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Monday, 15 December 2014

Barrafina

What: Spanish tapas

Where: Soho

Value: £30 pp

Food Review: Each course is as delicious as the last. Due to being quite close to other people, you get to see what they are having and end up ordering other people's dishes. Each dish has its own unique twist that makes it stand out. The octupus is tantilisingly soft, the aoili is garlicky (in a good way), the sea bream is meaty and the courgette flower is sweet with honey and salty with goats cheese. This is finished off with creme brulee, spanish style with an underlying taste of cinnamon. All dishes will leave you wanting more.

Settings Review: A tiny restaurant from the outside, with not a lot of seating inside. This is due to the fact that the seating area takes place around the bar. This allows the diners a free show with there dinner and creates a more personal atmosphere.

Positives: great selection, amazing taste

Negatives: not a lot of space, come early as there are queues

3 words: delicious, unique, quirky







 
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Friday, 12 December 2014

Stax

What: American Diner

Where: Kingly Court, Carnaby St

Value: £15 pp

Food Review: Recently opened, this place does burgers during the day and brunch most mornings. As i went for brunch i ordered blueberry pancakes and chicken and waffles. I also wanted to order the maple beef bacon but this had run out. Upon the drinks menu was overpriced coffee and tea and orange juice. This meant only the orange juice would be worth it. The large orange juice arrived in a kitsch jug (which handles), alongside the chicken placed upon waffles with a side of maple syrup and blueberry pancakes with a side of cream and more maple syrup. The meal was great and ver
y american diner style but it did not stand out from the crowd.

Settings Review: Kingly court is nestled in on the side of carnaby street, and stax is placed above above overlooking the restaurants below. The restaurant itself is not very big and has a array of seating. As it does get full up easily, it pays to come early. 

Positives: good hearty american food, halal

Negatives: overpriced drinks, lack of seating

3 words: tasty, american, quirky

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Black Sheep Coffee

What: Coffee Shop

Where: Goodge Street

Value: £5pp

Food Review: I only had a coffee amd muffin, due to the fact it was for breakfast but both were equally good. However, what stood out for me were the lunch time offers available. Available were vegan salads and lunch smoothies. Clearly this is a place for people trying to be healthy.  

Settings Review: Located a bit far from public transport but with many  companies nearby, this makes it a great stop off place for before meeting and lunchtimes. 

Positives: smoothies, vegan salad, quick pick me up

Negetives: limited menu, hard to reach

3 Word Review: small but distant
 

Hummingbirds

What: Bakery
Where: South Kensington
Value: £5
Food Review: The cafe hosts a range of cakes, from big cakes to cupcakes to brownies. It also offers coffee or tea. However, the cakes can be a little to dry and not as light as they should be. This could be due to the fact that I came later in the day, but this should not affect the moisture of the cake if it is made well and on the day.
Settings Review: This cute and cosy cafe is located close, but not too close to South Kensington St. Inside the cafe, there is limited seating and the few seats that are there, are usually taken up.
 
Positives: innovative ideas, cosy
Negetives: can be dry, small so not a lot of seats
3 Word Reviews: Pretty but average
 
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Timberyard

What: Coffee Shop
Where: Old Street
Value: £3-10
Food Review: The coffee is good and what I regularly go for but they also serve pastries and food. The brownie and almond croissant in particular stand out, although very indulgent and slightly too pricy and calorific for a regular. As they do not have a kitchen they are able to serve only salads and grilled sandwiches at lunch time. The salads can be a hit or a miss but the grilled sandwiches do fill you up and seem as though you have eaten more.
Settings Review: Located of old street, alongside many other cafes and coffee shops. However, as somewhere that is not only close to my office but also my local i prefer its charm, small touches such as comfy sofas, free ipads and positive customer service.
Positives: great coffee, great customer service
Negetives: could be open later and have a kitchen for hot food
3 Word Reviews: Great morning fix
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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Broadway Market

What: Everything
Where: Hackney
Value: £4+
Food Review: Rather than the non original burgers and cakes (which it had), it also offered a range of options for all including vegans and vegetarians. From vegan marshmellows to tofu burgers, from Japan to the Carribbean, this range of food gave something for everyone alike.
Settings Review: The bustling market had a range of stalls and an extensive range of food to match it.
Each stall had its own character and charm for drawing you in. Alongside the stalls were many independent shops and cafes offering one off pieces.
Positives: extensive range of food
Negetives: no covered seating for outside market, not well signposted
3 Word Reviews: quirky, unusual, tasty