Leon Rothera

Leon Rothera

@dad_elise_and_food

London based. Dad and daughter restaurant review team. Dad is a chef and Elise is food obsessed 👨🏻‍🍳🙋🏻‍♀️
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Some of the amazing dishes from Barafina. LOVE. mackerel barafina @barrafinalondon butterflied tapas garlic review foodbloggers londonlife soholondon

6 Days ago
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REVIEW TIME! Elise’s Review Food9 Service9 ChildFriendliness7.5 I was very excited to go to this restaurant and we may have waited about an hour and a half but it was very much worth the it. My favourite dish was the tuna tartar but it was not only packed with flavour but the tuna just melted in your mouth ☺️ When the French fries 🍟 were delivered I was very excited because first of all there was French fries and second of all they were triple fried! Unfortunately the tamto sauce was a big let down and it just tasted like tomato puree. Dad’s Review Food8.5 Service7.5 Price£££ Morito was my favourite place last year, this year its Barafina, and 11 months might not be enough time for it to be beaten. This is the second time I’ve been and you should expect to wait well over an hour at busy times. Everyone cues in a line snaking around the the outside of the restaurant beside a standing bar. We ordered snacks while we waited. The ham and cheese croquettes are crispy and golden on the outside and the inside is so soft and rich, these are a must. Marinaded olives and bread with alioli are also something special. With every spot closer to being seated your head is filled up with amazing smells and sounds coming from the open kitchen/bar. Floor and kitchen staff dance around each other as they take orders, serve drinks and carefully decorate small sharing plates with tweezers. A beautiful fish display sits atop a mound of crushed ice at the corner of the bar allowing you to see everything right in front of you. We went for the shiny looking mackerel when we finally sat down, which was butterflied and griddled quickly before being covered in golden garlic, butter and smoked paprika. I cant think of a word worthy enough to describe how good the fish was. The tomato bruschetta is even a treat, a unctuous layer of skinned and minced tomato is smothered on top of thick cut white toast, before being generously coated in high quality olive oil. The food might be great but I love everything about this place. I love the look of it, I love hearing all the Spanish staff communicating across a busy restaurant, I love the smells and I even enjoy the teasing wait time!

6 Days ago
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Ham and cheese croquettes while we waited patiently for our table. They are amazing. barafina @barrafinalondon croquettes dadanddaughter tapas soholondon barsnacks

6 Days ago
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25 Days ago
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Elise’s Review Food7 Service9 ChildFriendliness9 I loved my crispy fish 🐟 and soft christly chips although I found the first a bit under seasoned and the chips a bit oily. My stater was a crab 🦀 and it wasn’t my favourite, it may be to your liking but found the flavours a bit over powering. But apart from all that I comely recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere was lovely, the was a couple siting next to us who looked like they were on first dates. So that changed everything! Dad’s Review Food8 Service7 Price££ Ah man, I love this place, I’ve been a bunch of times and the food isn’t always perfect but I still feel right at home. I have dreams of my own restaurant one day and this place pretty much nails it. It has all the feels necessary from a French bistro, white linen table cloths, smartly dressed waiters and a menu thats simple and concise. We arrived about 45 minutes late for our reservation on Friday and were greeted by our friendly but hangry dinner buddies. It took me all of 30 seconds to decide on beef tartar and chips. Oh, and a crab starter which was mopped up by a basket full of baguette and butter, a must for every self respecting French eatery. Look, the food isn’t going to blow your socks off but, sometimes all you want is a beautifully designed, busy and sometimes hectic restaurant to unwind in after work on a Friday. Bistrotheque is a place where you know what you’re going to get. I had forgot for a moment how much I love it. bloggers dadanddaughter bistrotheque bloglife londonlife eastlondon frenchfood sillyfaces fridaynight @bistrotheque

25 Days ago
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Breaded ricotta balls with safe butter. Covered in parmesan of course. ricotta parmesan foodreviews bistrotheque sagebutter starter

25 Days ago
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FINAL PLUG!- You can watch Elise in this funny and touching little web series raising money for cancer research. Her mum was suffering from breast cancer at the time and stars alongside her. Views equal donations. LINK IN BIO! Thanks a million 😍🎄cancerresearch cancerresearchuk cancersucks breastcancerawareness cancersurvivor donate donationswelcome breastcancer @homesickcancercomedy

60 Days ago
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Hope you all had perfect dinners today 🎄🍗👨🏻‍🍳🙋🏻‍♀️♥️dadanddaug christmasdinner delicious festivetreats christmas stuffed

62 Days ago
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You can watch Elise in this funny and touching little web series raising money for cancer research. Her mum was suffering from breast cancer at the time and stars alongside her. Views equal donations. LINK IN BIO! Thanks a million 😍🎄cancerresearch cancerresearchuk cancersucks breastcancerawareness cancersurvivor donate donationswelcome breastcancer @homesickcancercomedy

62 Days ago
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Thali from Temper thali temper indianfood foodreviews tempercity roti yummy

80 Days ago
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Elise’s Review Food7 Drink7.5 ChildFriendliness8.5 Service10 I really liked the presentation of the food but I found that my curry really let my meal down. They were so friendly and helpful one of the chefs took the time to talk to us LIKE WHAT!!(I know that sounds sarcastic but it’s really not?!!) The reason why my curry let me down was because they forgot to cook the onions enough so the curry just tasted like raw onion MY INDIAN GRANDMA WOULD NOT BE IMPRESSED The samphire and squid pakora was packed full of flavour and was presented perfectly, although I only got 2 pieces of squid. Dad’s Review This was the second time we’ve left our booking late and had to go to an empty city restaurant on the weekend. Whats worse though? Empty restaurant or restaurant full of suits? At Temper you get to sit around a fire pit of activity, large joints of meat sit on wire racks above smouldering charcoal, slowly soaking up delicious warm smokiness. A butcher, not more than 3 foot from our seat at the bar, deboned a leg of lamb with a razor sharp knife. I think he enjoyed showing us his deft knife skills, i loved it but Elise found it a touch too gory. This particular City branch of Temper specialises in Indian food, confidently fusing British ingredients into Indian recipes. The squid and samphire pakora was an absolute triumph! You should probably opt for the Thali plate, a selection of pickles, a main curry of your choice and a delicious buttery roti. Temper is definitely has the wow factor in terms of appearance and the food is so nearly spot on. I only say nearly because Im yet to find a non traditional Indian that nails it perfectly. We’ll definitely be visiting the Soho branch where they do more south American inspired dishes using their lovely smoked meats. foodreviews yumminess bloggerstyle bloglife restaurantreview delicious dadanddaughter dadeliseandfood yummy foodbloggers

80 Days ago
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Squid and samphire pakora. We smashed this in minutes pakora samphire squid delicious nom starter indianfood

80 Days ago
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Medium rare ribeye and peppercorn sauce, topped up with truffledmacandcheese steaklife yummy nom delicious

91 Days ago
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Elise’s Review Food8.5 Drink8.5 ChilFriendliness8 Service7 It was a very cold evening and the restaurant was empty but the bar next door was packed and you could just hear them raving or whatever they do when there out(lol). I fell in love with the whipped butter that came with the warm bread but there was one down side THEY FORGOT TO SALT IT WHY!!! I HAD DO IT MYSELF URRRRRG?? I loved my strawberry milkshake or mocktail or whatever you want to call the STRAWBERRY 🍓 MILKY DRINK. It was so creamy and sweet and tangy all at the same time,but wasn’t over powering which is good. My fish and chunky chips was crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle like it should be! Thanks for reading, I’m off to watch I’m a celebrity, get me out of here! Dads Review Food7.5 Service7 Price££££ We left this Friday night a bit late to get into where we really wanted to eat... but, a quick google search threw up a list of places in the Canary Wharf and the city, both of which are victim to the weekend dead-out. A couple of hrs later and a five minute walk from the station, through quiet streets lit by sparkling lights, gave us our first taste of Christmas. We arrived at a restaurant filled with nothing but twiddling thumbs and empty chairs. Determined to have a good experience we quickly settled our table of 4 with drinks and menus in hand. Elise made no mistake in ordering the meat and fish sharing platter for our group, something I’d normally consider a copout but, we all devoured it by scooping up duck rillete and chicken liver parfait with chunks of good quality toasted brioche. Two of us ordered steak which seemed the obvious choice and accompanied by truffled mac and cheese, buttered cabbage, onion tart tatin and peppercorn sauce we were smiling all the way to the bank. Elise’s fish and chips was pretty decent but nothing to write home about which in rather brutal ending summarises the whole experience. Chucking expensive ingredients at a restaurant definitely helps but it doesn’t replace the attentive touch of the chef patron. yumminess tomatkin tomskitchen reataurantreview foodbloggers foodreviews dadanddaughter bloglife @tomskitchendeli

91 Days ago
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Top quality cured stuff from Tom’s Kitchen curedsalmon parmaham duckrillete chickenliverparfait salami crabcakes

91 Days ago
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One of my favourite plates of food on the planet jerkchicken coleslaw riceandpeas hotsauce jerkgravy foodbloggers brixtonhill negrilbrixton foodie yummy yumminess nom

99 Days ago
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REVIEW TIME Excuse the sombre tones of this photo STUFFED 😴😂👊🏼 Elise’s Review Food8 Drink8 ChildFriendliness9 The food was balanced very well in terms of flavour and the pork ribs just fell off the bone🍖 I loved the bean burger although it was bit salty for me, the sweet potato fries were super crispy too. I loved the fresh coconut 🌴 as always but my favourite thing was the roti and gravy for dipping, it was delicious 😋 Dad’s Review Food7 Service7 Price££ Wont lie, I used to live down the road from Negril for years and it was my special little place to come alone with a paper and chill. They used to do a all the English breakfast stuff too but I don’t miss it because the Caribbean food is so damn tasty. The vibes of the cafe are definitely still weekend papers and fresh juices for nursing hangovers. Spicy jerk wings and ribs on sharing platters and the most delicious jerk gravy with corn roti for dipping. The starters are enough to fix any sore head but I cant resist a quarter jerk chicken, rice and peas, coleslaw and more of that thick flavourful jerk sauce for pouring all over the plate. Elise went for a bean burger stacked with avocado, lettuce and some crispy sweet potato fries which, yep you guessed it, were also dipped in that little ramekin of love! Get yourself up Brixton hill next time your down south. Negril is proper gravy, mate! negrilbrixton dadanddaughter foodbloggers dadeliseandfood reviewers review reataurantreview bloglife foodie foodlovers jerk brixton brixtonhill

99 Days ago
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One of Elise’s favourite things to drink bliss freshcoconut greencoconut coconutwater negrilbrixton

99 Days ago
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Chicken burger lover! dadanddaughter reviewers foodie burgers chickenburger dadeliseandfood hernehill milkwoodkitchenandbar southlondon lunch

112 Days ago
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REVIEW TIME! ise’s review Food7 Service8 childfriendliness6 The veggie Scotch egg was a bit drie but apart from that the the flavours were amazing and the egg was cooked to perfection so I would happily eat it again The calamari was very flavoursome but it was a tad too salty for my liking. Ive got to say though, I was disappointed when I came here with my mum for pancakes but this time was really nice! Dad’s Review Food6.5 Service7.5 Price££ Someone suggested we try this foody boozer in Herne Hill and given that we hadn’t done a review in south for a while we thought we should. Its a friendly little place that probably does best with the afterwork crowd, it definitely feels more ‘drinky’ than ‘foody’ and there wasn’t anyone else sitting down to eat when we did so for an early lunch. Without a recommendation the menu would have probably scared me off as it seems to attempt to cover every base, with vegan scotch eggs, Asian squid, burgers and modern European classics. We were pleasantly surprised though, the young smiley staff were eager to big up dishes on the menu and made us feel comfortable from the off. The food arrived quickly and our pan-global ordering satisfied us perfectly. My cod with pea puree was cooked beautifully (shame it was such a small piece), the squid was deliciously moreish and Elise’s chicken burger was above average thanks to the home cut fries. Our advice would be less is more, reign in the vast range of items and stick to what you do best, because you do it well. dadanddaughter restaurantreviews foodbloggers southlondon milkwoodbarandkitchen foodbloggers bloggers dadeliseandfood

112 Days ago
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112 Days ago
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The perfect way to wash down crepes, galettes, empanadas, and bao buns! greenwichmarket fruit freshjuice dadeliseandfood streetfood

124 Days ago
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Ok no reviews today but just a fun day out at the food stalls in Greenwich market! greenwich dadeliseandfood dadanddaughter review foodbloggers

124 Days ago
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Maaaaan, cant remember the name of this little crepe wagon in Greenwich Market but well worth a visit. Tiny little puffed up crepes! greenwichmarket greenwich crepes dadeliseandfood bloggers reviewers

124 Days ago
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Get ya'self down to Victualler. Lovely winebar with some great food @victuallerwinebar dadeliseandfood curedmeats terrine restaurantreviews sourdough

162 Days ago
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Elise's Review Food6.5 Service7 ChildFriendliness8 I have been wanting to try snails 🐌 for a ages but I was quite disappointed by how underseasened they were but the creamy soup was very delicious. When I ordered my coconut 🌴and mint panacotta I was intrigued and scared because I don't normally like mint and coconut together and it was my first panacotta in my life. Dad's Review Food7.5 Service9 Price£££ I really like Wapping, where Victualler sits on a quiet cobbled street, and as one of my friend recounts it used to be a pretty tasty area. Tasty like Ronnie and Reggie, not like the home baked sourdough and biodynamic wines that Victualler offers its locals. As we walked the short journey from Wapping overground that contrast was highlighted by a proper English boozer with enthusiastic karaoke and cackling laughter spilling out onto the street, only a couple of doors down from the trendy wine bar/restaurant we were headed to. I immediately liked the place, an incredibly attentive Geordie talked us through the menu and spoke passionately and articulately about the natural wines on the shelves behind us. The food is secondary for these guys, I think, but the menu is cleverly written, simple cross-European classics are amongst the small list of dishes and a large blackboard displays specials and the chefs recommendations on the wall opposite us. The bar and finishing kitchen are all in the one island at the center of the venue, something which reminds of Japanese izakayas, chefs and bar staff working side by side and allowing the diner to see back stage, a reassuring set up that I'm a big fan of. Scene set. The cured meats and cheeses match the wines in their quality and the presentation of the few dishes we shared were surprisingly good too, just a shame that the flavours were a touch lacking, mainly down to the chefs not seasoning! Maybe the head chef wasn't working but only a few small things let these guys down and I'd still recommend it anytime. dadeliseandfood victuallerwinebar bloglife reviewers review restaurantreviews winebar wapping eastlondon dadanddaughter

162 Days ago
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Bourgogne snail, garlic, spinach and confit chicken wings @victuallerwinebar snails dadeliseandfood spinach garlic

162 Days ago
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I need some new chop sticks... Elise's mammoth sushi platter 🍣 sushilover soholondon bloglife dadeliseandfood restaurantreviews londonrestaurants

171 Days ago
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Elise's Review Food8 Service7 ChildFriendliness9 This was a very traditional experience. The food was very simple but delicious. I very much loved the freshness of the fish and the atmosphere was lovely but I did find that the lower dining level was a bit dull. My favourite part of the meal was the salmon sushi 🍣 no surprise! Dad's Review Food7.5 Service8 Price££ We were in Soho for the afternoon and actually stumbled across this place on our way somewhere else. Elise of course gave me no choice in eating sushi for dinner and because I'd stayed in Shibuya when visiting Tokyo a few years ago I felt a funny desire to give it a go. The restaurant is a definite piece of East Asia, all the way from the street to the table you feel like you can trust these guys. Shibuya is actually known as much for their Bingsu as they are for their sushi. Bingsu is a Korean dessert made from a giant mount flaked frozen milk with other delights sprinkled on top. Kinda like a big bowl of slushy, often shared between friends. My bowl of Unagi and rice was good value and more than filled the gap. How Elise ate her giant sushi platter all to herself I'm still not sure about. I want to say we'll be back but Soho is bursting at the seams with places we want to try so it might be a while! @shibuyasoho dadanddaughter soho soholondon review dadeliseandfood bloggers bloglife

171 Days ago
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Sushi. Soho. Get in. sushi dadeliseandfood dadanddaughter londonrestaurants soho @shibuya londonreview

171 Days ago
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What a way to spend a rainy London afternoon afternoontea thelanesborough @the_lanesborough londonreview bloglife bloggers strawberriesandcream

176 Days ago
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Elise's Review Food9 Drink8 ChildFreindliness7 After having a great day at the V&A we went for a lovely 😊 afternoon tea ☕️ AT THE LANESBOROUGH!!! Its the hotel my dad worked at when he was really young! It was one of the the poshest meals I've ever had! My fave sandwich was was the ham and 🧀 with mustard in nut and raisin bread, it grew on me anyway. After that were the cakes and scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, my favourite cake was like a giant Ferrero Roche and it was so delicious! Dad's Review Food9 Service9 Price££££ Pretty much 20 years to the day since I stepped back through the doors of No. 1 Hyde Park Corner. Although this time I was welcomed through the main entrance and not made scurry down a cast iron spiral staircase into the bowels of the hotel, where my earliest days were spent grafting as a young chef. The opulence is overwhelming even for the most seasoned diner, Celeste, now the restaurant to the Lanesborough boasts one Michelin star. A grand piano tinkles away in the corner (part of me wondering whether its the same old man who used to play when I was here last) and waiters dressed as if they just stepped straight out of the 1950's usher people quickly and professionally to their tables. The quality of the pastries were up there with the tastiest I've ever eaten. They manage to look as pretty as a picture but not so clinical that you are actually too afraid to ruin them with 2 quick bites. This is really is a once in long while type of occasion but it was worth it for the look on Elise's face, and all the 'wows' and 'ahhhs' that came with it! thelanesborough thelanesboroughhotel hydeparkcorner afternoontea dadanddaughter dadeliseandfood bloggers bloglife londonreview londonrestaurants afternoontea

176 Days ago
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Only went to the flippin' Lanesborough for afternoon tea thelanesborough thelanesboroughhotel afternoontea cakes hydeparkcorner 5starhotel dadeliseandfood

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