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On a recent trip back home over Christmas, I had the opportunity to dine at The Best Restaurant in Asia 2012 (according to The World’s 50 best restaurants). Iggy’s has been on the list for 4 years, and serves mostly modern French/European with an Asian (in my opinion, Japanese) touch. The reservation was made approximately a month in advance for 3, and needless to say, as the days drew nearer, all 3 of us (or at least, I was) very excited to dine at Iggy’s…

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The crowd – before and after (completely full!)

I was looking for a nice restaurant in Soho a few weeks ago, to have a pre-theatre dinner before my ballet at the Royal Opera House (Swan Lake was amazing. I’m not sure if there are any performances left for the season. If there are tickets available, I’d definitely recommend it – it was completely sold out the last time I checked). Having dined at her sister restaurants (Le Deux Salons (review in the new future) and Wild Honey – review here), I thought I’d give Arbutus a try! Arbutus was the first of the three restaurant to be opened by Anthony Demetre and Will Smith. It serves modern European cuisine (just like Wild Honey) and earned it’s first Michelin star in 2007. The restaurant is spread over two rooms. The first consisting of a long marble tabled bar and the second with regular tables and black leather seats.

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The first thought that will pop in your mind when you walk past this restaurant is probably “Why is there a massive queue?!”. The second thought would probably be “What is the name of this restaurant? I have to try it!”. Barrafina is one of those places that you-either-know-it-or-you-don’t. Nothing on the outside gives any indication to what the restaurant is called, nor what they serve. Well, it is a Spanish tapas restaurant bar located in the heart of Soho. It seats 23 people around it’s L-shaped bar with chefs cooking up a storm behind the bar. Barrafina does not take reservations so you’ll definitely be able to get a table…if you’re willing to wait. The picture above was taken at about 5pm, 30 minutes before the restaurant opened for dinner…

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A couple of Fridays ago, I managed to get a last minute reservation for two at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. This restaurant only opened its doors in 2011 but has already earned one Michelin star and was the highest new entry for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2012, earning the 9th spot. Needless to say, I was very very excited to dine there. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal serves British food but no, not the typical British food that you’re thinking of right now. The restaurant serves food inspired by recipes from the 13th to 19th century.

We went for the a la carte menu and had champagne and bread with salt-sprinkled butter while waiting eagerly for our starters to arrive..

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The word ‘wesele’ refers to the celebration after a traditional Polish wedding which consists of family, food, friends, love and of course, Polish vodka. This two-story restaurant is exactly how you would imagine a traditional Polish restaurant to be — warm, rustic and cosy. This popular eatery is one of the seventeen restaurants in Krakow mentioned in the Michelin guide. Thus we were lucky to be able to make a reservation at the restaurant on our first day, for dinner on our last day in the city.

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