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Melt Room
26 Noel Street W1F 8GY
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Melt Room is a grilled cheese sandwich café in Soho. It serves mainly different types of grilled sandwiches with cheese, which are inspired by the New York style cheese-stuffed sandwich. The café was set up by someone from New York who could not find a true melt cheese sandwich in London. The menu offers 6 different breakfast dishes (mainly sandwiches) for around £6, and 9 different “Melts” which are also £6 on average. If you don’t want to eat a grilled sandwich there are also a few soup and salad options and a few sides. They say they try to use the best quality ingredients and where possible source them locally.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Bep Haus
40 Bow Lane EC4M 9DT
London
United Kingdom
GB

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As you may remember from my previous reviews, I absolutely love the Vietnamese casual café/ restaurant City Caphe (MMMMm) near bank station, and whenever I am near bank station, I try to go there. I was therefore very excited when one of my friends told me that another Vietnamese restaurant – Bep Haus – had opened also near the bank station, and I was keen to go and try it out. Unfortunately Bep Haus and City Caphe are like night and day, they could not serve more different food.

To do a good review on Bep Haus I visited it three times, and you can’t imagine how upset I was when I knew I had to visit this place for the second and also the third time and eat their not very good Vietnamese food, when I knew City Caphe was just around the corner. It was food torture.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Tredwell’s
4a Upper St Martin's Lane WC2H 9NY
London
United Kingdom
GB

Tredwell’s is the new restaurant by Marcus Wareing. In comparison to his flagship 2 Michelin star restaurant Marcus (recently renamed from Marcus Waring to Marcus), Tredwell’s does not aim to get a Michelin star and aims to serve people cheaper Marcus Waring influenced food in Covent Garden. I had read a lot of reviews of this restaurant, most of them negative. I generally thought this was because people wanted to be mean to Marcus Waring like people can to do with famous chefs, but when I went there, the restaurant had so many problems, I could see where the negative reviews were coming from.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Wingfield Restaurant
The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road SW19 5AE
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I went to Wimbledon for half a day to watch beautiful tennis and before going to the court, I stopped at the Wingfield Restaurant for some quick lunch. Wingfield Restaurant is located inside the Wimbledon tennis grounds (so you need a ticket for tennis to go there) on the 1st floor of the Centre Court Building above The Tea Lawn. If you don’t have any preferential treatment and don’t have access to the private area, this is the best restaurant to have lunch.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Locanda Ottoemezzo
2-4 Thackeray Street W8 5ET
London
United Kingdom
GB

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My boyfriend gets these offers sent to him from time to time and one of the offers was to eat at Locanda Ottomezzo and have 25% off your bill. Locanda Ottoemezzo to me sounded very nice, like Locanda Locatelli, and I thought this was an amazing restaurant inviting me and offering money off the bill. I was ecstatic and booked it for dinner on a Tuesday evening (the offer only worked on certain week days if I remember correctly).

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Sandy’s
14 Seymour Place W1H 7NF
London
United Kingdom
GB

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For some reason Amazon has started sending me various offers (restaurant, spa, experience) to my email and one of these offers that I got offered me to go to Sandy’s to have 2 pizzas and 2 glasses of wine for £16. I had never heard of Sandy’s and as it was quite close to where I live I decided to try it out and use this offer when my stepdad and his colleague were in London.

Sandy’s is a Corsican Pizzeria. As a reminder, Corsica is French island in the Mediterranean Sea, located west of Italy, southeast of the French mainland, and north of the Italian island of Sardinia, and the food in Corsica is a fusion of French and Italian cuisines, due to its close geographical positions with the two countries. Sandy’s is the first established Corsican restaurant in the UK. Apparently Sandy’s has a no reservations policy, or so I read, but I read this after my visit and after I had called them and booked a table for a Monday evening for dinner, so this is a bit misleading.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Café du March des Enfants Rouges
37 rue de Bretagne 75003
Paris
France
FR

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On a Sunday morning I wanted to get some brunch with my five friends in Paris. We were staying in the Marais area and so wanted to get food somewhere close by. We walked past quite a few places and Café du March des Enfants Rouges looked nice and we had not yet visited this brasserie and so decided to go there. Café du March des enfants rouges is a typical French brasserie, with red decor, loud French speaking waiters, tables and chairs outside where people drink coffee, eat a croissant and smoke a cigarette and with the more serious eaters inside. It is named after Le Marche des Enfants Rouges which is the oldest food market in Paris, built in 1615 under the rule of King Louis XIII, and the market means “Market of the Red Children” and the name comes from a nearby 17th century orphanage where the children wore red uniforms.

Maija rated: 

1.50

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Le Gourmet
Al Jasra Le Gourmet Restaurant
Doha
Qatar
QA

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Le Gourmet is a Lebanese restaurant located in the Souq Waqif food strip, old part of Doha, Qatar. The restaurant was opened in 2005 and besides Lebanese food also serves international food and is apparently known for its good shisha, which I did not try.

My friend Rob had come and had dinner here on the top of the building, 2nd floor of the restaurant, a few years ago and he really liked it (although said this was one of those restaurants that did not serve alcohol). We had some time in between our meetings in Doha so we decided to stop there for a quick lunch, as we had already spent quite a bit of time in the financial district of Doha and not enough in the souq part.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Sanremo
Большие Каменщики, д. 2, 123298
Moscow
Russia
RU

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Sanremo is an Italian restaurant in Moscow. I went there for lunch with my friends Brunella and Mark in between some meetings. The restaurant from the outside does not look like much, if I was walking past it the sign and how it looks from the outside would not tempt me at all, but as my Moscow colleagues had booked this for me, we went there.
 

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Vietnam House Restaurant
93-95 dong khoi street
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
VN

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I went to Viet Nam House in Ho Chi Minh city as my travel guide mentioned it, but I had one of my worst meals in Vietnam there. Viet Nam House is located close to the busy touristy and shopping streets in Ho Chi Minh city and was about 10 minutes walk from my hotel. The restaurant is apparently located in a restored French colonial house. When we went there, there was live music, a lady playing the piano, which was sort of nice. 

 

Maija rated: 

1.50

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