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57 Borough High Street, Southwark, London SE1 1NE
11-08-2008 (updated on 20-09-2012)
Cafe Rossi is a lively cafe opposite HSBC bank on Borough High Street. The popular takeaway counter at the front often forms a line into the high street, serving good toasted sandwiches, ciabattas, cold drinks etc.
To the rear there is a small seating area with capacity for 26 people. Here they offer a larger selection of food, including excellent salads (the grilled chicken salad is a personal favourite), baked potatoes, a selection pasta dishes (spaghetti & meatballs also recommended), chilli con-carni, full English breakfast, omelettes, anything from the takeaway menu, and so on. In fact the menu is huge for such a small place, while still maintaining a home made taste.
The quality of the food is good, arrives quickly, and value for money is excellent. In fact most of the main courses are under five pounds.
What lets Rossi down unfortunately is the erratic service. During lunch time it gets very busy, and the staff will often hurry people out of the restaurant as soon as they’ve finished so they can fill the tables again. The orders will generally not arrive together, nor will the waiting staff remember who ordered what, so expect to have to claim your dish as it comes out of the kitchen.
Despite all this, the staff are very friendly, so if you are looking for a quick and cheap lunch and you’re prepared to put up with the chaotic service then Rossi’s is well worth a visit.
1 Flat Iron Square, Bankside, London SE1 0AB
11-08-2008 (updated on 20-09-2012)
The Island sandwich shop gets it’s name from it’s location between the two access roads from Southwark Bridge Road onto Union Street.
They serve pretty standard café fare; the usual range of sandwiches, baps, baked potatoes, lasagne, lattes, and bottled beers. Expect to pay £3 for a chicken and avocado bap with salad, £1.20 for a bacon roll in the morning.
Nothing special but still reasonably good. There is a large seating area both inside and out, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding seating. The staff are very efficient, and in fact there never seems to be much of a queue simply because they are so quick!
One additional bonus is free wifi.
125 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NP
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59-61 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NE
Pasta served super fast.
Very simple concept - just choose either penne or filled pasta, then choice your sauce (a selection of about 8 is available including carbonara, mushroom, arrabiata etc).
They also have a selection of coffees, soft drinks and salads available.
The pasta seemed fresh and the mushroom sauce I had was pretty tasty. Perhaps slightly expensive (£4 for the pasta & sauce, filled pasta is more though), but I'd certainly visit again.
315 Putney Bridge Road, Putney, London SW15 2PP
Had a great takeaway from this restaurant.
Picked up myself rather than use the delivery service, and the staff were really friendly (plus gave me free prawn crackers while I waited for the food to arrive!).
I can highly recommend the Malaysian Beef Rendang- a beef curry dish but with subtle favours and lemon grass - which was the favourite of the dishes we ordered.
160 Putney High Street, Putney, London SW15 1RS
I went here a few weeks ago later on in the evening, and it felt like stepping into another world!
Cocktails were in full flow (a speciality), and impromptu break dancing was taking place towards the back of the bar backed up by some thumping dance music. Strong wine list, and bottled and draft beers compliment the cocktail menu (draft beers confusingly not on the bar, so look under the spirits at the back). Lively atmosphere provided by a mixture of accents. Quirky interior décor.
Citizen Smith is brought to you by the same people at the Lost Society in Clapham.
Probably not ideal if you're after a quieter drink on a Friday/Saturday night, but certainly a welcome change from the other party orientated last night bars in Putney (such as the popular B@1).
Will update my review after my next visit
24 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TY
Katzenjammer is apparently the German term for hangover (or literaly "misery of cats"), and judging by the fact that you can order a stein (actually 2 pints rather than 1 ltr) of 6% Oktoberfest beer you can understand why!
The bar is laid out with large benches and tables in a typical Bavarian style, and is attractively decorated. You can either order at the bar or have table service. The range of beers is a large and excellent selection from Germany. The bar staff wear traditional Bavarian dress, adding to the atmosphere.
I've been several times since its opening about a month ago. On a Friday night visit, a brass band played pop music - sounds cheesy but does create an excellent atmosphere.
I can recommend the food. Especially ordering a large pretzel with every drink (£1.10). Also good are the sausage platters (served with lots of sauerkraut), cured meat selection. They do have at least one vegetarian dish.
Overall a highly recommended bar with a great atmosphere. Would be particularly good if you booked a whole table for a large group or party.
159 Borough High Street, Southwark, London SE1 1HR
Popular Chinese restaurant with a quick turnover.
They have a lunchtime meal including two courses and a soft drink for £6.80. They also have beer (I think Carlsberg) and wine.
Not the best quality Chinese I've had but certainly good value for money. Get there early to guarantee a seat.
They also do takeaways.
22 Weir Road, London SW19 8UG
Mexifresh is a Mexican takeaway that I’ve been ordering takeaways from for many years. I keep coming back due to their use of high quality ingredients and reliable service.
I personally stick to the burritos, which are available in a number of flavours - then you chose between vegaterian, beef chilli or chicken.
My usual order is the large chicken Americana burrito-and I normally have enough left over for lunch the next day. They used to serve steak as a filling but sadly this has been dropped from the menu-I will have to lobby them to try and get it back!
Several excellent salsas are available, served with home made authentic nachos-nothing like the Dorito style chips you buy in the supermarkets. In my opinion the best salsa is the Calexico (which is not as hot as its three chili rating suggests).
Other dishes include tacos, quesadillas, taquitos, and my wife’s favourite the chicken tostida salad (served in a massive crisp tortilla).
They can also deliver Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Oreos, and Mexican or Spanish beers.
They used to have a branch in East-Sheen/Mortlake, but sadly this has closed down, and apparently the business was sold. However, the new owners still seem to be doing an excellent job so I still highly recommend Mexifresh. I have not visited the Wimbledon premises in person - but the Sheen branch was more cafe style rather than a full blown restaurant.
All in all I’d say this is the best Mexican takeaway in South West London - recommended if you like Mexican food.
45 Mount Wise, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 2BL
We stayed here recently on a stag do. The hotel came as part of a package, so I have no idea how much it actually costs to stay.
In terms of the building, this is probably one of the worst hotels I’ve ever stayed in.
Our 4 person room had a bunk bed and two additional beds, crammed in so tightly that you had to side step between them. We were lucky (!) enough to have an en-suite, which had a slide door which did not shut probably.
The shower started off freezing cold for the first few minutes before, in a mater of seconds, changing to being painfully hot. Dangerously so in fact; I would not want to let a child use this shower.
The other rooms in the hotel share bathrooms, each broken in their own way (toilet impossible to flush, shower hose broken off wall etc.). The place seemed generally dirty.
When we arrived we each had to pay a £30 cash deposit, which was only returned after inspection and waiting around for 45 minutes on departure.
They made a big fuss about how good their English breakfasts were: sadly these fell well below expectations, featuring only the bear minimum of beans, eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato and toast (no mushrooms, black pudding, hash browns here!). The ingredients all seemed to be from an economy/value supermarket range, and no-one in our group could stomach the sausages.
They have a pool table in the front longe, and also an outside picnic table. The front of the hotel offers nice sea views. They also have a “licensed” bar (drinks poured from cans but at pub prices).
On a positive note, the staff were genuinely friendly people, and seemed interested in where we were planning to go out, and what activities we had planned during the day (surfing). As such, I think this saved The Ridge from being 1 star - however, if it costs more than about £20 pppn to stay there I would definitely give this place a miss.
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