Rabot 1745 – London Bridge

Reviewed on October 27th, 2015 by Dina

When a friend suggested going for hot chocolate on a rainy day, I knew I was in for a treat as she always knows some of the best places for hot drinks. The story behind Rabot 1745 is that this cafe is from the people behind Hotel Chocolat. All of the cocoa beans are sourced from their plantation in St Lucia.

The cafe area is on the ground floor and the restaurant is on the upper level. High stools, wooden decor, neon lights and cocoa bean displays make up the dimly lit yet atmospheric cafe. There is lively music playing in the background.

So many different drinking chocolates to choose from including salted caramel, chilli, coffee, hazelnut, milky and dark. The coffee chocolate was my first choice but then the staff said that it was the normal chocolate with a shot of espresso. The wise decision was made to stay away from too much caffeine in the afternoon.

Instead, the hazelnut hot chocolate was chosen. A smooth and rich drink with a lovely nutty flavour coming through. It was very drinkable and not at all too heavy or too sweet.

A big square of caramel brownie went well with the drinking chocolate. The gooey, dense brownie was topped with a sticky caramel sauce. The drinking chocolate was given in white cups and presented on wooden trays.

The staff were friendly and gave good service. There are other cakes and delights on offer behind the glass counter. Big stirring vats of molten chocolate are also on display.

If you want a proper hot chocolate, then Rabot 1745 is the place to go! As to be expected, there is also a small shop area where you can buy various items and chocolate from the Hotel Chocolat range.

Rabot 1745, 2-4 Bedale Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AL

Rating: ★★★★★

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Nuvola – Regent’s Place

Reviewed on October 11th, 2015 by Dina

Nuvola has many quotes on its white washed walls and one of them states “a careful balance between authentic Italian heritage, healthy lightness and impeccably good taste”. There is a sky blue theme running through the decor of this cafe.

As there are big windows with wicker stools so that you can watch the world go by, there is no need for much additional lighting. A ladder holding magazines and papers is by the cute sofa area. A few outdoor seats are available but there is also plenty of seating in Regent’s Place.

The seating area is sectioned off from the ordering and queuing area by a wall. A basket at the front entrance contains all the cutlery and napkins. The kitchen is located behind the main counter. An open fridge has sandwiches, salads, cold drinks and fruit to grab and go. Cakes are displayed in the covered counter by the tills.

There are three pasta choices on Nuvola’s menu: fusilli, classic penne and wholemeal penne as well as stews. The Pesto Genovese penne pasta was given in a takeaway box. There was only a light coating of the pesto on the pasta so it lacked flavour. The penne pasta was cooked al dente. As the food was given in a takeaway box, it’s nice that you can decide later whether you want to stay in and eat or eat it out.

Once the lunchtime rush was over, you could hear the lovely Italian music playing in the background. The staff kept the place clean and tidy.

Nuvola has plenty of interesting drinks on offer. There are artisan coffees, fresh ginger or mint tea, red espresso which is made with rooibos tea and they also do real hot chocolate available in milk or dark. Lickalix ice lollies are stocked here too if you wanted to have a pure fruit ice lolly.

Nuvola, Unit 3, Euston Tower, Regent’s Place, 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AT

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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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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