Creative food

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SushiSamba
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
London
United Kingdom
GB

This is one of the hottest openings of this year that everyone is talking about. SushiSamba is a Japanese/ Peruvian/ Brazilian fusion restaurant (so a bit like Nobu in this way) that already has branches in New York, Miami, Chicago and Las Vegas and a few weeks ago they opened their first restaurant in Europe, in London. SushiSamba is located on the 39th floor of the Heron Tower, in the financial city area of London, and is now supposed to be the 2nd highest restaurant in Europe (only to be upstaged by Duck & Waffle which is located in the same building but on the 40th floor). I went there on a very hot Friday a few weeks ago for lunch and the view from the 39th floor was absolutely amazing, the best you can get in London in my view and tourists should be taken here not to the London Eye. 

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4.00

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Rainarai
Prinsengracht 252 1016 HG
Amsterdam
Netherlands
NL

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Rainarai is an Algerian restaurant located on a picturesque canal in Amsterdam. The restaurant is located in a secluded house located in this park next to the canal so it looks very pretty with green trees and bushes all around it, and it almost feels like you are in the countryside, even though you are in the middle of Amsterdam. The main chef who is Algerian uses organic and fresh produce and all the dishes he cooks are full of vibrantly coloured vegetables that seem so fresh and tasty, the whole menu just feels very healthy. Also the chef steams and cooks the vegetables in such a way they don’t seem to lose their flavour and taste (and also it feels like they are retaining all the vitamins).

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4.50

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Lima
31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1JH
London
United Kingdom
GB

I have been waiting for months for this place to open and finally it has!!! Lima (also the capital of Peru, but I am sure you know this) is a Peruvian restaurant based in Fitzrovia, and London this year seems to have been overtaken by a craze for Peruvian food. First Ceviche opened in Soho and now Lima, and all the food blogs and magazines are writing about Peruvian food and restaurants these days. I went to Peru 2 months ago and absolutely loved the country and thought the food was excellent, and as I did not like the Soho restaurant Ceviche that much when I went there a few months ago, I was hoping that with the opening of Lima, there will now be a solid, good Peruvian restaurant in London. 

 

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4.00

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Malabar
Av Camino Real 101, San Isidro
Lima
Peru
PE

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I went to Malabar last spring when it was the 62nd best restaurant in the world (now it has dropped to 76th), and it used to be the second best restaurant in Lima after Gaston Acurio's Astrid y Gaston (which I have also reviewed). I thought this place was much more impressive than Astrid y Gaston and thought this should be ranked much higher and I had my best meal in Peru in this restaurant. The main chef at Malabar is Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, and he focuses on using wild amazonian produce, which to me was very interesting. I thought the dishes in this restaurant were the most creative I have ever tasted (I went here before going to Noma and Noma slightly beats Malabar in my view). 

 

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5.00

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Dabbous
39 Whitfield Street WIT 2SF
London
United Kingdom
GB

Dabbous is run by a chef Ollie Dabbous, who cooks light and modern food, with an emphasis on clean flavours and seasonal ingredients, and he wants the food to impress through it's simplicity. I initially called them about 3 weeks ago, the nearest table I could book was 4th Oct, but I managed to get to this place earlier (last Sat) as my friend Paul had seen the email I sent around to some people about having to wait 6 months and generously offered me his booking.

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5.00

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 66 Knightsbridge SW1X 7LA
London
United Kingdom
GB

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There are 2 key things I want to say about this place: 1) I think this place is jinxed and has bad aura; 2) this is not the 7th best restaurant in the world and the best in UK as it is currently ranked (note the Michelin guide only gives it 1 star, which is more like it).

 

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4.00

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Dexhels
Denneweg 130, 2514 CL
The Hague
Netherlands
NL

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Dexhels is a fusion restaurant (Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese and European food) in the Hague, Netherlands. I thought the concept of doing this was great, however some of the dishes I did not think were that tasty or good.

There were however some delicious dishes like the Indonesian satay which apparently is a home recipe of the chef (and I guess Indonesian dishes would be the best due to the Netherlands and Indonesian link). I also very much enjoyed the duck pancakes which were sort of similar to the pancakes you make in a Chinese restaurant with the crispy aromatic duck.

The dishes that I thought could have been better were a crab dish, bento box (did not like the dumplings), sashimi, cod ceviche and goats cheese salad. I sort of could tell what these dishes were aiming to achieve as there are similar dishes I have had in London, but the taste of all these was just a bit off.

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3.50

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Food for Thought
31 Neal Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9PR
London
United Kingdom
GB

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This is one of my favourite vegetarian restaurants in London, tucked away in Covent Garden, and almost 40 years old and still in the location. On each day they only serve around 3 different options of food (menu changes daily) but this is an amazing place if you want something nice and healthy. They are located in the basement and the food is always very creative and delicious as well, so even non vegetarians will enjoy it and I love the heavy stoneware plates they use to serve their food. See what I had in the picture, that half eaten by me pizza in the picture was amazing!!! I love pizza express and this was even better

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3.50

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