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21 August 2014

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  1. A boozy and panoramic double entendre, Paramount’s High Spirits afternoon tea yields a civilised chance to catch a lofty buzz while taking in some of the best views of London. Created by Head Chef Kryzsztof Zachwieja, this new tea offered at the top of the Centrepoint building (the tower situated over Tottenham Court Road Station) features alcohol in every element, from spiked sandwiches along the lines of gin and orange-cured salmon with lemon butter on lemon bread to pie-eyed pastries and cakes like Amaretto tiramisu with lime mascarpone. Scones are served with a Cointreau jam...

  2. A couple of weeks back I was invited along to sample the new cocktail menu at Grand Union. I Unfamiliar with the London based group of eight bars (and possibly growing) but intrigued when I took a quick look at the drinks I would be offered to try. I’m happy to report I was not disappointed and found GU’s Farringdon bar to be a smart and cosy spot to keep in mind the next time I’m out and about and hankering a drink. Highlights from the tasting included the Key Lime Pie Martini (Licor 43 and Amarula blended with milk, £8). It’s apparently now the most ordered drink at all Grand Union bars. I could understand why. It was creamy and quenching. Besides, who doesn’t like key lime pie?...

  3. Following a major reno, The Latchmere pub on Battersea Park Road has recently reopened under the guiding hand of the Renaissance Pubs group to offer a comfortable and attractive venue (think: Victorian with light contemporary accoutrements and minus any twee fittings) for all those pubby things we like to do as Londoners. Kemey and I paid visit a couple of weekends ago for one of our most favourite of pubby activities – Sunday lunch! – and were more than pleased with our experience. Here are some of the highlights. Kudos to the Latchmere staff for immediately bringing a jug of tap water to our table soon after being seated! It’s a little thing, but such a gesture goes a long way to helping ensure a decent dining experience. Service remained friendly and consistent during our lunch. And what a lunch it was!...

  4. Today (Thursday 24 July), The Pear Tree pub in Hammersmith is offering free BBQ pulled pork finger rolls at two locations. From 12.45 folks from the pub will be outside the main entrance to Charing Cross Hospital, and then from 17.45 they’ll be outside Barons Court Tube. Yum! I reckon from either of those freebie spots, you should continue on for a complete Pear Tree experience. The Victorian era gastropub is just a short stroll from both those locations (it’s an easy walk from Hammersmith Station and West Kensington as well), has a lovely beer garden and a friendly easy going vibe. I actually dined at The Pear Tree earlier this week and had a really nice meal there. I especially liked my plate of properly prepared pork belly I loved the awesomely massive onion rings too. There’s a smart selection of beer and a decent wine list...

  5. I had a lot of fun during my recent visit to Granger & Co Clerkenwell. Aussie restauranteur Bill Granger’s latest restaurant in a selective global portfolio – which includes a well established eatery in Notting Hill along with outlets in Sydney, Tokyo, and Hawaii – features a playfully palate pleasing menu served in a comfortable and lavishly spacious dining room. Here are a few highlights from my dinner. Granger & Co is an ideal venue for special occasions that you still want to retain something of a casual air. The space itself impressed me upon my entrance and throughout my meal with its clean line deisign, shear size and zero clutter. Service was efficient and helpful without being too cordial. And the menu was an absolute winner...

  6. An invitation to try the new afternoon bar menu at Newburgh Street’s Antidote Wine Bar presented me with a perfect excuse to lounge about Soho for awhile nibbling away at some savoury snacks and sipping a lovely glass of wine. Under the guidance of Hedone’s Head Chef Mikael Jonsson (who’s been overseeing the menu at Antidote since it reopened earlier this year), the bar has introduced a new tartine menu available from noon to 5pm. Items are priced between £5 and £7.50 and can be had alongside a glass of house wine for an added three quid...

  7. An invitation to sample a newly launched gin and tonic menu at The Polo Bar at The Westbury Hotel presented an excellent opportunity to discover a fine place to have a drink. Created by Tanqueray mixologist Tim Homewood and Polo Bar manager Elias Yiallouris, the new G&Ts are part of a “Botanical Brew Experience” collaboration between Tangueray No. TEN gin and Fever-Tree tonic water. All feature the quadruple distilled gin and the premium tonic along with an intriguing array of fresh ingredients...

  8. Published : Monday, 24th March 2014

    Dub Jam | Dub Jam Jerk BBQ and Rum Shack, Covent Garden

    Transforming a cloakroom into a “rum shack,” tiny 16-seater Dub Jam has opened near Covent Garden serving reggae, rum and Caribbean inspired dishes – all with a heaping side of Jamaican kitsch. The reggae? A selection of Trojan Record classics on heavy rotation. The rum? Jamaican to be sure with easy drinkin’ yet nonetheless potent tropical cocktails. The food? Jerk skewers and burgers mostly. And the kitsch? Well … Despite the thatched roof open-kitchen wedged beneath a massive sound system, the place obviously isn’t really a shack, and it’s a loooong way from the Caribbean. Dub Jam décor features a bar made from a surfboard, and lighting made from floaters...

  9. Open now for a couple of months, Souli is a small and attractive takeaway in the heart of Marylebone. I had an exceptionally satisfying lunch there about a week back, finished up by one of of the best espressos I’ve had in London this year. According to affable owner, Hella Souli, the concept behind her eponymous eatery is to offer “high end restaurant quality” food in an efficient and friendly cafe setting – fine takeaway if you will...

  10. A nice result of BPW 2014 was I got an invite to visit Fleet Street’s historic grade II listed Punch Tavern to savour the excellent pies prepared there by Chef Matt. Good thing for London folk, it’s pretty much pie week every week at the Punch, as the pub lists at least a couple of pies every week on its hearty British menu. During my dine, I sampled a fantastic pheasant, partridge and bacon pie as well as one with pigeon, sweet potato and juniper. It was a tough choice even having the chance to tuck in to two different pies as the rabbit, hare, cider, mustard pie sounded like an equally appealing treat as did the veal, red wine, and olives option. Pies were served with ample mash and roasted seasonal veggies. It’s worth noting that the game used in the pies (and any dish at the tavern) is sourced from Suffolk, all shot by the chef’s uncle. Pies range in price from £8.50 for a vegetarian cheese and cauliflower pie to £11.50 for a steak pie...

  11. Published : Thursday, 6th March 2014

    Shoryu Soho | Ramen Fun at Shoryu Soho, Denman Street

    So it’s been about a month since I visited Shoryu Soho ramen bar. But that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten how much fun I had dining there. Besides, judging from the queue out-the-door I observed when I passed by the Soho outlet last night, I guess the restaurant hasn’t been in need of any positive press. Nevertheless, here’s mine up-thumbed input about the place. There were a number of dishes available at Japan Centre’s Shoryu Soho that seemed to be placed on the menu especially for me and my greedy palate...

  12. Following a major refurbishment, Denmark Street’s landmark rock ‘n roll restaurant, La Giaconda Café Bar Restaurant, brings together a quality caff experience and a fine dining options in the heart of Soho. There’s music in the air on Denmark Street, Britain’s answer to New York’s Tin Pan Alley and once the nexus of British pop music publishing and songwriting. The street’s connection to the music industry goes back almost 100 years. Even since pop got electric and loud the street has played significant role. Jimi Hendrix recorded here. So did the Sex Pistols, who lived on the street as well. Elton John wrote Your Song here...

  13. Presenting tried and true South Asian comfort food on the Strand and just down the street from Covent Garden, Daawat Indian restaurant at the four star (and newly renovated) Strand Palace Hotel is a smart choice when you’re on the go and seeking a satisfying meal. During a recent evening visit, I went with the Chef’s Special Taster Menu (£22) which featured a range of five starters (I especially liked the “saufiyani murgh malai kebab” of marinated chicken with fennel seeds, cashews and cream cooked in the tandoor) and a “duo of curries” main course of chicken tikka masala and lamb dopiaza, all served with Basmati rice and ample naan...

  14. An uncomplicated menu of pronounced northern Italy flavour; an equally concise and decidedly Italian list of wine and drinks; a stylish wood and copper bar that’s as cosy as it is elegant – there’s a lot to love about Augustus Harris, a Venetian inspired bàcaro conveniently set within the heart of Theatreland. Cicheti, spuntini, crostini … more than cook anything up, the barmen at AH essentially take a few basic ingredients and assemble them into small dishes for snacks and sharing. If that comes across as a disparaging statement, by no means is that the intention. I’ve been craving to return since my visit a couple of weeks back as I found the menu to be an absolute delight...

  15. What a way to end the year (and start the next)! The seven course New Year’s Eve 2013 dinner and wine menu at Nobu London at the Metropolitan Hotel ended the year on a delectable note and set high the bar for restaurant experiences for the months to come. Check it out: Seared salmon sashimi with jalapeno dressing, paired with Vouvray 2010, Vincent Raimbault, Loire...

  16. Published : Wednesday, 8th January 2014

    Rocket | Restaurant Review: Rocket Bishopsgate

    A crowd pleasing menu in convenient location with funky décor, Rocket Bishopsgate is a safe bet decision if you’re looking for a quick bite or a night out near Liverpool Street Station. Based on a recent Friday night dinner at Rocket, I reckon it’s the sort of place one should be glad to have at hand if working nearby or regularly commuting through Liverpool Street Station (or Shoreditch High Street Overground for that matter). Dining room side, I had a satisfying and reasonably priced meal in a comfy setting while folks in the adjacent bar were dancing to a DJ and starting to get a gleeful groove on with the weekend properly commenced...

  17. Carnivorous gnashing to a heavy metal soundtrack? Yee-aye-uh! Who knew going out for Japanese comfort food could provide such a rawkin’ good time? The folks behind Flesh & Buns apparently. I had a lot of fun during my dine at the new(ish)ly opened Flesh & Buns izakaya restaurant back before Christmas. From the same lot of Soho restaurant smarty pants behind the exceptionally successful Bone Daddies ramen bar, the cavernous Seven Dials eatery offers a street food menu with a East Asian style buns as the star of the show. I loved the crispy piglet belly buns (with mustard miso and pickled apple, £14.50) and the lamb chops (with kimchi spice and pickled carrots, £19.50). Beyond the buns, there’s a range of small bites and sharing dishes along with sushi and sashimi, cocktails and more...

  18. It’s no secret. I’m a big fan of the fine foodie offerings InterContinental London Park Lane. With Executive Chef Paul Bates calling the palate pleasing shots (not to mention chef Theo Randall doing his own tasty thing with onsite upscale Italian restaurant), I’ve never never even come close to having a less than ideal dining experience here. So an invitation to try the hotel’s limited edition Christmas afternoon tea was one I greedily accepting. This was my second time to enjoy an afternoon tea at the InterContinental and it did not disappoint. If anything, my expectations for a high level of quality and service were exceeded. The tea is themed around the popular carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Golden rings, swans a-swimming, drummers drumming … they’re all represented in edible form and make fun conversation pieces in addition to being tasty little morsels...

  19. A few weeks back, I attended the reopening of The Gate in Hammersmith after it had closed for a refit. It had been a few years since my last (and only other) visit to stalwart of the vegetarian dining scene, I was pleased to discover the same high standards and a still tasty menu. Me, I’m a total carnivore. But I must admit sometimes the most interesting meals for me are the ones that don’t rely on meat. The Gate does veggie cuisine right, and no matter no dietary prefs or concerns there’s a strong chance you’ll leave the restaurant feeling satisfied and glad to have dining there (without feeling all bogged down or bloated). To get an idea of the menu, consider this especially noteworthy main course I had during my recent visit: a spicy corn and polenta cake (seasoned with chilli, coriander and thyme, pan-fried and served with sweet potato, grilled aubergine, oven-dried tomato and spiced pickled fennel, finished with red pepper, black bean salsa and a coriander and lime dressing, £12.75)...

  20. Published : Friday, 29th November 2013

    Mamounia Lounge | Mamounia Lounge Mayfair Reopens: Swish!

    About a year ago, I paid a visit to the then newly opened Mamounia Lounge in Knightsbridge. Just as it was launching, its sister outlet in Mayfair was closing down for a refurb. Last month, Mamounia Lounge Mayfair re-opened. With both Mamounias up and running, Londoners now have two swank reasons to enjoy a night out in Arabian style. Here’s a quick report from my recent visit to the re-opend Mayfair venue. As at ML Knightsbridge, odds are if you visiting during the evening you’ll get to catch a belly dancer gyrate through the dining area. And if you’re lucky (or is that unlucky) like me, you’ll get pulled from your seat and be expected to wiggle along with her Yeah, it’s a fun place to visit. Lavish too – and a little over the top, though still well within the confines of good taste...

  21. It had been a few years since my last visit to Fika Bar & Restaurant before my dinner there last week. The cosy little Scandi eatery at the top of Brick Lane seems to be as popular with the hipster set and as Swedish as it ever was. Never been to Fika or, like me, haven’t been in quite some time? With Xmas on the way and a special Jutallrik menu to celebrate the festive season, now’s a topical time to visit. Jutallrik means “Christmas plate” in Swedish. It’s a mini smörgåsbord of traditional Swedish treats...

  22. Published : Saturday, 16th November 2013

    Bedford & Strand | Christmas Menu at Bedford & Strand

    A recent opportunity to sit in on a tasting of the Christmas 2013 menu at basement bistro Bedford & Strand also served as a chance to sample the creations of new Head Chef Joseph Dean. Thumbs up to Dean for taking the same-old-same-old standards and adding just a touch enough pizzazz to enliven what otherwise might have come across and yawn-worthy stodge. Here’s a look at Bedford & Strand’s Christmas menu, which is available now at £35 per person for choice of one starter, main and dessert...

  23. An invitation to try a seasonal truffle menu at Coq d’Argent led to me discovering what a crème brûlée is really supposed to taste like and where for an impeccable wine and dine in the City. My recent and first time visit to City restaurant, Coq d’Argent, was one of my most exquisite dining experiences of the year. And as 2013 winds down and I think back to some of the finer meals I’ve had since January, that’s really saying a lot! I was there to have a taste of a limited run seasonal dish of creamy mushroom tagliatelle with a selection of white and black truffles. When booked ahead, the dish is to be served tableside by Head Chef Mickael Weiss himself shaving copious amounts of your preferred truffle over the top of your pasta. In my case, the opportunity to try the dish came by way of a very accommodating last minute booking, and Weiss was not on hand to preside over my plate (I’m not even sure the dish was officially available yet). Nonetheless, my truffled-up plate of umph was gorgeous, yielding long-lasting depth of marvelous flavour...

  24. Published : Wednesday, 13th November 2013

    The Brasserie at the Tower Hotel | Would You Eat a Goanut?

    I went on a lark to check out a gimmick and got hooked on an excellent seasonal menu at what might be London’s most underrated restaurant. What’s a goanut you ask? It’s a gourmand gateway to a fine foodie feast. A goanut is a deep fried goat cheese doughnut paired with fruity beetroot compote, salted caramel mousse, caramelised pecan nuts and balsamic vinegar. It’s a really tasty ensemble too, and at £8.50 is pretty decently valued starter as well – especially considering the lovely views of Tower Bridge and the river from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. According to Head Chef Christian Rozsenich, he and his mostly Austrian kitchen crew came up with the dish as a joke but then realised it was actually very tasty. I certainly enjoyed this well composed medley of sweet and salty flavours as my starter course and am happy to recommend giving it a try...

  25. Got gin? Gillray’s does. In fact the bar here boasts almost 70 different types of gin. It’s not just about the gin though. There’s a particularly fine selection of rum and most other spirits. Of course, just as important as what’s behind the bar is what’s going on back there. Head barman Jaume Beato knows his stuff as I observed while he mixed me The Last Instinct (Ron Zacapa 23, Pimento Dram, honey, orange and freshly squeezed lime juice with a Angostura bitters, served flaming, £12.50). Epic. Starting out with a cocktail (or two … or was it three?) before proceeding to dinner was a great way to kick off my night and catch up with an old friend who was joining me for dinner...

  26. Like its sister pub, The Only Running Footman down the road in Mayfair, The Portman features a lively pub downstairs with a more subdued tablecloth serviced restaurant upstairs. The two pubs share similar menus and wine lists, but the vibe’s a bit more laid back and casual at The Portman. Prices are a little cheaper too. Remembering how much I loved my crispy squid, coriander and spring onions with chilli and lime aioli when I visited the Footman last month, I was curious to see how Portman’s version (£8.50 as a starter, £13.50 as a main) compared. It was a great starter that I was happy to woofed down...

  27. The recently launched dim sum menu at Hutong proves an ideal opportunity for Sunday brunching. I very much enjoyed a chance to sample this upscale restaurant’s dim sum lunch menu a few weekend’s ago. Situated at the 33rd storey of The Shard, the restaurant’s panoramic perch over London wows without fail. Designed to have the look and feel of an actual traditional street level hutong (‘traditional Chinese urban residential courtyard most typically seen in Beijing’ might be the best way to describe one), the interior presents a delightfully incongruous setting that is worthy of admiration in its own right...

  28. If you like seafood, you’ll been in heaven here. The menu is lengthy and a rather delectable read. There are plenty of non-fishy dishes listed (steak, pasta, risotto …), but if you go for anything other than the seafood and fish options you’ll miss out on what this place does best. I love my starter course of cannolicchi (three west coast razor clams, £8.95) from the raw bar as well as my main course of coda di rospo (pan roasted monkfish tail with n’duja and almond crust and zucchini scapece, £22). Yeah, I’d go back for it. For pudding, I had gnocchi di latte (baked sweet dumplings with glazed dark rum, £6.50) – a moreish and homey end to a satisfying meal! As impressive as the menu was, dining companion Kemey’s fancy was struck by something off the blackboard for her main: sea salt roasted sea bass. Prepped with precision at the table, it was a delicate dish worth having (I was lucky to have a bite!). A bottle of crisp and citrus Falanghina Beneventano IGT Bellamico (£6 for a 175ml glass, £17 for 500ml carafe and £25.50 for a bottle) served both our choices well...

  29. I’ve got to admit, I enjoyed the hell out of my Shacktoberfest Brat Burger. I wasn’t even hungry yet somehow managed to eat the entire Angus beef burger topped with a flat-top griddled Emmanteler cheese bratwurst with crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and ShackSauce (£7.75). Presented before me with buns agape and crispy shallots cascading into its paper tray, that burger demanded commitment. Luckily it was tasty and worth standing in the seemingly never diminishing queue at the four-month old, sole UK outlet of this celebrated American burger chain...

  30. Kemey and I dined last night at newly opened Berners Tavern. Hardly a week old, the place buzzed with an energy emitting from the diners who all seemed incredibly stoked just to be there. The latest talk of the town among London’s foodiest of connoisseurs, I couldn’t glance across the tavern’s dining room without spying another food writer, a chef on his night off or some other such industry insider. And what a dining room it was to glance across! The space (a former ballroom) was ginormous (we reckoned we could fit ten times our loft conversion one-bedroom flat inside that room). There must have been nearly five metres between the tops of our heads and the restaurant’s two massive custom bronze chandeliers and the gorgeously detailed reliefs along the tops of the walls – walls laden with a series of ornately framed photographic portraits, landscapes and still life paintings...

  31. New(ish) Shoreditch High Street pub, Crown & Shuttle, has recently launched a new burger menu big on flavour and full of umph. I dropped by yesterday for lunch and found my burger and the venue to be well worth a recommendation. My Loomswood duck and Suffolk pork burger with Kreik Boon, liquorice and black cherry ketchup served on sesame seed brioche (£8.75) was a nice change from what’s become a litany of “gourmet” burgers in London. Washed down with a pint of Paulaner and accompanied by a rather large side of seasoned “bloody Mary” fries £3.50), the meal was substantial and tasty. I really liked the liquorice and black cherry ketchup and thought it paired nicely with the meat...

  32. Published : Tuesday, 24th September 2013

    Aqua Shard | Breakfast at Aqua Shard

    Yes of course, the view is the main draw at Aqua Shard, but don’t let that get in the way of enjoying the food and stylish setting. I recently had breakfast there and left feeling nearly as pleased with my full English as I was with this upscale restaurant’s full-on vistas. For a (high) rise ‘n shine that towers over the competition, the newly introduced breakfast menu at Aqua Shard is tops. Usually – and even if I’ve thoroughly enjoyed a dining experience – I’m keen to get going after a meal … to carry on to the next venue, walk off some excess calories, head home and change into my jammies, whatever … just move! After my satisfying brekkie at Aqua Shard on Saturday though, I wanted to linger – to have another cup of coffee and simply ‘take it all in’ for a little while longer. To be honest, I felt like that the minute I stepped into Aqua Shard...

  33. What’s with all this “& Co” business in London these days? Here’s my third review in a row of an eatery with such a suffix to its name. Fortunately, my & Co trio has provided me with more than decent grub. In the case of Soho brasserie with chic basement bar, Central & Co, I found an especially convenient and fairly swank venue offering a something-for-everyone approach toward food and drink...

  34. Last week I had a fantastic lunch at Spianata & Co. The Roman bakery and paninoteca has been in London for a number of years, but I’m just now getting wise to its tasty range of freshly made sandwiches, pizza rossa and more. Also known as pizza bianca romana, spianata is a long flat bread baked at the rounded sides of traditional wood fired oven to take economic advantage of marginal space that would otherwise go unused. The result is a thin and crisp bread that’s idea for sandwiches...

  35. Published : Tuesday, 10th September 2013

    Damson & Co | All Day Soho Dining at Damson & Co on Brewer Street

    Two current trends in the London dining scene at the moment are creating all-day-dining menus and adding a gratuitous “& Co” to the end of your business’s name. Newly opened Damson & Co twirls a double braid of zeitgeist to offer the constant flow of Soho shufflers a handy little place for a full-on dinner or a dabbling dash with libation – be it booze, fresh juice or quick shot of espresso. Based on two recent visits, I’m giving Damson & Co two all-day thumbs up and recommend that you and whatever company you keep soon follow suit to have a look and taste for yourself...

  36. Published : Monday, 2nd September 2013

    Clockjack Oven | Coming Soon: The Clockjack Chicken Burger

    Sometime this week, Soho’s Clockjack Oven will launch the Clockjack Chicken Burger – a fried chicken thigh burger with a bit of a kick to it. Lucky clucker that I am, I had a chance to sample a prototype of the new burger last week. It was truly delicious and I reckon will prove to be a very popular addition to an already tasty menu. Priced at £8.95, the Clockjack Chicken Burger will consist of a super tender and succulent buttermilk-marinated fried chicken thigh topped with jalapeño peppers and tomato salsa and served in a sesame seed buttermilk bun...

  37. So the PR-sent invitation to review the Perkin Reveller suggested that this new all day dining hall and bar served the best fish and chips in town. After my visit I’d politely disagree. However, such a conclusion isn’t too far off the mark. For a touristic all rounder wedged between The Tower of London and Tower Bridge, this place dishes out a quality dining experience and an excellent introduction to the best of British fare. Yeah, I was really impressed with my meal. Everything was tasty and freshly prepared and (according to the menu anyway) seasonal and made with local produce. Service was friendly. The view was iconic...

  38. Another great restaurant to add to my list of this year’s best, Quantus offers an exquisite menu of modern European cuisine with a strong Latin influence and a wine list that’s inspired and decidedly Latin tinged as well. Service at this lovely little Chiswick local is formal and prompt yet exceptionally friendly, and the prices are a huge relief...

  39. Sweet Thursday is a new(ish) pizzeria and wine shop in De Beauvoir Town. The shop’s unusual name pays homage to a novel by John Steinbeck. Look it up. As far as I’m concerned the Sweet Thursday folks could call their friendly establishment Sour Monday, and I’d still rave about it. The pizzas are proper and the atmosphere ideal for a casual meal any day of the week...

  40. If you’re working or sightseeing around St Paul’s and looking for a quality meal, you’re in luck. The newly opened Hush Brasserie is an excellent option, maybe even your best choice minus any fine dining establishments in the area. I’ll keep this review to the point, so you can spend less time online and more time enjoying your meal. I was really impressed with my experience at Hush and honestly cannot think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend this place to...

  41. Tapas Brindisa London Bridge has updated its breakfast menu and the hours it’s available. The results are muy bien and the portions are very definition of muchísimo. Of course, if you’re just popping in for a quick cortado and a pastry, you expect a well pulled cup of coffee served with friendly efficiency. If you’re truly hungry though, I highly recommend going with something from the “Classics” menu...

  42. Published : Thursday, 1st August 2013

    HKK | HKK’s Exquisite Five Course Duck Lunch

    There’s not a whole lot I can write about my recent visit to HKK for a taste of its five course duck lunch menu without my review coming across as one big gloat about how much I enjoyed it. Besides, so much of what I loved about the experience was getting to sit back and allow Chef Tong Chee Hwee, sommelier Miguel Hernandez and all the cordial HKK staff encountered to provide their deliberate best to ensure I had an exquisite meal. The months old HKK is a brilliant extension of the Hakkasan brand and welcome addition to another rather desolate stretch of ambiguous hinterland straddling the professional City and hipster Shoreditch...

  43. West London Pan Asian restaurant, Naga, has recently launched London’s first dedicated tofu bar with a menu of inexpensive bar snacks and even a selection of tofu-based cocktails...

  44. I also found out that Sake No Hana is a fantastic restaurant worth a visit whether you’re looking for an education in spirits or simply a gorgeous meal. Sitting at Sake No Hana’s sushi bar and admiring the chefs’ nimble work while sipping “Grand Cru” level premium sake, I was very much in my happy place and couldn’t think of a more conducive way to enjoy a fine Japanese meal in London...

  45. Tibits is an all-day vegetarian restaurant and bar nestled within a quiet little alcove just off Regent Street. With a “food boat” featuring 40 hot and cold dishes where customers create their own buffet-style meal (either plated for eating in or in a container for takeaway), Tibits has plenty of quality dishes on offer for health conscious diners and folks with dietary concerns...

  46. I had a fantastic lunch last week at Assiette Anglaise, a relatively new restaurant for Highbury and a welcome one indeed! It’s is a fine little neighbourhood brasserie which locals should be proud to call their own. Everybody else? This all day eatery’s only a short stroll away from Highbury and Islington Station (and is just about as close to Holloway Road and Caledonian Road stations too). The delighful meal I had was certainly worth the time I spent on public transport to get there...

  47. JW Steakhouse at the Marriott’s Grosvenor House hotel has recently introduced a couple of brilliant new reasons to pay this fine dining establishment a visit post-haste: a series of four bourbon tasting flights and a Steak of the Month. Both these offers represent deliciously good news to be sure! However, what is perhaps even more deserving of me shouting about you making a speedy beeline to enjoy is the simple fact that, as I discover during my dinner last night, everything else about this American style Steakhouse is fantastic too...

  48. You’re kinda spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a place to drink on Essex Road. A handful of quality boozers (some great places to eat too!) are clustered close to where Essex Road meets Upper Street with a few more commendable establishments presenting themselves up the road nearer De Beauvoir Town. Among the best of Essex Road’s pubs is the Old Queen’s Head...

  49. The Potato Merchant, London’s first restaurant and grocer specialising in potatoes, has recently opened at Exmouth Market. I had a nice dinner there recently and thought the restaurant would be worth keeping in mind for locals looking for a thoughtful take on the UK’s favourite starchy staple...

  50. Published : Monday, 27th May 2013

    Buddha-Bar | Upscale Bento at Buddha-Bar London

    Buddha-Bar’s new bento features a tasty selection of light Pan Asian starters and mains from which to create your own meal for £27. That’s a lot of moolah for two courses in my opinion, but you also get a bowl of miso soup, a side of wakame salad and a choice of steamed rice or Buddha-Bar noodles. Quality of the food is high...

  51. Published : Sunday, 19th May 2013

    Sartoria | Mozzarella Month at Sartoria, Savile Row

    I managed to squeeze in one more foodie splurge here in London by attending a mozzarella masterclass on Saturday the 4th of May at Mayfair Italian fine dining restaurant, Sartoria. The class was a kick off ofthe aptly named Savile Row restaurant’s “Mozzarella Month” offering refined and eager palates an opportunity to go big with one of Italy’s most delectable exports...

  52. Published : Saturday, 4th May 2013

    The Botanist | Breakfast at The Botanist, Sloane Square

    As elegant as any casual dining establishment you’re apt to come across in upscale Chelsea and just a stone’s throw from Sloane Square Station, the Botanist is as smartly situated as London restaurants come. And with a newly introduced breakfast menu available all week, it’s now a smart place to start your day as well...

  53. An invitation to try a new reptilian starter at Blues Kitchen on Camden High Street led to an overall great night out that was way more down home and delicious than I’d hoped. Okay so this current craze for American food in London seems a teensy bit over the top to this expat Georgia boy...

  54. Published : Monday, 29th April 2013

    Salaam Namaste | New Menu at Salaam Namaste, Bloomsbury

    As the name of this modern Indian restaurants suggests, my visit to Salaam Namaste commenced with a warm and cordial welcome. The restaurant exudes old school charm – from the be-suited and gracious wait staff to the white tablecloths...

  55. Kemey and I were treated to a delicious meal over the weekend at pan-Indian restaurant Carom at Meza. Based on past experiences, I figured we were in for a more than decent dinner when I made the reservation, but expectations were exceeded...

  56. Published : Monday, 15th April 2013

    Imli Street | Imli Street: Renamed, Revamped and Reopened

    ← London Daily Photo: Morning Lane Guest Post: Top Sights to See in Cornwall → Imli Street: Renamed, Revamped and Reopened Posted on 2013/04/15 by tikichris Untitled Soho Indian restaurant, Imli, goes “street” to keep up with the competition. Is it any better than before and worth actually coming in off the street for a taste of the new menu?...

  57. Clockjack Oven brings a supremely simple and savoury dining option to Soho with its free range rotisserie chicken and yummy back-to-basics menu...

  58. New pizzeria Venerdi is a welcome addition to Chatsworth Road and makes this already happy local resident even more pleased about the dining options around this tasty and constantly improving slice of Hackney...

  59. A Ms Pacman table or a Donkey Kong console in the corner would complete the fun times effect, but Lazybones gets bonus points (with some caveats) for its easygoing and tasty menu...

  60. Published : Wednesday, 20th March 2013

    Palm Restaurant | PrimeTime at Palm London, Belgravia

    First of all, my girlfriend loved this place. So there, problem solved and thumbs up for the Palm. Actually, I loved it too. Food was great. Drinks were well made. Service was solid. The setting was especially comfortable. No complaints...

  61. Chef Jon Ingram of the Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar at the Intercontinental Westminster has done a bang up job taking a (barbe)cue from foodie trends around town and refining them to a five star standard while making sure to keep his menu fun and yummy. Indulging in the Blue Boar’s Sunday only luxury brunch is an excellent way to taste what I’m talking about...

  62. Published : Tuesday, 12th March 2013

    MASH London | “Menu Relief” at MASH

    Feeling a little second tier as a foodie and a London blogger, I finally made it to MASH for the first time last night. Definitely worth the wait, I enjoyed my special “Menu Relief” dinner of a three courses, including MASH’s signature steak and cheesecake, for £50 with £20 of the proceeds going direct to Comic Relief...

  63. Sumptuously situated within a grade 2 listed, late Gothic revival Victorian building (it used to be a bank) with high carved ceilings, massive windows and plenty of original architectural features – a visit to Zaika is a feast for the eyes. That’s great, of course – a truly marvellous setting. Comfy too! But if you know me then you know I was there for more literal feasting. Dishes are as attractively presented as the setting and taste just as gorgeous. Head chef Navin Prasad’s kitchen delivers refined and delicate dishes that nonetheless check the boxes for filling and yummy. Case in point is the hearty yet dainty starter, pan-seared spiced scallops with sautéed cavolo nero and pumpkin sauce (£14.50, sauce to change seasonally). Equally delicious, a main course of king prawns simmered in a rich coconut cream sauce flavoured with lime leaf (£19.50) proves curry prowess and gourmet subtly needn’t be mutually exclusive attributes. Stir-fried mixed greens with mustard and coconut shavings (£6.50) was a smart side and one I may attempt to replicate in my own kitchen. Cumin baked rice (£4.50) is a nice touch as well...

  64. Published : Wednesday, 30th January 2013

    Boqueria | Fantastic Tapas at a Nice Price: Brixton’s Boqueria

    Kemey and I had a gorgeous dinner at Brixton’s Boqueria tapas bar and restaurant this past weekend. Winner of Time Out’s Best Cheap Eats 2012, we found Boqueria to offer tasty value for money. During our visit, portion size for most dishes was more than ample; service was brisk and attentive; and the vibe was delightfully low key with a bit of a buzz in the air. The mostly local guests seemed to come in all ages and varieties – couples, families with small children, groups of friends catching up – and all appeared equally excited to be spending a lovley evening out at Boqueria...

  65. Published : Thursday, 24th January 2013

    In Parma by Food Roots | In Parma … in London

    Over the past year or so, I’ve blogged more than a bit about the high quality of food products from Parma and what a gastronomic thrill it actually was to visit the city and neighbouring countryside back in September. Just under a year old, Fitzrovia restaurant, In Parma, has been bleeping wildly on my foodie radar all this time. I finally got round to having a meal there earlier this week, and I’m happy to report that my visit was just as delightful, delicious and autentico as what I experienced in the actual city of Parma itself. In Parma is owned by Christian Pero. Originally from Parma and with a background working with some of the world’s top food brands (Kelloggs, Mars), Christian is also the founder of Food Roots, the “only entity in the world dedicated to European Protected Designation of Origin products selecting the best small producers.” The restaurant is a first for Christian and for Food Roots and functions as a sort of public relations channel for Food Roots...