Coffee Dogs – Kings Cross

Reviewed on January 18th, 2015 by Dina

Trying to remember the last time that I had a hot dog made me realise that it had been many years ago. So, heading to Coffee Dogs, all the excitement was for the hot dog.

The menu has hot dogs made from pork, beef and soya. The British Bulldog was really delicious. It was a British Cumberland pork sausage made from quality meat, served in a soft poppy seed roll. Hot dogs have to have the fried onions and the British Bulldog came with onions and mustard. A small amount of ketchup was also added to make it complete.

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For seating, as Coffee Dogs is a kiosk it only has a few stools on the outside. It would be nice if they could have some indoor seating. The staff gave quick service and they seemed to do their best to keep the seating area clean and tidy.

Coffee Dogs does the intriguing frozen custard from Coney Island. It came in vanilla and chocolate varieties. The two flavours were given in one cup. The frozen custard was really creamy and individually they tasted great. However, the chocolate did overpower the vanilla but then chocolate normally does that anyway!

There were also Dum Dum Donutterie products on offer. Coffee Dogs only had the Zebra cronut. This was the first time that I was having a cronut and I am not too sure if I really liked them. The Zebra was layers of plain and chocolate croissant with chocolate buttercream and it had a dark chocolate topping. The difference between the donut and the cronut is that the cronut is baked rather than fried.

The Americano was a smooth coffee. The coffee was from Rainforest Alliance farms.

Coffee Dogs is a good stop off place just to grab a bite to eat. They also have hamburgers, fries and milkshakes.

Coffee Dogs, Kings Cross Station, London, N1C 4BS

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Max’s – Crouch Hill

Reviewed on January 10th, 2015 by Dina

Two figures were sat by the window and as soon as I entered Max’s, I was greeted with big cheery hellos from them. They gave me the choice to pick which table to take a seat at. Soft lighting from the quirky grey mache lampshades, wooden tables with sufficient space between them and cladded walls made up the restaurant. The decor was just right with the colours and a nice touch was the few vases of roses and plants dotted around.

Let’s get onto the main event. Hot sandwiches on a cold winter’s day! There are only four items on the menu, one which is the dessert. For the veggie option, Max told us that he wanted to have something different and just as a main event as if it was a meat option. He said that he did not want the regular mushrooms, goat’s cheese, nuts and beetroot that are normally offered to vegetarians.

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Instead, there is The Spaniard. Three big sweet onion croquetas together with baby gem lettuce, sweet herbs, lime pickled onions and Morunos mayo. What a wonderful combination, it definitely works! They are called croquetas because the filling is made of Bechamel sauce instead of potatoes that are used for croquettes.

The other two sandwiches went down well too. The Ham, Egg ‘n’ Chips had slow cooked ham hock and the shoestring fries had the same thinness and crispness like crisps.

To call them sandwiches really does seem like an understatement and does not do them justice. It is a real filling meal with quality ingredients. The only way to brace the hot sandwich is with hands as there is no cutlery. No side dishes are needed at all; everything you want is in the sandwich.

The sandwich comes wrapped in paper and it is kept together with an elastic band. If like myself, you can’t finish your meal, it is all ready to wrap back up in the paper to take away.

To end the meal, we did have the Pudding! The choux buns are filled with black sesame ice cream and then topped with delicious caramel and black sesame seeds. The savoury like ice cream works well with the sweetness of the caramel. The ice cream was from Gelupo.

It was really nice that Max took the time out to come and chat to us. He explained the different items on the menu and how he would change the menu whenever he came up with new combinations. All the food is made fresh on the premises including the soft foccacia bread, the fillings and the choux buns. You can tell that a lot of thought has been put into the items on the menu and that Max wants to offer something unique to his customers. The service felt very personal and we felt that we were valued as customers.

Max’s is a fantastic place to go to for his tasty sandwiches. There are cocktails, beers and wines on offer too. Just one thing that we found was that it was a little chilly in the restaurant on the evening we visited. It is exciting to see what other sandwiches are going to make it onto the menu in the future. Once you have visited Max’s, you won’t want any other type of sandwich!

Max’s, 19 Crouch Hill, London, N4 4AP

Rating: ★★★★★

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Mamacoffee – Prague

Reviewed on January 1st, 2015 by Dina

When travelling or on holidays, you always seem to come across places that become your regular! That’s exactly what Mamacoffee was. It was a place that would be passed at least once a day if not more, as it was just around the corner from our hotel.

The first time that we visited Mamacoffee, it was for takeaway. On this occasion, I had mistaken the latte for the decaffeinated Americano with milk. This is not easily done seen as one is all milk based and the other is not. The mistake was made due to the design on the cup. On one side of the cup, there was the label of Americano and on the other side, there was the Latte label. Each side had pictures depicting the type of coffee. Only the latte side was seen on that first time.

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Despite having the latte instead of the Americano, it was such a creamy, smooth coffee. There was a real quality and depth to the coffee.

On the last day in Prague, Mamacoffee was visited for a final farewell. This time we stayed in to have the coffee. The decaffeinated Americano was served in a mug with hot milk in a small jug. In addition, a chocolate treat was given together with a glass of water. It all came on a silver tray.

The staff were really friendly on all the times that they served us. There were big windows on the ground floor which let lots of natural light into the cafe. An upper level made for additional seating. There were also cakes and tea on offer.

Mamacoffee, 8 Listopadu 436/48, 16900, Prague 6

Rating: ★★★★☆

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