T.E.D. Restaurant, Kings Cross, London

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word: Delicious
Food:  Really tasty dishes with a focus on seasonal, local and ethically sourced produce. Deservedly in Opentable’s top 100 restaurants in the UK for 2014
Service:  Effective although a little bit stretched at time
Presentation:  Nice simple décor, great colour palette, with pretty things to catch your eye. Simple unfussy food styling
Ambience:  When it’s busy, it’s really buzzy…great for a boozy supper with friends, not so for a romantic meal for two where you struggle to hear each other talk
Location:  A 3 minute walk from Kings Cross station.  The restaurant helping to lift the reputation of Caledonian Road, the southern end at least!
Value for money: Not too bad at just under £40 a head for two courses of really delicious food and a glass of wine. However, I’m still miffed at paying £14 for an entrée-sized Winter Salad, which has left an unpleasant taste in my mind
Worth a visit?:  Yes, for the delicious local and ethically sourced food and booze, just chose wisely!

TED Restaurant at the King’s Cross end of Caledonian Road is a great new-ish offering in the centre of town. Caledonian Road doesn’t have the greatest of reputations food-wise, however, It’s just a stones throw from King’s Cross station and on the better end of the road where cute little café’s have been popping up in recent years; Drink, Shop, Do and Pattern Cafe.

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Glass, Charlottenburg, Berlin

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Genius
Food:  Inventive, fresh, and with a story behind every dish
Service:  Enthusiastic, professional and friendly
Presentation:  Show stopping mixed with delicate natural art
Ambience:  Stylishly chilled
Location:  Beautiful Berlin, chic Charlottenberg, ugly 1960’s concrete building, cool industrial-gloss interiors 
Value for money:  6 course set menu: €45 – a bargain for such creative talent!
Worth a visit?:  Oh yes, if you value fine food, great service, surprises, story telling and cool surroundings

The second of our (recorded) eating adventures in Berlin and boy was a trip to Glass an adventure.  Glass first came to my attention through fellow foodie Suzie, of Foodie in Berlin, and then as a must-eat recommendation from Tommy at the wonderful street-food festival; Bite Club Berlin.  I’d liken Glass to a modern twist on the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: a creative showcase with wine.

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La Mano Verde, Charlottenburg, Berlin

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Pure
Food:  Gourmet vegetarian, vegan and raw
Service:  Gut, yah! (that’s German for Good, yes)
Presentation:  Food-wise; simple yet eye catching
Ambience:  Quiet and calm
Location:  In a leafy square in the upmarket area of Charlottenberg
Value for money:  Not super expensive, around 16 euros for a main, and they do have good value lunch time deals.
Worth a visit?:  If you’re into raw and vegan fine dining then it should be on your Berlin must do list!

We chose Berlin for our summer holiday this year, a mix of business and pleasure; I was excited to check out the foodie and yoga scene in this funky and fresh capital city.  I visited Berlin back in 2008 and fell in love with the vibrant, history-steeped city with it’s love of all things (considered) alternative; holistic health, organic food, and the alternative art scene.

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