.
22 August 2014

Restaurants & Bars

Find and book great restaurants

Find a Restaurant

Register here for your Square Meal Guides

 
Poll

What do you think of diners smoking e-cigarettes in restaurants?

 

Blog Reviews from foodstinct.com

(menu)

mindful cooking and eating - less waste, more taste


  1. Published : Thursday, 31st July 2014

    Rita's | Get your hands dirty @RitasDining #Hackney

    It was a hot summer eve and Rita’s was calling. In fact, news of the cocktails, starters and pies had been calling me for months. We rocked up and snuck past the tables of young trendy hackney things with their frozen margarita’s in paper cups. Sat down, and soaked up the atmos. A clean, light interior. It’s miles from the Mare Street of greasy Vietnamese and 2am nights at the Dolphin that I recall. We started with cocktails and a few items from the snacks menu. While my carnivorous friends tried the bacon peanut brittle, we opted for some of the pickled veg. Daikon, carrot and fennel, still crisp and vinegary-finger licking good...

  2. Remember Clerkenwell before Caravan and Modern Pantry? When it was too close to the rough and tumble of Kings Cross to be proper chic? I do. Now with Crossrail tunnelled through, Kings Cross almost cleaned up and revolutionary levels of redevelopment, so much of the edgy cool character of Clerkenwell is going, going gone. Replaced with something much more tarted up, more international and some might say, homogenised. This, dear reader, is why I had two minds of the opening of Bill Granger’s Granger And Co in Clerkenwell Green. On the one hand, a revered (Bill’s breakfast eggs were almost as popular as his TV show when I was a Sydneysider) Australian cook was opening in my ‘hood, promising food cooked in a style dear to my heart. On the other, what better typifies character reducing gentrification than the opening of a high-end yet cool, internationally franchised bistro?...

  3. Published : Thursday, 19th June 2014

    100 Hoxton | We had every #veg dish @100Hoxton

    Hoxton Street is a funny spot, the investment pounds that have cleaned up Shoreditch are only just beginning to extend into this rough-round-the-edges East London market street. We tried White Lyan, with it’s fully homemade cocktail menu and art-decor influenced interior just a few weeks ago, it was a great night out. Tonight, we headed just across the street to 100 Hoxton, a sharing platter style, asian/middle eastern fusion number, opened late last year by the same folks behind Zalouf’s, on Upper Street. I’ll spare you commentary of the on-trend interior, concrete floors and welcoming ambience. (plenty of other reviews have covered that), and instead I’d like to excitedly report that 100 Hoxton has a really veg-friendly small plates menu...

  4. Despite opening in the middle of 2013, Bird of Smithfield was yet to make my list. Lots told me this place was unlikely to deliver against my hunger for veg focused dining. First, It’s location across from Smithfields Market. Being Masterminded by Alan Bird (exec chef at the Ivy for 15 years) and that it’s positioning as a membership free members club, both further pointers. But when I was asked along by two Gloucestershire ladies, I thought I’d put my apprehension aside for what promised to be a fun night...

  5. Strikingly fresh – I would say. Simple, yet bold. Elegant, yet understated. Lyle’s, a newly opened Shoreditch offering from James Lowe (of Young Turks fame) and John Oglier. Evenings, they offer a tasting menu of 9 courses, including a veg option, of which we partook. Feeling somewhat frantic on arrival, having charged across town in the midst of a tube strike, I was welcomed and right away I felt transformed. At home, even. A casual intimacy, no pretense or stress. Just contentment. The interior, like the food, is fresh, delicate and to the point. Polished concrete, dainty chairs and tables...

  6. Published : Saturday, 26th April 2014

    Mildreds | Review: Mildred’s #Vegetarian Restaurant, #Soho

    Since opening in the mid 80′s, Mildred’s consistently rates as a London vegetarian institution. But for some reason, I’d never been. When I wrote up a list of my top London Vegetarian haunts, I decided it was time to rectify that. Somewhat annoyingly, this is one of those no reservation affairs. Luckily they’ll serve you up a cocktail while you wait for a table. Like the pornstar Martini pictured above. Steeped in passion fruit, with a side of prosecco. Lush. There is no doubt this place is still doing well, 30 years on. At 7pm on a Friday we had a 45 minute wait. But the cocktails helped. Once seated, the service was super slick. The dining space is bright, bustling, bistro feel...

  7. A few years ago a veggie breakfast in central London meant picking the bacon off your fry up at a greasy spoon on Chapel Market. Don’t deny you’ve never had it: fried bread, eggs, tinned beans. All served cheerlessly on a sticky plastic table. Well, kiss those days goodbye. There’s been a proliferation of more modern forms of brunch, east of Greys’ Inn Road, that get the Foodstinct seal of approval. Why? because their coffee is good, their breakfasts’ are mood-lifting. And, perhaps most of all, because when you eat at these places you can tell that some heart’s been put into it...

  8. It’s lovely when you discover a jewel, sat right under your nose. I’d somehow missed the fanfare of the Quality Chop House relaunch late last year. It’s actually on my way to the office, so although I’d noticed the facade, I had assumed it was a traditional British diner, on a par with a fish fryer or an eel jellier. One spring afternoon I saw a tweet about their one remaining slice of tart. The ensuing squabble amongst EC1 food bloggers told me there was something special about this place. I decided I had to investigate...

  9. Published : Thursday, 13th June 2013

    Morito | Morito: take your friends

    Everything about Morito is perfect for sharing. The tables are close set – so you’ll be sharing space in an intimate way. Come with good friends! The tapas plates are small sized, and arrive quickly. We always order together, eat together then order more if we want. Most often, it’s an intuitive ordering too, a quick glance down the menu, a suggestions from the staff, and then a random firing off of a few dishes, until a knowing glance tells you you’ve ordered enough...