Oma Bistró

‘Oma’, which means ‘grandmother’ in German, brings to mind feelings of comfort and warmth, and big dishes of homemade, heartening food. This sense of cosiness is reflected in this light and airy bistro, which boasts an extensive menu of local, seasonal products for every time of day.

The interior of Oma recalls a hipster-esque vibe, with exposed brick walls, glass vases of single flowers, mismatched, distressed chairs and, most surprisingly, randomly placed bicycles. However, the style seems more effortless than forced and serves to create a warming, cosy atmosphere – like the inside of a mountainous log cabin. The vast range of diners also reflects the unassuming feel and sincerity of Oma, with solo readers enjoying their morning espresso alongside family get togethers and students catching up over brunch alike.

There is a range of coffees for the caffeine-addict as well as fresh orange juice, milkshakes with chantilly cream, fruit smoothies and beer on tap. Whilst I went for classic scrambled eggs on toast with smoked salmon, my friend opted for the French toast with cream and fresh fruit. Both dishes were fresh and delicious and beautifully presented in simple, white bowls.

Oma has something for everyone, for every time of day. Located on a seemingly quiet corner on the streets of Barcelona, it is an oasis of calm and comfort within the bustle of the city.


227 Consell de Cent
08011 Barcelona


Philou

Philippe Damas is the owner behind this classic and simple restaurant. He is the creative force behind the dishes and also the guy who takes your coat at the door. His presence everywhere in the restaurant for me says ‘independent and personal’ from the moment you cross the threshold.

Philou is a typical French néo-bistro situated behind the banks of the Canal St. Martin, serving an eclectic menu. The restaurant is not at all pretentious, but operates on a strict booking system due to its popularity. So if you want a table, you MUST book.

Scribbled on two enormous, wall-covering blackboards, the menu itself adds to the décor of the interior, whilst conveniently giving every customer an equal eyeful of the starters, mains and desserts. The food is a delicate mix of French fusion in good-sized portions. Depending on your appetite you may want to operate off the two or three course set ‘formule’ (set-menu). My one tip: make sure you have a dessert. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, make sure you have a Philou dessert.

I’d describe the atmosphere in the restaurant as relaxed, made so by the laid-back but elegant Parisian clientele. For your sunnier days in the French capital, the outside terrace is perfect to test out their wine list, with additional windshields making it perfect for chillier times too. In summary, Philou bistro is classic, contemporary and has culinary charisma.


www.restophilou.com/

12 Avenue Richerand
75010 Paris
+33 1 42 38 00 13


The Clifton Sausage

In general, you’re playing a risky game trying to get a table on a Saturday afternoon in Clifton Village without having booked. Luckily, only being two, my mum and I managed to sneak in on a table at the front of this homely restaurant.

The idea behind The Clifton Sausage is ‘British food, done well’, and the restaurant aspires to use British and regional produce wherever possible. I warn you not to go when your stomach is at near empty (as my mum and I did). This is unwise because you find yourself over-ordering and consequently trying to bite off more than you can chew, quite literally. On the other hand, coming here not hungry at all would be an utter waste of time and money, because quite honestly the food is FAB!

The menu is also accepting of any vegetarians amongst you, so don’t be dissuaded by the convincingly carnivorous name.

The service is also something to be praised. Having worked in restaurants myself, it is easy to tell if someone can clearly do their job or not. The waiter on our table was in fact also the barman, as we were sitting so near by, but this was the perfect excuse to order those unnecessary extra rounds of Italian red wine.

What is better than afternoon drinking with a fat sausage? My fat sausage was the classic pork and apple variety with a side of champ mash. My mum, although not a vegetarian, wanted to test the waters with their take on a veggie sausage, and she was pleasantly surprised. With the appetisers (calamari and parsnip crisps) and the sides (kale, chorizo and veg), finishing these fat sausages was quite the mission.

This is the perfect restaurant for spending a leisurely afternoon with friends or family, and not feeling like you’re being hurried out by the next table. All in all, it’s definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in this area, conveniently near Leigh Woods and the Durdham Downs. The food is not cheap but nor is it a rip off, and most likely you will not have food regret.

http://www.cliftonsausage.co.uk/

7 Portland St
Bristol
BS8 4JA
+44 117 973 1192