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Restaurant reviews from the UK to Croatia from budget eats to luxury European restaurants.

Review of Elia Greek Resaurant Glasgow

The Elia Greek restaurant is located in Glasgow’s George Square. I had lunch there with our son Simon. The two course set menu cost £7 per person.

Bread and olives were brought to our table.

For starter, I had Taramasalata (cod roe dip).

Simon had Dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat). which were very good.

My main course was Moussaka. I was a bit surprised that I was offered either chips or rice with the Moussaka, as the dish already contains a potato layer. I assume that this is to keep costs down on the set lunch. My Moussaka was tasty, but rather heavy on the cheese sauce topping and light on meat and aubergine.

Simon’s main course was Chicken Souvalaki. The chicken was tender,

The staff all seemed to be Greek and service was good.

For £7 a head for a two course lunch in central Glasgow, the Elia Greek restaurant offers value for money. Personally, I’d rather pay a bit more to have a more meaty main course without chips.

Review of Kaleido Restaurant Malaga

When I was in the Spanish city of Malaga, I decided to treat myself to lunch at the Kaleido Restaurant, which is situated on the prom at the port.

I’m usually on the lookout for a menu of the day for around 10 Euro. At Kaleido, the lunch set menu was more expensive at 17 Euro. But I reckoned that I was paying for the location. Plus, Kaleido did look a bit more upmarket.

I sat at an outside table.

I started with the Russian Salad, which topped with some large prawns, Bologna (a cold meat, which I think was made of pork and some type of fish roe), served with bread. The ensemble was tasty and very filling.

My main course consisted of perfectly cooked courgettes and slices of grilled pork. The accompanying sauce was delicious.

Normally on set menus, the dessert is not great, but at Kaleido it was a very chocolatey cheesecake.

The 17 Euro price for the set lunch at Kaleido included a drink. As I’m a teetoller, I had water, but you could have wine or beer.

I really enjoyed my lunch at the Kaleido restaurant at Malaga Port. The food was really good quality and the location attractive.

 

La Cabana Restaurant in Benalmadena

La Cabana restaurant is situated on the Prom in Benalmadena. After walking down from Benalmadema railways station through the market and Parque de la Paloma, we were ready for sit down and some food.

We were attracted by the 10 Euro three course set menu at La Cabana, The price also included bread and a drink.

My Scampi starter was beautifully presented.

Our son Gary had the Tuna and Tomato Salad as a starter.

My Pork Chop main course was tasty.

Gary thought that his Calamari was good, but the batter was a bit too thick.

For dessert, I had Ice Cream and Gary had Chocolate Brownie.

I thought that at 10 Euro for a three course set menu including a drink, that La Cabana offered good value for money, in a pleasant location. Our waitress was lovely, very friendly with a constant smile.

China Red Buffet Restaurant in New Market Road Edinburgh

We had lunch at the China Red buffet restaurant in New Market Road,next to the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, on a Sunday. We’d eaten at the other China Red in Grindlay Street, next to the Usher Hall, on several occasions.

I was keen to try the New Market Road branch as it advertised a double decker rotational food belt. The opportunity to eat at this restaurant to came when I attended the Edinburgh Art Fair in the adjacent Corn Exchange.

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The portion sizes were small, which was good if you wanted to try something. The resultant large pile of empty serving dished on the table made me feel greedy. It was a bit frustrating waiting for some dish to do the round if you happened to be chatting when it first passed by.

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Most of the dishes which I tried were good. Some of the dishes were lukewarm, as opposed to hot. I mainly stuck to fish dishes, predominantly prawns and salmon. We regularly eat chicken at home, so I try to eat different things when I am eating out. I tried some lamb which wasn’t great.

The only dish that you had to get up from the table to fetch was ice cream.

It costs £15 per adult to eat at the China Red buffet restaurant in New Market Street on Sunday from noon to 10pm. I had a 10% discount voucher, so paid £27 for two diners.

I prefer the more traditional buffet lay out of China Red in Grindlay Sreet, where you go over to the counter to select food. Also the Grindlay Street restaurant is in the city centre; I’m much more likely to be around there than out at the Corn Exchange.

Review of the Potting Shed Edinburgh

I paid £26 for a Travelzoo voucher for a three course meal for two people at the Potting Shed in Edinburgh.

We ate at the Potting Shed on a Monday evening. It was quiet when we arrived at 7pm. By 8pm it was busier; mainly with customers drinking from the selection of craft beers.

The interior is a bit makeshift, sacking on the roof and various garden implements hanging from the ceiling and walls.

the potting shed edinburgh interior

When I phoned to book a table, I was advised that there wouldn’t be a full menu that evening. Once I established that there would be at least three choices for each course, I proceeded with the booking.

When we arrived there was no note of my booking. Our son Gary ordered a beer described as chocolately. When the beer arrived it looked more like lager, so he queried if it was the correct order. A couple of minutes later the correct beer appeared.

I started with Scallops, which were very tasty, But I would have liked more salad as an accompaniment.

the potting shed edinburgh scallops starter

You had to search under the salad to find the few blobs of Goat’s Cheese Mousse in Gary’s starter.

the potting shed edinburgh goats cheese mousse starter

My Sea Bass and Mussel main course was good, but again I’d have liked more vegetable to balance the dish.

the potting shed edinburgh sea bass

The addition of bacon topping and cheese sauce meant that Gary’s Venison stuffed with Haggis ended up as right mismash of flavours.

the potting shed edinburgh venison stuffed with haggis main couse

As I hadn’t found the meal filling, I opted for the Cheese Board as dessert. It was a wise choice, as I was able to share it with Gary. I’d have liked more crackers for the amount of cheese served.

the potting shed edinburgh cheese board

Gary’s Churros with chocolate sauce were over sweet.

the potting shed edinburgh churros

When I went to pay for the drink I was charged the wrong amount. Between no trace of the booking, the incorrect beer being brought to the table and the the mistake in the bill, I found the service to be poor. There appeared to be plenty of staff on duty. Perhaps giving each member of staff defined duties, instead of everyone mucking in would lead to improved customer service?

Overall, we didn’t enjoy the food. The ingredients were of good quality, but the small servings, the lack of vegetables and some weird flavour combinations didn’t work for us.

Our issues with the food could be rectified by offering customers a bread basket, serving more vegetables, sticking to simpler flavours and using less sugar in the Churros. None of these suggestions would cost much.

Review of Ravi Shankar Indian Restaurant London

I had a vegetarian buffet lunch, costing £6.95, at the Ravi Shankar Indian restaurant in Drummond Street, close to London’s Euston Station, in September 2015.

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I arrived in Kings Cross around 1pm, However, I couldn’t check into my hotel, the Travelodge London Stratford, until 3pm and Travelodge don’t offer a left luggage facility. As I had a fair sized suitcase and a backpack, my options for spending that couple of hours were limited.

As I didn’t know if there were any good restaurants in Stratford, I thought I’d stick to Drummond Street near Euston Station. I’d eaten at the Diwana Vegetarian Restaurant located there a few months ago, and wanted to try one of the other restaurants that I’d observed in the vicinity.

I wasn’t sure what type of reception I’d get as a solo customer with luggage arriving at the Ravi Shankar at peak time. Upon entering, I was impressed to receive a warm welcome.

Initially, the waiter gave me a small table by the food counter, with space to tuck in my luggage.  He told me that he’d give me a larger table as soon as possible. Sure enough, within a few minutes, I was seated at a more spacious table closer to the buffet selection.

ravi shankar indian restaurant london lunch buffet main courses and salads

There was a notice at the buffet requesting that you use the same metal plate for both your starters and main course. That didn’t bother me, as I often re-use my plate. It certainly encourages you to try a tiny portion of something to see if you like it.

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I didn’t see labels on the various dishes, so I tried most things.

ravi shankar indian restaurant london starters

I enjoyed the desserts. The Fresh Fruit Salad was refreshing and the Gulab Jamun (like doughnut balls in syrup) were rather addictive.

ravi shankar indian restaurant london lunch buffet dessert

In my opinion, the buffet lunch at the Ravi Shankar Indian Restaurant for £6,95 was very good value for money.  I thought that food at the lunch buffet at the nearby Diwana, for the same price, was tastier and better presented, but that the staff at Ravi Shankar were much friendlier than at the Diwana.

Review of Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant Edinburgh

The Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant, in St Patrick’s Square Edinburgh, offers a daily lunch buffet for £8 per adult between 12 – 2pm.

Although I’m not a vegetarian, I don’t eat much meat, so I thought I’d give the Kalpna a try.

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Exterior of the Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant

The Kalpna is attractive inside with mosaics on the wall.

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Interior of the Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant

I knew from reading the restaurant’s website, that the buffet selection was limited ; two starters, three main courses, two salads, rice and bread.

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Lunch buffet at the Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant

I enjoyed the broccoli pakora starter.

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Starters at the Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant

My favourite curry was the spinach and mushroom.

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Main course at the Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant

There was some kind of milk pudding at the right hard side of the buffet with a sign saying that it cost an additional £1 each. I thought that, for the price of £8, desserts should be included in the price.

I found the food at the Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant to be very tasty and nothing was too spicy for me.

I’m not sure that I’d return to the Kalpna. The (non vegetarian) lunch buffet at the Red Fort Indian Restaurant in Drummond Street, which also costs £8, offers a wider choice of starters and main courses. The price also includes a soft drink, plus the choice of ice cream or a coffee to finish.

Review of Morley Cheek’s in Chorlton, Manchester

Morley Cheek’s is located in Barlow Moor Road, in the Chorlton district of Manchester.

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We sat near at the rear, where it was lighter under the glass roof. There is a patio area at the back, but we didn’t want to eat so close to the smoking area.

morley cheek's restaurant in chorlton manchester

The menu is mainly aimed at meat eaters, with burger and hot dog options being heavily featured. I only noticed one vegetarian option on the menu.

The Meat Sharing Box is available for a minimum of two people. it consists of brisket, smoked and chilli sausage, chicken wings, pulled pork, ribs and jalapeño peppers, with fries. It’s served in a large rectangular metal dish. I tried some of the sausage and pulled pork, which were both tasty.

meat sharing box at morley cheeks in chorlton manchester

The Phat Barsteward Beef Burger contains two beef burgers, pulled pork, brisket and bacon, served with onion rings and fries. The bacon was a bit fatty for my taste, but the other meat was good.

phat barsteward beef burger at morley cheeks chorlton manchester

On Mondays, Morley Cheek’s offer 25% of all food to Twitter followers. On Tuesdays, it’s 25% off all food to Instagram followers. With this reduction. it’s good value, as you can have a meat feast for around £8 per person.

Review of Shamoli Restaurant in Royal Mile Edinburgh

We had lunch at the Shamoli restaurant in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. It’s somewhere that I’ve been meaning to try for years, after seeing a person with a board advertising the restaurant at the crossroads between the Royal Mile and North Bridge.

The Shamoli is located above the Rabbie Burns bistro and whisky bar. An Indian and Thai lunch buffet costs £7.95 per adult. It says on the sign outside that kids eat free, but I couldn’t see the details on that. I liked the fact the lunch is the same price every day and is served until 4.30pm.

exterior of Shamoli buffet restaurant in Royal Mile Edinburgh

The interior is light and welcoming.

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I loved the leaded glass windows.

interior of the Shamoli restuarant in Edinburgh

There’s not a very wide selection of food on the buffet.

buffet selection at shamoli restaurant in edinburgh

It was quiet in the restaurant when we ate there, so the fried starters were past their best.

starter at shamoli restaurant in edinburgh

I found all the main courses to be a bit too hot for my taste, even those labelled as medium. My favourite was the Thai Chicken, which although it was labelled as hot, wasn’t as hot as the supposedly medium Vegetable Bhuna. The Nan Bread was good, it wasn’t freshly cooked, but was well preserved.

thai main course at Shamoli buffet restaurant in Royal Mile Edinburgh

There was no dessert included in the buffet

After our buffet lunch at the Shamoli restaurant, we discussed if we’d eat there again. I really liked the ambience, but the food was too hot for my taste, and I missed having a dessert. Therefore, I’d prefer to eat at either the Ashoka Buffet in Hanover Street, or the Red Fort in Drummond Street. My husband also liked the interior. As he enjoyed the Thai food, he said he would go to the Shamoli again.

Review of the Leopard Asian Buffet Restaurant in Nice, France

When we came out of the Nice Ville railway station, after our train journey from Marseille, we spotted the Leopard Asian Buffet Restaurant across the road. We decided that we’d eat there that evening, as we didn’t fancy wandering around trying to find another restaurant.

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After three unsuccessful attempts to eat at a buffet restaurant in Marseille, which claimed it was open at lunch time and in the evening, but was never open when we went there to eat, it was great that the Leopard displayed their opening hours.

When we arrived just after the 7pm opening time, the Leopard Asian Buffet Restaurant was very quiet. The tables were fairly well spaced, especially compared to most restaurants in France.

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I was impressed by the variety of seafood. Usually, you’re lucky if there is one seafood option on offer at an Asian buffet.

The mussels and sushi which I had as a starter were very good.

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I also enjoyed the fried prawns and shrimps.

leopard asian buffet restaurant nice seafood selection

You could choose the vegetable, meat and fish ingredients to be freshly cooked at the wok kitchen.

leopard asian buffet restaurant nice wok ingredient selection

I stuck with seafood, which I requested to be grilled.

leopard asian buffet restaurant nice seafood main course

The dessert selection was extensive and included several flavours of ice cream.

leopard asian buffet restaurant nice dessert selection

The food was so good, that we ate there another evening.

At a price of 19 Euro per adult on a weekday evening,, I thought that the Leopard Asian Buffet Restaurant offered excellent value for money for very tasty food. The weekday lunch buffet cost 13 Euro per adult. I’d recommend that you eat at the Leopard Asian Buffet Restaurant when you’re in Nice.