Monday, May 20, 2013

Bonnie Gull: Charming British Seafood Shack near Oxford Circus

Upon hearing my dining companion’s wish for something light for dinner, I immediately thought of Bonnie Gull. The self-professed seafood shack has been getting good reviews ever since they opened in Fitzrovia. And they actually took reservations – which didn't really help me to be honest since this was a last-minute plan and they were all booked up. Luckily, if you’re flexible and near the area you can get yourself on the wait list to get a call when some of their bar seats open up. 

Which is exactly what we did – parked ourselves in a nearby pub while I was on constant vigilance waiting for the phone to ring. And soon we found ourselves in Bonnie Gull on Foley Street, just a few lanes away from Oxford Circus.

While it is a fairly small restaurant, I loved the whole cheerful nautical feel of it. From the striped awning outside to the sea maps on the wall and treasure chest of oysters at the bar, you start to feel like you’re in some tiny seaside shack somewhere along the British coast. We started with some oysters and I preferred the slightly sweet Carlingfords to the Jersey Oysters from Ireland which had strong mineral aftertaste.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Zoilo: Friendly Argentinean Tapas restaurant in Marylebone

On a lovely spring day we wandered down Duke Street in Marylebone to have lunch at Zoilo, an Argentinean tapas restaurant that opened about six months ago. It’s not really been on my radar (and I tend to know about most restaurants in Marylebone) so I didn’t know what to expect. At first glance, it has rather low key unassuming appearance and when we walked in, we felt a bit odd to be the only customers there for lunch on Sunday afternoon. Any doubts I had were pushed aside by the friendly welcome from the staff and we were invited to take our pick of seats. We opted to perch ourselves at the bar counter and soon found ourselves in a discussion about Argentinean wines with the bar manager.