Friday, 7 November 2014

Lobster Kitchen

Where: Tottenham Court Rd

Price: £10 (half-price for opening)

Food Review: Considering the whole lobster and lobster tails are cooked in white wine, the only option is to have the lobster roll, of which there are only two options, the skinny and the garlicky (as the cocktail also contains alcohol). So I ordered the garlicky which came with chips and a drink, of which the only non-alcoholic option was a harsh ginger beer or a no sugar lemon and lime soda. Deep fried clams were also ordered. The garlicky consisted of a good amount of lobster and what was described as a brioche bun, but was not. The bun was not a soft melt in the mouth, but a harsh burger bun which eventually got washed with sugar free, tasteless soda. Thinking the sides would have been better, but they were not the chips were your average skinny fries and the fried clams tasted of the leftover crispy bits from fish and generally a bit disappointing.

Settings Review: Before even entering it is hard to find the entrance, at the time of going there was a big queue but it looks like it is to the restaurant next door or to a club entrance, when finally realising it is the big queue, due to its tiny sign. We queue up for 30 mins to be then seated in a tiny restaurant. This tiny restaurant is charming even though it is packed with people. Its interior has been carefully thought about and fits in with the theme of the restaurant.

Positives: cheap, funky interior

Negatives: hard to find, not many options, not as tasty

3 Word Review: must try harder
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Monday, 3 November 2014


What: Australian Coffee Shop

Where: Goodge Street

Value: £5pp

Food Review: Originally looking at the menu, i was thrilled with the choice, so i ordered the banana bread with mascarpone cheese from the kitchen, but as this took too long, i did have to reject this and stick to a muffin and coffee. The coffee was excellent with amazing coffee art (as you would expect). The muffin was good, but not amazing. Overall the experience was ok but food from the kitchen would have been preferred.

Settings Review: Tucked away from a busy street into a cosy corner, yoy would expect it to have not much passing trade on a wednesday morning. I turned up thinking there would not be many people, but this was not the case. I was seated straight away and did get served straight away but my food from the kitchen was taking too long, the waiter did apologise and i had a muffin instead but this issue did occur.

Positives: amazing coffee, possibly good food

Negatives: busy

3 Word Review: busy, charming, coffee

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The Villandry

What: The Villandry

Where: Portland St

Price: £35pp

Food Review: When choosing from the menu, the options were limited. The specials consisted of half a lobster or a whole, upon which I ordered whole, and am glad I did. The lobster was not very meaty and came with either a small portion of salad or chips. This was quite expensive and was not worth it.
The cocktail was pretty good, refreshing and fruity.
The dessert also redeemed the meal, although it was shared, it could have been for one.

Settings Review: Upon entrance, we were given a variety of dining arrangements with comfortable seating. The room was dimly lit which made this hard to see the special board which was tucked away in the corner. Apart from this, the room was created for a cosy, warm, relaxing evening.

Positives: great ambience

Negatives: overpriced

3 Word Review: expensive, british, ambience

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