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Restaurants & Bars 5

Odds and Ends, London

limster | Dec 26, 201304:05 AM

• Vivo, Islington
An Italian place that serves beautiful looking pastries and cakes, salads, sandwiches, and pizza al taglio. Liked the custard bombe, a crusty donut with a pleasant slightly starchy custard filling. Would probably be back to try more stuff.

• Five Guys, Islington
A generic fast food burger. Not much flavour in the beef. Fries could be crisper.

• Kiku, Mayfair
A competent bento lunch (selected the Lunch Box Set menu), with a vast array of items but nothing particularly exceptional. A salad of lettuce with a tangy dressing may enhanced with soy sauce. A pleasant hijiki salad, with little needles of the black seaweed. A standard miso soup. Sashimi (maguro, sake, hamachi iirc) was fine but seemed roughly cut and uneven in thickness. Tempura was basic and competent, as were some vegetables and a prawn cooked as a casserole. A pleasant piece of grilled salmon. Sliced orange to finish. Nothing wonderful but nothing bad.

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