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21 August 2014

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 17th June 2014

    Dozo Sushi | Dozo Soho

    Working in Soho I am spoilt for choice when it comes to food and with new places popping up so often there’s an abundance of restaurants to take your pick from. I’ve been burned before in getting too attached to places however, so I try to spread the love around. My lost loves include Mooli’s and Mangosteen. I literally cried when I realised they weren’t coming back. After mixing it up and trying everywhere and anywhere, there is one place in particular that not only do I keep coming back to, but it actually gets me a bit excited because it really is a treasure trove. I love this place and its food is exquisite. It’s in the heart of Soho on Old Compton Street and although the tables are a little hard to sit at, the hollowed out ground that you have to crouch your way into, definitely not a good idea to wear a skirt to this establishment, it’s worth the unladylike wrench to get yourself in there...

  2. Published : Monday, 2nd June 2014

    Canela | Canela

    Right on Seven Dials this superbly located restaurant is another Earlham Street classic. I had been, prior to the refurbishment, wonderful then, it’s even better now. The samples of food looked interesting and I adore trying new foods, you never know what you might discover and it’s always so lovely when you are pleasantly surprised. The mix of delectable samples included my favourite, Bacalhau à Bras – traditional mix of salt cod, potatoes and eggs. This is the food equivalent of being scooped up by the one you love and given the biggest bear hug imaginable. It is comfort food of the highest form. Beautifully seasoned, soft potatoes with the saltiness of the ludicrously delicious cod shining through and the binding of the egg and flavour of onions making an undeniably perfect recipe. A far more distinguished dish, but similar in ways to home fries served in your favourite local diner in the US. This was an absolutely magical dish, so simple but so mouth-watering...

  3. Published : Tuesday, 29th April 2014

    The Jam Tree | The Jam Tree – Chelsea

    My affair with The Jam Tree started a few years ago now. Lost for a vibrant pub to go to that had a little something extra to offer and an eclectic list of cocktails, I thankfully stumbled upon this gem. I only lived about ten minutes away and now I live about 30 seconds away. Proud to call it my local, it has come up trumps every time. I’ve booked it for my birthday the last two years running and spent many a day and night there. Having noted that they were expanding their already well facilitated bar with a new loft space, I was pleased to attend the launch last week. The Jam Tree not only now boasts the loft space, but also a ground floor area filled with tables for eating and/or drinking and a lounge area to one side. There is also a beautiful beer garden, complete with an outside bar and a huge barbecue. The decking is multi-layered and it’s a great sun trap on a lazy summer afternoon. The food is fantastic and really has excelled over the years. I wasn’t so sure the first time I ate there, but it seems they ironed out a few creases in their cooking and now its truly on a roll...

  4. Published : Tuesday, 11th February 2014

    Kurobuta Marble Arch | Kurobuta Pop-Up Chelsea

    The buzz has finally come over to the west side. Well I never! It’s always ‘Hoxton this’ and ‘Shoreditch that’ and whilst I love those places and all they have to offer, it’s nice to have something that doesn’t take me an hour and a half to get to. Hearing quite a bit about the Kurobuta pop-up that is currently residing on The King’s Road, soon to be a permanent feature in Marble Arch, I decided to book myself in. It was far more casual on the inside than I had anticipated; temporary looking wooden tables and flyers pinned to the walls, it had a beach-side shack vibe to it. After a chat with the nice, but slightly over familiar waitress, about the menu, which involved her pulling up a chair and sitting next to us to tell us about it, we decided to pick a few plates to share. First up BBQ Pork Belly in Steamed Buns with Spicy Peanut Soy...

  5. Published : Thursday, 14th November 2013

    The Earlham Street Clubhouse | The Earlham Street Clubhouse

    If I’m totally honest, having been disappointed by places with a bit of a gimmick, or several, I arrived at Earlham Street Clubhouse very skeptical. It was described as ’90s American pop culture (think Clueless, Fugees) meets East Coast chic (preppy, tartan shirts, slacks, pleated skirts à la Upper East Side school girl intertwined with Abercrombie). The decor features an eclectic (‘you plug your box in the wall and you get power, stupid.’ ‘Not electric, eclectic. Stupid.’) mix of reclaimed wood panelling contributing to beachside Hamptons boardwalk glamour, vintage tin signs, high school yearbook photos of celebs and imported Coney Island fairground lights crossed with battered suede seating. There’s a main area, styled with exposed brick, framed varsity flags, a jukebox, a beautiful copper topped Victorian mahogany long bar and a wonderfully open kitchen, which features a wood-fired stone pizza oven...

  6. Published : Tuesday, 29th October 2013

    Herman Ze German Soho | Herman Ze German

    The first time I noticed Herman Ze German was when my boyfriend spotted E! presenter Giuliana Rancic long leggedly walking out of the Villiers Street branch clutching a sausage. If someone that weight conscious was tucking into one of these, then it must be worth it. Herman has recently opened on Old Compton Street, conveniently near my office, so I decided to give it a go. I have a strange fondness for sausages (sounds weird, go with me) because, although I myself didn’t eat a lot of them growing up, my mother owned a sausage shop in Sydney before I was born. It sounded fantastic. It was called The Sydney Sausage Company and had every flavour possible and even had a write up in Vogue Living. So, with that and my Austrian roots in mind, there’s something about the wurst that gets me. Everytime...

  7. Published : Monday, 9th September 2013

    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental | Dinner

    What a special day this was. My incredible boyfriend surprised me on my birthday by taking me to Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner. It was truly incredible and I was in food heaven. We were seated by the window overlooking the most glorious view of Hyde Park, with the sun beaming in the early evening. To drink, I chose the limited edition ‘Kiss’ cocktail created by make-up extraordinaire Laura Mercier...