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  1. Published : Thursday, 17th April 2014

    Chico Bandito | Chico Bandito – Mexican on a Budget

    Chico Bandito is a restaurant we accidentally found hidden away amongst the back streets of Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch. Seeing the lunch menu at £5 for a burrito we huddled in and decided to have a hearty lunch. The interior of the restaurant reflects the bright, fun exterior, with Mexican hats hanging upside down as well other associated Mexican decorations. It’s certainly seems an interesting place to come after work, if you wanted a casual, laid back drink...

  2. After a disappointing introduction to sliders, a larger, heftier burger was in order. I’ve seen The Diner, scattered in various parts of London but I’ve always walked past. Walking around Shoreditch one lunchtime, I decided to drop in. I ordered the super berry iced tea and was surprised at how good it tasted, with sharp berry notes but still sweet. Perfect for the recent spring weather we’ve been having in London...

  3. I loved the interior of Electricity Showrooms with their casual laid back vibe and red, decorative ceilings but was however, quieter than I would have expected at lunch. Attracted by the sliders, we decided to try one of each with a few side dishes alongside...

  4. A late post, but Pancake Day seemed to have creeped up and where better to have pancakes than at The Breakfast Club? I’ve never dined here before, but I’ve heard so many great things and you can’t go wrong with American-style pancakes. The Breakfast Club has many restaurants scattered all around London but many, unfortunately, have a large queue at most times of the day. The Hoxton branch however, is one of the quieter restaurants and fortunately for us, having an earlier lunch meant finding a seat wasn’t a problem...

  5. I’m fortunate enough to work in an area surrounded by decent lunchtime eateries. Grab Thai Street Kitchen is no exception and I’ve visited several times as I can’t get enough. The interior is very ‘Shoreditch’ with bulbs hanging by a bright blue and red cable wires from the ceiling, yet still has a homely, comforting atmosphere...

  6. Published : Monday, 10th March 2014

    The Parcel Yard | The Parcel Yard

    Kings Cross is one of the only London train stations that I tend to travel from when journeying back t’north every couple of months. I’ve never, however, managed to arrive early enough to visit the pub hidden towards the back of the station named ‘The Parcel Yard’. Things changed when we arrived a little too early and needed to pass the time. Where better than a pub situated in the station? The interior was bigger than the outside suggested, with an array of many rooms and seating areas depending on how long you’re staying. The decor was not one to complain about with a casual yet rustic-homely, feel...

  7. Published : Tuesday, 4th March 2014

    Gymkhana | Gymkhana – An Evening of Indian Delight

    As soon as we entered the restaurant and were seated upstairs, the restaurant felt relaxed, elegant and was modernly presented. Gymkhana has a variety of different tasting menus, such as the game menu, vegetarian menu and an early dining menu as well as offering a more traditional à La Carte menu. Since our table was booked slightly earlier, we opted for the early dining menu which is only offered between 5.30pm – 6.00pm every evening. The menu is extremely good value with 4 courses offered for £25 per person, with the option of adding a wine pairing for £45. We opted for the former and since there were two options per course, we opted to try every item offered. We couldn’t help ourselves...

  8. After a few cocktails in Soho for a friend’s birthday, we knew it’d be difficult to find a restaurant that would satisfy everyone’s craving. Italian seemed like the most likely option. Walking down Old Compton Street, we stumbled upon Amalfi. Decorated with a cosy, homely Italian-feel, Amalfi was just what we all needed; comfort food. Men definitely have more of an appetite, as soon as we saw the shared platter of antipasto, we ordered two. The antipasto consisted of a selection of Italian meats such as salami Napoli and Parma ham, fresh mozzarella and chopped tomato, bruschetta pomodoro consisting of tomato, garlic, olive oil served with grilled focaccia and grilled vegetables. We also received black olive tapenade...

  9. Published : Monday, 17th February 2014

    Pitt Cue Co | Pitt Cue Co – Believe the Hype

    Pitt Cue Co is a restaurant with a huge online following. There’s just one major hiccup; a small, tightly packed dining area which can only seat around 25 people. If you’re not early, then you will be waiting outside for most of the evening. It’s no wonder that a restaurant with a vast following and gleaming online reviews, would bring a swarm of fellow foodies. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough room to feed them all. To help, the kitchen closes at 3pm and re-opens at 5.30pm every day. Armed with a plan of action, myself and the OH decided to arrive early on a Saturday to beat the queue...

  10. Eight Club is a private member’s club located in two central areas of London; Moorgate & Bank. I was lucky enough to dine at Quartier restaurant, in Moorgate, as part of a work event. The dining room was decorated with modern features, surrounded by intriguing paintings. We were served an exciting set menu that had a modern European twist...

  11. Published : Tuesday, 7th January 2014

    Viet Grill | Viet Grill – A New Firm Favourite

    Viet Grill is located on Kingsland Road which is more commonly known as the ‘Pho Mile’ and the epicentre for Vietnamese food in London. The interior of Viet Grill was casual and quiet for a weekday lunchtime. The restaurant was however, laid out well with plenty of space for diners on busy evening. The lunch menu is extensive with many different express menus. It took us awhile to decide what we wanted as there were many dishes with interesting flavour combinations. I opted for the ‘Rice Lunch’ which consisted of a main course, soup of the day, rice and side salad. We also decided to order some spring rolls for starters...

  12. Published : Tuesday, 24th December 2013

    Pizza Express Clerkenwell Road | Christmas at Pizza Express

    I love Christmas and especially love it when restaurants take the time to adjust their menu and create a special one, ready for the festive season. Pizza Express is no exception, and I took a trip to my local branch after I was kindly invited to review their new Christmas menu. The Christmas menu at Pizza Express has two options; two courses for £14.95 or three courses for £19.95 which includes an apertif to start and a limoncello to finish. We opted for the latter...

  13. Published : Tuesday, 17th December 2013

    Yum Bun | Yum Bun – A Playful Alternative to the Sandwich

    Yum Bun has been very popular in the London street-food scene and has won many awards. Since March 2013, Yum Bun has a more permanent home in Shoreditch, just a stones throw away from Old Street tube station. Situated next door to Rotary, Yum Bun is hidden away on Featherstone street and is a tiny eaterie however don’t let the size put you off as both restaurants are linked and hold a mutual understanding; customers of Yum Bun are welcome to sit and enjoy their buns as long as you order a beverage...

  14. Dirty Burger has been the next burger joint on my list ever since I visited Honest Burgers. Since the burger hype has recently died down, what better time to pop-in? You’ll find Dirty Burger unlike any other typical restaurant; situated off a main road and in a tiny shack. Not to everyone’s taste but I really liked how simple and straight to the point the place is...

  15. Published : Thursday, 5th December 2013

    McQueen | McQueen – Skip the Lunch Menu

    The interior of the restaurant is decorated with a modern, masculine vibe and has TVs scattered around the restaurant playing old Steve McQueen films...

  16. Hawksmoor is one of those restaurants you never hear or read bad things about, with high remarks from many bloggers and diners all over London it’s no wonder it’s always been at the top of my list. I finally managed to drag the OH on a cold winters day down to Hawksmoor in Seven Dials to see what all the fuss is about. The interior of the restaurant is oozing with British decadence and decorated with leather seating and wooden panels. Not particularly my style, but fits perfectly for the atmosphere and cuisine of Hawksmoor...

  17. Field’s Bar & Kitchen is a new restaurant situated in Holborn and a recent reflection of Benugo’s success - Benugo is a new sandwich chain recently to have popped up all over London and now seems to have delved into restaurant food. Perfectly located and part of Lincoln Inn Field’s, Fields Bar & Kitchen is an ideal place for those wanting to get away from the office on a cold winter’s day, serving both restaurant food and quick-lunch options such as sandwiches and hot beverages...

  18. Pizza Pilgrims started off as a street food van in the middle of London and because of its popularity, has now got a place to call home in the heart of London’s food scene; Soho. Climbing down the spiral staircase, you’ll be taken to a hidden, intimate restaurant that also strangely has a foosball table in the corner. It’s a beautiful, quirky, yet cosy restaurant that makes you feel part of the family...

  19. Published : Sunday, 13th October 2013

    Bone Daddies | Bone Daddies – Love at First Taste

    Bone Daddies is one of the most blogged about restaurants in London. I’ve read countless reviews and it’s been on my list to try for a while. I’ve had ramen before but I’ve never been a huge fan. The broths were always too watery and filled with flavourless ingredients but Bone Daddies has completely changed my opinion. One of the first things you may notice when you arrive is the added extras on the table ranging from garlic, soy sauce, chilli oil to even hair ties to tie hair whilst consuming the ramen. How thoughtful...

  20. Dockmaster’s House is not a restaurant I’d heard many things about but after being brought-up with traditional, home-cooked Indian food, I was excited to experience Indian fine-dining. Situated between Westferry and West India Quay DLR stations, Dockmaster’s House has a stunning exterior...

  21. Published : Tuesday, 17th September 2013

    Mishkin's | Mishkin’s – A Confused ‘Jewish’ Deli

    The interior took me by surprise as I was expecting a traditional cosy environment. Instead, Mishkin’s is a more modern, casual restaurant with a separate bar area should you wish to socialise and drink cocktails. It took me awhile to pick dishes from the menu. It wasn’t because I was being indecisive, I was confused by the portion sizes and the menu. At first glance the menu is something you’d find in an American deli with sections such as ‘Sandwiches’, ‘Hot Dogs’, ‘Sliders’ and apart from a few dishes, the menu didn’t scream ‘Jewish’...

  22. I’ve always wanted to stay at The Dorchester, with its history and luxury interior and although I still haven’t managed to stay overnight, I’ve recently had a taster of what the Dorchester has to offer. We decided to go to the bar for a more casual Dorchester experience. Decorated with traditional dark browns and comfy leather seating and with a bar that serves too many drinks to name, you certainly feel part of the luxury...

  23. Published : Wednesday, 28th August 2013

    Flesh and Buns | Flesh & Buns – Spectacularly Beautiful Food

    Since hearing that chef proprietor of Bone Daddies, Ross Shonhan, was opening up a new Japanese izakaya-style restaurant in Covent Garden, I knew I had to be there in a heartbeat. Although I haven’t yet managed to try the ever so famous Bone Daddies, Flesh & Buns is conveniently placed in Covent Garden, just around the corner from where I work...

  24. Published : Wednesday, 21st August 2013

    @Siam | @Siam – Delicious, Authentic Thai Food

    Gai Sa-tay - Chicken Satay Gai Sa-tay – Chicken Satay with peanut dip My friend ordered gai sa-tay which is the popular Thai starter; chicken satay. The chicken was still moist and had a lovely sweet taste and the peanut dip was sweet and rich. I was actually quite surprised at the portion sizes which were incredibly generous. Kor Moo Yang Kor Moo Yang – marinated pork with spicy tamarind sauce My starter of choice was kor moo yang or grilled marinated pork which was served with a spicy tamarind sauce. Again the portions were generous and I think this was a serving size for two rather than one. Nevertheless I still managed to eat it all. The pork was cooked well and was succulent, a little sweet with a slight sticky texture. Moo Tod Kra Taem Prik Thai Moo Tod Kra Taem Prik Thai My friend opted for a stir fry dish named moo tod kra taem prik thai, which essentially is stir fried pork in a garlic and pepper sauce. Delicious helpings of juicy pork that had a good balance of flavours. Although the dish tasted good it’s a little uninspiring compared to the other dishes we tasted. Steamed Jasmine White and Brown Rice Steamed Jasmine White and Brown Rice Gang Phed Ped Yang Gang Phed Ped Yang I had to satisfy my terrible craving for Thai curry and opted for a dish I wouldn’t find on a takeaway menu; gang phed ped yang is marinated duck breast in a Thai red curry sauce with lychee, pineapple and grapes. Again with the portion sizes, this was also a generous size. What I loved about the curry was the sweetness from the lychees, grapes and pineapple but seemed to balance well with the red curry sauce which was rich, filling and had a slight kick. Duck was still moist giving you a meaty texture and flavour and all in all this was delicious. A slight niggle I had was that I asked for my curry extra spicy. I was then questioned by our server, whether I was sure I wanted it spicy. Was this actually going to be too hot for me to handle? Now when the curry came, the curry was not at all spicy, not to my standards anyway. It had a slight kick but could have done with a lot more heat which was slightly frustrating. Maybe this was because they thought I wouldn’t be able to handle the heat. I guess I’ll never know.. Although the food was delicious, the service was a let-down. The beautiful modern interior was matched with a cold un-inviting service. Maybe they were just having a bad day, but it’s not right when a restaurant makes the diner feel a little awkward. Apart from the service, @Siam managed to deliver and satisfy my craving. If you want to eat delicious, authentic Thai cuisine in the heart of London, then look no further. - @Siam, Soho @Siam on Urbanspoon Square Meal Share this: Like this: Tags: Thai Leave a Reply ← Halloumi, Chickpea & Tomato Salad SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG ABOUT ME Tahira D. London, Food Addict. I live, breathe and dream about food. There's no other way of describing how much i love it. I decided to create a blog and document my journey; from dining to cooking . You could also say that it's just an excuse for me to post endless pictures of food. My friend ordered gai sa-tay which is the popular Thai starter; chicken satay. The chicken was still moist and had a lovely sweet taste and the peanut dip was sweet and rich. I was actually quite surprised at the portion sizes which were incredibly generous...

  25. Located in Soho, Honest Burgers is fast becoming one of London’s favourite burger joints with two others located in Camden and Brixton. Beware that Honest Burgers will almost always be busy and just like Patty & Bun you’ll be left waiting in anticipation to be seated. However, Honest Burgers does what no other place (at least that I’ve been to) does, give your name, phone number to the host/ess and he/she puts it into a snazzy tablet and waves you off until you get a text message telling you that your table is ready...

  26. Sometimes I hate lunchtime. It’s not that I’m out of options at lunchtime, (quite the opposite in fact) but there’s a lack of variety in central London. You can walk along Kingsway (Holborn), and find several ‘Pret a Manger’, ‘Eat’, ‘Wasabi’, ‘Subway’ and although this is great at first, it becomes tiresome and being the foodie that I am I’m always wanting to try something new and exciting. Hummus Bros is at present, my favourite place to go when I want something just that...

  27. Published : Monday, 5th August 2013

    Five Guys | Five Guys – Just Not Worth It

    The burger battle between Five Guys and Shake Shack was the talk of the town in the London food scene in July and I finally managed to get myself down there. Even after 3 weeks there were still queues out of the door. I can’t imagine this will die down anytime soon as Five Guys is located in between Leicester Square and Covent Garden tube stations i.e. London’s tourist trap...

  28. Published : Thursday, 1st August 2013

    The Garden Gate | The Garden Gate – Overpriced Pub Food

    Since the UK has had quite a long heat wave, it only seemed right to be relaxing in a pub on a weekday evening. Fresh cider, the sun and good company there was only one thing missing; food. The Garden Gate is a beautiful pub around the corner from Hampstead Heath overground station and the beer garden is a beautiful. Unfortunately, the atmosphere and setting is where the positive ends...

  29. Published : Thursday, 25th July 2013

    The Modern Pantry | Unexpected Delight at The Modern Pantry

    ‘The Modern Pantry’ is a restaurant found in the heart of St John’s Square in Clerkenwell with neighbours such as Bistro Bruno Loubet and Sushi Tetsu, the area is a foodie’s dream and ‘The Modern Pantry’ is no exception...

  30. Published : Friday, 19th July 2013

    Shake Shack | Disappointment at Shake Shack

    Shake Shack is located in the centre of the tourist trap that is Covent Garden. As much as I love Covent Garden, during summer it’s a nightmare. Mixing this alongside the new opening of Shake Shack (5th July), I stayed away for a week or two for the crowds to die down. This didn’t happen and we ended up going on a Saturday and queueing for 30 minutes...

  31. I’m quite lucky with work when it comes to food as I work amongst foodies, (even though my job is unrelated to food) and after hearing good reviews about a fairly local gastro-pub named The Lady Ottoline we dined there one summer evening. Dining with colleagues, means a lot of ‘umming and ahhing’ at others dishes. It’s one of the many things I love about eating with a large group; you get to see a bigger picture of the menu. The sole came beautifully presented and looked delicious...

  32. Published : Friday, 5th July 2013

    Duck & Waffle | Duck & Waffle – Part Deux

    Since it was the OH’s birthday and I was blown away not only by the views but the incredibly beautiful, experimental food at Duck & Waffle (see first review here), I had to show him what all the fuss was about. Since first arriving here, I had to book a table 3 weeks in advance as tables are getting harder and harder to book. It must be all the press attention the restaurant is getting. Nevertheless I managed to get a table at 6.45pm on a Wednesday...

  33. Published : Friday, 28th June 2013

    Ladurée | Ladurée – Filled with Delightful Treats

    Ladurée is a French pâtisserie famously known for their macarons. Found in the centre of the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden piazza, this little gem is perfect for those that not only enjoy macarons but appreciate the french pâtissier - after all, it’s what the French do best...

  34. Sometimes I can’t help but crave fish. Loch Fyne is a chain restaurant found all over UK, one of which I’m unfamiliar with as there only seems to be a few up north! Being my friend’s birthday and both craving seafood, I thought nothing more than to try the restaurant I’ve heard great things about...

  35. Published : Tuesday, 19th March 2013

    Pho Clerkenwell | Pho – A Vietnamese Treat for Newbies

    'Pho’ is another London chain that has proved incredibly popular with the locals, especially for diners that are new to Vietnamese food -like myself. I’m always on the look out for new cuisines to try and since ‘Pho’ was just around the corner there was never a better time...

  36. I’ve wanted to try Burger & Lobster ever since I moved to London. Food bloggers, critics and anyone who enjoys eating, rave about how amazing the restaurant is and now with a newly built Burger & Lobster right on my doorstep – Farringdon – I simply couldn’t resist...

  37. Published : Thursday, 21st February 2013

    Kimchee | Kimchee – Prepare to be Left Unsatisfied

    Kimchee Holborn, is a fairly new Korean establishment found in the heart of London. I work nearby and followed the hype that surrounded the restaurant when it first opened a couple of years ago; with queues out of the door. I was also quite enthusiastic to visit when I heard about some of their frequent deals they have...