Insatiable Magpie

All the trimmings.

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Chequers Tavern | £££££ | ★★☆☆☆ | 16 Duke Street St, Mayfair, SW1Y 6DB
No way is that homemade. Edible. But never again.
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£££££ | ★★★☆☆ | Stall on Newport Court, China Town WC2H 7JS
Cheap kimchi bun to keep you going. Should have gotten the one with pork to add a little more depth to the bun… 
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Maotai Kitchen | £££££ | ★★☆☆☆ | 12 Macclesfield Street, China Town W1D 5BP
Again, stock lacking flavour. And the crispy pork… I’m not sure if there was any flavour in those in the first place.Maybe this was a huge off day..?
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Maotai Kitchen | £££££ | ★★☆☆☆ | 12 Macclesfield Street, China Town W1D 5BP
The stock lacked any flavour. The chilli oil lacked flavour. And the pig’s trotters were nothing compared to Baiwei. Such a shame.
 
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Bad Brownie | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Maltby St Market, Ropewalk, Bermondsey, SE1 2HQ
This my friends, is a blueberry cheesecake brownie. My God. Perfectly thick and gooey brownie underneath that cheesy goodness. No. Wonder. They have been hailed as the best brownies in London.
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The Veggie Table | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Green Market, Borough Market, SE1 9AF
A nice easy veg-filled salad. What more can I say.
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Taberna da Rua das Flores | £££££ | ★★★★★ | Rua das Flores 103, 1200-194 Lisboa, Portugal
Oh my goodness. This is definitely worth the two hour wait (no bookings; make sure you had good company as we did!).The food here is amazingly priced and delicious. The staff are delightful. What more could you want?I’d recommend the tripe jelly (no, really), the mackerel tartare (so fresh), figs and goat cheese, the chocolate mouse (olive oil and salt). Even the cod and chips surpassed the UK.
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Taberna da Rua das Flores | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Rua das Flores 103, 1200-194 Lisboa, Portugal
Street fine-dining whilst waiting for a couple of hours for a free table at this incredible restaurant. Seriously worth the wait.
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Queijaria | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Rua das Flores, 64, 1200-195 Lisboa, Portugal
Newly opened artisan cheese shop with the kindest owners you will ever meet. We got to have an impromptu cheese tasting even though their tasting room is weeks away from being completed. Thank you so much for your hospitality.
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Arco de Velha | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Rua de São Paulo 184-186, Cais do Sodré, Lisboa, Portugal
A cute vintage shop come tea spot. Mismatched crockery and a fine selection of tea leaves to choose from. Cute.
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Croqueteria | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Mercado de Riviera, Avenida 24 de Julho - Cais do Sodre, Lisbon, Portugal
Amazing food market, the only downside is that more stalls don’t offer little nibbles, mainly main courses. The Croqueteria however. You can buy just one or as many slices of heaven known as croquette as you desire. Squid and ink croquette is delicious by the way.
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Pastelaria Benard | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Rua Garrett 104, 1200-205 Lisboa, Portugal
I just wanted to try another for good measure. Creamy and indulgent but nothing compared to this.
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O Chiado | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Rua Crucifixo 104, 1100-185 Lisboa, Portugal
Again (see here), honest food from an honest restaurant. Bacalhau a Lagareiro (cod with loads of oil and garlic). Yum.
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O Chiado | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Rua Crucifixo 104, 1100-185 Lisboa, Portugal
A cute, pint-sized family run restaurant serving lovely home cooked food. Known for their hot stone steak and fruits. Booking essential.
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Cafe Galeria House of Wonders | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Largo Da Misericordia 53, Cascais 2750-436, Portugal
Yet another cafe with great views. The interior and rooftop are delightful and all the furniture here has been upcycled.Try their fruit juice!
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