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9 Rue Trévise, 75009 Paris
La Bontendrie is a friendly and good value restaurant serving traditional French cuisine. The lunch menu, offering two courses for just over 14 euros and a main for €12.50 is ridiculously good value given the area and how busy this place gets during lunch.
Despite the friendly service and the good food, i have taken away ne star given thr irregular hours this restaurant appears go keep. I have come here on a day the restaurant was meant to be open only to find the place pitch-dark with no notice of what has happened… And walked past the following day to find the restaurant operating as usual.
If you are in the area, give this place a go. You won’t regret it.
12-16 Artillery Lane, The Breakfast Club (behind the Smeg fridge), London E1 7LS
This is a great hidden bar with an amazing location, just minutes away from Liverpool St station. I’ve been here three times and have received friendly service each time. The last time I was here was for my birthday celebration and the staff were amazingly co-operative, giving us a table, even collaborating with my boyfriend to surprise me with cake and song.
The cocktails are definitely delicious, and the prosecco very well-priced at £18 a bottle. The bar also serves standard bar fare to help you absorb all of the tasty tasty alcohol.
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town does get crowded very early on so my advice is for you to arrive before 6.30 pm to maximise your chances of getting in.
121 Whitecross Street, Islington, London EC1Y 8JH
Friendly bar staff, good range of drinks and, best of all, they allow you to bring in food from Whitecross St Market during the week and eat, provided you order drinks, of course. In the evenings, you can order pizza to be delivered to the pub to satisfy those late night cravings.
The pub also has a dartboard which, strangely enough, is located right next to the entrance of the ladies so do watch out when making your way to the facilities.
11 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AG
If you’ve read the reviews of the other Good Vibes studios, you’ll realise that I am a big fan of Good Vibes’ Power Plate classes. The new studio at Fitzrovia has both Power Plate and spinning classes, and while I can only comment on the former (and they are indeed the best of all of the Power Plate classes I’ve been to across different gyms), the spinning classes seem quite popular.
I could go on and on about how the receptionists are friendly and helpful, and how Power Plate classes are limited to five people per class so that instructors can give you the attention you need, and that these classes do work me out and yet somewhere leave me energised to face the rest of the day, but I won’t.
Prices for classes vary, depending on whether you’re dropping in or have a package. If you’re able to come here on a regular basis and can commit to a year, I’d suggest getting a 12 month membership since, for £135 per month, you get unlimited classes – Power Plate, spinning and yoga – per month across all studios. Alternatively, if you’re not able to commit to that, you could wait for one of their promotions (usually summer and Christmas) when you can get between two and five classes free for purchasing a package of classes.
100 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 3RR
The restaurants clustered around this area of Queensway never disappoint (probably because, if the rumours are true, they all share the same kitchen). The standard Chinese fare is pretty good. The Szechuan prawns (which aren’t really done in the Szechuanese way) were delicious, while the roast duck gravy was out of this world. The beef ho fun in black bean sauce was amazing and even the sweet and sour pork, a dish I don’t usually order as I’m Chinese, was good.
And, of course, you get a fortune cookie at the end of the meal. That’s how you know it’s a proper authentic Chinese restaurant. (I’m kidding.)
66-70 Brewer St, London W1F 9UP
This place is a little on the pricey side in terms of drinks, even bearing its mind its central location and the name behind the bar. The cheapest glass of red was £7.50, and, yes, I know one does get what one pays for, but, it is a recession and it’s a bit painful when a glass costs close to double that of other wine bars ten minutes walk away.
Also, I’m sure our waiter was trying to be friendly and eager, but he came across rather menacing whenever he asked us whether we were sure we just wanted glasses or if we were certain we didn’t want to set up a bar tab.
What are the good things about this bar then? Well, the decor’s nice. Seats are very comfortable and it was quiet enough the night I went for two of us to catch up without having to yell. And the toilets were quite nice.
31 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4BE
Notes Music Coffee is a wonderful coffee place and deserves to be rated among the best coffee shops in London. Staff are friendly, the coffee is good, and there’s always something interesting (The King’s Speech, Belleville Rendez-Vous) or just downright weird (a cartoon about a man’s dog which had fallen in love with him) showing on the TV screens which can sometimes cause one to sit down for far longer than one intends to.
The only problem – and, yes, I know that it’s entirely due to its great location – is that this place sometimes seems a little too frenetic and crowded, which means that you do occasionally get asked to leave or make way if there are other people waiting for tables (or intending to order more than you plan to). It doesn’t happen often, only towards the 6.45 pm mark when the more substantial food and wine menu comes out, but it’s just something one should note if you’re there around that time.
1021 7th Street NW, Washington
I’m sure The Passenger is an incredibly nice bar. There must be a reason why it appears in the list of best bars globally, year after year after year. However, the night I was there – a Friday night, yes, I know – it was exceedingly crowded, and incredibly dark. I’m fine with the latter generally, but it made reading the menu on the chalkboard rather difficult, particularly given my lack of height. As for the crowds, that meant everyone had to wait about 20 minutes or more at the bar before their order was taken.
Now, to the drinks. The main appeal of the Passenger, or so I read, was that if you tell the bartender what you like, he’ll come up with a drink for you. I can appreciate how difficult that gets when it’s crowded and how that would contribute to long waits. What I didn’t expect was to have the bartender say, “so what kind of drinks do you like?” and for me to explain that I liked “sweet but not too sweet drinks like mojitos” and have the bartender then go “I’ll make you a mojito then.” What was so hard about that? I expected more effort than that to be put in, for sure.
I think I would have enjoyed this place more if I hadn’t been by myself. But, I was in Washington for a two-day stopover and I’d heard so much about the bar that I decided to risk it. Not a place I’d recommend if you’re on your own!
3 South Quay, London E14 9RU
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Goodman – a byword for great steak – has opened up its third restaurant, this time at a scenic location by the river in Canary Wharf. If you have been to any other Goodman restaurant, I can confirm that the experience you will receive is exactly the same and of the highest quality. You will be served by friendly staff, the waiter will come out with a platter of the different cuts and show them to you, and you will probably be struggling to finish off your steak even before you start thanks to the great side dishes they have. Yes, I have an odd habit of going for the sides as staters instead of an actual starter. I highly recommend the truffle chips, creamed with gruyere cheese, and mac and cheese sides to begin with.
The steak I go for hasn’t changed since I first came here in 2009. I have always opted for a Goodman ribeye (400 g) with the stilton sauce. Don’t be fooled by the name of the sauce as it’s actually red wine and stilton sauce and you can hardly taste the blue cheese. It is, in my opinion, the best of the three sauces on offer, the other two being pepper and Bearnaise.
Other cuts on the menu include fillet (250 g), sirloin (350 g), Porterhouse and T-bone, all of which can be found under the 150-day aged US beef section and a further two cuts in the UK beef section. The day I went, specials included Chateaubriand, ranging from 550 g to over 800 g.
This time around, I could barely finish half of my steak and ended up sharing the rest with two other people. I know. For shame! I did manage to sneak in a couple of spoonfuls of my boyfriend’s dessert: a delicious Bramble apple and cherry crumble topped with cinnamon ice-cream.
The wine list is extensive, consisting of wines from Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America. The cheapest bottle of red was in the low 30s.
As this restaurant is only a couple of months old (it opened at the end of November), it’s not as hard to get a table here compared to the original in Mayfair.
Highly recommended if you like steak and are willing to spend a bit. I usually pay around £50 per head if I am not drinking.
London EC1Y 8JD
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Possibly the best street food market in London. Whitecross Street Market has great Thai (right at the end, at the junction of Whitecross Street and Old Street), delicious vegetarian in the form of the Buddha Bowl, the legendary burritos from Luardo’s, Hoxton Beach falafels, grilled meat, Turkish, Indian, Brazilian… You get the picture.
Dishes average about £5 to £6, and the vendors have, by and large, been very friendly. The market is at its busiest on Thursdays and Fridays when the full array of stalls is here. The market is still open from Monday to Wednesday, but the range of food is considerably smaller.
The problem of finding a place to sit if you don’t work in the area is not an insurmountable one. The Two Brewers pub allows you to bring food in, while the nearby Barbican Centre has plenty of seating. During the summer, one could choose to sit in the scenic Bunhill Row cemetary.
If I worked in the area, I could come here several times a week, and never ever get tired of the range on offer.
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