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42 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 4PZ
Decided to try a Korean restaurant that I hadn't eaten in yet. Not a good idea it turned out as this is possibly the worst Korean restaurant I have been to in London.
The quality of the food was quite bad, flavourless and looking like they had just quickly thrown it together. One dish came out after a long wait and had some rice which felt like it was the reheated lunch one. More likely they scraped it from the bottom of the rice cooker since the second dish ended up late because they had run of of rice.
I'm adding this one to my list of "never again" restaurants.
45 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1F 8SF
Nice enough place but I think that really describes it, nice enough. Now, there's nothing wrong with nice, I do like the interior in a way but I don't see it as the kind of place you sit down with your book, laptop, etc.
As for the tea I have to admit I didn't actually try it, I had coffee instead so this review is for the interior and the coffee. Coffee was OK but you could get that in many places around London.
Too be honest, it is the kind of place I would happily sit down in if I happened to pass by but not the kind I would make an effort to go to.
31-35 Great Ormond Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3HZ
How I wish that The Espresso Room was closer to my office, I wish it was open on weekends, that it had seating, etc. Because it is the best coffee I have had in London so far and it is a shame to not be able to visit it more often.
As other reviewers have mentioned they use Square Mile beans and use them to make coffee to perfection. The interior is small and cosy, basically it is just a room with a coffee machine in it.
Definitely visit if you are into coffee and are in the area. Don't expect to sit down and read though.
444 Edgware Road, London W2 1EG
Great little place close to Edgware Road station. The interior of the restaurant is very small but cosy and the staff are great at making you feel comfortable and welcome. Make sure to ask them for suggestions as they are more than happy to go through the menu with you and give recommendations.
It is hard to describe exactly what Burmese food is like, you can find influences from several different asian cuisines. Like one of the other reviewers I tried the chilli chicken, twice cooked fish curry and the aubergine and potato, which were all very good. The twice cooked fish curry is quite different in flavour but is definitely worth trying at least one.
34 Portman Square, London W1H 7BY
I went here to celebrate a promotion and decided to go for the tasting menu.
First off, the interior is very nice, I think some people could be a bit intimidated and feel they really need to dress up but in fact it is a quite relaxed, just don't show up in torn jeans and trainers and you'll be fine!
The starter was not very impressive, I can't say that I liked it that much, a beetroot dish, but from there on the menu got better with each dish. The beetroots were followed by a very nice soup and then the fowl served with sweet corn and popcorn. It sounds strange (it was actually supposed to be bacon popcorn but I couldn't really tell) but the texture combination was really interesting and very nice, especially the sauce. The best part of the tasting menu though was the dessert which was divine, I would go just to have this again.
In short, recommended for a special occasion and to try their quite original dishes but not somewhere I would go just to have a good meal out.
51 Pimlico Road, Chelsea, London SW1W 8NE
I wanted to like Hunan but I just couldn't. The concept was very interesting, a restaurant with no menu, you just tell them what sort of food you like, if you like spicy food, have any allergies, etc. Then they start bringing you food, about 18 dishes in total. So far so good. At various points throughout the dinner we had to ask them to slow down as they were putting more dishes on the tables than we could have at a time.
Overall the food was quite bland and not that exciting. For me it felt like it was "generic Chinese" food, not from Hunan province, nor Taiwanese inspired like their website says. Some wasn't really that hot when served, the dishes were just thrown on the table (actually thrown, splashing on the tablecloth) and we weren't told what we were having most of the time.
In the end I felt a bit let down by the experience since it was quite expensive, for what we got, and the food was like I could get in any Chinese restaurant.
22 Easton Street, London WC1X 0DS
The Easton is a very nice pub near Farringdon. The interior is spacious and light with quite a few tables. The Sunday roast is not bad, the pork especially is very nice and the portion is large enough to keep you stuff for a while, but it's the weekday food that is the star of the place. I had steak and chips with gorgonzola butter which was very nicely cooked and the the sunken chocolate cake for dessert. Both were very tasty and very generous portions.
26 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1JD
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Newly opened coffee place situated between Tottenham Court Road an Goodge Street stations. Interior is nice and airy with lots of wooden details. The coffee they use is Square Mile beans. I tried the cappuccino which was good but there are other places nearby with better coffee.
22 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4HH
You can easily miss the place walking past on the street. As others have said it is a very unpretentious place with not a lot of space inside. The interior is nicely pleasant and humble though and it is easy to feel relaxed and just enjoy the food.
The chef used to work at Nobu earlier and you can tell that the menu is a bit different from your normal Japanese restaurant. There were just too many things to choose from on the menu that sounded great. Settling on trying a few different items I have to say that all the food was very impressive. Highlights included the salmon and miso tartar chip, seabass carpaccio with ponzu jelly and truffle oil and the wonderful seared Wagyu beef with Korean spicy miso.
All dishes were superbly cooked and really tasty. Service was great - very unobtrusive and they knew how to space the dishes out so the wait was never too long but it was not an avalanche of food either.
Highly recommend it, will definitely go again.
76 Paul Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4NE
Went for the Sunday roast and tried the mixed roast with roast beef and pork and some organic chicken. It was good but I have had better in London. The portion was quite generous and should leave most people feeling full afterwards.
The interior of the place is worth going for though, very light and airy with tables that are not too closely packed together.
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