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16 April 2014

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  1. They are housed in the heart of Spitalfields just a stone’s throw from the Rivington grill and Tramshed. The building is vast with 2 areas a large horse shoe bar area and then further back is the restaurant and open kitchen at the back. The restaurant layout is reminiscent of Hawksmoor Air Street, albeit a smaller version. They have similar oyster shaped booths around the room. We however were seated between the open kitchen and the waiters station which was not the most comfortable. It was that little bit tight and as every waiter came to the station regularly you felt quite harried, I wouldn’t want to sit here at a full service (it was only a third full for this soft launch). This may well be something they are testing to see whether or not it works...

  2. Having been to their sister restaurant in Hong Kong I have been really keen to eat here. They both share spectacular views and the signature dishes as you would expect are similar. We arrived early (6.15pm) to a near empty bar and took a window seat to see the view over the river; it was slightly unnerving seeing the trains leaving London bridge, but definitely worthwhile. If you get there later you will struggle to see much at all as the bar was packed on leaving. I opted for champagne which was reasonably priced and my husband went for a cocktail known for its digestive aiding qualities...

  3. Published : Wednesday, 11th September 2013

    Jones & Sons | Jones and Sons, 23-27 Arcola Street, London, E8 2DJ

    Tucked away in a side street in Dalston stumbling distance from my house, I was overjoyed when I read that they were looking for the ‘discerning Dalston diner’. I’m not a hipster I just want decent food, cocktails and space and don’t mind paying for it. Formerly in the old Arcola theatre building; now a contemporary warehouse with an open kitchen and spacious tables, it felt a step up from the Dalston competition. It was a grown up restaurant in a sea of cheap eateries. The menu is modern European with lots of fish dishes but also dishes from the grill...

  4. I love the concept of English tapas, I prefer lots of different dishes rather than a starter and main and with the seasonal nature of the menu means there are usually things you haven’t tried. The sourdough bread made on the premises was brought over and we devoured it. It was great with the crab we started with...

  5. The west end is not where you usually find well cooked food in a relaxed atmosphere at a reasonable price, but I think GDR did all of these things. The lines of tourists queuing at the garish Mexican round the corner reminded me why I don’t come into the west end at the weekend. However it was the complete opposite when we arrived at GDR, where is looked closed from the outside. Once inside we were offered a table in the rather uninspiring, empty front room, or the far brighter and busier back room, we chose the latter...

  6. After a matinee in the west end, a group of us decided a cocktail was in order before dinner. The west end is not somewhere I would choose to drink cocktails, too many places serve expensive premixed drinks in a crowded noisy environment. BBR I had been assured would not be like this. The entrance on the side of Beak street is reasonably unassuming, it is once the door is opened that the opulence and pretentiousness take over. A gaggle of waiter, receptionists and coat handlers meet you with the eponymous words ‘Do you have a reservation?’ it was 6 oclock and the place was pretty empty. After a quick look at the ipad it was determined we could have 2 seats at the bar and the other 2 would need to stand. When we were shown to the bar there was not a soul there, we were informed by the bartender that we could have all four seats ...

  7. Although I had been to the Drapers Arms before it was for a wedding. I didn’t write it up though as critically judging someone’s wedding is weird and wrong. This time I was attending a birthday, I was told the staff were great when booking the area for the last minute request. It is a foodie pub and therefore a birthday party with increasing numbers and loud minglers not always great for the diner. It was a Friday evening and sunny so expected there to be a crush, and although busy at the entrance with the large bar the garden was relatively empty...

  8. After our recent trip to Barbados we all decided to get together and revisit the food and drink of the Caribbean. Unbeknownst to me it was on the other side of London, Ladbroke Grove. I was reliably informed that Prince Harry had been spotted at the restaurant last week...