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58 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP
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Great coffee place on Redchurch street. This might actually be my new favourite place for coffee in London. Large airy interior with lots of wood, great coffee and amazing cakes and pastries.
By entrance is an enormous coffee roasting machine to greet you and through the windows you can see the cooking going on in the kitchen. The staff are really cheerful and friendly.
As an added bonus they also sell the coffee beans.
145 Cleveland Street, London W1T 6NU
Some great lunch food to be had here. The food was nice and served promptly, service was good and how can you complain about a sub £5 lunch that leaves you full and content?
The menu is really extensive with plenty of authentic sounding dishes. Too many choices, I had to be careful not to order too much.
Will definitely try here again. I'm glad to have a proper Chinese place close to the office.
11-13 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QD
Went for Sunday brunch to try out their food. I wish I hadn't... or at least that I had ordered something different. Most important stuff first: the coffee. You can tell that they use good coffee but unfortunately it wasn't really that well made. It wasn't bad but it wasn't as good as it could have been either, it was a bit bland.
The interior is spacious and the place gets packed on weekends it seems. The wait was only 15 min and they let you sit inside to have some coffee or drinks while waiting. Overall the service was excellent, the waitress constantly refilled my water glass and everyone was well friendly.
Too bad the food was such a letdown. I ordered the grilled ham with bubble and squeak and poached eggs with hollandaise. Unfortunately I couldn't find any redeeming feature. The ham was way too thick, was dry but still not really grilled. The bubble and squeak was a big lump of really sweet deep fried potato mash, reminding me of my school days. The eggs were overcooked and the sauce had no lemon, only butter in it. The fry up on the other hand didn't look too bad so if I ever happen to be in Caravan again I'll try that instead. Who knows, maybe I had some bad luck with my food?
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, 111 48 Stockholm
The Atrium is the restaurant inside the national museum of Sweden (Nationalmuseum), hosted inside the centre courtyard of the museum. The interior is quite light with the ceiling, being all glass, several floors above.
The food is like what you can expect from an eating place inside a museum but a bit higher quality. All the food seems to actually be cooked on the premises with fresh ingredients, however maybe not the best considering the amount of fat on the pieces of beef in the stew I had. Food is good enough though and it is a nice place to sit down to relax your tired feet after walking around the museum.
Oxtorgsgatan 12, 111 57 Stockholm
Had a great night here with excellent food at acceptable prices. The concept is that you select dishes (3, 5 or 7, supposedly corresponding to a 1, 2 or 3 course meal) based on its main flavour. The dishes are from many different cuisines and you have a choice between 15 mains and 5 desserts. For every dish there is a recommended drink which can be had as a glass or as just a small taste if you want to try all the recommendations for the dishes you selected.
Overall the food was very good, with fresh ingredients and well cooked, but there were some exceptional dishes like the deer carpaccio (main flavour ginger), the perch with a caper sauce and the orange and pistachio dessert. I could easily go back to have those three again and to try all the ones I didn't have this time of course.
The interior is quite modern but relaxed (I saw one family with a few kids if you are looking to bring yours). It is slightly dark though.
I highly recommend this to anyone visiting Stockholm, or for people living there looking for a very nice place to eat. I will definitely try to come back next time I am in Stockholm.
Riddargatan 4, 11435 Stockholm
Housed in a building from the 1700s is a strange cafe where all the interior seems to be from the beginning of the last century. Note that it is a few floors up and the only way to get there is to use the narrow winding stairs.
There have been a lot of reviews elsewhere about how arrogant and rude the staff are. When I visited the staffed seemed OK, but not particularly helpful.
The prices are quite high, a coffee is 26 SEK but all you get is reheated brewed coffee. Pastries are OK, but nothing special, they were not that fresh.
Go for the interior if that's your thing, otherwise try any of the other coffee places in the area that will have better coffee, pastries and service.
Sankt Eriksgatan 88, 11362 Stockholm
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Very cosy little cafe close to St Eriksplan tube station. Offering some salads and hot sandwiches, which I didn't try, and a small selection of pastries. The jam biscuit (hallongrotta) was very nice and so was the big slice of cardamom cake. The coffee is excellent, the cappuccino was strong but not bitter and with the right amount of milk in it.
The interior is, well, different, with tiled walls and wooden panels. There are quite a few tables inside that are mostly free as people will grab the few tables outside first, even though these are right next to a well trafficked road.
49 Dean Street, London W1D 5BG
Went to Polpo and was told there was very long waiting time and so decided to try Polpetto instead. Waiting time was to be around 20 min (turned out to be 15) and they took down name and mobile number to text when the table was available.
The place is quite small inside and dim, but got a nice atmosphere for sitting down, talking and enjoying your food and wine.
The wine comes in a 250 or 500 ml caraffe or a full bottle. For food I decided to try one item from each section except for dessert - bread, vegetable, fish & seafood and meat. In the end it didn't add up to much, I was a bit surprised at receiving the bill.
From the bread section was the Pizzetta Bianca, a pizza bread with a strong flavour of fresh oregano, excellent quality and a good compliment to the other dishes to come out feeling if not full then at least not hungry. I had the zucchini fries from the veggie section, a large portion of golden, crispy zucchini in batter.
The waitress recommended the cuttlefish cooked in its own ink with a bit of lemon flavouring. She described it as delicate, which it was, but for me it was to much of it. The flavour got quite overpowering after just a few bites. The chilli prawn did look very nice, so that's probably a safer bet.
The meat dish I settled on was beef with salad and a white truffle sauce. I suppose it depends on whether you like truffles or not but for me this was the highlight of the meal.
After trying quite a few Spanish tapas places this felt quite refreshing and excellent quality for the price paid. I have to say I'd much rather come here then any of the other wine bars/tapas places in the area.
20 Bury Street, (1st floor, next to the Gherkin), London EC3A 5AX
Came for the Haiku menu as part of a great online offer. It was really a great evening. Starting off with a free drink as part of the package, the seats were just next to where the chef was preparing the sushi and sashimi. The service was completely flawless, timing of the dishes perfect.
The dinner started with a small appetiser which was perfect for preparing your palate for the rest of the dishes and working up an appetite.
After that came the sashimi. Among the best I've ever had. Impeccably balanced flavours, fish that just melts away as you put it in your mouth, what more can you ask for?
After starter and sashimi came the main dish. There was a choice of vegetable tempura or belly pork. The centre-piece of the tempura was the shiso leaf. The tempura was a bit heavy, a bit too oily. The belly pork was extremely tender, just coming apart as you poke it with your chopsticks. A small piece of wasabi on top of it made for some really interesting flavours.
Following the main was the sushi platter. It just looked amazing and it turned out it tasted just as good as it looked.
It was a great evening in a restaurant with impeccable service, stunning interior and fantastic food. Any bad thing? Probably the price if I hadn't got the deal. Will definitely try to come here again.
55 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
I was considering a few places but finally settling on Claridge's for my birthday lunch and I do wish I had picked another place. When booking I told them it was for a birthday lunch so the table was away from the main seating area, in its own room just by the window. This turned out to be the birthday room as there were 4 other tables all celebrating. Kind of funny but nothing wrong with that, it was definitely the nicest part of the places.
The lunch started off with the sommelier coming over with an iPad with the wine selection. Slightly odd with the interior of the place but why not? the lunch started with an amuse bouche of chilled pea soup. This turned out, sadly, to be the best part of the lunch. The starter of orange-cured sea bream, red and yellow pepper escabeche was an interesting combination of textures and flavours but didn't work for me, especially the gazpacho sorbet felt out of place and didn't add anything to the dish.
The main was pot-roasted label anglaise chicken, summer truffle consommé with spätzle (couldn't bring myself to have the Sunday roast) which wasn't that interesting. The truffle flavour was quite nice (as expected) but the chicken was quite bland.
The dessert of dark, white and caramel chocolate mousse, lime ice cream with chocolate madeleines was like something you would get anywhere, no sign here why the place would have two Michelin stars. Was nice enough and that's unfortunately all you can say about it.
The highlight of the meal was afterwards when the head waiter found out that it was my birthday and gave me a tour of the kitchen, going through all different parts and taking a photo together with the head chef, Steve Allen.
Good to have tried but there are plenty of other places I would go to instead of giving it another go.
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