Giuseppe’s Place – London Bridge, London

Today I am flying to Italy for a long weekend in the Italian Lakes – In fact I have probably just landed in Milan while this post is going live – so I thought it would be appropriate to post an Italian Restaurant that I have been to recently.

Established in 1990, Giuseppe’s Ristorante Italiano (as they like to call themselves) pride themselves in being London South Bank’s oldest family run Italian restaurant (as they state in their website). In an alley way in London Bridge, there is a door way with stairs leading down into a lively, little underground, very authentic Italian restaurant. With live music playing in a corner, the restaurant completely full, the very warm welcome from the Italian waiter – we immediately felt that we had found a gem, even before we had tried the food.

The restaurant was full but they kindly let us know that if we went to the pub next door and had a drink, they would come up and let us know once a table was ready for us. So we did just that and they came and got us in no time.

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The Bruschetta and Anitpasti Platter

We were sat in a booth in the cozy, little restaurant and were served straight away. Between the five of us (Jack, Frank, Sandra, Victoria and I) we decided to share 3 starters and then get a main each.

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The Calamari

For the starters we ordered the Bruschetta, a plate of antipasti and some calamari to share. It all came how I would imagine it to come if I were in a family run restaurant in Italy. Simple, tasty Italian food. No frills and nothing fancy.

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Spaghetti Pescatore

For my main I had the Spaghetti Pescatore, which is my absolute favourite pasta dish of all time – seafood with either with linguine or spaghetti. It was honestly cooked to perfection – with loads of seafood (clams, mussels, calamari, prawns and fish) and a gorgeous tomato based sauce that coated it all.

It was a great atmosphere, great service, great food and overall a great little find!

 

http://www.giuseppesplace.com/

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Pho House – Highbury and Islington, London

12I love Vietnamese food. It tastes fresh and healthy but really fills a craving that makes it feel like comfort food at the same time.

The fabulous thing about London is that it is such a multicultural city that we get food from all over the globe and we get it made well, by people who are from those countries. So it is no surprise that we have some great Vietnamese restaurants in London.

My friends and I found out about Pho House about 2 years ago as it right by Highbury and Islington Station and near where we all live.

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We all ordered a sharing seafood platter with the famous Vietnamese summer rolls, some deep fried soft shell crab and some calamaris. It was all delicious and we couldn’t wait to get our mains.20160705_212715IMG_20160705_23242420160705_212821

I personally think the best thing to order here is the special beef pho (I prefer this than chicken or seafood pho in general though). I have tried the bun before but I was not as impressed – but the beef pho is excellent!!

If you like it spicy like I do, then definitely ask for some chilli oil on the side.

http://phohouse.uk/

Ippudo -Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

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After some shopping around TST (Tsim Sha Tsui) in Hong Kong which is a great area for shopping, Jean and I were famished and came across a cute little Japanese ramen bar in one of the shopping malls.

We were seated by a lovely Japanese waitress and on the table in front of us were all the cute little trimmings including; a sesame seed grinder, a garlic crusher and two little salads.

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We decided that all the starters sounded so delicious and we would just order loads of them and just share one bowl of ramen – which ended up being a good shout because we got to try a bit of everything.

We got the calamari, the fish roe stuffed chicken wings, the gyoza and a bowl of their spicy pork ramen. The calamari were perfectly cooked – still soft (not rubbery) and the batter was a light and flavourful dusting (not the thick tasteless batter that you can get sometimes). The wings were lovely and crisp on the outside and the gyoza were lovely too. The ramen was super spicy but tasty all the same.

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The perfect no-frills-restaurant for a post-TST-shopping-spree-dinner.

http://www.ippudo.com.hk/en/

http://www.openrice.com/en/hongkong/r-ippudo-hk-tsim-sha-tsui-japanese-ramen-r52892

 

Dishoom – Shoreditch, London

One Thursday evening a couple weeks ago, straight from work, Julia and I decided on Dishoom in Shoreditch for a catch up date.

Firstly, I must say, I love the way the restaurant is set up – its got a Bali-Island-type feel to it with the canopy space outside, the tropical plants and the wooden decor inside, and I love that it is hidden away on Boundary Street.

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We got there for 7pm and were shown to our seat straight away, even without a booking. We sat on the chef’s table where they were making the wonderful Indian breads and grilled meats.

We decided on some spiced calamari (£5.20), which was very nice. It was nice heavy battered and oily as per a usual calamari, but instead it tasted very light and was well spiced.

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For our mains, we decided we wanted everything on the “Grills” section of the menu; but as there were only two of us, we then decided to just share an order of Roomali Roti (£1.90), Mahi Tikka (£7.90), Paneer Tikka (£6.90) and a Kachumber Salad (£2.70), as opposed to trying to eat everything there.

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The fish was very fresh tasting and was cooked perfectly. The paneer had the perfect amount of squidginess for its texture (yes, you read that correctly – and yes I possibly did make up that word). The roti was very thin but still has some good chewiness to it and the salad was a great addition to everything.

Plus, they give you three little pots of sauces to go with your meal, which are an absolute delight (even if they do serve them to your table on a plate that is too small to fit all three pots).

Overall it was all very well spiced and nothing was greasy or felt too heavy.

It was a great evening of catching up with Julia and we left sans the usual lethargic-food-coma type feel you usually get when you leave a curry house.

http://www.dishoom.com/shoreditch/

And as tomorrow morning is my run (The British 10k), I bid you adieu. Goodnight!