Archive For September 2013

Dockmaster’s House review

Dockmaster’s House review

[This venue is now closed] There are indeed many Indian restaurants named after buildings, but unlike curry houses claiming to be the Taj Mahal, Dockmaster’s House truly is the house of a dockmaster …or at least it once was. London’s Dockland has had a history of vibrant activity and that continues today, although the action…

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Imli Street for breakfast

Imli Street for breakfast

The name is somewhat familiar but the celebrated Imli has now graduated to a rather urbanly sophisticated Imli Street. Both the menu and décor have changed but the assured quality remains the same. It’s part of the Tamarind Collection and its illustrious parent, Tamarind of Mayfair, sports a Michelin star. Imli Street occupies an enviable…

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Tamarind of Mayfair – Early or Late, and always on time

Tamarind of Mayfair – Early or Late, and always on time

Tamarind has long enjoyed a reputation for excellence and it’s been a deserved but hard- won accolade. Competition is fierce but Tamarind of Mayfair is thriving and has indeed blossomed into a creditable collection, which includes a Tamarind in the US along with Imli Street in Soho; Zaika in Knightsbridge has recently joined the group…

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Café Spice Namaste: Dinner

Café Spice Namaste: Dinner

Café Spice Namaste is an icon of Indian food. It’s a beacon of culinary hope around the corner from The Tower of London. It’s a haunt of discerning businessmen, stars of film and the small screen, and indeed anyone who enjoys vibrant food and friendly service. Chef Cyrus Todiwala and his partner in life and…

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Piya Piya – Thai Restaurant

Piya Piya – Thai Restaurant

Just yards from Old Street Station, Piya Piya is best known as the haunt of late-night city sorts. Its location has made it popular for groups who appreciate the evident skill of the barmen, who have a repertoire of exotic cocktails. You know, dear reader, that this reviewer is a bit long in the tooth…

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Vila Vita Parc Resort Algarve Portugal

Vila Vita Parc Resort Algarve Portugal

One muses on holidays in Europe next year: perhaps France, as the south does have amazing weather and there is always the food. Perhaps a winter break to enjoy some bearable temperatures and maybe even some patches of blue sky. Spain has the ever-popular tapas as well as those vibrant cities of Barcelona and Madrid….

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