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    Oyster Bar in London
  • alboccondivino Al Boccon Di'Vino
    A Real Italian Feast
  • donostia Donostia
    Basque Cuisine in Marylebone
  • petersyard Coffee Time in Edinburgh
    Peter's Yard
  • bibis Bibi's Bakery
    Cakes, Cupcakes, and Macaroons
  • byronronaldo Burger Time
    Byron's new special
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    Scottish Cuisine
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    A great Burger in Town
  • kilimanjaro Coffee Time in Edinburgh
    Kilimanjaro
  • gastronomica Gastronomica
    Italian Deli in Borough Market
  • wellington Coffee Time in Edinburgh
    Wellington Coffee
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    Cairngorm
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    A Guide for the Best Ones in London
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    Timberyard
  • edinburghlarder Edinburgh Larder
    Simple but Tasty Breakfast
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    Another Great Neapolitan Pizza
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    Looking Glass Books

A Fashion Afternoon Tea

Your tea is ready now. This will solve your so-called tonsil problem. It's a special concoction. It contains cramp bark
Tor (Seinfeld episode “The Heart Attack”)

There are different themed afternoon teas in London but probably none like the one in The Berkeley. The Pret-a-Portea Afternoon Tea in their Caramel Room is perfect for every fashion aficionados. 

Menu
Tea Time
All the cakes and sweet treats are amazing, they are inspired with fashion creations from Oscar De La Renta, Miu Miu, and Christian Louboutin fashion creations. Finger sandwiches are really nice, also the rest of the savoury treats specially the goat cheese and beetroot mouse that is amazing.

The Full Afternoon Tea
Sweet time
Attention to detail, clever, and elegant execution.

The Berkeley
T: 020 7107 8866
Afternoon Tea
Approx Damage: £46pp
Area: Knightsbridge
Borough: City of Westminster
Twitter: TheBerkeley
The Caramel Room on Urbanspoon Square Meal


Finding an Oyster in Leicester Square

I met this lawyer, we went out to dinner, I had the lobster bisque, we went back to my place, yada yada yada, I never heard from him again 
Elaine Benes (Seinfeld episode “The Yada Yada”) 

When I talk about an Oyster is not about the tube but the J Sheekey Oyster Bar. Sophisticated seafood and oyster bar in opened in 2008 in Leicester Square. Upscale, modern, Jazz atmosphere, and good service. 

The bar
We got some fresh selection of oysters including fines de Claire, tempura, and Jersey rock. All really fresh and nice, but the tempura is the way to go, it was incredible. 

Tempura Oysters
Later we got a sweet corn soup with a lobster roll and also the crab bisque. I would avoid the sweet corn soup, it was nice but the roll was disrespectful, almost no lobster in it, and the size of an amuse bouche. On the other side, the crab bisque was really intense and nice with deep flavours. 

Bass Ceviche
Keeping up we got a superb bass ceviche, nice spicy punch from the jalapeño really lovely creamy touch of the avocado, and nice crispy plantain crisps. Finally the sautéed octopus, it was the best of the night, fresh, great flavours, and a twist of paprika. 

Tapas portions, overall nice and fresh seafood well executed. During July they will be celebrating the lobster festival with some additional lobster based dishes on the menu.

J Sheekey
T: 020 7240 2565
Seafood
Approx Damage: £45pp
Area: Leicester Square
Borough: City of Westminster
Twitter: CapriceHoldings
J Sheekey on Urbanspoon Square Meal


An Italian Feast

Venetian Blinds
George Costanza (Seinfeld episode “The Red Dot”)

I love Italian cuisine and there was a place in Richmond I was quite keen to visit. Al Boccon Di'Vino opened by Riccardo Grigolo originally from Venice. His place a small, cozy, with great atmosphere Venetian place. The decor based on Modigliani replicas, wine boxes, David, and the Leaning Tower will make you feel like you're in a countryside Italian homemade food restaurant. No menu policy, so you will eat what Riccardo prepared for that day, basically they come with the pan in hand and serve your food into your plate. Also no wine list, if you want wine you will get the house wine, which was quite nice by the way.

Parmigiana
We sat around 7ish and didn’t end until 11. A real Italian feast serving 11 small dishes. During our visit we got Parma ham with melon, a tomato bruschetta, peppers and grilled aubergine, aubergine parmigiana with meatballs, beef carpaccio, an amazing scallops on the shell and shrimp (the shrimp sauce was outstanding), two plates of pasta including penne arrabbiata with great heat, and a ravioli with goat cheese and a touch of mint and chocolate, then a hog that was divided and shared with every table, and at the end some chocolates and panna cotta. Just before leaving they offered an espresso and limoncello to end our fantastic evening. 

Pasta Time
Sharp flavours and aggressive seasoning I just love it. One of the best Italian restaurants in town. Just be aware that it takes 4 hours to get through the dinner, also the pace is not the best one, but in my opinion is worth the hassle, just relax and enjoy the food.

Al Boccon Di'Vino
T: 020 8940 9060
Italian Cuisine
Approx Damage: £60pp
Area: Richmond
Borough: Richmond Upon Thames
Twitter: alboccondivino
Al Boccon di'vino on Urbanspoon Square Meal


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