European food

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Shoreditch House
Ebor Street E1 6AW
London
United Kingdom

I went to Shoreditch house with a big group of people for a Saturday brunch. One of my friends Katrina is a member and she decided to organize a brunch for a few of us and we all arrived to Shoreditch house on a Saturday for 12.00 brunch. Note Shoreditch house is a private members club and so if you want to go there for a meal like I did you will need to find a member friend that is nice enough to invite you. Shoreditch House is located in Shoreditch and is a large building that also has a spa, a hotel with rooms for members. On the 6th floor they have an outdoor pool area where you can go in the summer and relax and eat but the rest of the time the 5th floor, where there is a dining room, a pool table room with a casual sit down area and also another relaxed room full of big sofas and fireplaces, is the place where people usually go. We had our brunch in the dining area on the 5th floor, which has long communal tables and the 8 of us were sitting on one side of it.

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3.50

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Biblioteka N1 Restorans
Tērbatas iela 2 LV-1050
Riga
Latvia

Biblioteka N1 Restorans is one of the best restaurants in Riga. It does have a funny name thought as they say they are the N1 restaurant in the name. Whilst I think the food is good and it could easily be compared to London standards, it is very expensive for Latvian standards and my dad was very shocked about the prices when I told him, as the average main course costs LVL15 (almost 19 pounds) which is expensive as in Latvia the average main course even in a good restaurant costs LVL8-12. But there are a lot of reasons why you would want to go to Biblioteka. Biblioteka is located in one of the central parks in Riga and has a wonderful view overlooking a park and during the winter months you can see trees full of snow and during the summer the park is full of beautiful and bright flowers. The main chef is Maris Jansons and he uses traditional Latvian ingredients to create Latvian as well as European dishes.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Vinoteca
15 Seymour Place W1H 5BD
London
United Kingdom

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I went to Vinoteca for dinner for my friend Santa’s birthday. We went to the Marylebone branch although there are 2 other branches, one in Soho and one in Clarkenwell. Vinoteca is inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy which also often function as wine shops and these wine bars have a great atmosphere and you can drink, buy wines and have good food there, which is what Vinoteca aims to achieve. The first Vinoteca opened in 2005 in Farringdon and Vinoteca stocks nearly 300 wines and 25 of these you can drink by the glass (and they are changed all the time apparently). Dan Richards is the head chef of the Marylebone branch and each of the different branches will have slightly different food as the chef will chose what to have on the menu, so do remember this review has nothing to do with the food in Vinoteca’s Soho and Clerkenwell branches, but note all premises do have the same cured meat imported from Spain and their bavette steak (none of them which I had).

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Castle Terrace
33-35 Castle Terrace EH1 2EL
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

This is a quite a new restaurant in Edinburgh, that only opened in July 2010 but it has already managed to get 1 Michelin star and also been ranked as a top 100 place to eat in the UK, and is a sister restaurant to another famous Scottish restaurant The Kitchen. The main chef is Scottish and his name is Dominic Jack and the restaurant serves modern British cuisine influenced by French cooking techniques (so fairly standard Michelin restaurant in the UK) and using Scottish produce. Dominic Jack has worked in one of my favourite restaurants in the world l’Arpège in Paris, but unfortunately I did not see much influence from l’Arpege when I went to Castle Terrace nevertheless it was a very enjoyable meal.

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4.00

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The Delaunay
55 Aldwych WC2B 4BB
London
United Kingdom

I had been to The Delaunay in January last year when it first opened and absolutely loved it, and now I came for the second time for brunch. The Delaunay is a sister restaurant of the Wolseley, and calls itself a “Grand European Café, Restaurant” so it has that amazing aura when you enter the restaurant, with high ceilings, beautiful slightly old feel furniture, very nicely dressed staff. They also have super cool heavy silver cutlery, the nice champagne glasses from the 1950s and old clock so it feels like you could be in Vienna in the middle of the last century. The Delaunay is located on the Strand and serves Austrian/ Eastern European food and last time I came here last January I had borsch (traditional beetroot soup from Russia/ Eastern Europe) which I liked and remember being vegetarian (usually it has meat in it) as well as Chicken Kiev, and I had a great meal.

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3.50

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Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant Cooper Island
British Virgin Islands

We went to Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant for both lunch and dinner. Cooper Island only has 1 restaurant and resort on it, the one that I review here, so if you are planning to go there, you will only have 1 option. Note I would not advise you mooring there and staying overnight though as the bay has no protection from the wind and the waves and I had my worst nights sleep on the boat in this island.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Willy T's
The Bight
Norman Island
British Virgin Islands

William Thornton or Willy T as the people who know it call it, is a floating boat that has one of the best bars in the British Virgin Islands and also a restaurant serving burger and seafood type of food. We went there for dinner and when we got there at 7.30 it was already super busy and we found it hard to find a place where to park our dinghy. On one side of the old boat is the bar, which was already buzzing at this time, but we went to the restaurant first.

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2.50

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Pirates Bight Norman Island
British Virgin Islands

I did not like this place at all. Pirates Bight is located on the Norman Islands in the British Virgin Islands, in the Bight, and from the outside it looks very welcoming, as it has deck chairs in front of the restaurant where people are relaxing, drinking beer and it is located just by the sea, so people are going swimming before, in between and after their meal. I went there for lunch and we had to wait a long time to be served, as all the waitresses did not acknowledge us. The menu is a mix of European and traditional West Indian food, so it has things like Greek salad, Burgers, Lobster, and also salad with smoked wahoo (a type of fish that lives in the Caribbean) which I ate, mahi mahi (another type of fish that lives there) sandwich, which is served with fries which my boyfriend had, as well as conch fritters, vegetable rotis and other things.

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1.50

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Ducksoup
41 Dean Street W1D 4PY
London
United Kingdom

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I was a bit disappointed by this recently opened place that has been generating big publicity and got good reviews by the FT and evening standard and the concept of cool, european type tapas in Soho is great, but there were a few problems: 1) there was no room in the restaurant, it is cute to have small places but this was so small, and the tables put together so close, I had no place where to put my bags and I could not move, 2) the concept of the food is good - european cool tapas (see menu in the picture), but for some strange reason a lot of the dishes just did not work … octopus and lamb chops that I had were amazing, but the meatballs, mozzarella, mushrooms and papardelle pasta with beef ragu were a bit tasteless. I give this place 3 Ms.

Date: 03/02/12

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Wapping Project
Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Hall E1W 3SG
London
United Kingdom

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My friend Svetlana has a new boyfriend and we all wanted to meet him so we arranged a dinner for 6 of us (3 couples) and we decided to go to Wapping Project as some of us (not me) had already been there and thought it was very cool (the last time one of the couples went there they had a “raunchy dance show” in the middle of the dinner, as this place is very artistic and part restaurant and part gallery). Wapping Project is (as you guessed) located in Wapping in the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, and the atmosphere inside is amazing, as the ceilings are so high, literally 5 floors high, it is a mix of old and new, with old crumbling walls and new furniture and stairs and also old machines from the Power Station times in one corner of the room. I loved the cool and funky vibe inside there.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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