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Carousel
71 Blandford Street W1U 8AB
London
United Kingdom

Carousel is such a great restaurant and considering it is so close to where I live, I am really surprised I had not been there before and would not have found out about it probably for a while had I not been invited here by friends for dinner. Carousel is a three floor space in Marylebone that invites guest chefs to cook for around 2 weeks. Each 2 weeks they have chefs from around the world bringing their own cooking style to Carousel. Because of this it is hard for me to give it a ranking, as the menu would change so frequently, but I love the concept and I loved the dinner I had at Carousel.

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Fazenda
Baznīcas iela 14 LV-1010
Riga
Latvia

The story of this restaurant began 20 years ago when 2 friends decided to establish a bakery. Then in 2010 they also opened their first restaurant called Fazenda and now the restaurant has 2 branches in Riga (I went to Baznicas street restaurant) as well as a restaurant in the city Sigulda. The décor in the restaurant was very interesting, it reminded me of a wealthy Latvian house in the 1930s, the restaurant had bright walls, every table had colourful tablecloths and the restaurant had various old, interesting elements to look at.

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3.00

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M’Archers
Strēlnieku iela 1A, LV-1010
Riga
Latvia

M’archers is a restaurant, deli and bakery on Strelnieku street in Riga, in the quiet centre of Riga. It is the second restaurant by the celebrity chef Martins Ritins, and in contrast to his flagship restaurant Vincents, which is located close to M’Archers, M’Archers is a more casual restaurant. When you first enter the restaurant you see a wide range of freshly baked bread and pastries, a little deli shop that has amazing cuts of beef (the sort of cuts I can see at my butcher in London and have not seen in Riga before, including Australian wagyu beef), expensive chocolate, olives, pasta, fresh vegetables (including beautiful coloured tomatoes) as well as salads and cakes. Martins Ritins has done an incredible job sourcing all these ingredients and producing all these cakes and breads and I have not seen it anywhere in Latvia before, and it looks like a deli you could find in Knightsbridge in London.

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4.50

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Andrew Edmunds
46 Lexington Street W1F 0LW
London
United Kingdom

Andrew Edmunds is such a wonderful restaurant I am really surprised that in my 11 years in London I have not visited it before. I was alerted to it by one of my food critic friends, as I asked him about the restaurants with the best wine lists in London. He said Andrew Edmunds had a good and reasonably priced wine list. I had very close friends visiting me from Latvia – Guna and Arturs – and Arturs is a huge wine fan and he was especially trying to visit restaurants that offered a wide range of wines and had an impressive wine list, hence our choice of Andrew Edmunds.

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4.00

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Blue Cabana
Mabushi
Abuja
Nigeria

Blue Cabana is an outdoor and indoor restaurant in Abuja that besides a restaurant has a gym and a beautiful outside pool where you can swim and relax. It is one of the nice upscale places in Abuja and when you go indoors you feel like you could be in any other city, it feels western and modern. It was a very hot day (above 30 degrees) and we decided to sit indoors with AC, although in the evening it is cool enough to sit outdoors by the pool and smoke shisha if you wish to.

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3.00

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Waverly Inn
16 Bank Street NY 10014
New York
United States

Waverly Inn is quite an old (open in one form or another since 1920) restaurant in New York in West Village. Waverly Inn used to be quite popular with celebrities and the restaurant  has a reputation for being very hard to get into. I came here with a large group of girls and we booked this a few weeks before our dinner and did not have any problems getting a table (it was a late reservation for 9pm thought).

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3.50

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Fenix
Nispetiye Caddesi, No.79
Istanbul
Turkey

Fenix is one of the trendiest new restaurants in Istanbul and when it first opened in March it was seriously difficult to get a table there. It is located on that busy street (Nispetiye Caddesi) that houses many of the best restaurants in Istanbul, including my personal favourite – the Nusret steak house. The inside of Fenix is very stylish with a cool bar, something you would expect to see in NY, and trees inside, it has a cool vibe about it. There is also an outside dining area, heated up using the heat lamps and which is where we sat, and did not feel cold at all. It is a very pretty place.

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3.50

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Sketch Gallery
9 Conduit Street W1S 2XG
London
United Kingdom

I had not been to Sketch in a very long time and was so pleasantly surprised about how great it was. Sketch is sort of a house in Mayfair (Conduit street) that has 2 restaurants and various bars and lounge areas each very quirky and in their individual and very cool style. If you like design, art and furniture, then Sketch is a must visit for you. As the website says “Sketch is a complex and unique site”. The people behind Sketch, that opened it in December 2002, are French master chef Pierre Gagnaire (who has a 3 Michelin star restaurant in France) and restaurateur Mazouz.

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4.00

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Caravan
11-13 Exmouth Market EC1R 4
London
United Kingdom

Caravan is a restaurant, bar and coffee roaster located in Exmouth Market, Islington (and now they also have a branch in Kings Cross). I have been to Caravan once before for brunch and this is one of the best brunch places in London as their food is very creative, the restaurant is always full, creating a great atmosphere and they do great coffees. This time I came here for dinner with my friends and was surprised to see that their dinner food was equally good.

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3.50

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Carbon
78 Brewer Street W1F 9TY
London
United Kingdom

I was going to Soho with my boyfriend to accompany him in some shopping (nothing exciting, just cycling stuff), and he said he had seen this place called Carbon next to his favourite Rapha shop and it had a huge queue so he thought it could be good and we should go there for brunch.

 

Maija rated: 

3.50

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