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Restaurant Le Flambeau 27 bis rue Frédéric Mistral Cabris France
Sep 17th, 2009 by Olivier

Restaurant Le Flambeau
27 bis rue Frédéric Mistral
06530 Cabris, France

06530 Cabris, France

Le Flambeau

Le Flambeau

Inside

Inside

Le Flambeau is a restaurant in Cabris, which is a nice little village located 30 minutes drive from Antibes or 45 minutes from Nice airport. There is a superb panoramic view from the village and you can clearly see the iles de Lérins in front of Cannes. I did not take any photo of the view since it was already dark.

Complementary olives

Complementary olives

We ordered a pizza 4 seasons (9.50 euros) and a brochette of gambas (16 euros) as main courses, followed by a café liégeois (7 euros) and a coupe Bali (9 euros) as desserts. We also had a big bottle of sparkling water San Pellegrino (5.90 euros) and a pichet (pitcher) of red Merlot wine (6 euros) which was quite drinkable.

The two main courses

The two main courses

Another view of the two main courses

Another view of the two main courses

Pizza 4 seasons

Pizza 4 seasons

The pizza wasn’t bad. It was a thin and crispy base, at least. But it lacked flavour and the topping didn’t compensate adequately (low quality ham). So it became a bit difficult to finish.

Brochette de gambas

Brochette de gambas

The brochette de gambas (shrimps on a skewer) was nicely presented (see photo above) with the metal structure hosting the 4 pots of sauces (mayonnaise curry, tartare, sweet and sour…) and linked to the plate giving its balance. The shrimps were good, not overcooked, and the vegetables were good too. I would have prefered them in their shell since I am a shrimp specialist but it was fine this way :-)

Café liégeois

Café liégeois

The desserts were very impressive. They were simply giant. The café liégeois was quite good with its mix of coffee, coffee  ice cream and chantilly cream. I am not a fan of chantilly cream but this one was light and enjoyable.

Coupe Bali

Coupe Bali

The coupe Bali (mostly mango and pineapple ice cream) was good, not too sweet and nicely balanced with the chantilly. A bit too big to finish though!

Cost and conclusion: it was 53.40 euros. No 12.5% optional service charge automatically added to the bill etc, we are in France and all prices are net (all inclusive). It was a quite relaxing dinner compared to eating in London and it is nice to be on vacation. As for the food, it was average but the desserts were great.

Heathrow Terminal 5 British Airways lounges
Sep 17th, 2009 by Olivier

Heathrow Terminal 5
British Airways lounges
Hounslow, Middlesex TW6 2GD

Heathrow Terminal 5

Excellent view of the airport

Excellent view of the airport

Apparently 92% of British Airways flights at London Heathrow fly from or through Terminal 5, famous for its messy start where luggages failed to travel with their owners to the point they had to be sent to Milan to clear a backlog of 19,000 bags. At least this has been fixed.

The BA lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5 are quite good. Perhaps still a bit below the standard of some of their Asian counterparts, but definitely better than those in the other terminals at this airport. One nice feature is that they have a lot of glass and a good view of the airport. Travelling to Nice, on this occassion I went to the South club lounge (since it was nearer my gate).

My bacon rolls, pastry and a nice cup of tea

My bacon rolls, pastry and a nice cup of tea

In hot options (my choice for this day) they serve bacon rolls – which is to say, bacon in small bread rolls. These are quite good, especially if you’re fortunate enough to get them nice and fresh from the oven. There are also a selection of small pastries also served hot. Of course, there is also a selection of fruit and various cereals if you feel so inclined, but I didn’t take those.

It was about as good as it looks

It was about as good as it looks

During the flight (economy) the meal was not great. I drank the orange juice – very ordinary (as expected). Was brave enough to try one bite of the sandwich, and that was more than enough. It tasted of nothing, so I would have had to have been very very hungry or to know there was no chance of alternative food for hours to have been persuaded to eat more.

The Banana Leaf Canteen Clapham Junction London
Sep 17th, 2009 by Olivier

The Banana Leaf Canteen
75-79 Battersea Rise
London SW11 1HN

The Banana Leaf Canteen

Prawn crackers

Prawn crackers

It has been a long time since we ate Thai food so we decided to go back to the Banana Leaf Canteen near Clapham Junction. Usually it is less crowded than the Pepper Tree located in Clapham Common and it was the case again.

We ordered some crackers (£2.50), then we both had soup based noodles as main courses: the vegetarian Kau Chi Dumpling Noodles (dumplings with yellow wheat noodles with vegetable broth, served with pak shoy, shitake mushrooms, coriander and crispy shallot – £6.95) and the chicken Ying Yang Laksa Noodles (mixture of wheat and rice noodles topped with their house special mildly spiced coconut broth laced with grilled aubergine, tofu and bean sprouts. Garnished with lime wedge, coriander and crispy shallots and chicken – £7.85). As drinks we ordered a Tiger beer (£3.25) and an apple and orange juice (£2.85). The beer could have been colder. The juice was quite good.

The two main courses

The two main courses

Kau Chi Dumpling Noodles

Kau Chi Dumpling Noodles

The Kau Chi Dumpling Noodles were quite good. The soup arrived piping hot – that is, with risk of burning your mouth if you’re not careful! It was very tasty, with noodles still “al dente” in the soup. The dumplings were also pretty good, something that is quite variable in this sort of dish (i.e. I have had some pretty nasty dumplings in my time), and the vegetables fresh. The only thing I don’t care for here, but that seem to be added to most dishes at this restaurant, are the corn chips. Corn chips are one thing, but soggy corn chips in soup is quite another. That said, it’s perfectly easy to avoid eating them, so overall a good dish and very filling.

Ying Yang Laksa Noodles

Ying Yang Laksa Noodles

The Ying Yang Laksa noodles was quite good, creamy and spicy. Only one problem: it was just too hot! I managed to burn my tongue with this meal which kept its heat for a long time. The portion was huge, I had trouble finishing it and I am usually a “big” eater.

Cost and conclusion: it was £25.74 including the “optional service charge of 10%” (if it is optional, why to automatically add it to the bill?). If you are near Clapham Junction train station, the Banana Leaf Canteen is a decent place for a quick and cheap lunch. The value for money is good. The service, while friendly, could have been better: for example, the prawn crackers arrived only after the main courses. Somebody needs to train her memory ;-) You can read the previous review about this restaurant at http://www.trusted-gourmet.com/2009/07/thai-restaurant-banana-leaf-canteen-75-battersea-rise-cnr-northcote-road-clapham-junction-london. Other recommended restaurants in the area are the excellent Italian restaurant Pizza Metro (reviewed here and here) just across the road and the great authentic Japanese Sushi restaurant Tokiya (reviewed here and here). If you are into burgers, the Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Northcote Road is quite good (reviewed here and here).

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