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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Encore de Cafe de Paris
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Somehow, for reasons that are still unexplained, we won tickets for Cafe de Paris so on a Friday night, we went. Once we were there, unbeknown to us, we were actually entitled the VIP package which allowed us the three courses, a bottle of Prosecco and two free drinks. Unfortunately, or fortunately for me, Mrs Mayochup was pregnant at the time therefore could not drink anything alcoholic so the whole bottle of Prosecco and free Kir Royale was mine. Be rude not to waste it.

Ruby and performing guests

Another picture of the performers
We previously posted about Cafe de Paris and we were pleased to see that Ruby was still the MC who is still at his flamboyant best terrorising the gentlemen who he took a shine to. The acts were truly amazing and it’s hard to comprehend that us human beings can perform like that whether it being balancing on one hand on a raised platform to performing acts with fire. Over the course of the evening, it must have been the first time in its history that there were no hen parties but of course there were other celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries.

For starters, we went for the smoked chicken and papaya on blini. This comes with beetroot & shallot dressing and sweet potato confetti. The other starter was the cured salmon carpaccio with palm hearts, caper berry and rock salt. The salmon is no different to what you have in hundreds of other restaurants, light and refreshing but the smoked chicken and papaya was amazing. Surprisingly light and full of flavour.

Smoked chicken and papaya on blini

Cured salmon carpaccio with palm hearts, caper berry and rock salt

Between meals, we were treated to a magician plying her trade with card tricks and misdirection.  One guy on our table thought he had it worked out but the magician had him sussed and got nowhere. We forget her name but she was at the Edinburgh Film Festival, not that narrows it down much.

Magician with her really bright red hair
For the mains, we got the prime rib-eye steak with hand cooked chips and garlic butter. The other was grilled chicken breast which comes with courgettes, potato fondant, girolle mushrooms and parsley. Both were well cooked and well received.  Especially as one of us was drinking a lot and needed to soak up the booze!

Grilled chicken breast, courgettes, potato fondant, girolle mushrooms and parsley

Rib-eye steak with hand cooked chips and garlic butter

We thought we were only eligible for two courses so to have dessert was a bonus. We opted for fresh fruit salad and warm chocolate brownie.

Fresh fruit salad

Warm chocolate brownie

We do recommend coming here even if it's not just for the food. The entertainment is fantastic and worth the entry fee alone.

Cafe de Paris
3 Coventry Street

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Mmmm grease!
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After watching Ferdinand in the cinema, we hunted around Westfields in London and stumbled on Penang which serves Malaysian and Thai food. Considering this is our favourite food types, we went in.

We were asked to sit near the window to make the restaurant appear busy and immediately found a wonky chair. So that was swapped and we sat down and perused the menu.

For starters, we went for seafood dumplings and when they arrived, they looked very appealing however, they were a bit too greasy.

Seafood dumplings
For the mains, we ordered the Claypot Chicken and the Seafood Laksa. The chicken in the Claypot Chicken was a bit rubbery but it was OK on the whole. Nothing special.

Claypot chicken
The Seafood Laksa was on a whole new level. I have sampled many many Thai and Malaysian dishes and this one wins on all fronts as it was the worst Seafood Laksa I ever had the pleasure of sampling. For one, it came with a mightily generous two prawns and some random unrecognisable 'seafood' items that you had no idea what they were. To top it off, it came with a sickeningly layer of grease which looks very unappealing and tasted as such too. It was so bad that it was sent back and removed from the bill.

Seafood Laksa

The grease on top of the Seafood Laksa
It's not often we leave a restaurant hungry but on this occasion we shall eat at home.

Score: 0/10

White City
Unit 1032
Southern Terrace
Westfield White City
W12 7GA

Penang! Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Ooh la la at La Porte des Indes
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Tucked away in a side street in Marble Arch, if that's such a thing, is the welcoming exterior of La Porte des Indes which is best described as an Indian restaurant with French influence. The interior is decorated with Indian art, artifacts and huge plants spanning from the lower ground to the ceiling. Reminded us of the greenhouses in Kew Gardens.

La Porte des Indes exterior
We booked the Jazz Sunday Brunch which is £35 per person and is a buffet spread out on two floors. Which is great as you can go up as many times as you like. You can find the starters and desserts on the lower ground floor and the mains (vegetarian and non) on the ground floor. Price also includes 1/2 pint of beer, glass of red or white or a soft drink.

Now, due to it being a buffet, we went a bit wild on the starters. We tried everything they had to offer and did not leave enough room for the main course buffet. Still, can't complain as each of the starters was amazing apart from the Watermelon and Pepper soup. You would think there's a twist on it but no, it's simply cold Watermelon juice with pepper granules floating on the top. Err right... but we'll let that one slide.

Different types of starters available

The Watermelon and pepper soup
We went for the meat mains and there are four choices, or all four, and on offering was Lamb Bhuna, Murgh Tikka Makhni and white fish curry I can't remember the name of.

The main course buffet

Selection of main courses with rice

Unlimited naan bread brought to your table
Whilst we were enjoying our meal, we were showered in light entertainment in the form of a jazz band and the fire alarm a few times. To mix things up, the jazz band played a few well known TV theme tunes.

Light entertainment
After a well earned break, we eventually waddled to the desserts and what an offering there was! Fresh fruits, belgian chocolate mousse, Panna Cotta and those really really really sicky sweet Indian sweets plus more I can't remember off hand.

Selection of desserts

What did puzzle me was the lack of French influence. We thought we would find it in the food, and especially the desserts as the French are masters of that, however there wasn't any. Belgian mousse is err Belgian and Panna Cotta is Italian. Thinking back to the mains and starters, there's none there either. Still, that's a small gripe considering the wonderful food we were treated to.

If you love Indian food, and lots of it, then this is the place to come. Make sure you're really hungry to get your moneys worth!

Score: 9/10

La Porte des Indes
32 Bryanston Street
020 7224 0055

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Food art at Ormer
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Date night this month was a trip to Ormer in Mayfair found via which is a wonderful site where you can find posh eateries without the posh prices. There are minor drawbacks as you don't get the full a-la-carte menu to choose from but the choices available to you sound amazing and there's something for everyone.

Shortly after we were shown to our table, we were offered champagne (complementary as part of the package) or a soft drink for those who do not like it.

What was not on the menu is a little aperitif which consisted of pickled cockles with lemongrass emulsion and lobster powder. Reminds you a bit of Vietnam with the British twist of the cockles. Please excuse the photo's as the restaurant area is quite dark therefore the camera struggled a bit.

Pickled cockles with lemongrass emulsion and lobster powder
Oh and the unlimited crusty bread with stylish butter.

Crusty bread with butter
For starters, we went for the Cured Mackerel, which consisted of tartare, avocado, elderflower and dill sour cream, and the Homemade Linguini that contained crab, courgette tomato, parmesan foam and basil. When they came, the food was dressed up in such a way that a Masterchef finalist would be proud of. Food art at its best. The Cured Mackerel was served inside a glass chamber and smoke was poured into it at which gave it a peculiar cool smoky taste that, truth be told, I didn't really like. The Linguini, however, was amazing. Light and full of flavour.

Homemade Linguini

Cured Mackerel
For the mains, we both went for the Braised Pig Cheeks which was served with sweet potatoes, grilled pineapple, aubergine and gem lettuce. This was absolutely delicious and there were two very clean plates afterwards. As you can see below, this is another work of art and although it doesn't look a lot, it was just enough.

Braised Pig Cheeks
Souffle has always eluded me, until now and we were delighted to see that on the menu so it was a no-brainer decision to go for it. The Apricot Souffle was served with jasmine and almond ice cream.

Apricot Souffle
The staff were very friendly and all too willing to chat to the guests. There were a few birthdays and some showed off their singing skills whilst others were offering their advice for those who find it difficult to make decisions on the menu. Our waiter was the more intellectual type however, he did mumble quite a lot and we found it very difficult to decipher what he was saying.

We asked for the bill and we were offered some little chocolates and cakes as a 'thank you' which is a nice touch.

Our leaving gift
If you fancy this, the three courses and a glass of champagne is £35 per person and can be found via

Score: 9.5/10

Ormer Mayfair
Flemings Mayfair Hotel
Half Moon Street

Ormer Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Sen Nim goes up in flames
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For lunch, we were invited to Sen Nim, a Japanese restaurant in Islington, and we couldn't wait as it is another chance to try our favourite cuisine.

We arrived at 12:30 to an empty restaurant but as we were part of a group, that did not matter. In fact, it enabled us to get the best seats right in front of the chef demonstration area.

As we were looking through the menu, we were informed of a few items that weren't available and crucially it was marinated beef therefore they couldn't cook it on the hot plate. I can only assume they had a busy service the day before. The replacement was chicken or beef udon noodles instead.

Beef udon noodles
Most of the group ordered the set menu which consisted of soup and a main and I was the only one that went for the sushi. Luckily enough, and I was not aware of this at the time, the sushi was two for one on Sundays.

California Maki and Volcano Maki
A special mention has to go to the waitress. She was the most forgetful scatty brained individual I have ever come across. She managed to deliver the mains without giving us the starter, forgot about drinks for a few people and I'm pretty sure that all two braincells were being used. Still, on a positive note, she can't get much worse.

Now on to the main event. Our demonstration chef, I forget his name, we here to show off his skills and prepare prawns, scallops and make egg fried rice in front of our eyes. Not before a dramatic cleaning process involving oil and a lot of heat! There was even time for a trick or two to entertain us.

A fire show
Chicken Gyozas were an afterthought but a wonderful addition. And delicious as usual.

Chicken gyozas
Our chef cooking prawns
We all left completely stuffed and struggling to move although some of the group wanted dessert in the patisserie across the road called Belle Epoque. This little place has won awards and served up pastries like this.

Raspberry and Passion Fruit tart 
Overall, the restaurant serves up great food. A little improvement on the waitress (or a different one) would have made the experience better but we would definitely return.

Score: 8/10

Sen Nin
206 Upper Street
N1 1RQ

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

The hand of god at L'oro Di Napoli
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The first thing you notice about L'oro Di Napoli is that the restaurant is small, only seating around 20 people, and the second is the shrine to Napoli football club and, in particular, Diego Maradona who is Argentinian. Coincidentally, Maradona is a name for one of their pizzas there. For us football fans out there, we all remember the 'hand of god' goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

L'oro di Napoli A-board
L'oro Di Napoli A-Board
Shrine to Napoli and Maradona
The shrine to Napoli. Diego Maradona in particular
But let's put Maradona to one side and concentrate on L'oro Di Napoli which literally translates to The Gold of Naples. The pizzas are all hand made and they use the freshest of ingredients all cooked in a wood burning clay oven.

As the restaurant is so small, we can peer into the kitchen and it is almost open plan. We got a lovely insight in how are pizzas are made.

Making the pizza dough
Making the dough
Preparing the pizzas
Preparing the pizzas
For starters, we ordered the Tomato Bruschetta. Although this is simply made, the ingredients they used makes it stand out from your regular Italian restaurant chains and it was wonderful. The chopped tomatoes had plenty of flavour and it was well seasoned. And it wouldn't be Italian without the lashings of olive oil.

Tomato Bruschetta
Tomato Bruschetta
For the mains, the menu offered pizza and nothing but pizza. There was so many to choose from that it is a little overwhelming and they have mixed up white and red pizzas together under the same heading. White pizzas are those without the tomato sauce as a base. If they were to redesign their menu, it is suggested that they create these categories to make it easier.

We ordered one white pizza and one red and went for the Massimo Troisi and Caruso respectively.

Massimo Troisi pizza
Massimo Troisi
Caruso pizza
Massimo Troisi consisted of mozzarella, parma ham, rocket, cherry tomatoes,topped with parmesan and olive oil. As you can see, these pizzas are huge and we did not finish them nor did we get anywhere close. Thankfully, they allow you to take away the pizza and with L'oro Di Napoli offering a take-away service too, it was easy for them to accommodate.

The Caruso was a real meaty pizza which was tomato sauce based with mozzarella. The meats were spicy salame, sausages, ham, topped with parmesan, fresh basil and not forgetting the olive oil. Both these pizzas were beautifully flavoured due to the freshness of the ingredients and they are certainly generous with the toppings too! A good quality mozzarella makes or breaks a pizza and thankfully L'oro Di Napoli gets that right.

Olive oil condiment pot
More olive oil. Just in case you don't have enough!
The cost of the pizzas are very reasonable and remarkably cheaper than Domino's, Pappa Johns and Pizza Express. And much much better too. The most expensive pizza is £10.95 and cheapest is £5.50. If you are keen on having a filling lunch and not wanting to spend that much, one pizza is easily big enough to share for two.

We would definitely come back and we can't wait to try different pizzas next time.

Score: 9/10

L'oro Di Napoli
217 Uxbridge Road
W7 3TH

L'oro Di Napoli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

A wonderful mess at Matsuba
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We decided to return to Matsuba for our wedding anniversary dinner and as it is a very small restaurant holding no more than approx 30 covers, we were wise to book. Several people did turn up expecting to get a table and were turned away disappointed however, they know what to do the next time.

We arrived on time and although we had a reservation, Matsuba did not have our table prepared so there was a little wait before we sat down and this waiting theme continued for the rest of our visit. We were left to wait with the menu's for quite some time before we placed our order and there was enough time for a mini power nap before our starters and sushi arrived. We also noticed that tables who arrived after us were served before us and had a lot more attention from the waiting staff. Could this be that they favoured bigger parties than the 'table for two'? The first time we got any check back on our meal was when we almost finished our mains. Far far too late. But enough of the negatives for now, let's focus on what Matsuba excels and the reason why we returned and that is the sushi and appetisers.

The first to arrive was the Meat Gyoza and as we were so hungry, the plate did not last long. The flavours were well balanced and every mouthful was a joy to eat.

Meat Gyoza at Matsuba
Meat Gyoza
Following in quick succession was the most favourite item of the evening and that was the Tempura Prawn. I could have eaten them all night long but that would have been quite an expensive evening!

Tempura prawn sushi at Matsuba
Tempura prawn sushi
Just as we finished the Tempura Prawn, the Gyu Tataki arrived. This is quickly seared on a high heat leaving the centre very rare. It gets its flavour from the ginger and the vinegar soy sauce.

Gyu Tataki at Matsuba
Gyu Tataki
Thankfully, due to the slow service, we were left again to digest the food before we ordered our mains. We actually had to call someone over to take the order otherwise we will still be sitting there.

We ordered the Gyu Teriyaki and Stonepot Bibimap. The Gyu Teriyaki was cooked wonderfully with just the right amount of Teriyaki sauce. Not too overpowering. The Stonepot Bibimap was plentiful in vegetables however, the meat aspect was lacking a bit.

Gyu Teriyaki
Gyu Teriyaki
Stonepot Bibimap
Stonepot Bibimap
It's not often we go for dessert but we decided to finish off with a raspberry and mango frission. Again, this took a long time to arrive which is strange as they are all pre-set and in moulds. How hard is it to put it on a plate and serve?

Raspberry and mango frission
Raspberry and mango frission
After a little over two hours in Matsuba, we paid and left. Although we love the food and the sushi is to die for, the service is a massive let down unless you are a table of more than two people. For that reason, a straight 10 turns into a 7.

Score: 7/10

10 Red Lion Street

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