Overpriced restaurant

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Marina Balik
Vapur İskelesi Sk Beşiktaş
Istanbul
Turkey
TR

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This is a strangish restaurant in a way. Marina Balik is a fish restaurant located on the European side of Istanbul by the Bosphorus in a wooden house and offers great views of the Bosphorus. Before you enter the wooden building there is a map that has pictures and names of various fish next to the door and once you enter you find yourself in this small room that has a glass fridge with various fresh fish displayed there. When I went there I could see a huge turbot (enough for 4 people), sea bass, sea bream, jumbo prawns and many other types of fish. We came for dinner on a Sunday night and unfortunately the place was empty and only one other table was occupied, which meant there was very little atmosphere in the restaurant and the staff were extremely quick in serving us and there was too much attention on us.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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L'Anima
1 Snowden Street EC2A 2DQ
London
United Kingdom
GB

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L’Anima is an Italian restaurants next to Liverpool street station and it is always full of business people, it has a very big “work” atmosphere when you go there, and no wonder the Hardens guide has named this place as one of the top 10 business restaurants in London.  The main chef at L’Anima is Francesco Mazzei who has worked in many Italian and non-Italian restaurants in Italy as well as in London and in 2008 he opened L’Anima, which means “soul” in Italian. Since it first opened the restaurant has won many awards, including Time Out’s award for the Best New Italian Restaurant of 2009. L’Anima offers southern Italian fishes from Calabria, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia, with some Moorish influences and according to their website this means “bold yet clean and distinct flavours”. Their ingredients are sourced both from Britain and Italy.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Gordon Ramsay at Claridges
45 Brook Street W1K 4HR
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I had never been to any of Gordon Ramsey restaurants before despite loving food and reviewing restaurants for many months now, so it was kind of overdue for me and I was very excited to go there (funnily enough on this week I went to 2 Gordon Ramsey restaurants so I now have had a mini overdose). I booked Gordon Ramsey at Claridges, even though this is his restaurant that probably gets less attention and praise than his other ones, but the location was good for me and I also love Claridges. I booked a table on the day (it was a Monday), which shows it is not that popular these days, but then again my table was at 18.00 which is not the most popular time for dinners.

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Aguaviva
364 Cll Fortaleza 00901
San Juan
Puerto Rico
PR

The Frommers travel guide as well as my small guide to Puerto Rico recommended to go to Aguaviva, so despite the fact I knew this was not a traditional Puerto Rican restaurant which I really wanted to go to and try the local food, I decided to go there to see if it really is as good as the travel guides were saying. Aguaviva is one of the restaurants owned by the “Oof! Group” and they seem to own the most trendy restaurants in Puerto Rico. Aguaviva was opened in 2002 and specialises in  “Seaside Latino Cuisine” and besides the main dining area also has a ceviche and oyster bar in front of the open kitchen. It was a short walk from our hotel to Aguaviva and when we entered I loved the interior of the restaurant. The restaurant is decorated in blue shades and has jellyfish type of decorations hanging from the ceiling.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Mia Bella Roma
1238 Ocean Drive FL 33139
Miami
United States
US

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This is an awful Italian restaurant on Ocean Drive in Miami and the only reason why I am writing this (as I did think it was a waste of my time even to type this up) is so you would not go there. There are quite a few restaurants located on Ocean Drive in Miami and all of them have wonderful ladies at the door inviting you into their restaurant, and this was one of the worst restaurants on Ocean Drive and we were extremely unlucky to pick this one, that charged high prices and served you bad food, so make sure you go to another one on Ocean Drive and not this one. We were not that hungry and we ordered a pizza to share (I should have suspected something was seriously wrong, when there were only 3 pizzas on the menu in an Italian restaurant, a margarita, a “meatlovers” pizza and a seafood pizza.

Maija rated: 

1.00

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Coya
118 Piccadilly W1J 7NW
London
United Kingdom
GB

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As you probably know by now I love Peruvian food, so whenever a new Peruvian restaurant opens (this year there have been 4 opening!!) I always go there to try it out. So when I read that Coya, a Peruvian restaurant, on Picadilly, about 100m away from Hide Park Corner, had opened, I gathered some friends and arranged a dinner on a Saturday evening to go there. Coya has a formal restaurant, a lounge bar that serves the best of the restaurant food as well and also a private members lounge.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Asia de Cuba
45 Saint Martin's Lane WC2N 4HX
London
United Kingdom
GB

I went to Asia de Cuba on a Saturday night as we were having a catch up dinner with my LSE friends. The last time (and the only time) I had been to Asia de Cuba before was about 5 years ago for lunch, and I remember it used to be one of the IT places to go to in London, and people would really be super keen to go there a few years ago Unfortunately it seems like the hype around the place has died and I can't remember really anyone mentioning the place before my LSE friends decided to go there for dinner. But I was wrong and clearly people go there as the place was full and buzzing when we arrived, with every single table occupied. The restaurant is located in St Martin's Hotel which is very trendy and modern, on the edge of Covent Garden and the restaurant is very cool, on 2 levels, one level about a metre higher than the other one, and the walls are decorated with pictures.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Santini
29 Ebury Street Belgravia SW1W 0NZ
London
United Kingdom
GB

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One of my best friends Kristine has a flat next to Santini so I have been walking past this restaurant for more than 10 years and have always wanted to go there, but up to this point have never really had an opportunity, so I was very excited when my friend Toby suggested we go there for lunch. Santini is located on the corner of Ebury street, and this restaurant also has branches in Edinburgh and Milan. Gino Santini established Santini in 1984, and Santini serves Italian food with a strong Venetian Accent. The restaurant also has a nice outside veranda where you can eat food (Ebury Street is nice and quiet so it is a pleasure to eat outside there and there won't be too many people staring in your plate), but on this occasion we sat in the main restaurant inside (as it is winter and cold), and the dining room is very bright and pleasant.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Bibigo
58-59 Great Marlborough Street W1F 7JY
London
United Kingdom
GB

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My boyfriend woke up with an big hangover on a Sunday morning having been drinking at rugby the previous day and was craving some noodles for lunch. I saw this as a perfect opportunity to go to the new ramen restaurant "Bone Daddies" in Soho, but when we got there on a Sunday, I realized that it was closed on that particular day and we had to come up with another plan of where to go. We had just walked past a Korean restaurant Bibigo, and we decided to go back there as we could probably get noodles there as well (I had read about this place a few weeks ago, so I knew that it was new and had been quite keen to try this when I was reading the review).

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Chrysan
1 Snowden Street EC2A 2DQ
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Chrysan is such an interesting/ slightly weird place and I don’t think I truly understand it. Chrysan is owned by the same people that own Hakkasan and is a newly opened Japanese restaurant close to Bishopsgate. But it is so different to Hakassan. Whilst Hakassan is buzzing and has table turning, Chrysan was almost empty when we arrived and the bar had no people and only 1/10 of the restaurant was occupied, which meant I was not kicked out after 2 hours of eating and also had a lot of attention from the waitresses. Also whilst Hakassan serves very mainstream Chinese food, the kind of food when you look at the menu, you know, totally understand and feel comfortable to choose, Chrysan is totally different, and when I looked at the menu I had trouble recognizing any of the dishes and I had not seen almost any of these anywhere else.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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