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    Basque Cuisine in Marylebone
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An Italian Feast

Venetian Blinds
George Costanza (Seinfeld episode “The Red Dot”)

I love Italian cuisine and there was a place in Richmond I was quite keen to visit. Al Boccon Di'Vino opened by Riccardo Grigolo originally from Venice. His place a small, cozy, with great atmosphere Venetian place. The decor based on Modigliani replicas, wine boxes, David, and the Leaning Tower will make you feel like you're in a countryside Italian homemade food restaurant. No menu policy, so you will eat what Riccardo prepared for that day, basically they come with the pan in hand and serve your food into your plate. Also no wine list, if you want wine you will get the house wine, which was quite nice by the way.

We sat around 7ish and didn’t end until 11. A real Italian feast serving 11 small dishes. During our visit we got Parma ham with melon, a tomato bruschetta, peppers and grilled aubergine, aubergine parmigiana with meatballs, beef carpaccio, an amazing scallops on the shell and shrimp (the shrimp sauce was outstanding), two plates of pasta including penne arrabbiata with great heat, and a ravioli with goat cheese and a touch of mint and chocolate, then a hog that was divided and shared with every table, and at the end some chocolates and panna cotta. Just before leaving they offered an espresso and limoncello to end our fantastic evening. 

Pasta Time
Sharp flavours and aggressive seasoning I just love it. One of the best Italian restaurants in town. Just be aware that it takes 4 hours to get through the dinner, also the pace is not the best one, but in my opinion is worth the hassle, just relax and enjoy the food.

Al Boccon Di'Vino
T: 020 8940 9060
Italian Cuisine
Approx Damage: £60pp
Area: Richmond
Borough: Richmond Upon Thames
Twitter: alboccondivino
Al Boccon di'vino on Urbanspoon Square Meal

Tapas Time in Marble Arch

Don't you see what Whatley is after? Total joke telling immunity. He's already got the two big religions covered, if he ever gets Polish citizenship there'll be no stopping him
Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld episode “The Yada Yada”)

Donostia is a Basque cuisine restaurant situated in Seymour St. The place was opened by Nemanja Borjanovic and Melody Adams, and the kitchen is under control of Head Chef Damian Suroweic (Salt Yard, Barrafina, and Fino). A quiet small venue with a long eating bar and some tables beside.

The place
Tapas and Pintxos menu so we got some bits and pieces. The croquetas de jamon were amazing, perfect execution, crispy coating, soft and tasty filling. Chorizo with piquillo pepper a classic combination. The Wagyu Burger was nice, the meat was juicy and great flavour, nice caramelised onions, just missing a sauce to blend and elevate the dish. The jamon de bellota was superb, great quality as good as in Spain. One of the best I have tried in London

Cured ham time
Nice food, good service, a bit pricy for the size of the tapas, but overall a nice option in Marylebone

T: 020 3620 1845
Basque Cuisine
Approx Damage: £34pp
Area: Marylebone
Borough: City of Westminster
Twitter: DonostiaW1
Donostia on Urbanspoon

A Coffee in Edinburgh VIII: Peter's yard [On The Road: Edinburgh]

Hey, I got the body of a taught, pre teen, Swedish boy
Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld episode “The Wait Out”)

Peter’s Yard is an artisan Swedish bakery opened by Peter Ljunquist in Edinburgh. With now two locations and online presence, Peter brings a dominating minimalistic sun lighted place with glass windows, great baked goods, and lovely coffee.

Coffee Time
We got the usual formula, a flat white and a macchiato, both were excellent, great balance, perfect extraction, and top latte art.

Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Score: 5/5

A lovely Nordic bakery with amazing coffee.

Peter's Yard
T: 0131 228 5876
Swedish Bakery
Approx Damage: £10pp
Area: Southside
Twitter: PetersYard
Peter's Yard on Urbanspoon

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