Mediterranean

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Arabica Bar and Kitchen
3 Rochester House Borough Market, SE1 9AF
London
United Kingdom

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Arabica Bar and Kitchen is a restaurant that serves food from the Levant (Mediterranean countries – Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Armenia and Turkey) in Borough Market. The restaurant is modern and despite the food sometimes being quite similar to the food at your usual Maroush, it has a more casual and modern atmosphere. You can either sit inside or outside, where you can watch people eating their Borough Market food whilst slowly walking from stall to stall. Arabica Bar and Kitchen serves breakfast from 8.30 to 11.30, then takes a small break and restarts serving food from 12.00.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Olla
Mitropoleos, Mykonos Town
Mykonos
Greece

On our last night in Mykonos, Greece, I was craving some souvlaki, which I managed to find in the cheap and cheerful restaurant called Jimmy’s place (see the review in my blog). However my boyfriend seeing the place and the food refused to eat souvlaki at Jimmy’s place and wanted to find another restaurant where to have dinner. After wondering for a while around the narrow streets of the old town of Mykonos, which are full of buzz and shops, we found Olla, where he decided to have dinner.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Peckham Refreshment Rooms
Unit 4, 12–16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL
London
United Kingdom

This was a wonderful discovery my boyfriend and I made totally by coincidence. I went to Pekcham for the first time in my life as my boyfriend’s university friend who had been in the Master chef final was doing a “pop up” of Thai barbecue and I was super keen to try it. We went to the bar in Peckam where this Thai barbecue was taking place only to find out that the place was totally overloaded by orders and just to take our order we had to wait an hour. As I was starving I decided not to wait for this and try to find alternative food, which initially for me seemed quite hard to do in Peckham. However, on our way to this Thai barbecue we had passed what looked like a nice, small and buzzing restaurant - Peckham Refreshment Rooms – and so we decided to go back there to try it out and have dinner there instead.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Real Greek, The
56 Paddington Street, W1U 4HY
London
United Kingdom

The Real Greek is a chain of Greek restaurants that has been around for many years and offers okeyish Greek food in the middle of London. It is not going to offer you very creative or super well made Greek food, but if you are lazy and just want some taste of Greece, it is a good place to visit.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Apero
The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Road, SW7 3ER
London
United Kingdom

Apero means an “aperatif” and is an alcoholic drink served before a meal and it is also a Mediterranean restaurant in the basement of the Ampersand Hotel next to South Kensington tube station. I have to say I did not really try their Mediterranean food as I went there for brunch with my girlfriends and the dishes there looked like typical brunch dishes, nothing more Mediterranean. I am not really sure how having a Mediterranean dinner would work there as the atmosphere and décor in Apero is casual, with wooden chairs, bricks and tiles, and it looks like your typical brunch restaurant. The main chef is Chris Golding.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Aurelia
13-14 Cork Street W1S 3NS
London
United Kingdom

Aurelia is located in Mayfair, on a nice quiet street (Cork Street) filled with art galleries. The restaurant is named after Via Aurelia, an old Roman road that used to link Rome with Ansedonia on the Mediterranean coast and the road afterwards expanded and continued and went through France and then ended up in Spain, in Santiago de Compostela, and Aurelia serves food that is eaten in all the countries that the road went through, so Mediterranean food. As this is a restaurant owned by the same people as Le Petite Maison, Zuma, etc… it embraces the sharing culture and all the dishes are brought to the table and meant to be shared. For me this restaurant stands somewhere in between Le Petite Maison (which I love) and Banca (which is not great at all for the prices it charges), and some of the dishes are great, and some are not good.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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NOPI
21-22 Warwick Street, W1B 5NE
London
United Kingdom

Many people love Ottolenghi delis and as you can’t book a table there I guess the Israeli born chef Yotam Ottolenghi was always under pressure to open a restaurant that would offer the chance to book a table and have the amazing Ottolenghi type of food in a more classy environment. Mr Ottolenghi opened Nopi in Soho last year to address this and Nopi serves small dishes to share with “robust, sunny flavours, typically from the Middle-east and Asia”. The menu is great, as it offers 4 small dishes (olive size dishes), 4 main courses and then a wide range of tapas/ starter size dishes that you are meant to share, 8 vegetable tapas, 4 fish tapas and 4 meat tapas that each cost £10 on average.  The number of delicious vegetarian dishes on the menu means means that if you are a vegetarian you will have an amazing and very varied meal in Nopi. 

Maija rated: 

3.50
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