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Cafe East se16

Do you love Vietnamese food? Are you south of the river ?

Then check out cafe east

This is a favourite for local Vietnamese and more and more residents who come to this stable large venue. The menu is simple but full. 

Food is simple ..

Food is tasty, especially 

Caveats..

No tap water or free water – why no one knows (our guess ££)

Not the friendly staff at times

Not the best .. Not the worst

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Breakfast brunch mess

This doesn’t look great .. By design

But tastes amazing

Roast potatoes double fried, spinach, cheddar cheese, bacon slices, mushroom and toast.. 

Perfect for a cold wet spring morning 

  

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Miti’s fusion udon

Miti’s fusion udon combines a great dashi – carrot , spring onion and special potatoe and pea broth combined with the classic ingredients.

This fusion udon was beautifully spiced and flavoured. Not too much of anything, great flavour, clean and moorish.

Fresh ingredients broccoli, asparagus, prawns and chicken.

  

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Sticks n Sushi

We were enjoying the April sun in Greenwich with one of our Japanese VIPs who was craving sushi..

She saw Sticks n Sushi so we ventured in.

  
First thing this is not your Japanese traditional sushi.. This is fusion care of Copenhagen.

First thing you’ll notice is this place is fashion.. It’s designed. Not the simple sushi .. 

This is a place for a date or to show off. It’s a place you can celebrate and easily spend a fortune .. And still leave hungry.

The sticks are definitely the focus.. Yakitori.. There are a range for every tastebud. One of the founders was trained in Yakitori in Japan were told and this comes over.

  
This duck plate with Caesar / wasabi sauce was very good. Very moorish. 

  
The charcoal sushi a great twist (pine charcoal powder for those interested).

They are on a roll with new venues opening in Cambridge and more to come.

This is definitely a step up from Yo Sushi and if you want to celebrate or show off to a date .. sticks and sushi would be a good place .. Just note that the staff are trained meaning.. You’ll be pointed to the specials starting from £25 and up..

Why mention the price.. Well there was a feeling of show over substance.

As a business it thrives.

As a great value amazing food .. Must go back.. Our experience (not our first) remains half and half.

The smaller secret sushi haunts we love .. And we love flamboyant displays.

We had a great talk with one of the newer management .. And The menu is being changed.. Made more intelligent and less .. Look how Danish beats British.
Over all a confusing experience .. Somewhere between Aqua and the mega chains.

The designer loo icons, stylish dark layout .. All a plus.

As for the future .. Fingers crossed 

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Dirty Burger @ Old Salt Quay

The dirty burger has a lot of promise.

A great beef patty, red onion and a portion of chilli con carne.

Served up with onion rings, fries and special chilli sauce.

The chilli con carne could have been hotter temperature , and spice could be a bit lower. This is the make and break.

Overall the burger works.

The chilli sauce has a nice tang, not too hot and nicely sweet.

Overall 7/10-9/10 depending on the chilli.

  

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Mac & Cheese @ Old Salt Quay

The Old Salt Quay in Se16 is a sleeping gem in Rotherhithe London.

There mac and cheese ticks all the boxes for good “pub” food.

Tasty, filling and moorish.

The cheesy topping was delightfully goldened, the sides a bonus.

Not a complex dish, but was any left ? No.

  

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Portobello Mushroom a la Mum

Portobello Mushroom a la Mum is one of those simple things that can just hit the spot.

The key was and is a great fresh Portobello mushroom.

Topped with sweet small cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of salt , pepper and basil.

Then in the oven along with the other special goodies till everything is nicely browned, melted and on point.

Perfect with a Sunday fry up or as a dinner party starter.

  

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Steak Carpaccio @ The Mayfair Hotel

The Mayfair Hotel near Green Park has always been known for some stunning food and drink.
Today’s sampling was a Steak Carpaccio.

The portion size was bit small, even for a quick bite. This is not one that will fill you up all day, but perfect for sharing. (Not that you’ll want to).

Quality beef.

Thinly sliced

Beautifully spiced.

Rocket and a little Parmesan, salt and pepper and a little …. and you have all ingredients.

Yes there was definitely a secret ingredient.

Presented simply but beautifully, the colours worked well. 

This will be sure to please.

 

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Lobster Pasta @ The Mayfair Hotel

The Mayfair Hotel near Green Park has always been known for some stunning food and drink.

Today’s sampling was a Lobster Pasta (with a hint of chilli).

The portion size was spot on for a quick bite. This is not one that will fill you up all day, but perfect for a working day with room for extras.

 
The flavour was spot on – which made a dish we’ve samples around the world – refreshing.

Sometimes the simplest concepts can fly or die.

The pasta was spot on and nicely al dente. 

Today it worked well.

Would we eat it again ? Yes.

Would we recommend it for a date or friend ? Yes.