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Blog Reviews from Over the Hype

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On the hunt for London's quirkiest eats.


  1. Published : Monday, 27th January 2014

    The House of Ho | House of Ho

    The next restaurant’s opening received mixed reviews on Yelp and without any definitive must-goes or must-avoid recommendations, I thought I’d drag M along to try our luck at getting into the always fully booked impenetrable House of Ho. Surprisingly we managed to secure a table for an hour and a half. No problem, we get in we get out…or so we thought. For the hour and a half that followed, no one could save the melee of waiter vs plates, waiter vs customers that took place on the restaurant floor. Whatever was happening over there, I’d like to have a moment of silence for the beloved knives, plates and face that were lost on the night. Other emotions also in the mix included confusion, awkwardness and the low-key resentment of having to scurry through a fire exit...

  2. Published : Saturday, 7th December 2013

    Jubo | Jubo – Korean Fast Food

    If you haven’t tried it, you need to get yourself some Korean D…rumsticks. I don’t know much about korean fried chicken but I do know about chicken from the cottage, and oh boy does the latter seem so pale and pidgeon-like in comparison to the juicy pieces rolled in golden armoury of batter challenging everything I thought I knew about fried chicken. I confess a Shoreditch check-in wasn’t bad for twitter RTs either… Forever gone are the days of being slumped over the counter at e&c chicken cottage ordering something as miserable as my face #youarewhatyoueat #buti’mnotachicken #lookatmenow...

  3. Published : Sunday, 24th November 2013

    Cucina Asellina at ME London Hotel | Cucina Asellina

    Modelled after the same restaurant in New York City, Cucina Aselina is now part of a luxuriously edgy five star establishment in Aldwych. Housed in the ME hotel, the ethos to the restaurant is evidently a portrait of contemporary Italy and our guess was that the clientele they catered to were just as savvy. Without being overtly fine dining-esque or old fashioned, a nod to an understated elegance still remain from the service right down to the hallmark stone ovens they use to prepare home made pizzas and breads...

  4. Published : Wednesday, 13th November 2013

    Royal China | Royal China

    I have yet to compile a list of all the decent Chinese restaurants in London (excl Ping Pong) not sure why I never got around to doing so but as they say… a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step! My quest will begin here at Royal China and end sometime in Dec when I go back to the motherland. Now I know the horse has been beaten to death by critics and bloggers alike but for the reasons below (please see) it’s good enough for me: Locations in Queensway, Baker Street, Canary Wharf, Fulham and Harrow you can’t miss it! The defining factor for any Chinese restaurant penultimately boils down to their ability to handle dim sums and some claim these are ‘Dim Sums to die for’. The last reason is more for my own peace of mind than anything and I’d like to think I wholeheartedly trust in the judgement of my fellow bloggers on this one...

  5. Published : Thursday, 31st October 2013

    Tapas Brindisa | Brindisa

    Luckily we grabbed the last 2 seats at the Borough Market branch of Brindisa, a few seconds later and we would have been banished to a 45 minute wait. The restaurant operates a strict no booking policy and a two hour eating time per group, so it’s best to try and avoid the peak lunch/dinner times if possible and split into groups of 2-3 to ensure you are seated quickly. We ordered a few small dishes to share as the waiter suggested...

  6. Published : Tuesday, 22nd October 2013

    Franco Manca | Franco Manca

    Often exhaled as London’s best pizzeria second to the grandmasters in Naples, Franco Manca’s success lies in their beautifully formed sourdough pizzas for less than £7. Less than a tenner for the equivalent of a three course meal? That’s right, you won’t even need to think about desserts because 1. they don’t serve them 2. the pizzas are big and they are filling. However that’s not to say I’ll stop you from walking past the frozen yogurt shop on the way back. Locating Franco’s was the easier task of the two, if at any point you find yourself standing in the longest queue by a mile of the others, you are certainly in the right one...

  7. Published : Tuesday, 15th October 2013

    Honest Burgers Portobello | Honest Burgers

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been completely blown away by a concept as humble as a burger, yes this post is about burgers and people who like to eat them. Doesn’t get any deeper than that. I’ve eaten quite a few of them this year already, but JESUS this experience was something else. The British burger giant Honest Burgers is the holy grail of all meat, and don’t just take my word for it, nothing spells out sweet success more than winning the approval among the thick skinned critics who nowadays have less shits to give than ever and relentlessly try to single out the weak. The domination continues...

  8. Published : Sunday, 13th October 2013

    Pitt Cue Co | Pitt Cue Co.

    After the rave review and glistening pictures from Munchmyway, I think it was time for another one of those nights – harnessing the power of meat and having no regrets for eating more than the boys. With this in mind I summoned a few friends and headed down Carnaby Street to an establishment called Pitt Cue Co. If a no reservation zone has taught me anything, it’s that it wasn’t going to be easy getting in. Everyone in line had to earn their right to a spot in the tiny 20 seater restaurant and ours could not have been more dramatic against the nature’s finest rain, wind and iciness for an hour with our only solace the promise of a happy pig frolicking and rolling around on the grill/in its own fat...

  9. Published : Sunday, 29th September 2013

    Old Fire Station | The Old Fire Station

    Believe it or not, The Old Fire Station was once in fact a fully operational FIRE STATION back in the days of 1904. Seeing the red paint, what kind of cuisine would you have expected them to serve? The restaurant has an extensive Middle Eastern menu with a bar that serves an equally extensive list of cocktails and beer. The unusual pairing of decor vs cuisine reminded me of a little place called here. In the summer months, the full length windows open to welcome in beams of sunshine while remaining closed in the winter to preserve the warmth radiating from the candles wrapping diners in a sultry veil of amber, mahogany and burgundy. The shadows created from the flames danced around the dark wooden furniture and the victorian picture frames that floated above us...

  10. Published : Thursday, 5th September 2013

    Pollen Street Social | Nuances of Red, Pollen Street Social

    Nuances of Red is a relatively new addition to the Pollen Street Social Dessert Bar. Capturing the essence of vibrant flowers and fruits, this dessert was absolutely visually appealing but did the £10-a-piece pass the taste test as well? It’s a feast for the eyes and every bit the decadence taste wise too. From the fresh raspberries, pickled roses, and the frozen yogurt, the dessert had sweetness, sourness and a little savouriness all delicately orchestrated into one right in front of your eyes by the talented chefs behind the scenes...

  11. The English Afternoon Tea, the epitome of class and sophistication, but what happens when you mix a few lines from a classic children’s story with an old tradition? Behold! Set in the Japanese garden at The Sanderson Hotel, spend an afternoon riddled with Alice in Wonderland characters and treats from The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and pay close attention to the embellishments that’s designed to bring intrigue and breathe life to a range of scones, desserts and sandwiches...

  12. Published : Thursday, 1st August 2013

    The Lobster Pot | The Lobster Pot

    I’ve found life at the bottom of the ocean. By life I mean The Lobster Pot and by bottom of the ocean I mean Elephant and Castle. I’m proud to say that I have done my homework before coming here, page after page of rave reviews depicting this boat themed restaurant as a local hotspot from its bespoke service to the carefully chosen ingredients fresh from Billingsgate Market...

  13. Published : Tuesday, 16th July 2013

    Chin Chin Laboratorists | Nitro Ice Cream, Chin Chin Labs

    Watch these guys down at the Chin Chin laboratories in Camden Market make fresh ice cream in less than two minutes with a little help from the master of special effects – liquid nitrogen. I came with the pure fascination of wanting to see Europe’s first Nitrogen ice cream, and I didn’t have to look hard to find the parlour either as the waft of sweet caramel hot off the burner led my nose straight to its doors. The lovely laborartisans (part lab technician part artists, yes I went there) explained why using this technique was more advanced and theatrical than the usual process...

  14. Published : Wednesday, 10th July 2013

    Amorino | Artisanal Gelato by Amorino

    One of my favourite ways to cool down in a city reaching 30 degrees (with not a fan or AC in sight) is to head over to the prettiest Gelateria in town. You really have to visit Amorino in person to fully appreciate the skill that goes into hand crafting each and every one of their gelato bouquets. You can customise your flower, petal by petal, to pretty shades of Emerald Greens, Ruby Reds and Coral Oranges. Each vibrant colour is a different flavour and I say the bigger the bouquet the better!...

  15. Published : Sunday, 7th July 2013

    Naga | London’s first Tofu Bar, Naga

    Traditionally best known for its simplicity served alongside soy sauce and a scatter of spring onions, did you know tofu is also capable of vast versatility from cocktails, desserts and stuffing? Naga’s mini bar menu shows us a few simple variations to liven up this nutrient dense food. We ordered the two tofu cocktails Tofu Twist and Tofu Colada (both not on the menu so please ask the bartender nicely). He explained the Tofu Twist was a mix of soy milk, Frangelico, and dark Crème de Cacao...

  16. Published : Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

    Red Dog Saloon | The Devastator

    Have a break, have a kit kat. NO. Have a Devastator… If you’re up to the challenge. As part of ‘The Devastator Challenge’, the waiter will instruct you to ‘eat an 8 inch tall burger, fries and a milkshake within 10 minutes‘ to win the respect of your onlookers but most importantly get the meal for free. Failure carries a £30+ fine! He took one look at us and strongly discouraged us to even think about it, we thanked him for being an honest man and his wisdom for holding no boundaries. Many have attempted but only a few succeeded, all of them being men and apparently the fastest completion time to beat was 4 minutes. Come on ladies, we have to step up to the plate in the name of equality...

  17. Published : Friday, 28th June 2013

    The Toy Shop Bar | Enter the Toy Shop

    Expectations of another themed restaurant to join the likes of Moniker’s Chemistry lab and Tanner & Co’s school gym is high, but rest assured, there’s none other quite like this. Welcome to The Candy Shop or… The Toy Shop Bar. This newly opened bar/restaurant is strictly for a guestlist of the cheekiest and most playful adults in town. You’re invited to relive your childhood memories (and corrupt a few) so sit back in the swing, relax and signal the barman for some absinth wine gums and lego men shaped ice cubes to start the night...

  18. Published : Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Ping Pong Soho | Unlimited Dim Sum – Ping Pong

    I only recently found out about Ping Pong’s Lazy Sunday Brunches, (HOW COULD THIS BE because they’ve been doing it for years) and since then I’ve been looking for the right companion who’s equally #teamsimplecarbs as me to taste (WRONG, binge on) unlimited dim sum for £20.95. No time or quantity limits to the offer, we stayed for 3 and a half hours exhausting the waitress by every means possible, only until she thought we were sticking around for dinner as well. So thick skinned, oh you wish I was talking about the dumplings...

  19. Published : Monday, 17th June 2013

    Yum Bun | Perky Yum Buns

    My destination today is Yum Bun, street vendor turned permanent fixture opposite Old Street tube station. The crowd started pouring in a little after 6 and the waiting times understandably became longer. If you didn’t want to stand by the tiny service desk, the shop has a few stools and a bench outside for you to perch your buns on whilst you wait for the other ones to steam...

  20. Published : Thursday, 13th June 2013

    Galeto | The Latin American Takeover Part 2. Galeto

    A: Back in May, Dean Street welcomed a new South American resident Galeto to a street flowing with French, Italian and Asian neighbours. Not to be confused with the Italian ice-cream gelato, you can’t miss Galeto for its eye popping rainbow shade out front and the graffiti style wallpapers inside. L: Shout outs to the amazing Fabricia, who recommended the starters Coxinha de Frango and Bolinhos de Bacalhau...

  21. Published : Monday, 10th June 2013

    Yoobi | The Latin American Takeover Part 1. Yoobi

    Yoobi serves a selection of sashimi, sushi and of course their speciality – the Temaki. Temaki is a special one, it combines the ingredients of sushi to the wrapping technique formally originated from Brazil, forming a bouquet display that’s visually appealing and gives the art of sushi another twist...

  22. Published : Wednesday, 5th June 2013

    Big Easy Chelsea | Big Easy

    I love Big Easy enough to be back for a second time in two weeks with my membership card ready to collect them loyalty points. I’ll be qualified for a free meal very soon… Value for money is not what you’d normally associate Chelsea with, but this American diner on Kings Road is practically giving away food to those on an average income of -20k a year like me. Students!...

  23. Published : Thursday, 30th May 2013

    The Churchill Arms | The Churchill Arms

    It’s difficult to fully capture the wonders of this pub with a few simple words and pictures, but I will try. The Churchill Arms is part museum, part pub with a little Thai flavour thrown in the mix. Nothing unusual about that. I’ve lived in the UK for about 15 years now, and I have yet to experience sitting down to the comforts of pie and mash. This is unacceptable and I feel like I’m missing out on a whole genre of national pastime, but I will not neglect this and truly learn about life in the UK. Hidden behind the Churchill memorabilia lies a petite Thai Restaurant with bird houses, plant pots, snail trails and the soft whisper of wind chimes as you brush past. Peace...

  24. Published : Saturday, 11th May 2013

    Bone Daddies | Bone Daddies

    Tucked away in the side streets of Soho, Bone Daddies was founded by Ross Schonhan – an Aussie chef whose previous lines of work include Nobu and Zuma, just a few names in the international Japanese fine dining scene. So what does BD bring to the table that’s different? Let’s add some meat to the bones shall we? Before going, I was skeptical as to how this ramen bar was going to be portrayed against a backdrop of similar restaurants in the same area...

  25. Published : Wednesday, 8th May 2013

    The Electric Diner | The Electric

    The Diner is part of ‘The Electric Complex’ situated in Notting Hill offering a cinematic, casual dining and a private members club experience all in one. The newly refurbished diner has recently reopened its doors to the public following a kitchen fire that claimed its former resident the Electric Brasserie a few months ago. Serving favourites from Chef Sodikoff’s French-American restaurant in Chicago, this place is best known for serving comfort food of the best kind from two menus: The Breakfast and The All-day, depending on the time of your visit...

  26. Published : Saturday, 27th April 2013

    Attendant | The Attendant

    With the sun shining and a spring in our step, we hit Foley Street, a stop by for an unusual late morning brew just before the lunchtime rush. Expecting to be drinking coffee and eating chocolate muffins out of squatting toilets, the images of Modern Toilet has corrupted my mind even before stepping foot into The Attendant. Big mistake. It’s unfair to compare the two as they have completely different vibes, just like how you wouldn’t compare M&M flavours. The Attendant has a sophisticated feel with the majority of its customers be on their suit and tie from the neighbouring Goodge Street offices looking to stretch their legs. On the other hand, customers are probably thrill seekers drawn to the fun and disturbing nature of its Taiwanese counterpart...

  27. This was not an establishment I found on purpose. After an afternoon of failed ventures around Covent Garden trying to find the Icecreamists, myself and Sammi felt extra gluttonous and sad to find it was closed down a while back from a lack of business. But here are the 3 reasons why I’m glad we found East Street: 1. The closest feeling to escaping the country 2. Reasonable prices 3. A long list of exotic dishes to choose from...

  28. Published : Tuesday, 16th April 2013

    Bubbledogs | Bubbly at Number 70

    Walking down Charlotte Street, a real gem in the heart of all the hustle and bustle of Fitzvoria, you will find a restaurant that serves champagne and hotdogs (not bad for a friday night). Having opened in 2012 by James Knappett and partner Sandia Chang, I’d describe it as what you see is what you get – simple with a selection of 13 different dogs at very affordable £6-£8 a piece. Sloppy joe, horny dog, 4th of July etc (it’s hard to forget these names) are served with a selection of champagne or sparkling wine. It was a welcoming feeling like walking into someone’s living room, a real homely, cosy feel to it...