Jen Cafe – Chinatown

Reviewed on September 19th, 2016 by Dina

Jen Cafe is a casual eatery of the no fuss kind of a place. The star attraction of this cafe has to be the handmade dumplings. These can be seen being made in the front of the shop and in the shop window.

Two portions of the vegetarian dumplings were ordered. One portion was steamed and the other was fried. The fried dumplings were only fried on one side which made them not at all greasy. It gave a nice contrast to the texture. Both sets of dumplings were so tasty and even the outer pastry was good. The filling seemed to be a mix of mushrooms, vermicelli and other vegetables.

One set of dumplings were brought out in a bowl and the other on a small plate. The two portions satisfied the dumpling craving. There was even dumplings left over that we had to take away.

Originally, there had been some confusion with our order. The staff brought out Beijing dumplings. But my friend noticed that they may not be vegetarian. The staff were informed and they swiftly brought out our correct dishes. The service was fast.

Jen Cafe is a really popular and busy cafe. The green tables and benches in this small corner cafe were constantly being filled up with diners. There are lots of options on the menu including rice and noodle dishes, barbecued meats, soups, sandwiches, pearl drinks, crushed ice fruit drinks and a variety of teas. The soya milk drink was of the sweetened kind with ice.

In the heart of Chinatown, Jen Cafe is definitely the place to go for its signature handmade dumplings.

Jen Cafe, 4-8 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7JP

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Royal Gastropub – Oslo

Reviewed on September 13th, 2016 by Dina

Royal Gastropub resides in the oldest part of the old Oslo train station. This train station had a big refurbishment in 2015 and now has Østbanehallen: a modern food court and boutique shops. The Royal Gastropub is based in the Norwegian King’s old waiting room.

A central island was the bar area and the surrounding areas had high stools and tables and also some comfy seats. There was also an additional dining area offset at one end. For the comfy seating, there were open pebbled fires for the centre piece. Colourful lit panels decorated one side of The Royal Gastropub.

Food is ordered at the bar and is then brought out to the table with condiments and cutlery. The service was good and we experienced friendly staff.

There is a range of food available on the menu at The Royal Gastropub, something for everyone. The Smoked Salmon was a pretty dish presented on a red plate. Slices of Norwegian smoked salmon were accompanied with a fennel and radish salad, dill new potatoes and mustard creme.

A heartier meal was The Royal burger which came with fries. A vegetarian falafel patty with baked tomato, onions, salad and matured cheddar cheese came in a brioche bun. A twist to the burger was the Parmesan and truffle dressing.

Some finger food was the Nachos but it was actually a generous portion and would easily suffice as a main meal. A vegetarian chilli con carne came together with onions, jalapenos, cheese, homemade salsa, creme fraiche and avocado relish. A delicious and very moreish dish.

If that was not enough to keep us going, we opted for some Royal Gastropub’s Royal Fries. Royal Gastropub took fries to a whole new level with them being topped with onions, a Royal truffle dressing and some rosemary and Parmesan.

The atmosphere was relaxed at the Royal Gastropub. The food was all freshly cooked, of a high quality and it filled our tummies to the max.

Royal Gastropub, Østbanehallen, Jernbanetorget 1 0154 Oslo

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Tutti’s – Holborn

Reviewed on August 21st, 2016 by Dina

Tutti’s is a lovely cafe which feels spacious as soon as you walk in. There are tables outside as well as additional seating on the lower level.

Soft jazz music contributes to the relaxed atmosphere of Tutti’s. Union hand roasted coffee made up the white Americano drink. It was a really good coffee with the soya milk.

The staff were friendly and brought the coffee to our seats once it had been ordered at the counter.

Tutti’s does a range of freshly made food including breakfast items, pastries, jacket potatoes, soups, pasta, salads and sandwiches. There are also fresh juices, smoothies and teas on offer.

Tutti’s, 68 Lamb Conduit’s Street, Holborn, London, WC1N 3LW

Rating: ★★★★☆

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