"An interesting and well thought-out addition to the trendy eateries in the area, Chifafa offers speedily made, high end kebabs and salads. My partner, who opted for a "box" with rice and salad was very impressed with her lamb. Choosing to avoid meat on this occasion, I went for the halloumi, which was flavoursome and grilled to just the right point. Beer choices were limited to Efes, an oddly authentic touch in a place trying to take the kebab away from its Turkish roots; I would say go the whole hog, then, and serve Rocket Dog, or any one of a number of small batch, local brew beers instead! That point apart, the food was excellent, the premises clean and bright and comfortable and the personnel very helpful, friendly and keen to do their jobs. I gather this place has not been operating long, I wish it well!"
"I am easily taken in by some rustic or even fake rustic charm, so I will admit that I was disappointed to find my Spanish dining experience taking place in a bright basement full of smartly dressed people. I was more than compensated by the selection of excellent sherries and fine dishes. The service was efficient but not intrusive and the price, for what felt to me like a very 'posh nosh' agreeable. I would recommend Fino for a special occasion."
"Knowledgeable staff came up with gluten free options."
"What's not to like? Apart from a hair in the bread...excellent experience!"
"We visited for a second time before a show. We were not disappointed. The food is typically French and outstanding. The staff are very friendly and charming. We will go again and again. A wonderful, quirky and deliciious experience. Thank you, we will always recommend you."
Celeb chef du jour, Nuno Mendes, who closed Viajante last year and headed for Marylebone's über hot Chiltern Firehouse (pictured), has announced plans for a casual, new tavern in east London. Mendes, perhaps the first chef to put Bethnal Green on the culinary map with his tour-de-force restaurant at the Town Hall Hotel, will open Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields Market later this year.
The 40-cover all-day venue will serve food and wine from Mendes’s native Portugal. A soft opening will take place 4-10 May with booking available from 29 April via http://www.tabernamercado.co.uk/.
Mendes himself will stay on as executive chef at American hotelier Andre Balazs's Chiltern Firehouse – which despite being a like a flame for celebrity moths was decidedly put in its place by our survey reporters who found the food a bit “meh” and the place itself full of “paparazzi and poseurs”.
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