London Journals

London Restaurants - Part Six

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An August 2012 trip to London by Essexgirl09

Giraffe Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: Places to eat (or avoid) in the Greater London area.

Giraffe

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Restaurant | "You're Having a Giraffe...?"

Giraffe Photo, London, England
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Booked to go to the cinema at Westfield Stratford, my friend and I had yet to decide where to eat. We went to the food places near the cinema first, and contemplated our options. Wagamama and a few other places looked busy and had queues outside, but Giraffe looked busy but not rammed. I had eaten in this branch before (one Saturday lunchtime last autumn), and found it quite efficient, so we elected to go there. Typically when we decided to go to Giraffe a small queue started to form, but they were just one party so we were seated in no time. Giraffe are an established chain of informal restaurants throughout the UK, concentrating on ‘world’ foods – burgers, Mexican dishes, and noodle...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 27, 2013

Giraffe
304-305 The Loft The Gallery, Westfield Stratford
London, England E20 1ET
020 3463 9808

Cabana Brasilian Barbecue

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Restaurant | "At the Cabana (Not the Copa) "

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As a vegetarian I didn’t think I would ever have occasion to eat at a Brazilian barbeque restaurant as they are famous for their meat. However when out in the Stratford Westfield shopping centre, my friend and I checked the menu, and whilst alternative options were limited, we were intrigued enough to give it a try. As we went in, we were acknowledged straight away and seated within two minutes. The restaurant is on two levels, and we were on the ground floor. There is an outside eating area if the weather ever gets warm enough again. We were taken to our table which was a simple wooden table on metal legs and the staff member pointed out where there were clips for your bags. A nice touch, but m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2013

Cabana Brasilian Barbecue
Westfield Stratford, 5 Chustnut Plaza, Montfitchet Way
London, England E20 1GL
0208 536 2650

Jamie's Italian

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Restaurant | "Not Just Jamie's Italian"

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I don’t know why it had taken so long for me to visit Jamie’s Italian chain of restaurants. Maybe it was the fact you couldn’t book (I have tried ad hoc a few times) or maybe it was the fact that Jamie himself always seemed a bit smug that put me off trying too hard. The chain was founded by TV chef Jamie Oliver and his friend Gennaro Contaldo in 2008 and now has upwards of thirty branches throughout the UK. My friend recently discovered that you could now book in advance, so made a reservation for the two of us one Friday evening in Canary Wharf. The booking was for 8.15pm and we were slightly early and invited to wait at the bar or at one of the tables ‘outside’ (the restaurant was within some s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2013

Jamie's Italian
2 Churchill Place
London, England 14 5
020 3002 5252

Bill's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Get Your Fill with Bill"

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Heading to the cinema in Wimbledon one day, we decided to eat at a restaurant nearby. After buying our tickets, we came out with some time to spare to eat lunch, and my local friend spotted this place, noting that it was new. We decided to give it a try. I had not heard of Bill’s before but I note that it is a small chain with restaurants located in London and a few other cities such as Brighton, Exeter and Cambridge. The restaurant is Hartfield Road, just behind the Odeon cinema on Wimbledon Broadway. It is a double fronted establishment with plenty of seating outside if the weather is on your side. As it was a Bank Holiday, the weather was obviously a bit iffy so we decided to eat ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2012

Bill's Restaurant
20 Hartfield Road
Wimbledon, London SW19 3TA
020 8947 8285

Ban Yai Thai Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Great Thai at Ban Yai"

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Ban Yai is a small Thai restaurant based in Merton Abbey Mills near Wimbledon, which is a small market type area with boutique shops and restaurants. There is free parking nearby or else it is walking distance from Colliers Wood Underground Station (Northern Line). Whilst visiting in the area one hot weekend (yes, we did get a few hot weekends this summer) we walked through the nearby park and along the river to Merton Abbey Mills and decided to stop here for a bite to eat as I am a big Thai food fan. Although there were plenty of places outside, there wasn’t any shade so we elected to eat inside which was more pleasant. The inside is very small with just a few cloth covered tables and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2012

Ban Yai Thai Restaurant
Unit 6, The Long Shop, 16 Watermills Way
South Wimbledon, London SW19 2RD