better than the main ones. The Thai calamari with ginger and peppercorn was one of the best dishes. Big chunks of calamari cooked to perfection and not coated in batter!...

  44. 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...

  45. Published : Friday, 11th February 2011

    Ping Pong Southbank | Ping Pong – South Bank

    Just before the Christmas holidays, we were lucky enough to be taken out for dinner by our friends from Digital Tribe. It was a fantastic evening at Ping Pong filled with amazing food, good company and a great atmosphere! Ping Pong is a funky dim sum restaurant and feels quite unique. It’s atmosphere is helped by the DJ style music playing in the background...

  46. 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! It had to be the eggs benedict for brunch! I’d asked for my eggs to be well cooked. The eggs benedict was supposed to come with either ham or salmon but I asked if I could have spinach instead. The waitress said that would be ok...

  47. Published : Thursday, 13th January 2011

    Frontline Restaurant | Frontline – Paddington

    Frontline prides itself on making food from locally sourced produce. The menu is quite small but has sufficient choice. On this cold winter’s day, there was no doubt what was needed; a bowl of hot soup! On the menu was celeriac, Bramley apple and whole chestnut soup. The combination sounded a little strange, but I thought that it was worth a try! Whole chestnuts, chunks of apple in a creamy celeriac based soup! Surprisingly, the sweet and savoury flavours worked well together. It was not too sweet with the apple. A small brown crusty roll was served with the soup. It tasted like it had fennel seeds in it!...

  48. Published : Wednesday, 29th December 2010

    Lupita | Lupita – Charing Cross

    We went to Lupita after my friends and I had met for drinks, then realised that it was later than we thought, and some food was in order! Lupita had tapas style Mexican dishes. At first, from the outside, this restaurant looked quite small and crowded. But when we entered, we saw that the dining area extended to the back with the open kitchen area in the centre. The decor was quite cool with its dark wooden brick walls, metal tables and chairs. Our waiter was really friendly and helpful! We basically let him choose the dishes for our meal and he didn’t disappoint us!...

  49. Published : Friday, 12th November 2010

    Randa | Randa (Maroush) – Kensington High Street

    Randa is part of the Maroush chain of Lebanese restaurants. This restaurant has a spiral staircase which leads to the upper level. A selection of mezza made up our meal! I like having mezza as it means that you get to taste lots of different dishes! The only thing is that it took us a little while to decide which dishes to choose as Randa has an extensive menu! For the cold mezza, we had the Hommos Beiruty and Moussaka. This variety of hommos had the addition of parsley and hot pepper, so it was a nice twist on the classic hommos! The Moussaka was a fairly big dish made of fried aubergines, chickpeas, tomatoes and onions. It was like a chunky thick stew!...

  50. Published : Friday, 22nd October 2010

    Jom Makan Westfield | Jom Makan – Westfield London

    This Malaysian restaurant has a fairly extensive menu, but as we were there at lunchtime, we decided to go for the Spring Set Lunch! The Mee Goreng Sayur was supposed to be an egg noodle dish but it was nice that I was able to have rice noodles instead. The thin rice noodles, together with the fried beancurd, bok choi and spring onion made a filling main dish. It could have had a few more vegetables but apart from that, it had a light flavour to it. For the side dish, I chose the Begedil. This was two potato and spring onion cakes and it came with a coconut and chilli sauce. The potato cakes were fairly big and tasted good with and without the sauce...

  51. Published : Friday, 24th September 2010

    La Porchetta Camden | La Porchetta – Camden Town/Chalk Farm

    La Porchetta is a great Italian restaurant! I have always just had pizza at this restaurant, but this time, as I was with my brother, we also decided to sample some of their starter dishes! The Funghi Ripieni reminded me of a Spanish tapas dish, just because it was served in a little clay pot! This starter of stuffed mushrooms was lovely and it was in a rich tomato sauce. I’m not too sure what the mushrooms were stuffed with but they were very tasty! The deep fried calamari was another good starter. The rings of calamari were not greasy and went well with the tartare sauce and the sweet chilli sauce!...

  52. Published : Thursday, 9th September 2010

    Me Love Swiss Cottage | Me Love Sushi – Swiss Cottage

    With such a cute name such as Me Love Sushi, it is difficult not to fall in love with this restaurant! Me Love Sushi has quite a nice varied menu! It has lots of sushi items but also has hot dishes such as tempura, noodles and rice. For the starters, we chose a couple of items from the Love to Tease section of the menu! The vegetable gyoza were the tastiest dumplings that I have had. They had a good flavour to them and the portion size was just right. The pumpkin korokke were pumpkin croquettes. Even though they had been fried, they were not greasy at all. The pumpkin cooked in this way worked really well!...

  53. Great quality pizza and a lovely atmosphere is what you get at Portobello Ristorante Pizzeria! The restaurant is fairly small and you can see the big dome wood burning oven situated at the back of the dining area. There is also an outdoor seating area, which looked like it would accommodate the same amount of diners as the inside of the restaurant. The interior of Portobello Ristorante is quite rustic! It has big wooden beams along the ceiling and bare stone brick walls. It is good that the windows can be fully opened as well, so on a warm summer’s night, it is ok to sit indoors...

  54. Published : Monday, 19th July 2010

    Belgo Kingsway | Belgo – Kingsway

    Belgo has a really lively and sociable atmosphere! There is the comfy seating at the front of the restaurant and then this extends to the dining area. Although Belgo’s speciality is mussels, we didn’t fancy these for this evening meal! Instead, we had chicken and burgers and frites! The half chicken was spit roasted and basted with Belgian blonde beer and apple juice. The chicken was really tender and the meat come off the bone so easily. It was served with a mushroom and cream sauce and a big bowl of frites...

  55. Published : Thursday, 1st July 2010

    Circus | Circus – Covent Garden

    There is no major sign indicating the property of Circus. All we saw were some black doors that were open and then looking inside, we could see that there was some sort of dining area. It’s only when we went inside the building, that there was the Circus sign in lights on one of the entrance walls. The decor is quite cool and quirky. There was a main long dining table with a few hoops above it, which we were told was for the circus entertainment in the evening. The other tables were to one side of the main dining table. The chairs were a mish mash of plastic and material chairs, all in black, white or translucent. On the other side of the main table, you could see the kitchen area...

  56. This Chiquto was quite a big Mexican restaurant and it sure did not feel like it lacked on space. It felt a little dark though as it was quite dimly lit even though it was the daytime. While we were deciding on what to order, we were served with some tortilla chips and a salsa type dip! It was nice to munch on these as we went through the many items on the menu! We started off with a few starters as we were fairly hungry! The garlic flatbread tostades were a lot like quesadillas. They were filled with spicy chicken and topped with some cheese. The flatbread tostades were a little greasy but that may have been due to the cheese and the garlic base...

  57. Published : Thursday, 10th June 2010

    Pars | Pars – Maida Vale

    Pars is very deceiving when you see it from the outside as it looks just like a takeaway shop. Step inside though and you are transformed into a colourful Persian restaurant! The quirky environment sets the scene for sampling lots of Persian food delights! The ceiling is draped with colourful fabrics, the tiled walls are decorated with artifacts and the cushioned seats are covered with patterned cloth. The mint tea was served by the pot and served in cute little red glasses. Tea is always a good way to start and end a meal! There was so much choice on the menu and it was difficult to pick which items we should sample...

  58. Published : Wednesday, 19th May 2010

    Sen Nin | Sen Nin – Angel

    Last weekend, I had the privilege of going out for dinner with my brother and spending some quality time with him! He chose the restaurant and I was not at all disappointed. I was introduced to Sen Nin: a Japanese tepannyaki and sushi restaurant in Angel! Even though this was my first visit to Sen Nin, it definitely won me over! This was an evening of whole entertainment! We were lucky to be seated around one of the areas where the chef and the hot plate were. The food was fresh and cooked right in front of us...

  59. Published : Friday, 14th May 2010

    Prezzo Euston Road | Prezzo -Euston

    Prezzo initially pleased us both with its food and service. It was towards the end of the meal that this restaurant failed us. On arriving at Prezzo, there seemed to be a nice atmosphere helped by the friendly staff. Wood panelling, nice decor and comfortable chairs made up the dining area. The bruschetta was a good portion for a starter. Two triangle toasted pieces of bread topped with ripe cherry tomato halves, pesto and served with a bit of salad...

  60. Published : Wednesday, 5th May 2010

    Getti | Getti – Piccadilly

    Getti is a mediocre Italian restaurant. I would not say that the food was outstanding nor was it bad. The bruschetta was generously topped with fresh chopped tomatoes, although it had a little too much pesto drizzled on top. The olives that came with this starter were extremely salty...

  61. Published : Thursday, 29th April 2010

    Bluebird Café | Bluebird Cafe – Chelsea

    Bluebird Cafe makes up just one part of the Bluebird Courtyard, which includes the cafe, restaurant, shop and bakery. It has a lovely outdoor seating area with the heaters to stop you getting chilly! The interior has a black and white theme with its black wooden chairs and chequered floor. It feels like quite an informal dining environment, perfect for a Sunday brunch! The homemade tomato soup was flavoursome and thick but slightly peppery. It had basil pesto drizzled through it. The soup was served with a few slices of walnut and raisin bread. The bread was fresh and delicious!...

  62. Published : Tuesday, 13th April 2010

    Gourmet Pizza | Gourmet Pizza Company – South Bank

    Gourmet Pizza Company looks like a beach hut and it may not be exactly next to a beach, but it has the River Thames on its side! The actual location is in Gabriel’s Wharf on the South Bank. Seen as it is a pizza restaurant, it seemed wrong to order anything else other than pizza. The menu does have pastas and salads as well. There were two pizzas that were especially appealing. One was the grilled vegetable and caramelised onion which had toppings of aubergine, courgettes, peppers, onions, mozzarella and goat’s cheese. I decided on the other pizza though which was generously topped with tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, roasted peppers, courgettes, olives, mushrooms, garlic and mozzarella...

  63. Published : Wednesday, 31st March 2010

    Reun Thai | Reun Thai – Hammersmith

    As soon as I entered Reun Thai, I was taken aback by the friendliness of the staff! It is quite a small restaurant and was decorated in earthy tones. The wooden chairs were comfortable as they had seat cushions. The Pad Thai Jay was made of rice noodles, beansprouts, carrots, spring onions and crushed peanuts. It was a nice filling dish but was quite oily. It would have been better if it had more vegetables. We were given prawn crackers to start off the meal...

  64. If you want to go for a traditional English Afternoon Tea, then you must try the Tea Room at Brown’s hotel. It is quite formal and an excellent treat for a special occasion. This venue and its Afternoon Tea was awarded the “Top London Afternoon Tea 2009″ by the Tea Guild. Brown’s has an extensive range of teas; a total of 17 teas to choose from. We finally decided to go for the Cornish grown tea and Brown’s Afternoon Blend. I was intrigued by the Cornish grown tea as it is the first true English tea, which is grown in a tea plantation near Truro! Both teas were great and were served in silver teapots. We were given additional hot water and a jug of milk. The staff also replaced our cups and refilled our teapots halfway through our Afternoon Tea sitting!...

  65. 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...

  66. Published : Tuesday, 5th January 2010

    Loch Fyne Egham | Loch Fyne – Egham

    Loch Fyne is a lovely fish restaurant and it does have a few non fish items on the menu as well. This place is quite deceiving from the outside as it looks quite small. But when you go in, it is quite big! The fish soup was very filling and quite hearty! It was tomato based with salmon and bream blended into it. It came with two slices of garlic bread. For a side dish, the seasonal vegetables were ordered. Normally in restaurants, the seasonal vegetables are something like root vegetables. But in this case, we were pleasantly surprised that it was red cabbage with raisins, broccoli and carrots...

  67. Published : Thursday, 10th December 2009

    Richoux - Piccadilly | Richoux – Piccadilly

    Richoux had a French feel to it with it dark wood decor, deep reds and green seating. This is slightly strange as it describes itself as “the home of traditional English food”. It reminded me a little of Cafe Rouge. The tea and coffee were both served by the pot. The tea was served in a ceramic pot and the coffee in a metal one. Richoux has its own blend of tea. This was an average tea and I don’t think that it tasted very different to other black teas. It was nice to get quite a few cups of tea from a single pot!...

  68. Published : Wednesday, 25th November 2009

    Zizzi O2 Centre | Zizzi – O2 Centre, Finchley Road

    If you want some good Italian food, then you can never fail with Zizzi! It’s even better now that they have added some new items to their menu. One of the new additions is the pizzettes. These are three mini pizzas with the following toppings: tomato and pesto, cheese and caramelised onions, peppers and goat’s cheese. The pizzettes are definitely a winner of a starter! The main dishes were also very flavoursome. The risotto verde was quite a big portion. It had a light fresh taste to it, mainly because of the fresh green vegetables. The risotto had lots of broad beans and large slices of courgettes. It didn’t really have much spinach or green beans...

  69. Published : Wednesday, 21st October 2009

    Bar 163 - Egham | Bar 163 – Egham

    If you’re looking for reasonably priced traditionally cooked food served in a warm friendly atmosphere, then Bar 163 in Egham should fit the bill. The exterior of the building looks very Victorian to me, while inside you’ve got a good mix of antique and modern furnishing. A strange choice of combination, but it really does go well together. You’ve got a choice between lunch and dinner menus, including specials of the day which are all freshly cooked. Talking of menus, I’ve been told the meat and vegetables are bought locally, which makes me happy because I’m all for supporting local suppliers. Fancy a glass of wine with your meal? Then you’ll not be disappointed with their huge wine list either, with more than 50 to choose from...

  70. Published : Wednesday, 14th October 2009

    Giraffe Brunswick Centre | Giraffe – Brunswick Centre

    The bright orange decor and the big wall sized pictures are striking when you go to Giraffe! The atmosphere was very warm and welcoming. It was great that the staff took the time to recommend dishes. We ordered the nachos and asked for them to be made with less cheese and no jalapenos. They could have done with more refried beans. The guacamole was great and it was nice that it had sweetcorn in it. The red onion salsa also went well with the nachos. Seen as we were having finger food, it was nice that the staff gave us little wet wipes without us having to ask them for it...

  71. Published : Tuesday, 22nd September 2009

    Strada Upper Street | Strada – Angel

    This restaurant felt quite dark even though we were seated near the windows and we were there at lunchtime. The staff came and asked us a few times, quite frequently, if we were ready to order. But then after that, when we were actually ready to give our order, we had to wait quite a while to get the attention of the staff. The basket of pesto and tomato pizza bread was really good. They were six big pieces. We could definitely taste the quality of the pesto that was used. I would not recommend having the pizza bread as a starter if you were going to have a pizza for the main meal, as they are very similar...

  72. Published : Tuesday, 1st September 2009

    Hamlet Cafe | Hamlet Cafe – Hornsey Road, Islington

    I have walked past this cafe every day for months, and never gave it a second look until now. Maybe it’s because secretly I’m a snob, or maybe it’s because I have a tendancy to judge a cafe based on it’s neighbourhood. Whatever my reasons for not trying this cafe before today, I’ve learnt these two valuable lessons…one, never judge a cafe by it’s neighbourhood and two, stop being such a snob! From the outside it really doesn’t look like much, but this probably has to do more with the area than the cafe itself. Once inside though, it’s a completely different story. The cafe is very clean and stylish, with both indoor and outdoor seeting. There’s also a small lounge area with sofas. A great deal of effort has obviously gone into the decor...

  73. Published : Friday, 10th July 2009

    Tupelo Honey | Tupelo Honey – Camden Town

    There is quite a small seating area downstairs; the wooden tables and chairs were wobbly. Tupelo Honey has outdoor seating but it is very narrow and cramped. The whole time we were having our drinks here, we didn’t feel at all relaxed. We were actually quite relieved when we left. Tupelo Honey is open till late into the evening. Even though we went there during the afternoon, the upstairs seating was closed. They have two additional floors; one of which is a roof garden. As for the drinks, the mocha and latte coffee was nice. They serve Illy coffee and they also do soy milk...

  74. Published : Friday, 3rd July 2009

    Fig & Olive | Fig & Olive – Angel

    On entering Fig & Olive, there is the ornate seating on one side and the display of its cakes on the other! There was quite a large selection of cakes, fruit pies, cheesecakes and pastries. These were displayed behind a glass front but customers could still reach them. It would have been better for the cakes to be in a closed display fridge. The cafe/restaurant extends to the light and airy area towards the back. The staff were really friendly and quite efficient. The only issue that we had was that it took a little longer than expected for our food. The food was worth the wait though!...

  75. The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen in Hyde Park has been newly renovated. It is a really great spacious cafe/bistro. They do a range of food, from fresh pizzas cooked in their pizza oven, to sandwiches and other hot dishes. Again, it’s a shame that some of their cakes and pastries were left open on display and only a few of their products, such as the brownies and flapjacks were wrapped. The latte and mocha were both good and of a high standard. They also serve soy milk! It was good that we were made to feel relaxed even though we were just having drinks. The staff let us take our time even though the cafe got busy at lunchtime...

  76. Published : Friday, 12th June 2009

    Tas | Tas – Waterloo

    Tas is a great restaurant that serves Anatolian/Turkish cuisine. The food is very tasty and portions are quite big. The kitchen and the bar are at the back end of the restaurant. The starter we had was borek: filo pastry filled with feta cheese and spinach. This was nice and as there were four pieces, it was a good starter to share. The borek was not at all greasy even though it had been fried. It was also served with some salad. Bread, houmous and olives were served while we were deciding what to order! Tas has lots of vegetarian options including numerous hot and cold starters. The turlu main dish was really good and extremely filling. Turlu was made mainly from aubergine, potatoes and peppers. It came with couscous and a lot of yoghurt. I would have been happy even if there had been less yoghurt!...

  77. Published : Friday, 5th June 2009

    Phoenix Palace | Phoenix Palace – Baker Street

    Dim sum is always great but it is better going with a group of friends for a weekend lunch! It means that you get to catch up with everyone and also share lots of different dishes! A variety of steamed, fried and oven baked dim sum was had, each having their own unique delicious flavour . My favourite was the mini onion pancakes. These were little round oven baked parcels with spring onion. The steamed vegetarian dumplings presented in the bamboo steamed baskets were good...

  78. Published : Thursday, 7th May 2009

    Maison Blanc Hampstead | Maison Blanc – Hampstead

    Maison Blanc is a nice French patisserie. It has a small takeaway counter as you enter. If you pass this and head to the back of the store, that is where the cafe area is. There is limited seating here but they also have tables outside. The cafe area is very light and airy. The service was lovely and the atmosphere was very relaxed. Maison Blanc has great artwork along its walls and also a good display of biscuits and sweets. The bags of French treats and artisan chocolate would be good for gifts. In the display fridge, there are many pastries, tarts and also small speciality cakes...

  79. Quite a small intimate Thai restaurant which can get busy at lunchtimes! As the seating area is small, the wooden tables are close together. They do have additional seating upstairs. I was really happy with the friendliness of the staff at this restaurant. They did not rush us to take our orders and even when we had finished the meal, they did not make us feel that we needed to leave. All the staff were really attentive but not overpowering. The taste of the food at Thai Square lived up to the aromas coming from the kitchen!...

  80. We went to this BFI cafe as our regular favourite BFI Riverfront cafe was closed on this particular morning. The decor looked very similar to Tibits on Regent Street: Seen as Benugo Bar and Kitchen has been open for a lot longer, Tibits’ decor may have been inspired from this BFI cafe! Benugo is great as most of its seating is comfy sofas. This makes it an easy place to spend many hours! The area around the side of the bar is slightly dark and does not have much daylight...

  81. This is an average Italian restaurant conveniently located in the centre of Oxford. We really liked the map of Italy that was painted on the ceiling! The food was ok and I wouldn’t call it outstanding. It was nice that the mushroom soup was more broth based than a creamy one. It had a good amount of sliced mushrooms in it...

  82. Good quality fresh ingredients makes this a good place to come for burgers whether you want something meaty or vegetarian! The size of the burgers are huge and we found it difficult to finish the burgers together with the additional fries. Its nice that you are able to add more fillings to the burgers on the menu. The Puy Lentil burger, made of puy lentils, green curry and potatoes, was very tasty and went well with houmous and aubergine. It was given a bit of sweetness with the relish...

  83. This bistro had a really nice feel to it as soon as we entered. There were a few different seating areas including the window seats with cosy cushions. A nice place to relax and enjoy food and drink! As I looked around Veritas, it was clear to see that they have put effort into the decor. They have hidden alcoves with additional seating and also high chair seats!

  84. Published : Wednesday, 31st December 2008

    Las Iguanas at The O2 | Las Iguanas – The O2 Greenwich

    We initially came to this Latin American restaurant for coffee but then ended up returning to it later in the day for an evening meal! Its nice that the restaurant is divided into sections: one part for the restaurant and the other part with comfy seats for drinks! The latte and mocha drinks were really good. The mocha actually tasted more like a hot chocolate. We had the chunky cassava wedges as a snack. Although it looked like a small portion, it was enough. They had the right crunchiness on the outside with a soft centre...

  85. Published : Monday, 22nd December 2008

    Hisar | Hisar – East Dulwich

    A very reasonably priced Turkish restaurant in the centre of East Dulwich. I always like to start with the Hisar Mantar: fried breadcrumbed mushrooms with garlic mayonnaise. This goes well with the yogurt, cucumber and mint starter. The Patlican Salata had a nice taste with the flavours of the aubergine, peppers, tomatoes complemented by the garlic, lemon, mint and dill dressing. The mixed grill main dish never disappoints. The chicken, lamb, kofte and lamb cutlets are always cooked perfectly and have the right tenderness. The portion size is good and this dish is very satisfying...

  86. Published : Thursday, 13th November 2008

    Le Pain Quotidien | Le Pain Quotidien – Soho

    We’ve been to Le Pain Quotidien many a time and it is good at any time of the day! It’s great to go early in the morning when the pastries are all fresh. They do good quality croissants and pain au chocolat. The granola with yogurt could have done with more yogurt to balance out the amount of granola. I’ve tried their muffins and thought that they were tasty and not overly sweet. The individual fresh fruit tarts always look tempting too! The organic mezze platter is great to share. It comprises of hummus, babaganoush (aubergine salad) and aubergine and tomato. The bread that comes with it is usually rye bread but you can ask for any bread from their selection. It is all very moreish!...

  87. Published : Sunday, 19th October 2008

    Bistro Aix | Bistro Aix – Crouch End

    We went to this French restaurant for a friend’s birthday! On entering this restaurant, one of the first things that I noticed was that it was a lot more spacious than what I would have expected and the lighting was just right for an evening setting. We started off with the goat’s cheese with walnut bread and date chutney. The goat’s cheese was of the perfect consistency and the date chutney had the right sweetness. The battered fried squid was not over cooked. The bread was really fresh too. For the mains, we had the aubergine parmigiana and the steak frites. The aubergine and the tomato sauce went perfectly together...

  88. Published : Wednesday, 15th October 2008

    Tibits | Tibits – Regent Street

    This vegetarian cafe had only been open for two weeks when we visited it. On entering, it was very spacious and had a nice atmosphere. Everything looked very new and clean. The staff seemed to be clearing up constantly so the cafe remained tidy. There are a few comfy seats, as well as window seating and an additional area downstairs. The focal point to this cafe is the food boat. This is the open buffet that has cuisines to suit every taste. It’s a shame that this is buffet style. We would have preferred it if it was served from behind the counter. The food looked fresh and we saw that it was getting replenished often...

  89. This is quite a small cafe with a limited seating area. There are a few comfy seats and a couple of tables outside as well. This bakery specialises in cupcakes, cookies, brownies and layered cakes. These are all freshly baked on the premises. They also have a daily special on their menu – a different cupcake for each day of the week. I have tried their famous red velvet cupcake. This has red vanilla sponge topped with cream cheese frosting...

  90. Published : Tuesday, 16th September 2008

    Banana Tree Angel | The Banana Tree Canteen – Angel

    A great oriental restaurant to go for if you want good food and you want it quick! It has a similar feel to the Wagamama restaurants. I liked the open kitchen which formed part of the dining area and this restaurant had friendly staff. The Pad Thai noodles were nice although they would have been better if more vegetables had been in the dish...

  91. Published : Monday, 8th September 2008

    Fire & Stone | Fire and Stone – Covent Garden

    This is a pizza restaurant with a difference; it has the biggest range of pizzas that I have seen on a menu. They have pizzas named after places around the world and the names reflect the ingredients used on the pizza! The Byron Bay pizza had great flavours with its toppings of mixed mushrooms, garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes, basil pesto, mozzarella, caramelized onion jam and smoked paprika...

  92. Published : Friday, 5th September 2008

    Haché Camden | Hache Burger Connoisseurs – Camden Town

    If you are looking for a tasty burger made from quality ingredients, then this is the restaurant for you. The flower fairy lights help to set a romantic atmosphere. We really enjoyed the Hache Club burger (chicken, tomato, bacon, lettuce, cheese and avocado) and the Le Grand Champignon burger (portobello mushroom, red pepper, courgette and pesto). The perfect side order was chunky chips. A very satisfying meal!...

  93. Published : Tuesday, 2nd September 2008

    My Old Dutch | My Old Dutch Pancake House – Holborn

    The pancakes here are big and definitely enough to share between two people. They are different to the traditional french crepes, the ones that are folded into triangles. These pancakes are as big as the plate and reminds me a little of pizza. The toppings are mixed into the pancake mixture and then cooked. I’ve only ever had the vegetarian pancake and the potato wedges. Both were really good and surprisingly filling. If you have room for dessert, then there is a whole range of more pancakes. A warning, these pancakes are the same size as the savoury ones. I’ve had the sweet pancake which had chunky apples slices, cinnamon and was topped off with ice cream. Its hard to say whether I prefer the sweet pancakes to the savoury ones...

  94. Published : Sunday, 31st August 2008

    Cafe Deco | Cafe Deco – South Kensington

    An average cafe located a short walk from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Inside, it has metal chairs and tables so lacks the comfort factor. The latte and cappuccino were good. Soy milk is available. The staff were friendly. The cafe was quite quiet considering it was a Saturday afternoon. The cakes were of the cream and mousse based variety. They looked of a high quality...

  95. Published : Wednesday, 27th August 2008

    Bettys York | Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms – York

    The heart of York city centre is the location for this renowned tea room. The decor is nice and it has the feel of an established tea room. All the staff are dressed in the classic black and white uniforms. We had the Bettys Tea Room Blend which is a blend of African and Assam teas. The Warm Yorkshire Fat Rascal was a good accompaniment. This is a hearty scone (double the size of a normal scone) with cherries and almonds. A special touch to this cafe is that is has a traditonal cake trolley which has a good variety of fresh cakes and tarts. The strawberry tart was well worth it with its melt in the mouth pastry. This cafe has such a good range of teas and coffees. They also do hot chocolate and milkshakes. Even though Bettys has the title of a tea room, they do other food, ranging from cold sandwiches, breakfasts, salads to hot main meals and desserts...

  96. Published : Saturday, 23rd August 2008

    Sable D’or | Sable D’or – Muswell Hill

    This french patisserie is a fantastic place to go at any time of the day, especially for breakfast. This is when the croissants, pastries, breads and cakes are all freshly baked. The croissants are pretty close to the quality that you would get in Paris. Their rye toast is always a firm favourite! If you fancy freshly made crepes, then this cafe is the one for you. It is definitely hard to resist their range of food. They do good coffees and teas. They have fresh juices, smoothies and power boost blends too. Soy milk is available. The staff are very friendly too. A tip is that if you sit upstairs in the cafe, then the service is a little bit slower...

  97. Published : Thursday, 21st August 2008

    inSpiral Lounge | inSpiral Lounge – Camden Town

    The inSpiral Lounge overlooks the Camden Locks and has a very new age feel to it. All the food is organic and delicious, not to mention reasonably priced. Don’t expect to find anywhere to sit and eat your food though, as both times I’ve visited this cafe it’s been packed to busting! Their drinks are good, I tried the coffee and a hot chocolate. They do Soy and only seem to serve fair trade teas and coffees...

  98. Published : Wednesday, 20th August 2008

    Café Laville | Cafe Laville – Little Venice

    This is a romantic little cafe which has beautiful views overlooking the canal. Perfect for a sunny day! The coffee and tea were good, with the tea being served by the pot. Soy milk is available. The food looked very tasty and we were definitely tempted by it. The staff were very friendly and the service was quick. With the relaxing music playing in the background and the general ambiance of the cafe, it doesn’t feel like this cafe is located on the busy Edgeware Road...

  99. Published : Monday, 11th August 2008

    High Tea of Highgate | High Tea of Highgate – Highgate

    Entering this tea shop makes you feel like you have gone back in time (in a good way)! There is a lot of attention to detail in this cafe, from the proper china tea cups to the matching cow milk pot. The darjeeling tea and the summer tea were both great. Contrast to the tea, the hot chocolate was normal. Soy milk is available. All the cakes looked good and fresh. We sampled the carrot cake. It was delicious and the portion was of a good size-definitely enough to share!...

  100. Published : Monday, 11th August 2008

    Libertea | Libertea – Marlborough Road

    Hidden away at the Hornsey end of Marlborough Road this is a cute little cafe. Serving teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes. There are some very interesting works of art on the walls and the owners seem friendly enough. Football fans will be pleased to hear that Libertea is only a short bus journey from the Arsenal football stadium (maybe!)...

  101. Published : Wednesday, 6th August 2008

    The Natural Kitchen | The Natural Kitchen – Marylebone

    As the name suggests, it is one of those cafes of the natural trend. The cafe is located above its greengrocer/deli shop. The cafe had good natural lighting and a relaxed atmosphere. The hot chocolate was slightly bitter which made a change to the normal heavy hot chocolates available at other cafes. The cafe does do soy milk. The open plan kitchen adjacent to the seating area makes the food even more tempting! Its always good to be able to see how and where your food is prepared...