Lateral – Madrid

Reviewed on October 4th, 2015 by Dina

The great thing about tapas is that you can have as many or as little dishes as you want. A snack was needed to tie me over so a couple of things were ordered at Lateral.

The Funghi Porcini Croquette had a creamy mushroom filling and it was not greasy even though it was fried. The Spanish Tortilla was a lot bigger than expected as the staff had said that it was a small portion. Sliced potato was sandwiched between the egg and it was served warm. There was a soft texture to the filling of the tortilla and it came with some bread. Both tapas dishes were full of flavour. Each dish was brought out when it was done so the items came at different times.

Lateral had a real lively buzz to it. There were so many staff constantly bringing out dish after dish. Even the front of house staff in their suits and ties cleared up the tables and helped keep the restaurant clean. There is a bar area and like with most tapas places, there was the option to dine at the bar. The plaza hosts the seating outdoors. It would have been lovely to sit out in the plaza but there was a long wait for these tables.

The staff and service at Lateral were great and they did not rush any of their diners. They had the menu translated into English. On each table, there was a buzzer which you could use to get the bill or call a member of staff. Long tables, low lighting, huge pictures on the teal walls and a pretty butterfly ceiling fan was the dining area. There was also an additional area to the restaurant on the lower level.

Lateral is a very popular place in the Plaza de Santa Ana with its delicious tapas and a great atmosphere.

Lateral, Plaza de Santa Ana 12, 28012, Madrid, Spain

Rating: ★★★★★

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Feng Sushi – South Bank

Reviewed on September 27th, 2015 by Dina

A beautiful blue flower painted wall grabs the attention at Feng Sushi. Along with this, there are two fish tanks that contribute to the calming atmosphere. High wooden stools, tables and chairs make up the small dining area. There is some outdoor seating as well. Additional stools are placed by the bar area.

A cold day required some hearty hot food. Feng Sushi primarily does sushi so the hot dishes are fairly limited to a few soups, udon noodle soups, tempura and curries.

The original Fish Katsu Curry comes with prawns, hake and sea bass. It is great that the staff allowed the prawns to be changed for salmon. Big pieces of succulent fish were lightly breaded. The fish was cooked perfectly. Under the fish, there was plenty of rice to go with the mild curry sauce.

Fish, curry sauce and rice made for a complete, filling and satisfying meal. It was not until the end of the meal that the realisation kicked in that the fish were watching us eating fish!

The staff at Feng Sushi were friendly and gave good service. We were glad that we were able to change tables, away from the draft of the door, even though the restaurant was busy with reservations.

Feng Sushi provides quick service with no compromise on the quality of the food.

Feng Sushi, Unit 9, Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sprinkles Gelato – Finchley Road

Reviewed on September 20th, 2015 by Dina

Even though it was fairly early on in the day, when friends got together, ice cream was on the agenda. Sprinkles Gelato looks like an American diner with its red cushioned booths.

What struck us the most was the lovely aroma of waffles that was filling the whole of the cafe. On the menu, there were some breakfast items but who wants them when freshly made waffles and crepes can be had!

It took us a while to decide exactly which waffles to have; chocolate, Nutella, strawberries, Oreos, made the decision even harder. What we didn’t anticipate was the size of the waffles at Sprinkles Gelato. Each waffle was freshly cooked and hence it took a little longer for us to be served. But it was well worth the wait.

Soft, warm waffles with the signature SG Sprinkles Gelato stamp was presented to us. The Strawberry Creation waffle had toppings of chopped strawberries and chocolate sauce. The other waffle of Nutella and Cookie was topped with crushed Oreo cookies, sliced banana and Nutella spread. All the waffles came with the most delicious soft vanilla ice cream. The waffles, toppings and ice cream were dessert heaven.

For drinks, Sprinkles Gelato do coffees, teas and milkshakes. The Ahmad Mango Magic tea was wonderful with its delicate mango flavour. It was great that it could be served with hot soya milk on the side.

The staff gave friendly service. The place was kept clean and tidy. When asked about the fruit, it was good to know that the fruit had been washed when prepared for the waffle toppings.

Sprinkles Gelato has a big range of gelatos in their counter. While we were there, many people were coming in for their takeaway gelatos. It seems like it would also be a busy place in the evenings when sweet treats are wanted!

Sprinkles Gelato, 4-6 Northways Parade, Finchley Road, London, NW3 5EN

Rating: ★★★★☆

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