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Med Kitchen- Soho

Last week I met with two friends from university for dinner. I booked a table for us through top table at Med Kitchen on Charing Cross Road (on the corner opposite Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as I had walked past here a few times on my travels and loved the continental look of the place.

It was a really pleasant evening so we chose to eat out side. At first I was a little worried about noise form traffic and passersby, but this wasn’t a problem at all as the area was sectioned off and the hustle and bustle just added to the atmosphere.

The food was absolutely delicious with a wide menu to suit all tastes. As we booked through top table we were given the option of a three course set menu with a Bellini for £15; however this menu was quite limited so we chose to eat from the a la carte.

We had Italian breads to share as a starter, and then I had spicy Moroccan lamb sausages with apricot cous cous, minted yoghurt and chips as I was feeling a little adventurous and I’m so glad I did! My friends had spaghetti carbonara and eggs royale which is a toasted muffin with smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce; all of which we thoroughly enjoyed.

All of this plus a bottle of red wine for the three of us came to just under £20 per head which I thought was great value for money for the food.

Two of us stayed for a little longer and enjoyed a Bellini whilst soaking up the atmosphere. We were there a good two hours and there was absolutely no rush to vacate the table which was great.

Although we didn’t eat there the inside looked great too and is deceptively big, so you’ll never have to worry about getting a table if you’re looking to go pre theatre.

Med Kitchen is a little gem in the centre of the west end and makes you feel like you’re on the continent rather than the middle of London!

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Ed’s Diner

Last Friday on a particularly cold and rainy lunchtime in London I really needed some cheering up, so a colleague and I decided to treat ourselves to lunch in the local Soho area. I have walked past Ed’s Diner on numerous occasions whilst working up here and a little part of me has been dying to indulge in a thick American style milkshake, so we did!

Ed’s Diner’s website really does epitomize this place: “Ed’s founded the American diner culture in the UK, creating a fun, family dining experience when we opened our first site in London’s Soho in November 1987. Ed’s is the original 1950s classic diner which has its roots in post-war culture. Our music is Rock ‘n’ Roll, our food tastes great and we offer service with a smile!”

The second we walked in we were greeted with happy friendly staff that really seemed to be enjoying their work, and why wouldn’t you in such a lively musical atmosphere? The whole place really took me back to when I was 18 and visited a similar diner in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, instantly bringing a smile to my face with memories of such a happy holiday!

The food was fantastic; I ordered a (rather large!) hotdog and chips with a chocolate milkshake which had enough for two! This place is perfect for a quirky treat when you’re wandering around Central London, it’s so much cooler than your standard Maccy D’s! It’s also a great location for somewhere quick and easy to eat before going off to theatre land!

I certainly enjoyed Ed’s diner and even though it’s definitely not somewhere I’d go for an evening meal it was great to bring a smile to my face on a miserable day!