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Wednesday
Apr182012

Downtown Mayfair

I'm convinced that the people behind Downtown Mayfair aka Cipriani (Sorry, C), round two, are completely nuts. Opening a restaurant in a recession is brave. without any fan fare or press releases is ballsy. To charge the prices that Downtown does is pushing it. But to open what is effectively the same resturant ten minutes walk from the original really pushes the concept into the upper bounds of insanity.

 

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Monday
Apr162012

The Wolseley - Timeless

I will happily take any opportunity I can get to go to The Wolseley. As much as I love my neighbourhood version, The Delaunay, its just not quite the same as the original. There's something about the church like ceilngs, the crown like chandelliers and the buzzy atmosphere, thats almost impossible to recreate. The Sibling had never been, so when we were left with spare time and empty stomachs wandering round Mayfair last Saturday, we took the opportunity to hightail it to the Wolseley.

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Pollen Street Social Revisited


It's been a year since I wrote about Pollen Street Social (PSS), and at least six months since my last visit. I was intrigued to see how the restaurant had evolved in that time and weather it managed to sustain the high standard I had the pleasure of experiencing last time. The occasion was The Parent 2's birthday, who had picked PSS over Dinner, on the basis of friends advice who had described it as their favourite in town. She wasn't left disappointed.

 

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Tuesday
Apr102012

The Movenpick Restaurant – Petra

With few options for dinner in Wadi Musa, the town that houses tourist amenities for those visiting Petra, and desperate to avoid our own hotel’s restaurant The Boyfriend and I headed back down into the centre of town to the Movenpick, the best hotel in town. The best hotel in town doesn’t actually say a lot, as its slim pickings in such a small conurbation in a remote area. The hotel has two restaurants, but as our hotel had managed to screw up our reservation at the a la carte restaurant we settled on the Buffet.

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Monday
Apr092012

Beit Zaman - A disappointing hotel experience in Petra

On day one of The Boyfriend and I's four day trip to Jordan, we stayed in Wadi Musa, the town that caters to tourists visiting Petra. Our experience at the Beit Zayman Hotel, was possibly one of the most frustrating I've ever had. Frustrating because the hotel had so much potential but fell at almost every hurdle.

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Sunday
Apr012012

Mari Vanna - Russian Home Cooking

It seems strange to me, that a high-end Russian restaurant has taken so long to arrive in London, what with the ever growing Russian population and all. Mari-Vanna London , the third addition to the Mari-Vanna chain, seems long overdue. So overdue, I decided to test it during its "soft opening",  a couple of days before the restaurant officially started serving.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

Istanbul Dining - Mangerie and Bebek

The Sunday of our long weekend in Istanbul culminated with a lazy day in the sunshine. Desperate to escape the hectic world of Sultanahmet, Bebek was our chosen location, The Boyfriend's favourite neighbourhood in the city. Located right on the Bosphorus between the first and second Bridge, it is a neighbourhood with a village like feel centred around a square.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

Istanbul Dining - Hamdi Restaurant

March 22 saw the beginning of my fourth trip to Istanbul, but despite three previous trips all at least three days long, I had never eaten at a proper Kebab place. This was to be the trip that changed. The Boyfriend, instructed to find me the best kebab the city had to offer settled on Hamdi, a restaurant that caters to both tourists alike so that Friday, The Boyfriend, five friends and I decided to try it out.

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Monday
Mar262012

Top 10... London Restaurants without Reservations


The order of the list is based on a complicated formula involving:

Quality of food

(Price * Distance from Covent Garden * (Risk of long queue/ Number of alternatives within walking distance))

 

Okay so not really but that’s what I think about when deciding where to go. This list is based on places when we realize we have no reservation, and can’t be bothered to book one, rather than the best in London.

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Monday
Mar262012

Hotels in Istanbul: The Kempinski, Four Seasons and The W 

Four trips, three hotels, my two cents.

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