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3 Pavaru restorans, Tam labam bus augt
Torņa iela 4, Jekaba Kazarmas 2B LV 1050
Riga
Latvia
LV

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I have now been to this restaurant twice, once 2 years ago and once more recently. You can see pictures below of both of my visits but I will focus on describing my second, more recent visit more.
 

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3.50

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Bo Lang
100 Draycott Avenue SW3 3AD
London
United Kingdom
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Bo Lang is a very stylish, modern Chinese dim sum restaurant and teahouse in South Kensington. They do traditional dim sum but the focus of the menu is on avant garde, unusual dim sum that most of the time is delicious and works very well. It is so interesting to see the dim sum you know modernized in Bo Lang. The dim sum is not cheap and an average plate for 4 pieces costs £6 (and many dim sums are more expensive) but if you want a luxurious dim sum experience, regardless of the price, this place truly delivers.
 

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4.00

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Flesh & Buns
41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Flesh & Buns is a very publicized and blogged about restaurant and for a long time it has been on the top of the list of the restaurants I want to visit. I finally managed to go there with my boyfriend on a Friday night and we both loved it. Flesh & Buns is an Izakaya restaurant (Izakaya is a Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks, casual place for after work drinking) and owned by the same people that own Bone Daddies, a Japanese ramen restaurant in Soho and you have the same sort of  fun vibe in Flesh & Buns that you have in Bone Daddies (the menu has funny/ sexual implying themes, the bathroom has interesting posters).

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4.00

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Grain Store
Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, N1C 4AB
London
United Kingdom
GB

I really wanted to go to Grain Store restaurant as during a recent lunch I had sat next to a man who had been there and he said how amazing it was and how this restaurant focused on vegetables and meat and fish were a side to the meal, not the main portion of the mea. It sounded very interesting, and I also found out that the main chef was Bruno Loubet (who owns the restaurant together with the Zetter Group's Michael Benyan and Mark Sainsbury), and I had been to one of his other restaurants, Bistrot Bruno Loubet (owned by the same people), so I booked Grain Store for dinner for a Friday evening.

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3.50

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Le Dome
Miesnieku iela 4, Riga, LV-1050
Riga
Latvia
LV

Le Dome is a fish restaurant in Le Dome hotel and spa, a 5 star hotel in the old town of Riga. I first read about Le Dome in an Air Baltic magazine. People that have been to Latvia will know that Air Baltic, our national carrier, is one of the ways how to get to Riga, and I frequently fly with them to go home. Le Dome places advertising in the Air Baltic magazine which I sometimes flick through and says they are one of the best fish restaurants in Riga, tempting tourists to go there. Apparently in 2010 it was voted the best fish restaurant in the Baltic states by a survey in the Baltic Times publication. I did not go there though because I had read the magazine or Baltic Times, but because my friends booked this restaurant for dinner. One of my best friends Baiba’s boyfriend Emil loves this place and it is one of his favourite restaurants in Riga. Le Dome uses fish caught by the local fishermen and all other produce sourced from Latvian farms.

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4.00

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The Fat Duck
High St, Bray, West Berkshire SL6 2AQ
Bray
United Kingdom
GB

Some say that the Fat Duck is UK’s best restaurant. It has 3 Michelin stars (last one awarded in 2004) and the Fat Duck has been awarded from 1 to 3 Michelin stars in the fastest of time out of any 3 Michelin star restaurant and was voted the world’s best restaurant in 2005 (this year the St Pellegrino awards ranked it as the 33rd best restaurant). The Fat Duck is located in Bray, Berkshire, England, and most people, like me, travel to Bray just for the Fat Duck (or the neighbouring 3 Michelin star restaurant The Waterside Inn).

 

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5.00

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Mango Mango
45 Nguyễn Phúc Chu, tp
Hoi An
Vietnam
VN

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Mango Mango is a Vietnamese fusion restaurant and a very interesting one, as I had never had Vietnamese fusion food before. Mango Mango is located on the south side of Hoi An and overlooks the Japanese Bridge, one of the things you have to see in Hoi An. The atmosphere is very funky and this restaurant could be in London, they do great cocktails, great fusion dishes but unfortunately this restaurant also does charge somewhat more western prices.

We went to Mango Mango for dinner as I had read about it in my guide book and it was quite close to our hotel and we fancied a break from the typical traditional Vietnamese food. When we arrived we were seated on the outside terrace overlooking the street, which I thought is more interesting, as you can see what is going on, although you can also be seated inside. The whole outside area was full and we took the last table, which shows that this place is quite popular.

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3.50

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Peckham Refreshment Rooms
Unit 4, 12–16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL
London
United Kingdom
GB

This was a wonderful discovery my boyfriend and I made totally by coincidence. I went to Pekcham for the first time in my life as my boyfriend’s university friend who had been in the Master chef final was doing a “pop up” of Thai barbecue and I was super keen to try it. We went to the bar in Peckam where this Thai barbecue was taking place only to find out that the place was totally overloaded by orders and just to take our order we had to wait an hour. As I was starving I decided not to wait for this and try to find alternative food, which initially for me seemed quite hard to do in Peckham. However, on our way to this Thai barbecue we had passed what looked like a nice, small and buzzing restaurant - Peckham Refreshment Rooms – and so we decided to go back there to try it out and have dinner there instead.

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4.00

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Dinings
22 Harcourt Street, W1H 4HH
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Dinings is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in London. Dinings is very different to your average Japanese restaurant as it serves fusion British/ Japanese food, and does it so skillfully I am always amazed. I never thought you could do good British/Japanese fusion food before I went to Dinings, but they do it perfectly, and you almost think this sort of fusion food could rival Japanese food. The food was originally based on the traditional Japanese Izakaya style of cuisine, however since opening 6 years ago Dinings has created a new type of fusion Izakaya food.

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4.50

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Dishoom
12 Upper St Martin's Lane, UK WC2H
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I had a really good meal at Dishoom and this is now one of my favourite casual eating restaurants in London. Dishoom is a Bombay Café, which I did not know what it was and had to google. Bombay Cafes (alternatively called Irani Cafes) were opened in the late 19th and early 20th century by Persian immigrants (who had been coming to India for over a thousand years) and at the peak at 1960 there were almost 400 cafes, but now there are less than 30, and these cafes were part of the urban Bombay life functioning as an eating, meeting and drinking places for people of all communities, rich and poor, and they had a look of faded elegance and they offered breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishoom tries to be like one of these cafes with an all day menu full of Bombay dishes.

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4.00

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