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I have to admit that I rarely venture down to the south side of London.
After living in Central for the past 4 years I have been a little spoilt.
Everything I could possibly dream of eating is within walking distance.
The thought of having to travel more than half an hour anywhere is a struggle.
But everything changed when Layla came knocking on my door.
She beckoned me to come down to visit her in the dirty south, all the way down in Wimbledon.
It's hard to say no to such an invitation when she looks like this...
It Was Only A Stone Throw Away From Home, So Under The Cover Of Darkness I Plucked Up The Courage To Venture Out.
Boy It Was Definitely A Worthy Excursion Away From My Hideout.
Thai Thai Just Exudes Opulence, With Its Impressive Stained-Glass Ceiling, High Ceilings, Carved Wooden Artefacts, And Crimson Walls...
The Reach is set in an old grade II listed building, so has that Old English vibe.
It's warm, dark and cosy inside; I nestled myself on the cushioned seating next to the window where you can gaze out to the Thames.
I was invited to the launch of The Reach Bar & Kitchen, and had the pleasure to sample teasers of the whole menu.
To be perfectly honest, I didn't really know what to expect as once you walk in, The Reach is essentially a pub; and normally for me pub food is to be enjoyed whilst nursing a hangover :P
So I was really impressed with the bounty presented before me...
I used to be a regular at the Bloomsbury - Hare and Tortoise branch.
It had that canteen feel, you know with the light birch effect furniture, & being alittle cramped inside.
It was very student-y, but I loved it.
After graduating, I upgraded to the Blackfriars branch; purely because it's closer to me since I moved flats...
The surest way to my heart is through a steak.
A badass steak, that is.
Any tiffs & arguments amongst friends and lovers can be resolved with steak.
That is why choosing your steakhouse is so god damn important.
If you get it wrong; you're probably going to end up in the dog house for a week.
This is no joke.,,
Sometimes all I want to do is escape.
Just run off to a secret hiding place, where no one can find me.
Living in the city can be abit too much at times.
It can often leave me with that strong urge to just disappear or teleport somewhere. Anywhere.
Thankfully, one fateful night Obika invited me into his lair.
He was warm, dark, and the best part?
He led me underground.. ;]
Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and into a quiet safe haven with dim, sultry lighting, and soft wooden furnishings...
When you're heart broken nothing tastes good.
But Bone Daddies really knows how to soothe a wounded soul.
He know's exactly what to do to cheer you up.
A) he blasts classic rock at you, it's so loud that you have to raise your voice to be heard; and it's too loud to even hear yourself think. Perfect.
B) he feeds you a huge, stonking bowl of steaming tonkotsu ramen - everything tastes better when it's bad for you...
There's something about The Dorchester.
It just oozes that 1930's old school glamour we all secretly love.
As soon as you step foot inside, displays of diamond jewellery twinkle at you behind glass cases, and in the opulent Promenade lobby you will no doubt see a flurry of ladies clad in their Christian Louboutins teetering past, and businessmen gathering amongst the marble pillars and giant floral displays.
The decadence here is unmatched.
Yet despite being unashamedly upper-class, The Dorchester is surprisingly very friendly and welcoming...
I have just the place in mind, Sushi Hiroba in Holborn.
A) It's a stunning restaurant, but is totally unpretentious.
B) You don't need to have that awkward silent moment gawping at the menu, thinking "What do I order? What do I order?? There's so much choice Ahhhh...." Here you just sit around the conveyer belt and casually choose whatever dish you fancy. Easy.
C) You can share ;] Ice-breaker bonus!...
Five Guys, is Washington's reigning champion.
Founded in 1986, since then Five Guys has expanded it's empire over to 1, 000 locations in 47 states in the US and 6 Canadian Provinces.
There are allegedly 250, 000 possible combinations to order a burger here.
The menu consists of mainly of 3 items; (hotdogs will be introduced later).
The Hamburger. £6.75
The Cheeseburger. £8.00
Or the Bacon Cheeseburger. £8.50
All the toppings are free.
Word of advice, don't be shy and just go all the way ;]...
I have a love/hate relationship with Princi.
I love the casual/slightly chaotic atmosphere, but I hate how there is no real system and how you really do have to hustle in there for a seat on the communal counters plus it is always busy.
Princi is a Milanese bakery chain, and is great for breakfast/lunch or dinner.
3 in 1 baby.
Princi serve up a huge selection of cakes, pastries, bread; there is a selection of hot foods such as lasagne, aubergine parmigana etc, slices of pizza, filled focaccia, and salad...
Based in an old Victorian pub is Akari, an authentic Japanese Izakaya style restaurant and bar.
It looks like a pub but... is a Japanese restaurant.
My mind is completely blown.
It's dark and mysterious interior with the mismatched dark mahogany chairs and scuffed up tables only add to it's charm.
I came here during the end of Saturday lunchtime, there were Asian families dotted around; and one of the waitresses was happily cradling the baby of one of them while the parent's gladly ate in peace...
The first rule of Flat Iron is that there is only one choice.
The second rule: there is only one cut.
The final rule: there is only one steak.
The Flat Iron Steak.
After a series of successful pop-ups during the summer last year, Flat Iron have finally set up a permanent home in Beak Street just off Carnaby Street...
Shoryu is brought to you by the same people who run the Japan Centre.
But Shoryu is in a league of it's own.
It specialises in Hakata Tonkotsu ramen noodles, and their head chef is born and raised from the Hakata district in Japan.
It's so authentic it hurts...