Cilicia – Muswell Hill

Reviewed on February 4th, 2016 by Dina

There are times when certain areas are visited regularly and then there are other times when it may even be months before the same area is ventured to. This was the case with Muswell Hill; it was a well known area for a long time but that was not recently.

Muswell Hill was picked for an evening meal with the family. Not being familiar with the many eateries that had cropped up and not wanting to go to a chain restaurant, it was then the moment to turn to a trusted friend for recommendations.

Cilicia was the place that came highly recommended and it certainly lived up to its standards. This lovely restaurant was decorated with the ornate lighting, wooden furniture and it was clean and spacious. The staff were friendly and gave us good service all throughout the meal. They helped with suggestions for the menu with regards to dietary requirements. Cilicia has a range of drinks including Mighty Leaf teas and Monbana milkshakes.

It’s always good to start off with a Hot Mezze with its selection of dishes. This was accompanied with some fresh bread and Cilicia Hummus which was topped with diced lamb. Feta and spinach pastries, grilled halloumi, falafel, spicy salami, calamari and lamb kofte were all delicious and it made for a great starter to share. The Hot Mezze, the creamy hummus and the bread filled our tummies but we still had the main meal to come.

The Cilician Musakka was a wonderful, hearty dish. It was made of Mediterranean vegetables that were layered with Cilician sauce, tomato sauce and mozzarella. It was not too heavy on the cheese front and so the flavours of the vegetables and the tomatoes came through. It was nice that it was served with a bowl of vermicelli rice.

Tender grilled meats of lamb cutlet, lamb cubes, chicken cubes and a Cilicia skewer made up the Mix Grill. The meats were all cooked to perfection and it was served with vegetables and rice. A seafood main dish was the Garlic Tiger Prawns. These were shelled prawns cooked in a tomato based sauce with vegetables and herbs.

All of the food was of such a high quality, freshly cooked to order and full of flavour. Cilicia is a great independent restaurant that should pride itself on producing such wonderful food and giving their diners a great dining experience.

Cilicia, 440 Muswell Hill Broadway, London, N10 1BS

Rating: ★★★★★

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Al Vaporetto – Venice

Reviewed on December 7th, 2015 by Dina

Al Vaporetto has two branches and the one that we dined at was its San Marco branch. It has paper placemats on the table showing a map of the area of Venice. Time was spent with us figuring out the areas we had explored in the daytime and how far we had gone on our adventures.

The restaurant area is made of light wooden tables, tiled flooring and softish lighting. The staff were friendly and our food was brought out quite swiftly. All of the food was cooked fresh. Gluten free items are also available at Al Vaporetto.

The Bruschetta had thick slices of chargrilled bread. It was generously topped with ripe chopped tomatoes and basil. Pizza and pasta had to be the main courses. Spaghetti with tomato was simple but tasty. Small pillows of pasta filled with ricotta and spinach made up the ravioli. Both of the pastas were enjoyable.

Onto the pizza, the Vegetariana was chosen. Toppings on this pizza were grilled slices of aubergine, courgettes, peppers and mozzarella. The base was perfectly cooked and the tomato sauce had a great flavour.

Al Vaporetto was a lovely Italian restaurant in the heart of Venice. With our appetites all satisfied, the bonus was that we had a lovely night time stroll to take in the beauty of moonlit Venice.

Al Vaporetto, Calle della Mandola, 3726 San Marco, Venice

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Fleet River Bakery – Holborn

Reviewed on November 25th, 2015 by Dina

Located at one end of Lincoln Inn’s Fields is Fleet River Bakery. It is a corner cafe with seating outdoors and around the side of the cafe. There are a few window seats and additional seating on the lower level.

On the wooden counter, the salads, quiches and frittatas are on display. Even though these are served by the staff, it is a shame that they are open by the area where people queue. It would be so much better to have the food covered or behind the counter.

Adjacent to this area, the counter extends to the fridge containing sandwiches, paninis and big cream filled scones. There are cakes galore on the shelves along the back wall. These include cookies, brownies and also gluten free cakes.

Whilst I was at Fleet River Bakery, a fresh frittata had just been cooked. It looked of good quality along with all of the other cooked food.

There is an extensive range of teas, coffees and iced drinks. The coffee collection counter is separate to the till paying counter. The white decaffeinated Americano was served in small white cup. The coffee itself was good but the soya milk looked like it had curdled some in the coffee.

Fleet River Bakery was extremely busy at lunchtime with queues coming out of the door. The staff served the customers promptly. All in all Fleet River Bakery is a nice cafe with its fresh quality products.

Fleet River Bakery, 71 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3JH

Rating: ★★★½☆

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