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Ferdi
Shepherd Market, Mayfair W1J 7QU
London
United Kingdom
GB

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The original Ferdi is located in Paris and has become a favourite of models and other celebrities and they have decided to expand and after 13 years open another branch – this time in London. One of the waiters who before relocating to London worked in Paris, was telling me that they also have plans to open another Ferdi in Dubai and maybe one in New York, but there will only be 1 Ferdi per country.

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3.00

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Uni
18a Ebury Street, SW1W 0LS
London
United Kingdom
GB

The reason why I wanted to go to Uni is because the Harden’s guide said it was one of the top 10 new restaurants that opened in London in 2014. My personal view is that it could not be further from the truth. Uni is a restaurant in Victoria serving Peruvian and Japanese fusion food, another restaurant that is trying to copy the success of Sushi Samba and Nobu, which arguably introduced this fusion food to London. Uni has even hired the former Nobu chef Rolando Ongcoy to recreate this sort of food.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Rosa’s Thai Café
48 Dean Street W1D 5BF
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Rosa’s Thai Café is a Thai restaurant with 4 branches across London. I went there on a Sunday afternoon to their Soho branch for a late lunch/ early dinner and the reason why I chose this place and not another Thai/ Vietnamese restaurant in Soho was because this was the only place open. The restaurant in Soho is very small and so you sit quite close next to each other, but what I did like is that it was quite full and so it felt quite lively.

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2.50

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Notting Hill Kitchen
92 Kensington Park Road W11 2PN
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Somehow my boyfriend manages to get emails with great deals in restaurants, ie 50% off or cheaper set menus, etc and one day he got an offer to eat at the Notting Hill Kitchen with 50% off our food bill. I have been wanting to come here for a while as I know one of my friends Ludwig actually invested in this restaurant and therefore I know quite a few friends that have been here.

Notting Hill Kitchen is now a year old and is located in Notting Hill (surprise, surprise!). The main chef is Luis Baena who cooks Iberian Peninsula/ International. The restaurant is very big and we came here on a Tuesday evening and it had quite a few people having dinner here but because the restaurant is so big, it did not feel like it was busy. I very much liked the bar at the entrance to the restaurant, it seemed very modern and hip. The dining room is a bit more formal but not too formal.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Sushi des Artistes
85 Sloane Avenue SW3 3DX
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Sushi des Artistes calls itself a creative Japanese restaurant, and they think they offer a new and original sushi style that has a mixture of different cuisines, like French, and uses ingredients like foie gras, truffles, caviar. Whilst the food was beautiful and did use unusual ingredients, some of the combinations I did not think were amazing, and there are other restaurants like Yashin (MMMMM) which do this creative Japanese style much better.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Kurobuta
20 Kendal Street W2 2YE
London
United Kingdom
GB

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This is now one of my favourite places in London. I read an article about Kurobuta that said it was a sort of Japanese izkaya (a typical drinking place with food in Japan –and Kurobuta is a modern take on it) and booked a table. There are two Kurobuta restaurants now in London, one in Chelsea and one in Marble Arch and I went to the Marble Arch one as it was closer to me (and one of my friends was saying this one is nicer anyways).

 

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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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Brompton Asian Brasserie
223-225 Brompton Road, SW3 2EJ
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Brompton Asian Brasserie is the 2nd restaurant that Mr Novikov has opened in London (the first one being restaurant Novikov in Mayfair). Brompton Asian Brasserie is located in South Kensingto (another wealthy area just like Mayfair) and serves pan Asian food, the sort of food Novikov’s Mayfair Asian restaurant does. You can read more about Arkady Novikov in my Novikov review bur he is one of Russia's most successful restaurateur that owns more than 50 restaurants throughout in Moscow (some that I have visited and you can read those reviews).

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Inakaya
4 Chome−10-11 Roppongi, Minato
Tokyo
Japan
JP

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It was our first night in Japan and I wanted to have something unusual for dinner and my Frommers guide book recommended I go to Inakaya for some Robatayaki style of cooking. I had never heard of Robatayaki style before and the guide book promised great over the top show, so I was sold. Robatayaki means seafood, vegetables and meat are cooked over an open charcoal grill. In the old days, a robata, an open fireplace, was located in the middle of old Japanese houses and was the center of activity for cooking, socializing, eating and keeping warm. Today’s robatayaki restaurants are like nostalgic trips to the past and staff are quite often dressed in traditional outfits and the places are decorated with old elements (just like Inakaya was).
 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Kyubi
Arts Club, 40 Dover Street W1S 4NP
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I am a member of the Arts Club and have been going there for many years now, but during a recent visit with my friends one of my friends Katrina told me that, after I left, she stumbled upon a new Japanese restaurant in the Arts Club on the 2nd floor. I had not heard of any Japanese restaurant in the Arts Club so I was very shocked about this as I thought I knew all the things going on there, so next time when I went there I took the elevator up to the 2nd floor and saw this Japanese restaurant which is called Kyubi. Kyubi has not been open for long, only a few months, hence people don’t really yet know about it and they don’t really advertise it much.
 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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