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Communitea, South Norwood, London SE25

Who among us can truly said to be good? What is goodness? At this week's featured cafe, Communitea in South Norwood, the 'Good Sandwich' may hold the answers. Is morality a measurable scale upon which we are judged, with those passing a certain tally of good deeds ending up in a restaurant pun utopia while those falling short are destined to dine forever at mundanely named establishments? There's vegan cake, so perhaps a Brioche With Death won't be required to find out.

For those neither waxing nor waning, the Half Moon in Herne Hill has an update following a breakfast time visit, as does Santok Maa's in Thornton Heath, a vegetarian Indian restaurant with excellent bhel puri. Finally, Umana Yana (also in Herne Hill) has a new page, in which you can read about Guyanese rotis and scotch bonnet sauce.

That's it until next week - in the meantime here are some roti restaurants that haven't made it to Herne Hill yet: A Roti Nowhere, The Roti Mandalay, Crop Roti-ation, Why I Atta, Paratha The Rapper, Paratha Fashion, Peppermint Chapati, Don't Leaven Me This Way.
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Hello and welcome back to another week of randomness!

Kalpa, Croydon, London CR0

We understand that the content has been a little Croydon-centric recently, but expect the range to expand soon! In the meantime, your featured article is Kalpa, CR0 2SB, a Sri Lankan and Keralan restaurant in... Croydon! Our write-up suggests the food is a bit hit and miss, but since all the recent recommendations mean you're surely likely to passing through Croydon, why not stop off?

New articles move a bit further north, to Viet Hoa in Shoreditch: modern decor, and well spiced; and the Everyman King's Cross cinema. It's very posh and therefore both very comfortable and very expensive (like the rest of the chain).

Updates have been made to The Duke's Head Hotel in Wallington, and The Royal Oak in Borough. Thankfully the pub remains excellent, the beer good and keenly-priced too.

Finally, we must report the (thankfully temporary) closure of Mamuska! at Elephant & Castle, which is moving to another location nearby later this year. Polish dumpling fans can breathe easier.
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Cafe Oto, Dalston, E8

Friends, HELLO!

Our new featured article is Cafe Oto in Dalston. By day it's a cafe serving Persian-inspired food, and by night it's an avant garde music venue - very Dalston, including the inflated prices.

Updates have been made to Sarashwathy Bhavan (or possibly Sarashwathy Bavans) in Wembley. The food's all vegetarian and good portions though it seems the quality's a bit patchy for certain dishes.

In other totally vegetarian food updates, Communitea in South Norwood is a cafe and community space with a small menu but rave reviews. I'll be checking out the "good sandwich" very soon!
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Taste of Kerala, Croydon, London CR0

Morning RGL readers!

This week's featured article is for Taste of Kerala in Croydon, a small South Indian restaurant which sounds like a handy spot for a lunchtime thali. Good value for money, too!

In Latin American cafe news, there's a new page for the Pueblito Paisa Cafe, which is right opposite the 76 bus stop at Seven Sisters station, next to the market. No word on whether they do Christmas empanadas or not.

There are updates for The Finsbury pub (in Finsbury Park, not Finsbury EC1) where the lime and soda is FREE, yes FREE, and for the Dilara/Uyghur Restaurant (also in Finsbury Park, not Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Territory), where the menu is a mix of Turkish and Chinese dishes.

Regular readers will remember the Sir Richard Steele closing for refurbishment back in January - your patience has been rewarded! It's back open and we have no idea what it's like now. Will they have kept the ceiling mural? A world of mystery awaits in Belsize Park.
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Welcome back to another week of RGL!

Cricketers, Croydon, London CR0

Ah here is a Croydon pub, and it's your featured article for this week: The Cricketers, CR0 6SG. I've been there, though before it went through its troubled smoked meat phase. I mean, we all do, don't we? Luckily, they have a sandwich good enough that Kake would travel all the way there to eat it. You may demur and say, well, Kake doesn't live all that far from it, but I think it's still enough of a recommendation. Why not read the entry to find out about this wonderful sandwich? (If you like fish.)

We have an update to the Cafe Oto entry. The Persian-inspired food is perhaps a little overpriced, but I'm visiting later this year to see some kind of avant-garde cacophony no doubt, so perhaps shall get to judge it myself.

A reported temporary closure for The Compton Arms near Highbury, but I was told a few weeks ago that it was fully open once again, so perhaps just tread carefully. Perhaps it is, perhaps it's not.

Many other pubs, though, have definitely closed, and closed more or less permanently. There's The Fox in Dalston, there's South London Pacific in Kennington, there's The Fountain in New Malden, and there's the Adnam's pub The Bridge House on Tower Bridge. Times do change, but I can't imagine some of these locations will be closed forever.

One final note about the Earl Haig in sunny Hounslow, not closed but instead renamed to Keg & Cask. Well I for one will be unlikely to visit, but mostly because I rarely make it quite so far out of the centre.
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Blend, Norbury, London SW16

Hiya folks!

This week's featured article is Blend, a microcafe in Norbury. It's hard for me to think about hot drinks right now, but if I'm ever around that way, I'll be sure to check out their excellent selection of loose leaf teas. They also serve a curated selection of breakfast faves and sangers, and you'll likely be able to charge your phone or other electronic device if need be.

Two new articles have been added - Obia in Croydon's restaurant quarter serves an interesting falafel burger, though it appears the curse of the structurally unsound veg burger knows no bounds. If that seems a bit outré, you can always stick with their traditional Italian classics.

Still in Croydon, Kalpa serves Sri Lankan and Keralan food. Our reviewers were satisfied by the overall quality, though slightly underwhelmed by the mutonniness off the mutton rolls.

Updates have been made to Viet Grill in Shoreditch. Perhaps try the Saigon Feed set lunch, where you can choose from a limited selection of starters and mains, one of which is called "grilled piggy aubergine" and which our reviewer found quite nice.
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Parklife Cafe, Croydon, London CR0

Evening RGL readers!

I made some dreadful Blur jokes for the subject of our featured article a few weeks ago, unfortunately There's No Other Way I can introduce Croydon's Parklife Cafe. Truly, This Is A Low in terms of puns. (Try the eggs benedict.)

New this week is Turkish restaurant Best Mangal in Old Street, where you can enjoy Tender kebabs at your Leisure, though it's a bit of a squeeze space-wise. These puns really have No Distance Left To Run so I am going to stop now.
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Hello all! It's Wednesday! You know, Kake sends me updates on Sunday or Monday, but I just like to keep you all waiting in excited suspense to find out what's been going on at the RGL website... (Well, that, or I'm just a bit disorganised.)

東京ダイナー (Tokyo Diner), Chinatown, London WC2

So this week, our featured player is Tokyo Diner, WC2H 7JP, a busy if sparsely-decorated Japanese veteran, which won't take your tips and does a fine agedashi tofu.

New to the team is Blend, another compact Norbury tea and coffee lover with a fine view of railway platforms, offering what we're calling sensibly-balanced food.

We have a breakfast-related update to Affogato, also found in Norbury.

Finally, looks like Hiep Phat in Walworth might be going, but we're not sure yet. Tins and boxes of Chinese and Vietnamese groceries may no longer be available at this location in SE17, but we're just waiting confirmation on its fate.
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Dilara, Finsbury Park, London N4

Evening all :)

This week's featured article is Dilara/Uyghur Restaurant in Finsbury Park. Don't be deceived by the signage - this ain't no standard kebab shop (though it does have kebabs on the menu). Peer beyond the entry to discover a be-chandeliered restaurant with plenty of seating, serving a variety of Turkish and Uyghur cuisine. Our reviewer was impressed by the quality of the marjan korumisi - stop by and you may end up getting a freebie with your meal.

Fans of chickpea-based scran will be saddend to hear that Hummus Bros has gone into administration, closing all their restaurants including the Wardour Street and Southampton Row branches.

Also permanently closed is Caprice, a Balkan and Mediterranean restaurant in Croydon's High Street.
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Blue Jay Cafe, South Norwood, London SE25
Hello RGL readers!

This week's featured article takes us to the Blue Jay Cafe in South Norwood, a small Caribbean establishment that serves its baked beans asymptotically, approaching the other items but never touching them. I'm sure James Stirling would be a regular if he hadn't popped his clogs 250 years ago.

We have a few updates, too! In Wallington, Coughlans Bakery has a decent vegan toastie, while there's some important lime and soda pricing information for The Star. In nearby Croydon, the Cricketers pub seems to have finally settled on its name and menu, which happily includes a great Cajun catfish sandwich.

Finally, there's an update for Maggie's cafe in Lewisham, which has a create-your-own breakfast approach whereby all items are plunged into a chaos distribution, for better or worse. Presumably Jacques Hadamard has been playing billiards with the bubble?
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I am keeping you waiting this week, apologies, but read on for some fine places!

Boca, Aldgate

First up, the featured article is Boca, E1 7DA. This is a cafe in Spitalfields themed around South America! An entire continent of food in such a small space. Anyway, expect empanadas aplenty, and vegan/veg options, hurrah!

Otherwise, we have three updated articles:

* Tokyo Diner, a Japanese restaurant in Chinatown. Try some tasty agedashi tofu, perhaps?

* Cafe Blue, a cafe in sun-struck Purley. It is blue. May not be worthy a visit to Purley if you're not local, unless you're a fan of curly fries perhaps?

* Cappuccino, a cafe in Norbury. It gets busy, and you might not get the breakfast you want, but try the smoothies, smoothie fans.
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Poached, Beckenham, London BR3

Morning all :)

This week's featured article is Poached,a friendly little cafe in Beckenham which doesn't quite hit the RLG gold standard of "very good" as yet, but shows great promise.

Two new articles have been added - Blue Jay Cafe, a child-friendly Caribbean cafe in South Norwood, and Dilara/Uyghur Restaurant, a Turkish and Uyghu restaurant in Finsbury Park that may appear to be a standard kebab shop but seats quite a few and offers a larger variety than your typical doner.

Updates have been made to Tram Stop cafe in Addiscombe, the Crown and Greyhound pub in Dulwich Village, and Flavaz N Spices, a Guyanese takeaway and bakery in Anerley.

Three reported permanent pub closures this week, Antigallican in Charlton, White House, a Wetherspooon's pub located between Hayes and East Drayton, and the curiously named Load of Hay in Uxbridge.

Finally, a less permanent closure, the Canbury Arms, a gastropub in Kingston, is closed for refurbishment and due to reopen later this year.
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Ii-Ma Sushi, Sutton, London SM1

Evening RGL readers!

This week's featured article concernes my personal highlight of Sutton, Ii-Ma Sushi. Small but perfectly formed, they have excellent sashimi and a fridge full of sake. I plan to visit there in the near future and I am looking forward to it immensely.

Changes afoot in Sydenham, where the Honey Hive vegan cafe (located inside the Calabash of Culture bookshop) has closed. A shame: they did a lovely chocolate brownie.

Meanwhile up in Hackney, my old haunt, the Pembury Tavern has been taken over by the Five Points Brewery, a literal stone's skim away*. Apart from the current lack of food being served, we're not sure if anything has changed yet, but I'd imagine half of the clientele would still be able to help you reinstall Ubuntu if needed.

*Wikipedia says the world record for stone skimming is 121.8m. Google Maps says Five Points to the Pembury is 110m. One burst water main on Amhurst Road and we're sorted!
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Welcome back to this bank holiday week, and I've taken my sweet time to post this update, but to be fair it's a light one.

Shinner & Sudtone, Sutton, London SM1

The featured article is The Shinner and Sudtone, SM1 1DT. This vaguely ridiculous name is of course the sign of an Antic pub in your neighbourhood, and they've done it up like an antiques shop. Sutton is a long way from the centre, but if you're down that way, it's a fine establishment and worth popping your head in.

Also, for the technically minded, TfL Rail has taken over the old Heathrow Connect service, which is all in preparation for the line formerly known as Crossrail to open later this year.
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Vanilla Black, Holborn, London EC4

Happy Monday friends!

This week's featured article is Vanilla Black, a totally vegterarian and vegan friendly fine dining experience our reviewers are well acquainted with. I am certainly persuaded to check it out when I'm feeling a bit flush with cash :)

Down Sutton way, Ii-Ma Sushi's sushi set remains dependable, and is generous with the miso soup. Robin Hood, a Young's pub also in Sutton, has been refurbished and serves a friendly selection of real ales.

Finally, the Oxford Tavern, Kentish Town, has rebranded from simply Oxford, though the review pre-dates this.
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K's Spice, Erith, London DA8

Hi readers! This week's featured article is for K's Spice in sunny Erith. This Nigerian restaurant is a tale of two halves: the casual, familiar tiling on one side, the dramatic elegance of stone cladding on the other, reflecting the eternal dualism within us all, the light and dark, the yin and yang, and all the shades in between that create a fulfilling and rounded human experience worth living for. Also, there's plantain!

New this week - we've all dreamed about it - the Christmas empanada. Yes, at Boca in Aldgate, your December empanada dreams can come true. If veggie stuffing and turkey fillings aren't your thing, try the sweet potato and feta - available all year round!

There's an update to Marylebone favourite The Golden Eagle - the beer is still good and there's still a dude playing piano classics in the corner. It's unlikely that this pub will change its style in the next millennium but your trusty reviewing team is happy to keep checking regardless.
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Hello and welcome back! We've got a big update this week, so strap yourselves in. Here we go...

Little Coffee Shop, South Croydon, London CR2

The featured article is Little Coffee Shop, CR2 0PJ, and I know what you're thinking: it's probably a coffee shop, and perhaps it's quite small in size. Well, on the second point, you wouldn't be wrong: we reckon it holds about 10 people, with a few more out front on a patio. On the first point, well it does serve coffee, but it also does tea (watch out for overbrewing dangers)! Plus you can get food there too, like sandwiches for example, or muffins. They have some good savoury muffins in particular. Still, might not be worth a special visit, but it's special for those who are local.

And that's it.
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Melisi, Ruislip, London HA4

Hello & happy spring-at-last, RGL peeps! :)

This week's featured article is Melisi, an Italian restaurant, bar and cafe very near Ruislip Station. It's a bright and welcoming place, even to our normally Italian-food avoidant reviewer, providing a decent sanger as well as the usual pizzas and pastas.

The India Club article has been updated - a restuarant with a rich and interesting history, though unfortunately those two adjectives don't appear to apply to the food.
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Itadaki Zen, King's Cross, London WC1

Hi RGL crew! I’m back after an unforeseen shortage of working laptops in the Sydenham area. We've had a productive week, so let's crack on with our featured article Itadaki Zen, a vegan Japanese restaurant in King's Cross. It's a solid, reasonably priced lunch option for the area with good tempura and bento boxes.

In Lloyd Park, Croydon, a morning soup can be avoided if you take a route straight through what is known as Parklife Cafe! As our new page for it describes, it's open for breakfast and there are plenty of tasty alternatives to soup, enough to give you an enormous sense of well-being.

There's a new page for GT Flavazs "N" Spices, which is not in fact the newest grime remixer on the block but a friendly Guyanese bakery and takeaway in Anerley. Thirteen stops up the Overground to Shoreditch, you'll find Lyle's, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the vein of St. John, which our reviewer enjoyed a great deal.

Also new to RGL is Brixton's Booma, a restaurant whose gimmick is curry-and-craft-beer pairing. A match made in heaven? You'll have to read the article and find out. Meanwhile down in Beckenham we have new pages for Indian restaurant Chai Naasto, and Poached, a small cafe where you have one (1) guess as to what sort of eggs our reviewer had for breakfast.

There's an update to the page for Bombay Burrito in Angel (now with vegan options!) and the Indian YMCA canteen in Fitzrovia (now with Rice Krispies!).

Lastly, Salt & Pickle in Crystal Palace has closed after less than a year - the final outpost of the Good Taste empire has now left the Triangle.
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Hello and welcome back to another week, if your week starts on a Tuesday.

St George's Walk, Croydon, London CR0

The featured article is Roti Masters, CR0 1YG in Croydon, a halal Caribbean cafe. But are they truly masters of the roti? Visit our reviews to FIND OUT.

There are no new articles, but two significant updates. These are to Vanilla Black, an upscale vegetarian restaurant near Holborn, and they can sort out vegans too. It's a lengthy review, so why not dive in? There'a also an update to The Wenlock Arms in Hoxton, which still has all the real ales and some basic pub food.

Finally, Suda Thai has moved from Covent Garden to Fitzrovia.

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