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4 Canvey Street, Bankside, London SE1 9AN
Urbanite am 9 Februar 2010
Was lucky enough to attend a cosy little sushi making event here recently - complete with warmed saki and step by step instructions from one of their chefs. We rolled cucumber maki, inside out salmon and avocado rolls, tempura prawn hand roll and salmon and tuna nigiri.
The chef was friendly and gave little tips and suggestions about making your own sushi (like you shouldn't buy raw salmon from super markets for sushi as most of it is wild salmon and there are some nasty bacteria that you don't get in controlled, farmed salmon that's not so good to have raw) and took us through the motions to produce our own little rolls of joy.
There was a little confusion over when to eat what we'd made as well as what was planned as initially we'd been told miso soup and katsu would also be involved, but on the whole was a fun evening and at a superb sushi destination with great staff and a pretty decent, authentic menu.
173 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8ER
Urbanite am 22 April 2009
This restaurant is proof that the place itself is only half of the experience. I went here the first time and was pondering 3 or 4 stars in my mind but following my second visit recently, I’d be hard-pressed to go back. We went for their pub quiz as we do enjoy a good pub quiz. And all was going swimmingly, until we ordered our food. The waitress could not be bothered with us and when she brought our burgers over and I asked for some condeiments she glared at me and suggested I use the scant remains of my friend’s who had got there early. A little unimpressed I suggested a bit more would be lovely which she begrudgingly brought over then did the same thing with another friend at the table who arrived later.
I went for the chicken burger. I don’t mind paying £8 for a good burger but this was not - paper thin chicken breast that was burnt with dark brown over cooked chips. I think I’ll eat before going next time and save everyone the effort.
Nice outside garden in Summer though they closed it early for some reason the second time around so seems to be luck of the draw.
28 Tooley Street, Southwark, London SE1 2SZ
Urbanite am 7 Juni 2008
What more can be said? It’s a great fun day out as a tourist in London and perfect if you’ve got some visitors and want to show them a little bit of the folk tale history of London without the drab museum aura. They’ll hear of ancient torture devices, old English courts, diseases, the famous Jack the Ripper and S Todd and the rest. Yes it’s fake, yes it’s expensive but I think it’s worth it. Best advice is to look out for 2for1 prices on Oyster card deals or reduced tickets through lastminute.com
Doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg - well the price anyway. Muhahaha. Go and have a laugh. Or a scream.
Victor Wharf, Clink Street, London SE1 9DG
Urbanite am 27 Mai 2008
By chance on a rainy bank holiday looking for nosh pre a Tate tottle, we enetered Amano. The decor and vibe were right up my alley and I was excited about the yummy looking dishes in front of people and the great aromas wafting through the air.
We took our own seats as it was rather busy and we didn’t have all day. We then went and got our own menus. After deciding what we wanted we waited, furiously waving at any member of staff who got within range. No luck. I went to the counter to place my order 15 minutes into this role play and were told the surprisingly cheap menu we had picked from was the wrong one, and it was replaced with a heftier brunch menu. Deciding the prices, although now doubled - many of the items the same, were still stomachable with £8-10 for a pizza, £5-6 for a breakfast.
We grabbed an unsuspecting waiter clearing a table nearby to try and order again - eggs benedict and brunch pizza which sounded rather intriguing (apologies family in Italy!). A waitress returned rather rapidly and although she was met with thrilled faces, on hearing that they were out of eggs, among other things, she lost a few popularity points. On a brunch menu, being out of eggs is slightly less than catastrophic and with our skimpy choice we went for two other pizzas.
The food wasn’t bad to be honest, and loving the vibe of the place I think it’s unfortunate such shoddy service (no one ever came to clear away the remains of the meal before ours) let the place down. But this is fixable, so there is hope.