A completely Independent review of Patri, a fabulous new place in Ealing, London. I talk Restaurant design , food, wine and spice levels!Read More
Those of you with little people will know, opportunities to go out on a date with the other half are few and far between. I obviously love a bit of luxury with fabulous interiors and am happy to eat pretty much everything. The hubby on the other hand likes things to be a bit more simple, good hearty meal and he is happy. We are both veggie so that makes things even more of a struggle. Usually we opt for cocktails somewhere nice (check out my favourite cocktail hang outs here) and end up grabbing a burrito or a falafel wrap before heading home at the ungodly hour of 10pm (I know I am so hard core!).
With our wedding anniversary coming up in February, I am trying to plan an evening where we can drink and eat in one place, and here is my short list!
“ Let food be thy Medicine and Medicine be thy food” With a slogan like that you would be forgiven to think this is your typical hippie style veggie cafe. However this little gem in the heart of Notting Hill has really elegant decor in a non pretentious relaxed setting. With Currys, Burgers and Tacos on the menu, I know it will tick all the boxes for Hubby too!
2. The Palomar
Serving a modern day Jerusalem menu, there are plenty of options for vegetarians and the decor is super classy with parquet floors and gorgeous royal blue banquette seating. Situated in theatreland, I may combine this with a show. He has been wanting to see the Book of Mormon for a while and I really want to see Aladdin… now to convince him!
Another great pre-theatre option, Nopi offers a fuss free dinner in relaxed surroundings. Not as elegant as the others on my list but the decor is still very classy. Veggie options are a plenty and the menu is creative and interesting, I am quite looking forward to a “Spice is Right” cocktail!
I have been here a few times and it never does disspoint. The food is always great and the atmosphere is always buzzing and energetic. If you have never been the “Fig Manhattan” Cocktail is a must try (especially for those like me that love a Jameson!)
Hubby took me here a few years ago on my birthday (I think!) and I remember thinking “argh another tex mex”. Well I could not have been more wrong. This place is really Mexican with a difference. There are plenty of veggie options and the ambience feels really high end without being overly pretentious. Service was impeccable and I still remember having a few too many Margaritas! I don’t normally like to go anywhere twice, we are so lucky i London that there are so many places to see and taste! But for Laredo, I might make an exception!
So what do you think? If you have any other recommendations that would fit the requirements:
Not a cafe!
Do let me know! Till then it is going to take me a while to make a decision, so wish me luck!