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Breakfast & Brunch/ Jelly Hall of Fame/ New York

Best Brunch ever, hands down. Public, New York.

July 1, 2012

Restaurant: Public Cuisine: International Location: 210 Elizabeth Street (between Prince & Spring Sts. City of New York, 10012 The bill: They do a set price brunch for 22 dollars ~ includes cocktail and coffee or tea Ambience: “Free Spirited,” Trendy, industrial Jelly Good Food Rating: 10/10 Le Review: So firstly big kudos to J for finding out about this place, because for me this literally became the highlight of my first ever trip to…

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Budapest

Arcade Bistro, Budapest good food

June 29, 2012

Restaurant: Arcade Bistro Cuisine: Hungarian, International Location: 38 Kiss Janos Altabornagy, Budapest 1126, Hungary The bill: Not too sure for this one…I think circa £25 – £40 per head, depending what you order. Ambience: Casual, smart. Jelly Good Food Rating: 8/10 Le Review So Arcade, wins in the  “restaurant in the most unlikely area for fine dining” category.  A collegue organised this, and we took a cab to a residential part of Budapest, mostly filled with Soviet…

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Budapest/ Cheap Eats/ Dinner with friends/ Drinkies/ Pub Food

Randomly eating out in Budapest

June 24, 2012

This is what eating  out in Budapest looks like I came to Budapest for a long weekend with some friends that I haven’t seen in a while and I’ll be honest  – food wasn’t really top of the agenda.  As a result, no place we went to was planned for or researched beforehand, it was just a case of doing whatever we were doing and when we got hungry  look around for…

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Indian/ Jelly Bad Food/ Shoreditch & Brick Lane

Saffron Restaurant, terrible Indian food in Brick lane

June 18, 2012

Restaurant: Saffron Cuisine: Indian (Supposedly) Location: Brick Lane, E1 The bill: ok it was only £35 after taste-card discount Ambiance: standard cheap Indian place Jelly Good Food Rating: 2/10 Le Review: Sadly, Brick lane is now famous for poor quality Indian food, and no Londoners would recommend it, if a high-quality, authentic  curry is what you are after.   The prime target here are unsuspecting tourists of course.  In a positive…

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Marylebone

Caffe Caldesi – Tuscany in Marylebone

June 15, 2012

Restaurant: Caffè Caldesi Cuisine: Italian (Tuscan focus) Location: Marylebone The bill: Not too sure for this one… Ambience: Down-to-earth-sophisticated. Jelly Good Food Rating: 8/10 Caffè Caldesi is real Italian food (Tuscany focus) in authentically posh Maylebone. The crowd is just like that too – all waiters speak Italian and majority of clientele are stereotypically well-to-do, middle-aged English: plenty of silver haired gentlemen in baby pink and baby blue shirts. Attached…

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Camden/ London/ Snacks/ UK/ £10 and under

My Village Café, Chalk Farm Vegeterian/Vegan

June 5, 2012

  Restaurant: My Village  (this is not a restaurant-restaurant, its a cafe, I guess like the title suggests 🙂 Cuisine: Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian Location: Camden, Chalk Farm Road The bill: £7 or so Ambience: hippy, laid back, comforting Jelly Good Food Rating: 8/10 So this is my hangover/detox place.   They only have vegetarian/vegan things in here, and you can buy those kind of products there as well as get fed.  The food…

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England/ London/ Restaurant Reviews/ Reviews/ UK/ £15 and under

Meat Market, Covent Garden, London Review

May 13, 2012

Meat Market is the new sister restaurant to Meat Liquor behind Oxford Street. I’ve been to Meat Liquor before, and wanted to try Meat Market because I had heard good things about it on the grape vine. Meat Liquor is a very casual American burger and hot dog diner. It’s only been open a week or so, and is set in Jubilee Hall in Covent Garden. I wonder how long…

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London/ Pop-up Restaurants

9 Courses at Ravinder Bhogal’s Pop-up Supper Club at The Dispensary

May 7, 2012

Where: The Dispensary, 19a Leman Street, London E1 8EN Cost – £39 per head, in advance, from 9@thedispensarylondon.co.uk Jelly Good Food thoughts: Quick  – get in there and get some Ravinder before she makes it so big that you have to beg for a table months in advance… Amazing effort to feed a supper club of circa 60 people, with 9 courses, all served at same time.  Some polishing up is still…

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England/ Oxfordshire

Sunday roast in Oxfordshire, Aylesbury – Heartwell House

May 5, 2012

Restaurant: Heartwell House Cuisine: English Location: Aylesbury, Oxfordshire – 1h from central London The bill: £100 including 2 glasses of wine and service Value for money: 5/10 Service: 10/10 Ambiance: 9/10 – Wow factor due to historic venue Food: 7.5/10 Jelly Good Food Rating: 7.5/10 Hartwell House is about as quintessentially English as you can get – its a destination restaurant, set  in  a 17th-century former stately home, boasting  90 acres of landscaped parkland.  Its…

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Islington/ Pub Food

Birthday Lunch, The Drapers Arms, Islington

April 12, 2012

Restaurant: The Drapers Arms Cuisine: English Location: Islington, North London The bill: NA here but varies by day!  Weekend mains can be anything between £12-£40. Value for money: NA Service: 6.5/10 Ambiance: 8.5/10 Food: 8/10 Jelly Good Food Rating: 8/10 For my birthday lunch with friends, I wanted to go to a gastropub that was quirky, casual, not crazy expensive, somewhere that would have a table for 8 during Easter bank holiday…

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London/ Soho/ £45 and under

Arbutus Review, Soho – giving tripe a chance

April 9, 2012

Restaurant: Arbutus Cuisine: Modern European, strong nod to French Location: Soho, Firth Street, London The bill: NA here but probably £45  per head or so Value for money: 7.5/10 Service: 9.5/10 Ambiance: 8/10 Food: 8/10 Jelly Good Food Rating: 8/10 The Order Scottish hand chopped steak tartare x2 Pieds et paquets – lambs’ tripe parcels and trotters (Marseille style). Cod fillet, crisp chicken wings (boneless), pink grapefruit, ginger and honey preserve.  Bitter…

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London/ Soho/ UK/ £15 and under

French on Budget – Pierre Victoire Review

April 1, 2012

Restaurant: Pierre Victoire Cuisine: French Location: Soho, Dean Street, London The bill: NA here but you can probably get away with £30-40 for 2 incl.wine Value for money: 10/10 Service: 6/10 Ambiance: 8/10 Food: 7/10 Jelly Good Food Rating: 8/10 The Oder Pressed ham hock and pistachio terrine with crostinis, lambs lettuce and fruit compote x2 Steak & Frites Char grilled Entrecote with frites, herb and garlic butter & petit salad Twice…

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Poland

Downtown Restaurant, Intercontinental Warsaw

March 29, 2012

Restaurant: Downtown Restaurant Cuisine: Polish and international Location: Warsaw Centre, Intercontinental Warszawa, ul Emilii Plater 49 The bill: £79  for 2 (including wine, dessert) Value for money: 8/10 Service: 9.5/10 Ambiance: 8/10 Food: 7/10 Jelly Good Food Rating: 8/10 Today I find myself in Warsaw and as it turns out my hotel  contains Downtown Restaurant, which is listed in the Michelin guide, not starred, but listed.  Pricing seems reasonable too, for a Via Michel guide…

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