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  1. Published : Wednesday, 10th October 2012

    Bincho Yakitori EC1 | Back to Bincho...

    I ate at Bincho during the Exmouth Market Graze event last week, and - impressed by the delicious chicken tasting-platter and the rather exciting sake-in-a-box - was keen to return as soon as I could. The opportunity arose sooner than expected, and just a few days later I ended up lunching there with my brother, my parents, and Archie the dog...

  2. Published : Monday, 17th September 2012

    Wahaca Charlotte Street | A tasty lunch at Wahaca

    Last weekend my boyfriend and I wandered over to Charlotte Street for Sunday brunch. We'd planned to try out Lantana - the brunch menu there looks absolutely amazing - but unfortunately were met with a queue spilling out onto the street and "at least 30 minutes wait" for a table. Hungry (and in my boyfriend's case, extremely hungover), we decided - on this occasion at least - to try out one of the area's many other eateries instead. Wahaca - the Mexican eatery everyone has been talking about - caught our eye with it's brightly coloured facade (and availability of tables!), so we headed inside...

  3. Last weekend I went for a girly brunch at The Breakfast Club in Hoxton Square. This has to be my favourite branch of the well-loved London establishment - while there's still a queue of hungry would-be brunchers snaking out into the road, inside the venue it's spacious and bright, with plenty of room to sit and have a leisurely catch-up over the fantastic food. The interior is Hoxton-cool, with song lyrics above the diner-style serving counter, colourful SMEG fridges (one of which apparently shields a hidden staircase to a speak-easy bar below), and the "world's smallest disco" in the toilets*. First, let's talk about drinks: for the sensible bruncher (or for those who are "never drinking again") there is a decent list of hot and cold drinks - tea, coffee, juices, milkshakes, and plenty of fruity smoothies. And, for the more hard-core drinkers there are brunch-time cocktails...A morning mojito...Bloody Mary, a brunch-time classic...

  4. Published : Friday, 10th August 2012

    Hakkasan Mayfair | A romantic meal for two at Hakkasan

    The entrance is fashionably discreet: stepping through an unobstrusive doorway on elegant Bruton Street, you are waved past the bouncer down a short corridor to the reception desk, where you are greeted by a veritable swarm of pretty girls*, dressed to the nines in fuschia and black frocks (and causing the attire of the up-market clientele to look almost shabby in comparison**). Hakkasan - owned by Alan Yau of Wagamama fame - has a reputation as one of the best Chinese/dim sum eateries in London, and being a huge fan of his other restaurants (Yautcha, for fantastic dim sum, cocktails, pastries, and a stunning aquarium; Busaba Eathai for Thai food with a twist - great if your group is large enough to commandeer one of the large 'communal ' table; and of course Wagamamas - quick, cheap, and reliably good ) I was extremely excited to finally go there...