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23 July 2014

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  1. So i had that rare opportunity recently of going back to a restaurant which i dined at last year, and said i wouldn't be returning too. Everything i ate last year looked clumsy on the plate, attention to detail was minimal and things just didn't leave me longing for them again. But something unprecedented has happened. Just take your time, visually to look at my review of Augustine Kitchen last year and you can noticeably see the improvements. The head chef and owner , Franck Raymond has certainly taken customer feedback to the max, because he's managed to turn what was just another French bistro restaurant in Battersea, to THE best French bistro in Battersea. From the moment i walked in to Augustine Kitchen again, something felt noticeably different. I'm not sure what, maybe it was the torrential rain outside which left us warm and cosy besides a bottle of Provence rose on our table. Maybe is was our waitress who was attentive yet unobtrusive. Or maybe i was yet again swooned over by the outstanding prices for this part of London. Who knows. Once we managed to gulp down some of that delicious cold rose, our first, of many starters arrived. A sublime duck terrine with a prune and ginger marmalade, a rich meatiness and great texture. There was so much flavour to it, with that marmalade adding a lovely coating of sweetness. We actually scraped the pot of marmalade dry - it was that good...

  2. Published : Monday, 7th July 2014

    Marani | REVIEW: Marani, Curzon Street, Mayfair

    So I've finally had the opportunity to get over to that much talked about, new Georgian restaurant in Mayfair, Marani. Nestled in the centre of Mayfair's middle eastern hang outs, where the Lamborghini's and Ferrari's line the streets - the rich and famous weekend playground. When it comes to luxury, and decadence - interior wise Marani does a fantastic job at it all. Walking through the doors isn't like walking into any normal restaurant, more like someones home. Its stunning inside. All lovingly designed by Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze who spent time here making chandeliers from wine decanters, printing on to wallpaper, arranging hand-painted murals and putting together a private dining room which feels like you've stepped out of one country to another, and got back in time a hundred years...

  3. Published : Thursday, 3rd July 2014

    Vicino | REVIEW: Vicino, New King

    So I'm currently on a mission to discover London's (south-west) best Italian restaurant. I'm searching down back streets, every restaurant booking site going and every new opening newsletter i get. It doesn't have to be new, fancy, Michelin starred or old fashioned - none of that matters, it just needs to be truly delicious. The closest I've come to such deliciousness is Divo in Putney, good honest Italian food at amazing prices. Part of my Italian culinary journey included Vicino in Parsons Green, which i visited last week. A seemingly unheard of restaurant (except for its locals) serving classic Italian dishes rooted in history, all served in a relaxed, informal trattoria style dining room. The staff here, for an Italian restaurant were excellent. Attentive, friendly and couldn't do enough for you. It's one thing that doesn't normally come naturally to a lot of Italian restaurant owners here in the UK. If you really want to know what I'm talking about, go to La Pizzeria in Chelsea Farmers Market - they do an excellent job of showcasing the rudest and laziest service i have ever experienced. The staff here at Vicino could teach them a thing or two.

  4. The Petrichor at The Cavendish Hotel is one of the strangest restaurants I've been to all year. Why? you ask. Well keep on reading through my excessively boring and monotone writing style and you'll find out. The Petrichor restaurant is located on the first floor of The Cavendish Hotel in Piccadilly, directly behind Fortnum and Mason. Upon walking in to this four star hotel was like nothing I'd imagined. Dated, tired, clumsy decor - it was not very Piccadilly. We made our way up the stairs, and round the corner to the restaurant which was the epitome of hotel dining, stripes, dark wood, acid tripping carpet and hideous quadruple glazed windows. I'm sure this was once the idea of luxury dining, but it hasn't aged gracefully...

  5. Published : Monday, 23rd June 2014

    Sushi Hiroba | REVIEW: Sushi Hiroba, Kingsway, Holborn

    Part of my Japanese culinary enlightenment had led to dinner at Sushi Hiroba the other evening. Sushi Hiroba is nestled in among the many chains, and fast food restaurants on Kingsway offering a fusion of Japanese and Korean food for the busy Londoner, but also for those who fancy settling in for the night and making their way down to Hibiki after - the karaoke room, which i'd most probably get far too carried away with after a bottle of sake or two. The decor inside, rich lacquered dark wood, with booths centred around the conveyor built (much like Yo Sushi's)...

  6. Over the past few years Gordon Ramsay has had a lot stick for some of his restaurants, and sometimes unlikeable TV personality. I myself have never quite given up on the man. So far I've enjoyed all of his London restaurants (of that I've been to) and to me that's all that matters. Up until recently he's hit the London press yet again, this time with the opening of London House in Battersea - and a new haircut, which frankly looks as though he had an encounter with a tiny lawn mower...

  7. Kensington must be the one place in London that's hard to succeed in. The clientele have high standards, are famously hard to please - and quite honestly (as i know a few of its residents) are not too adventurous with their food. That's why i live in Chelsea. The home of the mediocre Italian restaurant eaters who insist in bringing their children along. Well the newly Pavilion restaurant on Kensington High Street is nothing like that, in fact it's like nothing in Kensington. And i think its locals will be very pleased indeed. Especially seeing as Michelin starred chef, Adam Simmonds is involved...

  8. Published : Friday, 30th May 2014

    Copita | REVIEW: Copita

    If I'm ever faced with that childish desert island conundrum of 'if you only had to eat one type of food, what would it be?' My answer will always be Indian, and Spanish cuisine. Both have so much to offer in terms of vibrancy, flavour, tradition and importantly value for money. Copita in Soho has it all. Nestled in the back streets of Soho, it's an extremely hidden restaurant which doesn't help itself with its inconspicuous facade that gives nothing away when walking past. I'd actually never heard of Copita before and only managed to find out about it from new restaurant booking app, CityHawk. It popped up on my screen so i thought why not. The moment i arrived i was quickly left in the capable hands of the staff who after helping to secure my a table outside, i quickly lost by the vulturous sun worshippers of London. Instead i sat inside, hot and with 25 degrees just on the other side of the glass...

  9. Published : Tuesday, 20th May 2014

    Matsuri | REVIEW: Matsuri, Bury Street, St James

    What's the one thing about Japanese food that confuses you the most? For me it's just about everything. Ingredients I've never heard of, things i never knew you could eat and an endless amount of dishes i cannot pronounce. I've always tried to avoid reviewing sushi restaurant simply because i don't know enough about them to recommend it to you. I know what i like, but not enough to tell if you will - until now. To centre my Japanese culinary journey i couldn't think of a better way than to start off than at Matsuri of St James. Opened in 1993 the restaurant was formed as part of a joint partnership between Central Japan Railway Company and Kikkoman - they guys behind that delicious soy sauce we all know and love...

  10. Published : Wednesday, 14th May 2014

    Tinto | REVIEW: Tinto, Theberton Street, Islington

    Islington must be one of the hardest places to open a new restaurant, and keep it afloat. It's not like opening a fine dining restaurant in Chelsea, or a street food sensation in Shoreditch - Islington really is diverse with its food offerings, and its locals. Four years ago and apart from Ottolenghi - there was really nothing to shout about in the area. Now, there is an abundance of well followed restaurants and top chefs. Tinto was previously known as Como 3 and at which point according to the Internet had a very confusing menu that hadn't quite found its feet. They recently decided to change the name to Tinto - a much better choice that has a very memorable ring to it. I can't remember the last time i dined in Islington, but I'm glad i ventured north this rare occasion. Smart and shiny on the outside with parma ham hanging from the windows - it was very inviting. All rather casual, slick, smart - the sort of place you'd want to take friends to drink wine...

  11. It's finally here - the biggest and most anticipated opening of the year. The excitement hasn't been just contained to London, but globally. Renowned chef Simon Rogan was chosen by Claridges to take up residency at the hotel after a long stint with Gordon Ramsay - whose restaurant i visited about 10 years ago. If my memory serves me well, i loved it a lot, so the new restaurant Fera, had some big shoes to fill. Simon runs some of the UK's best restaurants, such as the famous L'Enclume and recently publicised The French in Manchester on TV's Restaurant Wars. Fera, which comes from the Latin word 'wild' was named so to reflects Simon's cooking utilising foraged and wild ingredients - all affected by the seasons and weather. The restaurant itself also deserves mention. Designed by Guy Oliver this art deco room is as opulent and stunning as its food, a perfect match. Cooling calm colours of pastel greens and ocean blue grey and a ceiling adorned with stained glass, it really is spectacular on the eye...

  12. Knightsbridge is one of London's most prestigious areas for the rich and famous. It's an area which is quite literally dripping in money (probably most of it illegal) and has a wealth of demanding people with very high expectations. It's no wonder there is some of the capitals, or even the worlds for that matter (according to The Worlds 50 Best) best restaurants here. Opened for over ten years, the restaurant has been led by head chef, Pascal Proyart who's been leading the way with innovative modern cuisine ever since. Pascal has been with the restaurant since it first became One-O-One restaurant (or shortly after)...

  13. Kensington High Street has a shiny new restaurant - well one replacing another at least. On the former site of Zaika, a restaurant which in its heyday had a great following - but upon my last visit to Zaika it was all a bit confused, and actually that part of it hasn't really changed. Housed in a former bank it really is a stunning room. With its shiny new paint job, it may detract from its original features but once the crowds come in you really see why it's been decked out like this, it feels expensive and it feels like it should be housing celebs - all very Kensington...

  14. Published : Tuesday, 29th April 2014

    Madhu's | REVIEW: Madhus, Southall Road, Southall

    If you hadn't realised before, i love Indian food. I practically live by it. Around 40% of all my reviews are on Indian restaurants - i just can't get enough of it. The mixture of unbelievable value for money, no matter what level you dine it, depth of flavours and warm friendly service it is no wonder why I'm so addicted to the cuisine - and most of Britain Stepping off the train in Southall (aka Little India), which believe it or not is only a twelve minute journey from Paddington station. Once you arrive in Southall you're immediately greeted with the intense smell of what i thought was onion bhajis - i got quickly excited. A mere five minutes later and we arrived at the restaurant we were to be dining at - Madhus. Compared to the rest of the restaurants on the high street Madhus was very smart, probably the smartest. The restaurant has both a downstairs, and mirroring upstairs dining room , plus a lovely private dining area. They're also well know for catering high end events - something to bare in mind...

  15. Published : Friday, 25th April 2014

    A. Wong | REVIEW: A.WONG, Wilton Road, Victoria

    If there was one cuisine I'm still not quite up to scratch with, or knowledgeable about - it's Chinese food. I think in part it has something to do with the the takeaways and cheap 'British style' Chinese restaurant that are still abundant in London. The cuisine has so much more to offer, and every time i dine at a Chinese restaurant with a Michelin star, cutting edge chef in the kitchen or just street food snacks which are new to me - i realise i haven't seen anything yet. But I'll make it my mission to do discover it all, in the name of food. A.WONG as the name suggest, is named after the chef behind the kitchen, Andrew Wong - who took over the restaurant from his father a year or two ago now. Since then, i keep hearing only good things on Twitter and social media - i just had to check it out myself. Pitted along the Wilton Road in Victoria, which is probably the most filthy and uncharacterizable part of the area - the slum of Victoria if you like. The one thing that does of course help this restaurant stand out from the crowd, is its delicious dim sum...

  16. Published : Tuesday, 22nd April 2014

    Dip & Flip | REVIEW: Dip & Flip, Battersea Rise, Battersea

    Ever heard of a French dip? And no, not the salad dressing type. It's a much meatier, calorific affair. And it's recently come to Clapham, under the name of Dip & Flip. An American invention (of course) which plays on the idea of serving you a hot sandwich/bun filled with an arrays of items - classically being beef slices and cheese. You're then faced with the even tougher choice of how much you want it 'dipped'. The dipping process involves the inside of the bun being dipped in to either one dunks worth of meat juices from the cooked beef, or double dunked for a more saturated, completely unhealthy sandwich. This is this kind of food that's making the nation obese, so I'll just have to jump on the waggon and get fat, because all this 'unhealthy' food is too good, to ignore...

  17. Published : Thursday, 17th April 2014

    Medlar | REVIEW: Medlar, King

    Now if there was one thing i rarely do, it's make repeat visits to restaurants. Of course i fall in love with some, but the problem is i always feel like i'm missing out on the latest new opening, or one which the critics are going mad about. A late treat to my mother for Mothering Sunday (as i was abroad) is the only reason for my return. I remembered the last meal i had at Medlar was excellent and the added perk of it being only a few minutes from my flat sold it to me - especially for those of us who enjoy a drink, or two. Our love for wine definitely runs in the blood - and courses through mine. Anyway back to Medlar. Its pretty inconspicuous, and it's on the 'bad' part of the King's Road. It has a Michelin star (rightly so), offers polished, proper service and above everything else it's even better than i last remembered it last time. Bread was offered around the table to start and it was good - not outstanding but solid and well made. And then things started to get serious...

  18. Published : Wednesday, 16th April 2014

    Suksan | REVIEW: Suksan, Park Walk, Chelsea

    If you haven't heard of Park Walk before then you need to take note, and write it down. A lovely little street in Chelsea just off the King's Road which is set to house the site in which Gordon Ramsay will be opening his new restaurant sometime later in the year (hopefully). I think it's fantastic news because there are some great restaurants on this street, and Suksan is one of those. It's just there isn't quite that 'destination' restaurant here yet. Suksan on the other hand is a hidden little gem that almost everyone i know, has never heard of it. Suksan is not a chain, but does have two sister restaurants, one called Sukho in Fulham, and another named Suk Saran in Wimbledon - whether they have any resemblance in similar cooking, i have no clue. But the menus definitely don't suggest so. We arrived a little dishevelled from another of my extremely long walks around south-west London debating on where to eat - i really do get carried away and can walk for miles to find the right place. From the moment we walked through the doors of this charming little restaurant the staff were incredibly friendly, and once we sat down, knew we were in very capable hands...

  19. Published : Monday, 14th April 2014

    Barnyard | REVIEW: Barnyard, Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia

    If someone asked me, and which they do - "what is the hardest restaurant to get into in London right now", my answer is always the same - Dabbous. With its cutting edge avant garde cuisine, and stunning flavours, stripped back to basics - it's no wonder the wait is so long. But while i enjoyed my experience at Dabbous, i felt it was a one time visit, and i wouldn't want to go back again. With Ollie Dabbous new venture, Barnyard, sporting a no booking policy - i decided to wait it out and queue. To get in their before it gets even busier, than it already is. Arriving a little after half seven, there were unfortunately no tables for the three of us. The friendly guy at the door told us we'd receive a call back in a lengthy two hour window. We hedged our bets and stuck around in the area sipping - or in my case gulping white wine. Ten o'clock approached and no call back so we scuttled our way back, it was empty - had they forgotten about us? I think so. Still we sat down (in an empty restaurant) and quickly ordered. First out was a small plate of bubble and squeak with black pudding, apple chutney and a fried egg. It was just that, no frills, no spectacular wow upon arrival and while it was very well cooked and seasoned...

  20. Published : Thursday, 10th April 2014

    Sixtyone | REVIEW: Sixtyone, Berkeley Street, Marylebone

    Who knew that only a short few minutes walk from the grotty site around Marble Arch Station, adjacent to Oxford Street - a charming hotel and restaurant exist. A tranquil haven away from the swarms of shoppers and also just as convenient for a spot of pre-shopping. Although it’s not immediately apparent, Sixtyone restaurant is located in the ground floor of the Montcalm Hotel. In conjunction with luxury company Searcys, everyone involved has done a great job decorating, with mid-tones of greys and striking copper - it all feels very ‘in’ right now, and so does the food. Deconstructed dining, as the website describes the food and with head chef Arnaud Stevens cooking in the kitchen, him and his team have devised a menu which is sleek, oozing in flavours and looks fantastic on the plate...

  21. In true British Indian style we started our meal with some crunchy, ungreasy popadoms accompanied by an intense, but delicious garlic chutney and a raspberry style chutney. The Painted Heron just can't stay away from their fruit, but actually it worked really well here. We quickly devoured all our delicious poppadoms and sauces with but a trace, things shortly went a little down hill thereafter. Our unusual starter of chestnut mushrooms stuffed with a paneer masala mixture which is then grilled in the tandoor oven was fine to say the least. Accompanied by more of that raspberry sauce and a spicy vegetable mixture on the side it all looked as if it would be steeped in deep flavour - but it wasn't at all. The masala spice was weak and and the paneer was completely lost in the earthy chestnut mushrooms - a lovely idea but one which needs some working on...

  22. Published : Saturday, 29th March 2014

    Dub Jam | REVIEW: Dub Jam, Bedford Street, Covent Garden

    As i always say, and probably will for a long time to come - is London's in a frenzy of new restaurants right now. Everyone wants to try a new cuisine, and everyone wants a bargain. And slowly but surely, places like newly opened Dub Jam are doing so well, that the cheap, fast food competitors are disappearing off central London streets. For the incredibly drunk fuelled londoners there will always be that void and places such as McDonalds, in all its disgustingness - at least can keep it controlled. Dub Jam which only opened a month or so ago was heaving when we arrived. The place is absolutely tiny, so do bare that in mind. Previously a cloak room, leading down to the Adventure Bar they've done a fantastic job in this tiny space...

  23. The Westbury Hotel has something to shout about, and has had for some time. Alyn Williams, head chef here is someone who most foodies know about. He's British, and grew up in Britain, contrary to what some people think - HE IS NOT FRENCH. Alyn Williams opened his eponymous restaurant in 2011 and a Michelin star soon followed in 2012. And an accolade which he definitely deserves. Prior to having his own restaurant Alyn Williams worked with Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing (where he was head chef)...

  24. Backing Bravas Tapas are two big names. Victor Garvey (American chef previously working in Spain), and Bal Thind (restaurateur & original investor in Hakkasan). Victor Garvey is an accomplished chef who grew up and worked in Barcelona before buying is own restaurant in Marbella back in 2010. His menu here at Bravas Tapas is actually very traditional but with a few twists and turns along the way - mostly in its presentation...

  25. Published : Monday, 17th March 2014

    Ekachai | REVIEW: Ekachai, The Arcade, Liverpool Street

    As much as i love fine dining, Michelin stars and avant-gard cuisine, i've been making more of an effort to review chains, cheaper entry level dining and honest cooking. I sometimes forget that not everyone (including myself) can eat at exspensive restaurant everyday and we all need good, cheap eats now and again. Matched with affordable wines and pleasant service - that's exactly what Ekachai is. Oh and it's Liverpool Street branch's new decor is lovely...

  26. Published : Monday, 10th March 2014

    The Cadogan Arms | REVIEW: Cadogan Arms, King

    If there was ever a pub i had to call my local, it would be the The Cadogan Arms on the King's Road. It's both within stumbling distance, and just about crawling distance. What more could i ask for? Well good food would be a start. Previous dining attempts at The Cadogan Arms have not been very successful. The service has always been relaxed and attentive but food, overpriced and very ordinary. London has such a diverse offering that for £16 a main course you can pretty much hit the Michelin Star dining scene. Thankfully The Cadogan Arms have come to their senses and employed new head chef, Sam Hawkes (previously of The Fellow King's Cross)...

  27. Who knew, that nestled in the back streets of Belgravia, a Michelin Starred Indian restaurant existed? I for one didn't. Indian cuisine is something i have a real passion for and to find yet another, just on my doorstep - i got a little excited. Amaya opened its doors in 2004 and quickly gained its first Michelin star in 2006. Its kept hold of it ever since. From my dining experiences Michelin star Indian restaurants have always been mixed experiences. Generally they are of very good value, both in terms of portion size, and cost. Service is always a little brisk, and erratic while decor tends to vary. Amaya apparently just went under some interior revamp, although i think it needs another, tables and chairs were looking incredibly tired. We arrived for a lunchtime sitting on a Saturday, and couldn't resist the incredibly well priced weekend set menu of 7 dishes for £26...

  28. Published : Tuesday, 18th February 2014

    Source | REVIEW: Source, Ransome

    One of the most tranquil (if not a little industrial) places to eat in Battersea has to be the Ransomes Dock area. I'm not entirely sure what woos me about it. Maybe its the suntrap during the summer month, sitting perched on river, or peering on to luxury barges. Although Ransomes Dock is just off a busy road, its deceptively tranquil. The previous restaurant, 'Ransomes Dock' which i can rightly call a Battersea institution, unfortunately let its terrace, and restaurant slowly deteriorate. The benches and chairs became rickety. The decor inside hadn't been updated since the early 90's and its food - well it was OK, but again incredibly dated. I could imagine Patsy & Edwina from Ab Fab lunging over at the bar in its hey day, before skinny dipping in to the Thames...

  29. Published : Sunday, 9th February 2014

    Bocca di Lupo | REVIEW: Bocca Di Lupo, Archer Street, Soho

    Perhaps one of the most raved about restaurants since it opened has been Bocca Di Lupo. Critics and bloggers have been talking about its heavenly dishes, and others accusing it of being over hyped. Personally it’s a bit of both after my experience at the restaurant. Bocca Di Lupo focuses on Italy cuisine from across all of the countries regions. It’s all very simple, stripped back with a focus on high quality ingredients, which with some careful cooking, speak for themselves. We struggled to get a reservation at Bocca Di Lupo, but after some grovelling, the reservations assistant squeezed us in at the bar, which we weren't to happy about. After a few elbow nudges I discovered we actually had the best seat in the house, right in front of the grill and a great chance to see all the cooking and chaos between the chefs. It was great fun...

  30. Published : Tuesday, 21st January 2014

    Salt’n Pepper | REVIEW: Salt

    Indian food in London right now is hot stuff. British curry houses in the centre of town are slowly disappearing (which in some cases is a sad thing), and being replaced with modern, contemporary Indian restaurants serving authentic traditional food. Us British are begging for new flavours at the moment and when it comes to value as well, Indian food leads the way - with Peruvian cuisine slowly following behind. I managed to squeeze in yet another mid-week meal and made my way down to Salt'n Pepper, just off Leicester Square. Salt'n Pepper is a Pakistani institution which is much loved by its locals. Established over 30 years ago, by Mahmood Akbar the chain has been going strong ever since. Princess Diana and Sir James Goldsmith are just a few of its celebrity visitors in the past...

  31. If you love spain, its food, tradition and its people then Jerez (sherry) is somewhere you have to experience. There is barely a British person in sight, and most of the locals don't speak English, so it really is a cultural change which leaves you struggling at first, but coming back with another tongue by the end of it all. Foie gras is common place, and so is the famous Spanish ham, Pata Negra - all at extremely low prices. When i heard of Drakes Tabanco opening up in the Fitzrovia area, i couldn’t have been more excited...

  32. Published : Tuesday, 14th January 2014

    Le Chinois | REVIEW: Le Chinois, Sloane Street, Knightsbridge

    Dining in a hotel restaurant is one of my favourite things at the moment, i think you can get more of an experience out of it. Waltzing in through the lobby, round some spiral staircases with art work across the walls, and then of course the restaurant itself. I also find the service to be much more polished. Le Chinois is clearly advertised on Sloane Street offering high quality chinese food, which won’t break the bank. It's the younger sibling of award winning restaurant Hua Ting in Singapore...

  33. Published : Wednesday, 8th January 2014

    Maze | REVIEW: Gordon Ramsay Maze, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair

    Old Gordon Ramsay has been getting a lot of stick in the press recently, or at least for the past three years or so. He's one of those celebrity TV personalities you'll either love, or hate - i still haven't made my mind up yet. What i do know from his cookbooks, is that they are surprisingly good, well thought out and informative. It's for that reason i made my way down to Maze. Arriving at the restaurant, it was all a little bit confused at reception, with staff seeming clueless as how to hang a jacket and give it a ticket stub - still i went with it. A walk past the bar, which had a seating area more reminiscent of a bean bag lounge at VUE cinema, i was already wondering, was i really in a Michelin starred restaurant. Once you make your way deep into the heart of the confused dining room it all gets a little better. Smartly dressed staff were welcoming...

  34. Published : Sunday, 5th January 2014

    Sticks 'N' Sushi | REVIEW: Sticks

    It's my second time visiting this restaurant now, and one which, for a small chain i really do love. The Sticks ‘n’ Sushi concept was first conceived in Denmark. Founded 18 years ago by two brothers, Jens and Kim Rahbek, and Thor Anderson. The three brothers come from a Japanese/Danish background and somehow thought up the idea of fusing the two cuisines together. There are now ten Sticks 'n' Sushi restaurants in Copenhagen and two in London – one located in Wimbledon, the other in the heart of Covent Garden's Theatreland...

  35. From the outside, with its garish purple facade actually lies a lovely restaurant inside (if somewhat a little comical), but it has a fun side - and i like this. With a mythical Greek/Roman décor taking flavour inspiration from around the globe the focus here is not grilled or fried, but oven baked chicken - and lots of it. We took a seat, and because of its décor we never thought we’d be ordering from the counter. It just doesn't have that feel - i think from the point of going up to the counter, ordering your food and sitting down, someone needs to be around to bring extras. Much like Grill Shack in Soho (great concept, spot on service, but i hated the food)...

  36. Salaam Namaste is located down one of the many back streets of London, not far from Russell Square Station and has recently undergone a revamp of both its menu, and interior. The restaurant has won lots of accolades in its time and most recently become the winner of ‘Best South Asian Restaurant’ at the Asian Curry Awards and both The Guardian and Evening Standard have praised it in its time. I made my way down to find out exactly what head chef Sabbir Karim has up his sleeve to make this restaurant so well talked about...

  37. Published : Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

    VQ | REVIEW: VQ (Vingt-Quatre), Fulham Road, Fulham

    Located on the Fulham Road there is a little known restaurant which serves food (and drink) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You'd wonder how a place survives - surely these early morning hours cost more paying the chef and staff. Stumble in after a few drinks and you'll surely discover this is not the case. Instead it's all hustle and bustle. Full of crowds from a night out in the local clubs, actors looking for a bite to eat after a late rehearsal and the rare celebrity getting in early before a long day...

  38. Published : Monday, 2nd December 2013

    Joe Allen | REVIEW: Joe Allen, Exeter Street, Covent Garden

    Nestled down the back streets of Covent Garden sits Joe Allen. An American casual dining experience which i think can now claim to be part of London's 'furniture'. The restaurant opened its door to the eccentric theatre goers in January of 1977 by of course, Joe Allen himself. This Covent Garden branch is little sister to its New York and Paris counterpart. Both of which have equally as much history. Very recently the restaurant was been purchased by two passionate, very endearing and proud new owners Lawrence Hartley and Tim Healey. They both bought the restaurant not only because of its rewarding capital returns (which i'm sure it is) but because they wanted to be the proud owners of such an establishment steeped in history. We dined at the restaurant on Thanksgiving (and bumped into The Hoff) to sample a traditional, yet modern take on the American staple which celebrates good food, drink, friends and family...

  39. Soho has always been lacking in really good fast food. Yes we have our illegal hot dog traders who disappear in to the night at the sight of a policeman, or Subway, which everytime i walk past makes me feel physically ill with their hideous Italian footlong bread baking. Now, we have good German sausage on our doorstep – the pork type, in case i got any of your hopes up. Herman ze German is located on Old Compton Street in Soho, which is booming with quality new restaurants at the moment. Herman ze German restaurant is open till around midnight, for any of you alcoholics/foodies looking to soak up some of those gin and tonics. Of course, i don't need to tell you what they specialise in, but what you probably don’t know is that they have a surprisingly large (i just can't help myself now) menu, with three types of sausage to choose from, homemade meatballs, low carb options for the healthy ones, schnitzel and of course, fries - delicious ones...

  40. Published : Sunday, 24th November 2013

    Chor Bizarre | REVIEW: Chor Bizarre, Albemarle Street, Mayfair

    Chor Bizarre is one of Mayfair's hidden little gems. The place has some great history and is coming in to its fifteenth year anniversary. When the restaurant originally opened it was London's first Indian tea bar, it is now known, and established for being the only restaurant in London serving a menu of traditional Kashmiri cuisine. On request, master chefs can be flown in all the way from Indian to cook a 36 course authentic Kashmiri feast, a meal usually cooked for Indian King's...

  41. Hidden, down the back streets around London Bridge (the underdeveloped, run down part) a new Indian restaurant has just opened up called Est. India. The new venture opened on the 4th November with executive chef, Singh in the kitchen. Singh has 42 years of experience in five star hotels such as the Taj Hotel and Oberoi Group. Inspiration for his menu has been taken from traditional Indian Street food and the cafes that line the streets of India - but still retaining traditional British curry house classics, such as chicken tikka masala...

  42. The brand new Sackler gallery which is a converted, derelict 18th century gunpowder store has just opened in Kensington Palace Gardens. And not only is it one amazing space showcasing some fantastic art, but it has a shiny new restaurant designed by architect Zaha Hadid, named the Magazine (which doesn't need explaining i hope). It looks like a spaceship has crash landed down the side of the gallery. When it comes to restaurants in london, The Magazine can rest assure it has a stunning restaurant, in a stunning setting which feels as though you've been transported 50 years into the future...

  43. Published : Sunday, 10th November 2013

    Just Falafel | REVIEW: Just Falafel, Baker Street, Marylebone

    Falafel is big business at the moment in London. With the city quickly becoming an epicentre for food across the world, we have such a diversity of it and the city's taste buds are quickly becoming just as diverse. I could never remember eating, or hearing of falafel when i was younger - though i'm sure it was in every kebab house. Just Falafel is one of the new additions to London attempting to worm its way in to the trend and offer falafel, but with a few twists to stand out from the crowd. Just Falafel is part of a chain which started in Abu Dubai back in 2007 and now forms part of a 36 store strong group across 19 countries and is looking to expand very big, very quickly. I headed down to one of their stores on Baker Street to see just what all the fuss is about...

  44. Published : Saturday, 9th November 2013

    Pieds Nus | REVIEW: Pieds Nus, Blandford Street, Marylebone

    I think i may have just found one of my favourite restaurants in London, it’s just a shame its only another pop-up. I have never really gotten the whole idea of pop-ups, unless its a one time wonder for a seasonal event, or long weekend. But for something more permanent then what do you do when its gone? That's eventually what's going to happen here - for how long it will be around, i'm not sure. Hopefully everyone else who comes to Pieds Nus will love it just as much as i do and they'll be forced to set up a permanent residency...

  45. Battersea is an area which i really love, but it lacks very good restaurants - especially in the Battersea Bridge area. I was very excited when i heard a French restaurant had just opened just over the bridge from Chelsea, led by head chef, Franck Raymond who already worked wonders at Mon Plaisir in Covent Garden, with its authentic French food. Here, Franck is focusing on a menu led by ingredients from his home town, Evian. The dining room of Augustine Kitchen looks as though its been here for years and while it does have some charm to it...

  46. I really love it when i discover a hidden gem in London. I'm terrible when it comes to choosing somewhere to eat, and i'll walk for miles - toiling over menus and at the same time trying to find the best deal. If my lunch isn't planned i don't like to spend too much and my bank balance doesn't like the shock of it either. So after a long shopping spree (those spending habits my credit card does like) on Kensington High Street we stumbled upon an Italian restaurant called Arcadia...

  47. Situated in the luxurious quarter of Kensington, overlooking Hyde Park. Zaika offers something very different in terms of food - and by competition it certainly is unique. Zaika opened in 1999 inside an old gothic style building, originally built in 1884 as an old bank. All the characteristics have been kept, from the lovingly cared for wood panellings, to gothic stone carvings seeping in from the doorway - it truly is a magnificent room, it was just a shame there wasn't much atmosphere to fill it up. Though to the restaurants defense, it was still very early. Zaika was actually London's first Indian restaurant to receive a Michelin star, but has since lost it. In 2012 the restaurant became part of the Tamarind Collection restaurant group (which is includes Tamarind of Mayfair and Imli Street Soho). The kitchen here is run by Navin Prasad who has put a very unique, if a somewhat unusual menu together. We dined from the six course tasting menu which will set you back £55 without matching wines, or £85 with...

  48. Published : Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

    Carom | REVIEW: Carom at Meza, Wardour Street, Soho

    Advertising itself as serving pan-Indian cuisine, Carom at Meza in Soho is one of those places which aims to please the masses of Indian food lovers. Part of the D&D group, the kitchen here is lead by head chef Balaji Balachander, who previously worked for the Meat & Wine Co and Benares, Michelin Starred Indian restaurant. Carom is Balaji’s first opportunity as head chef, and he certainly has the credentials for the job. As for the restaurant itself - its oddly decorated. Huge capacity inside, cheaply decorated - with Latin American restaurant/club Floridita below which had lost its edge some time ago now...

  49. Published : Wednesday, 16th October 2013

    Gymkhana | REVIEW: Gymkhana, Albemarle Street, Mayfair

    Brass edged tables, rattan chairs and walls adorned with prints and medals of sporting champions from the popular gymkhana clubs that once made up colonial Indian society. It reflects the once lavish lifestyles of the British raj - walking in to Gymkhana was like taking a step back in time. It was light and airy upstairs, but dark - to the point almost becoming seedy downstairs. Its the trend at the moment you see, to not be able to see your food - or the person opposite (which could be a godsend), depending how you see it. The brains behind this new restaurant is Karam Sethi who also owns Michelin Starred restaurant, Trishna...

  50. Published : Saturday, 12th October 2013

    Quilon | REVIEW: Quilon, Buckingham Gate, Westminster

    There are only six Michelin Star Indian restaurants in London right now - a number which i expected to be a lot larger. I guess the main reason for there not being so many is because both service, and decor are sometimes not at the forefront of an Indian restaurants mind. Some however, like Quilon know that Indian food deserves this kind of environment and attention to detail. I’d been meaning to try it for some while so we decided to go along one saturday and try out their incredibly good value for money set lunch deal. A piggy bank savings worth of £24 will get you three courses, poppadoms and chutneys, amuse bouche, petit fours and a coffee of your choice. I don't even know how they manage to make any money - by the time we'd left i felt feeling though i had robbed them...

  51. A reasonably priced Vietnamese restaurant with great deals has recently appeared on the Fulham Road within the last year. I finally got round to coming here in the hope of finding somewhere very close to my home, which would maybe turn out to be an undiscovered gem. Undiscovered gems is always what us foodies want to find (because we’re cheap) before the Michelin guide recommends it and prices shoot up...

  52. Surprisingly, another new restaurant has opened in Chelsea this year with barely no whisper of its arrival. The brains behind this plush new opening is Alexis Gauthier of Gauthier Soho and head chef Manuel Oliveri - who also came from Gautier restaurant and previously working in Italy at Gualtiero Marchesi's Ristorante di Erbusco in Milan. The hotel No11 Cadogan Gardens, bar and restaurant are all very typical of Chelsea. A quick drink in the gorgeous wooden paneled bar where some of the finest cocktails I have had are mixed up - you'll soon fall in love with the location...

  53. Published : Wednesday, 25th September 2013

    Il Trillo - Chelsea | REVIEW: Il Trillo, Hollywood Road, Chelsea

    Il Trillo has obviously took the clandestine approach to its opening the later part of last year, as neither me, or my friends have heard of it. Many of them being locals have neither heard of the street it sits on – Hollywood Road. I too only recently discovered it, and what a great street it is - full of small scale, family run restaurants and wine bars which no one quite knows about...

  54. So many new establishments are opening in Soho and they are all taking over former sites of nasty Chinese vegetarian buffets or fast food outlets (specifically in Old Compton Street), Soho is finally becoming a hub for gastronomy, and covers most cuisines. Soho Diner is the little brother to the Electric Diner, which launched December 2012 in Notting Hill. Soho Diner is similarly a creative collaboration between Nick Jones and Brendan Sodikoff. Considered one of Chicago’s primary culinary trend setters, Brendan owns Chicago restaurant Au Cheval, the inspiration for both diners, which Nick discovered on a trip to the US last year...

  55. The Dorchester Hotel is one the best known establishments in the city, not only in london, but across the world. Opening its doors in 1931 its been at the epitome of luxury both in its interior design, service and of course, food and wine. It has been a home to famous faces who treat it as their second residency and a place where royalty and politicians regularly visit. The car park outside is always full of some of the worlds most expensive super cars - a night here isn't cheap, but you do get what you're paying for, and thats the same with the food...

  56. The Dairy has been perhaps one of the quietest restaurant openings in London, well that and the recent launch of Five Fields in Chelsea. I’d like to think the reason these restaurants have not invested in mounds of PR (or very little) is because they are confident that their food is, quite rightly for both in question – pretty amazing. All the ingredients used at the dairy are sourced either locally or from companies who are known for their quality - a complete list of these companies are shown on their website.

  57. Published : Wednesday, 14th August 2013

    Primo | REVIEW: Primo, Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden

    Opening its doors last December, Primo is a new high-end Italian restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue, on the edge of Theatreland. It’s also perfect for a pre-meal before an evening out in Soho. Primo is an elegant, but relaxed dining experience offering traditional Italian cuisine using top-quality ingredients. The restaurant offers Jazz on Thursday and Friday evenings...

  58. Published : Wednesday, 7th August 2013

    The Jam Tree | REVIEW: The Jam Tree, Old Town, Clapham

    I've always been a regular of the Jam Tree in Chelsea, with its great beer garden, delicious cocktails and excellent sunday roasts. After hearing about the launch of its Clapham site i'd been meaning to give it a try - but only just got round to it now. And what a time to visit on the day of its JamaicaJamaica menu inspired by, you've guessed it, Jamaica...

  59. DSTRKT arrived in London nearly a year ago now and has already been hosting dinners and club nights for celebrities and the well healed crowds of the city. Despite residing in the building behind KFC in Piccadilly (very glamorous I know) it does always seem to be very busy. I'm guessing it may have something to do with its steep prices, lavish interior and convenience for after show premier parties in Leicester Square. Head Chef George Yaneff (formerly of Bazaar restaurant in NYC) now looks after a team of young, bright chefs...

  60. The name Hutong may be familiar to some of you. It’s the name of the Michelin Starred restaurant in Hong Kong, a much followed and well renowned staple of how times have changed and modern Chinese cooking has really become its own. With so many accolades and awards it's no surprise they have decided to open here in the UK, in Europe’s tallest building - The Shard. Situated on level 33 this really is a fantastic view, especially during the early evening, just as the sun is setting. We arrived a little early to take in the view and sip on some of the cocktails at the bar. If you ever find you’re not hungry and simply want just drinks, I highly recommend it – they really are some of the finest cocktails I've had in London...

  61. Published : Monday, 22nd July 2013

    L'Art du Fromage | REVIEW: L

    My first ever fondue experience, I was very excited. The thought of a garlic laden bowl of cheese scooped up by bread – what more could you ask for? I had been meaning to try this restaurant for so long, but just never got round to it, until now. We arrived a little late at the restaurant but was greeted by a couple of young, extremely friendly French men – and the intense smell of cheese. The décor was a little plain but in keeping with that French, warm and homely atmosphere with low, dim lighting it seemed just fine...

  62. The Malmaison Hotel group has just launched its new sunday brunch menu ‘Mal on Sunday’ and will be available across all 12 of the groups boutique hotel chain. I ended up at the Malmaison in Barbican - a hidden gem within a lovely quiet part of this industrial area. The hotel inside is very modern, inkeeping to its boutique feel and oozes luxury. Unfortunately we weren't staying here, so instead made our way downstairs to the restaurant...

  63. Part of an 80 strong European chain, Rossopomodoro Wandsworth is the newest UK edition - situated behind the Southside Shopping Centre. The first Rossopomodoro emerged some twenty years ago, in the heart of Naples. It was so well received that it meant an opportunity for world wide expansion to places such as Japan, Turkey, USA, Saudi Arabia and all over Europe - and it's still growing...

  64. Slabs are one of the many new arrivals in the Marylebone neighborhood. Situated on New Cavendish Street it looks to bring burgers, seafood and lobster sandwiches. As the name suggests, most dishes are served on a slab - with a selection of meat and fish, spread across marble and wood. I'm not entirely sure who the guys behind it are, but they certainly have an idea of how a restaurant should be run. The place looks fantastic inside!...

  65. The Diner is a new edition to Kensington, but is part of a chain with other restaurants across london. This is not, by any means to be confused with the horrendous Ed’s Diner, which always seems to thrive. I went recently, and i wouldn’t recommend it. Unless you enjoy cheap burgers and soggy onion rings. Inside the Diner (Kensington) looks like your classic american eatery. Very modern, black tiled walls, booths and a couple of tables out front...

  66. One of London’s most anticipated and exciting new openings is Five Fields restaurant, in Chelsea just off the King's Road. Chef-owner Taylor Bonnyman who worked at two Michelin-starred Corton, in New York has an army of bright, young chefs now working with him. Names such as Marguerite Keogh (of Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley) and pastry chef Chris Underwood (previously at Tom Aikens Restaurant).With Taylor having such an accomplished history, it was no surprise that the restaurant was full when we arrived...

  67. Published : Monday, 3rd June 2013

    Haandi | REVIEW: Haandi, Cheval Place, Knightsbridge

    The restaurant was quiet when we arrived, only one other table. A warm welcome and the lovely aroma of fresh spices made us feel quite at home, as for some reason, I always do in an Indian restaurant. I have a real love for the food. The usual poppadoms quickly arrived at the table which were lovely and fragrant. The accompanying mango chutney, mint sauce and lime pickle were very good. I'm not a big eater of the pickled relish that most people leave when it arrives at their table, but I soon polished this one off...

  68. Just opened in the Royal Exchange Building is the new Italian restaurant, Panino Giusto. All the way over from Milan this outlet has been providing the chic Milanese residents excellently source products for over thirty years. Its now opened up in the City and I can definitely see this place doing well where it is, especially with lunchtime trade and those delicious Paninis...

  69. Published : Thursday, 23rd May 2013

    Eight Over Eight | REVIEW: Eight Over Eight, King

    Quite literally at the top of my road, Eight Over Eight sits on the Kings Road, in the Worlds End area (shabby part) as most of my friends put it. It’s been serving food to the locals here since 2003 and every time I walk past it's completely jam packed. Both in the restaurant and at the cocktail bar located at the front. Why I had only managed to visit now is beyond me...

  70. Published : Tuesday, 14th May 2013

    Garnier | REVIEW: Garnier, Earls Court Road, Earl

    Garnier restaurant is run by Didier and Eric Garner. Didier is still the proud owner of Le Colombier in Chelsea Square and Eric owned Racine in Knightsbridge. The food has a touch of classic bistro style but with more of a modern approach. The décor inside exudes class and sophistication - it's all very grown up...

  71. Red Pocket Restaurant in Battersea is the new venture that’s just opened up in the Hotel Verta. Sitting right next to the London Helipad, with great views over the Thames, and outside seating, it’s a unique feature to rival other restaurants along the river. Sitting down for a meal and a helicopter landing right next to you, that’s pretty impressive, no? ...

  72. Published : Wednesday, 10th April 2013

    Frantoio | REVIEW: Frantoio Ristorante, King

    Frantoio on the King’s Road has been providing the Worlds End locals with Italian fare for years now. But mainly to its devout Chelsea senior citizens. This is your typical Italian trattoria, from the décor, to the staff it all reminds me of being back in Italy, dated and a bit 1980’s...

  73. Published : Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

    Outlaw's at The Capital | REVIEW: Outlaw

    Nathan is known for having some of the best and freshest seafood in Cornwall. With him being such a huge success it was only time till he came to London, along with everyone else. He’s now taken over the restaurant at the Capital Hotel in prestigious Knightsbridge. I've been meaning to try it since it opened but only got round to it now. It has a very attractive selling point too, its set-menu...

  74. Published : Wednesday, 27th March 2013

    Cotidie | REVIEW: Cotidie, Marylebone High Street, Marylebone

    Cotidie, which translates as ‘everyday’ in Latin is one of Marylebone’s new arrivals from 2012, which should be named 'the year of the restaurant' because every single person who had a little money and some cooking skills seemed to open a restaurant, apart from me. Sadly my cooking skills are not good enough and neither is my bank balance...

  75. Published : Saturday, 23rd March 2013

    Clockjack Oven | REVIEW: Clockjack Oven, Denman Street, Soho

    Chicken, chicken, chicken, it’s the staple for most meals, too often than not cooked until it’s as dry as a bone. Wine, being the only way to wash it down. Clockjack Oven in Soho is hoping to change all that, it wants to bring us free range chickens, sourced from small co-operatives in Brittany. Apart from the chickens being delicious it’s mainly all down to Clockjack Ovens secret marinade recipe...

  76. Published : Thursday, 14th March 2013

    Kitchen W8 | REVIEW: Kitchen W8, Abingdon Road, Kensington

    Kitchen W8 opened its doors to the community of Kensington & Chelsea in October 2009 aiming to become the local, go-to place. Two years later in 2011 the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, a great achievement in such a short space of time. The restaurant strives to use only excellent ingredients which are sourced from small, reputable suppliers, how it does this and still serves up set-menus at rock bottom prices amazes me, I couldn’t even do it that cheap at home for this quality...

  77. Published : Thursday, 7th March 2013

    Lima | REVIEW: Lima, Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia

    We went to Lima on a Monday lunchtime, the restaurant was fairly quiet but we did start early at around midday, it had started to fill as we were leaving, mainly couples, not the office crowds I was expecting. The waiter must be mentioned, he is incredibly helpful and explained everything on the menu, which was a great help because quite frankly, none of it made any sense, it would have been a game of roulette otherwise...

  78. The décor at both the casino and restaurant are bordering low key Las Vegas tackiness. But I think that is the charm of the place, it’s all about the flashing lights and flowing alcohol to keep you inside, and of course the food. There really is no reason to ever go home, right? Unless you run out of money of course. We started our evening with a cocktail from the bar which has been developed by the well-known Tony Conigliaro. The American Sour is particularly good and I would definitely make an excuse to come here again for cocktails...

  79. Published : Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Trishna | REVIEW: Trishna, Blandford Street, Marylebone

    It was cold and raining and I’ve just finished sipping on cocktails and gambling away in the hippodrome casino waiting for my table at their restaurant Heliot. Come 5:30pm I suddenly get a call from the hostess telling me that unfortunately the restaurant will not be opening this evening. Very frustrated I go on an aimless walk around Soho looking for an alternative. Thirty minutes later and I’m on Marylebone high street still no better off. Then i stumble upon the recent michelin star awarded Trishna, somewhere I have been meaning to try, so why not now?...

  80. Published : Thursday, 31st January 2013

    Bluebird Café | REVIEW: Bluebirds Cafe, King

    Everyone I know has heard of Bluebirds, which is located on the King's Road in Chelsea, either by word of mouth, a stroll past or from the E4 TV programme Made in Chelsea as ‘the place to be seen’. During the week this place is pretty quiet but at the weekends it’s completely full with the Chelsea locals or tourists wanting a slice of this ‘exclusive’ hang-out. The fact that this place does have an amazingly large alfresco setting for central London is definitely its biggest attraction. I have had breakfast here a couple of time and the full English is very nice utilizing good quality products and some delicious oven roasted tomatoes. The courtyard is a lovely spot in the summer for sipping cocktails and a great place for small groups, just be prepared to queue. The Café itself is also in some need of updating, uncomfortable chairs and most of the tables are a bit wobbly...

  81. When I first started writing this blog I had ideas that I would be talking a lot about burgers, you can never have too many burgers, right? Wrong, I think I've currently hit a bun wall, as I'm starting to crave anything but. It was much more exciting six months ago, when a couple of burger restaurants popped up, now I can't keep track of them all, still when I finally sit down to enjoy a burger I realise why I became obsessed with them in the first place...

  82. Published : Tuesday, 11th December 2012

    Zoilo | REVIEW: Zoilo, Duke Street, Marylebone

    The new face on the block is Zoilo, focusing on Argentine tapas, or sharing plates as they call it. It's exciting to get a new restaurant in the area serving up something different, especially as most Argentine restaurants I have been to always disappoint. The great thing about Zoilo is for the quality of the food you get, the prices are very attractive...

  83. Published : Tuesday, 27th November 2012

    Terra Vergine | REVIEW: Terra Vergine, King

    An Italian restaurant with a difference has just opened up on the King’s Road and no one seems to be noticing it. Opening its doors around two months ago the restaurant serves Italian cuisine from the Abruzzo region in central Italy. Most widely known for its Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wines, picturesque mountains and of course, its food. To my knowledge it’s the first of its kind in London serving up food from this region, it’s nice to see a unique Italian menu, a far cry from the lasagne I’ve eaten a hundred times. Polpo is another good option for unique Italian cuisine in London; I have not been myself but have heard great things about it...

  84. The question I ask is do we really need any more steak restaurants in London? I'm not entirely sure, and neither is Hawksmoor by the looks of it. The new Air Street restaurant is serving an equal choice of both meat and fish. And not any old fish, but meaty varieties caught from the shores of the UK and sourced from renowned Brixham Market in Devon. Their meat sourced from the famous Ginger Pig butchers, my favourite butchers in London...

  85. I am very partial to a good Indian and I probably eat it more than any other cuisine, at least once a week, if not more, yet I never seem to write about them. I think I find the cuisine so comforting that I completely forget about analysing every single dish and snapping away photos on my poor 5 megapixel camera, which normally causes my food to go cold. But since I’ve started blogging I realised it’s about time I did, especially considering there are very little reviews on curry houses in London...

  86. There are so many Italian restaurants in Marylebone, or London for that matter so choosing where to eat can be a complete hit or miss, more often than not I end up regretting spending my hard earned cash on mediocre Italians. So with Caffe Caldesi just around the corner from my work I decided it was time to give it a go. Every time I walk past it’s completely jam packed, so they must be doing something right...

  87. Published : Tuesday, 30th October 2012

    Dabbous | REVIEW: Dabbous, Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia

    I think I was one of the lucky ones, only a four month wait for my table at Dabbous. Upon arriving I spoke to front of house who informed me the next available table for dinner is November 2013! It's crazy, a wait I have only heard for the likes of Noma. Dabbous have a great PR company and have recently been awarded a Michelin star I’m not surprised. Ollie Dabbous, Head Chef has done a great job here, in under nine months his restaurant and him are now one of the most talked about subjects in London...

  88. Published : Friday, 12th October 2012

    Café Colbert | REVIEW: Colbert, Sloane Square, Chelsea

    Stepping inside your transported back to France, feeling though you’ve fallen into a cafe in Paris. The decor has been executed extremely well which feels like it’s been lived in, everything has a place and attention to detail has not been spared...

  89. I wrote about 28:50 on Marylebone Lane a while back now, which you can read here. But being the burger fanatic I have turned into I’m now on the hunt around London searching for the best burger in town. You just never know where you might find it, so if it’s on the menu, ill order it! The burger is presented on a beautiful wooden board, which unfortunately is much too small and all the juices from the meat just run out onto the table making a mess, I constantly had to wipe a tissue round the sides of the table to prevent it from dripping onto my lap. A pot of light mustard is served on the side. The burger is £11.95, fries are extra...

  90. Tucked away next to the guildhall, Hawksmoor is very easy to walk past, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. If you spot a swarm of city bankers in white shirts then you’re probably heading in the right direction. Stepping through the enormous door you’re transported into a grand entrance, very dimly lit and manned by extremely quirky staff, who fit in with the restaurant well. Head down the stairs and you arrive at a lovely tiled bar where you can sip on delicious cocktails before you head into the main restaurant...

  91. Published : Wednesday, 19th September 2012

    Evans & Peel | REVIEW: Evans & Peel Detective Agency, Earl

    Hunt around Earls Court for as long as you like, but you will fail to find speakeasy bar Evans & Peel… until you spot a group of people waiting outside an inconspicuous building while onlookers wonder what's going on. A buzz at the black door, followed by a short wait until someone greets you on the intercom. A bit of interrogation and the door pops open...

  92. Published : Wednesday, 5th September 2012

    Salt Yard | REVIEW: Salt Yard, Goodge Street, Fitzrovia

    Salt yard, located a short walk from Goodge street station has tough competition these days with so many new restaurants opening in the area, Barrica and the newly opened Bubbledogs to name a few. Despite all this competition they are always packed, booking is advised.Salt yard opened its doors in 2005 and since then expanded with Dehesa and Opera Tavern, the group now collectively known as, salt yard group...

  93. Published : Thursday, 23rd August 2012

    The Jam Tree | REVIEW: The Jam Tree, King

    The Jam Tree Chelsea is a neatly packed away gastro pub located on the top end of the king’s road, lingering between Chelsea and Fulham, very near the Chelsea football stadium, far too near if you ask me. For a gastro pub in London beer gardens in SW6 are rarity but the Jam Tree boasts a good sized, sun trapped hangout lingering over the railway, inclusive of outdoor BBQ used to make their well known Friday hog roast (which is amazingly FREE!!), as long as you buy drinks of course...

  94. Published : Sunday, 19th August 2012

    Tommi's Burger Joint Marylebone | REVIEW: Tommi

    Tommi’s Burger Joint has finally opened In London. The renowned burger joint which started up in Iceland around eight years ago decided it was time to set up in the UK and sink its teeth into a city going through a food boom. One, which in ten years time is bound to make us all obese. Tomas Tomasson, the founder of Tommi’s has apparently eaten a burger every day for eight years, impressive, and he does not have an ounce of fat on him...

  95. Published : Saturday, 4th August 2012

    Shrimpy's | REVIEW: Shrimpy

    On the way home after the weekend I decided to visit EAT.ST in Kings Cross for lunch, unfortunately I came to discover that only one street food trader had turned up, which was very disappointing. Luckily, I stumbled upon Shrimpy's on the gritty goods way. I had read a few reviews previously so had a good idea what it looked like, very unique and stands out like a sore thumb hanging over the canal. It’s actually a converted filling station that has been turned ultra-modern, sporting neon signs and outside seating, some say it’s a piece of art, I disagree...

  96. Published : Tuesday, 31st July 2012

    Verru | REVIEW: Verru, Marylebone Lane, Marylebone

    Verru sits on the small but bustling Marylebone Lane, which is just off the main high street. With the likes of the Golden Hind with its BYO booze and L’Entrecote with its famed steak frites there is a lot of competition for this tiny restaurant. Verru opened its door back at the start of 2011 occupying a premises seating only 26, being so small the restaurant retains a cosy atmosphere but well polished decor in a modern setting.The restaurant is headed up by chef and owner Andrei Lesment who decided it was time to inject some Estonian flavours into London which he was brought up on, combining Scandinavian influences too...

  97. Published : Wednesday, 18th July 2012

    Meatliquor | REVIEW: Meat Liquor, Welbeck Street, Marylebone

    I’m probably the last person to blog about Meat Liquor and having eaten there far too many times then my stomach can take I decided it was time to throw another opinion into the blogosphere. The good thing about having eaten here so much and not blogging about it till now is I’ve had the chance to see the much talked about queues, let you know when you can avoid them and it has also given me time to see if the quality and service have been consistent. The first time I went to meat liquor was a week after it opened and I was very excited, I had heard all about the food truck and the famed owner Yianni but never found the time to catch the food truck it started the company off with on its travels. Meat Liquor is located on Wigmore Street in Marylebone and is very inconspicuous, with passersby wondering if it’s a nightclub or an extended queue for the strip club around the corner. The main giveaway is the aroma of burgers which can be smelt half way down the street. Tip; head down at around 2-3pm weekday lunchtimes for fast service and no queues...

  98. Published : Thursday, 12th July 2012

    Tapasia London | REVIEW: Tapasia, Old Compton Street, Soho

    Tapasia sits on Old Compton Street in Soho and has been open now for around 2 months. I know these premises have had quite a few different establishments opening here in the years and never managed to survive, generally because they serve bad food, and restaurateurs seem to think this road is only for cheap vegetarian buffets of chains. Therefore, with the opening of Tapasia I was looking forward to some good grub near my drinking Haunts in Soho. If you haven’t already guessed by the name the restaurant focuses on Tapas sized Pan-Asian dishes. I understand Pan-Asian food is Fusion cooking from Southern Asia but I felt some of the dishes here had too much of a European influence...

  99. Published : Monday, 9th July 2012

    The Seagrass | REVIEW: Seagrass @ Manze

    Seagrass opens up Wednesday to Saturday evenings from 7pm taking over the premises of the old pie and mash shop, Manzes. It sits on the run down Chapel Market in Islington and is a wash away from anywhere you would expect to be sitting down for a three-course meal, but after all this is Islington. They operate only one menu, three courses for £30...

  100. Published : Tuesday, 19th June 2012

    Entrée | REVIEW: Entrée, Battersea Rise, London

    Entrée, is described by the trusted Wikipedia as a dish served before the main course. This is interesting, are Entrée saying that there starters are the main feature? We will come back to this question very soon...

  101. Published : Friday, 15th June 2012

    Pix Soho | REVIEW: Pix-Bar, Soho, London

    Pintxos are typical Basque country snacks, which are mainly a great way of socialising, eating slowly, drinking and having a chat. And that’s exactly what PIX does. It does not feel like you are in the Basque country in this restaurant, with modern music playing in the background, a hip crowd and the set up/decor is very modern...

  102. 28:50 which after its huge success at its Fetter Lane branch has decided to open up in Marylebone Lane, which I am not surprised about, as this road seems to be the place to open up on at the moment, and keeping near its renowned Texture restaurant, which I still have not been too! It’s also just round the corner from my work, which I know is going to be dangerously addictive...

  103. I have always been a fan of Gordon Ramsay’s Foxtrot Oscar, a friend of mine from work introduced me to the place and I just fell in love with its good quality food in relaxed atmosphere, well-priced menu and the fact that it doesn’t try to be pretentious, only the customers do.They also offer some fabulous offers from ‘bring your own wine’ on a Tuesday, ‘Steak sharing’ on Thursdays, Competitively priced Sunday roasts and of course there weekday set menu, which is a steal...