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Cafe Colore – Prague

Reviewed on November 2nd, 2015 by Dina

A big cake display welcomes you just opposite the entrance to Cafe Colore. It makes you think that you need to remember to have room for dessert. Table lamps, striped chairs and dark wooden furniture all contribute to the atmosphere of this dimly lit but charming restaurant.

The staff were friendly and gave us good service. They took the time to explain the dishes on the menu that we had questions about and also gave us some recommendations.

The Kuladja was a creamy soup which had quite a tangy flavour. The taste of the dill was quite prominent. The soup was quite light even though it was made with potatoes and mushrooms.

The fried pancake was absolutely delicious. The crispy pancake was stuffed full of cottage cheese, olives and dried tomatoes. The pancake was cut into three portions and it was surrounded by a tasty pepper sauce. The fries as the side dish were very moreish. These were not just any ordinary fries; these were truffle fries with parmesan. A great combination of the mushroom with cheese.

As Cafe Colore had such a great range of cakes in their display fridge, it would have been a mistake not to try one. Not that we ever need an excuse for dessert. After a fair bit of time looking at the cakes and trying to make a decision, the chocolate and banana cake was picked. Soft squidgy banana slices and chocolate cream were sandwiched between the moist chocolate cake. It had the perfect level of sweetness.

Cafe Colore gave us some wonderful, tasty Czech food. It let us experience the different flavours and tastes in a relaxed and friendly restaurant.

Cafe Colore, Palackeho 740/1, 110 00, Prague 1

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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: ★★★★★

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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