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23 April 2014

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Blog Reviews from ilovecakeandtea

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All things food & drink around London


  1. Published : Monday, 7th April 2014

    La Mancha | Review of La Mancha

    I recently visited La Mancha, a local family run tapas and cava restaurant in leafy Chiswick. The bistro style diner is headed by Salvatore Cricchio who wanted to create a vibrant yet homely restaurant, bringing the flavours and culture of his beloved Spain to London. La Mancha unveiled their new tasting menu comprising of 12 tapas dishes from all over Spain. The menu was extensive and had a fantastic mix of seafood, vegetarian and meat options...

  2. Published : Monday, 31st March 2014

    Après London | Review of Apres London

    Apres is a sleek cocktail and lounge bar tucked away behind Selfridges in Central London. With an inspiring, contemporary and stylish drinks menu, Apres offers a glamourous night for it’s guests. With a smoking terrace and shisha pipes available, a VIP area and private hire. the customer service is second to none. An newly extended happy hour on Thursday night’s till 12am, Thursday is certainly the new Friday!...

  3. Published : Tuesday, 25th March 2014

    Ognisko Restaurant | Review of Ognisko Restaurant

    In the heart of South Kensington is Ognisko restaurant specialising in dishes of eastern and central Europe with an emphasis on Polish cuisine. There is a la carte menu, daily set lunch and theatre menu all on offer. This beautiful converted town house once a Polish private members club it has been transformed into a glorious grand open restaurant with a terrace. From the minute you walk through giant (almost secret) black door you are transported in a world of grandeur, class and elegance. Crisp white walls and spiraling staircase was like being in the Bank’s family home in Mary Poppins, I was in complete ore of the place. Greeted immediately by the friendly and chicly dressed staff we were ushered into the high ceiling dining room...

  4. Published : Wednesday, 5th March 2014

    BrewDog Shepherd's Bush | Review of Brewdog Shepherds Bush

    Having already huge success around the UK, BrewDog’s passion and aim for quality British beer is evident from the carefully selected malts/hops/ ingredients to their distinctive bold blue branding. Perched on the corner of the Goldhawk Road / Shepherds Bush, Brewdog has bought a touch of Camden and Dalston to the area. At first glance you would think you’ve walked into an American diner; booths, retro lighting and 1950′s classic wall menu but all with a darker moody twist...

  5. Boutique bakery La Patisserie Des Reves have opened their first London store in swanky Marylebone. Created by acclaimed chef and pâtissier Philippe Conticini his award winning pastries and gateaux’s are works of modern food art. French classics such as Tarte Tartin, mille-feuille, eclairs and Tarte Au Citron are geniusly displayed under large glass globes, an art installation like something out of the Tate modern...

  6. This February, vibrant neighbourhood fish brasserie, Kensington Place,will transform its private dining room into a popup restaurant: FISHBone. A stone’s throw from Notting Hill station, FISHBone will be a unique fish and seafood spin on the ‘gourmet fastfood’ trend. Seating only 36 diners, this small and intimate space will combine English eccentricity and a retro diner feel. The interior will bestripped back and informal with a large communal wooden table running through the centre of the room and decorated throughout with vintage paraphernalia. Inspired by the restaurant’s hit summer menu, FISHBone will offer a range of ‘fastfish’ dishes created by head chef Dan Loftin, including the signature Scallopdog with brown shrimp and cucumber vierge; Yellowfin tuna burger with sesame, soy and radish; Salmon “donor” with pitta, cucumber and yoghurt, and Pulled skate with beurre noisette and capers...

  7. Bush Hall Dining Rooms just opened in the heart of Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush. Presenting British menus with an array of traditional classic dishes with a contemporary edge. Bought over from my neighbours two doors down from me, the new owners have transformed this once greasy spoon to a rustic style bistro. In keeping with the Edwardian architecture of adjoining Bush Hall, original wood work, peeled paint and the Dining Rooms sign were kept to show off the bones and roots of the restaurant...

  8. Published : Saturday, 29th June 2013

    Charlotte's Bistro | Review of Charlotte’s Bistro W4

    Tucked away in Chiswick, West London is Charlotte’s Bistro, a charming, modern casual bar and restaurant. and the little sister of Charlotte’s Place in Ealing. Owner Alex Wretham prides himself on making the bar a prominent part of the bistro, no brands on show as all wines and spirits are from local distilleries and brewers...

  9. Published : Sunday, 23rd June 2013

    Galeto | Review of Galeto, Soho, London

    Galeto, a new Brazilian street food cafe has just opened in the heart of London’s Soho. Galeto or ‘little chicken’ was bought over from the Portuguese immigrants to Rio...

  10. The W Hotel London has spruced up their afternoon tea by introducing the W Rock Tea Menu at the W Lounge. With a wave of her magic culinary wand, Gizzi Erskine has given traditional British baked cakes and French pastries a contemporary twist with a hint of Americana thrown into the mix...

  11. Published : Thursday, 16th May 2013

    Vapiano | Review of Vapiano, London

    Situated just off the hustle and bustle of London’s Oxford Street is Vapiano, a restaurant that has taken the fresh casual style of Italian dining to a new level. Vapiano is an innovative European concept serving made-to-order fire roasted pizzas, fresh, house-made pasta and hand tossed gourmet salads...

  12. Nothing says classy and girly than afternoon tea in town and my choice of venue was the Reform Social & Grill in The Mandeville Hotel, London. Reform Social and Grill brings a quintessentially British experience to the Mandeville Hotel. Taking inspiration from classic British gentlemen’s clubs, Reform Social and Grill offers an informal yet sophisticated experience with quality at the fore...

  13. Any restaurant with a queue outside the door is worth the wait in by book and Muriel’s Kitchen did not disappoint. This fabulous deli and restaurant serves up British classics with a modern twist. The window is filled with delectable, dainty and chic cakes, macaroons and brownies...

  14. Honky Tonk is Shoreditch meets Kings Road, within an affluent area in London the diner’s ambience is a retro vibe with a modern streak. The bar is country modest feel, red bricked walls and varnished wooden bar counter top oozing coyote ugly with a contemporary edge...

  15. For me lobster was always seen as a luxury food, unaffordable and not something I would attempt to cook. So when I heard you could get lobster, fries and salad for £20 I was gob smacked. Despite the no reservations under 6 people policy I managed to blag (beg) a reservation for lunch...