Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

YO! Sushi

June 12, 2011

YO! Sushi - Salmon Selection  Three slices of premium Scottish salmon sashimi, two salmon nigiri and two salmon maki - California Roll  Crabstick, avocado, mayonnaise and sesame seeds

So they got a second chance. Only because I was at the airport and there wasn’t anything I really fancied amongst the overpriced options, light snacks and sandwiches.

First time I had Yo Sushi was in Reading a few years ago. I was really excited, having read about it and passing by the sushi bars many times. I didn’t like it and swore to never go back.

There weren’t enough options in the bowls passing on the conveyor belt and they didn’t come often enough. And it didn’t taste great for the price they charged. Obviously, there is a menu from where you can order other things but the excitement is in collecting bowls from the belt.

Second time around I rate them higher but I’ll keep in mind that I was in a busier restaurant at Heathrow Airport. I was very hungry, hadn’t had lunch and time was limited. So don’t go to YO! Sushi if you want to chill for a bit. You’ll get stressed only looking at the conveyor belt. It’s an eat-n-go place.

Also, when pouring water from the taps on the table be careful as the pressure is high and I made a real mess.

As for the options it was a lot better this time and bowls were coming so fast I couldn’t keep up. I went for the Salmon Selection with three slices of salmon sashimi, two salmon nigiri and two salmon maki and two California Rolls. Didn’t get full but enough to go and sit on a two-hour flight.

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Kebab Pizza

September 16, 2010

Kebab pizza

Mouth-watering. Delicious. Tasty. Filling. Lush. Outstanding. Great. Divine. Flavourful.

This kebab pizza is from Valsta Vedugn o Kolgrill, a local restaurant and a very good one. Obviously, the pizza I ate was as close to perfect as it can be. The staff was very attentive. Nice, simple and relaxed atmosphere. Fresh bread and cabbage salad. Everything you expect from a Swedish Pizzeria. I will definitely go back and try other dishes.

The Swedish pizza is different from others. It is more succulent and have more filling than the Italian. It is thinner and not as fatty as the American. And the Dutch one I had was awful with a weird mix of different tastes that shouldn’t be combined.

Yes, the Swedish pizza is special. But they vary from place to place, of course. For me, the dough is very important. Soft, fluffy and slightly crispy. The ingredients have to be fresh and the right amount of filling. Too little, it may be dry. Too much, it may be saggy and break.

So, I was very lucky today. A bit pricey maybe compared to other places but probably worth it.

Ping Pong

August 3, 2009

Not the game. The restaurant, of course.

“Welcome to Ping Pong, the Twenty-First Century Tea House. We have twelve stylish Central London and City based restaurants serving delicious hand-made dim sum, fragrant teas and sensational cocktails.” (From their website)

I went to the Soho restaurant on Great Marlborough Street on Sunday afternoon with two girlfriends. It turned out 3 was the perfect number. The tapas-like dishes came in threes.

Two of us had never had dim sum before so it was a new experience, a good one. Many different flavours. Steamed dumplings, sticky rice, steamed buns, chilli squid and the best prawn toast I’ve ever had.

The steamed bun was whiter than white and its sweet taste was a surprise. The dumplings were fresh, absolutely delicious and I should have had some more. The sticky rice was wrapped in a Lotus leaf with a strong smell of green tea but apparently we weren’t supposed to eat the leaf. The salmon and noodle salad with goji berries, which is a red sweet wrinkly berry, different to anything else I have had.

On top of that, my dessert, mango pudding in coconut milk was very tasty. It could have been a bit bigger.

I liked the restaurant, the atmosphere, the interior. It was contemporary, clean and welcoming. I will definitely go back and introduce others to the dim sum experience.

For me, having dim sum for the first time, was a bit like when I first had sushi. Sushi was completely different but this was eating Chinease in a new way but still incorporating some of the familiar. I hardly ever have Chinease anymore, not at restaurants, as a take-away and I don’t cook it anymore. Dim sum, however, has brought the pleasure of Chinease food back, mostly because of the way it’s served.

As for the price, it was worth it!