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Riding House Café
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ
London
United Kingdom
GB

Riding House Café is a wonderful brunch restaurant. Located north of Oxford Circus on the corner of Riding House street and Great Thichfield Street it offers wonderful classic breakfast dishes before 12 and after 12 serves lunch specialties (at lunch you can chose smaller plates and share them or a bigger plate just for yourself).

I went to Riding House Café for brunch/ breakfast, and we had a table booked for 5 of us for 10.45, as there was no later table. This place is very popular and you can either book a table (half of the tables there they let you book), but you need to book a lot in advance as these tables get taken very quickly or you can just turn up and try to occupy one of the walk-in tables but chances are you will have to wait around 1h for them.

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3.50

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Les Trois Garcons
1 Club Row, E1 6JX
London
United Kingdom
GB

I have been going to Shoreditch House and Beach Blanket Babylon for around 6 years now, and I have never noticed Les Trois Garcons, which is situated right next to the before mentioned places and has been there even before them. Les Trois Garcons is a funny one, as it has a long history and many stories about it, which the people that know really like and appreciate and see when they enter Les Trois Garcons, but which the average restaurant goer may miss.

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3.00

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Koya
Str.Andrejostas 4
Riga
Latvia
LV

There is one thing that I would never do when eating in Latvian restaurants - book a table, as you could always just turn up and there will be space for you, that is before Koya came along. Koya is a restaurant that looks bizarre from the outside, like a black painted shed, but it is these days the coolest place in Riga where you always have to book a table especially if you want to go there for brunch on a weekend. Brunch never used to be very popular in Latvia and this is a trend that has very slowly been introduced to Riga and brunch at Koya is what the locals love these days. 

 

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3.00

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Electric House
191 Portobello Road W11 2ED
London
United Kingdom
GB

Electric House is located in Notting Hill and part of the same private members’ club chain as Shoreditch House which I have already reviewed (gave it MMMm). The Electric House has a cinema, a bar, a smoking terrace, a library and a restaurant located on the 2nd floor which is where I went. There is also Electric Diner, another venue where you can have food and which is owned by the same team, but there you can go even if you are not a member, but for the restaurant in Electric House, just like with Shoreditch house if you want to go there you will need to find a nice member to take you there.

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3.00

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Varvary
Strastnoy Blvd, д. 8А, 107031
Moscow
Russia
RU

I am very very annoyed with this restaurant. I went there hoping I will eat at the famous Russian chef Anatoly Komm’s famous Varvary restaurant but the waiter gave me the menu of Varvary Brasserie which serves every day European and Russian food and did not even give me the menu of Anatoly Komm’s famous molecular cuisine dishes. Which leaves me in a silly position, as I have been to the premises of Varvary, experienced the atmosphere and the service and also the food, but just not the food I was expecting to have, which means I will probably have to go back to try the molecular cuisine dishes, about which I am actually extremely annoyed, as I did not really like Varvary at all.  

 

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1.50

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Mudam Le Café
3 Park Drai Eechelen, 1499
Luxembourg City
Luxembourg
LU

Mudam Café is located within the Mudam (Musée d’Art Moderne) museum in Luxembourg, which as the name very clearly states is the modern art museum in Luxembourg. I was there with my girlfriends and we wanted to see the exhibitions going on there at the time, and so also decided to get some brunch before the art tour.

Mudam Café was designed by the French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and when you enter the café it feels extremely spacious with very high ceilings and it is very light. We were sitting on one side of the dining room in comfortable chairs and sofas although you can also sit by large communal wooden tables in the middle of the room. I also very much liked the large trees that were in the Café, which made the place look very pleasant and calm. Also on Wednesdays there are live concerts free of charge in the Mudam Café.

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2.00

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Chiggeri - Le jardin d'hiver
15 Rue du Nord
Luxembourg City
Luxembourg
LU

I was in Luxembourg with my girlfriends and we wanted to get some lunch, and one of my other friends Christian had recommended this place, so we decided to try it out (he did recommend the restaurant though not the café where we went and for dinner, not lunch). Chiggeri is located in a manor house in the old city of Luxembourg. From the outside it did not look like much but when we walked in, there was a beautiful, in a sort of Moroccan type of style, courtyard with Moroccan lamps hanging from the ceiling and bright colours, called Le jardin d'hiver. We also checked out the brasserie located inside but that was very dark, so we decided we wanted to stay in the nice and bright courtyard. There is also a restaurant that I mentioned Christian likes with white tablecloths and with a different menu, but we did not see it. The main chef of Chiggeri is Gilbert Welter, and apparently they have one of the biggest wine list in the world with more than 2,200 wines.

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2.50

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The Providores and Tapa Room
109 Marylebone High Street W1U 4RX
London
United Kingdom
GB

Providores Tapa Room is known for its good brunch on weekends which means people are queuing outside even in the winter cold for a long time to go there. Providores opened in 2001 and is located on Marylebone High Street and the restaurant has a downstairs area which is very cosy, casual and relaxed called the Tapa Room where you can’t book and which generates the queues to get a table, or an upstairs dining area called just “Providores” which you can book but the atmosphere there is not as great as it is more formal. As I said, this place is very popular for brunch on a weekend (at other times walk ins are much easier) and if you want to go there during a weekend brunch I either advise you to do it at 11 or at 2 when the big rush of the people has died down and you will need to wait less. Also don’t think this place has anything to do with Spain, the Tapa room takes its name not from the Spanish tapas but from the huge, traditional Rarotongan Tapa cloth that hangs on the wall.

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3.50

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John Salt
131 Upper Street, N1 1QP
London
United Kingdom
GB

John Salt is a pub in Islington (no idea if it is named after the English artist called John Salt) and late last year a new chef, Ben Spalding, was invited to cook food there. After only a few months during which he attracted a lot of positive reviews, he suddenly left and now the main chef is Neil Rankin. Neil used to work in Pitt Cue Co in Soho, the amazing meat restaurant, and people say he has an obsession to grill things which you can see in some of the dishes he creates in John Salt. All their fish comes from Newlyn Fish Market, meat from Warren & Sons in Cornwall and greens from Keveral Farm (on the menu they even have a dish called “Keveral Salad” which just has greens from this farm)

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3.50

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The Orangery
Henley Road, SL7 2EY
Marlow
United Kingdom
GB

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One week before mother’s day my boyfriend and his brother decided to take their mum out for a nice lunch to celebrate mother’s day early as they could not be there on the actual day, and we decided to drive to Danesfield House in Hanley for a nice lunch. Daniensfield House is a beautiful hotel in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, part of the small luxury hotels of the world programme and from the outside it looks wonderful as it is a large white building almost like a castle. There are some other restaurants in Danesfield House but we had booked a table at the Orangerie which overlooks the garden and so has a lovely view of the river Thames. The restaurant has a floor to ceiling glass wall, which is why it is called the Orangery, so the restaurant lets in a lot of light and is very bright.

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3.00

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