Cafe Boheme, Soho – our Review

We’ve recently visited Café Boheme in Soho for the first time, for brunch. There had been a fair bit of hype around this place over the years, so our expectations were high. We were immediately taken in by the pleasant, warm, very French café atmosphere. Service was perhaps a bit abrupt and not overly helpful, but hey, that is very Parisian, probably a good thing!    We ordered the obligatory Eggs Royale (£9), ham and cheese omelette (£7), and a dish which now seems to have dropped off the online menu, but which contained pastry, strawberries, and cream for roughly £6. Besides, we ordered one flat white and one latte (each £2.80), one freshly squeezed orange juice (£3.90), and one Bloody Mary to share (£9.75)    I was pleased with my Eggs Royale, they were just right and nice and runny. Ms B seemed equally happy with her omelette, which […]

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L’Ange 20, Paris – our Restaurant Review

L’Ange 20 had been recommended to us by friends, and what a great recommendation that was! It also came in very handy that it is located 5 minutes walk from where we were staying this time around, close to Place des Vosges in the beautiful Marais district of perhaps the planet’s most magnificent city: Paree (read our blog post about the Marais here). We were immediately taken in by the pleasant atmosphere which combined warm colours of a traditional Parisian corner bistrot with modern elements. The waiter was marvellous and led us through the menu, throwing in a few jokes and witty remarks that made us laugh.    We followed his recommendation and went for king prawns in angel hair pasta with homemade guacamole (£9) as starters, grilled duck breast with green pepper and eggplant parmigiana (£20), as well as seared cod fillet, vegetable julienne, black rice with ginger (£20; […]

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‘Being Modern’ Exhibition: MoMA at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

During a recent trip to Paris, we finally made it to the much talked about MoMA exhibition at our beloved Fondation Louis Vuitton. Masterpieces of Max Beckmann, Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gustav Klimt, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Paul Signac, Andy Warhol, and several dozen further artists were included.      The exhibition followed a timeline and opened with MoMA’s first decade. Works included Hopper’s famous House by the Railroad, Cézanne’s The Bather, up to post-war works from Pollock (Echo: Number 25) and de Kooning (Woman I).   The next section was perhaps my favourite one and focused on Minimalism and Pop art.    The third and last section, located on the top floor of the magnificent building, focused on contemporary works from around the world, most of which were acquired by MoMA in the last two years. […]

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Riding House Cafe – Our Review

We had previously been to the much hyped Riding House Café, and didn’t think that much of it, slightly above average perhaps. However, then they opened a sister café called Rail House Café, which really blew our socks off (review here), so we thought we should give it another shot. We weren’t hungry, it was mid-afternoon and we had had brunch earlier that day, so we just ordered a cheeseburger (smoked cheddar, tomato relish, mayo, gherkin, chips; £15) to share and a couple of drinks. The food arrived quickly, and we were pleased with the look and taste. The chips were above average. In the end we left some of the burger on the plate, because we had bitten on several bits of bone, one of which nearly took one of my fillings out, not ideal. Perhaps we are just unlucky. Everyone else seems to really like this place, but […]

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Fleming’s Brasserie & Wine Bar, Frankfurt

When I relocated to Frankfurt for a consultancy assignment in my day job half a year ago, I was looking for a nice place close to the office where I could use free WiFi and have a quick dinner in a pleasant atmosphere after work, and that’s how I stumbled across Fleming’s Brasserie and Wine Bar, Hamburger Allee, in Bockenheim, five minutes by tram from the city centre and central station, close to the congress centre and trade fair. Fleming’s is a Frankfurt hotel chain (roughly 20 hotels cum restaurant here and in other cities such as Munich and Vienna), and the Barbarians do not like chains. However, for what it’s worth, this is one of the better chains. I’ve never stayed at any of their hotels, but have used a couple of their restaurants in various cities for business meetings (for work, not to impress), because they are affordable […]

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