Guglee – Finchley Road

Reviewed on February 22nd, 2015 by Dina

After a spot of shopping and browsing, it was originally planned to go to the movies. But as there was nothing enticing on, dinner out happened instead. Even though the O2 Centre has a few eateries, we ventured further down the road to Guglee.

Guglee’s bright orange sign states Modern Indian Cuisine. Inside, vibrant colourful canvases of rickshaws and the Taj Mahal decorated the walls. Bollywood music played in the background. A gold metal menu contained the many dishes and it took us a while to decide what to order as we were spoilt for choice.

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The Veggie Platter was what we started with as its variety of snacks also included street food. Mashed up vegetables with a crunchy outer was the Almond Roll. The Mini Masala Dosa was a classic with its thin crepe stuffed full of potatoes. A crispy puri filled with tamarind chutney, mint chutney, chickpeas, potatoes, yogurt and sev made up the Sev Puri. Both of the Samosa and Spinach Onion Bhaji were tasty. All of the items of the Veggie Platter were delicious with their sweet, sour, tangy and spiced flavours.

Our feast at Guglee continued with two curries, rice and roti. The Yellow Tadka Dal was creamy and the flavour of the cumin came through. The Veggie Veggie 5 curry had carrots, courgette, green beans, babycorn and broccoli in a tomato and onion based sauce. This curry was slightly spicy.

A wholemeal flaky Tandoori Roti and Mushroom Rice completed the meal. It was a nice change to have the Mushroom Rice instead of regular plain rice. There were also cumin seeds in the rice.

The staff gave us nice service. They did not bother us whilst we were having our meal yet they were attentive. They gave us extra cutlery and the like when we asked for it and made sure our table was cleaned between our courses.

Guglee made for a great evening out with thoroughly delicious and fresh tasting Indian food.

Guglee, 7 New College Parade, London, NW3 5EP

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Darlingtons Tea Room – Nr Weedon

Reviewed on February 9th, 2015 by Dina

Darlingtons Tea Room is part of the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village. This lovely tea room serves freshly made home cooked food. If you are looking for something for breakfast, they have bacon sandwiches, beans on toast, sweet and savoury croissants.

As it was close to lunchtime, there was a range of food to choose from. The menu included quiches, salads, open sandwiches, jacket potatoes and soup.

The Parsnip Soup was creamy and slightly sweet. It was served with a freshly baked warm granary baguette. The soup and bread made for a filling and satisfying lunch. They also do gluten free bread rolls.

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A decaffeinated milky coffee was served by the mug. It was a good way to warm up on this cold day together with the soup.

The staff were really friendly, welcoming and gave good service. Darlingtons Tea Room had a traditional feel to it. Lots of sunshine streamed into the dining area at the back of the tea room. It was nice that the view from the tea room was out into the garden. There is also outdoor seating which would be lovely to sit out in the summer.

Darlingtons Tea Room is a hidden gem in the Northamptonshire countryside. If you do come here, make sure you leave some time to browse the variety of boutique shops of the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village.

Darlingtons Tea Room, Heart of the Shires, A5 Watling Street, Nr Weedon, Northants, NN7 4LB

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Colonnade – Little Venice

Reviewed on January 24th, 2015 by Dina

It was ideal to go for Afternoon Tea with my friend who had first introduced me to the special indulgent world of this British ritual many years ago. Since that day, Afternoon Tea has been one of my favourite things to do!

The Afternoon Tea was served in the restaurant of the Colonnade Hotel. Despite it being on the lower level, it had plenty of light flooding in from the glass roof. There was a floral feature wall and orange gerbera decorated the tables.

The Darjeeling tea was served by the pot and it was teabags not loose tea. The flavour of the tea was still good though.

The floral theme continued when the Afternoon Tea was served on cute pink rose plates. As soon as the three tiered selection was brought out, the cakes had a wonderful freshly baked aroma.

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The traditional savoury finger sandwiches were had first. These were egg mayonnaise on white bread; cucumber and cream cheese on white bread; ham, cheese and mustard on brown bread. All of them tasted lovely and the bread and fillings were fresh.

The plain scones had a subtle vanilla taste to them. They were served with a good proportion of Cornish clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam.

The sweet treats were a great selection of mini eclairs, carrot cake, lemon macarons, chocolate brownies and berry fruit tarts. It’s hard to pick any favourites but the mini eclair filled with fresh cream, the berry tart and the carrot cake did make a memorable mark!

The chocolate brownie was rich and would not disappoint fans of chocolate. The macaron had the right balance of the sweet meringue biscuit and sharp lemon filling.

The staff were welcoming and friendly. They kept asking throughout our time at The Colonnade if we wanted our teapot refilled. The staff did not rush us at all and hence we felt that we could relax and take our time.

The Afternoon Tea at The Colonnade was a real delight! The food was all tasty and fresh and what’s not to love about Afternoon Tea when it is done well!

The Colonnade, 2 Warrington Crescent, Little Venice, London, W9 1ER

Rating: ★★★★☆

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