Beautiful Food at La Bella Rifa’s Caribbean Cuisine

Just wanted to write a quick review on a lovely little food van I discovered about a month ago in Woolwich! La Bella Rifa’s is located in Woolwich Market and serves fresh Caribbean cuisine at great prices. Mr WFD and I shared a large portion of Curry Mutton with rice and peas and it was so good, I almost forgot to take a picture.

The mutton was cooked to perfection, with the right balance of spice, sauce and additional vegetables. I added hot sauce because I love that extra kick but to be honest you could eat La Bella Rifa’s food without. As you can see you get a generous portion of food for about a fiver! It really was a beautiful meal, the kind of food that hits the right spot at the right time, you know what I’m talking about! Friendly service from a great entrepreneur who knows how to cook great Caribbean food.

Rifa's Caribbean Cuisine

Rifa’s Caribbean Cuisine

Visit she caters for events too, so why not invite her down for your next function!

A Taste of Korean Cuisine at Kimchee Restaurant

I’m lucky enough to have great pals and one of them happens to be Paola Bassanese, a phenomenal woman of many talents, one of which is being able to write an awesome restaurant review.

Here is her review of Kimchee which was first published on her blog and has been re-booted for the WFD blog! Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Image by Paola Bassanese

Image by Paola Bassanese

Hands up if you remember the Korean Barbecue in Covent Garden’s Maiden Lane, tucked away in a little courtyard? Back in the day (I am talking the 90s, baby!) you would select the fresh ingredients and condiments and take them to the barbecue chef who would grill them to perfection. I still have fond memories of those dining experiences. Recently I ventured to Kimchee in Holborn, all sleek interiors, feng-shui’ed within an inch of its life (in a good way!), attentive staff and hectic cooks in full view. A less “democratic” dining experience than the Korean barbecue of yesteryear, however the dishes were all cooked beautifully. The menu is rather complicated and the website displays the food pictures separately from the text-only menu. Surely the pictures could show up next to the dishes on the menu to make choosing your meal a bit easier?

Image by Paola Bassanese

Image by Paola Bassanese

I studied the menu before going to the restaurant – I had actually chosen the Roseu Puen Che (rolled up slices of roast beef with vegetable and dipping sauce) as a starter, but that wasn’t included in the Holborn menu. So instead, I chose the radish pickles as a starter (which went down very well with my vegetarian friend while she waited for her own starter) and as a main I chose the Kimchee Jjigae, a fragrant and spicy soup with thin slices of beef, tofu, kimchee (which I had never tried before – fermented cabbage) and enokitake mushrooms. The food was very spicy and the flavour was very satisfying. The restaurant was buzzing with the Friday trade of office workers and friends’ gatherings. Overall thumbs up!

Perfect for:

  • Catching up with friends
  • Informal dining

Kimchee is at 71 HIGH HOLBORN LONDON WC1V 6EA. Tweet them @kimcheerest

Original blog can be found here

Follow Paola on @paolaenergya and make sure you visit her blog too