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Vogue Cafe
ул. Кузнецкий Мост, 7/9
Moscow
Russia
RU

Vogue Café is one of the trendiest places in Moscow. It is situated in one of the best locations, next to expensive hotels, bars, restaurants, Bolshoi theatre, opposite Moscow’s prestigious department store Tsum and a short walk from the Kremlin. It is owned by Arkady Novikov in his never expanding restaurant empire, and to open the Vogue Café, he teamed up with Vogue publisher Conde Nast and in July 2003 the Vogue Café opened. The place is super trendy, they describe this as “understated Euro-chic” and when you walk in there is a casual bar where people can go in the evening or during the day, and where they have an amazingly tempting selection of cakes, all of us that went there for lunch were amazed at the sight of this, in hindsight I should have taken a picture of these cakes, so if you fancy some French looking cakes, macaroons or anything sweet, do head here.

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4.00

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Manon
ул. 1905 года, 2, г. Москва 123100
Moscow
Russia
RU

Manon is a very trendy restaurant in Moscow. It is a restaurant and a club, where after your dinner you can stay and dance and have fun. It is owned by the restaurateur Andrew Dellos and the group “Ginza project” which owns many restaurants across Moscow. My colleagues recommended I go to Manon for dinner. Manon is located in the centre of Moscow across from the Crown Plaza hotel and close to hotel Ukraine, which is a building that really does stand out in Moscow. It is easy to find Manon from the outside, as there are large letters saying “Manon” but once you get it, we got a bit lost as you have to go up to the 1st floor and it was not that obvious. Manon is located next to another restaurant and we walked into the wrong one at first. 

 

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3.00

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Elliot's Cafe
12 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD
London
United Kingdom
GB

I have been reading about Elliot’s Café in blogs and articles for a while now, and everyone that goes there generally tends to like it a lot, so I decided to try it out for brunch with my friend Irina. I had booked a table for lunch for us on a Saturday at 12.15. Elliot’s Café is located in Borough Market, and is quite small and cosy and very welcoming as outside in front of the restaurant they have loafs of bread which they make themselves and which look very tempting. The menu that they give you states that they want you to begin your meal with the best bread possible, hence they make their own, by using organic, stone ground English flours, a 48h fermentation and a fiercely hot oven. I did try their bread, I had to after all this advertising, and it was indeed very good, but in comparison to good home made bread that restaurants serve it did not really stand out that much, nevertheless it was a delicious bread. 

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4.00

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The Fat Duck
High St, Bray, West Berkshire SL6 2AQ
Bray
United Kingdom
GB

Some say that the Fat Duck is UK’s best restaurant. It has 3 Michelin stars (last one awarded in 2004) and the Fat Duck has been awarded from 1 to 3 Michelin stars in the fastest of time out of any 3 Michelin star restaurant and was voted the world’s best restaurant in 2005 (this year the St Pellegrino awards ranked it as the 33rd best restaurant). The Fat Duck is located in Bray, Berkshire, England, and most people, like me, travel to Bray just for the Fat Duck (or the neighbouring 3 Michelin star restaurant The Waterside Inn).

 

Maija rated: 

5.00

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Oblix
Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Oblix was the first restaurant that opened in the Shard on the 32nd floor. Oblix is run by Rainer Becker who is also behind Zuma (MMMMM), a restaurant which I love, and Roka, another amazing restaurant, and so I was super excited about its opening, even though in contrast to Zuma and Roka, Oblix would not do Japanese food, and instead would serve British/ French/ New York grill type of food. The reason why Rainer Becker chose this type of food is because apparently he was inspired by the rooftop views of New York and so decided to do New York grill as an inspiration to the Oblix menu. The main chef Fabien Beaufour also comes from New York, after having worked at Eleven Madison Park, one of the best restaurants in New York. Also Oblix is not only a restaurant on one side of the Shard, but also a lounge bar which features live music.

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4.00

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Cocomaya
12 Connaught Street, W2 2AF
London
United Kingdom
GB

My friend Katrina has been telling me about this casual brunch/ tea/ coffee restaurant for a while now and as it is conveniently located between both of our houses we decided to grab our boyfriends and go there for brunch on a Saturday morning.

We went to the Marylebone CocoMaya, located just by Edgware Road, and there are two shops there, the Cocomaya Fine Chocolatier and also the Cocomaya Artisan Baker and both places are located next to each other with seating inside both of them. We first went to the bakery part that also sells sandwiches, salads as well as patisserie, but as there was no space, we went to the Fine Chocolatier next door and sat on one of the large communal tables, sharing it with another group of 4. We could still order all the same food from the bakery, so it does not actually matter where you sit, unless you have a preference of looking at chocolate vs croissants or vice versa.

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3.00

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Perkin Reveller
The Wharf at The Tower of London, EC3N 4AB
London
United Kingdom
GB

I was having drinks with my friends Santa and Lasma in St Katherine’s Docks, just by Tower Bridge, and it was approaching 8pm and we were feeling hungry so Santa suggested we go have dinner in the nearby restaurant Perkin Reveller. We called them 30 minutes before we wanted to have our dinner on a Saturday evening and managed to get a table there. Perkin Reveller is located on the south side of the Thames at Tower Bridge. The area around Tower Bridge is owned by Historic Royal Palaces (an independent charity that also looks after Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Banqueting House) and they together with some partners have launched Perkin Reveller. The restaurant is named after one of the characters in The Canterbury Tales, the Cook’s Tale,  the apprentice chef Perkin the Reveller who was apparently very merry and loved to eat, sing and dance at any opportunity.

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2.50

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Rocket
2 Churchill Place, E14 5RB
London
United Kingdom
GB

Rocket seems to me a very women friendly type of Restaurant. There are now 4 branches of Rocket in London and I went to the one in Canary Wharf twice, mainly because the first time when I went there I ordered something which I did not like and I wanted to give them another chance, and also because I had left my camera at home so I could not take good pictures the first time I was there.

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3.00

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Tom's Kitchen
11 Westferry Circus, E14 4HD
London
United Kingdom
GB

This is a very disappointing restaurant. There are now three Tom’s Kitchen restaurants, one in Chelsea (the original restaurant which opened in 2006), one in Somerset House, and now one in Canary Wharf, which opened a few weeks ago, and which I visited as it is located close to my work. Tom’s Kitchen is a modern British brasserie serving comfort food, and tries to use UK-based suppliers wherever possible, and uses sustainable fish and they try to avoid endangered fish like tuna. The owner of these places is the famous chef Tom Aiken.

Maija rated: 

1.50

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La Viña
Theresiastraat 39
The Hague
Netherlands
NL

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La Viña is a lovely restaurant in the middle of the Hague, in the Netherlands. La Viña opened in the 70s as a sherry bodega / tapas bar but has now been turned into a restaurant. I really liked the inside of the restaurant, as it was all wooden, and had that sort of pleasant rustic feel. The restaurant is operated by the Opgenhaeffen brothers, who I think I met and who were very nice creating a warm atmosphere.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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