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Exquisite Indian fine dining at Lasan, Birmingham

I booked a table at Lasan in Birmingham, to enjoy a fine dining experience with a friend visiting from London.

Located on James Street close to St. Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter, the menu at Lasan offers a range of dishes prepared with the finest ingredients. Whether you’re seeking a vegetarian, meat or fish based meal, Lasan has something to suit your palate.

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South Beach Food Tour with Miami Culinary Tours

A few months ago I was invited to join Miami Culinary Tours on one of Miami’s top rated tours. A South Beach Food Tour.

At the time I had no definite plans to visit Florida. It had crossed my mind but to be honest, I wasn’t sure that the bank balance or the full  time job would allow it to really happen… thankfully, I was proven wrong.

After juggling a few things around, my flight was booked and I’d written back to Grace at Miami Culinary Tours to confirm that I would, in fact, be happy to accept a place on the tour. Continue reading South Beach Food Tour with Miami Culinary Tours

Affordable fine dining at Little Bay, Kilburn

Located in London’s NW6, Little Bay Kilburn is at the heart of vibrant London and offers a great range of modern European cuisine at very affordable prices. The restaurant is easily found just off Kilburn High Street, close to Kilburn High Road station.

With an a-la-carte and specials menu, Little Bay offers a variety of starters, mains and desserts including vegetarian meals, all at very reasonable prices. Continue reading Affordable fine dining at Little Bay, Kilburn

A night with friends at Nazaks, London

Nazaks, LondonFor a weekday evening in London my friend and I decided to stay local in Camden and try a restaurant that was new to both of us – Nazaks. This local Indian restaurant met our girly catch-up requirements:

  • Mid-range pricing (the restaurant is available on the Tastecard promotion)
  • Good reviews for food reviews (it scores very well on Tripadvisor)
  • Decent cocktail menu; Nazaks allows you to bring your own alcohol (we took 2 bottles of wine) into the restaurant which was a good alternative for us.

Our booking was fairly early in the evening for 6.30pm, so when we arrived it was quiet but we were seated quickly and offered the menu. Although quiet, the restaurant looked respectable and clean with everything very well presented. The menu choice was wide and varied as well as being reasonably priced.

We opted for a selection of dishes that we shared between us to maximise our sampling of the restaurant menu. Overall the food was great with very good portion sizes. It all tasted of good quality, authentic and freshly made.

We found no faults at all and really enjoyed the gradual busy atmosphere of the restaurant. It never felt busy or distracting from our experience of the restaurant. The staff were consistently polite, knowledgeable about the dishes and didn’t rush us at all. The pace of the restaurant was pleasant and other patrons were evidently enjoying their evening as well.

Would we return again – yes, definitely. For a weekday evening or a decent Indian meal in a city that is overrun with choice, Nazaks is a high contender for those lazy evenings when you want a chance to sit back and be treated.

Celebrating ‘Viva Oliva’ at Vapiano, London

I was recently invited to try out a local Italian restaurant, Vapiano in London. Whilst they usually supply a range of exquisite pizza and pasta dishes, I would be visiting on the first day of ‘Viva Oliva’ (meaning ‘long live the olive’), a 15-day olive festival to focus on a range of meals and dishes featuring olives.

On first appearances, the restaurant has a vibrant, busy atmosphere with a constant flow of visitors. Whilst waiting for my friends, I counted at least twenty groups of customers in the space of five minutes. I couldn’t believe the footfall and was even more amazed that I had never heard of the restaurant despite this location being open for over four years. Don’t let the active environment put you off, there always seems to be space for customers with a relatively short turnaround and a shared seating layout. If you spot a space on an occupied table, feel free to help yourself to the space. Continue reading Celebrating ‘Viva Oliva’ at Vapiano, London

Bento and cocktails at Spice Market, London

I recently won a competition courtesy of Leicester Square Films which entitled myself and one other to a meal at Spice Market in London.This has always been a place that I’ve admired on my regular jaunts to the far less pricey Wong Kei’s in London’s Chinatown.

On a cold evening after a full day at work, I decided that this would be the perfect time to go, especially as I had just returned from Berlin. Continue reading Bento and cocktails at Spice Market, London

My top 5 foodie delights of Brussels, Belgium

imageTowards the end of 2012, my friend and I were able to take a trip to Brussels for a one night stay, taking in as many sights as possible during our limited time there. From wandering around the Grand Place to restaurants like Manneken, to checking out the museum area and a late night trip to L’Archiduc – quite simply the best bar that I have visited in a long time – we had a great time for our first girly weekend break away together.

In between taking in the sights and developing achy feet from our thirst to explore, we made many stop off’s to sample the food of Belgium. From sweetly-topped waffles to savoury dishes like Moules-Frites, Belgium offers such a range of gastronomy that you simply can’t avoid absorbing it. I thought I would use this post to share to few photos of foods that we tried during our stay in the country. Continue reading My top 5 foodie delights of Brussels, Belgium

Eating out at Thai Pacific, Paris


In December 2009, I visited Paris with my boyfriend for a new years’ break. Whilst we were away, we decided to indulge our craving for Thai food and try Thai Pacific, a fabulous little restaurant that served incredible, tasty food at very affordable prices. The memory of the delightful menu stayed with us so strongly, that three years later in September 2012, we followed the direction of our noses and hoped that we would be able to remember where the restaurant was located. Not to be disappointed, we were fortunate to find the restaurant as perfectly tucked away as we had recalled.

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