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Review: Tahini Mallorca

Hey everyone,

Hope you are all doing well! Today I’m reviewing the restaurant Tahini in Puerto Portals in Mallorca. It was my first proper Asian/Japanese restaurant experience and I have to say it really impressed me!

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When I was younger I swore I would never eat fish (apart from fish fingers because… well fish fingers are great). The smell of it used to really put me off, but now I know that was only the smell of smoked salmon and tinned tuna and my life has changed ever since! I have recently started enjoying fish in all forms, fish and chips, grilled, baked, in fish cakes, you name it! I didn’t think I was ready for raw fish yet, but wanted to try Tahini as my parents thought I would like it, so we went! I know, sushi isn’t necessarily raw fish, as sushi actually means the sticky rice that holds it together (you learn something new every day!) but I was still not expecting to love Japanese food or sushi because of the strong flavours that I thought would overwhelm a foodbie (foodie newbie – I just made that up so now it’s a thing) like me. Anyway, enough rambling and on to the food!!

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To start, we ordered the Veggie Sushi, Edamame, Miso soup with Foie Gras and Truffle, California rolls and the VEAL AND VEGETABLE ROLL WITH TRUFFLE AROMA. Yes, you read that right and yes it was as good as you are imagining. The Veggie sushi was not my favourite but I think thats because it had quite a lot of either miso or soy on it, so I much preferred the avocado rolls which came on the side of the Veggie sushi. The California rolls were awesome, as always. Unfortunately, there is no picture of the star of the show, the Veal rolls, as I scarfed them down too quick to even contemplate taking a picture!

image1-11For our mains, my dad and I got the Halibut with saikyo miso, which comes with green beans and a carrot puree that I literally licked off the plate (no joke). The halibut was cooked perfectly, all soft and flaky and had a lovely but not overpowering flavour. My brother got the Teppinyaki Tahini style – a steak, of course! He also had the Fried rice as a side. My mum went for the Tahini noodles with king prawns and chicken and she said it was really tasty (I can vouch, as I may have had a forkful…or four… but it was purely for the review!)

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We requested a seat in one of the ‘boxes’ outside. Each box houses about four tables, with a fireplace for the winter and glass walls so you can see the Japanese inspired decor of the gardens around you. You would honestly not know you were in a famous Port in Spain! Service was very good, they were very happy to bring me a knife and fork and recommended the amount of things we would need as well as what we might like. Overall, very impressed! They also do takeaway (but you cant get the veal rolls to take away – which is kind of good because if you could, I would end up looking like a veal roll!)

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Taste: 9/10
Presentation: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Location: 9/10
Price: 7/10
Menu: 7/10

Whats your favourite Japanese restaurant? Whats your favourite sushi? Have you ever had sushi with meat instead of fish? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Thanks for reading,

Harrie x

Review: The Ivy L.A

Hi everyone,

Last summer, I went on a trip to the West coast of America with my family. One of the places we visited on our month long journey was L.A, of course. Most of the restaurants we went to, we picked while we were there but there was one or two that we knew in advance that we wanted to visit. This included The Ivy. If you don’t already know, The Ivy is probably one of the most famous restaurants in L.A because it is always packed with celebrities. Of course, the one time I went there, no celebrities showed up. Typical.

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We started our day with a Warner Bros. Studio Tour, which was amazing! My brother is really into movies so this was his choice but I have to say it was so cool to see all the fake streets where things are filmed, the trailers where the actors take breaks and the sets of different t.v shows. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting L.A. IMG_1425-1IMG_1395

But onto our dinner at The Ivy. We were sat inside, which was nice as the inside is decorated with ‘homey’ things – cookbooks, strings of garlic and lots of cushions – so it felt like you were sitting in someone’s posh living room (in a nice way!). The table was quite small for four people, but I do like a lot of space to stretch out! Two of us were sat on a bench and two on chairs but the chairs weren’t particularly comfortable as they were wooden garden chairs, but hey ho. The food made up for it.

The waiters were fine, nothing special, but they were attentive and the service was quick, which always earns brownie points in my book! One thing I would say is that the restaurant doesn’t have a specific theme, the menu includes mexican inspired dishes, italian dishes, burgers, the lot. There were a lot of things I fancied though. To start, we got the Made to Order Guacamole with Tortillas (yum), the Fresh Wild French Fried Calamari (yum) and the Fresh Burrata with Roasted Baby Beets, Pine Nuts and Wild Arugula (again…yum). I would recommend all three as neither flavour nor presentation disappointed. As my main, I had the Penne with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Imported Bufala Mozzarella, Garden Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (one of my favourite dishes ever, and I can confirm it did live up to my high expectations). Sorry I don’t have photos of the first two courses, they came out way too dark!

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The starters and mains seem to have faded into the background though because all I can seem to remember from that evening was the desserts. I don’t even know where to start. My dad ordered the Key Lime Pie and my mum and brother got the Homemade Profiteroles with Homemade Pistachio, Caramel and Praline Gelato with Hot Fudge Sauce (A.K.A heart attack on a plate). I won the dessert round, however, because I wisely ordered the Homemade Banana Split which involves Homemade Vanilla, Praline, Chocolate Brownie & Chocolate Chip Gelato, Fresh Berries, Pineapple and Banana, Hot Fudge Sauce, Butterscotch Sauce and Freshly Whipped Cream (can you feel the diabetes ready to pounce?). All I can say is wow.

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The light and fluffy profiteroles (pictured above) were generously filled with different ice creams and the contrast between the hot chocolate sauce and cold ice cream created this involuntary ‘mmmmmm’ sound to come from somehwere within. The two chocolate chip cookies on the side were probably the best cookies I have ever had… and I’ve had a LOT of cookies. Crunchy, chocolatey, soft in the middle and so, so moreish!

image4My banana split was more like a banana drowned in… well, everything… but I’m not complaining. Ice cream, berries, banana, cookies, banana, fudge sauce, whipped cream… what more can you ask for? I’m going to stop rambling about this dessert now because I think the proof is in the picture. My photography skills literally went out the window (along with my health) the minute this showed up (and they were already on par with a five year old, so that’s saying something). I will end on this though, just bear in mind you can order 1 pound worth of the aforementioned chocolate chip cookies to take home. Two words for you: DO IT. They still tasted incredible for the next three days.

Taste: 8/10 (desserts: 10/10)
Presentation: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Location: 9/10
Price: 8/10
Menu: 9/10

What restaurants would you recommend in L.A? Have you ever been to any of The Ivy restaurants? If so, what did you think? Leave me a comment letting me know!

Thanks for reading,

Harrie x