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December 2014

Food, restaurants

35 New Cavendish restaurant, Marylebone – review

December 24, 2014

35 new cavendish restaurant

When it comes to great restaurants Marylebone is home to many and 35 New Cavendish is for sure a new star in Sherlock Holmes old neighborhood.

When we entered the restaurant we felt relaxed and welcome, good indications that we were going to have an enjoyable experience. The atmosphere at 35 New Cavendish is very 1940’s. The restaurant takes inspiration from its owners who are financiers; staff were dressed in banker style uniforms.

The head chef at 35 New Cavendish is Alfonso Lillo Fas, a graduate of former world’s best restaurant El Bulli – we felt in good hands and had confidence in the interesting Mediterranean inspired menu.

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bread at 35 New cavendish

For starters we had Scallops with smoked cauliflower purée, and yellowfin tuna tartar. They tasted absolutely delicious – a tribute to the sea, and were presented perfectly.

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tuna tartare

For the main course I had a second helping of tuna, this time it was I chose the chargrilled yellowfin tuna version. My partner opted for the secreto (iberian pork shoulder served with very naughty triple-cooked fries). If you choose to dine at 35 New Cavendish know that this is a restaurant that urges you to forget about the gym and the calories to burn and just be happy with your food.

Both dishes were so fab and well prepared that it would be foolish not to recommend.

iberico pork

yellow fin tunas

triple cooked chips at 3 new cavendish

The waiters at 35 New Cavendish are doing a good job of creating a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere for their customers. We had perfect service; our waiters had a solid knowledge about the menu, the products used to create it. With all their knowledge and expertise at serving they were an extended arm of the kitchen. They expressed a lot of respect for their head chef and we were in no doubt that they loved their jobs.

The restaurant manager at 35 New Cavendish is Andrea Sgamma, he is a classically trained waiter meaning he is educated in the trade of being a waiter giving you the kind of service that you would not expect to receive unless you were eating in a Michelin starred restaurant.

I believe that whatever we do in life, we should do so being proud. Mr Sgamma definitely lived up to this mantra with his presence and professionalism.

I haven’t had Crêpes Suzettes Flambées in many years, Mr. Sgamma made quite a show for us, and they tasted heavenly.

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35 New Cavendish, is a restaurant, where you bring your good friends and family. It is a restaurant with honest service and food, a place for laughs, for love, for life.

Food, restaurants

Kouzu Japanese Restaurant: Honesty In Belgravia

December 15, 2014

Kouzu Japanese restaurant

Belgravia is an upperclass oasis in London, where there the streets are clean, the houses white and uniformed and is home possibly to the best Japanese restaurant in the world.

When you arrive at Kouzu Japanese restaurant you are greeted by staff with “Irasshaimase”. It means welcome in Japanese and when you enter this modern, open spaced restaurant you truly do feel it, they want you to feel welcome and they are proud of working there.

We started as always with a cocktail in the bar. Having a drink at the bar before you eat is a good way of seeing the kind of service you will receive. Its also another way to get a sneak preview of the craft they apply to the kitchen. We were impressed; the cocktails were smoothly shaken and served. The two delicious cocktails we tasted made a promise for something extraordinary to come.

Kouzu japanese restaurant cocktails

Kouzu japanese restaurant

The menu at Kouzu is a heavenly parade of Japanese food. We were lucky to have help choosing dishes from the superb Kenichi Kakuta, who is the restaurant manager for Kouzu. He explained and helped us choose our starters:

Yellow tail and white truffle dressing

Yellow tail and white truffle dressing

Yellow tail and white truffle dressing

Beef – Sirloin Amiyaki

beef sirloin kouzu

beef sirloin kouzu

Salmon with Youz soy dressing

Salmon with Youz soy dressing

A special collection of sushi 

kouzu restaurant sushi

A special collection of sushi

All the dishes were extremely well prepared. The dishes were like art pieces, simple but mind-blowingly executed. Kouzu’s secret lies in their use of the best possible products; these are chefs who take pride in making perfection.

Kouzu spicy tuna roll

Kouzu spicy tuna roll

Sharing is the way to dine in a restaurant like Kouzu as the menu is so rich in variety. We had Mr. Kakuta roll out a red carpet of dishes: Sushi, Makimono rolls, and Nigiri. It was overwhelming. By the time we had finished we were like fattened calves.

Sushi chef Nobuyuki Yamaguchi showed us the honor to come to our table, and explain how he creates sushi and how he only uses special rice from a certain area in Japan. He also educated us by explaining that there isn’t just one type of soy sauce. Soy sauce has as many varieties as Balsamico.

Nobuyuki Yamaguchi

Kouzu sushi chef Nobuyuki Yamaguchi

The desserts we tasted where also sublime, delicate and well executed. Each mouthful had fireworks going off in our mouths. They were a nice way to end a fantastic meal.

dessert Kouzu restuarant

Kouzu’s style is clean and sharp and when you first enter you may think it is a little too utilitarian to be pitched as high class. However, when you visit please sit down, order your food, and the penny will drop. Kouzu is all about the food they don’t need a funky or rich décor to please their customers. A visit to Kouzu is all about honesty; a higher experience and they do not cut corners.

Please do yourself the favour, and visit them, it’s a treat, it is an experience and they will not let you down.

Travel, Weekends away in UK

A Perfect Stay in Polzeath, Cornwall

December 5, 2014

polzeath, cornwall perfect-stay

Cornwall is fast becoming a favourite of my partner and I. The last time we visited was in the summer staying at The Scarlet Hotel near Newquay. This time for our second trip we decided to pick somewhere a bit more homely and private. After a bit of googling we discovered Perfect Stays luxury holiday rentals.  I don’t have an exhaustive list of essentials for the perfect holiday let, but it does help to have a cracking fireplace and a modern kitchen. The house we chose ticked all these boxes and more.  The house we eventually decided on was called Seagrass in Polzeath,  a large newly built luxury house with all the mod cons you can think of from a fully equipped gym to Sonos surround sound and even a nespresso machine. Everything we would need to make this our home away from home. A nice touch was that when we arrived we were greeted with some essentials like eggs and milk and of course some Cornish scones and cream. Happy days! The house had five bedrooms which would be perfect for a large family looking for somewhere to go away.

Our Perfect stay apartment in Cornwall We instantly fell in love with the house, and at the end of the week it was really hard to say goodbye (especially to the kitchen). As well as the house being catered to our every whim Perfect Stays also provided a book of essentials like numbers for taxis, nearest supermarkets, recommendations for places to visit and a number for their around the clock concierge service. We were very impressed by their concierge service who were able to secure a hard to book last-minute table at Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant.

seagrass house perfect stays cornwall

If you love surfing then you will love Polzeath, the waves are wild and the water is cold! Personally I’m more of a land lubber so we spent much of our stay going on coastal walks and exercising those muscles that we forgot we had. We took a two-hour hike upon the gently sloping cliffs, saying hi too a few sheep as we passed by. When we reached the peak of the cliff we were rewarded with the most stunning view of the atlantic. The clean air and exercise really helped me really relax and unwind. We had thought that by choosing to visit in Autumn we wouldn’t have good weather but we were lucky as while we were there we only had a couple of days of rain and most mornings we had wonderful sunshine to wake up to. I would recommend visiting Cornwall at this time of year if you’re not too bothered about sunbathing as it’s a lot quieter. Most of the holiday homes around us were empty and when we went to sleep it was in perfect silence.

polzeath-cornwallSome images from the coastline in Polzeath….

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cornish flowerIt was lovely to see flowers like the specimen above still blooming in this cold and windy season.

photo 15As you can see from the pictures Polzeath, has wild unspoilt beaches, it was very romantic watching the sunset everyday. photo 8

A beautiful sunset

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After spending a couple of days exploring the beaches of Polzeath, Cornwall we were ready to journey a bit further afield. Ten minutes walk from the house was the St Moritz Hotel. I enjoyed a luxurious massage in the Cowshed Spa whilst my partner enjoyed a glass of spiced rum and ginger ale in the bar upstairs.

For our next trip out of Polzeath we took the ferry across to Padstow, a little fishing village, famous for its fresh fish and famous chefs. Read about that in part two!