Franco Manca @ Tottenham Court Road

I am very sorry for not updating my blog at all recently. My Mac went haywire and it disrupted my routine greatly. Anyway, it’s started to behave again and therefore I am back in the blogosphere!

‘Yes, they are gone!’ Now I remember. Gahhhhhhh!
One Saturday afternoon, I slapped my forehead as I stood on the pavement opposite to where once Jossep the camera shop used to be but now replaced by Morrison the supermarket.
I was after a certain bland of memory card for Hubbie’s Leica however, the task proved to be trickier than I anticipated. I trekked to three different locations but none of the shops stocked what I wanted. Specialist camera shops in Central London are a dying breed, aren’t they? They seem to have gone virtual or folded all together. And all the spaces they used to be are now occupied by fast food chains! There are too many of them! How many Starbucks and Pret alike do we need?

When I eventually knocked on the door of Hubbie’s office, I felt defeated, miserable and hungry.
‘I’m starving!’
So we headed to Franco Manca on Tottenham Court Road. Ever since opening their first West End branch in last November, there has been a sizeable queue in front of the restaurant all the time.
Even though the sight intrigued me but I was not a huge pizza fan and therefore I did not taste their offering until then…

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It was around 5ish in the afternoon so there was no queue.
The first table we were ushered to was too draughty due to being too close to the entrance. So we moved to the seating further down the dining room…

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I had a pizza with ham.
So this is the real McCoy…

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I wish if I could rave how great the pizza was. However, I was rather underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong though. The pizza was decent and proper. But would I queue up for it? No, I don’t think so. My pizza just didn’t blow me away.  Oh well, never mind. At least I know what it is like.

Normally, the outside of the restaurant looks like this…

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Maybe I should have tried their Margherita instead…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

TAP Coffee @ Tottenham Court Road

Hubbie is in NYC right now. It is sooooo not happening! Even though he will be back on Friday, Mr.B & I love to have him around in London, especially this time of the year. Please Santa, give him a break. That’s all I ask for my (additional) present…

Before Hubbie and I parted last Saturday, we had coffee at TAP Coffee near Warren Street tube station…

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Ever since Hubbie introduced me to their coffee, I’ve hardly touched any latte from chain coffee shops…

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My latte with a Mickey Mouse spoon…

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Hubbie had an Eccles cake…

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And a slice of Stollen for me…

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Most of the time, this small cafe is brimful of coffee lovers, therefore, a seat or two may not be readily available. Still, their carefully brewed coffee is well-worth waiting for. Once a mouthful of their aromatic liquid is tasted, you can never go back to the flat taste of chain coffee shops’ cups. I guarantee you…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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