For my boyfriend’s 30th birthday we went out for dinner at Aqua Kyoto in London’s Regent Street. With its central location, Aqua offers a unique and high-class dining experience.
Already the entrance is stunning: A beautiful receptionist welcomes us in a dimly lit lobby. The walls that are decked out with red velvet drapes and the secret-sensuous atmosphere awaken our curiosity for more.
Once landed on the fifth floor, even more of these elegant dressed assistants wait for us. The ladies guide the guests either to Aqua Nueva, the Spanish restaurant of the concept on the left side, or to Aqua Kyoto, a restaurant inspired by the Japanese cuisine. Our assistant takes us through the bar area to our fancy table. Entering the main restaurant area of Aqua Kyoto, our eyes drift to the open sushi work station, where guest can watch their meal being freshly prepared.
The high-class interior design is also very opulent, with velvet chairs, wooden tables and plenty of mirrors on the walls. The dining area ends in a glass wall opening up to a big terrace, which is one of my favorite highlights of this place. A wooden decking and rattan furniture create a comfortable and romantic atmosphere, where you have an incredible view over Regent Street and central London.
Among all the big food chains in London, Pret A Manger is definitely one of my favourite restaurants. Why? Because Pret creates “natural food” and the best “handmade” sandwiches. Sounds like a good choice for lunch, but is it really?
When I visited London for the first time I knew I had to come back! Not because of all the overwhelming buildings, the charming lanes around Carnaby Street or the beautiful parks in the city centre. It was one little shop that made me yearning for more: Ben’s Cookies.
Ben’s Cookies is London’s chocolate heaven! Very big and crispy on the outside, but soft in the middle these baked goods are everything a real chocolate addict wishes for. The gigantic chunk of melted chocolate in the heart of each biscuit makes the first bite to an intensive taste experience you’ll never forget for sure.
The stores offer the best selection of flavours: “Chocolate and Orange”, “White and Cranberry”, “Peanut Butter” or “Praline” are only a few of them. Not sweet enough? Then you should try “Triple Chocolate Chunk” for the biggest chocolate infusion.
Unsalted butter, milk, chocolate, sugar and free range eggs are only a few of the indegrients which make Ben’s Cookies to the best melt-in-your-mouth treats in the city.
The cookies are sold by weight and for around only 1 Pound per biscuit they’re well worth it. You can buy them individually or packed in boxes and tins. The package-design itself was created by the famous artist Quentin Blake, which makes the biscuit tins to a beautiful present for your family and friends.
Longing for sweets now? Then treat yourself and visit one of the stores at your next shopping tour through London or just order a fresh box of Ben’s Cookies online to your hotel room to get a bite of heaven.
Ben’s Cookies at London’s Carnaby Street
Bacon and Beans for breakfast and Fish and Chips as one of the nation’s favourite dishes – are there any reasons to love British food? “Without question Britain is a bad rep for food”, says Jamie Oliver. But he’s also of the opinion that Britain has published some beautiful cookbooks in the last 15 years.
The Londoners eat more and more Asian food as the second “Malaysia Night”-festival proofed last Friday the 24th at Trafalgar Square. The free festival was part of Malaysia Kitchen, a worldwide and government run campaign with the aim to promote Southeast Asian cuisine with its miscellaneous variety.