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24 April 2014

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  1. Chiswick is not a place I usually frequent. An exclusive dinner invite transported me to the heart of Chiswick high street right next door to Franco Manco pizzeria. Do not get confused by the two, they are completely different establishments. La Mancha instantly brings a homely feel. Greeted by the friendly staff, the restaurant is family run and they will welcome you with open arms. We had a great selection of good-sized tapas to share, starting with olives. One of the biggest types I’ve seen, almost the size of quail eggs in a rich dark grass green...

  2. Sometimes after work you just need to kick those shoes off and sit back and relax for some wine and nibbles. Las Iguanas answered our prayers; with influences from around the world it served a great selection of food. Iguanas have a great deal for a selection of small eats for £14.40. The portions were more than generous. We had crunchy nachos topped with guacamole, salsa and sour cream...

  3. Published : Sunday, 30th March 2014

    Shanghai Blues | Fabulous decor – Shanghai Blues

    My friend Abi, wanted me to suggest a few places for afternoon tea and dim sum. Shanghai Blues came to mind; I have heard many things are the fabulous décor inside. She wanted a place to cater for over 10 people and what better way to do a birthday lunch then to demolish dim sum on a Sunday. The venue is sophisticated fine dining experience just off from Holborn station, split into 5 areas. Once you step inside the electric blue, dim reception you be wowed over by the spectacular traditional Shanghai teahouse era deco...

  4. Before its time, One Leicester Street used to be occupied by St John hotel, there’s bar on the other floor, but it was the restaurant I visited. I was greeted by staff immaculate dressed in their uniforms. They were very knowledge with answering my questions over the menu; Tom Harris is still head chef for the restaurant. For starters I had to get my favourite oysters, rock oysters are the only ones available...

  5. Live music, cigars, and Scottish food. The financial district boasts many exciting places to dine. Boisdale is lucky to have 3 floors in Canary Wharf and even has an outdoor terrace. My friends wanted a low fuss quiet meal with somewhere new to try. My friend “V” suggested Boisdale there’s also other floors such as the oyster bar and grill, restaurant, whisky bar, cigar terrace, Cuban library and shop...

  6. It was a late Friday night, having a few drinks at the Madison earlier; my friend and I were famished. We crawled around the St Pauls one change, and happened to past, Braisserie Blanc and saw the set menu, a 3 course meal for £16.45. Actually we spotted steak on the menu and walked straight in, the restaurant was half full with families and couples dining...

  7. I’ve been to a few of MEAT branches. This time I accompanied the boys for their triple chilli challenge, at the Old street branch. The Old Street branch is a bit confusing to get to. Google maps led me to a bright red neon sign with “Meat” and a red arrow direction. MEATmisson is a converted old church. It bears similar themes to the other branches. I sat in the dark waiting for the boys to arrive. There was no way I would take up another “man vs food” challenge. I just got myself a simple dirty chicken burger & chilli fries to share...

  8. Published : Saturday, 22nd February 2014

    Golden Union | The best fish and chips – Golden Union Fish Bar

    I had my fair share of fish and chips in my life. Living in the cockney side of London, we have plenty of kebabs and chippy’s. The seaside is only a train ride away; getting fresh fish is no problem at all. There was a late night, the cravings came, and lucky enough I was in the Oxford Street area. All my brain was thinking of was FISH & CHIPS! Mentally I knew the location after passing Golden Union several times. In between the Oxford Street and Soho. At Poland Street, Golden Union looks like your typical local chip shop...

  9. Cue the dramatic theatrical stage music, and gleaming spotlights. The monstrous dino ribs come at a staggering 21-inch and 2.5 kg. The ribs are marinated in their own special BBQ sauce recipe, and are left over night for about 12 hours so it can soak up the marinade. It is then slow cooked for 12-14 hours. The dino ribs are not for the faint hearted, and for serious eaters and need to be ordered 3 days in advanced...

  10. Published : Sunday, 16th February 2014

    Ceena | Sizzling hot bibimbap – Ceena

    I’m quite lucky to be working in an area with easy access to diverse food. One day I stumbled across a bibimbap sign. Lured inside I sat inside the Ceena restaurant. In a sizzling hot stove clay pot my bibimbap was neatly arranged, a beautiful array of bright vibrant colours radiated with a sunny raw yolk. The trick to eating a bibimbap is to mix everything together, and let the hot clay pot cook the rice and egg yolk. The rice should harden, like fried rice; you also need to mix in fermented red paste...

  11. Clinking China teacups, waiters pushing trolleys. Sky scrapper heels treading on polished marble floors belonging to fashionistas. A beautiful promenade filled with soft leather sofas and luxury furniture. There’s the balcony for eating the finest pastries and drinking afternoon tea. In built shopping arcade with extravagant goods. The Dorchester is one of the most iconic and elegant hotels you can get in London. Once again I was dealing with posh territory, I even turned up nicely dressed to blend in with the 5 star hotels. I had reservations at “The Dorchester bar”, it was one of those James Bond moments, as soon as you enter “Louis XIII D” bottles enclosed in glass cabinets. A Louis XIII D experience will set you for £2k...

  12. Bring on the thali silver shiny trays filled with starters and mains. Daawat nestled inside the Strand Palace hotel, has a great value set meal for a steal. Setting back with a shocking £18 for 3-course meal. From the menu I opted for methi murgh kebab, lamb roganjosh, and a mango kulfi for dessert. When the thali came I was pleasantly surprised with the extra side dishes, pappadam and roti. Usually at other restaurants these additional supplements cost extra. Small little steel dishes filled the thali tray...

  13. Last week my companion and I set off to brave the gust of sudden winds and temperatures plummeted to sub zero to Gallions Reach DLR station. We went round in circles near the big roundabout before finding a secret path. Big yellow signs with a warning “private land” were set upon us. Was it safe? Ignoring the sign my gut instinct told me the restaurant was only minutes away. Eventually we came across a white and green grade II listed building, the mini fortress had a gym, beauty salon etc. The Reach bar and restaurant occupied the Gallions Hotel. Stepping inside the area, simple wooden tables and stools filled the room. Given one of the larger tables in the corner with a reserved sign. We made ourselves comfortable...

  14. One can only dream of a picture perfect paradise, white sand beaches, clear blue sea and coconut palm trees. A new beach shack inspired restaurant has opened it doors in Carnaby Street. Nested on the first floor of Kingly court just above Cha Cha moon. The second branch open it’s doors. The only times I’ve eaten Caribbean food is at Jerk Chicken Station in Bethnal Green, and Rhythm kitchen in Stratford. There’s more to life then chicken, peas and rice. The Rum Kitchen offers a selection of Caribbean classic food...

  15. Published : Friday, 24th January 2014

    Franco Manca | Blistered sour dough pizzas – Franco Manca

    Always listen to an Italian, when they tell you about a pizza joint. My colleague born and breed in Italy recommended me Franco Manca. She frequents the Brixton branch often, and I was over the moon to have Westfield Stratford as my local branch. Queuing, I made my choice of pizza and ordered it, watching the staff prepares my freshly cooked pizza. I waited and admire the décor, right bang in the middle one big tufae brick it was. Pizza boxes piled up all around with the logo...

  16. Published : Sunday, 19th January 2014

    Café Route | wholesome goodness – Cafe Route Dalston

    You know, having been living in East London for most of my life. I grew up going hand in hand with my mother to Dalston and Hackney area. We loved markets, buying our fresh vegetables and fruits the atmosphere was surely live and kicking. Over the years the area has transformed and redeveloped with Shoreditch and Brick Lane being neighbours. The area has become more trendy and hip, with Leona Lewis and Alan Sugar hailing from Hackney. It’s nice to see new shops, buildings popping up from nowhere...

  17. Often when people hunt for good spots for Steaks. Sophie’s Steakhouse is named, it’s been on the to go list for a while. 2 years ago I had a friends gathering and choose Sophie’s for a meal. Sophie’s was excellent for catering the 10 of us, as they don’t take bookings. We were dead set on ordering the theatre set menu of 2 courses. The set menu is a great deal for 2 courses at £12.95 or a 3 course for £15.95...

  18. Hello, Nobu! I don’t know what it is but your simply irresistible to me. A name known to mankind, plastered all over glossy magazines I’ve read and TV shows. It was a matter of time for to me to finally dine; the 10-year wait is finally over. Nobu has international restaurants around the world. London has two, having speaking to Regis Cursan on the regular. The pastry dessert chef at Nobu restaurants he recommended Old Park Lane for stunning views over Hyde Park...

  19. Published : Thursday, 26th December 2013

    The Wolseley | Afternoon Tea Sessions – The Wolseley Piccadilly

    Afternoon tea has to be one of my favourite things to do in London. The Wolseley located on the Piccadilly one of London’s most famous boulevards. The grand European building is gorgeous, as soon as you step in. The high ceilings, gold, black and cream shouted out expensive. I felt like I was in one of gossip girl episodes where Serena and Blair go to Paris, dining in exquisite places...

  20. Published : Wednesday, 25th December 2013

    Shake Shack | Shack Shacking – Shack Shake Covent Garden

    Those Americans have been invading London; during the summer we saw Five Guys and Shake Shack open in the Covent Garden area. One night “V” and I was on a spontaneous night out. It was around 7pm, stumbling around the Covent Garden market area, there was hardly and queues and we seized the chance. Given a menu, and only being slightly hungry I went for the “Shack Stack” and “Cheese Fries”. I love the branding; it’s cute, simple and inviting. Although the queues wasn’t so crazy, scouting for seats was a tricky business. Luckily we found seating outside, given a buzzer we waited patiently for it to vibrate. Actually I had to run to the ladies, and one of the workers kindly got our food so we didn’t have to leave our seats...

  21. Oh Ikea, I blame you for my outrageous addiction to those Swedish meatballs. Fika is conveniently located at the end of Brick Lane. You may recall my Fika experience a few years ago. I’ll explain what Fika is again. Fika is Sweden answer to the English afternoon tea. Instead of tea, people have coffee and some cakes and biscuits. I regularly get my haircut at a salon nearby. Starving and craving meatballs I automatically thought of Fika. Fika welcomed me with open arms. The meatball they sell comes with lingonberry jam sauce and mash...

  22. Sumosan has been discreet on the down low since until recently. Opened by the Wolkow family, it first launched in 1997 in Moscow. Loved by A-list celebrities, they vowed to deliver the best freshest sushi in London. I was invited down to master sushi making; Bubker Belkhit flew all the way from Moscow to join us for the evening. I was the one he feared the most firing questions and being the most knowledgeable sushi expert in the room. Did you know the ginger that is served with your sushi is the palette cleanser and that nigiri you dipped the fish side into your soy sauce...

  23. Published : Saturday, 14th December 2013

    Meatmarket | and they call it puppy love – Meatmarket

    How wonderful to see Meatwagon creator expanding and taking over London. If you want to skip the enormous queues at Meatliquor then head on over to Meatmarket in Covent Garden. The interior is familiar with the American diner theme, bright red neon signs flickering on and off. You feel like you step on set for True Blood. Ordering food is super quick with no problem. A quick glance over the board and I thought I try the chicken Philly steak with miniature corn puppies...

  24. Published : Wednesday, 20th November 2013

    BRGR.CO | The newest sweet craze Dessurger – BRGR.CO

    There’s an on-going trend for crazy hybrid creations, and the newest craze is the dessurger. The dessurger has been created by Eric Allanba from BRGR.CO, inspired by the non-stop demand for burgers and the cronut. BRGR.CO, conveniently located in between Oxford street and Tottenham Court road. On the menu 5 burgers are on offer, there are also specials that you can order. My eyes were set on “the tender blend”, and some crunchy fries...

  25. Published : Wednesday, 13th November 2013

    Shoryu | It’s about the hirata buns – Shoryu Ramen

    With ramen shops popping up like mushrooms, it’s been fierce competition. I have already tried Bone Daddies and Tonkotsu in the area. Shoryu opened up its second branch along Soho, Denmark Street with a special offer for £5 on all ramen during July. Of course I couldn’t miss the opportunity to slurp on some soup noodle goodness. First up, as there was special offer, the queue filled the entire street like bees glued to the hive. Waiting around we realised by the time we be seated, we be rushed and kicked out in no time. I even tweeted the social media person taking care of their Twitter. He pleaded that good things will come to those who wait. My patience was running low and my suggestion to leg it to Regent Street branch was a wise choice...

  26. You heard of the “cronut”, “duffin” and “dessurger” now it’s time to feast your eyes on the “goanut” created in by the hands of Christian Rozsenich, executive chef at The Tower Hotel’s Brasserie restaurant. I have been granted a pass to go behind the scenes at The Tower Hotel Brassiere own kitchen, to witness how this beauty was made. The Tower Hotel overlooks the Thames and Tower Bridge and is right next to the “girl and dolphin” sculpture...

  27. Ever since I’ve been working in the St Pauls area, the choice of food has been endless. Harry’s Pizzeria bar has been raved by the colleagues in the office, every time the team hits the sales. Pile of takeaway boxes arrives to their desk as rewards. Harry’s is family run business; you will always be greeted by the same super friendly people day in day out. I have become a regular to this place and wherever I crave some pizza it’s my go to place. With daily specials and pizza’s made to order, this seems to be the only place that also offers a choice of wholemeal dough as a base...

  28. Brixton village is one of those magical places where you feel you been transported into another world. They even have their own Brixton Pounds currency. This time round we did not have a specific destination we just let our minds and nose wander. Prior to this visit, I used Brixton Buzz guide to navigate through town. Wondering around we stumbled across the famous “roti lady” Tasty K then ended up at “Honest burgers”. Two chefs were frantically cooking away tossing and turning burgers like no mans business. The waitress walked us to our tables; menus were attached to a wooden clipboard. The menu was brown down into 3 columns, by starters, divided the large blackboard with rows for different meats and specials...

  29. The evening kicked off with Michelin star chef Simon hulstone, cooking a simple dish of vegetables and scallops. The marinade was simply soy sauce, saki, mirin, and sesame oil. For starters we all had assorted sushi and rolls, the head chef Hiroshi, demonstrated how sushi is made. With speedy hands and accuracy our dinner was prepared in a flash...

  30. Wake up and smell the coffee, the full English breakfast is something very popular in the British and American culture. There’s something about those fry-ups, to smooth our hangovers or simply the sheer pleasure of fried bacon, eggs, and beans aroma that fills the air. One early Saturday morning, just before a surprise spa date with the girls. V and I went to the Spitalfields branch. Queues were already forming. We waited for 20 minutes to be seated. The first thing you will notice is the glaring red neo sign that reads “sex, drugs, & bacon rolls”. The décor is uber cool, suited for the hip area of Shoreditch/Bethnal Green area...

  31. Dockmaster’s house is not a restaurant where it’s noticeable unless you knew of the place. Hidden behind West India quays cinema and around the corner from weatherspoons. It is nested in a dazzling 3 story Georgian building, I felt like a VIP just strolling inside the sophisticated, impeccable clean marble floors, greeted by the smiley staff. Following the shiny marble floor I was led to the spacious private conservatory...

  32. Published : Saturday, 12th October 2013

    Zucca | Italian Dreams – Zucca Bermondsey ✌

    Zucca means pumpkin in Italian, I have no idea why they named the restaurant after a pumpkin, but hey it’s catchy and yes there is a dish called Zucca. The spacious restaurant boasts a super sleek and sophisticated outlook, with modern white furnishing with plenty of natural lighting beaming through. The open kitchen allows you to see the chefs at work...

  33. Published : Friday, 27th September 2013

    St Moritz | The full fondue experience – St Moritz Soho

    Tasting cheese fondue was something I longed to do, when I was over Switzerland. “You get drunk from it” my cousin exclaimed to the late teen me. Those words has been stuck in my head ever since. Several years have passed and I finally tracked down once place in London, which specialises cheese fondue. St Moritz has been established since 1974, located in the heart of Soho. I have gathered my two other food buddies along with me to try out the fondue...

  34. This was my second time visiting Counter Café, the first time I stumbled across them by accident. It was conveniently located near the hairdressers I visited on a cold winter, just when the Olympics stadium was being built...

  35. I ended up at Jose, after finding Zucca was fully booked for the night. I first met Jose Pizarro very briefly at Scala’s supper club a few years ago. I’ve tried some of his food at his stall in Maltby Street and knew the food would not disappoint. Bermondsey street is quickly becoming my never fail places to go to for exceptional food. Jose has two restaurants conquering the popular street, both serving Spanish tapas. Jose restaurant was very busy the night I visit we waited a good 10 mins or so for seats, the place is packed out and tight to even walk around the tables. The place is cosy and buzzing with atmosphere of diners and open kitchen frantically preparing the food...

  36. It took a while for me to spot the place, on the black wooden door the tongue in cheek name “Flesh and Buns” text painted with the very familiar logo also used for “Bones Daddies”. The 150-seat Izakaya-style restaurant situated below street level is a lot bigger then bone daddies...

  37. Manhatten Grill nested underneath the Marriot hotel by the magnificent riverside of Canary Wharf. They serve up USDA prime streaks or dry age Scottish cuts no bull or gimmicks just great tasting succulent meat. The dining area can seat up to 40 people and you can watch them cook your food by the open kitchen. I was taken here for the special set menu of either 2 courses for £15 or 3-course meal for £18. Overlooking the riverside of West India Quay and Canary Wharf the scenery was set for a cosy intimate candlelit dinner...

  38. Published : Monday, 26th August 2013

    Tayyabs | Quick hands and sizzling lamb chops – Tayyabs

    I lived in East London for most of my life; Whitechapel is all too familiar to me. The destination was Tayyabs, a family run Punjabi restaurant since 1972. It’s not a very easy place to look for hidden in the backstreets of East London; even I was scared walking around by myself in the dark. I had to make a trip to Tesco beforehand, as Tayyab allows you to BYOB, selecting red wine for our feast...

  39. I always had a fond love for afternoon tea and cakes, and was squealing with excitement when my friend “V” asked me to join her at Tom’s Kitchen in Canary Wharf. Tom’s Kitchen rang a bell to me, it took a while to figure out that I seen the Chelsea branch often filmed for the reality show “Made in Chelsea”. Tom’s Kitchen new branch Canary Wharf opened recently near Westferry Circus. Upon arrival you notice the venue us large, spacious, walking deeper to back of the modern British restaurant you notice it is very relaxed and casual environment...

  40. 3 people were in front, eagerly waiting for the time to strike 5:30pm. As soon as it did everyone hurried through that door. Upstairs the floor was filled with communal tables, and artwork of the sausage dog. I think the idea of a low fuss quick bite is a great idea, the floor filled up very quickly. Seated at the bar I knew exactly what I wanted a glass of champagne and a gourmet hotdog. Since I wasn’t feeling too adventurous I ended up with the New Yorker, sweet potato fries and sparkling wine...

  41. Published : Tuesday, 13th August 2013

    Bone Daddies | Rock n Roll – Bone Daddies

    I remember just two years ago I was complaining about the lack of ramen shops available in London. I even asked Eatnoodleslovenoodles at the time, and he only seems to know of one place in London. Now ramen has been exploding the scene, Bone daddies were the second place I went to some time last year. The first attempt on a Friday night we saw queues all around the block. My friend and I just turned our backs and walked away to eat somewhere else. The following week on a Monday evening I managed to get seats within 15-20 mins by the window. Ross Shonhan former head chef of Zuma and Nobu is behind bone daddies. The place is full of high stools, and I did found it a little claustrophobic sitting in between 4 people by the window...

  42. City Càphê has been on my to eat list for a few years. I didn’t realise Bank was only minutes away from St Pauls where I work. Hidden on a side street along ironmonger, queues usually form as soon as it hits 1pm. Julie and her family run City Càphê, the menu on offer is very simple, popular Vietnamese street food. Banh mi’s, pho, bun, summer rolls, and spring rolls. Now that I’ve been here many times, the best comfort winter warmers are the steaming hot beef pho...

  43. There’s only a few times a year I would willingly go all out and splurge on food, my birthday or a special occasion. Since it was my good friend birthday coming up I booked us a table 2 months in advance. Dinner by Heston is hidden inside the Mandarin hotel in London, minutes away from om Knightsbridge underground...

  44. A friend took me to the back streets of Bond Street; Maroush is a hidden gem in the city. To be honest I never tried dining in, to eat the other food from the menu. For under £5 you can get this baby as a takeout. Shawarma chicken is shavings of meat spit roasted served with salad, and pickle accompaniments...

  45. Disco Bistro is a 6 month pop up by Carl Clarke, promising to serve “upmarket British fare”. I was handed a discount voucher in the St pauls area. Disco Bistro took residency over at the Rising Sun. A pub I’m too familiar with for after work drinks and some cheeky pimms during lunch hour...

  46. Published : Wednesday, 10th April 2013

    Duck & Waffle | Dinner in the sky – Duck & Waffle

    Duck and Waffle is situated on the 40th floor whilst it’s sister restaurant Sushisamba is on the 38th. Sushisamba is a Japanese – Brazilian and Peruvian fusion. Did you know that Brazil is home to the largest Japanese community, outside of Japan?...

  47. Even before my food hunt days, Sketch was on my hit list. Ever since I saw my friend posted a pic of her in the weird egg shape cocoon cubicles I was intrigued in visiting the venue. It’s taken me 6 years to finally step into the doors of Sketch...

  48. Burgers & lobsters have becoming increasing popular over the years. Since it’s debut with the Mayfair branch there has been 3 new additions. Launched by the team behind goodman’s steak. I heard the tales of the 2-hour queue wait and was prepared for the worst...

  49. Published : Sunday, 24th February 2013

    Canteen Spitalfields | Afternoon Tea at – Canteen

    Canteen is somewhere to consider for all day breakfast, roasts and great British treats. Today was really chilly London, temperature dropping at sub zero degrees what better way to seek comfort with a cuppa. Lucky for us Canteen serves afternoon for 2 for only £19.50. In the afternoon tea you get a selection of sandwiches, cakes and a pot of tea...

  50. Published : Thursday, 31st January 2013

    Suka at the Sanderson | Suka Malaysian Food – Sanderson Hotel

    Summer 2012 will always be remembered as the “adventures of d and le” every week we was out at gigs, bars, and events. Drinking bottles of wine and slipping cocktails, we were all over London attending every event and party. The second time I was invited along to the Sanderson hotel, we decided to dine outside the astonishing open air Japanese inspired garden. The courtyard garden itself boasts flowering trees, fountains and mosaics. Let it become your private sanctuary, to relax, kick back and enjoy the surroundings. Suka at Sanderson offers an authentic Malaysian culinary experience inspired by the home-cooked treats of their contributing Malaysian Chef. The menu is served in typical Asian sharing style ranging from home cooked style to the truly elegant and luxurious...

  51. The food at Smollensky’s was slightly average to me, but if you was to have one dish from this place. The peanut butter cheesecake was to die for! Light and fluffy and if your a peanut butter fan you will certainly get your fix. My friend loved it so much he wanted to buy the whole cheesecake to take home...

  52. Miskin’s from the exterior appearance wouldn’t really strike “WOW”, it’s more of a casual café spot and décor is bit of mismatched. Apparently the cocktails are really good here, and the walls were filled with Gin. My friend and I went for cream soda’s. When the cans arrived I realised it was the ones I can find in the corner shop for 50p. After much deliberation, I decided to settle on the Meatloaf, soft egg & mash. My friend “K” had Reuben on rye with pastrami, sauerkraut, Russian dressing & Swiss cheese. We both shared a portion of all beef corn dogs, green tomato ketchup...

  53. This is my second visit to Cay Tre Hoxton branch, F and I was craving for some good old heart warming Pho. I dragged my friend here for lunch one day; we shared a wrap and roll platter between us. The platter came with a bight colourful salad carefully crafted together. Summer rolls with a savoury yellow bean dip; the prawns were soft and frim. The Vietnamese spring rolls crunched with every bite, perfectly fried all round. The starter with the wrapped leaf was something new I never seen, the meat inside was very tender, juicy full of flavour...

  54. Published : Friday, 28th December 2012

    Yauatcha | Afternoon tea and cakes – Yauatcha soho

    I’ve been to Yauatcha, on numerous occasions, to purchase cakes to takeaway. However I never sat inside to dine, one cold dreary evening, I found comfort at Yauatcha and ogled over the cakes. Each item itself looked like it was spun into a masterpiece. I won’t lie it took me a good 10-15 mins to decide what I wanted, too many choices. As we weren’t there for dining, my friend and I were placed at the bar, the chairs looked like olden day washing baths and the seating was towering over a petite person like me. Before seating I already knew what cake I wanted, Pumpkin gingerbread. As for drinks Kumquat and jasmine ice tea appealed to me the most...

  55. Published : Thursday, 27th December 2012

    Ora | Thai feast at – Ora London

    Tucked away just behind Topshop/urban outfitters in the ever so busy shopping district, Oxford Street. Next door to “the social bar/club” well known for their fun hip-hop karaoke nights, is their neighbour Ora. Ora’s a contemporary stylish Thai restaurant in the heart of London. Curiosity led me to this place, after seeing “R’s” instagram feed of food porn, several photos struck me. The Tub-Tim-Grob dessert especially fascinated me. As promised “R” took me to Ora. I arrived there first one afternoon, greeted by the receptionist; I was guided to a quiet corner in the restaurant. There weren’t many diners at the time, those who were there was finishing up their meals...

  56. Minutes away from Gloucester road underground station and situated inside the design inspired boutique Rydges hotel. The jam cupboard restaurant lies in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea. Having been invited to try out the new winter menu at the jam cupboard, and attend the Christmas press party held at the Rydges. It was a pleasure to bring my friend “T” along with me. After a short train ride to Gloucester road, we were excited about the buzz of being in the Chelsea area. Groups of people in their fancy tux and gowns roaming the streets eagerly excited to get to their destinations. Upon arrival to Jam cupboard, the place looked like a modern trendy looking bar from the outside, there were a few diners inside and the place was nice and quiet. The smartly dressed waiter greeted us efficiently, handing over the menus. He didn’t quite understand what I meant when I requested the winter menu, however we were presented with the set menu. For 2 course meal £15.50, and 3 courses it was £19.50...

  57. Published : Tuesday, 11th December 2012

    Cake Boy | you want that “cake, cake, cake” – Cake Boy

    I decided one afternoon to venture out to Cake Boy, after seeing one of my instagram friends posting a picture of Cake Boy’s cakes. Eric Lanlard’s luxury cake boutique is in the heart of Battersea; Juniper Drive is absolutely a beautiful area to be in. Cake Boy was easy to find from the wandsworth rail station, as soon as you step in you are greeted with tills and shop front, the left is a cookery school and the right cakes for sale on display.

  58. Da Poplo is one of Russell Norman group of restaurants. I also went to his Mishkin deli over in Covent garden another post coming soon. Tucked away behind the London’s hip district in Soho. Poplo is described, as a Venetian bàcaro, in other words Cicchetti, is similar to Spanish tapas. You order small plates to share amongst your party...

  59. Published : Tuesday, 6th November 2012

    Tonkotsu | Slurping away ramen blues – Tonkotsu soho

    There have been days I fantasise myself eating cheese ramen in Japan. That fantasy will become a reality one day, for now the search goes in London. Tonkotsu opened its doors around spring this year. I finally went one night after being put off by the queues of Cay Tre. From the shop window you can see the chefs at working making the ramen bowels. The group of us sat upstairs and was presented the menu. Disappointedly there are only 3 options on offer...

  60. Sometimes I get those sudden urges to just go to a restaurant to have desserts. I was going to be out all night, already fuelled with a can of red bull to keep me awake, it was a hot day, ice cream was calling for me. Roka was always a place I wanted to try, but no one seemed to want to go with me because of the prices. I went along to the Canary Wharf branch; the lift transported us to the top of the roof terrace, overlooking the beautiful skylines of Canary Wharf. I told the waiter straight away we was only after desserts, he seated us in a cosy corner with a married couple. One of the Olympic events was showing at the screen in cabot square and the evening was buzzing with happy diners and Olympic spectators. Now the dessert menu, there was a selection of 8 dishes to choose from, my eyes were instantly glued to Sakura no creme brulee...

  61. Published : Sunday, 17th June 2012

    Meatliquor | Delish Burgers – MEATliquor

    Every now and then I have friends requesting to try a new place MEATliquor has no menu’s on their website. I had to google for menu, much to my delight I realised it was owned by Yianni Papoutsis, the infamous Meatwagon. I had a Philly’s cheesesteak in Peckham Rye pub last year and it was DELISH!!! There was a queue outside as my friend waited for me to arrive, lucky we managed to get in within 20 mins, and seated at the bar whilst we wait for tables. The aromatic scent of good greasy food instantly hits you. The place is dimly lit, red lamp lighting my friend commented that it looked like a seedy bar...