.: Sounds like another food weekend :.

Is there anything better than weekend? Well there is, holidays!! I had quite a mad week this week to ensure my team was up to speed with the tasks while I’m going to be away and trying to close as much points as I could. It was a back to back week and I felt exhausted. Still doesn’t feel real I’m going to be on holiday, but I’m glad this is the case.

Anyway we have an old tradition of going to the cinema when we go on holidays, but this time there was no film available at the time we went there, so we just went for dinner instead. The choice: “The real greek”. I had been there before and wasn’t really interested, but just the thought of grilled halloumi was all I needed to go back. We’ve started with the greek flatbread

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Then I went for the grilled calamari, the lamb meatballs (really delicious!!!), the stuffed aubergine and the couscous salad.

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Finally the grilled halloumi which we both love!

I have to say it tasted a lot better this time. Finally went for the caramel cheesecake. Not memorable, but easy to eat and tasty

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The Real Greek Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Today went for a brunch with a friend. Initially thought about going to the breakfast club in Soho, but the queue was quite considerable. On our way there we’ve spotted L’eto Cafe and I couldn’t resist the display of cakes on the window. After checking the queue it was an easy decision to go back to L’eto.

I’m so glad we did! The menu has really good choices, but I couldn’t resist banana pancakes with peanut butter cream. Make no mistake, this is not your usual american style peanut butter, it’s way better then that! It tastes really fresh and not too sweet, so I would say the real deal. ย The pancakes had a really good flavour too

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The combination overall, quite light and tasty. Finally we’ve decided to share the green tea cheesecake, which was so fresh!

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L'Eto Caffe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Overall was quite happy with the choice. Such a lovely experience and I’m sure I’ll be back. After brunch we went for a stroll and we’ve ended up stopping at Fortnum and Masonย which is quite an institution in London. Everything is so pretty that you feel like buying everything

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So quite a lovely afternoon and a good start for the holidays!

What’s your favourite brunch place in London?

.: Asian food weekend :.

I love asian food: chinese, japanese, thai, vietnamese you name it! The weekend started with the wish of trying street food after seeing this post from time out (London best street food).

We had agreed we would meet at South Bank on Friday, but I’ve ended up leaving at Bond Street, so we’ve met in Picadilly instead for some photos.

After a bit of walking (which felt like hours since it was packed everywhere) I had the sudden wish for a nice warm ramen. He agreed with me immediately so we’ve ended up visiting Taro

It was pretty packed and let’s just say the space wasn’t that big either. We’ve managed to squeeze in between tables. While we waited for our food I’ve ordered Asahi, which I love (well let’s just say we had a Japanese Karaoke party for our christmas dinner and I’ve managed to drink the most Asahi I’ve ever thought I would on the same night).

The menu was quite big, I would say too big. I prefer a small menu where the chef can focus on the quality, but also have to admit it’s quite common for asian places to offer a big range.

I’ve ordered gyosa while we waited for our meal, but they were a bit over-burn at the bottom. But all I was craving for was the ramen, which didn’t disappoint

Photo from Taro’s website

Really delicious and fresh. All I was craving for before coming back home

Taro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday went for a brunch in Marylebone and realised I hadn’t been in this part of the city for ages! The choice was Fromagerie. This time I had battery on my phone, but my friend doesn’t really feel comfortable with my taking photos of the food, so I didn’t. We’ve ended up chatting for most of the time so I didn’t even realise I’ve finished my food without a photo. Ups!

La Fromagerie, as the name suggests, is a french place, more exactly a french little grocery shop and yes they sell fromage, quite a lot of it. I didn’t explore the cheese section because it was too packed. Had 30m to appreciate the corridor and all the goodies while on the queue for brunch

La Fromagerie from official website

Tip: Don’t go there if you are in a hurry. As said, we’ve waited more than 30 and we only had 2 couples ahead of us. Also the food took forever to arrive to the table, but it was delicious when it did!

Tip2: Check the cakes available on the day, everything looked delicious! I didn’t had any space left for cake, but they felt tempting

Again, because it’s a grocery store, the space available is quite small, but it looks really cosy. We’ve managed to get a space in a corner so we felt quite relaxed.

We’ve ordered a latte and a capuccino and we couldn’t tell them apart. I went for the eggs Benedict, whereas my friend went for the french toast. 5 points for griffindor, the toast was the winner.

It looks something like this and it’s absolutely delicious, served with red fruits. so yum!

I’m glad we’ve decided to swap dishes and share half of each so I had the chance to try this.

La Fromagerie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

After that we’ve had a stop over a famous book shop. Yes I’m talking about Daunt Books. I love this amazing classical bookshops you can find in London ๐Ÿ™‚ Daunt’s expertise is around travel books, both in terms of providing guides but also travel literature (one of my favourite genre) to get you inspired before you go.

Photo from my other half

Photos from my mobile phone:

I was wondering where the magic books would be ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve decided to buy something special for us, a book for my dream trip Japan

The bag is gorgeous as well

Next, while we were waiting for my friends, we’ve carried our walk down from new Bond Street, picadilly and then moving towards one of my favourite places in London: I Love Nata. We had been there already the previous weekend, but one can’t simply resist natas

I Love Nata Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
For dinner, we’ve ended up going to Holborn to a Vietnamese restaurant Viet Eat

Quite a small place but as it was away from the crowds it felt like the perfect choice. I went for the summer rolls and for a pho.ย The summer rolls were quit fresh.

Could eat summer rolls as a main, they are so delicious and fresh!

I’ve also enjoyed my pho noodles with prawns.

photo from Viet Eat facebook

It was fresh and ok. I had better before, but felt so light that it was indeed the best choice. I’ve tried a bit of the curry and it was pretty good. We didn’t had to wait long for the food either. Its conveniently quite close to the underground

Viet Eat Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

And no, my asian weekend isn’t over. Today we’ve decided after breakfast to go for Star Wars, so after I’ve bought the tickets online we went to Westfield London. After the movie and while he was shopping my christmas present, I did a stop at itsu for a chicken rice.

itsu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
I don’t really mind asian food at all, in fact I love it!

What’s your favourite Asian dish? And where do you recommend to go for it?

.: A Royal Brunch in Lisbon :.

Me and my sister decided that the best plan for the Saturday, providing we had a dinner booked for the evening, was to go for a brunch. After searching in Zomato I’ve decided I wanted to go to “Palacete Chafariz D’el Rei“. Sounds royal, doesn’t it? It really is! The place is really really gorgeous.

It’s also very hard to find. You need to cross a lot of scaffolding and little narrow street to get there, but once you get there everything transforms into a whole new world.

The little palace, also includes a small garden on the outside. Quite adorable

The view

 

We should have booked it, as it was already quite full. But the staff was kind enough to try to find and prepare a table for us. We’ve got a place in the glass room

I was amazed by the place already, it feels you are visiting an old friend that happens to be a royal. Really really relaxing! All the staff was quite young and friendly. (Not that I’m old!!!!)

Now for the food. We start with a fresh fruit salad

Breads, fresh orange juice and our eggs with tomato and mozzarella. Everything really yummy! Make you try the handmade jam, so good!!!!

Dessert was an orange cake, I loved it!

Look at this china, seriously, isn’t it beautiful?

Royal china

Coffee was a nespresso! What else? ๐Ÿ™‚

We didn’t felt time passing by, it was absolutely relaxing! The best brunch I’ve ever had, and with the service on top of it, I’m sure it beats a London Savoy!

Tip for the ladies: The boys serving us were really charming and good looking!

So happy that I’ve decided to visit this place. Dreamy!!!

.: It’s all about food – Urban Diner – Richmond :.

It was a rainy Saturday and in the middle of our house viewing (yes, after almost 4 years we are back to house hunting!) we had to make a stop for some food. I wasn’t very hungry as I’ve been feeling a bit sick, but he was in mood for a burger.

Urban Diner was one of those places that I kept on saying “One day we have to go there”, so why not today

.: Location :.

Location wise, it’s quite in the centre of Richmond in the shopping area, so you can’t really ask for more. It looks a very small place from the outside, but it’s not that small, there’s a good availability of tables.

.: Decor :.

My first impression was that I loved the tiles – I know, I know, only someone like me to be looking at the flooring, but it’s really lovely

Beautiful flooring, you agree right?

You can clearly see the American inspiration at the bar

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I like the t-shirt!

.: The Food :.

Right, let’s talk about the food. They have a very good selection of drinks available, from nice beers (they had a very good stout which I couldn’t drink ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ), wine, juices, cocktails and the regular tea and coffee. As I can’t really drink anything else at the moment, I went for a Mint tea, which was really good

This mug makes me feel at home, having tea with my grandma ๐Ÿ™‚

They also have a good brunch selection. Most of the options will contain egg (which I love!) but to my delightful surprise, they had Granola with Yogurt. Hi5! I’m so happy they’ve included on the menu, as it’s a very good brunch option which I’m sure many people will appreciate.

You also have a very good selection of grills, salads and burgers. Yes, obviously he went for the burger, but I’ll let him make his own review on that.

I went for the Granola, which was really delicious and all I wanted to eat really.

Granola with honey, greek yoghurt and banana

It was really really tasty and filling as well. He was glad to have a dessert in the end (as I couldn’t finish it all) ๐Ÿ™‚

.: The Service :.

We were quickly welcomed to our table and all the ladies were really friendly and engaging.

.: Summary :.

Well, the conclusion is that I’ll be back for a proper meal soon. It’s worth the visit. I still have to try the cocktails. Price wise as really good as well.

  • Location: 5/5
  • Service: 4/5
  • Food: 4/5 – Really happy with the granola
  • Ambience: 4/5

What’s your favourite place for a Brunch?