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Globe Café Bistro

1 Nov

Tastecard in hand I have been trawling the streets of London for the best place to eat out with friends. While the discount that a Tastecard brings is welcomed, I cannot help but feel that some restaurants try to give you a substandard service to compensate. Take Thai Thai in Old Street for example, mouth wateringly delicious food and at a total of £10 per person for a main and a starter (after the discount) it seems perfect. However when there the staff would not honour the offer advertised on the Tastecard website (where you only have to order one course not two) and made what should have been a simple process altogether too complicated.

The best place that I have found to date is Globe Café Bistro in Finsbury Park. The Turkish food on the menu is simple, but cooked very well. When I visited I shared the hot mezze platter for two, which consisted of falafel, grilled halloumi, fried calimari, sigara boregi and hummus. This as a starter for two is so large it could easily be between three or four. For the added touch they also give you a free plate of flatbread, dips and olives.
For the main we shared the Globe Special for two. This is a huge sharing bowl of lamb chops, lamb shish, adana shish (beef) and chicken shish. It is served with a large side salad, beautiful wild rice, roasted peppers and mushrooms. The meats have that delicous slightly barbequed taste (ironically it reminded me of the rodizio style meats from Brazil and Argentina!) and the flavours were just right. Dinner for two, plus wine came to around £30, which is certainly a bargain for the quality of the food offered.

www.globecaferestaurant.com

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Tasty London

1 Oct

Right, so the aim of saving money in London is not to be tight, or miserable, or do less. It may be a credit crunch, but life is too short!

For me, it is all about living the life of luxury. But at half the price you can do twice as many fun things in London. Besides nobody wants to hang with the miser in the corner, you know the sort the one at work who declines a pint after work because they are ‘skint’, or the friend who parades around with her new handbag but has no money left to socialise.

The solution: tastecard. Formerly Taste London Card, this card gives you up to 50% off in about a million restaurants. So don’t order the pasta, order the lobster! You may even have some money left to order the posh wine. The layout of the website is also really handy and very similar to www.toptable.com as you search by postcode, get instant links to reviews, sample menus and the restaurants website. You can even search

For a limited time tastecard are offering a free 3 month trial

www.tastecard.co.uk/trial/web

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