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Salvador and Amanda – Bloomsbury

Reviewed on April 17th, 2014 by Dina

Salvador and Amanda is a Spanish restaurant focussing on tapas. It has more of a bar like informal environment. There are small booth sections on the raised levels. The little white washed alcoves have cushioned seating and small buffets. Even though the seating was supposed to feel quite relaxing, it was difficult to get comfortable.

Our tapas selection started off with some salted smooth Marcona almonds and grilled tomato bread. The artisan bread was toasted and topped with a paste of fresh flavoursome tomatoes.

The Spanish omelette was a classic choice and you can never go wrong with the potatoes teamed with the egg. It was crispy on the outside and not overcooked.

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The highlights of the meal were the two fish dishes. The garlic black rice was delicious with the squid and prawns. The rice was cooked so that it was not too soft. The pan fried cod with samphire was a fairly big portion. The cod was succulent and came dressed in a light sauce.

The staff were friendly although at times it was hard to get their attention. There were no complaints to be had at all about the food. It was served swiftly and it was all tasty.

Salvador and Amanda is open till the early hours, just in case you are looking for somewhere late at night. It can be spotted by the neon lit sign on the exterior.

Salvador and Amanda, 1 Vernon Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A 2EP

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sea Fish – Angel

Reviewed on November 29th, 2013 by Dina

It has been a while since the Rate My Bistro team have been out together to review a place. Normally, we may just head to one of our many favourite places. This time, fish and chips was the food of choice for a late lunch. As we happened to be in Angel, it seemed like a good a time as any to try out Sea Fish!

Sea Fish has a sort of seaside feel to it! There is the white brushed furniture and the sea blue colours with their feature wall. The dining area is spacious and feels light, airy and clean. The decor with its framed pictures and lighting makes the restaurant feel modern. There is also an outdoor dining area at the back of the restaurant.

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When you enter Sea Fish, there is the take away counter if you didn’t want to eat in. The regular fish and chips was ordered. The food was brought to us quickly and not long after we had ordered. The staff told us that the fish had just come out of the fryer. The soft succulent fish was encased in the crispy batter.

The chips were served in a bowl with some tartare sauce on the side. Soft, fluffy, crispy chips together with the fish made for a simple but classic delicious meal. Usually I have mushy peas with fish and chips, but this time even without the peas, the dish was yummy. The table also had the normal condiments of tomato ketchup, salad cream, salt and vinegar.

The staff at Sea Fish were really friendly and so welcoming. They gave us great personal service. When we mentioned that we were going to be sharing the meal, they automatically brought us an extra plate when the food was served.

There seems to be a spate of trendy fish and chip shops popping up at the moment. But here at Rate My Bistro, we think that we have stumbled across yet another gem of a place with Sea Fish. It is a classic, unpretentious restaurant with a relaxed dining atmosphere. Sea Fish is highly recommended and I am sure we will return time and time again!

Sea Fish, 205 Upper Street, Angel, London, N1 1RQ

Rating: ★★★★★

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Taste of Siam – Camden

Reviewed on November 6th, 2013 by Dina

It had been a while since my friend and I had been out for Thai food and we were kind of missing it. So we took it for a sign when we were supposed to go out for Greek food and the restaurant could not take us as they were fully booked for a private party.

Taste of Siam has three parts: one is the supermarket, second is the restaurant and the third is the noodle bar cafe. We were pleased that we chose the lovely restaurant. It seemed like a nicer setting than the informal cafe.  The food is cooked fresh and the quality of ingredients is high. As my friend pointed out, we should have expected this, seen as Taste of Siam’s shop next door has good produce.

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It felt like a cold day and after my friend said that she was having a soup starter, I also decided to go for a warming soup! It is not very often that I have Thai soup but everytime I have it, it is always so tasty.

The Tom Yum Hed was a hot and sour mushroom soup. Lots of mushrooms bobbing in the hot flavoursome broth and garnished with coriander. The Tom Yum Kung soup was equally satisfying. This was a spicy prawn soup with lemongrass, chilli and vegetables.

A comforting curry and rice was chosen for the main meal. The menu doesn’t specify what type of curry the vegetarian Kang Ped Jay is. The staff told us that they can make it as a red or green curry.

Crispy tofu, cauliflower, broccoli, baby corn, mange tout and carrots in a creamy coconut sauce made up the curry. It was delicious and very moreish. All of the dishes had a lot of garnish including lime leaves, lemon grass, ginger and coriander. This really gave them the fresh flavour.

All of the food was made mild just as requested. To drink, Taste of Siam has an extensive menu including a whole range of fresh juices. But for me, it had to be Jasmine Tea. This was served by the pot.

Taste of Siam is a fantastic Thai restaurant, even though its dining area is slightly small. The staff were really lovely, polite and friendly. The restaurant was busy all through the evening and also a lot of people were coming in to have orders to take home.

Taste of Siam, 41-47 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JH

Rating: ★★★★½

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