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Blog Reviews from The Celeriac

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The culinary adventures of some gluten hating girl in London


  1. Published : Thursday, 12th December 2013

    Gillray's Steakhouse | Gillray’s Steakhouse, Southbank

    The Southbank’s Marriott County Hall is home to Gillray’s – a rather swish steakhouse with some of the most impressive views you’re likely to find in London Town. The prices are eye-watering to say the least, but they offer a set menu which gives you three courses for £29 and a gin cocktail from their adjacent bar – where you’ll find an incredible variety of gins and some totally delicious cocktails. These are also eye-wateringly expensive, though, so please dear god do NOT get drunk here (unless you’re loaded, then you can do as you please)...

  2. Published : Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    Namaasté Kitchen | Namaasté Kitchen, Camden

    Camden isn’t much of a foodie paradise. I can only assume that those who reside there don’t actually eat, they’re all too busy dying their hair ironic shades of neon and clumping about in ten stone shoes to notice the calls of hunger. I guess they starve, in the end. A sad tale. If they do take time out from their frighteningly-cool lives to have a bite to eat though the Camden folk go to Naamaste, because it’s the only decent eating establishment in the area. And because cool people like Indian cuisine. photo 1 The restaurant actually calls itself an ‘Indian bar’ which is a downright lie. It’s a restaurant. A restaurant which does a gluten free menu, with staff that know all about the gluten monster. Hurrah...

  3. Tapas giant La Tasca have launched a brand new gluten free menu, and as far as gluten free offerings go this one is pretty damn good! They’ve got gluten free bread, gluten free beer, tonnes of gluten free tapas dishes (veggie and non-veggie) and… wait for this… the biggest gluten free pudding menu I have EVER seen. So what of the food? Well it’s standard La Tasca type dishes, little sharing plates of Mediterranean food best eaten in the sunshine with a glass of Sangria...

  4. Published : Friday, 20th September 2013

    John Salt | John Salt, Islington

    Islington restaurant John Salt caused quite a stir when it opened under the tenure of Chef Ben Spalding – who made people lick actual bricks for some reason. He then left in a hurry, and was replaced by Pitt Cue’s Neil Rankin, who, it is claimed, was somewhat of a charcoal grill/big pieces of piggy meat hot shot. He’s since upped sticks, and been replaced by this gravy loving chef-man...

  5. Published : Thursday, 12th September 2013

    Flesh and Buns | Flesh and Buns, Covent Garden

    Fancy Japanese food with a side order of deafening rock music? Head to Flesh and Buns, a brand new and very edgy eatery in Covent Garden. The man behind the madness is Ross Shonhan, who is also responsible for rock and roll ramen restaurant Bone Daddies. His latest offering has done the impossible in London – by creating something totally unique, that really works!...

  6. Published : Friday, 6th September 2013

    Eclipse | Eclipse Bar, Kensington

    If you’re looking for a truly decadent cocktail menu, a list of shots that’s full of Champagne and a lovely little setting to drink them in then head to Eclipse in Kensington. It’s run by the same people as Prince Harry’s favourite London club Boujis, which will probably give you a taste of what to expect… plenty of premium spirits, expert mixologists, great music and sky high prices...

  7. Londoners have been stuffing themselves so full of dirty burgers and greasy American nonsense lately that they’ve almost forgotten about the Great British Seaside. Bonnie Gull are putting that right, setting up shop in a fully themed beach shack in Fitzrovia. There’s bleached wood, a map showing the catch of the day and a treasure chest full of langoustines. What more could you want? It’s the latest in a long line of pop-ups gone permanent. Originally Bonnie Gull was just a seafood street food offering in Hackney...

  8. Published : Wednesday, 7th August 2013

    Elliot's Café | Elliot’s, Borough Market

    Elliot’s Cafe is not a cafe in any usual sense of the word. It is Borough Market’s answer to a cafe, a rather swish version which serves only the finest of British produce and offers a menu of small plates such as steak tartare and octopus as well as larger plates like roast chicken with aioli. And then there’s the cheeseburger – which Daniel Young thinks is one of London’s greatest...

  9. Published : Wednesday, 31st July 2013

    Yalla Yalla | Yalla Yalla, Shoreditch Pop-Up

    Yalla Yalla serves Beirut Street Food. And it’s in Shoreditch. And it is indeed housed within what looked to me like a warehouse of some sort. There is also shisha, and a wine stall. I know, so far it sounds positively hideous but do bear with – it’ll turn out alright in the end. The menu is a condensed version of Yalla Yalla’s full grown restaurants, with a few mezze bits and bobs and main meaty dishes of what are essentially poshed up kebabs. There are also wraps and lemonade, which a positively delighted chap told us he had made himself. He really was pleased about this...

  10. Published : Friday, 26th July 2013

    Aqua Spirit | Aqua Spirit, Regent Street

    On the menu for the day was a flute of ‘Regent’s Fizz’ – fresh raspberries muddled with kaffir lime leaves and Benedictine, topped up with Champagne. Easily one of the best Champagne cocktails I’ve ever tasted – but definitely one of the most expensive too, at £15 (plus service charge..!)...

  11. Published : Friday, 12th July 2013

    Tanner & Co | Tanner & Co, Bermondsey

    Tanner & Co is a brand spanking new Bermondsey restaurant which replaces what once was Delfina. They’ve gone for a school theme in a big (and I mean massive) way. The interior is part classroom, part school gym – but a very upmarket type of school, you understand. There are textbooks, anatomy diagrams, typewriters and pommel horses littered about the place. Wooden ladders are conveniently mounted on the walls, creating the perfect escape route for disastrous first dates and dull business lunches. They really have thought of everything...

  12. Published : Friday, 28th June 2013

    Dishoom | Dishoom, Covent Garden

    The good folk of Dishoom have attempted to bring a Bombay Café to Covent Garden, with varying success. The end result is a buzzing, lively restaurant which does not take reservations (obviously) and serves a wild selection of properly Indian dishes and pretending-to-be-Indian dishes from within a sepia-walled basement...

  13. Published : Friday, 21st June 2013

    Callooh Callay | Callooh Callay, Shoreditch

    If there’s one Shoreditch bar that really belongs in Shoreditch it’s Callooh Callay. You see, this one’s a little bit wacky, very tongue-in-cheek and sehr trendy. Oh and it’s got a secret bar hidden within it obviously...

  14. Published : Thursday, 6th June 2013

    Old Red Cow | The Old Red Cow, Smithfield

    Looking for the perfect place for your Sunday Roast? Of course you are. Well the Old Red Cow isn’t perfect, but you could do a lot worse in the capital. This independent pub is situated on the doorstep of London’s legendary meat market, Smithfield, so there’s no excuse for shoddy roasts here. First impressions were good – it’s a homely, cosy little pub that was absolutely heaving on our visit despite being in the middle of bloody nowhere (Smithfield is deserted of a weekend, positively ghostly)...

  15. Published : Friday, 24th May 2013

    The Clove Club | The Clove Club, Shoreditch

    The Clove Club has recently opened in Shoreditch Town Hall, and you should go as soon as you can. In the kitchen is one half of Young Turks, chef Isaac McHale. He’s the chap who used to dish out delicious stuff above the Ten Bells pub...

  16. Published : Friday, 17th May 2013

    Wagamama Clink Street | Wagamama, London Bridge

    If you’re looking to pay restaurant prices to eat in a canteen at vastly different times to your companions you’ll love Wagamama, an inexplicably popular Japanese style eatery where the food comes in vats and you are sometimes expected to eat using an actual ladle. The menu at Wagamama mostly centers around noodles in their various guises. Noodles in sauce (soggy noodles), noodles in soup (very soggy noodles) or the rather avant garde noodles in no sauce (not at all soggy noodles). There are also rice based things which seem to involve big piles of rice topped with a hat of questionable meat and a few uninspiring vegetables...

  17. Published : Friday, 26th April 2013

    Polpo Covent Garden | Polpo, Covent Garden

    Covent Garden’s Polpo is the latest addition to the Polpo, Polpetto and Spuntino family of dark and moody no reservations restaurants by Mr Russell Norman. The concept is the same as its predecessors – bustling atmosphere, small sharing plates, great music and tumblers of very reasonable wine. All three are exclusively staffed by hipsters whose arms double as works of inky art. There’s absolutely no bookings, ever. And London absolutely loves them...

  18. Published : Friday, 19th April 2013

    Honest Burgers Brixton | Honest Burgers, Brixton

    Brixton is cool now. Did you know? As if they were worried about people disputing this fact the good people of Brixton have taken the trouble to fill their undercover market with trendy foodie establishments. You know the ones; they don’t take reservations, they’re full of people drinking out of jam jars, food comes on ironic enamel plates. It’s all very sustainable, yah? Brixton Market One of these newfound foodie hotspots is Honest Burgers, the world’s tiniest and yet most excellent burger restaurant. As is the done thing now, the menu here is simple and small, so small in fact that it takes the form of a flow chart. Novel, I know...

  19. Published : Friday, 29th March 2013

    Floridita | Floridita, Soho

    Floridita is a rather glamorous Latin-type restaurant by D&D London. Inspired by the famous Havanan bar El Floridita (birthplace of the daiquiri don’t you know?) this is Soho’s answer to Cuban cuisine...

  20. Published : Friday, 22nd March 2013

    The Churchill Arms | Churchill Arms, Kensington

    The Churchill Arms looks, to any unsuspecting human being, passerby, tourist or house pet, like your average pub. Possibly above average actually, for the owners have decorated it lovingly in the flowers of a thousand gardens. Food wise, though, it is something out of the ordinary. Read on for mysteries revealed… tumblr_mbbzhzOsqp1qev9h7o1_1280 The Churchill Arms does not serve burgers. It does not serve chips. It does not even serve steaks. It is (shock horror) a Thai Food Establishment. But before you go off shaking your head in disgust at this Proper British Pub sacrilege, I urge you to give the little public house a chance. The Thai food here is not an afterthought. It is the star of the show, the centre piece, the be all and end all of The Churchill Arms.

  21. Published : Thursday, 7th February 2013

    Clockjack Oven | Clockjack Oven, Soho

    Clockjack Oven is a recent, surprisingly good addition to the disgusting array of restaurants in the Piccadilly Circus vicinity. Neighbours include such atrocities as the Atrocious Aberdeen Angus Steak House and the Ridiculously Awful and Extraordinarily Expensive Rainforest Cafe. In blinding contract to the crimes against dinner these grim places vomit out of their kitchens, though, Clockjack oven’s offerings are tasty, reasonably cheap and served by human beings who don’t look at you like they want to stab your eyes out with a multicoloured bendy straw...

  22. Published : Sunday, 20th January 2013

    MASH London | MASH, Soho

    MASH stands for ‘Modern American Steak House’, which is odd because this one’s from Denmark. The brand has a few steakhouses in native Copenhagen, and has recently opened its first London restaurant beneath Brewer Street in the depths of Soho. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming entrance, MASH is an absolute monster of a restaurant...

  23. Charlotte Street Hotel is a pretty green thing in the middle of Soho’s media neighbourhood, home to Oscar’s bar and restaurant. It has been designed according to a ‘Bloomsbury Group’ theme. From what I can tell this involves leather chairs, lots of flowers and massive multicoloured headache inducing murals. Despite the mural and its resulting migraine Oscar’s bar is actually rather nice, and on a Friday night is full to the rafters with people drinking expensive yet delicious cocktails...

  24. Published : Thursday, 20th December 2012

    Pied à Terre | Pied a Terre, Charlotte Street

    I recently ventured out for a spot of Michelin star dining, as one does. The restaurant of choice was Pied a Terre, which I think is French for “the Frenchest restaurant you will ever go to, in your life, ever”. Yes, Pied a Terre is probably Frencher than actual France is. The staff are carved entirely of garlic, the tables rest atop giant baguettes and if you look closely you will see that the walls have been painstakingly constructed of thousands of compressed snails. This isn’t true, but it gives you some idea as to exactly how French this restaurant is. Very French. The head chef, Marcus Eaves, is not French, but we will let that slide. He specialises in French-method cuisine, which is good enough...

  25. Published : Monday, 17th December 2012

    Tapas Brindisa | Tapas Brindisa, London Bridge

    Tapas is a brilliant invention. Indecisive and greedy folk alike delight in restaurants where one can order five or six plates of food whilst guzzling pints of wine and pretending to be somewhere sunny. Thankfully London is filled with such establishments. Less thankfully, most are rubbish. Tapas Brindisa is one of the rare good ones, as is evident by the fact that it’s full all the time and doesn’t bother with that old fashioned reservations malarky. There are a handful of Brindisa’s dotted about. I visited the one at Borough Market because that is the original and best. And Borough Market is just wonderful...

  26. Published : Monday, 10th December 2012

    The Green | The Green, Clerkenwell

    And so we come to The Green of Clerkenwell which naturally errs on ‘gastro’ side of pub, as all London pubs now do. This gastro pub is blue, and has tried to be different with the addition of some downright wacky furnishings. All gastro pubs attempt to differentiate themselves with the addition of these ‘eclectic’ furnishings, unwittingly (and quite devastatingly) ensuring that they are nigh on exactly the same as all the others. A catch 22 situation indeed...

  27. The Modern Pantry is a rather nice Clerkenwell restaurant where everything is white or a darker shade thereof. It is run by Anna Hansen, who is famous in cheffy type circles for being one of the names behind The Providores. The other was Peter Gordon who is now running Kopapa which is very much overrated and not all that delicious. The Modern Pantry is a lot more delicious. Take note Mr Gordon...

  28. Published : Tuesday, 9th October 2012

    Skylon | Skylon, Southbank

    Skylon is one of the more upmarket eateries on London’s Southbank, situated above Royal Festival Hall, but importantly not in the sky. It’s part of the D&D London chain, who run thirty restaurants across the capital. Despite not being in the sky Skylon does offer some pretty impressive views across the Southbank making it just about perfect for a people-watching lunch...

  29. Published : Tuesday, 25th September 2012

    Wahaca | Wahaca, Southbank

    A summer addition to the Wahaca chain, The Southbank Experiment is a trailer and pop-up restaurant made bizarrely of shipping containers. Despite this the inside of the ‘restaurant’ is relatively comfortable, with a great atmosphere that comes from being jam-packed with people drinking tequila, I think. The experiment is testing specials each month, with the most popular being added to the Wahaca menus...

  30. The Mandarin Oriental is a flash hotel. It houses flash restaurants, is visited by flash guests and has probably got some pretty flash room service going on. It is also home to the Mandarin Bar, which is, obviously, one hell of a flash bar. The Mandarin Bar is what all bars should be, dark and moody with a cocktail list that never ends. The website says it’s ‘unbelievably cool’ which is mildly annoying, but even more so when they’re right. It really is that cool...

  31. Published : Friday, 29th June 2012

    Monmouth Coffee | Monmouth Coffee Company, Borough

    Monmouth is regularly touted as the best coffee shop in London. There is much hype surrounding the place, which usually means only one thing… an earth shattering disappointment is in store. But a coffee shop attracting such acclaim from caffeine fuelled Londoners can’t be bad, can it? Do we believe the hype? Have we been brainwashed into thinking Monmouth coffee is the sweet nectar of the caffeine Gods, brought down unto Borough Market to perk up tired city dwellers, when in fact it is much the same as Starbucks?...