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23 August 2014

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Blog Reviews from Foodie Claire

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Starter and main please, skip the dessert...


  1. Le Relais de Venise had been on my “restaurant hit-list” for well over a year. Yes I do have a restaurant hit-list – a carefully constructed list of restaurants that I would like to visit. It’s on a Google Doc and everything. Well I do work in digital marketing! I was starting to think I’ve never get the opportunity to visit, until one of my suppliers asked where my colleagues and I would like to go for lunch – in the city. Easy decision. We opted for a later lunch because city people like to eat early lunches – unless it’s a Friday it seems – in which case yes they will go early – but sit for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages...

  2. What a lovely evening Sally and I had on Thursday at Diciannove - an Italian restaurant within the Crowne Plaza hotel in Blackfriars that has renamed and recently revamped itself. Usually PR events are much the same. Drinks and food that the proprietors THINK you want to sample thrown at you. Followed by an A4 sheet of paper with the offering and many links to ensure that you post SOMETHING to ensure the restaurant gains coverage. I have to love Roche because they get it right. They don’t make me FEEL like I have to post anything on the Internet or give any coverage to events. I guess their clients just have such an air about them that I feel that I will want to tell people “look here! You must go!” That’s certainly how I felt sampling the food at Diciannove. Listening to the General Manager tell us about his passion for Diciannove and introducing us to his chefs. It’s also how I felt when Jared – restaurant manager (and formally a member of staff at The Waldorf (I know – like WHOA), Nicholas – Hotel Manager and Joel – Bar Manager invited Sally and I to have a look at the layout of Voltaire – the champagne bar and cigar terrace located in the basement of the grade II listed building complete with amazing vaults. It used to be a palace and a prison! We were blown away. I think we might have found our favourite night spot...

  3. I’m always on a quest to visit restaurants serving seafood, (ok this fact you already knew about FoodieClaire) so I jumped at the opportunity to visit Blackhouse – The Grill on the Market Restaurant in Smithfields, London. I had been sent an email about their Lobster Festival, which has been running throughout the month of March. I thought it would be a great excuse to visit my first restaurant in Smithfields...

  4. Bedford & Strand is nondescript from the outside. When I checked out the address I couldn’t fathom where it could possibly be and I know Bedford Street very well with its looming TGI Friday restaurant and Fitness First branch, I couldn’t picture a restaurant. Ah, well I found it on Monday. A simple opening with a sign that looked like it had been there for years and years and years (in a good way). Reminiscent of so many basement wine bars such as Champagne Charlies and Gordon’s Wine Bar. I was surprised to discover that this bar/restaurant had only actually been open for eight years!...

  5. Those creative thinkers have pulled out another stop introducing Shoreditch to the Barrio family as I found out recently having attended the VIP opening for their latest addition – Barrio East. The dying crappy “nothing bar” Avalon had finally been shut down (cue cheers all round, really was a weird place), the underground brothel walls were knocked through and bright sunshine paint and South American fusion music entered in its place to infuse Shoreditch High Street into a way of socialising that Poland and Upper Street have already embraced...

  6. Who in their right mind would participate in a meat crawl of three different venues? Sounds like something you’d see in Man vs. Food doesn’t it? Well the Google+ Local team made it happen and I am eternally grateful for the privilege of being invited along. Our locale this time still remained to be East London (have to say these East adventures really agree with me) and first stop was Beard to Tail in Curtain Road – haven’t heard of it? Well neither had I til I looked it up. Beard to Tail opened their doors on 8th October 2012. I spent the first part of the evening questioning in my head “what did this place used to be?!!”. I still haven’t cracked it so BtT or Louise and Graham, if you’re reading this – please put me out of my misery!...