Overpriced restaurant

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Sweetings
39 Queen Victoria Street, EC4N 4SF,
London
United Kingdom
GB

Sweetings is such an old school place. Old school in a sense that it has been open since 1889 and also in a sense that city financiers have been going there for years, and to emphasise this point, this place was suggested to me as a great lunch spot by one of my colleagues that has been working in this industry for nearly 30 years. Nevertheless I usually love these type of places full of tradition and character and I have been trying to go to Sweetings for a while and have suggested it to many people only to be rejected and finally I was so happy to hear my friend Nick suggested we should go there for lunch. 

 

Maija rated: 

3.00

Location: 

SamarQand
18 Thayer Street, UK W1U
London
United Kingdom
GB

Samarqand restaurant is named after the second largest city in Uzbekistan and serves Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan food as well as food influenced from the neighbouring countries Russia, China and Mongolia and is located on the trendy Marylebone High Street. Mainly Russian speaking people go there (and mainly people in their early 20s that also enjoying drinking some vodka before going out after dinner) and I have seen very few foreigners the few times I have been there. The place also has some private rooms each equipped with flat screen TVs and DVD players, Karaoke machines and games consoles, as well as an inbuilt sound systems, things to make your party better in case you want to stay here. 

 

Maija rated: 

3.00

Location: 

Banca
30 North Audley Street W1K 6ZG
London
United Kingdom
GB

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The Italian restaurant Banca is located in Mayfair is owned by the same owners as Le Petite Maison, and they have tried to use the same “sharing dishes” concept in Banca. The name Banca comes from the fact that the restaurant is located in a former NatWest branch, and they even have retained the functioning safety deposit boxes that are situated next to the bar area as well as the original vault door in the private dining room. The interior of the place is sophisticated and the most memorable features are these round beautiful lamps that hang from the ceiling. You know this place is really trying to be lavish and show wealth as they even had a beautiful ornamented toilet paper in the toilets, all very over the top but I kind of liked it.

Maija rated: 

2.00

Location: 

Inamo
134-136 Wardour Street W1F 8ZP
London
United Kingdom
GB

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This is “an interactive restaurant”, which means that you have a table that acts like a computer. I went to this pan Asian restaurant in Soho (although they now also have a branch on Regents street) and was very excited by the  “interactive table” on which you can order your food. You can select different items with a mouse on the table and the picture and the description of the food appear on your table so you can make a very wise choice about the food you want to have. I spend a lot of time looking through all the dishes and I love the fact that I could make a very informed judgment about the things I would have. You can also change the colour of your table by clicking on this mouse, as well as playing games (so if you have bored children, this is perfect). The food though was a disappointment and the best thing about this place was the interactive table. 

Maija rated: 

1.50

Location: 

Obika
Unit 1 West Wintergarden, 35 Bank Street, Poplar E14 5NW
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Obika is a mozzarella bar that these days offers more than mozzarella and is constantly changing the locations of their restaurants it seems. The first time I went to Obika was when it was located on the 2nd floor in Selfridges next to Dolce and Gabanna, and I would go there and look at the dresses I could not afford and try to make myself feel better by buying something I could afford – mozzarella cheese (and very often accompanied by a glass of prosecco). These days the Selfridges branch does not exist and Obika has 2 branches, one in Canary Wharf and the other one in Kensington (they also used to have a branch by Trafalgar square but that is not there anymore). Obika used to offer just mozzarella and various other antipasti types and salads, but these days you can even have pizza and pasta there.

Maija rated: 

1.00

Location: 

Baku
165 Sloane Street SW1X 9QB
London
United Kingdom
GB

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This is a new Azerbaijani restaurant on Sloane Street, and the coolest thing about this place is that when you order they give you an Ipad instead of a traditional menu, where you can see all the dishes you can chose from including their pictures, which is an amazing idea, as I felt like I ordered the best meal out of all the options (I am sure we all have felt at some point that we have ordered something in a restaurant and it turned out to be something differrent, so this visual help is great in my view). The whole place is very posh, a bit like Sketch, with huge white posh chairs, very big white room so the actual ambience reminds you very little of Azerbaijan. Food is nice, but it does lack Azerbaijani flavours in my view, and is really catered for an audience that just wants posh food in a posh environment without the true local vibe.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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