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Reviews and contributions written by Leo Owen

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Cha Cha Moon (closed), Soho (Restaurant)
“Top 10 things we discovered about Cha Cha Moon restaurant: 1) The queue acts as testimony to its popularity, suggesting booking is worthwhile to avoid disappointment or a long wait! 2) The menu...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 04 May 14}

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Monty’s Wine Bar & Restaurant (closed), Fitzrovia (Bar / Restaurant)
“Top 10 things we discovered about Monty's Wine Bar and Restaurant when we visited: 1) Who's this mysterious Monty? A nobody - merely an arbitrary name randomly selected because it's easy to remember....”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 12 Aug 13}

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The Blues Kitchen, Camden (Bar)
Best for: Live music; hearty portions, bourbon lovers. Great: Taste; décor; service with a smile. I am Leo Owen, the female Adam Richman (only without my own TV...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 09 Jun 13}

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Spaghetti House, Kensington (Restaurant)
“London 2012 Olympic Games: As It Happened Today's Events In Summary • Two of today's Olympic hopefuls shamefully arrived 30 minutes late • Team GB's Leo Owen successfully completes all three courses • Sicily's...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 13 Aug 12}

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Chez Gerard, Fitzrovia (Bar / Restaurant)
Best for: Steaks; wine-matched meals in Fitzrovia. Great: Price fix French menu; service. 1968: a car treasure hunt comes to an end. Filing through the sizeable...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 26 Jul 11}

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The Lord's Tavern, Maida Vale & St Johns Wood (Bar)
Best for: Match Day menu deals; quick-eats. Great: Service; for people-watching. "Feed the snake, feed the snake..." The chanting rises to an alarming frenzy as...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 13 Jul 11}

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Artigiano, Belsize Park & Chalk Farm (Restaurant)
Best for: Inventive Italian cuisine; meal-matched wine. Great: Ambiance; attentive, fast unobtrusive service; £16.50 two course dinner deal. “Bordering Hampstead...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 23 Jun 11}

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McQueen Restaurant, Shoreditch (Restaurant)
Best for: American cuisine; slick restaurant décor. Great: Fast unobtrusive service; evening package deals in Shoreditch. “I've been a gang member, circus crew,...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 15 May 11}

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The Jam Tree, Chelsea (Bar / Restaurant)
Best for: British food with a twist; intimate dining. Great: Portion sizes; quirky themed décor; outside bar & BBQ area; proximity to Chelsea FC. Having exhaustingly...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 21 Apr 11}

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Spaghetti House, Mayfair (Restaurant)
Best for: Cheap authentic Italian food; sharing dishes. Great: Service; central London shopping location. It's 1975 and one hostage has escaped, leading to the immediate...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 18 Jan 11}

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The Chesterfield (closed), Notting Hill (Bar / Restaurant)
Best for: Intimate dining; Chesterfield sofas; sharing. Great: Cocktails; fast-service; Asian-fusion. Mothers-to-be and new parents notoriously get very little time...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 03 Jan 11}

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Chor Bizarre (closed), Mayfair (Restaurant)
Best for: Authentic Indian food, unusual dishes. Great: For that Indian feeling in Mayfair, décor, friendly service. I am back in Anjuna once again chomping down...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 29 Nov 10}

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Flemings Grill (closed), Mayfair (Restaurant)
Best for: Mayfair private dining, friendly and helpful service, Game dishes, Primrose cup cakes. Great: Dazzlingly clean cutlery, Art-deco furnishings, well-concealed...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 05 Nov 10}

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Khamsa, Brixton (Restaurant)
Best for: Fresh ingredients, juices, cakes Great: Relaxed atmosphere, décor, ethos It's 77 days until Christmas and counting but strangely enough it feels like Christmas...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 14 Oct 10}

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Spectrum Bar, Waterloo (Bar / Restaurant)
Best for: Desserts, fast service, English dishes with a twist, décor Great: Service, food presentation, lampshades, conference roof terrace, ambience County Hall...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 22 Sep 10}

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four o nine (closed), Clapham (Bar / Restaurant)
“Four O Nine was recently awarded the 2010 Hidden Gem Award (presented at Taste London, Best in Taste Awards) and it’s easy to see why. Glancing at the address, I feel pretty stupid realising the name and...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 27 Jul 10}

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Puji Puji, Dalston (Restaurant)
“Sitting outside on a sunny Monday reading a book on the front patio of Malaysian restaurant, Puji Puji, I almost feel as if I’ve been teleported to a more tropical land, but for the roar of London traffic...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 02 Jul 10}

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The Jam Tree (closed), Kensington (Bar / Restaurant)
“Recently, I was hit by the realisation that I am part of a family of four eyes. Not only do all of us wear glasses but of a remarkably similar style, too. My sister and I meet for our excursion to the...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 21 Jun 10}

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Garden Bar and Grill, Notting Hill (Bar / Restaurant)
“The crowd in the bustling Garden Bar and Grill makes me feel youthful. I can tell I'm going to like this place. At 30, I'm one of the youngest, surrounded by suited folk in their early 30s and beyond,...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 01 Jun 10}

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Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston (Bar / Club)
“Passing a bizarre row of structures akin to the seaside huts that sell boat trips and offer parasols and deck chair for hire, we come across a slick new glass-fronted building and peer inside. Reggae music...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 11 May 10}

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Bonda Cafe, Paddington (Restaurant)
“Online definitions of ‘café’ reveal the etymology dates back to 1802 to the French word for coffee. Merchants and travellers exploring Turkey and Egypt are responsible for contemporary caffeine addictions,...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 27 Apr 10}

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The Distillers, City of London (Bar / Restaurant)
“Entering The Distillers' grandiose with its impressively high ornate ceiling and giant-sized windows, it’s difficult not to imagine the pompous Mr. Dawes Senior imploring Jane and Michael Banks to forget...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 14 Apr 10}

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Mien Tay, Shoreditch (Restaurant)
“The family owned and run, Mien Tay, welcomed us with open arms. The motherly Li pampered and treated us for the entire duration of our meal. What we had intended to be a quick “bite to eat” soon became...”
Leo Owen, Fluid London reviewer 30 Mar 10}

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