Monday, 28 February 2011
Saturday, 26 February 2011
Nonetheless, the surprise ended up being less embarassing, are more fabulous. Luckily, despite the dinner being scheduled the day before pay day, everyone was so excited by how goddam GORGEOUS this place is, that we barely registered the prices.
The food, when it arrived (and it arrived as soon as it was ready - I understand this might be the Japanese way but I do think expensive restaurants should make the effort to make sure food arrives together) was absolutely delicious. I order Tonkatsu Pork on a bed of white cabbage, whilst two of my friends ordered the seared tuna salad. The last clearly couldn't control her sushi cravings for the sake of her wallet and went for a selection of, very expensive but divine-tasting, handrolls, maki and futomaki. The food was also beautifully presented on dark slates - I know this is not the most original, but I do think it looks good. However, the service was less than brilliant. I think we might have ended up with a bit of a rookie, newby waitress but she tried to bring us somebody elses food on three occasions, didn't know which plate was meant to go to each diner, and we did have to request a glass of wine three times over. However, on debating the service charge with the restaurant manager, he was extremely professional about the whole thing, removing the 13% charge (ouch!) without fuss.
All in all, we had a wonderful experience, and the few hiccoughs didn't spoil the evening for us. Although, admittedly the experience probably seemed even better because we were totally unaware of any of the hype surrounding this place, and had been expecting somewhere on a different scale completely. Plus, we were long over-due a catch up!
Friday, 25 February 2011
The pub itself boasts a prime location just off the Kings Road on Flood Street, but I wouldn't say that it is quite in the same league as some of its swankier sisters such as the Builders Arms or the Phoenix. However, we weren't in the mood for swanky, we were in the mood for relaxed and low key. The service was really excellent and efficient, this might have had something to do with my pre dinner tweets to them, but it worked and we were very well looked after. The pub itself was quiet and not as atmospheric as we would have liked, there were a few men drinking pints and reading the paper.
Once my initial medicine of a very nice white wine from their impressive wine list kicked in and my throat was suitably anesthetized I was thrilled to be served what the doctor really ordered, spicy chili con carne. The portions were generous and the quality of the food was good (you would hope so at £12 a main course) but hey it's Chelsea you can't really expect less. My bessie had the specialty prawn penne which was deliciously garlicky and and I devoured a plate of hot chili con carne. We were a little taken aback by the final bill but nevertheless trotted off merrily full of wine and hot food into the grizzly February night.
Thursday, 24 February 2011
They obviously have certain requirements when hiring their bar staff as 99% of them are deliciously Italian and attractive, chiselled, tanned, perfect smiles, rugged stubble.....you get the picture. The cocktail menu is equally as aesthetically pleasing, it is split into various sections with cute quirky themes and destinations to suit every mood. The decor in Mao Tai is really impressive, light fixtures hang over the long bar decorated with hundreds of thick white feathers almost making you feel that you could be in Shanghai, if it wasn’t for the 22 bus screeching past every eight minutes.
Mao Tai is expensive, the cocktails range from £8-£11 and they add a 12.5% service charge even if you are sitting at the bar, however, in this instance it is a case of getting what you pay for. The bartenders do not rush and take time to carefully describe the various ingredients, tastes and flavours that they are lovingly blending for your pleasure. The result- sweet heaven in a sip, we had one lychee martini and one bramble and both were divine.
Good For: Aperitif, dates (if he’s paying), special occasions
Bad For: Before pay day, big groups, pre night out drinks
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Jermyn Steet-this is one of my favourites, it always looks elegant!
|Spring Mews-An optimistic choice but it is nearly Spring!|
Friday, 18 February 2011
After profusely apologizing to the girls for choosing a less salubrious venue for our girlie catch up mid week supper, we settled down among about 30 men and a massive projector and booming football commentary (Yes we know, we were warned). Anyway, one of my girlfriends is now in a very loved up committed relationship with a die hard Arsenal fan and was delighted that she could watch the match(!!!) during dinner. I will now tell you that this review will be a before and after, as the manager informed me that they are about to embark on a several thousand pound refurbishment and will have two new chefs- he assured me it would be a very different environment post refurb. So here we go, the before....
The chicken wings that we shared to start were really tasty (and very reasonably priced) but they did come out cold initially, however, the staff were so apologetic and compensated us with a free bottle of wine so it was not a problem at all. We then had a salad each, one beef, one chicken ceaser and one greek with lamb kofta- all of which we fine, nothing exceptional but not bad in any way. I must confess though that this menu is not of the swanky high price gastro pub variety, it has a selection of simple pub grub dishes all of which are under £10 and so you can't really complain.
The wine flowed and once the match had called at 90 minutes it was extra time for the girls! We were soon approached by a fun group of guys who bought us drinks and kept us entertained for the next hour by telling silly jokes, playing games and trading opinions on local establishments. By this point my loved up friend had left and my best friend and I were given a free round of Jaeger Bombs (on a Wednesday OUCH) by the friendly manager! We ended up having a very merry time with our charming new friends and eventually staggered out somewhat worse for wear at about midnight. I didn’t LOVE the food or venue but I loved the staff and atmosphere and will definitely be one of the first to return post refurbishment!
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
|Excuse the hair... at work that day I had to stand in for a 16yr old model on our ad shoot - it wasn't a look that suited me!|
|The talented ladies of North London|
|The Rose's Scotch Egg with curry mayo.... nomnomnom|
|The Rosebud - The Rose's Signature Cocktail|
Monday, 7 February 2011
In my opinion nothing can beat the feeling of having your hair professionally blow dried to perfection and bouncing out of the salon doing your best Cheryl impersonation. No matter what products, tongs or rollers I use at home, I can never get it looking like it does when a hairdresser lovingly spends an hour with a big roller brush drying and styling it to perfection.
Sunday, 6 February 2011
We've been saving up this post for a while. Like a pair of love-lorn teens unable to express ourselves, we really haven't known how to put it, to do justice to it.
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Friday, 4 February 2011
Thursday, 3 February 2011
I tentatively write this review, bearing in mind this establishment has a marmite quality for most. Boasting an unassuming location on the corner of Lotts Road and Kings Road, passers by would mistake this as a decadent antique shop that their grandmother would love- however, come 11pm it is a very different story. The things that are brilliant, in my opinion, about Embargos are listed below.
-The staff- if you don’t act like a t**t and be rude, try to haggle free entry (they do not give free entry unless you are on a pre-registered guest list and arrive before 11) they are actually hilarious. They are funny, friendly and quite caring (you would be surprised how much the bouncers check/monitor to see that girls are not putting themselves in dangerous situations).
-The guarantee- Embargos is a guaranteed good night. If you want to go out, have some drinks, have a dance it is local, convenient and does what it says on the tin. It obviously appeals more if you are single because the majority of people in there at the weekend are single. It is guaranteed good music, the Thursday night D.J. in particular is brilliant, the drinks are good (great fish bowls, cocktails, Jaegerbombs), the club itself is clean, the only thing that can be questionable, which they can’t control, is the crowd.
-The Garden/ Terrace- This really comes into its own in the Summer- the garden terrace boasts an outdoor, albeit expensive, bar, lots of seating and outdoor heaters. I love to have a cocktail here, do a bit of people watching and have a fag....
A lot of people think this place is full of idiots and pretentious, but I do beg to differ. It’s not a load of reserved tables where you are by no means allowed to perch let alone sit down. People are not buying magnums of champagne and standing there looking very miserable and ‘pensive’, unlike some other nightclubs. It is a mishmash of (admittedly 70% privately school educated) under 30’s who have probably worked too hard that week, are out with their friends and really just want to blow off some steam, have a dance and if they are lucky get a snog. As I said......it does what it says on the tin.
All images taken from Embargo website-