Frontline – Paddington

Reviewed on January 13th, 2011 by Dina

Frontline prides itself on making food from locally sourced produce. The menu is quite small but has sufficient choice.

On this cold winter’s day, there was no doubt what was needed; a bowl of hot soup! On the menu was celeriac, Bramley apple and whole chestnut soup. The combination sounded a little strange, but I thought that it was worth a try! Whole chestnuts, chunks of apple in a creamy celeriac based soup! Surprisingly, the sweet and savoury flavours worked well together. It was not too sweet with the apple.

A small brown crusty roll was served with the soup. It tasted like it had fennel seeds in it!

I skipped the main course and went straight for the dessert! Crumble has always been a favourite of mine so I was happy that Frontline had Autumn fruit crumble on the menu!

The crumble was served in a ramekin with a small jug of custard on the side. Chunky fruit was topped with a nut based crumble. The vanilla custard had not been overdone on the sugar side of things. The whole dessert was lovely and the taste of the fruit was great!

Frontline had lots of artwork decorating the brick walls. The dining area was made of dark chairs and also seating along the walls. The waitress gave us lots of time to decide on our meal, to eat and to chat! The staff did not bother us throughout the meal, even though we were there for a good few hours! At the same time, it was easy to get the attention of the waitress if we needed anything.

Frontline is a great place to catch up with friends as well as having quality food! The restaurant was surprisingly quiet for a Sunday afternoon!

Frontline, 13 Norfolk Place, Paddington, London, W2 1QJ

Rating: ★★★★★

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Jom Makan – Westfield London

Reviewed on October 22nd, 2010 by Dina

This Malaysian restaurant has a fairly extensive menu, but as we were there at lunchtime, we decided to go for the Spring Set Lunch!

The Mee Goreng Sayur was supposed to be an egg noodle dish but it was nice that I was able to have rice noodles instead. The thin rice noodles, together with the fried beancurd, bok choi and spring onion made a filling main dish. It could have had a few more vegetables but apart from that, it had a light flavour to it.

For the side dish, I chose the Begedil. This was two potato and spring onion cakes and it came with a coconut and chilli sauce. The potato cakes were fairly big and tasted good with and without the sauce.

The staff were friendly but the service was extremely slow. Our order and food were brought out quite fast. It was at the end of the meal that the service really disappointed us. It took the waitress so long to bring us the bill. Then, it took her even longer to come again to take our payment. There were a few staff working that day and the restaurant was not that busy.

Jom Makan has an additional floor and also some outdoor seating. The restaurant was fairly spacious and felt quite light and airy!

Jom Makan, Southern Terrace, Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London, W12 7GA

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Raoul’s Cafe – Little Venice

Reviewed on October 15th, 2010 by Dina

Raoul’s Cafe is definitely the place to come to for Sunday brunch! The cafe was so busy and full when we went there on this particular Sunday. We thought that we would be waiting a really long time for a table. So we were pleasantly surprised when we were seated within five or so minutes.

The perfect way to start the lazy Sunday was with a cup of Earl Grey Tea. I was happy that the tea was served by the pot! They also have a good range of fresh fruit smoothies. These are served in tall glasses and can be fairly filling.

There are a number of items on the menu that sounded tempting, from breakfast items to toasted sandwiches. The egg and mushrooms on toast was a good combination! Even though the menu specified that it was poached eggs, the staff didn’t mind me asking for scrambled eggs. The portobello mushrooms were full of flavour and it was all served on a slice of granary toast.

The eggs benedict did not disappoint either. This dish was poached eggs and ham on a toasted muffin with hollandaise sauce. The eggs were cooked to perfection with the runny yolks.

As for sandwiches, there are a few to choose from and the classic Club sandwich is a good choice. The granary bread was generously filled with bacon, chicken and salad. To accompany our main dishes, a big bowl of fries and a bowl of calamari made good side dishes.

All of the food was of a high quality and it was all freshly cooked. The service was really efficient and fast. Even though the cafe was full, we did not have to wait long for the food to be brought out to us. The staff were friendly and let us have a relaxing Sunday brunch.

Raoul’s Cafe has some outdoor seating. There are wooden tables and chairs indoors on one side of the cafe, and on the other is sofa style cushioned seating along one of the walls. Just as you enter the cafe, there is the counter fridge with lots of tempting cakes and desserts.

Raoul’s Cafe, 13 Clifton Road, Little Venice, London, W9 1SZ

Rating: ★★★★★

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