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Alternate lunch locations hit the spot

ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR GABRIEL RUIMY takes a look at places to eat off the beaten path.

Carluccio’s for Bruno’s

Time to Get There:
Nine minutes walking

End of the St. John’s Wood High Street

Rating: 9/10

Recommended Dish:
Their lemonade is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. Also, the mozzarella tomato panini is great.

Take-away: Yes, but you cannot order from the full menu when you take away.

Review: Although many don’t know about it, the food here is some of the best I’ve come across. The ingredients in their sandwiches are fresh and tasty and it is all reasonably priced. You can sit down and eat at the restaurant, or you can grab a sandwich, pasta or a salad from the deli section. Another perk is that Carluccio’s provides a delicious gluten-free menu on request.

The atmosphere of the restaurant itself is very welcoming, with a variety of foods visible at the entrance and friendly servers. The only downside, though, is that you can only walk there.

Thai Food at Swiss Cottage for Bhan Thai

Time to Get There:
Eight minutes by bus

Swiss Cottage Tube stop

Rating: 8/10

Recommended Dish:
Chicken pad thai

Take-away: Yes

Review: Not the traditional restaurant, the Thai place at the Swiss Cottage Farmer’s Market serves unique dishes that come for incredibly low prices for quantity and quality. Though the food is great, the restaurant is nothing more than a stand, giving you the food but no chair or shelter. If you’re tired of the fast foods of Finchley but want to go in that direction, or want a change of scene from Bhan Thai Restaurant, this is your place.

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