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Welcome to rest-o-RANT

by restorantreviewer @ rest-o-RANT

Welcome to rest-o-RANT, a blog dedicated to reviewing restaurants all over London and occasionally further afield.  rest-o-RANT aims to give honest and useful reviews to help you avoid bad dining experiences. You are encouraged to add your personal reviews of the restaurants featured, the more opinions the better!  Enjoy your visit and, happy eating from rest-o-RANT […]

Salvation In Noodles | Sinful Vietnamese Noodle Shack in Dalston, London

by kaveyeats @ Kavey Eats

This little Vietnamese noodle restaurant has been serving simple, tasty Vietnamese noodle dishes to Dalston residents (and anyone willing to travel) for nearly three years; indeed in the time it’s taken me to finally make my way there, founder Colin Tu has launched another Vietnamese restaurant, MAM, in Nottinghill and a second branch of Salvation... Read more »

Lion’s Head Pork Meatballs Recipe

by asianfoodadventure @ Asian Food Adventure

There are many different style of cooking in China.  Around 8 different cooking styles have been identified and each one is unique.  Lion’s head pork meatballs recipe comes from Yangchow, province of Kiangsu, which is in Eastern China.   Superior Chinese dish… Chinese people like to use words like “dragon”, “phoenix” or “lion” to describe […]

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Cocorico, Whetstone High Road: Italianish Restaurant aimed at the masses

by noreply@blogger.com (northlondoner) @ Eat the world

13th February 2016
Don't you just hate the rip-off menus and meals that are everywhere on Valentines? I have had it with short overpriced set menus and indifferent food with rose sellers. (NB have you ever heard of a Romantic Curry?). So I try to go out either side of the day, and I think this is catching on. We booked Cocorico about 6 days in advance, because I could not get into the small local trattoria. There had been some initial negative reviews of locally of this place when it first started, and one or two people reported food poisoning. But a year down the line it is still there and I have noted that it is packed at nights even during the week. It had to be worth taking a chance. They promote themselves as a cross between an Italian Nando's and a full Italian Restaurant, but they do not do pizza (yet). The grilled spicy chicken is supposed to be their thing, and is very competitively priced, and avoids the necessity of dining with feral youths at a real Nandos. I would not knock Nandos as I think it is a great product at a great price, but I do not want to queue with teenagers for a table at a weekend. A friend of ours said the Italians do not know how to cook chicken, but I still took a chance.
There is an enthusiastic web site on http://cocoricorestaurant.co.uk/ which is sort of helpful. They accepted a booking immediately slotted in to their convenience, but when we arrived a few minutes early, there was a little queue of bookers and non-bookers. The place was pretty full on a Saturday night at 8pm, and only started thinning out at about 10. I heard that the place was an offshoot of Al Fresco across the road, which I have found very noisy with diffident staff, and I would not choose to go there regularly.
Unfortunately there are no pictures this time as  my phone had run out of juice.
The restaurant is modern, close packed with a bar and fairly open range kitchens where you can just about see what is being cooked. At least the ingredients looked real. Service is patchy and the waiters come from the demonstrative school of waiting showing what hard workers they are and how serving you is a bit of a burden. We were dealt with relatively promptly and got the feeling that they might have a window of attention for each customer before they want them to move on.
Having said that our staters of fried calamari and chicken/chorizo skewers were excellent. They were hot, and substantial portions.
I had the house grilled  1/2 chicken. Unlike Nandos, this is only mildly spiced and you cannot choose the hotness. However there is chilli sauce of high strength on the table. I thought my chicken was a little on the dry side for the breast meat, but my wife's chicken in a fruit sauce was excellent. The grilled chicken comes with two sides, and I chose the fries and sweetcorn, which was very like Nandos. Her meal came with Sautee potatoes, broccoli and green beans. She thought that you do not go to a restaurant to eat broccoli and green beans, and chose some fried zucchini as well, which was a good idea. The food was tasty and hot, scoring an 8.4 on the Chof scale. Portions sizes are very generous, and we might not have needed the starter. There is absolutely no pretension here, and it is a middle of the road place aimed at middle of the road people.
The pricing is also very middle of the road and our bill for a meal for two but sharing desert and a bottle of Malbec came to £61+. I put down 70 in cash and the waiter asked if I wanted change. Yes I did.
Would I go there again. Probably yes, but not as a talking group as it was very noisy, and probably not on a Saturday night, as it was packed and noisy.  The food is fine, and I would probably go for something other than the grilled chicken next time.

Magpie review – Modernist food served ‘Dim Sum’-style in Mayfair

Magpie review – Modernist food served ‘Dim Sum’-style in Mayfair

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

The Pidgin sequel takes flight but doesn’t quite soar I once wrote that it’s rare for a restaurant to relocate inwards from the suburbs to the centre of town, rather than other way around. Recent events are proving me wrong, showing that such a move (or sprouting a second branch closer to the centre of … Continue reading

Azerbaijan restaurant review – central Asia in North Finchley

Azerbaijan restaurant review – central Asia in North Finchley


The Picky Glutton

No, I’ve never been to Azerbaijan either Updated 14/01/18 – this restaurant has now closed. I’ve never been to Azerbaijan and it’s a safe bet that you haven’t either, …

Gilly’s Fry Bar review – the chippy that wants to be a tempura restaurant

Gilly’s Fry Bar review – the chippy that wants to be a tempura restaurant

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Finsbury Park doesn’t need more battered fried food I have a confession to make. It’s a deeply unpopular, long-held opinion that will not endear me to many of you. It’ll be even more controversial than the time I disparaged chicken, dismissing it as a soulless meat fit only for children and invalids. I don’t like … Continue reading

Coal Rooms Peckham review – a train station restaurant that isn’t a dreary chain

Coal Rooms Peckham review – a train station restaurant that isn’t a dreary chain

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Plus a beast of a bacon sandwich Salvaging, reusing and repurposing old fittings and furnishings to adorn new restaurants is nothing new; it’s been an ongoing trend in the English-speaking world for at least a decade, if not more. Renovating old buildings, while judiciously paying homage to their original purpose, has received less attention but … Continue reading

Diwana Bhel Poori review – Euston vegetarian Indian group dining

Diwana Bhel Poori review – Euston vegetarian Indian group dining

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Cheap as chips and almost as good Trying to find a restaurant for a large group of people is a royal pain in the unmentionables. Cramming a baker’s dozen around a table can be a logistical feat akin to the Berlin Airlift, especially when everyone has competing, conflicting demands. My own unruly posse of dining … Continue reading

FEASTING IN FINCHLEY - The Restaurant Club

FEASTING IN FINCHLEY - The Restaurant Club


The Restaurant Club

Kate Posener finds no need to go hungry in Finchley Moving to Finchley nearly eighteen years ago from the ‘chi-chi’ environs and cafe society of Belsize Park filled me with dread at the lack of local gastronomic options. But slowly, slowly famine is turning to feast and all tastes are now catered for. Finchley Central [...] Read More

Temper City review – meat temple sequel takes on curry and poultry

Temper City review – meat temple sequel takes on curry and poultry

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

It’s both different from the original Soho Temper and reassuringly similar too I try not to write too much about the industry goings-on in London’s restaurant scene. Such gossipy navel-gazing is often transient in its importance, at best, and really doesn’t serve the purpose of this site which is to help you find somewhere really good … Continue reading

Old Tree Daiwan Bee review – the other Taiwanese restaurant on Rupert Street

Old Tree Daiwan Bee review – the other Taiwanese restaurant on Rupert Street

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Xu’s cheaper and more homely neighbour By accident or design, the sumptuously superlative Xu isn’t the only Taiwanese restaurant on Rupert Street. The West End’s most unlikely restaurant side street is also home to Old Tree Daiwan Bee. This oddly-named Taiwanese restaurant originally started out on a site in Golder’s Green and must be one … Continue reading

El Muro review – Mexican food comes to Muswell Hill. Sort of.

El Muro review – Mexican food comes to Muswell Hill. Sort of.

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

It’s better than Tex-Mex. Just. Reviewing restaurants means I meander all over London, seeing firsthand the disparate boroughs, villages and neighbourhoods that make up this sprawling metropolis of ours. It’s tempting to think that once you venture outside of the capital’s core restaurant areas (Soho, Islington, Shoreditch and The City, or thereabouts), you would have … Continue reading

Authentic Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls

by asianfoodadventure @ Asian Food Adventure

I must have been around 8 years old when my mum first made me these Vietnamese fried spring rolls.  Some of you may think why did she take so long to introduce me to these yummy Vietnamese fried spring rolls.  The reason being was that she didn’t know how to make them until she met […]

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Darjeeling Express review – Kingly Court Indian has inner beauty

Darjeeling Express review – Kingly Court Indian has inner beauty

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Judging a restaurant on more than how good it looks on Instagram Update 31/7/2017 – added remarks about the bone marrow to the details of the goat curry An opinion column published on the newly launched London version of Eater caused a small stir among the capital’s restaurant watchers. The piece railed against the pernicious effects … Continue reading

Hoppers review – Sri Lankan restaurant sequel finally takes reservations in Marylebone

Hoppers review – Sri Lankan restaurant sequel finally takes reservations in Marylebone

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Oxford Street’s eating options get a kick in the pants The little patch of shops and restaurants adjacent to Selfridges known as St. Christopher’s Place used to be one of London’s dining out black spots. Full of tourist traps fronted by touts wielding laminated menus either the length of the Bible or full of badly … Continue reading

Core by Clare Smyth review – fine dining where meat isn’t the main course

Core by Clare Smyth review – fine dining where meat isn’t the main course

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Not nearly as cliched as you might think at first glance Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A fine dining restaurant with a much-vaunted chef at the helm has opened in leafy, wealthy zone 1 West London and serves dishes based on seasonal British produce. If that sentence of postmodern London restaurant cliches … Continue reading

Vietnamese Pickled Daikon and Carrots (ĐỒ CHUA)

by asianfoodadventure @ Asian Food Adventure

Pickled daikon and carrots are served with so many Vietnamese dishes.  It is sold in bucket loads in the supermarkets back in Vietnam.  I don’t know any household that does not have a jar of this stuff lying around.  My mother-in-law replenishes her jars as soon as it’s nearly half-empty.   Pickled daikon and carrots […]

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Lang Van Vietnamese

Lang Van Vietnamese


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Vy Nam Café, Finchley

Vy Nam Café, Finchley


Aki Eats

Vietnamese, Food 3-4/5, Price ~£15 for starter/main, Waiting time ~5 mins, Atmosphere 3/5 , website A very good local Vietnamese restaurant, which offers great value for money and some standout dis…

Santo Remedio London Bridge review – the best Mexican restaurant in London is back with a bigger menu

Santo Remedio London Bridge review – the best Mexican restaurant in London is back with a bigger menu

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Disclosure: I contributed to Santo Remedio’s crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter with a modest donation in the region of £75-200. Arrogant. Cocksure. Overconfident know-nothing. Snooty elitist. Those are just some of the epithets slung my way in the hatemail that I try to ignore (usually quite successfully). That doesn’t mean I don’t question my own judgment … Continue reading

Breddos Tacos Soho review – brilliance served with a side of incompetence

Breddos Tacos Soho review – brilliance served with a side of incompetence

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Raffish Clerkenwell Mexican sprouts second branch in Soho A great many things flow through my mind when I’m being ignored at a restaurant, once I become bored with my phone. Will I starve to death in this place, with lunching desk jockeys and freelance debutantes stepping over my desiccated remains? Are these walls supposed to … Continue reading

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Bad Sports review – tacos so good, it’s unsportsmanlike

Bad Sports review – tacos so good, it’s unsportsmanlike

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Hoxton tacos worth travelling across town for The phrase ‘Hoxton restaurant’ has become a joke to many. Whatever it may once have meant, prosaically or otherwise, it has now become a byword for shallow, self-indulgent and self-absorbed trend-chasing. Although there may be an element of truth in this when looking only at the more obviously … Continue reading

The best dishes of 2017 – food that you need in your life

The best dishes of 2017 – food that you need in your life

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

2017 has been an incredibly hectic year for London restaurants, even by the frenetic standards of this city. Despite the closure of some much missed favourites, new restaurants have continued to open at a dizzying and surely unsustainable pace. Some of that has been driven by a modest influx of celebrity chefs from abroad – … Continue reading

Hot Pot Restaurant in China Town | Steam Boat Chinese & Thai Style

by kaveyeats @ Kavey Eats

As a child, I had a very multicultural upbringing when it came to food. Of course, there was the Indian food of my parents’ home country. And there were plenty of newly learned British classics from their adopted country. My mum also taught herself Italian, Greek, and other cuisines from cookery books. When we travelled... Read more »

Menu for Vynam 371 Regents Park Road, Finchley Central London N3 1DE

Menu for Vynam 371 Regents Park Road, Finchley Central London N3 1DE


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Easy Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich

by asianfoodadventure @ Asian Food Adventure

There has recently been a Vietnamese Banh Mi explosion here in London.  Not sure if any of you have noticed.   Around 8 years ago, the only place that sold Banh Mi  was at Greenwich market.  It was a Vietnamese lady selling it from a food van.  Her nephew went on to open Panda Panda […]

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Plaquemine Lock review – Creole and Cajun pub food on the Regent’s Canal

Plaquemine Lock review – Creole and Cajun pub food on the Regent’s Canal

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

The gastropub cousin to Bocca di Lupo Most new restaurants launch in a blaze of publicity glory with press releases spamming inboxes, repetitively woolly social media chatter, oversubscribed launch parties, a Ryanair-style rush for reservations and fawning coverage from all the usual suspects. Plaquemine Lock, the new gastropub from one of the bods behind Soho’s … Continue reading

Miss P’s Barbecue review – proper BBQ comes to Croydon

Miss P’s Barbecue review – proper BBQ comes to Croydon

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Disclosure: I backed this restaurant’s crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter (in the range of £50-£100). Update 17/10/17 – corrected details about the pulled pork and fixed some typos. Unlike some other reviewers, I’m not obsessively critical of the famed Michelin Guide (not that either gives a fig about what I think). While it certainly has its … Continue reading

Vy Nam Cafe

Vy Nam Cafe


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London is a great place to live if you love food. Whether you prefer restaurant dining or cooking at home, you can find eateries and groceries representing many of the world’s cuisines.Of cou…

Tramshed

Tramshed

by restorantreviewer @ rest-o-RANT

32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3LX My companion and I had a greatly anticipated lunch at Mark Hix’s much hyped steak and chicken restaurant (hence the cow and chicken related art), Tramshed today. We went for the three course “Cock and Bull” lunch. A rich, intensely meaty flavoured chicken and mushroom soup to start – […]

Bombay Bustle review – the casual Jamavar spin-off stuck at the platform

Bombay Bustle review – the casual Jamavar spin-off stuck at the platform

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

In this case ‘casual’ means ‘cheaper’. Sort of. It’s always fascinating to see what happens when a lauded, Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant launches a ‘casual’ spin-off. When Dabbous attempted it, the result was the very different and somewhat odd Barnyard. Both of those restaurants have now closed and, in retrospect, Barnyard felt a somewhat patronising, phoned-in … Continue reading

Eat With Steph

Eat With Steph


Eat With Steph

Covering London Restaurants. It's a food blog!

The Bohemia

The Bohemia

by restorantreviewer @ rest-o-RANT

762-764 High Road, North Finchley, North Finchley, London, N12 9QH This well presented Antic pub arrived on our doorstep about a month ago and has fast become a favourite. The chef is clearly very passionate and not afraid to experiment which means he doesn’t always get it right but when he does the results are […]

Yen review – the soba ‘specialists’ that also serve sushi, sashimi and donburi

Yen review – the soba ‘specialists’ that also serve sushi, sashimi and donburi

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

A head-scratching double take on The Strand Bringing an under-appreciated cuisine or dish to foreign shores is an effort fraught with all sorts of logistical, culinary and financial difficulties. Reviewing such an effort isn’t as arduous, but still has pitfalls of its own. Yen, a new restaurant on The Strand, is a purported specialist in … Continue reading

ASK Italian In Grafton Way, Fitzrovia - Book Today

ASK Italian In Grafton Way, Fitzrovia - Book Today


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We're found just a few minutes from Euston and the British Museum, with great views of the iconic BT Tower. Book your next Italian meal with ASK.

Tacos del 74 Dalston review – even worse than Tex-Mex food

Tacos del 74 Dalston review – even worse than Tex-Mex food

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

You couldn’t pay me to eat here again. People like to sneer at hipsterish restaurants and bars in Shoreditch and Dalston. They’re seen by many as faddy, shallow trend-chasing establishment serving up fare that’s incomprehensible and inedible to ‘normal’ folk. I have little time for such half-baked nonsense, preferring to judge each establishment on its … Continue reading

Ella Canta review – hotel restaurant brings modern Mexico to Mayfair

Ella Canta review – hotel restaurant brings modern Mexico to Mayfair

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Mexico City celeb chef opens outpost in the badlands of Park Lane If you’ve told me a few years ago that a Mexican restaurant, backed by famed chilango celeb chef Martha Ortiz, would open within the bowels of the InterContinental Hotel on Park Lane then I would not have believed you. It just seems so … Continue reading

Best Price on Hotel Ramada London Finchley in London + Reviews!

Best Price on Hotel Ramada London Finchley in London + Reviews!


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