My 3 Favorite Restaurants​ in London for French Toast

French Toast is one of my favorite breakfast of all times especially if I am in London or Dubai. In Russia, I don’t usually order them because we have other fun options as pancakes and cottage cheese dishes. But during my last trip to London, I had a very important mission to fulfill, to find the best french toast in town.  Of course, there are so many restaurants and I didn’t have a chance to try all of them. Nevertheless, I was lucky enough to find a couple of great ones. Hope it will be a useful little guide for those who are also in love with this delicious breakfast.

  1. Duck & Waffle

I know people supposed to come for Duck&Waffle dish to this restaurant but honestly, I think the best dish on the menu, it’s a French Toast. Although they call it differently, TORREJAS and recommend to share it. If I go there again, I skip the main and order just this with a cup of coffee or tea plus I’m going to share my French Toast with nobody. Don’t get me wrong, the other things I tried were good but French Toast there is something really amazing.

  • Name – on the menu TORREJAS (Serves Two)
  • Price £16 (to share the price is great but not the dessert)

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      2. Four Seasons on Park Lane

I discovered this dish at the Four Season actually by pure luck. I was sitting in the hotel lobby with a friend of mine and having tea, then I felt for something sweet but nothing was appealing to me on the menu. Then talking to a waitress she asked me, What usually do you like to eat for sweets? As a joke, I answered a French Toast. She said we can make it, you are in a 5-star hotel, the no answer doesn’t exist here. So they made a French Toast just for me and honestly it was one of the best ever. Definitely coming back on my next trip.

  • Name – French Toast, it is off the menu but just ask for it
  • Price £14 (not sure exactly because I paid together with a tea £17)

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      3. Aubaine

My all time favorite restaurant for breakfasts and brunches is Aubaine. Living in Dubai, I used to go there quite often. So to keep up with a tradition I decided to try it in London as well. They always do excellent French Toast although lately they try to modify and make it more interesting as French Toast Croissant with banana and bacon or French Toast Croissant with mix berries. Do not order these modifications, I personally didn’t like it. Just ask them to do off the menu traditional way with berries and maple syrup.

  • Name – French Toast ask for classic one
  • Price – £11.5

Let me know if you also a French Toast fun and if you know other great places to try it. I also learn from you.

Transportation in Mauritius. By Taxi, Car or Bus?

For those who are planning to travel to Mauritius for the fist time, an important question will be how to I deal with transportation. Is it possible to rent a car or better to take a taxi or even go with the public transportation? In this article, I would like to give all the necessary information on this matter and break some of the misconceptions you may have.

To Rent a Car

To rent a car is super easy in Mauritius. It is a very developed country; therefore you can get such service as anywhere in the world right from the airport. There are many famous rent-a-car companies such as Avis, Sixt, Europcar and etc. Also, the tour company I was  dealing with during my trip As-Siyaaha Tour Operator have rent-a-car service as well. You can check their rates on the website. The important thing to notice cars drive on the left-hand side and the wheel inside the car in on the right side. So if you are able to drive in The United Kingdom or Australis, then you will manage in Mauritius. In addition, people are driving there very fast and a little bit crazy from my point of view. So you might expect lots of honking. They use honk just to warning others that they are coming, they mean by it “Watch Out”.

Cost – rs 1,200-6,000 ($34-170) a day depending on a car you want to rent.

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To Take a Taxi

Another option for travelers will be to take a taxi. There are no famouse taxi system such as Uber or YandexTaxi. However, if the car has taxi sign on it, it means the driver is fully licensed. In fact, Mauritius is a very safe and well-regulated country. To find a driver there who will take you around all day long, quite easy. The important part is to agree on the price before the ride. Many people are taking a taxi to side seeing or any places they would like to visit. Also, a driver will wait for you as much as needed even if you take 3 hours. Do not be shy on this aspect, in Mauritius people will actually think you crazy if for example you are going to the zoo and agree on one ride without return. They like to wait and be happy to do it for the same price as you came to the place. Also, you can agree with a tour operator for any rides you needed. Personally, I was dealing with As-Siyaaha Tour Operator so I can recommend them for airport transfer as well as all kind of tours.

Cost – rs 500-3,000 ($14-85) per ride depending on where you like to go.

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To Take a Bus

There are lots of buses and many stations around the island. In fact, if you need a short ride it is quite easy to find a bus. You will see Bus Stop signs on most of the roads. Just stand next to such sign and raise your hand!!! If you don’t raise your hand, bus not going to stop for you.  I didn’t try such transportation because I was standing and didn’t raise my hand, I had no idea I supposed to do that. So a couple of busses just passes next to me with a huge speed and honk. Almost like in a movie :))) Last but not least, most of the buses have different colors, it is just because they are from different companies.

Cost – rs 50 ($1.5) per ride, not sure if it would depend on distance as well.

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One&Only Resort The Palm, Dubai

One&Only is absolutely the best places in Dubai, for a getaway and major retreat. This resort located at the end of Palm Jumeirah, in 30 min. drive from the city and 20 min. from Mall of the Emirates. It is a very relaxing place with luxury interior and excellent service. In fact, it became one of my favorite spots in Dubai. The architecture of the whole place is stunning in my opinion . Also, I think they have the most beautiful swimming pool. I just love the design of tiles and extremely comfortable sun beds surrounded by palms. Each person on the resort has complete privacy.

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Resort has accommodations in main building 35 suits, six mansions with 8 suits in each and beach front villas. Great place to come with the family isn’t it. I was staying in one of mansion suit with a wonderful view on the sea. This is how it looked inside. Some photos I took from hotel main site, it was better quality than mine and shows the whole beauty of the place. All of the others are mine.Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 7.43.25 PM

Truly a beautiful place to visit. So this is how the mansion looks like with stairs and little corridor to rooms.

Every morning I had breakfast in the Zest restaurant and dinner in Olives restaurant in One&Only Royal Mirage. There was shuttle boat between them so during my stay I totally avoided driving which made me feel like on an island.

Moreover, One&Only resort has Guerlain spa which I tried as well. I loved everything about it. The ambiance was beyond excellence, therapists are extremely professional and the whole place just wonderful. So I cannot find anything I didn’t like about the whole experiences. It was a really really nice hotel. On a scale of 10, I would put 100.