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  • quantus Quantus
    European cuisine in Chiswick
  • pearlliang Pearl Liang
    About Time for a Chinese
  • lavazza Bean Review
    Lavazza Qualita Rossa
  • bobosocial BOBO Social
    Great Burgers in town
  • bagelbakery B Bagel Bakery
    Bagels take Chelsea
  • cafedenata Cafe de Nata
    Sweet Treats are Made of This
  • taylorstbaristas Taylor St Baristas
    Great coffee in Mayfair
  • bolang Bo Lang
    Great Dim Sum in South Kensington
  • nudeespresso Been Review
    Nude Espresso's East Blend
  • wildbunch Wild Bunch
    Coffee & Juice Bar in Chiswick
  • federationcoffee Federation Coffee
    Independent Coffee in Brixton
  • xmasblend Bean Review
    Christmas Blend
  • francomanca Franco Manca
    Pizza in Chiswick
  • algeriancoffee Bean Review
    Algerian Coffee: Velluto Nero Blend
  • irmaspereira Bean Review
    Rave Coffee: Irmas Pereira
  • thehive The Hive SW6
    Parsons Green Independent Coffee Place
  • tozi TOZI
    Venetian Tapas in Victoria

Ottolenghi what happened?

What? What is nice? Trying to fill the void in your life with flour and sugar and egg and vanilla? I mean, we are all unhappy. Do we have to be fat too? Not you Becky, I know you have a slow metabolism. I don't want one more piece of cake in my office!
Elaine Benes (Seinfeld episode “The Frogger”)

I used to love Ottolenghi café/restaurant, the cakes were amazing, salads lovely, and other treats always up to the mark, everything in a colourful display that salivate your mouth immediately you see the array and always too many options to choose from. Therefore, most of the times I’m in Notting Hill I end there getting something, but on my last visit I’m sad to say it backfired. We got a selection of sweet tarts and cakes and coffee, not sure what happened, if it was we were at the end of the day and the staff was in a hurry or the cakes were days old but everything was not right.

Coffee & Cake
Cakes were chewy, and not exciting, and the coffee don’t get me started! It was probably one of the worst coffees I have ever had in London. What’s going on? Can’t you afford to train the staff to get a decent cup?

I hope it was a one off, and next time I experience the same quality I have during all these years.

T: 020 7727 1121
Mediterranean cuisine
Approx Damage: £15pp
Area: Notting Hill
Borough: Kensington & Chelsea
Twitter: ottolenghi

European with Latin twist in Chiswick

It's Latin. I read it in some book. I don't know, I just wanted to say it out loud
Elaine Benes (Seinfeld episode “The Café”)

The other day we went we friends to eat around the area. After checking a couple places we decided to go to Quantus. Modern European cuisine with some Latin influences, neat and classic décor, friendly service, and relax environment.

Pork time
Ambitious menu, nice presentation, but they fall short to deliver to the expectation. Food was nice but missed the wow factor. My starter was fine, missed a bit on the execution of the poached egg, but got nice balance with truffle oil, asparagus and Parmesan. For main a classic schnitzel type of dish with a deep and rich sauce that was great at the beginning but got heavy to eat at the end.

Decent offer, menu changes frequently, food ok, and good service, worth a second try.

T: 020 8994 0488
European Cuisine
Approx Damage: £40pp
Area: Chiswick
Borough: Hounslow
Twitter: QuantusChiswick
Quantus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Square Meal

P for Paddington or Pearl Liang

In a Chinese restaurant? Do they take money?
Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld episode “The Chinese Restaurant”)

We went some time ago to say goodbye to good friends that left London and now are living in Bogota. As a farewell party they chose to have lunch and drinks at Pearl Liang. Great opportunity as I love some Chinese from time to time, and had never been there before.

Hello Paddington
A traditional Chinese restaurant a couple minutes away from Paddington station.  Good flavours, nice dim sum, and traditional executed dishes. Typical décor and atmosphere.

You can't escape without having special Fried Rice

Recommended if you’re around and looking for some Oriental cuisine.

Pearl Liang
T: 020 7289 7000
Chinese Cuisine
Approx Damage: £30pp
Area: Paddington
Borough: City of Westminster
Twitter: PearlLiangUK
Pearl Liang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Square Meal

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