Posts Tagged ‘Mediterranean’

Olly Bongo’s, 4 Teviot Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2QZ

christineI met a friend for lunch recently. She works at The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland and suggested that we meet near her work so that I could catch up with her during her lunch break. As I was not familiar with the area, she chose Olly Bongo’s. We were greeted by a friendly waitress on arrival, who gave us a choice of seats. I like getting the option rather than being told where to sit, so that was a good start. The decor was nice with a Mediterranean feel and posters advertising music nights.

We ordered our drinks quickly, but took time choosing lunch from the varied menu. I chose a spinach, tomato and mezzefeta cheese bruchetta while my friend chose a mezze. When our meals arrived, I was amazed by the size of the portions. Our meals were enormous and delicious. The food was freshly prepared and served with a side salad by polite and attentive staff. I certainly could not finish my meal. The portion was so big. However, I did enjoy it very much and my friend finished every crumb. I subsequently discovered that she is such a regular customer she qualifies for a discount!

Access to Olly Bongo’s is easy for those with mobility issues and the cafe is spotlessly clean. We finished our lunch with tea and coffee. Again, it was freshly brewed and outsideserved with individual pots. I had never heard of Olly Bongo’s, but, for the price, it was a real bargain.  This inconspicuous little cafe on the corner of Teviot Place is one of Edinburgh’s fun and quirky places to sit down, have a chat and enjoy a great plate of food. You could easily walk right past it as it does not look like much from the outside. However, if you step through the doors you will get a different impression entirely. I highly recommend Olly Bongo’s.

Valerie Penny

 

Barcelona Princess Hotel, Barcelona, Spain guest review by Reijosfood

Hotel Barcelona Princess

Reijosfood  writes about the hotel Barcelona Princess boasts 363 fully-equipped rooms, a sun terrace with pool on the 23rd floor with a nice view of the city of Barcelona in Spain and also has a small pool with gym on the 3rd floor.

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Located on the ’Avenida Diagonal’ just in front of the shopping center Fórum, this 4-star hotel is located less than 20 minutes from the centre of Barcelona with decent public transport alternatives available.

Interesting detail is Desigual Loft on the 23rd floor with decor, which takes care of every detail, patchwork rugs, lamps, wicker armchairs and low tables puff type created by artisans of different peoples of the Mediterranean.

Desigual loft - reijosfood.com

ROOM

Spent few nights in the double room on the 19th floor with sea view. Room was well equipped, bath robe and slippers waiting to be used. Free mini bar with soft drinks and bottle of beer per day and free wi-fi.

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Bath room was behind the glass wall, but it can be hided with automated screen, if you are shy. However, toilet and shower are behind doors, some relief?

Hotel Barcelona Princess room - reijosfood

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PUBLIC SPACES

Breakfast was generous compared to many other hotels in Barcelona. Something for everyone. Tried also room service once. Service was quick and actually room service price list is affordable.

On the first floor there is small bar and lobby but hotel is not actually place for dinners. Prepare to reserve table from “real” restaurants in the city or by the sea.

Two pools and new and well designed rooms are best part of the hotel.

Location from Plaza Catalunya is quite far, but walking by the sea to Port Olympico does not take too much time. Then it is up to you, if you want to continue to Maremagnum and then to Ramblas by foot. I actually walked that route, but with one pit stop in Tapa Tapa tapas bar or restaurant.

Hotel Barcelona Princess is for business travellers and for those, who do not want to pay higher prices in the city for lower standard.

Reijosfood

The Folly Bar, 41 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0BT, England

Last time I was in London, England, I was looking for somewhere to have dinner with my daughter and her fiance. I wanted it to be central, easy for all of us to get to, reasonably priced and not too formal. No big ask, I hear you say! Well, I found it in The Folly Bar. The bar/restaurant has music and a bar downstairs while on the ground floor it has a bistro area and bar. Access to the ground floor is disabled friendly. We were there on a Friday evening and to say the place was busy is an understatement! The Folly Bar is near London Bridge and Signage 2easily reached by public transport.

The staff are pleasant, although service was not fast. However they were very, very busy and we were not in a hurry. When we asked to move tables to be a little further away from the entrance and the music downstairs, we were accommodated.

We shared a Mediterranean starter of hummus, babaganoush, flat bread and roasted vegetables. Generally it was delicious, except for the babaganoush. It was rank. For our main courses we all had different things ranging from a steak sandwich to a veggie burger to a super foods salad. All the meals were freshly cooked. The ingredients were fresh and it was all very tasty.

DM-LIFESTYLE041We had no room for dessert but all had teas or coffees. The staff did not rush us. It was a very good meal and I will look forward to dining at The Folly again. However, when I asked for the bill, the waitress chose not to inform me that a “discretionary” gratuity of 12.5% had all ready been added. I know, I should have checked, but I live in a village and things like that do not happen here! So I had added a further 15% tip before I noticed the “discretionary” payment. I was irritated by the waitress but more cross with myself. I will not make that mistake again.

Valerie Penny

Gusella’s Ristorante, 90 Eltham High Street, Eltham, Kent, England

This is a small family run restaurant.  It is warm, the staff welcoming and the menu wide and varied.  When my husband and I recently visited London, England, our elder daughter suggested we go to Gusella’s on Eltham High Street, for a family meal.  There were six of us, so she booked a table in advance.  This proved to be a very wise precaution.  We were there on a Friday evening and the restaurant was busy.  Nevertheless, the service was friendly and unhurried.

The menu includes a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes.  There are also main course specials, but none of these was vegetarian.  Indeed,  there is not a wide choice for vegetarians, the options that are available are very tasty.  Access for disabled people is very good.  The restaurant is bright and clean.

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Each of us had a starter, just salads or brushetta.  We all enjoyed them.  Our main courses were more varied.  Our choices included Cypriot slow cooked lamb, a seafood platter, pasta dishes and chicken.  The men all drank beer, the ladies had gin and tonic or soft drinks.  Some of finished our meal with tea and coffee.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the company and the surroundings.  This is a restaurant that we will certainly make a point of visiting again.  I highly recommend it.

Valerie Penny

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