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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: ★★★★☆

Prime Burger – Euston

Reviewed on November 9th, 2015 by Dina

There are so many areas of London that are changing and that also includes some of the train stations. It is now the turn of Euston Station. The area outside the station has already got the new set of food outlets. Now it is the inside of the station that has got some new additions.

Prime Burger has opened on the upper level of Euston Station. Beef and chicken burgers are on the menu as well as vegetarian burgers and interesting sides of string onions and truffle fries.

The Prime Truffle Burger was ordered with the veggie patty. At first, the member of staff that was serving me was unsure if the Prime Burgers could be made as a vegetarian version. Also, another request that was made was to have the onion replaced with onion strings.

After checking with the kitchen staff and finding that both of these were possible, the order was placed. One more thing that was told was that the veggie patty was baked and not fried.

There was a sense of optimism that the correct order had been placed. This was due to the pick up receipt showing the changes that had been asked such as the no onion, addition of onion strings and little truffle cheese.

After finding a place to seat in the red stooled dining area, just on the other side of the ordering counter, disappointment crept up as the Prime Truffle Burger was unwrapped. Sure, between the burger bread, there was the veggie patty, a square slice of truffle cheese, a slice of tomato, a lettuce leaf, some truffle aioli but no onion strings.

After taking the burger back to the counter and asking one of the staff about the missing part, I was told that changes to the burger could not be made. It seemed strange to me seen as the receipt showed the correct order.

Onto the veggie patty, it was fried not baked. Again, the wrong information had been given. On a plus note, there were plenty of vegetables in the veggie patty. They were not all mushed together and the patty was made of sweetcorn, carrots, green beans, peppers and potato.

The flavour of the truffle cheese together with the veggie patty went well. The soft bun was like a brioche bun and had a slight sweetness to it.

The staff seemed to clear up the dining area when the restaurant was in its quieter period. This meant that it was trickier to find a clean table to sit at during the busy times. There are window seats and plenty of power points dotted around the restaurant. Some additional seating is outside of Prime Burger and this overlooks the station concourse.

The wooden tables have “Handcrafted Prime Burgers” etched on them. Condiments such as ketchup, salt and pepper are in little metal baskets on each table. The back of the dining area has a mirror wall made up of hexagonal sections.

At the counter and also on the mirror wall, Prime Burger has its motto of “8 minute guarantee from placing your order to eating your burger or your money back”. This is all good and well, if only the fast service could be accompanied with having the correct food order being given.

Prime Burger, Mezzanine Level, Euston Station, Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2HS

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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