Saturday, March 29, 2014

2 Dish Menu at 2 Bridge Place

My friend suggested 2 Bridge Place after finding a deal on Top Table where you could get a 2 course meal and a glass of Prosecco for £20. Just a heads up that the restaurant is actually a part of Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, as we accidentally walked past it.

The dining area has a nice relaxed atmosphere with low lighting to ease your mood. We chose from the set menu, which unfortunately I don't completely remember what I ordered so here goes. The starter was black pudding with a puree and apple jelly, which was good and my main was chicken served with mashed potato, cauliflower and a very sweet gravy. It wasn't the most outstanding meal I've eaten but for a hotel set menu it was pretty decent.

Black pudding with puree and jelly
Chicken with mashed potato

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I Feel Like Chicken Tonight

I've not been to Cafe Rouge in years, to be precise about four years as I used to eat at this chain during my days at University. I remember the food being fairly decent and today it did not disappoint. 

I ordered the demi-poulet, which the name says it all. Half chicken. This was served with a delicious garlic butter and skinny fries. The chicken was cooked perfectly, it wasn't dry and had a really 'herby' flavour. I surprised myself and managed to clean off the whole plate by myself. 

For presentation of the food I would give Cafe Rouge five stars. It just looks inviting to eat as well as tasting good. This chain has two thumbs up from me.


Al Dar - Edgware Road

This was my second visit to Al Dar and wow I've never been plated up so much meat! I ordered the shawarma mix lamb and chicken, which is roasted thin slices of meat and probably enough for two people. The meat itself was tender and pulled apart so easily. It was good but such a heavy meal. The pickles are also an alarming colour.

Shawarma mix lamb and chicken

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tokyo Tempura at Japan Centre

Since Japan Centre relocated to Shaftsbury Avenue I made time to check it out. I never visited when it was located on Regents Street, so today was a first. The place sells food and a lot of it, from sushi, desserts, noodles and even has a hot food counter with seating. Judging from today, I would try and avoid it on Saturdays as the place isn't huge and gets crowded quickly.

After meandering through the sea of people my friend and I managed to grab a seat and order food from the hot counter. Paying for your food isn't the most convenient as you place your order by the hot food counter, then join the main cashier queue on the other side of the building to pay for it and then have to go back and wait by the hot food for your name to be called out. 

However once you're settled with your food it is pretty good. I ordered the Tokyo Tempura from the noodle menu which was prawn tempura, wakane seaweed, fish cake, spring onion, bean sprout and sesame seeds in the noodle and broth of your choice. My selection was udon in a miso based soup. It was tasty, filling and reminded me of home in a strange way. The prices are very reasonable for what you get and looks like all the food is prepared in the kitchen at the back.

I see myself coming back here again, as there were so many other dishes I'd like to try especially from their fridge selection where you can pick up sushi and bento boxes to take away. 

Tokyo Tempura

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cucina Restaurant - Westminster

Cucina Restaurant sits close to the London Eye and behind County Hall so it's in the prime location to attract large crowds into a marginally cramped restaurant. Cucina claims to be an Italian restaurant but I beg to differ. Would you really see bangers and mash and chicken burgers in an authentic Italian restaurant? I thought not. I think because they are situated in a great location for tourists they've altered the menu to cater for everyone and anyone. I expected to see more pizza and pasta choices. 

The food is average, the "no frills" type. My friends and I shared garlic bread and pita with hummus for starters. Very simple, something which could be easily rustled up at home. For my main I chose the chicken kiev(which I don't see on the menu any more). This was disappointing. The batter was soggy and lacked any crunch or flavour, it came apart as one, when I pulled it from the chicken. Think they need a lesson from KFC in how to batter chicken with breadcrumbs. However I did like the idea that they used an actual chicken leg and filled it with garlic butter before battering it. 

Overall I probably wouldn't recommend Cucina Restaurant out of all the places you can eat around Southbank. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't anything to rave about.