My safe place – The River Cafe, London


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Snowed in and working on my lectures, classes, getting bored, I caught myself going through London photos…. Spending most of my time in my favorite restaurants, The River Cafe photos took me back to last summer. River Cafe is one of … Continue reading

José, the man of tapas!


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Walking down Bermondsey Street, hands full after hitting Borough Market, we were desperatelly hungry and a little bit beaten, just a little. I read a lot about chef Jose Pizarro, been following him from Brindisa days, happy that he got his own … Continue reading

St. John Restaurant – London


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After we were greeted, taken to our table, introduced with our menus, we were ready! We, can eat, and we did. We had 4 starters, 2 main course, 1 salad, a bottle of cider, a beer. You may not find it much but if you consider the animal fat we had, it was huge.
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Jen Cafe – London

Little green corner shop. A-in-the-middle-of-Chinatown- hidden-gem.  One of the many reasons to return London over and over again.

Years ago, we ended there on a wet  London day. We were cold and wanted something to sooth us up, physically and mentally. Then we saw this little window display, where a woman making hand dumplings, filling and folding it quickly and on to another one.

We entered through the green door.  I stood by the Chinese woman while she was doing her thing and I am doing mine,  smelling the filling and taking pictures at the same time. She did not mind at all. Lovely. The dumplings were being filled with pork meat, ginger, scallions, garlic! What else do we need? We ordered one portion each, and a soup to wash them down. The soup was made with vegetable broth, a big bunch of bok choy and egg noodles.

The dumplings are the reason. The sense and sensibility. The perfect kiss.

Pork and preserved cabbage, the smoothies, vegetable pan fried dumplings are worth a try, but we always stick with steamed pork dumplings. And London and rain…

Address: 4-8 Newport Place, Chinatown, London WC2H 7JP

Phone: (020) 7287 9708

Service Hours: Mon-Wed10.30am-8.30pm, Thur-Sun10.30am-9.30pm

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Borough Market – London


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I can not write enough about my one and only Borough Market. The place. The only place I want to return every year. And I do. We choose a Friday for the flight and when land to mother London, we … Continue reading

Belgo Centraal – London

A huge, shelter like place with a different and powerful effect on you. Probably full. Always full. Entrance is from the street level. You may watch the loud and slammed kitchen working, with a bird’s eye view and probably sipping you beer at the same time, while waiting. The restaurant is under the ground level, different atmosphere, very alive, one of a beer sanctuary!

Belgian beer and mussels!

Mussel platters, mussel pots, spit roasted chicken or a big chunky steak dishes are all good but please with a lot of pommes frites! The mussel platters are open face mussels with fillings then broiled, my favorite is the spinach, smoked bacon and Gruyere cheese mussels, great to share, I preferably not! The pot mussels are served in a pot, you tuck your frites in or order bread to get more comfortable, I spoon it and use my frites to mop up the sauces left under the mussels. The original one is my favorite but Marinére, Thai is equally good.

And beers, those beers… they have almost 90 kinds of beer on their drink menu! A dream menu! Trappist and Abbey beers are my favorites, but who I am kidding? I love them all. They have Ambers, Ales, beers on the tap, fruit beers as a dessert, all poured professionally, to their own glasses, always served on the right temperature. Yes they have wine as well, but seriously, if you don’t like beer why go Belgo?

Fun, beer, food with big portions and London. All in one!

Address: 50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9LJ

Phone: (207) 813 2233

Service Hours: Open everyday. Mon – Sat 12 noon – 11pm, Sun 12 noon – 10:30pm.

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