Sticky Mango – Waterloo

There was a bit of confusion at first where the entrance to Sticky Mango was. It was instinct to go through the outdoor seating area but the entrance was actually around the corner. Equally confusing was that after going through the correct entrance, the staff led us first down the stairs and then up again to get back to street level of the restaurant.

Pier Eight – Salford

The Lowry is an arts centre, full of exhibitions, art installations, a theatre and galleries. A treat after a trip to the theatre was having a meal at The Lowry’s Pier Eight restaurant. Pier Eight has a setting of waterside views. It was nice to have lots of time to relax while dining, to chat and reflect on how enjoyable the show was.

Lille Opera Brasserie – Lille

Arriving early at Lille Opera Brasserie, the staff did not turn me away. Instead a seat was given at the bar until the table was ready.

Gilly’s Fry Bar – Finsbury Park

Quoting a friend of mine, “any food tastes better when it’s fried”. But that doesn’t mean that the food isn’t already tasty before being fried.

Chai Paani – Leicester

Chai Paani basically means tea water. It’s a phrase that is used when guests come to your house and you are offering them drinks. Hence the name of this restaurant kind of reflects the influence of the Indian community of Leicester.

Ursprung – Berlin

Ursprung is hidden away on the lower level of the Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus bookshop. It has a beautiful vertical garden with a fish pond. There is a serenity to this place with the greenery. Ursprung feels like a haven; a world away from the busy street above.

Sosharu – Farringdon

Sosharu has a sleekness to it. Even from the exterior, there is only a simple sign to indicate the restaurant. It could easily be mistaken as an office building. The inside entrance has the striking orange acer/maple leaf plants.

Bill’s – Angel

It’s hard to pick a venue for a big gathering and it can be a bit of a gamble when it is a place that has not been to before. The main thing is that you want everything to go smoothly from the service to the quality of the food.

Osteria Nova – Venice

Close to Venice train station is where Osteria Nova is located. To fuel ourselves for our travels, it had to be pasta for a late lunch.

Nosh Garden Kitchen – Bayswater

It’s great that nowadays it is easier to be able to eat out whatever dietary restrictions you may have, whether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner or even afternoon tea that you fancy. Nosh Garden Kitchen specialises in a Vegan Afternoon Tea.

Kashmiri Aroma – Ilkley

As the name suggests, Kashmiri Aroma is all about the cuisine and flavours from Kashmir. From the outside, the restaurants looks a bit like a country pub. The interior is big and seems to extend out to different sectioned areas. Ornate wooden style paintings decorate the walls.