Latin American

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Casa Malevo
23 Connaught St, W2 2AY
London
United Kingdom

I had been to Zoilo (MMm), the sister restaurant of Casa Malevo, the week before and was really looking forward to going to Casa Malevo as my friends Katrina and Love, who live quite close to Casa Malevo, have been telling me how amazing it is and that Tony Blair lives close to the restaurant and sometimes goes there. Both restaurants serve Argentinian food, but Zoilo seems more casual and people mainly sit by the bar, whilst most people in Casa Malevo sit by wooden tables and chairs, and the inside reminded me a lot of the Argentinian steak restaurants I visited when I was in Buenos Aires, so it did feel authentic, which I really liked.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Zoilo London
United Kingdom

Zoilo is an Argentinian restaurant in Marylebone. Before this actual dinner, I had tried to go there twice before, but something always happened and I had to cancel, but I finally managed to make it there with my friend Fehim for a Tuesday dinner. Zoilo is located just north of Selfridges and serves Argentinian food in small plates that you share. I love Argentinian food after having been to Argentina 2 years ago, and so I was very keen to go to Zoilo as I don’t really know many good Argentinian restaurants in London. Zoilo is the second restaurant opened by the “Zoilo catering” group that started operating in 2007 and initially was an Argentinian food catering company, and the first restaurant they opened was Casa Malevo in 2010, just off Edgware road, where apparently Tony Blair goes, and that I am super keen to visit as I have heard great things about.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Sushinho
9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4AE
London
United Kingdom

I first had Asian and Latin American fusion food in Nobu a few years ago, but ever since this type of food has become very popular with the openings of Asia de Cuba, Sushi Samba and now Sushinho. Sushinho blends Brazilian and Japanese food and tries to serve you food that you would find in Rio and Sao Paolo prepared by some of the 1.8 million Japanese people that now live in Brazil.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Asia de Cuba
45 Saint Martin's Lane WC2N 4HX
London
United Kingdom

I went to Asia de Cuba on a Saturday night as we were having a catch up dinner with my LSE friends. The last time (and the only time) I had been to Asia de Cuba before was about 5 years ago for lunch, and I remember it used to be one of the IT places to go to in London, and people would really be super keen to go there a few years ago Unfortunately it seems like the hype around the place has died and I can't remember really anyone mentioning the place before my LSE friends decided to go there for dinner. But I was wrong and clearly people go there as the place was full and buzzing when we arrived, with every single table occupied. The restaurant is located in St Martin's Hotel which is very trendy and modern, on the edge of Covent Garden and the restaurant is very cool, on 2 levels, one level about a metre higher than the other one, and the walls are decorated with pictures.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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SushiSamba
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
London
United Kingdom

This is one of the hottest openings of this year that everyone is talking about. SushiSamba is a Japanese/ Peruvian/ Brazilian fusion restaurant (so a bit like Nobu in this way) that already has branches in New York, Miami, Chicago and Las Vegas and a few weeks ago they opened their first restaurant in Europe, in London. SushiSamba is located on the 39th floor of the Heron Tower, in the financial city area of London, and is now supposed to be the 2nd highest restaurant in Europe (only to be upstaged by Duck & Waffle which is located in the same building but on the 40th floor). I went there on a very hot Friday a few weeks ago for lunch and the view from the 39th floor was absolutely amazing, the best you can get in London in my view and tourists should be taken here not to the London Eye. 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Taqueria
139 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS
London
United Kingdom

I loved Taqueria when I went there for the first time a few weeks ago, and I had the most authentic Mexican meal I have had in London. Taqueria is a small, very casual restaurant located in Notting Hill (but note one of my friends spotted Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney having a meal there!!!), and is one of the few places in the UK that makes its own tortillas for tacos.  The tacos there are amazing and unbelievably delicious; almost identical to the ones I had in Mexico on a street corner when I went there last year. Taqueria also serves killer margaritas and I only needed 1 margarita to be very happy. 

 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Lima
31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1JH
London
United Kingdom

I have been waiting for months for this place to open and finally it has!!! Lima (also the capital of Peru, but I am sure you know this) is a Peruvian restaurant based in Fitzrovia, and London this year seems to have been overtaken by a craze for Peruvian food. First Ceviche opened in Soho and now Lima, and all the food blogs and magazines are writing about Peruvian food and restaurants these days. I went to Peru 2 months ago and absolutely loved the country and thought the food was excellent, and as I did not like the Soho restaurant Ceviche that much when I went there a few months ago, I was hoping that with the opening of Lima, there will now be a solid, good Peruvian restaurant in London. 

 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Paradillas Del Sur
186-188 Old Kent Road, SE1 5TY
London
United Kingdom

This week was our alphabet restaurant adventure week 2 (as a reminder each week my boyfriend and I chose a cuisine type based on the alphabet letters, last week I had the letter A and chose an American restaurant and this week was my boyfriend’s choice of a restaurant where the cuisine started with B). The cool thing about this is that we don't tell each other where we are going up till the last minute, which meant on Sunday I was told to get into the tube and taken in a mysterious direction.

Maija rated: 

3.00

Location: 

La Casona
Calle Lima 423 (2do Piso)
Puno
Peru

My boyfriend and I had arrived to Puno, small town in Peru, and we wanted to go for dinner. I checked my very trusted Frommers guide for suggestions and it did not speak very highly of any restaurant in Puno, but the one that stood out was La Casona, which calls itself a "museum-restaurant". It was hard to find La Casona as the Frommers guide had made a mistake in one of their maps, so we went to the wrong place looking for La Casona, but in the end we found it on the busiest Puno street. La Casona means big house and you enter the door from the street and then have to walk upstairs to the restaurant. To be honest with you it did look old school with a nice Spanish charm with lace tablecloths, high wooden chairs, but I had very different expectations when they said it was a “museum restaurant” as there were not that many things to look at really. It had some antiques and religious canvasses, but not enough to make you feel as if you were sitting in a very memorable dining room.

Maija rated: 

2.00
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