eurydice13's Qype reviews
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
eurydice13 wrote on 16 December 2012If I were to sum up sketch, it would be "a constant surprise".
Between the "marelle" drawn on the floor at the entrance, the fairy forest bar, the delicious cocktails, the nearly alice-in-wonderland main dining room and the borderline clockwork-orange-lookalike egg-shaped toilets... well... sketch simply does not stop surprising you.
All I had was a delicious cocktail. I cannot wait to go again and have dinner, another cocktail, and generally spend more time in the slightly surreal, oddly juxtaposed, mildly psychedelic and indubitably francophone environment. Et c'est reparti!
585 Fulham Road, London SW6 5UA
eurydice13 wrote on 14 October 2012Real and proper, uncut and on a wooden board, pizza al metro. Delicious base, excellent toppings, generous portions. Shame the place got so crowded that we couldn't get a hold of a dessert menu in good time. On our next visit we'll have to allow for extra time to indulge in those. If they're as authentic as the pizza... Daaaamn!
1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1C 4AA
eurydice13 wrote on 2 October 2012
The most unprepossessing entrance to the worst kept secret in London! A brunch fit for... Well... The eclectic foodie.
One of my best friends in the world had just come back from visiting his family back in Greece. He felt guilty and relieved at being back in London. He'd missed the place. And, to be kind, London threw him a big fat party for his return. The sun was shining, and I took him to the best coffee place in London and the best brunch he's ever had. Several friends asked me how I heard about Caravan. Honestly, I have no idea. Twitter? I just know that I have to tell others. If a tree falls in the woods and all that... If I don't share, it's selfish, insufficient, like I'm keeping a dirty secret when the whole world deserves to know about the miracle I have discovered. Now then.
They roast their own. They sell it. And boy, do they know how to brew those divine beans! The espresso is so smooth and unburnt that it doesn't require sugar! The cappuccino I sip gently is made with slightly flimsy foam, but I forgive them given it's beautifully decorated and the espresso shots in it are per-fect.
The next thing we ordered was a muffin. When I mention this to people, they wrinkle their nose. You see, it's a savoury muffin. Yes. Savoury. That means without sugar / fruits / nuts / chocolate, but cheese, green things, maybe some meat... I _adore_ savoury things. In fact, unless you're talking chocolate / pralines / coffee, count me out of the cake list. Simple as that. Two modest exceptions: Apple cake, and Millefeuille. (Although Ladurée make a to-die-for praline mille-feuille.... oh.. my... goddess.... why did I think of that now?) So yes. Savoury muffin. It was delicious, fluffy, cheesy, slightly meaty, with some veg in for your 5-a-day. Soooo good! In fact I'm itching to trek all the way up to Central Saint Martins' Granary building (oh, did I not mention Caravan is in the same building? It is! It is!)
Then we ordered the main dish. The pièce de résistance. Poached eggs, soutzouk sausage, and aubergine purée. And oodles of parsley. Absolutely delicious! The soutzouk was great, and the eggs absolutely perfect. Poked them, cut the egg, and the gooey yolk spilled into the dish.
11 Pimlico Road, Chelsea/Victoria, London SW1W 8NA
eurydice13 wrote on 26 September 2012The rabbit did it.
No, really! There's a rabbit sitting on the bar, and he did it! He made me order the bloody mary, and the delicious (they must have been fresh) squid, and the steak. yummm.... steak...
Although, to be fair, I'm not sure I'd recommend the steak. I think they got my order and my friend's mixed up, so I ended up eating medium rare (urgh) and she medium. I hate it when places do that...
Food was very very good, service absolutely lovely, and... like I said... the rabbit did it. The wooden bar, floor, chairs, tables, walls, doors... and rabbit... everything is made in the loveliest warmest shade of brown wood you will ever see. Such a cozy place! Carpeted staircase with a slide-on-me-i-know-you-want-to banister. It doesn't get smoother than that. Oh no wait, it does! There's a chandelier lurking on the way to the bathrooms. And I didn't have a chance to check out the private dining room on the upstairs floor! Something to do next time. Because, you guessed it, there will be a next time.
Oh. I don't usually kiss and tell... but, in this case, it'd be unfair not to share: they take the tastecard. There. I said it. Go nuts.
28 Hammersmith Broadway, Hammersmith, London W6 7AB
eurydice13 wrote on 21 September 2012Convenient location, pretty good burgers, but a bit slow on the service for something that looks and feels like a pub.
Wouldn't either recommend nor discourage.
If you have a taste card, make sure you book more than an hour in advance. Unlike most other lovely places, they categorically refuse to accept it unless you have adhered to the letter of the law.
11-14 Hanover Place, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9JP
eurydice13 wrote on 6 August 2012The pricetags do not quite match the food. I suppose that's the only reason this is getting a 3. Despite the tastecard discount, I am still not impressed.
The flavours were nice enough. The scallops cooked very well. The tortelloni absolutely huge and delicious. The steak, plentiful and the small jenga-chips, very good. But I never would have paid the full price for that.
Also, the place was so incredibly loud, that I could barely hear my partner across the table! So I can't recommend the place. It's not bad. It's actually quite good. Except that it's not so incredibly good to warrant a detour. Nor would I say there was anything on the menu I am longing to have again or try. So maybe even those three stars are generous.
Radisson Edwardian Leicester Square Hotel, St. Martin's Street,, London WC2H 7HL
eurydice13 wrote on 6 August 2012Food: Excellent
Service: Lovely but sloooooooooow. Do not go there if you are at all in a rush.
Bonus: Takes TasteCard (even on Fridays) for 50% off the food. Also has absolutely lovely armchair seats. So the slow service is happily tolerable, even pleasant.
Favourites: Calamari and scallops.
Review: Seriously cheap on words.
50 Dean Street, London W1D 5BQ
48 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4EF
eurydice13 wrote on 27 July 2012Two stars based on disappointment rather than quality.
The food just... didn't cut it. If it weren't for a special offer we all had, this wouldn't have been worth the money by a long shot.
Still good... just. Not £55-per-person-without-wine good.
Oh. And what's up with the disco dinosaur head?
The Towpath, Richmond Riverside, London TW10 6UJ
eurydice13 wrote on 27 July 2012A well-kept secret, Richmond's edition of the popular Gaucho has perched itself just by the waterside, under a massive oak tree (is it an oak tree? My herbology isn't up to scratch). It has lovely seating both indoors and outdoors, with wall-to-wall windows making a glorious change from the usual Gaucho styling (underground, dark, romantic).
Possibly the brightest of the Gaucho cousins, I would strongly recommend this one for a romantic dinner this summer, while the weather is good. In the winter, it should also be lovely, but I doubt you'll make it there in time to watch the sun set at that time of year!