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My ramblings, hopefully harboring some decent reviews.

Osteria Dell’Arte

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This is the cutest little Italian restaurant/cafe i have ever been in. I mean it has a tree! It is decorated beautiful with brightly coloured pieces of artwork all over the walls which are whitewashed and put you immediately on the Sardinia coast. service is prompt and friendly. A waitress even noticed i was hankering after the freshly baked foccaccia sitting on a table behind (pictured right) and gave me a complimentary slice. For just £2.50 though you save yourself the embarrassment and get a whole selection with plump juicy olives. Perfect to share if you’re not quite up to a starter/main combo.

To start me and will shared the Carpacio and the Calamaretti both at £7.80 each. I adored the Calamaretti (wish i hadn’t shared now because that was my choice). The squid was so succulent and perfectly seasoned while the Polenta balls were were so light and fluffy, after the initial crunch they absolutely melted. Will’s Carpacio didn’t thrill me. I hadn’t had it before (horrifying i know for a self-proclaimed foodie) so i have nothing to compare with it but i found it disappointingly tasteless and i was also slightly put of by the texture. I know this is rich as i at the same time i was happily chomping on tentacle.

Over the main course we had a seemingly endless debate. Will wanted the Chicken (Petto di Pollo Arrosto). whilst I had a hankering for a lamb (Agnello Arrosto). we each wanted the other to get a pizza so we could share, because quite simply when the there’s a stone pizza oven one must have stone baked pizza. In the end I gave in and got to choose which pizza we opted for. All I ask of a pizza is that it be thin, crispy and covered in salami and chilis. Essentially the  SALAMINO PICCANTE incarnate. we also Got a little mixed salad which went perfectly with the pizza. The mains were lovely and the crispy Italian pizza did not disappoint. Couldn’t squeeze in half a panacotta or tiramisu if we’d wanted to.

Highly recommended.

AGNELLO ARROSTO   PETTO DI POLLO ARROSTO

http://www.osteriadellarte.com

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Tota

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Relaxed and cosy cafe only 3 minutes from my home, but pretty easy to get to from most of London via Northern line.  The decor is stylish but not too modern or minimal. It fells really comfortable.

Lunch menu is very traditional and typical of many a cafe or pub lunch menu. Freshly prepared wraps, sandwiches, baps and baguettes (they have delicious fillings that are a cut above. Good choice of Burgers with extras available and served with a lovely newspaper lined metal wire basket full of delicious fluffy and crispy chips (all home made). Alongside delicious rich fair trade coffees on the drink menu are bottled beers, wines and a selection of classic cocktails. The atmosphere is lovely and it was surprisingly busy for a weekday lunchtime. Great place to meet friends for coffee and so much more personal than Cafe Nero and Starbucks across the road. Also perfect for a romantic little date. it’s the sort of place that will put you at you ease but it still feels special.

Dinner is a little more of an upmarket affair, though sticking to the rustic theme. It has a lovely hearty Mediteranean feel. The steaks looked delicious as did generally, all of the food!

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102 Tooting High Street
Tooting Broadway
London
SW17 0RR – 020 8767 1122

Opening Hours

Monday – 8.30am to 5pm
Tuesday to Friday – 8.30am to 10.30pm
Saturday – 9am to 10.30pm
Sunday – 9am to 6pm

http://www.tota-restaurant.co.uk/

Naru

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Traditional Korean food is well-known as well-being cuisine retaining distinctive flavours of each ingredient and using natural seasonings. Naru will continue to develop this outstanding tradition. Additionally, Naru is specialized in modernizing Korean Food, which is created in a contemporary and western style while keeping the original tastes and high quality. The ambition is to make Korean food globalized and to become popular with everybody. ” We can say with confidence that we are justifiably proud of our cuisine. We would like every customer to enjoy our beautiful authentic and exclusive Korean Food.”

230 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8EG
02073797962

info@narurestaurant.com

Me and Will have been here a couple of times and love the BBQ Beef and Qimchee. It has a lovely family feel and manages to combine cosines with stylishness. The staff are attentive and Knowledgeable and the Kitchen is supremely speedy and the only thing that leaves a little to be desired is the tiny toilet whose has had a hole cut in it to accommodate a sanitary bin.

 

I especially loved Naru because its so un-patronising. They let you get on with it, which led for a more fun evening in my opinion. Despite the size of the place we felt like little fish in a big pond. We were a bit clumsy and clueless with the lettuce.

For any other newbies don’t worry. The BBQ dishes are served with big cos leaves which you role the meat in along with spicy bean paste, shredded spring onion and qimchee. You then did it in soy sauce or some other dipping sauce. Its to die for and tastes so fresh.

 

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