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I have to apologise for my lazy blogging at the moment – the summer effect, changing jobs and a lot of things going on in my life. I have however been eating, so will update you on recent restaurant experiences in a series of shorter posts. In the end all you, dear readers, want to know is whether the restaurant is worth going to, right?
July 14th, 2012
Category: Budget (Â£)
I am rarely doing invited restaurant reviews any more. Â In some way, it makes me feel guilty when I get a free meal and I have to give a devastating review. Â Unfortunately there is no way I could have written a positive or even moderate review about Imli, an Indian tapas restaurant in the middle of Soho.
April 21st, 2012
La Bodega Negra brought to London by the New York restaurateur, “cultural engineer” and nightclub owner Serge Becker is certainly a welcome addition to London’s food and drinks scene and has taken the London foodie world by storm. We all like places that are relaxed, reasonably priced and serve a mean margarita, right?
March 13th, 2012
Category: Budget (Â£)
BibimbapÂ is not only the famous Korean national dish, but also the name of a small Korean eatery in the midst of Soho. Â It is one of the places that, once discovered, you will keep coming back to for your quick, cheap, tasty and filling Korean fix.
July 14th, 2011
After I blogged about the frozen yoghurt joint Snog and how little it convinced me, Catty left a comment, suggesting I should try one of her favourite alternatives, Yuforia. And that’s exactly what I did.
July 12th, 2011
I met my Vietnamese food loving friend Naomi one Sunday in Soho with the aim to finally try out Viet in Greek Street, which has been strongly recommended to me by Leluu (who is Vietnamese and therefore must know where to get the most authentic and delicious Vietnamese grub). To our unimaginable disappointment, Viet was closed. We were not ready to give up yet on our quest for Vietnamese food in Soho and ended up at Pho, which is part of a small chain named after the Vietnamese national dish, in Wardour Street.
It might have been our mistake to not actually go for the pho but instead order my usual triad of papaya salad, fresh spring rolls and Bun Cha. Whatever the reason, the food at Pho turned out to be theÂ most westernised and least authentic Vietnamese I have had anywhere in London. Paired with rude and unpleasant service, I won’t exactly hurry back.
June 11th, 2011
I had a blind date meeting the lovely Skinny Bib for the first time at Tapas Brindisa. (Look at the Skinny Bib’s excellent write up here, I almost have nothing to add!) Unfortunately the food was not as pleasant as the company.
Tapas Brindisa in Soho has just opened a couple of weeks ago (there was ‘Tierra Brindisa’ before) and we went in the soft opening period with 20% off the food. Its older brother on the corner of Borough Market has been around what seems like forever and is always completely packed. I ate there once and was not as blown away by the food as many others. Mind you, Spanish is not my favourite cuisine and so I might need a little bit more then just ‘good’ to convince me.
Convinced I was not by new Tapas Brindisa. But let’s start with the some positive notes. I did love the space of the Soho joint which is bright with rustic wood furniture and direct view of the kitchen. We went on a sunny day and the room was bathed in beautiful light.
But now the food. For me the highlight of the meal was the the Pan de Coca (3.50), basically pan con tomate which I couldn’t get enough of on my holiday in Catalonia. Toasted country bread is rubbed with garlic and ripe tomato and drizzled with olive oil. Yum! But in the end it’s just bread and doesn’t require a huge amount of cooking skill. I rather liked the Padron Peppers (3.50). Apart from the amazing colour, they were nicely seasoned and non-greasy. An excellent bar snack. I am glad my dinner companion insisted on the Iberico de Bellota Ham (22) which was lean and beautifully flavoured. Not cheap though! I am not a ham expert at all so I can’t judge if it REALLY was worth 22 pounds. I kind of doubt it though.
May 14th, 2011
I kind of thought I had written up Spuntino long ago. It appears I haven’t… So some words about the current bloggers’ favourite. In this case I absolutely and completely agree with the Spuntino-Hype. It is an amazing place, so much fun! We went there on a Friday evening which is a mistake if you areÂ hungry. As we knew what we were up against, I didn’t mind waiting at this occasion.Â Spuntino is very small, around 25 or so seats around on the counter around the central bar area, and has a no booking policy. It’s quite comfortable to queue leaning against the wall where there is also space to put down your drinks. Yes you get served in the queue and yes I was very drunk long before we got to sit down to order some food.
I should probably mention at the point that Spuntino is the little brother of Polpo and Polpetto, we are talking creative restaurateurs here.
The menu, even though small, is full of dishes I want to try, and it is on the cheap side. Of course considering the amount of alcohol you have consumed before eating, the bill adds up… The food has a clear American theme to it with some American-Italian influences. American Rock ‘n’ Roll in the background and adorable guys with tattoos servingÂ makes for a unique and particularly charming atmosphere.
Finally we have a seat (to which we stagger at this point). The nice people at Spuntino immediately serve us some fresh popcorn. Unfortunately it was too salty, but one shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth…
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