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Blog Reviews from The Bean Spillers


Young Londoners on a budget who love our food, come and enjoy our delectable discoveries.

  1. Published : Saturday, 10th November 2012

    Imli Street | Imli

    Imli Indian tapas makes for a lighter curry option (if you manage to refrain from over ordering!!) The food is interesting, serving the conventional Indian restaurant dishes along with some new ones. Plentiful fish options make a nice change, so we tried the spicy squid and the Amritsari Fish and Vegetable Fritters (Punjabi Kadi Pakora) in a nice spicy sauce I’d never tasted at an indian restaurant before. For tapas the portions were large and we easily over ordered. We recommend the classic Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosa Chat.The service is speedy and food comes at different times so you can get surprisingly full from grazing. Imli offers a new opportunity and reason to eat curry, not just as a take away or for a heavy night with the ladiators but as a quick lunch or sharing style dinner...

  2. Published : Monday, 9th July 2012

    Meatmarket | MEATmarket

    f you like the sound of MEATliquor (check out our post below) but don't have the time to dedicate to a sit down meat feast, you should try their recent addition, MEATmarket in Covent Garden. Designed like a greasy fast food joint on a balcony space, MEATmarket offers a reduced menu for takeaway or eat in, along with alcoholic milkshakes and slush puppies. The prices and portions are the same, but the loud and bustling atmosphere from below offers an interesting setting from which to tuck into your food. New to the menu at MEATmarket, we opted for Jalapenos Poppers, and the fully loaded hot dog (along with our usual fix of the Dead Hippie Burger!).The only difficulty is finding the place - the entrance is on Tavistock Street, take the staircase signposted for a chinese and follow the MEATmarket graffiti stenciling up to the first floor...

  3. Published : Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

    Meatliquor | MEATliquor

    If you like your burgers, chilli beef and general american food, you will love MEATliquor. Offering american specialities like deep fried gherkins served with blue cheese sauce, and double beef patty burgers with cheese, bacon, green pepper and everything else, this restaurant is surprisingly good value and unpretentious. Its decor is somewhat unsettling, covered by splashes of black and red paint with country and western in the background, it all adds up to a fun eclectic eating experience. The food is all freshly prepared so takes around 15 minutes but the starters are quick and the liquor list is plentiful. All the food comes on trays, the drinks in jam jars, and the seating encourages strangers to sit together. The staff were friendly and helpful and there was a real mixed bag of clientele. The burgers aren't massive but top up with some chilli fries, onion rings and finish with quack pie if you want to feel adequately stuffed. Queues are around the block for this place in the evenings and weekends so your best bet is Monday-Friday lunchtimes to guarantee a table...

  4. Published : Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

    Santa Maria | Santa Maria, South Ealing

    We have visited Santa Maria a number of times so thought that it was about time we added our own review to the mounting positive editorials that they’ve gained over the past two years. Located on St Mary’s Road (hence the name), Santa Maria is a Neapolitan pizzeria with a proper wood oven. Authentic is the name of the game, with the pizzas coming out all different shapes but they are always big with generous toppings and stay true to the region’s traditions. Featuring a few pizzas without tomato sauce and NO PINEAPPLE, this is a refreshing alternative to the standard Italian chains that monopolise London. Offering takeaway and eat in, this place normally requires a 20-30 minute wait for a seat in its tiny premises, just long enough for a cheeky pint in the next door pub. Santa Maria only makes pizza so don’t expect to order a salad or meat dish but its definitely worth the journey if you love your pizza!...

  5. Published : Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

    Kensington Square Kitchen | Kensington Square Kitchen

    This café-cum-restaurant was a welcome addition as the area lacks decent brunch spots that aren’t chains, let alone any greasy spoons. Set within the shade of Kensington square along with its laid back décor, the restaurant provides a peaceful and chilled setting in which to enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Just off the main hustle and bustle of High Street Ken, it makes for a great place to relax and refuel after/before a shopping expedition or a visit to Kensington Gardens. Serving English and New York Breakfasts, along with lunch or snackfood options, their coffee is exceptionally tasty and their flat whites are highly recommended. The staff were very efficient and accommodating to beanspiller requests - eggs over-easy and an extra sausage please. It is Kensington so prices reflect the location but it’s the best brunch place for miles around so worth a visit...

  6. Published : Tuesday, 27th December 2011

    Tuk Cho | TUK CHO, New Broadway, Ealing, London

    Brand new south-east asian restaurant opened in Ealing Broadway yesterday. The mixture of stir frys, curries, ramens and street foods from a number of different countries allows you to try classic regional dishes along with old favourites like vegetable gyozas. Specials are also available and lovers of spice will have difficulty choosing from the extensive hot choices! Wagamama style service and helpful staff, good place to take friends, family and dates...