This is a section in which I will give a break down of the bars and restaurants I have visited and can recommend to others to visit. I won’t bother discussing those that I don’t like, as I don’t see the point in: (a) wasting my time writing about them, and (b) wasting your time reading about them either.
It will be broken down and will also recommend the gay bars that I have been to. As I live in London, it will mainly refer to them, though at times I may mention others around the UK. So for your ease of reference I will demarcate these other ones for you.
TERROIRS Wine Bar
Location: 5 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DW
Do you want to have that meal with that special one? This French wine bar is definitely the place to go. Located near to Charring Cross Station, just off The Strand, a more warming & hearty evening could not be had.
Two can dine with a small, yet delicious menu of food, with wine for around £80, depending on how extravagant you are with their wine. I say this, as their wine list is like a novel: (i) you want to sample them all; (ii) the wines are sublime, voluptuous and makes for an amazing evening. Now you can sit upstairs, but I would recommend making a booking and ordering a table for downstairs. Its intimate and the staff are only too helpful and polite. I love the feeling at Terroirs, it’s cozy and has so much charm.
If you like wine, and you love great food, this is a must visit venue. Just make a booking though, to avoid disappointment as it is popular, and we all know why!
Scoring = OFF THE SCALE – JUST MAKE SURE YOU GET A BOOKING!
Fantastic! This is a delightful Japanese restaurant located in Holborn, which is easily accessed from the Underground Station (Central & Piccadilly Lines).
Two can dine on a great array of sushi for around £40, depending on how much you want to eat and whether you need a drink or two. It is a great place to have an intimate meal for you and a loved one, or if you want to entertain a number of friends. You can sit at the sushi bar area, which is ideal if you want to grab food quick and see the food they have on offer. I prefer the traditional dining setting, sitting with friends at your own table.
The service is great and their Green Tea Ice-cream being out of this world, and I mean it! So if your in the mood for Japanese, I would highly recommend that you consider this restaurant as the one to go to.
Scoring = 10/10
Location: 2 Churchill Place, London, E14 5RB
This can be easily accessed from Canary Wharf Underground Station.
I absolutely love this restaurant. Very reasonably priced – which was a surprise, not like other celebrity restaurants. Jamie’s has a great selection of appertisers, mains and desserts, and a lovely selection of wines to suit all budgets. Definitely a great place to treat that special someone to a night out. The atmosphere is relaxed, the food delicious and the staff are excellent, who are more than happy to assist.
I love the prawn linguine, and their chicken is out of this world – a true melt in the mouth moment.
Scoring = 10/10
Location: 134 Duke Street, East Village, LIVERPOOL, L1 5AG
A more entertaining dinning experience could not be had! The staff are friendly, provide great amusement throughout the evening and excellent service. Open 7 days a week, you can enjoy the joys of Japanese food at its best.
Wine selection is great, sushi is yum yum and fresh, and I can definitely recommend the duck in raspberry sauce which is cooked to perfection in front of you. Yes it may sound an odd combo, raspberries and duck, but let me assure you, you will be amazed at the taste.
So if your in Liverpool, or intend to go visit soon, this is definitely worth trying.
Scoring = 9/10 (Haven’t given it a 9, as it isn’t in London which is such a tragedy)
Location: 17 Frith Street, Soho, LONDON
Overall I have enjoyed several meals or two at this restaurant. I love that is it family run, and gives you good hearty food. It’s a place for those that want Home Cooked food without: (a) cooking and (b) being at home!
The food is reasonably priced and its open every day, and as late as midnight on Friday’s and Saturdays.
I can highly recommend the lamb shank served with creamed mash potato. It is a melt in the mouth moment, full of flavor and goes well with their small, but well selected range of wines. They also offer a great menu for those wishing to have an early dinner before heading to one of the theatres near by, and is an easy walk to Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
Note that this restaurant can get quite busy from 8pm onwards, so would recommend either making a booking if you intend to go around that time, or attend the restaurant earlier to avoid disappointment.
Scoring = 8/10 (the majority of times I have been it has been great, however, my last recent experience during December was rather noisy – but that was due to the crowd).