Renoir – Kentish Town

Reviewed on September 28th, 2012 by Dina

Renoir offers fresh, tasty healthy food in Kentish Town. Even the counter area oozes freshness with its displays of bowls of colourful fruits, salads in the fridge and other deli items.

As it was lunchtime, I fancied something light. The Vegetable Omelette caught my eye and thought that this would be a good chance to get my protein intake for the day! It was supposed to come with chips but the waitress kindly let me change that to a baked potato.

The omelette was made with tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers and spinach. It was nice that it did not have cheese in it, so that the flavours of the vegetables were able to come through. The baked potato on the side was fluffy with a crispy jacket and it was just of the right size.

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To accompany the meal, I had to try one of Renoir’s fresh juices and there are quite a few on the menu to choose from. The Flu Fighter was refreshing and was a concoction of orange, strawberry, lemon and pineapple.

Renoir has a lovely interior with cushioned seating opposite the counter. At the back of the cafe is another area with tables and cushioned chairs. The walls are decorated with artwork. There is also outdoor seating sectioned off with plants.

The staff were friendly and gave us good service. It was nice that we did not have to wait long to place our order or to get the bill at the end of the meal.

Renoir is a refreshing cafe and restaurant in the Kentish Town area. It is great all day dining, from the morning right through to the evening!

Renoir, 244 Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2AB

Rating: ★★★★★

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The French Kitchen – Holborn

Reviewed on April 14th, 2012 by Dina

The French Kitchen has a real rustic, country like feel to it with its pine chairs and tables. The dining area is separated by the counter and till area. There is a small food store section near the entrance. The long bar area makes up one end of the interior and there is an open kitchen at the back section of the restaurant.

The kitchen has a lot of character too! There are wicker baskets displaying lemons, tomatoes, bread and garlic. A cake stand at the kitchen counter displayed the scones and fruit tarts.

For a light lunch, the starter of oyster and field mushrooms on toasted sourdough bread was just right. The mushrooms were cooked with cream, white wine and tarragon. The mushrooms and the sauce complimented each other. The sourdough bread slices were fresh.

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To drink, I was craving a cup of tea, but then decided to end the meal with the tea. Just before I ordered my tea, my friend pointed out the cream tea option on the dessert menu. The combination of a pot of tea, scone, jam and clotted cream was difficult to resist! So both my friend and I decided to indulge and go for the cream tea.

The Earl Grey tea was lovely and just what I needed. The scone was fairly big and fresh and it was served warm. The little dishes contained the clotted cream and blackberry jam. There was plenty of jam and cream for the scone.

The staff were so lovely at The French Kitchen! While I was waiting for my friend, several members of staff came to me to ask if I was ok and if I’d like a drink while I waited. But they weren’t pushy in any sort of a way. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the place had a good vibe to it. The lighting was quite soft, even in the daytime.

In our time at this restaurant, several dishes passed by our table! All of the food looked really nice and well presented.

The French Kitchen, 95-97 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6LF

Rating: ★★★★★

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Maison Blanc – Hampstead

Reviewed on May 7th, 2009 by Dina

Maison Blanc is a nice French patisserie. It has a small takeaway counter as you enter. If you pass this and head to the back of the store, that is where the cafe area is. There is limited seating here but they also have tables outside. The cafe area is very light and airy.

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The service was lovely and the atmosphere was very relaxed. Maison Blanc has great artwork along its walls and also a good display of biscuits and sweets. The bags of French treats and artisan chocolate would be good for gifts. In the display fridge, there are many pastries, tarts and also small speciality cakes.

We had mochas to drink and they were very rich and creamy; just as we like them. Maison Blanc do have soy milk. They also serve soups, salads and sandwiches. This cafe is a perfect place to come for breakfast, lunch or a coffee break.

Maison Blanc, 76 Hampstead High Street, London, NW3 1QX

Rating: ★★★★☆

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