Posts Tagged ‘Restaurant’


In Restaurants on 18 July 2011 at 11:13 pm

Matsuri’s magnificent space on the corner of Red Lion Street has been taken up by Kimchee, a Korean restaurant that has been adapted to both European taste and expediency required by a reasonably prices large volume restaurant.

You can get warm soupy meaty broths for under seven pounds. There are grilled meat, which come grilled from the kitchen. They tend to be oily but tasty. There are accompanied by lettuce and chilly paste. Don’t expect haute cuisine. It is good quality cheap food in relatively opulent space.

71 High Holborn WC1V 6EA. 020 7430 0956
Holborn or Chancery Lane tube

Masala Zone

In London, Restaurants on 5 July 2011 at 5:33 pm

If I had a home away from home, this would be it. This is not a Indian restaurant. This is not a curry house. This is home-cooked food in a restaurant, with just enough panache to make you feel like you are doing something special.

The ambience is quirky – dolls hanging from the roofs, frescoes painted by artists that travelled from the villages of Madhya Pradesh to the London adorn the walls of this restaurant. It is a place that is what it is. More substance that flash.

The food is simple. You get food in a thali. In a traditional Indian home, you would eat in a thali – a large steel plate with lots of tapas sized portion of lentils and vegetables. The thali in Masala zone usually has a couple of vegetables – sometimes they are curried but quite often they are dry – a dal (or lentil for the uninitiated), a dish meat or fish dish that you can choose, some rice and a roti.

The vegetables and the dal changes everyday, so you never get bored. Well, at least I never did. I have been going to this restaruant chain for the last 10 years and done everything imaginable in this plac. Smile, laughed, flirted, charmed the girl, fallen for the wrong the girl, fallen for the impossibly wrong girl – again, stayed up with the manager after the restaurant closed, suggested quirky cocktail concoctions that went up on the menu and have always walked away feeling happier than than before I went in. In all my trails and tribulations, if there has been one constant, it is this place. It is a chain, but a chain of happy coincidences.

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48 Floral Street, London Wc2e 9da. 020 7379 0101.

80 Upper Street, London N1 0NU, 020 7359 3399.

147 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9RQ. 020 7373 0220.

Loch Fyne at Cambridge

In Cambridge, Restaurants on 29 May 2011 at 4:41 pm

Sometimes all you need is a fresh piece of grilled fish. Non-fussy food at the its best. Loch Fyne does just that. Good fish at reasonable prices. It is actually a chain but does not feel like one at all. The staff at the Cambridge Loch Fyne are friendly, paitent and welcoming. The wines on the list are mostly new world non-fancy good-value-for-money wine. On my last visit I have a gilthead bream, which was done to perfection and left me extremely happy. They also have a 10 quid two course lunch deal, which extends all the way to 6:30PM.

37 Trumpington Street CB2 1QY. 01223 362433.

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Song Que

In London, Restaurants, Uncategorized, Vietnamese on 28 May 2011 at 4:08 pm

Fantastic Vietnamese food in London

Sometimes you just need a warm nutritious bowl of pho (pronounced pha). Nestled in the chaoes of Kingland Road is the Song que, which nourishes the body yet does not damage your bank balance. The atmosphere is simple and attracts people from all walks of life. Paper wrapped prawns and bettle leaf wrapped beef are to die for. There is a large variety of pho, which have never disappointed. Pho comes with rice noodles, lots of greens and a generous quantity of the meat. My suggestion would be to keep away from the sauce based dishes. A lavish dinner for two should cost 30 quid.

34 Kingsland Road, E2 8DY. 020 7613 3222

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Giaconda Dining Room

In European, London, Restaurants, Uncategorized on 28 May 2011 at 3:55 pm

Food cooked with passion

The passion for food that people who run this place have comes across the moment you walk in. It was the name that got me curious about the restaurant. It made me reminisce about my visit to the majestic Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. Ever the dsylesic that I am, turns out that it was actually a reference to Mona Lisa.

The restaurant is tiny with a sombre dark decor, which gives it a stylish feel. The menu seem like someone with a distinctive Anglo-Saxon no nonsense touch adapted a upmarket brasserie menu and fitted it in this tiny space. For a cover charge of 1.50, you get olives and unlimited supply of sparkling water in a carafe. There are reassuring number of specials of the day. 3 different fish of the day, a meat grill of the day, a risotto of the day and a sorbet of the day. The wine list is particularly good with a wide variety of reasonably priced wine that are really good value for the money. Three course dinner for two with a half a bottle of wine should work out to about 75 quid.

On my two visits to The Giaconda Room, I have had Marinade of Raw Salmon with Fennel & Cucumber, Cervelle de Canut, Roast Rack of Lamb and their Lemon Sole with capers, which was one of the specials of the day. I have tried their Prosecco di Conegliano Cantina Bernardi and Cotes du Ventoux Mas de Fondreche (2009), both extremely good value for money. There have been no disappointments in the food department. The only disappointment I have had is calling on Monday and finding that it closed from Saturday evening to Tuesday morning.  A place where the people take a long weekend seems quirky in the London but in a very appealing way.

Open Tuesday to Saturday lunch. 9 Denmark Street, London WC2 H8LS. 0207 240 3334.

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