Polpo – I visited Polpo for dinner a couple of weekends a go in Covent Garden. There are three more situated in London, one in Notting Hill, Soho & Chelsea. Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young Italian wines. They offer lots of delicious small plates, perfect for sharing which means you get to try a variety of dishes. We decided to choose a number of dishes. Highlights being the lamb and slow roast garlic meatballs which melted in your mouth and tasted absolutely delicious. I never thought a favourite of mine would be a vegetarian dish, however the squash, gnocchi, sage & walnut butter I totally would recommend.
First Impressions: Excellent – the decor was charming, the front of house staff were very welcoming and the atmosphere was buzzing with a trendy romantic feel to it.
Temple & Sons – I was kindly asked to go and try the newly launched Saturday brunch menu at Jason Atherton’s restaurant grill in the City. Being a massive fan of brunch and Jason Atherton I couldn’t wait to try the menu as it sounded delicious. The brunch menu features a selection of traditional British breakfast dishes, sweet & savoury. They also offer a set brunch menu which is what we went for, it includes 1 main breakfast dish, 1 french toast or pancakes and 1 juice, Bellini or Bloody Mary for £22. Favourite dish being the buttermilk pancakes served with maple syrup, blueberry compote and vanilla cream.
First Impressions: Great value for money, delicious flavours and it would be the perfect brunch for a birthday or a catch up with friends.
Chino Latino – serves contemporary Pan-Asian food which is a favourite cuisine of mine. There are multiple locations in the UK and elsewhere, many that are in modern hotels like the Park Plaza Riverbank, which is located on Embankment near Vauxhall Station. The black cod spicy miso was phenomenal, very light and had delicious flavours. The sushi was also great quality, the soft shell crab California roll didn’t last long.
First Impressions: If you’re a fan of sushi, definitely put this on your list of places to visit for dinner. Would recommend to go here for a special occasion as it can get quite pricey. It has great views overlooking Embankment and I couldn’t fault the dinner we had.
The Great Chase – is a fully halal, fine eating restaurant like no other. Head Chef, Radoslaw Nitkowski has many years of experience in international cuisine which portrays on the dishes he produces. He crafts each dish with the finest ingredients, to ensure individual character and flavour. It has an alcohol-free drinks menu which serves an excellent collection of fine teas and punchy alcohol-free concoctions. This is a wonderful restaurant, offering a very relaxed atmosphere when dining.
First Impressions: Loved the quality and flavours of the food, and the thought thats gone into each dish. Very passionate owners in which portrays on the overall experience. Can’t wait to return.
Have you visited any of these places, if so what did you think?