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Restaurant Review: Mabel’s Bar & Kitchen, Covent Garden, London

Posted on July 7, 2015

Hi Guys!

Here’s my second restaurant review of the day – Mabel’s Bar & Kitchen at Covent Garden!

After hitting Bill’s on my first evening in London, I knew Mabel’s was going to have a lot to live up to. So off I headed on Tuesday evening with my trusty Google maps in hand, and found it quite easily.

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The entrance to the restaurant had a small seating area and bar, and it also had an awesome ‘Love Made Me Do It‘ bright pink neon sign on the wall. The decor was fantastic and right up my street!

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After a while I was then seated in The Library, a small cosy area of six tables, made to look like a home library. I was being looked after by a lovely waiter I ordered a Tarte Tatin cocktail while waiting for my dinner date to arrive. The Tarte Tatin included Sipsmith small batch vodka mixed together with Calvados from Normandy, pressed apple juice and caramel syrup – sorry I don’t have a photo of this, I was pretty thirsty and it was gone before I knew it! 🙂

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When Lex arrived, we ordered a couple of cocktails and our starters. We were both feeling particularly healthy and went for Crudites with Mabel’s remesco and teatziki dips to start, and I ordered a Lavender Love cocktail. The Lavender Love is described as – An elegant and floral cocktail shaking Absolut citron vodka with white peach purée, a touch of lavender syrup and pomegranate juice – it was SO good but pretty strong!

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For our main meal, Lex went for the Rib Eye Steak, which included a chargrilled 8oz rib eye, vine cherry tomatoes, watercress and chips, and sticking with the healthy theme, I had Honey & Soy Marinated Salmon, Asparagus, Confit Potato, Beans, Peas and Seeds. Salmon is definitely my favourite fish to eat, and this was just lovely.

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For dessert Lex was very good and decided to just watch me eat mine 🙂 I had Jude’s Hampshire Ice Cream – regarding the flavours available, the menu said ‘we’ll let you know today’s delights…‘ and when I asked the waitress what the ice cream was she replied with – ‘erm, vanilla?’ which I must admit was slightly odd.

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I really enjoyed our evening at Mabel’s Bar & Kitchen – both the food and company was fantastic! I have to be honest though as there were a couple of negative points. The waitress did seem slightly off with me, I asked Lex if she agreed and she did, and we also had a wobbly table! When Lex sawed into her steak, my cocktail went everywhere! The waiter we had at the time was very apologetic though and put something under the table leg to fix the wobble. There were also no staff around when we were ready to leave, as I wanted to thank them for my meal which was a shame. The food really was lovely and reasonably priced though, and they have a fantastic selection of cocktails on offer too.

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

I was offered complimentary dinner in return for this review

Restaurant Review: Bill’s, Wellington Street, London

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my Life Update post last night, I have a couple of restaurant reviews coming up today. On my first evening in London I arranged to meet up with Rachel from Beauty Queen UK, and after a quick and rather excitable tour of Covent Garden, we headed off to Bill’s Restaurant (also at Covent Garden) unfortunately there was a slight mix up and we ended up at a nearby Bill’s about 10 minutes away at Waterloo Road.

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This was no problem though, and as you can see the restaurant was quite beautiful. On first glance, Bill’s appeared to be a tiny little quaint restaurant with a couple of booths and a bar, but we were then led around the back to the main restaurant which was massive! I loved the decor which had an industrial yet homely feel.

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For starters I went for a Warm Roast Red Onion and Gruyere Tart, with a salad of watercress, red onion, basil, parsley and pomegranate and a balsamic dressing. Rachel went for Chicken in a Jar, which was chicken liver parfait, with edible flowers (it looked like a purple pansy on top but I wasn’t sure!) Bill’s orange marmalade and campagne toast. I love cheese tarts, anything like gruyere or goat’s cheese and I’m there!

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I hadn’t eaten much that day and was super hungry, so I couldn’t resist a burger for my main meal. I went for a hamburger with montery jack cheese and skin on fries, and Rachel had the Beer-Battered fish and Chips. I devoured this in record time, and the burger was cooked to perfection.

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For dessert, we were very good and decided to share some Warm Mini Cinnamon Doughnuts with fresh strawberries and warm chocolate dipping sauce. After the burger I was pretty stuffed, and I love cinnamon so the mini doughnuts seemed like the perfect choice!

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Overall we had a fantastic experience at Bill’s. We were made to feel extra special, and I received probably the best service I’ve ever have had at a restaurant. The guy that was looking after us (sorry I forgot to make a note of his name) was super sweet and made us feel so welcome. I did say to Rachel that I wanted to put him in my pocket and take him home, ha ha!

I should also mention that the prices were incredibly reasonable – bearing in mind we were in central London, the starters were from £4.95 and mains were from £8.95 which really is fantastic, also considering the food was of such high quality. If you’re ever in the Covent Garden area in need of a refuel, I’d highly recommend you check out Bill’s Restaurant!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

I was offered complimentary dinner in return for this review

Wednesday Night at Las Iguanas Norwich…

Posted on November 23, 2014

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Hi Guys!

On Wednesday evening I headed into Norwich to see my friend Brookie, and to visit the city’s brand new restaurant – Las Iguanas!

I’d never heard of Las Iguanas before, but found out they’re part of a chain which has restaurants dotted up and down the county, offering authentic Latin American specialities. The latest branch of Las Iguanas has literally just opened up on 10th November at Riverside in Norwich (next to Nando’s) The extensive menu is designed ‘to bring authentic South America to every table, every day’ and it reflects the diverse mix of Spanish, Portuguese, African and native Latino influences that make up South American culture.

All dishes are cooked freshly to order and Las Iguanas prides itself on using only the freshest, highest quality produce from the best British suppliers, lovingly combined with carefully sourced authentic ingredients from around the world. It sounded right up my street!

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Firstly I thought I’d show you a little pre going out selfie! I was planning on wearing my gorgeous new Imany Oriental Print Kimono from Blue Vanilla via EtailPR. I was over the moon when this arrived, it’s such a pretty garment and the colours are super festive which I love! I put it on ready to wear to visit Las Iguanas but decided not to wear in out the end as I had visions of dipping the fringing in my dinner and getting covered in food!! Ha ha! 😀

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We arrived at Las Iguanas and were seated. After looking at the amazingly vast menu for quite a while we decided to share three plates of tapas for startes – Calamares – whole baby calamari, sliced & coated in crisp crumb cassava, with creamy aioli. Gambas – massive whole prawns, split & cooked in a garlic, lemon & chilli sauce, served with ciabatta, and Pato Taquito – rich shreds of roast duck & caramelised onion rolled in a flour tortilla & char-grilled, with a spicy cranberry salsa. I can’t even tell you how good these were!

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For my main mean I had The Extraordinary Xinxim – (pronounced zin-zim) This was lime chicken in a crayfish & peanut sauce with spring onion & garlic rice & fine green beans. It also came with sweet plantains, I’ve never had them before and now I love them! Brookie had Camaro De Calabaza – which was baked butternut squash with peeled prawns in a mild spiced tomato & melted cheese sauce and served with garlic rice.

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For dessert I had an amazing chocolate cake and Brookie had some crazy doughnut things with dipping chocolate and caramel. Sorry I don’t have the dessert menu so I can’t show off with the fancy menu names and descriptions for this course! 🙂 By this point we were a bit broken, after the first two courses and three cocktails we were completely stuffed! I actually had to leave some of my amazing dessert which is completely unheard of for me!

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I then thought I’d better ‘walk off’ the meal a bit, so I had a wander around and took some photos. The restaurant has been decorated beautifully with vintage and reclaimed finishes, giving the space a wonderful rustic and comfortable feel. The main restaurant is light and airy with shades of coral, sage and mustard, highlighted with vintage Latin wall art and artisan tiling.

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We had such a lovely night catching up and gorging ourselves on the fantastic food the restaurant had to offer. I really can’t recommend Las Iguanas enough – the food was amazing, the staff were lovely and the service was spot on. I’ll definitely be going back there soon!

I hope you enjoyed my review! xxx