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What's on the menu? – A round-up of the latest restaurant reviews

20 June 2008 by
What's on the menu? – A round-up of the latest restaurant reviews

Metro, 18 June
Marina O'Loughlin enjoys the vegan fare at Saf Restaurant

This almond cheese,' I ask, sniffing. ‘What is it?' ‘It's made from fermented almond milk,' explains our waitress. ‘And the lasagne? Is it cooked? I thought everything was supposed to be raw?' ‘No. Unless it's asterisked, nothing is heated above 48°C.' She's very patient. ‘Is there any dairy in any of the cheeses?' I persist. ‘The Boursin, the ricotta, the Parmesan?' ‘No, madam. No dairy anywhere.' The place is absolutely bursting at the seams with gorgeous-looking, groovily dressed, thin young things all clamouring for beetroot ravioli and organic gin and vodka cocktails, and she's starting to get a little testy.

Evening Standard, 18 June
Anne McElvoy is impressed with "no waiter" restaurant Vapiano

David Davis would not be happy at Vapiano. The first thing they give you at the door is your own swipe card, which is your key to ordering anything, or indeed entering the restaurant at all. Will this relentless creep of the ID card never cease? Next you'll need two witnesses and a thumbprint to order extra pepperoni. Vapiano is a German chain with an Italian architect, so there's the European superstate on the march as well. Never mind, it comes with a claim to be high quality and low priced, and is just off Oxford Street - a gastronomic desert where hungry shoppers wander unhappily in search of something that isn't an astronomical price or disgusting. Vapinao - Evening Standard review in full >>

Time Out, 19 June
Guy Dimond likes the food but not the service at Quo Vadis

Karl Marx used to live here. Not in the polished dining room with its fine wine list and tempting seafood, but on the top floor, in a cramped garret, from 1851-1856, enduring terrible hardship. Until recently you could ask the staff at Quo Vadis to let you in for a peek. They would fetch the key so you could peer at what they claimed was the great philosopher's chair and desk - complete with a dog-eared copy of FourFourTwo playfully left on it (presumably on loan from his footie-mad mate, Friedrich Engels). Quo Vadis - Time Out review in full >>

Bloomberg, 13 June
Richard Vines finds it hard to get excited about Quo Vadis

Karl Marx once lived in the building that houses Quo Vadis, the Soho eatery that was until recently the domain of the chef Marco Pierre White. It's hard to decide which of those two would be scarier, though my money is on Marco. Ownership has now passed to the charming and unthreatening Hart brothers — Sam and Eddie — who made their name in London with the Spanish venues Fino and Barrafina. This time around, they are trying their hand at a British restaurant, with a clubby ambience and (appropriately) a private members' club upstairs. Quo Vadis - Bloomberg review in full >>

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