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21 April 2014

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  1. Proper country style pubs are hard to come by in our big city. By 'country' I mean cosy, drinking and eating pubs. Not a gastro modern style pub which seem to have totally taken over almost every area of London by the dozen although one is not complaining! I want a fire, I want proper meals, a great wine list and a lovely homely, comfortable atmosphere, throw in a few wandering dogs and I'm back home in Derbyshire - bliss! The Ladbroke Arms is one of these treasures. Don't get me wrong, it certainly has London prices however it also oozes charm. There's a lot of elbow touching around small rickety tables, a couple of meandering pooches and a wonderful hearty atmosphere that only happy locals bring...

  2. Published : Friday, 4th April 2014

    Mama Lan- Clapham | Mama Lan

    Hello new post code of SW4, hello new hotspots of foodie delicacies to try, hello new in-between home, home!! Still SW, this time South of the river and so far I'm not finding it quite so hard/different as I thought I may do to SW6...In fact, I would go as far to say I am loving it! Mama Lan's has been on my Brixton Village hit list however they've made my life much easier in that there's now a Mama Lan's within a ten minute walk away from my new palace in Clapham Common...

  3. 10 of us decided it had been too long and a while back settled on a local SW London restaurant to celebrate a member's return back on home soil from the gorgeous Pariee! French inspired Soif was the perfect choice, it also conveniently happens to be bang in the middle for each and every one of us. Soif's décor is typically French inspired, random old French posters and pictures adorn the walls. Gorgeous tiled tables and miss-matched furniture make this a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere, perfect in our case for larger groups! We went 'all out' on both wine and food. Soif's wine list is impressive (and expensive) however their house white is perfectly qwaffable and the reds are a must try!...

  4. Published : Monday, 31st March 2014

    Polpetto | Polpetto

    One of my best boys is literally down the road from my place of work and luckily is into food (and restaurants) as much as I am (possibly even more so!). It was a Friday and wanting to treat ourselves (and ourselves lucky if we were to get in) we popped down to the newly reopened 'Polpetto' for a spot of lunch. Luck happened to be on our side and we arrived just before the Polpetto rush at 12:30pm and were seated straight away at the bar. Another place to be inspired by décor the ceiling is stunning (one can only dream!) and like her sister restaurants it's stripped back, bare and basic goodness!...

  5. Published : Thursday, 27th March 2014

    Source | Source - A great little Battersea local

    Source Battersea, is perched on the river with uninterrupted views of our beautiful City from the water’s edge. The décor is bang on trend, stripped back walls, engineered lighting, exposed brick and plenty of rustic wooden features and furniture. Source is one of those places that just oozes effortless ‘cool’ and I found myself snapping a few pics for ideas for our own home. Source's food is local, British produce and always seasonal. The dining room sits upon its very own water well, hence the name ‘source’ and from here the restaurant serves its filtered water from - you can’t get more local than that! They also source local and unusual ales...

  6. Published : Tuesday, 4th March 2014

    Kurobuta | Kurobuta - Chelsea

    Kurobuta… Finally! Chelsea has a trendy little restaurant that seems more perfectly placed in the likes of Brixton Village or over in Shoreditch, than in the ‘quieter’ section of the King’s Rd. The issue with this is that it was near impossible to get into… until Kurobuta added another 6months onto their ‘pop up’ time frame. This makes me slightly excited that they may be staying. It’s a cute little place, mish-mashed tables and open bulbs hanging from the ceiling therefore oozing exactly what every pop up seems to do – Minimal on a budget. What they have done here which isn’t ideal is cram as many tables in as they possibly can, so, be prepared to potentially wear someone else’s cocktail or possibly feel more involved in your neighbour's conversation than your own throughout your meal...

  7. Published : Monday, 17th February 2014

    Joy King Lau | Joy King Lau - getting in my Dim Sum fix

    Joy King Lau has been on my hit list and I decided to head down one week day with an ex colleague of mine whom also shares the same deep love for a dim sum fix. Arriving around 12:20 it was already near to full and around 90% of the diners were Asian - surely this is only a good sign?! I am told that on weekends a large queue forms so it's best to get there early. Reviews have been mixed, mainly due to the staff seeming unfriendly however, on this occasion, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful when ordering...

  8. Published : Wednesday, 12th February 2014

    A. Wong | A Wong... excellent Chinese food in Victoria

    The thing about A Wong is that it's not in the prettiest of areas, nor is the first glance a reflection on the delights that await. It looks rather 'cutesie' from the outside, a patio filled with random plants, and simple tables laid out waiting to be filled. So, if you are a passer by and you do happen to look at the place...take a chance you won't be disappointed. I arrived a little early to then find they had messed up our booking, we had no table. So after slight unimpressed chats, on a Friday evening, with the delightful front of house I was seated in the main room and handed the menu's - the bar seats FYI look a lot more fun for two! I had done my research, spied bits to definitely go for and others to avoid and luckily for me Miss H sat down and was more than happy to 'order whatever as long as it's a feast' and so the it began, along side a lovely bottle of white and were talked through the dipping sauces, one shrimp, one bean - both divine!...

  9. Published : Tuesday, 4th February 2014

    Berners Tavern at Edition Hotel | Berners Tavern...

    Mr Atherton, I want to take my hat off to you. Not only have you had a remarkable couple of years with the opening of Pollen Street Social, Little Social and Social Eating House. I've now found my ultimate Central London restaurant... Berners Tavern is quite possibly the most gorgeous, decadent dining room I have ever been in...

  10. Published : Monday, 3rd February 2014

    Dozo Sushi | Dozo - Japanese sushi restaurant Soho

    Each month it seems i'm finding a new favourite sushi place to knock the socks off the previous title winner... Dozo has two spots in London; one in South Ken and the other, which my cousin and I visited, in Soho. The tables are at floor level with holes for your feet below - getting into ones seat isn't the most flattering of manoeuvres. However, they want to make the place feel as though you're inside a Japanese tatami so traditional seating is a must. PH and I, both going through 'health' fixes through January, decided to concentrate mainly on the sushi and 'raw' food although the ramen that was being slurped next to us did look rather inviting!...

  11. Published : Friday, 31st January 2014

    Flesh and Buns | Flesh and Buns - Sushi, Hirata and s

    So, recently I have been craving clean, lean and healthy foods... what better way to kick this than to find a restaurant where flesh is their name and meat is their game. Flesh and Buns is the baby sister to that of incredibly successful tummy warming Bone Baddies whose Tonkotsu is one of the best I've eaten. Knowing this, I was definitely in for a treat in a whole other dimension...

  12. Tartufo is a restaurant that isn't hugely known but most definitely should be. Nestled just off Sloane Street within The No. 11 hotel basement it's not the easiest to find, but once you discover it I can be sure you'll be going back. All I have heard about Tartufo's food is what excellent value and how intriguing the menu is alongside decently priced wines... I was (obviously) sold...

  13. Published : Monday, 27th January 2014

    Sticks 'N' Sushi | Sticks N Sushi - Denmark

    Sticks n Sushi has now confirmed its top sushi spot after a second visit for lunch. The restaurant from the outside is super sleek - so much so you may miss it and the interior is stunning... I was sold on first glance... That's before we've even started on the food. I have been lucky enough to bag a 'walk in' table twice now however it is almost certainly best to not hedge your bets and make a booking (or go early doors). Once seated you are presented with two food menus, one a la carte and another made up of set menu's for one or more people. It's obvious that there's pride in what they do purely from the food photography... tummies rumbling yet?...

  14. Published : Friday, 24th January 2014

    Ping Pong Southbank | Ping Pong - dim sum on the Southbank

    Ping Pong Southbank has a dramatic walk across the river from my office and shows our beautiful city at it's best, especially on a clear Wintry day like last week. If you're familiar with Ping Pong then you'll know the interior is that of a slick tea house and nothing like the places in china town which are slightly more traditional in simple décor. I started my lunch with one of their signature flowering teas...'flowering dragon eye' a mix of green tea and jasmine really refreshing and cleansing. It burst out into a pretty flowered arch - almost too pretty to drink however curiosity (and thirst) got the better of me and it went pretty swiftly...

  15. The Harwood Arms has been on my hit list for many, many years! Before I moved to Parsons Green I frequented their monthly quiz nights and sat, providing no help whatsoever, eating one of their legendary scotch eggs with a glass of vino hoping just one answer would spring to mind - general knowledge is not my strongest subject. Seven of us (and a dog) popped in for Sunday lunch and we were greeted with a roaring fire and friendly faces. The pub was packed (you do have to book with C.card details a little in advance)with people enjoying what looked like fantastic Sunday roast boards and delicious wines, thankfully with hungry tummies our high hopes were not soured!...

  16. Published : Friday, 10th January 2014

    Mildreds | Mildred

    Lexington Street isn't long by any means but it does house a few awesome eateries all of which are extremely cute, romantic and near impossible to get into. Mildred's is one of those, not only serving delicious and fresh food there's not an ounce of meat or fish in sight… it's completely vegetarian and totally scrumptious! Miss B, Miss G and I discussed our evenings meal and of January wanted something healthy without breaking the bank and also somewhere new. About six years ago I was a freelance stylist and Soho is where most of the creative offices are… Mildred's was my 'go to' for a filling and incredibly tasty lunch. Almost always securing a table within no time… come the evenings it's a different story. On this occasion there's now an iPad wait list, busy bar and no seating until your whole party has arrived. So be warned as we were leaving there was a 40minute wait time, but it's most definitely worth it...

  17. Published : Friday, 13th December 2013

    Leong's Legends | Leong

    My friend and I had a slight hangover and thus meaning I had one of two cravings - dim sum or sushi. Today dim sum was calling and therefore being a short hop to Soho I decided to try somewhere other than my beloved New World. Hearing mixed reviews about the Taiwanese restaurant Leong's Legend I decided to try it for myself one lunch and left with my craving content. The restaurant is set out simply and similar to a small Chinese tea house, lots of wood, low tables and as traditional exterior as possible in Soho...

  18. Organising this years couples dinner the pressure was on. Miss G used her membership and got us into the lovely Soho House last year and I decided to take up the role for 2013... I wanted somewhere we wouldn't easily think of going, somewhere a little bit random and somewhere definitely a little bit special... 'Press for Champagne' in each of the dining booths is all I knew of Bob Bob Ricard before my visit last week and what a great 'thing' to be known by. It immediately ooozes fun and glamour with only three small words and a button press away a waiter whisks over to your attention to take drinks orders... brilliant no more waiting!!...

  19. Published : Wednesday, 4th December 2013

    K-10 | K10 Sushi - incredible value for a conveyor belt

    There's not a huge amount I can say for sushi without sounding like a total OTT foodie weirdo as I absolutely love it... my favourite is still Kulu Kulu is South Kensington and luckily near where I work in Covent Garden they have another branch. Last week I (nervously) branched out and found myself in the city for a quick lunch with Mr D. Knowing me far too well we ventured down to K10 Sushi's basement restaurant and stuffed our faces on good quality sushi conveyor belt style! I would place it bang in the middle of Yo Sushi and Itsu in South Ken when looking at conveyor belt sushi joints. Leaning more towards Itsu as some dishes are presented so beautifully and the quality is higher than that of Yo! But the prices remain comparable to Yo Sushi also which makes this all the better...

  20. Published : Friday, 29th November 2013

    Mele e Pere | Mele e Pere

    Mele e Pere ('Apples and Pears') is a restaurant that has been recommended to me by many. It's a good central location and Soho is always buzzing any night of the week. We were sat on the ground floor at a lovely high rustic table and bar style stool seating. The menu changes weekly/sometimes daily and on our evening it was particularly hard to choose from. Hand made pastas were all teamed with delicious sounding sauces, Truffled gnocchi, aubergine with pancetta ravioli and a beef ragu were all making my life a little harder. Luckily it was apparent that the boys were also finding choosing hard none of us could make a decision...

  21. Like the Queen my Dad had two birthday celebrations this year. The previous evening we were at Aqua followed by Pollen Street Social on the Friday. I am slightly annoyed in that I didn't take my camera and was going too, so again I only had my blooming phone which when the food is as beautiful as this I'm now kicking myself, the pics simply do not do the food justice - sorry Chef Atherton. Having previously been to Jason Atherton's PSS for Mr D's birthday and thoroughly enjoyed it, we were looking forward to a second seating and also showing Mum and Dad a place that we loved. We sat at the gorgeous and buzzy bar and enjoyed a blooming good cocktail (Princess Peach for me, wine and beers for the others)...

  22. Published : Monday, 25th November 2013

    Aqua Shard | Aqua Shard

    The views from 31 floors up are second to none. We even popped across the river to Sushisamba for a cocktail and the views there are no where near as good as The Shards. Excuse some pics my phone was all I had... At the bar we were lucky to bag a small table right up by the glass and slurped on thirst quenching cocktails taking in London's beautiful starry skyline. If this doesn't make you appreciate our beauty of a city then I don't know what will...

  23. Published : Monday, 11th November 2013

    Big Easy Chelsea | The Big Easy - a classic

    The Big Easy is somewhat of a Kings Road institution. Where the posh-o's get their fix of finger lickin' ribs and fantastically priced lobster. Mr D and I go for the wings every time and almost always over lunch as they do a great £10 set menu which includes a drink, starter and main out of a choice of six or seven dishes within each section. Bargain!!! The restaurant is great fun for large groups as they have a live band till late downstairs every night and do large sharing platters to place in the middle of the table. Week nights showcase their 'all you can eat' themed events as well as an a la carte menu and bibs are encouraged - this is messy stuff and flavoured margaritas are 'slush puppy-esque' from dispensers behind the bar...

  24. Published : Friday, 8th November 2013

    Bone Daddies | Quest for the best Ramen... Bone Daddies...

    Now... wait for it... I actually think I've found a contender for the top spot so far for my quest for the best Ramen....just look at how delicious this looks.. hungry right? Bone Daddies has always stuck in my mind when I visited within it's first months of opening with my 'here she is' (*uni joke) Lou, however this was before my blogging days and well before 'quest for the best'...

  25. Published : Friday, 8th November 2013

    Claude’s Kitchen | Claude

    Last night was a double dater and one of those times where you're really proud to be taking people that mean a lot to you somewhere you absolutely love to eat in. Those of you that follow my little blog will know how much I ADORE Claude's Kitchen. The food is second to none and as always Claude puts ingredients together in a way that makes even the simplest of things taste like heaven. Make sure you leave room for puds are they are insanely good!!!...

  26. Published : Thursday, 7th November 2013

    Le Cercle | Le Cercle Sloane Square

    One week night the family and I were all in London and wanted a local place to the hotel my Dad was staying in. Having been on the restaurant scene a good few years, Le Cercle has recently been getting some good local press and so on instruction to 'go somewhere new' this was a place I wanted to try out. The front door itself is easy to walk past as it's simply a door with stairs to lead you down into the dining room. It's quite a dramatic room to step into being two, possibly three floors underground with a very, very high ceiling creating a sense of grandeur and clever lighting to soften the space...

  27. Published : Monday, 4th November 2013

    Barossa | Barossa brunch...a Fulham local

    Barossa has always been one of my favourite places to spurge out on the weekend and grab a bite to eat over weekend papers and a good cup of warming coffee. It's Aussie ran so expect blooming good coffee and huge portions! It's always crazy busy on the weekend from opening until close and recently opening for dinner during the week (Kangaroo is being served) Barossa is becoming a firm favourite with us SW6 brunch munchers (if it isn't already)...

  28. Published : Friday, 1st November 2013

    Royal China | Royal China...Fulham Road

    Royal China has always been 'up there' with Dim Sum lovers and you're lucky to get a spot in the smaller of the branches on Fulham Road on a weekend for some steamed delights. I was, on this occasion, lucky to bag an early spot and settled in with my book for some 'me time' and stuff my face with one of my ultimate food heavens. I don't entirely know where my love for Dim Sum started, I do think my cousin Mr H is to blame, and it costs me a small fortune as my cravings come in thick and fast...

  29. It was Sunday afternoon and a birthday of one of my dearest and longest standing friends. 17 of us took over the upstairs dining room (which is fab by the way) and nestled in for a good feeding and curing of hangovers and tiredness. A Geronimo Inn pub, The Surprise is described as 'a little haven in the heart of Chelsea' and I don't think it could be said any better. Roaring fires and uniquely covered sofas and chairs make the place appear homely and quirky. Somewhere great to get stuck into a good bottle of read and decent conversation...

  30. Published : Thursday, 24th October 2013

    Koya Bar | Quest for the best Ramen...Koya bar

    Koya on Frith Street seems to have a huge following so much so that it's opened the 'Koya Bar' two doors down to cope with the success of the original. Now, this can't really be counted under my quest for the best Ramen as it's a udon noodle soup and therefore it would be unfair to compare the light miso soup with that of a punchy pork broth. But what I can tell you is that the noodles here are outstanding. Slowly but surely my love of Wagamama's from years ago is creeping further away and I find myself paying the same price for something more authentic and delicious...

  31. Published : Thursday, 17th October 2013

    Tonkotsu | Quest for the best Ramen...Tonkotsu

    My ramen quest continues...for this weeks treat I found myself popping through China Town and heading into the widely acclaimed Tonkotsu on Dean Street. The restaurant is a small, two story, 30 or so seater with both table and bar seating. I settled in at the Ramen bar at the front and was greeted by helpful staff, whom encouraged me to try the gyoza after a friend had told me they a an 'absolute must' - naturally, I ordered some of the pork filled ones to arrive ASAP and settled into the noodle menu...

  32. Published : Tuesday, 15th October 2013

    Dirty Burger Vauxhall | Dirty burger... oh my days

    Warning this may make you drool... I never thought I'd see the day where I would find a burger joint to rival my beloved Patty and Bun... however I've found a close contender... Under the railway arches and almost impossible to find (for us)- we walked round the same roads and back again about three times - no jokes, all 9 of us girls failed horribly with our Google-map apps!?! We finally came across the shack like burger joint that is Dirty Burger...

  33. Published : Monday, 14th October 2013

    Roux at the Landau | Roux at the Landau

    Nestled within one of London's most iconic and elegant hotels 'The Langham' is the re-named 'Roux at the Landau' this is the first collaboration, in 19 years, of father and son team Albert and Michel Roux Jnr... so you know you're in for a treat. They have taken on Chris King as the head chef and Mr D's big brother as sous (he's the meat and jus man in this kitchen!). The restaurant was taking part in restaurant week and therefore we booked onto the three course for £40 and made sure we'd get a catch up with Chef D in the kitchen...

  34. Published : Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Sake No Hana | Sake no Hana

    My ramen quest continues...for this weeks treat I found myself popping through China Town and heading into the widely acclaimed Tonkotsu on Dean Street. The restaurant is a small, two story, 30 or so seater with both table and bar seating. I settled in at the Ramen bar at the front and was greeted by helpful staff, whom encouraged me to try the gyoza after a friend had told me they a an 'absolute must' - naturally, I ordered some of the pork filled ones to arrive ASAP and settled into the noodle menu...

  35. Published : Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    JW Steakhouse | #Steaksecret at JW Steakhouse

    MISSION NAME: #steaksecret MISSION IN-BRIEF: A new and authentic American dining experience from JW Steakhouse SUPPORTING DATA: A unique passcode to discover the #steaksecret is required before the mission can begin Intelligence reports indicate that a secret mission, for those who choose to accept it, is set to launch in the heart of London’s affluent Mayfair at JW Steakhouse, one of the leading American steakhouses located in Park Lane’s iconic Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel...

  36. Published : Tuesday, 1st October 2013

    Shoryu | Quest for the best Ramen...Shoryu

    Ramen-mania has hit London in the past few months and I fell in love with the stuff a while back before my little blogging days at Bone Daddies. I have now started a mini search into finding the best close to work and today's treat was exceptional. Shoryu Ramen's motto is 'It's in our bones' referencing to the laborious pork bone stock the ramen is made with, and therefore I knew they were serious about their foods. After reading up I knew I had to be there at opening to avoid a queue, and so I briskly walked over for 12pm. So much so, that my feet are now blistered - dam you new converse!! I arrived and to my surprise there was no queue, and only one other gentleman happily slurping away at his bowl of goodness -n.b a hefty queue had formed once I was finishing up around 12:40...

  37. Published : Wednesday, 25th September 2013

    The Wellington Arms | Blissful weekend away at The Wellington Arms

    The pub has a small, self sufficient farm which they use throughout their dishes. The herbs used in the cooking are grown around the patio and garden and a small holding field is at the back of the land for their pigs, sheep, bees and chickens - possibly the freshest eggs I have ever had!We arrived at 6pm and collected our keys for the Hayloft room which is absolutely charming...

  38. Published : Monday, 9th September 2013

    The Dairy Bar & Bistro | The Dairy, Clapham

    Clapham is becoming a real little foodie haven... with Trinity just down the road and the fantastic Moen's butchers The Dairy has picked a perfect spot for it's seasonal menu and fantastic ingredients. Four of us popped over for a natter over some delicious and innovative foods last Thursday and were pleasantly surprised... There are a few tables at the front free for walk ins, and the bar has a fantastic rustic feel to it - very much like Bistro Union further down the road. Friendly staff are happy to chat to you as you wait for your table and perch on hand made bar stools. It has a very relaxed charm and a great atmosphere that isn't always easy to find at 6:45 on a week night... several of my friends have been here and absolutely raved about it, so I was looking forward to a feast!...

  39. Published : Wednesday, 4th September 2013

    Le Relais de Venise | Le Relais de Venise...

    The girls and Mr C were in need of a catch up and to semi celebrate Miss E turning one year older (she'd already had 2 celebrations so why not have another!?). After much deliberation we settled on the infamous Relais de Venise AKA L'Entrecôte in The City (it has been a very French week after my last post!)... If you haven't been before it is an absolute must, for the food? yes, but also for the entire concept. I've enjoyed every visit here as much as the last. Try not to come here with a vegetarian as all they do is a plate of cheese...

  40. Published : Tuesday, 3rd September 2013

    Boulestin | Boulestin...perfectly French

    Nestled down the 'prettier' end of St James's is the brand new restaurant and newest addition to James Kissin's books, Boulestin. One of my best boy's booked us in for the opening lunch on Saturday and we were transported to France in an instant... The restaurant sits 60 covers in a relaxed bistro-style setting. It also has a walk in café, seating 30, towards the front to serve the near by hungry financiers of St. James's. We were lucky enough to be sat in the gorgeous terrace which is surrounded by Victorian houses and oozes Old London history. If you can go before the weather fades, try to book outside... it really is special...

  41. Published : Wednesday, 21st August 2013

    Claude’s Kitchen | Claude

    This is about my 5th visit to my favourite local (other post here) and each time the menu surprises me with new ingredients and combinations. This weeks menu is as follows...

  42. Published : Friday, 9th August 2013

    Polpo | Polpo

    Polpo has taken London by storm and now serves its Venetian delicacies in three different locations. The name describes the place perfectly - 'a humble restaurant serving simple food and local wines'. It couldn't be more spot on. The relaxed atmosphere is what I like most about Polpo. Friendly staff from the moment you walk in serving warming and delicious foods that silences a table...

  43. Published : Monday, 29th July 2013

    Pitt Cue Co | Pitt Cue co... mighty fine meat and booze!

    The boy and I fancied something different this Saturday and a trip into town followed by lunch somewhere 'new' was decided. I reeled off my list of goodies I want to go to and Mr D chose Pitt Cue co. for a meat and rib fix. We arrived just before opening at 12pm to an already nicely forming queue. The doors opened and they steadied the crowds so that the kitchen wasn't overwhelmed with orders. We waited approximately 45 minutes till seating, however as we were at the front, the manager let us in to have a cocktail to start with. I chose 'Camp America' which unbeknown to me was a (very pretty coloured) Campari cocktail...