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Mimosa
Pannekoekstraat 77 3011 LD
Rotterdam
Netherlands
NL

you may know the cocktail Mimosa, which consists of champagne and a citrus based drink (usually orange juice) mixed together, but Mimosa is also a lovely restaurant in Rotterdam that serves French (with an international twist) food. The cool thing is that this place is run by 2 people (c0-owners), Mark and Aad, and how they manage to do it, is quite amazing, as one of them cooks the food and the other one is a waiter (note you may think having 1 waiter in a decent sized restaurant is punchy and even though we did have to wait quite a while to get a bottle of wine at one point, he did cope super well with everything else).

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Orange, The
37 Pimlico Rd, SW1W 8NE
London
United Kingdom
GB

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My friend Liza was in town from Atlanta and she wanted to meet up for dinner. As she is from the states I wanted to take her to a traditional (but also nice) British pub, and therefore The Orange, located in Pimlico/ Sloane Square, instantly sprang to mind. I went to The Orange a few years ago and I liked it, and also the Hardens Guide says it is one of the 10 best pubs in London for food (and also The Orange is a sister restaurant to Thomas Cubitt which is great and people love). Note there are also some rooms where you can stay, so the Orange is also a small hotel. 

 

Maija rated: 

2.50

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1 Lombard Street
1 Lombard Street EC3V 9AA
London
United Kingdom
GB

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1 Lombard Street is such an old school place and probably one of the most typical city restaurants. 1 Lombard Street located just by the bank station, which means people from Canary Wharf can take the quick DLR and be in 1 Lombard street in 15min, and it is located next to Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, and directly opposite the Bank of England, which means people working there can also easily get to 1 Lombard Street. The restaurant is located in a former Grade II-listed bank, and it is interesting that it only opened up in 1998, which is not that long ago considering places like Sweetings have been around for more than 100 years, but still in these 14 years 1 Lombard Street has earned itself a reputation of being a traditional place where you can “do business”.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Chicken Shop
79 Highgate Road NW5 1TL
London
United Kingdom
GB

If you like Nandos, you will absolutely love this place. Chicken Shop is located in Kentish Town, so unless you live there, it is not really in most people’s way and this is a “destination restaurant”, as in you have to make a trip to go there, but it is really worth it, if you are a chicken fan. Chicken Shop is owned by the same people as Pizza East, and there is also a Pizza East located on the ground floor of the same building where Chicken Shop is (Chicken Shop is located in the basement). Chicken Shop as the name suggests serves chicken and not much more. The menu is super small and this I have noticed is a trend these days as more and more really specialized restaurants are opening up with only very few things on the menu (e.g. Burger and Lobster).

Maija rated: 

4.00

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The Conservatory Lounge & Bar
Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow Neglinnaya St, 4, 109012
Moscow
Russia
RU

I have stayed in the Hyatt hotel in Moscow many times now, and it is a very central hotel, located right next to the red square and is one of the main hotels for business people to stay at. Hyatt also has a bar on the 10th floor of the hotel called The Conservatory Lounge & Bar where on one occasion I went to get food with my friend J as I was too lazy to go anywhere else and it does offer a somewhat nice view of Moscow (it is not high enough to offer a great view).

Maija rated: 

1.50

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New Street Grill
16A New Street, UK EC2M
London
United Kingdom
GB

New Street Grill is owned by the D&D group, which is a monster entity when it comes to restaurants. D&D stands for Des and David, 2 men who led the buyout of Conran Restaurants in September 2006, and ever since have opened new restaurants and now have 23 restaurants in London, as well as restaurants in Japan, Paris, New York and Denmark. I have looked at all the restaurants they own, and I have been to Almeida, Coq d’Argent, Floridita, Paternoster Chop House and Plateau and I have some bad memories associated with quite a few of these places (for example I went to Floridita for my 22nd birthday and was rushed out of my table in 1 hour which ended up with me getting drunk and crying as they had mistreated me so much). But despite the fact I have not really enjoyed any of these restaurants, I was willing to give their new venture New Street Grill a chance. 

Maija rated: 

3.00

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The Landmark hotel
222 Marylebone Road, NW1 6JQ
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I am sure that if you invest in financial shares you will know where the Landmark hotel is as Merrill Lynch holds their flagship financials conference there. But note I did not go there whilst the conference was on, so did not gate crash it, I went there a few weeks before. Landmark hotel is located very close to my flat and it is a wonderful place to go for a drink, which I have done on many occasions, and I have some lovely memories associated with this hotel, but when I went last time a few weeks ago was the first time when I had food in the Landmark hotel in their big reception area, called the “winter garden”. The decoration within the Landmark hotel is beautiful and in the “winter garden” you are sitting beneath an eight-storey glass roof atrium and it has lovely palm trees and lights. I was not expecting much from the food and it did surprise me in a good way.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Arts Club
40 Dover Street W1S 4NP
London
United Kingdom
GB

Arts Club is a private members club in mayfair (dover street), and Gwyneth Paltrov has decorated it (and can often be seen there having breakfast there, or sometimes in the evenings - I have never seen here there, but some of my friends have on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, so probably those are good days to go there and spot her), and Mark Ronson is the music producer. Very beautiful place, with a restaurant on the ground floor, club in the basement (where Prince Harry sometimes goes) and a bar on the 1st floor. I would really recommend you find a member to this place and get them to invite you to go there, even for a drink. The food in the restaurant is superb, and I very rarely say that about european food. Very similar to "le petite maison", so all dishes are small and supposed to be shared, but they are delicios.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Duck & Waffle
Heron Tower 110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY
London
United Kingdom
GB

This is officially the tallest restaurant in Europe. Duck and Waffle is located in the Heron Towers on the 40th floor, one floor above Sushi Samba but contrary to Sushi Samba, Duck and Waffle does not have an outside area, but that does not change the fact the views of London from this restaurant are impressive. I went there for lunch with my friend Paul and before going there I had had a sneak peak at the menu, which I thought was extremely creative and contained dishes I had not seen before in similar type of restaurants that offer “seasonal food”. The menu is a one page A4 piece of paper and consists of smaller dishes, plates to share, plates from the oven and then larger 3 dishes for the table, which includes the mysterious “duck and waffle” dish.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Queens Head & Artichoke
30-32 Albany St, NW1 4EA
London
United Kingdom
GB

Queens Head & Artichoke is a pub, just off Great Portland Street and serves modern English food and Spanish type of tapas. Now why I rank this place so high and the reason why I enjoyed it as much as I did was the price!! I have not seen tapas that cost from £3 to £6 in a long time in London, and I was so excited about this, as 4 dishes to be shared by 2 people cost me £19 and I was full from that. I have not had such a cheap and good meal in London in a while. 

 

Maija rated: 

3.00

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