Rooftop vibes

In my last post (check it out here), I mentioned a few activities you worth visiting but if drinks and food are your fav past time then this post is for you.

London doesn’t have a lot of rooftops but there are some great ones to visit, these are the few I’ve been too, and advance booking is essential

Alto, Selfridges

This place is tucked in Selfridges Oxford Street and gets quite busy.  I love everything about this place: food, drinks( the moscato is my favourite) and of course location. It’s one of the good ones for walk in a although there will be a wait. For walk ins, just get your name on the list and go about your shopping!

Rooftop St James

Probably the place I wanted to visit for the longest and when I finally went it was so worth it. The food, the views are excellent! The service was a bit slow when I went but in all honestly it was a really hot day and they were super busy. Its a small place so booking is essential.

LSQ rooftop

This is a new entry on my bar list but worth checking out. You get amazing views of London with the location been right in Leicester square. A bit grim to find (tbh I was just hungry that day lool) but the service was good. The drinks were amazing, the food? average

Jin Bo Law

Heading to city now, Jin Bo Law rooftop is for dressier occasions and celebrations. Its been a while since I went there but the views are stunning. Booking essential

View from The Shard

Amazing London views plus drinks are always a good combo! The View from the Shard open deck bar is a good place to have a drink if you’re already there! To be totally honest, I thought the drinks would be much pricer (seeing that its the Shard) but drinks start from £12 ( still pricer than your average cocktail in a bar but good for THE SHARD)

Other places worth visit

Madisons

601 Queens Road

Bar Elba

Ken Lo’s Memories of China Restaurant Review

Cuisine – Chinese

Food- 4/5      Service – 4/5       Ambience- 5/5       Value- 4/5

I had dinner at Ken Lo’s memories of China with Emma (hey girl) last month and I am happy to say I really really enjoyed the service and food. I don’t have a lot of Chinese restaurants on my list – infact this might be the only one but I made an exception for this as it had so many good reviews on TripAdvisor- where I get about 50% of my food restaurant recommendations, the other 50% is sheer curiosity, open table or word of mouth.

I arrived for dinner and was seated straight away, the restaurant was empty with the exception of a couple of diners. I was given the menu a bowl of prawn crackers and some water. Emma arrived shortly after and after debating on what to get for a while, we decided to have the steamed salmon with oyster sauce, Peking fried lamb with spring onion with seasonal Chinese veg (bok Choy) egg fried and steamed rice. We didn’t wait too long for the food to arrive. By now the restaurant was fairly busy with a lot more dinners, I guess we arrived a little early for dinner service

The food was so flavoursome and I could tell the difference between good quality Chinese and your usual takeaway. It tasted freshly made, I mean I didn’t think egg fried rice could taste that good lol. The lamb wasn’t over cooked-it wasn’t chewy or tough and the salmon was beautifully cooked. We both enjoyed the bok choy too. The waiters checked on us a few times during the meal and topped up our glasses of water. We didn’t have to wait too long for our table to be cleared and a new tablecloth was put over our soiled one that’s excellent customer service!  We didn’t get any desserts because it was simply fruit and ice cream.

Verdict- this Chinese may cost you £30 upwards but I think for the service and quality of food you get, it’s worth it. I would have liked a little bit more of the rice but I think the portion of the meats was just enough. It’s a lovely restaurant just off Victoria station with good food, good service and lovely decor. Beware though, you will be charged a cover charge when dining here. I found that annoying lol but what can you do lol.

I must apologise for the blurry picture I didn’t notice until now!

More places to eat? Check out these places

Joe’s southern fried kitchen, Chino Latino, Oxo Tower & Gaucho Tower bridge

 

Catch you later

Chino Latino Restaurant & Bar Review

Cuisine – Asian

Overall- 5/5    Food- 5/5   Service-5/5     Ambience-5/5   Value-5/5

So Chino Latino is a place I have been waiting to go to for a while so when it was my girls birthday and she wanted somewhere with sushi it was the first to come to mind! Because it was last minute, I made a dinner reservation on the day- I was so happy they had some spots left! Customer service was great! I got a call to confirm my booking about an hour-ish after booking on Open Table. We arrived and we were seated promptly and asked for drinks which didn’t take too long to come. Please order the Quiet Angel cocktail if you go there! It’s so good I had two…. and a half lol. It’s’ sweet and refreshing.

For starters, we had sushi- Tenkasu roll (tuna, salmon, seabass and avocado) and Spider roll (soft shell crab, avocado and cucumber) and a portion of calamari. It didn’t take too long seeing the place was fairly busy. Presentation was on point and the sushi was really good! The calamari wasn’t the usual coated with flour and deep fried which was very nice. I didn’t have time to get a picture lol but my insta story should suffice right? (PS follow me on insta!)

Next, we got mains, I had the Red Curry Chicken with Crispy Veg and Jasmine rice. Presentation again on point. I thought the portion looked small but I was actually so full afterwards (or was that the drinks? lol) The rice was a little on the bland side: I would have added some salt lol but the flavour of the curry made it un noticeable (unless you had it alone).I tasted my friends pork ribs and honestly, they were so good, probably on the same level if not better as the ribs I had in Miller and Carter, but that’s another review waiting to be written!. The birthday girl had a fish curry and she loved it too.

They gave us a complimentary dessert for my friend’s birthday which I think was banofee cheesecake. Whatever is it was, it tasted of bananas and cream and it was divine. Our chocolate fondant was good too. Rich, not too bitter. And the ear sorbet was refreshing and a good accomplice to the chocolate

Verdict- a second visit is pending and it will be my new spot for sushi and drinks not that I had a spot b4 anyway lol. The service was good too, amicable and efficient. I don’t think the price point was bad either, I think its good value for money. The sushi portions are meant for sharing and we had enough between us. If it’s a special occasion, I recommend you ask for a seat nearer to the windows because the views are quite nice. Chino Latino is one floor up in the Park Plaza hotel please don’t be like me and walk past it lol. It’s a straight walk, about 7-10 mins down from Vauxhall station. You enjoy live music too, although you don’t get to see the set, you just hear it.

All in all it was a good experience and I am definitely going back! They have this cool thing they do with the napkins- where they pour hot water on them and you watch them rise up. I am not sure why I found that so entertaining lol

that’s 52/102 restuarants done from my 102 resturants to eat at list!