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Cafe Journal, 23-24 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PG, England

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What: Cosy Italian offering the usual suspects, i.e., pizza, pasta and the like.

 Prices: Good value. Starters £2.80-£4.80, pasta dishes around £5.50, risottos around £5.80…

 Vegetarian menu: Penne arrabiata, brochette, pizza with choice of toppings, garlic bread, pasta al pesto, pasta primavera and some more.

 Drinks: Wines, soft drinks, coffee, sparkling water, etc.

 Service: Friendly and quick.

 Comfortable? Yes. The restaurant was surprisingly quiet when this reviewer ate there. I would normally expect a place serving such excellent food to be packed but, in fact, there were only four diners. Music was low and unintrusive. Seats were fine. Table was sturdy. Traffic noise from the street wasn’t really noticeable even seated by the window with the main door open.

 Was the food good? Yes. The tomato and basil brochette was perfect. The quality of the olive oil used was superb, the tomatos were very fresh and the smell of basil from the plate was amazing. The penne arrabiata, often a boring “option” for vegetarians seemed to be made from very fresh tomatoes and was the best example of the dish that this reviewer has ever eaten. My omnivourous dining partner also enjoyed her dishes, which were the tuna stuffed peppers and a steak pizza. The glass of white wine was generous and well chosen.

 Toilets: Very clean, nice soap and paper towels to dry hands.

 My advice to the chef: Keep up the good work, but perhaps add some vegan dishes to the menu.

 My advice to the manager: Keep up the good work.

 Overall: Excellent food, quiet and comfortable. Would definitely return. A real gem.

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