Coquine – South Kensington

Reviewed on January 22nd, 2011 by Dina

Coquine is a very chic and boutique-like with its patterned walls, carpeted lightshades, huge wall mirrors and teal green decor! It has a bar area in the middle of restaurant. Secluded at the back of the restaurant is an oval table surrounded by high chairs! A nice setting for having drinks and food with a group of friends!

Sunday brunch was our visit to Coquine. To start with, we had a blueberry smoothie! A big glass of goodness made with blueberries, milk and honey!

It had to be the eggs benedict for brunch! I’d asked for my eggs to be well cooked. The eggs benedict was supposed to come with either ham or salmon but I asked if I could have spinach instead. The waitress said that would be ok.

We weren’t waiting too long for our food but when it was served, my eggs had been cooked so that they still had soft yolks. I told the staff that this was not what I asked for. They swiftly took the dish away and not long after, I was given another eggs benedict.

The dish was nicely presented: soft toasted muffin halves generously topped with spinach, eggs and hollandaise sauce. The eggs benedict together with the blueberry smoothie were thoroughly enjoyable!

The staff at Coquine were really helpful and gave service with a smile. Coquine had a great relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant was fairly small so I can see why they advise you to make a reservation!

Coquine, 160 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW5 0BA

Rating: ★★★★★

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Thai Square – South Kensington

Reviewed on April 30th, 2009 by Dina

Quite a small intimate Thai restaurant which can get busy at lunchtimes! As the seating area is small, the wooden tables are close together. They do have additional seating upstairs.

I was really happy with the friendliness of the staff at this restaurant. They did not rush us to take our orders and even when we had finished the meal, they did not make us feel that we needed to leave. All the staff were really attentive but not overpowering.

The taste of the food at Thai Square lived up to the aromas coming from the kitchen! We shared the Tod Mun Kow Pod corn cakes. These deep fried corn cakes were of a good size and were perfectly cooked. The sweet chilli sauce that they were served with was a tasty dipping sauce.

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Thai Square does tempting set lunches. It was hard to decide whether to go for the set lunch, the Pad Thai or the green curry! We finally decided to have the Gang Kiew Wan Jay green curry.

This vegetarian green curry had lots of baby corn, mange tout, carrots and Thai baby aubergines. Even though this dish was stated as being spicy on the menu, when we asked for it to be made really mild, that’s exactly what was served. The coconut curry sauce had a lovely creaminess to it and it was really delicious. The portions of freshly cooked steamed rice and egg fried rice made the green curry a very hearty meal! All the dishes were nicely presented.

Dining at Thai Square was a very enjoyable experience and one that is highly recommended for the food and the service!

Thai Square, 19 Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2HE

Rating: ★★★★★

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The Hummingbird Bakery – South Kensington

Reviewed on October 10th, 2008 by Dina

This is quite a small cafe with a limited seating area. There are a few comfy seats and a couple of tables outside as well.

This bakery specialises in cupcakes, cookies, brownies and layered cakes. These are all freshly baked on the premises. They also have a daily special on their menu – a different cupcake for each day of the week.

I have tried their famous red velvet cupcake. This has red vanilla sponge topped with cream cheese frosting.

I’ve also had their vanilla cupcake and one of the daily specials – cookies and cream. The cookies and cream was chocolate sponge covered with a cookies and cream frosting.

I found all the cakes overly sweet and the toppings were way too thick. After a couple of bites, all you can taste is the sugar and the cake became slightly sickly.

I have been told by a friend that if you get a piece of their layered cakes to take home with you, the slice is really big and definitely enough for two people!

The Hummingbird Bakery also serves hot drinks: coffees, tea and hot chocolate.

I have a sweet tooth but these cakes out did me! Looking at the display of the cupcakes and cakes, they all look really tempting! I would only go here if you really want an intense sweet treat!

The Hummingbird Bakery, 47 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 3JP

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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