Drinks

Fernandez & Wells: Coffee not bad, food average.

We were at Fernandez & Wells for a quick brunch before heading to the museums nearby. The flat white we have ordered was decent but average, especially when compared with proper coffee shops around London. For food, I had a chorizo omelette on toast – an almost fail-proof recipe. It was average. Whist egg fried in chorizo fat can hardly taste bad, mine was significantly overcooked. The smell in the shop when it was being made was mouth-watering, though. Whilst we…

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The Lock Inn: Good pub packed with tourists

We were fortunate that our group arrived at Fort Augustus rather early and we did not hesitate to head for lunch immediately – the place was soon packed with hungry tourists but was practically empty when we first arrived. The problem is that there Fort Augustus is tiny with only a few restaurants, but the place is a must-see for most tour groups due to its Loch Ness view. Fort Augustus is at the south-west tip of Loch Ness. Naturally…

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Skinners Arms: Friendly & helpful staff, decent beer, average food.

To begin with, be very careful with your personal belongings when you are in this vicinity of the Skinners Arms. Two tourist couples had their phones taken whilst using their maps near the pub, when we were having lunch there. The staff of the pub were very helpful to these couples, going out of their way to give chase but the thief was long gone on his motorcycle and nothing much could be done. We had lunch here, and the…

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The Drapers Arms: Mediocre food, friendly busy staff.

The meal at Drapers Arms was a bit of a disappointment, partly due to our misplaced expectations. In short, the food was overwhelmingly mediocre, the beer / cask ale selection was very limited (yes we were spoiled by the Euston Tap) and the staff were too busy. To be fair, this would serve fine as a local pub, and I would be quite happy if I have a local like this back home. Yet gastropub this is not. The food…

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The Pot Still: Not sampling the whisky here was a sin

We knew that the Pot Still, as its name and its giant whiskey wall suggests, is a whiskey bar. Yet being unable to fit a whiskey session into our short Glasgow itinerary, we came here for lunch and beer instead. It was still not a bad decision. The food offered here are basically sandwiches and pies and homemade pies. Playing the tourist, we naturally went for the Haggis, neeps and tottie pie and the “Couldn’t be more Scottish” pie, which…

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Honest Burgers Camden: Great burgers at a good price

We had our brunch at Honest Burgers Camden on a rainy morning, just before they were supposed to open. Exploring Camden Market without only a latte and some cake for breakfast made us crave for an early lunch.  The staff had no problem letting us in to escape the rain, but reminded us that we’d have a good few minutes to look at the menu before they can punch our orders into the system.  No problem with us at all, as…

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The Scotch Whisky Experience: A nice introduction to scotch

We have joined the Platinum tour at the Scotch Whisky Experience, which included a tasting of four whisky from different regions (Highland, Lowland, Speyside and Islay). The four whiskies offered were decent and may be representative of the regions, but were not particularly good. That said, given the price it is probably reasonable that the whiskies offered were not particularly outstanding.  The scratchy card that release scents that are supposedly representative of the regions, unfortunately, was distinctly artificial.  It does…

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Cafe Ürsus: decent coffee shop in Kowloon City

Cafe Ürsus has, before anything, an interesting name. My two-minute effort on Google yielded no interesting results, but Google translate suggested that it may be Estonian. My suspicion however, is that the intention was to make a smiling face out of the U. Which makes this a happy place and that goes pretty well with the kindergarten-like design for the logo indoor. Interestingly, the indoor design had almost nothing to do with the outside. Where the inside of the shop…

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Ethos: What’s left when it’s no longer quiet?

Ethos, for us, is located at a very convenient location.  For those who don’t live in the area, however, this might be more difficult to find.  This new fashion boutique cum cafe is located near the top of Hill road, almost opposite the West Gate of HKU.  We came here one Saturday afternoon for a quick coffee – it had to be quick, as the store was packed and we were lucky to have got a table. This was, unfortunately, no longer…

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