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 Iskele – Old Street

Reviewed on September 20th, 2012 by Dina

As we had come to The Iskele late lunchtime, we were expecting it to be fairly quiet. But it was the opposite, the restaurant was pretty much packed and so it was a good thing that I had made a reservation.

The luscious colours, wall hangings and lanterns from the ceiling welcomes diners into The Iskele! The dining area is fairly big although some of the tables are quite close together. There are lots of ornaments decorating the walls and shelves around the restaurant. The Iskele also has quite a big outdoor dining area with wooden tables and chairs.

A hot and cold starter were chosen! The Falafel were crispy little patties made of chickpeas and had a good flavour to them. They were served on houmous with salad. The classic Houmous was a generous portion and we were given warm bread to go with it.

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Layers of potato, aubergine and courgette with a cheese sauce made up the main dish of Vegetarian Moussaka. It was topped with a lovely tomato sauce as well. The Moussaka was a really filling meal especially as it was served with some chips! It was delicious and quite a hearty meal, perfect for the cold day!

Somehow, there always seems to be some room for dessert, no matter how filling a meal is! Two great choices were the Stuffed Apricots and the Tiramisu Savoiardi. The apricots were filled with cream and were coated with chopped almonds and pistachios. If that wasn’t enough, they were drizzled with a chocolate sauce. A great combination all in all! The Tiramisu Savoiardi was light, creamy, fresh and had the wonderful coffee flavour going through it.

A mint tea was needed to end the meal! Fresh mint leaves infused the hot water, with a slice of lemon on the side.

The Iskele gave us efficient service with a smile. All of the food was of a good portion size and definitely a place to come to if you want to satisfy your appetite!

The Iskele, 179-181 Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8QP

Rating: ★★★★½

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2 Friends – Caledonian Road

Reviewed on July 4th, 2012 by Dina

What better place for two friends to go to than the appropriately named 2 Friends cafe! This place was spotted along the Caledonian Road when we were looking for somewhere to go to for a cup of tea.

2 Friends had such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There were big round tables with comfy high backed cream chairs. The tables were decorated with cute plants. The interior with the wooden floor and the beige walls made the cafe feel very clean and airy. A good range of music was playing in the background.

The walls had shelves with various jars of Greek produce including olives, sun dried tomatoes and olive oil. There was a counter fridge which displayed the deli produce of sausages and cheeses. A lot of care and attention to detail had been dedicated to the decor of 2 Friends.

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The staff was really friendly and gave us service with a smile. He took the time out to make conversation with us and tell us about his cafe and the produce that they sell. Even the other customers randomly chatted to us and to each other. It all contributed to the friendly relaxed atmosphere.

So, as we had come for tea, that is exactly what we had! Two cups of the English breakfast tea. The tea was served by the pot. The staff came over with the tea cups and pot and placed the items on the coasters on the table. I thought that this was a nice touch! Another pleasant surprise was that we were given individual packets of chocolate chip and orange biscuits to have with our tea! It was nice that we were also easily given a refill of hot water for our teapot when we asked for it.

Even though we did not have any of the hot food, the aroma of the food that was being freshly cooked for the other customers, really did smell nice! The food that 2 Friends had on offer were hot and cold Greek plates, sandwiches, breakfast items and cakes.

Everything about 2 Friends was perfect! Lovely service, great atmosphere, clean environment and good tea! 2 Friends is definitely a good addition to the Caledonian Road area and highly recommended to go to!

2 Friends, 374 Caledonian Road, London, N1 1DY

Rating: ★★★★★

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