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April 19th, 2013
Category: Brasserie (£££)
March 25th, 2013
Category: Bistro (££)
October 25th, 2012
The area around Sloane Square is notoriously rubbish for finding decent food. That’s apparently also what Earl Cadogan thought when he ate at Oriel, a brasserie directly on Sloane Square. He hated the experience so much that he refused to prolong Oriel’s lease (the powers of a landlord). I am totally with Earl Cadogan. Oriel was an appalling place – the food was pricey and bad, the atmosphere stuffy and the waiting stuff an arrogant bunch of xxx. I remember with shame the day when I had a first date with someone from match.com at Oriel and ended up knocking over my glass of white wine. It suffices to say that the guy did not exactly defend me against Oriel’s waiters (he was a complete waste of time) and after this episode I refused to ever set foot again into dreadful Oriel.
May 8th, 2012
Category: Bistro (Â£Â£)
The decision to give a very positive review to the all day breakfast/ tartine/French boulangerie place Cuisine de Bar by Poilane just off busy King’s Road is largely based on the fact that I am absolutely in love with their Australian Tartine (?Â£8.5). Ripe mashed avocado is generously layered onto a slice of deliciously fresh crisp artisan brown bread which has before been spread thinly with vegemite, the Australian version o f marmite. Together with the chilli flakes sprinkled on top, the result is an enticing mixture of salty and hot and creamy and I just absolutely love it. I think it’s the best hangover food ever, as it gives you everything you need to recover from having had one glass too many.
April 25th, 2012
Category: Brasserie (Â£Â£Â£)
Bistro Bruno Loubet is a distinctly French restaurant located in stylish boutique hotel The Zetter in the middle of the Golden Restaurant Triangle that is Clerkenwell/Farringdon (within a short walking distance you also find the excellent restaurants The Modern Pantry, St. John’s Restaurant, Vinoteca, North Road, Fox and Anchor and St. Ali). The dining room is bright and generous, the waiters as Gaelic as can be (ours looked and talked like taken straight out of a French movie actually) and the food is delicious.
March 15th, 2012
Category: Brasserie (Â£Â£Â£)
My dinner at Bistro du Vin has been a largely unpleasant experience and the food could be summarised with the two words “Dry” and “Bland“. Â On top of this, the serviceÂ personnel was truly annoying (such as 3 waiters Â asking the same question within the space of 2 minutesÂ and fake friendliness that seemed veryÂ insincere) and a waiting time of 45 minutes for the starter of the pre-theatre menu.
February 8th, 2012
We went to see The House of Bernarda Alba, a Llorca play with a pure female cast,Â transferred from catholic Spain to rural Iran. Â I liked it a lot, while my boyfriend found it depressing and hated it. Â I suggest you believe me and go see it, it’s on until 10th of March.
November 27th, 2011
St Emilion, located about half an hour outside of the city of Bordeaux, must be one of the prettiest and most enchanting little towns in France, if not Europe. If you manage to ignore the fact that it doesnâ€™t feel â€˜realâ€™ but a bit like a Wine Disney World for national and international tourists, you will very likely have a highly enjoyable time there.
September 9th, 2011
What better to do in the glamorous seaside town Saint Tropez than to visit a 2 Michelin starred restaurant beautifully set on the posh shores of the Cote D’Azur?
The restaurant Vague Do’Or attached to the small hotel Residence de la PinedeÂ is one of the 76 restaurants of France with 2 stars (25 have 3). I have been disappointed on several previous occasions by Michelin star restaurants in the UK, but was absolutely willing to give the recommendation by this very French restaurant rating system another try, this time in the land of its origin.
July 10th, 2011
After having read No Reservation‘s raving review on Medlar, I hurried straight away to make a booking. And I am glad I did, as I liked almost everything about this new restaurant serving contemporary European food with strong French influence.
Medlar is located on the non-posh end of King’s Road, close to World’s End, Vivian Westwood’s first shop opened in 1971. The location is the only communality between these two places: in comparison to Vivian Westwood who has been pushing boundaries for the past 40 years, Medlar feels pleasantly classic and the food as well as the atmosphere is of understated elegance.
Medlar which has opened only in April is a joint project of Joe Mercer Nairne, who cooked for gourmet temples such as The Savoy Grill and Chez BruceÂ and DavidÂ Oâ€™Connor who managed front of the house at Chez Bruce, The Square and The Ledbury. You have to admit, this does sound promising!
I have to start by mentioning the immaculate and polished service. In fact it was so perfect that it was almost too much and felt a bit awkward at times. I second another review where the author felt that the waiters almost started crying and looked positively depressed when you didn’t finish the food. In the end this speaks for the restaurant, it is a good sign if the waiters believe in the quality of the restaurant they are working for. It wouldn’t hurt though if they relaxed a little bit, I think it would put the diner at easy…
For dinner there is only the option of a three course menu compris for very good value 38 pounds. (I kind of like places that force me to eat dessert which I tend to skip far too often…)
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