Southsea Journals

Eating Out in Southsea

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A travel journal to Southsea by frangliz

Rosies Vineyard Photo, Southsea, England More Photos
Quote: Southsea is chock-a-block with restaurants and cafes of all descriptions. Those reviewed here are all within easy reach of Palmerston Road shopping precinct, and most are just a few minutes' walk from Southsea sea front.

Sakura Japanese Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Yaki Udon or Sushi for you?"

Sakura Japanese Restaurant  Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
Portsmouth and Southsea waited a long time for the first Japanese restaurant to appear on the scene; rumour had it that Wagamama would finally be opening a branch in Gunwharf Quays, but suddenly, towards the end of 2009, the independent Sakura found a gap amongst the eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants of Southsea's Albert Road.Even though Sakura is only a few minutes' walk from where I live, it took us until one Saturday afternoon in late January to decide to go and have a late lunch there. It looked tiny from the outside and perhaps not very impressive, but we had a look at the menu in the window and felt it sounded interesting so in we went, through the double doors. It was just...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2010

Sakura Japanese Restaurant
9 Albert Road
Southsea, England PO5 2SE
+44 23 9275 1103

Al Forno

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Restaurant | "Pizza or Risotto, Large or Small"

Al Forno Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
At weekends and on public holidays it is to be expected that the restaurants on Palmerston Road in Southsea, between the shopping precinct and the road down to the sea, will be packed out and too noisy for conversation. My elder son's partner was working most of Easter weekend, so we planned to meet for lunch along with my younger son on Good Friday. When they suggested having a look at Al Forno Restaurant on nearby Osborne Road it seemed like the best idea, as this street is quieter during the daytime and not many people had yet discovered this gem of a restaurant that had only been open for a few weeks.We could see that it was almost empty inside, and a quick look at the menu by the door...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2009

Al Forno
Osborne Road
Southsea, England

Soprano's

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Restaurant | "Sing for Your Supper at Soprano's"

Soprano's Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
I don't usually go to restaurants as part of a large group of people, but my visit to Soprano's in Palmerston Road, Southsea, was an exception to this rule. A colleague of ten years (mine of eight of those) was leaving to go and live with a Welsh farmer, so we had to give her a fitting send off. Soprano's was recommended to us by one of our younger colleagues, and knowing that it had won an award for best restaurant in the Portsmouth area in 2006, we were happy to go along with her choice; she made a booking several weeks in advance for thirteen of us (all women) for 7pm one Saturday evening. The superstitious among us were perhaps a little relieved that on the day only eleven attended.Sop...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2009

Soprano's
108 Palmerston Road
Southsea, England PO5 3PT
023 9281 1139

Lou Lou's

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Restaurant | "A Butcher's Turned Eatery"

Lou Lou's Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
Vying as it does with three other small restaurants on Southsea's Marmion Road, Lou Lou's is one that I had previously wanted to visit because of its apparent French feel. I hadn't done so, however, as I always seem to be in the area at lunchtime and Lou Lou's is inevitably crowded, with very little space between one table and the next. An opportunity arose one Friday afternoon when I bumped into my son as I was leaving work. Both of us were at a loose end and decided to have a bite to eat before shopping at Waitrose. As it was around 3.30pm, I thought Lou Lou's might be relatively quiet so we sauntered along to see if I was right.A menu in the window was difficult to approach as both the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2009

Lou Lou's
37 Marmion Road
Southsea, England PO5 2AT
023 9282 5113

Tenth Hole Tearoom

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Restaurant | "Who Needs Golf?"

Tenth Hole Tearoom Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
Every few weeks I meet up with a couple of old schoolfriends for Saturday lunch. We usually go to the Vegetarian Greenhouse Cafe, not because we are vegetarians, but because they never mind how long you sit and chat at your table. Before leaving, we always fix another date a few weeks hence. As we decided (back in June) on a mid-August Saturday, we thought it would be the height of summer and that The Tenth Hole on Eastern Parade, near Southsea sea front, would be the ideal venue.When the day came, the sky was heavy with grey clouds but at least it wasn't raining. We managed to find a free parking space very close to the tearoom. The Tenth Hole is thus named as it is right beside Southsea ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2009

Tenth Hole Tearoom
Southsea Golf Links - Eastern Parade
Southsea PO4 9RF
+44 2392 830 009

Tang's Chinese Cuisine

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Restaurant | "Stylish Chinese Cuisine"

Tang's Chinese Cuisine Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
I can't really explain why it took me more than two years to visit Tang's Chinese restaurant which is recommended by the Michelin Guide, especially as it is only about five minutes' walk from my home. Meeting my son and his partner early one Sunday evening, I suggested that it did look worth trying. We arrived at 6pm and found the restaurant to be completely empty. Two Chinese waitresses attended to us, and one showed us to a table on one side. The décor is typically Oriental, very elegant and stylish, with a pagoda-style bar. Our table was set with side plates, chop sticks with porcelain rests, and large linen napkins folded like a fan and arranged inside wine glasses. One tablecloth was set diagonal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2009

Tang's Chinese Cuisine
127 Elm Grove
Southsea, England PO5 1LJ
+44 23 9282 2722

The Italian Bar and Grill

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Restaurant | "No Longer the India Arms, but the Italian Bar"

The Italian Bar and Grill Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
I wasn't filled with enthusiasm about visiting Southsea's latest Italian restaurant, simply because it had taken the place of the Tiffin Room at the India Arms, considered by many to be the best local Indian restaurant. It seemed fair to give it a chance, however, so I met my son on Great Southsea Street early one Friday evening and we wandered down to give the Italian Bar and Grill a closer look.This establishment is actually part pub and part restaurant. The menu is displayed in the pub window and at first did not encourage me. Alongside pasta, pizza and salads there was a section for burgers – not my kind of food and not what I had been expecting. We decided nevertheless that the prices...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 24, 2009

The Italian Bar and Grill
30-32 Great Southsea Street
Southsea, England PO5 3BY
+44 2392753058

Rosie's Vineyard

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Restaurant | "A Gem of a Restaurant"

Rosie's Vineyard Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
Who would have thought that just along from Tesco Express and Ken's Kebabs would lie one of Southsea's best restaurants? But close to Elm Grove traffic lights, five minutes from the shopping precinct and less than a mile from the seafront, Rosie's Vineyard nestles between Nico's Cafe and an office furniture shop. You would not suspect that the narrow, original shopfront with its stained-glass window panes was the entrance to a jewel of a restaurant that could outdo any on the more select location of Osborne Road or the waterfront at Portsmouth's Gunwharf Quays.My first visit was on a Monday evening, and I would say that any restaurant that's full at the beginning of the week must be worth ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 14, 2009

Rosie's Vineyard
87 Elm Grove
Southsea, England PO5 1JF
023 92755944

Oddballs

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Restaurant | "Who Are You Calling an Oddball?"

Oddballs Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
Although situated just round the corner from Southsea's main shopping precinct, Oddballs restaurant and wine bar had somehow eluded us for almost ten years. I was meeting one of my sons for Sunday lunch and was determined to try somewhere new, and Oddballs seemed to be the obvious choice, especially since it offers a reasonably priced, varied menu.We arrived just after 12.30pm and were told that we could choose any table we liked, apart from one that was reserved. We picked a small table by a window, and menus and a wine list were brought straight away. Soft drinks were not listed, but the waiter reeled off a list and we both chose cranberry juice (£2).We decided to skip starte...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2009

Oddballs
12 Clarendon Road
Southsea, England PO5 2EE
023 9275 5291

The Greenhouse Kitchen Vegetarian Cafe

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Restaurant | "Veggies and Smoothies"

The Greenhouse Kitchen Vegetarian Cafe Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
Walking home along Marmion Road, Southsea, one day in the spring I was dismayed to find that Coco's Cafe had closed down. It was one of my favourite places to go for coffee, a smoothie or lunch whilst shopping, and always made a pleasant change from Costa. I stopped, however, and read the notice in the window advertising the fact that the Greenhouse Kitchen Vegetarian Cafe would be opening on the premises on 24th May. It sounded promising.We made our first visit to the Greenhouse Kitchen at the end of May, around eleven o'clock one Saturday morning. The first good sign was that an alternative front door was being used, which took you straight in by the counter. Coco's had always used the d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2009

The Greenhouse Kitchen Vegetarian Cafe
59 Marmion Road
Southsea, England PO5 2AX

Churchill's @ 25

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Restaurant | "Lunch with Winston"

Churchill's @ 25 Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
There are four small cafe-restaurants on Marmion Road, Southsea, just off Palmerston Road shopping precinct. I had only ever been to one of them, the Vegetarian Greenhouse Kitchen, and thought it was about time to try out one of the others. Late one Saturday morning we looked at the menus in the window of Churchills @ 25; my son had been before and said I should be the one to decide. It looked very busy inside, but a table for two all on its own by the entrance was just being vacated so I suggested we take it.Main dishes on the menu included quiche, lasagne, chicken and ham pie, eggs benedict, mushroom fricasee and fish cake with a poached egg (which seemed a bit of a strange combination)....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2009

Churchill's @ 25
25 Marmion Road
Southsea, England PO5 2AT
023 9273 8525

Agora Cafe Bar & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Greek or Turkish? Make mine Egyptian"

Agora Cafe Bar & Restaurant Photo, Southsea, England
Quote:
The Agora Restaurant in Southsea is officially one that offers Greek and Turkish cuisine, but much of this is similar to Egyptian cuisine as well. My sons and I don't have particularly pleasant memories of the years we spent living in Egypt, but one thing that we do miss quite a bit is Egyptian food, so one Saturday evening we decided that we would see if the Agora would satisfy our cravings.We arrived at about six in the evening and found the place to be almost empty, although we could see from the decorations that there was to be a birthday party later that night. At that time it was the owner/manager who was taking the orders, although a waitress arrived about an hour later as things we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2009

Agora Cafe Bar & Restaurant
9 Clarendon Road
Southsea PO5 2ED
023 9282 2617

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