Ottolenghi, Islington, London

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Original
Food:  Favourites are the salads (all of them) and breakfasts
Service:  Great service from familiar faces
Presentation:  Sleek, shiny and polished. Food.  Flowers.
Ambience:  Busy buzz of talk over the communal tables, avoid this with a breakfast visit
Location:  Our local is Islington, right in between Highbury & Islington and Angel tube stations.  Branches at Notting Hill, Spitalfields, Belgravia, and NOPI in the West End.
Value for money:  A personal fave: £18 for a large box of takeaway salad that easily fills two.  Breakfasts between £5 and £10. Coffee or tea £2 to £3.
Worth a visit?: Yes, this is a must visit foodie establishment.  Plus their almond croissants are our of this world amazing!

Ottolenghi is original, a much reproduced original, although very few manage to hit the high standards in the deliciousness stakes of Yotam Ottolenghi and his team.

Food-wise,  it’s a casual, European dining style with a couple of large communal tables with a few small tables along one side of the restaurant.  The menu is very much seasonally influenced with enduring favourites making a regular appearance.  Flavours are a mix of Mediterranean, Middle and Far Eastern and ingredients are sourced from the UK and Europe with a focus on small scale, artisan producers and growers.

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Honestly Foodie | Falafel burger @ Fuel

Fuel, Falmouth, Cornwall

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word: Homely
Food:  A good selection of traditional British fare – soups, sandwiches, burgers, salads, sharing platters and ‘comfort foods’ classics.   Where possible, ingredients and produce are Cornish sourced
Service:  Friendly, warm, welcoming with a smile and some good chat
Presentation:   Nice homely feel to the interiors with lots of natural light
Ambience:  Comfortable, homely and grounded
Location:  Street front on Falmouth’s high street
Value for money:   Choose any dish from their lunch selection for £4.95, or from the menu; just under £10 for a salad, burger or main, £6-£8 for a sandwich, and around £2 for a tea or coffee
Worth a visit?:  If you’re looking for that homely feel to your feed with great service and local produce then look no further

Fuel caught my eye as I walked through the main street of Falmouth whilst down in deepest darkest Cornwall, visiting my mother.

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Baked Phyllo Rolls

Gentle Gourmet, Bastille, Paris

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word: Génial!
Food:  Beautifully presented gourmet-style vegan, veggie and raw dishes, full of flavour and where possible organic ingredients
Service:  Attentive, friendly and great English
Presentation:  The restaurant itself isn’t going to win any style awards, the food on the other hand looks fantastic
Ambience:  The Saturday lunch time vibe was pretty laid back
Location:   A short walk from Bastille metro stop in the centre of Paris
Value for money:  This is beautiful food, well worth the €30 a head for a two course meal without booze
Worth a visit?:  When in Paris and seeking good vegetarian and vegan food, this has to be on your must-eat list

Gentle Gourmet came to my attention whilst searching for vegan restaurants for our weekend break in Paris, Fat Gay VeganVegan Miam and Hey Rita all mention this great little find.

Located just down from Bastille Metro, Gentle Gourmet is somewhere you go for the food and the food alone; the restaurant decor and the views I found rather uninspiring, especially on a grey and cold January day.  And people definitely do go for the food so I’d recommend phoning in advance to book yourself a table at Gentle Gourmet as it gets busy at the weekend, especially for Sunday brunch.

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