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Tip of the week: The Botanist in Chelsea

Set in Chelsea in the chic Sloane Square the Botanist is a perfect spot for food lovers. This was my second visit and this time we decided to have a little family brunch with baby Liam too and gosh we loved it. The decor was as charming as I remember and every little detail from upholstery print to bathroom decor was simply beautiful. The place will take you on a little journey to the most dreamy botanical garden. My hubby absolutely loved the bar and who can blame him?

This place is just great for food and people watching or even just a cocktail or two. My favourite spots are definitely the tables by the window as  that is just my thing to watch the life go past and enjoy your cup of coffee. Anyway, I decided for less “brunch” option but when I see a steak tartare on the menu it is hard to resist. I quickly threw my “eating healthy” decision out of the window and gosh I did not regret at all. And my other half went for the full breakfast and guess what he did not regret either. Liam shared a bit with my husband and he looked satisfied as ever. Although he is now in the “always on the go phase” and was running around in circles but I can just say that the place is children friendly and all we got was smiles from the customers and staff too.

It was simply a lovely Sunday brunch with glass of bubbles to make sure we do it in style. So make sure you add it on your list of the places to go to.

The Botanist je ve vsech smerech skvelym mistem na brunch uz jenom diky tomu, kde se nachazi a to na sarmatnim Sloane Square. Tohle byla moje druha navsteva a uz poprve jsem se zamilovala do designu, ktery vas prenese primo do te nejkrasnejsi botanicke zahrady. Uz pri prvni navsteve jsem obdivovala i ty nejmensi detaily jako potisk na lavicich a dokonce i jejich toalety. A tak to ma byt. Muj muz se okamzite zamiloval do jejich baru, ktery je skutecne sik.

Tohle misto je idealni na to si jenom tak sednout, uzivat si jidlo a kavu a sledovat jak plyne zivot kolem. Ja tohle osobne miluju, sednout si v restauraci ci kavarne k velkemu oknu a prijde mi to jako jedna z nejprijemnejsich relaxaci. Ja jsem se tentokrat rozhodla pro mene tradicni vyber jidla na brunch a dala si tatarak. Je to jidlo, ktere miluju a pokazde kdyz ho vidim na menu, nemuzu odolat. A muj muz si dal klasickou snidani. Me rozhodnuti jist zdrave proste muselo stranou a nelitovala jsem. Liam si dal neco z manzelova talire a pak lital kolem jako utrzeny z retezu. Ano mame ted momentalne tohle obdobi. LOL Ale vsichni se jenom usmivali, takze maminkam z detmi asi davam zelenou, aby Botanist take vyzkousely. 

Byl to zkratka prijemny rodinny brunch se sklenkou sampanskeho, at jsme stylovi. LOL.

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Tip of the week: Duck & Rice

If you ever get lost in the busy Soho streets of London and you get hungry and thirsty for some good Czech beer Duck & Rice is a place you should find. It may not be to you but to me this is quite unusual concept that puts together together two great things. That is oriental/asian food and the best beer in the world (OK I may be bias coming from Czech Republic) Pilsner Urquell.

I was not exactly sure what to expect before my visit earlier on this week however I was surprised to find exactly what it says. It is a cosy pub with small touches of Chinese decor serving good beer but also Chinese food. And the food is actually meeting very good standards. I am not talking greasy takeaway style but very big selection of dumplings and of course duck dishes. However, it is also not one of those pretentious places. The atmosphere is very chilled, cool and perfect for lunch or dinner in the middle of Soho.

Our delicious champagne lunch started with some selection of dumplings which were beyond. You cannot simply expect boring Dim Sum as they have a great selection and I enjoyed them all. We were also very lucky with the weather and their big sliding windows gave us a great feel of sitting inside outside whilst sipping our bubbly drinks and cocktails and beer of course.

I am normally quite confident about what was my favourite dish but on this occasion I could not make up my mind. It must be the selection of dumplings we started with as those really stayed in mind. However, I still loved the rest including their signature dish Duck & Rice. They have several duck dishes each different when it comes to way how they are cooked so why not to try something different and delicious. I am coming back here for sure for a dumpling or too. LOL

Kdyz se nekdy ztratite v rusnych ulickach Londynskeho Soha a chytne vas hlad a taky chut na ceskou Plzen, tak se v kazdem pripade snazte najit cestu do Duck & Rice. Mozna se mylim, kdyz reknu, ze tohle misto spojuje dve vyborne veci a to asijskou kuchyni a nejlepsi pivo na svete Pilsner Urquell (ted se ve me ozvala prava Ceska haha).

Nez jsem do Duck & Rice poprve zavitala, nebyla jsem si jista, co me ceka. A nakonec to bylo presne jak mi bylo receno. Prijemna hospoda s dobrym pivem, ktera zaroven podava Cinskou kuchyni. Necekejte zadna umastena jidla, ktera se podobaji tem z klasickych takeaway restauraci, ale dobre kvalitni jidlo. Hospoda ma zaroven moc pekny interier a jde znat, ze je tam urcity orientalni vliv. Na druhou stranu to neni ani super luxusni restaurace. Zkratka prijemne misto s prijemnou atmosferu, kde se budete citit dobre a hlavne pokud mate radi tuto kuchyni, se tam dobre najite.

Nas vytecny obed s sampanskym zacal samozrejme vyberem Dim Sum a opravdu vam nelzu, nenasla jsem nic, co by mi nechutnalo. Maji bohaty vyber a kazdy si najde co ma rad. Navic v prvnim patre byly otevrene velke okna a bylo porad hezke pocasi, clovek si tak uzije vyhled ven a vse je hned veselejsi.

Vetsinou nemam po navsteve restaurace problem rict, co mi nejvic chutnalo, ale tentokrat se nemuzu nejak rozhodnout. Ale nejvice mi asi chutnaly klasicke dumplings. Navic jsem mela moznost v jejich kuchyni videt, jak se vubec delaji. Ale chutnalo mi opravdu vsechno, od zeleniny az po jejich kacenu s ryzi. Je to jejich hlavni specialita jak uz vypovida z nazvu. Ja se sem kazdopadne vratim na nejaky ten cinsky knedlik. Tak snad se tam potkame. 

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Hotel Nobu Shoreditch

The Nobu fever started many years ago thanks to Nobuyaki Matsuhisa and he really made an impact on the hospitality industry. And plus you may know about Nobu in connection with Robert de Niro who is an investor. Yes that is right!

Having visited Nobu in Mayfair I had certain idea about what to expect and those things would be quality, good food and good service. However, the question I had before the stay at Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch is how is the East London going to projected here. Most people know that West and East London have got totally different vibes and style.

And I think the designers and the teams behind this project did a good job. It reflects the far east influence and the Japanese style without a doubt. Every corner of the hotel is sleek and stylish and they thought of every small detail. However, it is not fully my style. I am more traditional kind of girl but no harm to experience a bit of change. The disadvantage would be definitely that the rooms are really dark and so are the corridors. I kept getting lost as the directions are pretty much non existent. Yes, it looks mysterious and chic but I would prefer to find my way back to room at all times. The whole building and the interior is a perfect fit for more industrial East London and the building is hidden really well giving it a bit of privacy.

After we checked in there were some issues with getting in the room so we were offered a different room. I think overall you can tell the hotel is new. The staff isn’t working well in between each other, they definitely need to improve their knowledge and work more on their team work. However this is probably caused by most people being new and it only opened few weeks ago. I am sure they will get there and will represent the Nobu brand moving forward. I do not want to list all the issues we experience in this post as I have Tripadvisor for that and that is where it belongs.

And now on the other note and that is food. Oh my….I had such a culinary experience when I decided to order in my room. I loved the sound of sashimi tacos and the staff was so kind and they made me those famous nobu fries even though it was not a dinner option. And I am definitely coming back for those. I simply cannot get them out of my mind. I was also happy with the breakfast and ordered the Japanese fusion english breakfast that had interesting touch. Although I still missed a piece of toast or bread but that may be just me. LOL

Another fab thing is the bed. Yes, let’s talk about that super comfortable large bed that deserves plus points. I even forgot I cannot have a bath as it was not simply an option with only a shower. On the other hand that gold basin is a dream, don’t you think.

Well, as you can see my feelings are mixed but then on the other hand you are not paying for that standard room too much money. I am definitely interested to go back and firmly believe there will be an improvement. You know I am still thinking of those fries so another visit is a must.

Nobu horecka zacala pred asi triceti lety a to diky zakladateli Nobuyaki Matsuhisa. A ten vytvoril ikonickou sit restauraci a hotelu.  A mozna vite o Nobu i diky Robertu de Niro, ktery je jeden z investoru. Ano a to je opravdu holy fakt. 

Ja jsem vyzkousela Nobu na Mayfair a kdyz jsem zjistila, ze stravim noc v nedavno otevrenem hotelu Nobu v Shoreditch, byla jsem zvedava. A to hlavne protoze vychodni a zapadni Londyn jsou dva velmi rozdilne svety. Maji jinou atmosferu, styl a vubec pusobi uplne jinak. Mela jsem tuseni, co by me tak mohlo cekat, ale i presto si nemuzu zvyknout na fakt, ze Nobu restaurace a navic i hotel se proste nachazi v techto koncinach. 

Myslim, ze architekti a interiorovy navrhari si s projektem poradili velmi dobre. Neprekvapil me vubec vliv dalekeho vychodu, ktery na vas okamzite dychne. Uprimne to neni uplne muj salek caje, ja mam radsi utulne a tradicni hotely, ale obcas zmena neuskodi. Je to otazka vkusu, kazdopadne je to velmi dobre udelano. I kdyz jsem byla zklamana z velikosti pokoju a take ze je vsude silena tma, neustale jsem se ztracela na chodbach. Nemaji tam skoro zadne navigace a radsi bych mela treba mene sik chodbu, ale hlavne, ze najdu bez stresu zpatky cestu do pokoje. 

Hned napoprve nastal problem s tim se vubec do pokoje dostat a tak jsem musela s kamaradkou Atosou zpatky na recepci. A vubec obdobne veci se nam dely porad. Neustale nam nosily cizi objednavky na pokoj apod. Vse davam za vinu tomu, ze je to misto nove, personal neni poradne zaskoleny a sehrany. Nebudu tady zachazet do detailu, na to mam tripadvisor, ale maji co dohanet. Doufam, ze pri dalsi navsteve bude vse lepsi. Myslim, ze to chce jenom cas anebo taky lepsi management. Kdo vi. 

Ale minusove body, ktere jim uberu za servis, jim musim pridat za jidlo. Objednala jsem si veceri na pokoj a to byl kulinarsky zazitek. Jeste ze tak. Zaujaly me sashimi tacos a chtela jsem vyzkouset Nobu hranolku, ktere si kazdy, kdo tam jedl hrozne chvali. A ze jsem nelitovala. Vratim se tam uz jenom kvuli hranolkam, opravdu vynikajici. A nejvic me potesilo to, ze nebyly vubec na vecernim menu a kuchari mi i je i tak udelali. A zajimava byla take snidane. Vyzkousela jsem English breakfast, ktera jako ve vsem mela japonsky vliv. Bylo to vyborne, ale klasicky toast ci kousek chleba by mi k tomu nevadil. 

A dalsi uzasnou veci byla super pohodlna postel, ktera byla velka, pohodlna a hrozne dobre se mi na ni spalo. Na druhou stranu mi chybela vana, i kdyz zlate umyvadlo jsem si chtela odnest domu. LOL 

Me pocity jsou po pobytu v tomto hotelu trosku smisene, ale zase si rikam, ze nas pokoj nestoji majlant a tak nemuzu ocekavat obrovskou vanu a spoustu mista. Pevne doufam, ze se zlepsi jejich pristup a personal, protoze bych se tam rada vratila, i kdyby jenom na ty vyborne hranolky. 

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Tip of the week: Afternoon Tea in Ceru

It is not a secret that I am a hugely into Lebanese, Turkish cuisine and similar to these. And you may also remember my previous post about incredible CERU restaurant that have previously been open more as a pop up spot. They finally found their home and it is such a stunning place that is only few minutes away from the South Kensington tube station. The deco took my breath away as it is a perfect blend of traditional and modern and has got that touch of Arabic countries. I really love what they have done with the place (perhaps you saw my Insta Stories last week as I could not resist to film their stunning toilets LOL).

I was lucky enough last week that my husband had few days off and I could visit this marvellous restaurant with my friend Helena for their afternoon tea. I love good afternoon tea and it is such a good way how to catch up with friends. Ceru definitely adds their own touches to it so do not expect traditional cakes and sandwiches. Imagine sandwiches and cakes with that levant touch and delicious spices. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

My favourite sandwich was definitely creamed feta, lemon and pickled cucumber but cannot really decide on the top choice from the sweet selection. They all had something surprising. You can chose tea with or without champagne and guess what I went for? Yes with LOL. It would not be me otherwise. As I have been in the restaurant few times previously I wanted my friend Helena to try some of the stuff I liked previously like their signature lamb (OMG what a dish) or other things. So we ordered few bits after the tea.

It was honestly such a lovely afternoon and I am definitely coming back. If you are around West London and you want to try something different definitely stop by as Ceru will take you on a lovely journey of tastes and great food.

Neni zadnym tajemstvim, ze miluju kuchyne jako Tureckou, Arabskou ci dobroty z Libanonu. Zkratka kuchyne Levantu. A mozna si i pamatujete nektere predchozi clanky o vyborne restauraci Ceru, ktera drive pusobila spise jako Pop up. To uz je ale minulosti a konecne jeji majitele nasli domov a otevreli si prekrasnou restauraci jenom par minut od zastavky South Kensington. Uz po prichodu se mi libilo jak si majitele poradili s interierem, ktery je uzasnym balancem moderniho a tradicniho. Najdete tam kusy dovezene primo z Maroka, ale i moderni navrhy, ktere do restaurace krasne zapadaji (mozna jste zrovna vy videli moje insta stories z jejich prekrasnych toalet – opravdu jsem si nemohla pomoci haha). 

Minuly tyden jsem mela zrovna stesti, ze muj manzel mel volno a tak jsem mohla jit do Ceru se svou kamaradkou Helenou na jejich Afternoon tea. Ja osobne mam Afternoon tea (neboli caj o pate) moc rada a je to super zpusob jak si pokecat s kamaradkou a dat si neco dobreho. Necekejte samozrejme tradicni Britsky caj, ale spise sandwiche a zakusky s chuti Levantu a vyborneho koreni. 

Nejvice mi chutnal sandwich s kremovou fetou, citronem a nakladanou okurkou, ale uprimne se nemuzu rozhodnout, ktery zakusek byl nejlepsi. Muzete si vybrat verzi bud s sampanskym ci bez a take si muzete vybrat i caj podle svych chuti. Ja jsem hrozne Helene chtela predstavit par jinych specialit a navic jsem mela sileny hlad (klasika co), takz jsme si jeste objednali jehneci a par jinych lahudek. 

Pokud  budete v okoli South Kensington, urcite se sem zastavte treba zrovna na jejich Aftenoon tea. Ja jsem si to moc uzila a snad se v Ceru bude libit i Vam.

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