IKEA Manchester Restaurant

During my recent visit to Manchester, my brother asked whether I would like to try some Swedish food for lunch. I was all game and we headed for a long drive to IKEA (Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside), situated in the outskirts of the city. IKEA has successfully moved in to the food business and offers an appetizing…

Try Thai: The Best in China Town

Try Thai is one of the popular restaurants in China Town, Manchester. Known for its authentic Thai food, the restaurant spans across two floors, the lower one with a Thai Canopy style bar and the upper one for fine dining. From the expansive menu, we ordered the following – Thai King Prawn Cakes: These were…

Yang Sing Cathay @ Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre in Greater Manchester is the second largest shopping and leisure mall in the United Kingdom. The mall is built in Rococco/late Baroque style in design, with eclectic elements of Art Deco and Egyptian Revival. There are three domed atria along the length of the mall, and middle dome is supposed to be…

Manchester Art Gallery: Perfect Cafe

If you are in Manchester, I would strongly recommend you to explore Manchester Art Gallery and surroundings. The Piccadilly tram station in couple of minutes walk and the China town about 7 minutes away. The gallery itself is not grand, but they do host few contemporary exhibitions at a time. We were famished by the…

Enough To Feed An Elephant: Across London Eye

This was our third visit to this restaurant in many years. This restaurant with rustic interiors has not changed over the last 10 years or so. The joint with olden wooden chairs and tables and rather primitive counter has one advantage – a beautiful view of the London Eye! We grabbed one of the tables…

Aubaine: Piccadilly wonder

We were heading towards Mayfair from Trafalgar Square when the hunger pangs struck. We quickly got into Heddon Street, which is fairly packed with restaurants, the famous one being celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen. We decide to grab a quick bite from Aubaine, which overlooks the Heddon Street Kitchen. It was a pleasant…

Novikov Bar & Restaurant

Restaurateur Arkady Anatolievich Novikov’s baby Novikov Restaurant & Bar combines cool and contemporary interiors with a superlative culinary offering. This spacious Mayfair venue was Arkady Novikov’s first foray into the London restaurant scene. A prolific restaurateur, Novikov now has three others in the capital – Rextail, Brompton Asian Brasserie and Bocconcino – to go alongside…

Wagamama at Brentcross, UK

Wagamama was created by London-based restaurateur Alan Yau, who subsequently created the Chinese restaurants Hakkasan and Yauatcha in London (which have each been awarded a Michelin Star). The first wagamama opened in 1992 in Bloomsbury, London and is has been steadily growing because of its popularity. Today it has over 120 restaurants in United Kingdom…

Vinea: Tapas and Wine Bar

Vinea, at the Albert Dock, is a speciality wine shop and delicatessen, offering a fantastic selection of artisan cheeses, breads and olives. Located certainly in a stunning location, this accommodates a large shop on one side of the room, and cosy bar with sofas on the other, and doors flung open at the back overlooking…

The Tea Room at Harrod’s London

For couple of hours we were in Harrod’s and we decided to grab a quick bite from one of the restaurants here. We were wanting to eat in Pizzeria & Canti Prosecco Bar, famous for its Neapolitan chef Giuseppe Silvestri. But the waiting was too long and we headed to its neighbour The Tea Room….

Chi Kitchen & Bar: Pan Asian Delight

Yesterday I was in Hauz Khas Village for an art exhibition opening. Instead of choosing an restaurant from HKV for dinner, I chose to dine at Chi Kitchen & Bar for a quiet dinner. Located in the SDA market, Chi is easy to locate (right in the corner) and quite cozy when you are seated…

Dhaba at Atta: A Kitschy Affair

Dhaba at Atta, like the name suggests, has all the ingredients to make its decor quirky – front portion of a truck with Sunny Deol inside, registration number plates, miniature vehicles, cycle rims instead of the chandelier, a map of Uttar Pradesh made of computer waste, posters, a faux panwala corner to name a few….