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28 July 2014

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Blog Reviews from London Grump

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The irrelevant musings of a grumbling Londoner – Reviewing restaurants, bars, events, TV, films and more…


  1. Published : Tuesday, 24th June 2014

    The Rum Kitchen Carnaby | The Rum Kitchen, Soho

    Located in Carnaby Street’s shiny Kingly Court, this is the second Rum Kitchen in London town. The first one’s been open for a year or so and has already attracted His Royal Highness of Wonderment Mr Prince Harry. Less a restaurant, more a beach shack bar that screams unashamedly of its love for rum and sunshine, this place is all about fun, food and good times. The bright brains behind the Rum Kitchen have brought the Bahamas to the city, with blue and white pastel beach hut planks, random patches of sun-faded corrugated metal and odd little trinkets that *might* have been picked up on the beach. The music’s great too, it’s like a party… with dinner...

  2. Published : Thursday, 19th June 2014

    Cabana Covent Garden | Brazilian BBQ at Cabana

    Cabana is to Brazilian food what Wahaca is to Mexican. The Covent Garden restaurant may look like it belongs in a shopping centre, but it’s been painstakingly decorated so that it *sort of* conjures up images of Rio – if you squeeze your eyes really shut and drink a fair bit of that Caçaha stuff. There’s plank flooring, poster-lined walls and banquettes upholstered with recycled jeans which apparently come from São Paulo favelas… (that’s slum to you and me). It’s a fun, relaxed place perfect for families or groups of friends...

  3. Published : Monday, 16th June 2014

    Kopapa | Dinner at Kopapa, Seven Dials

    Kopapa is a sort of fusion (aka fridge raid) restaurant from the man behind the highly praised yet slightly pricey Providores in Marylebone. The New Zealander is famed for his eclectic cooking, bringing together ingredients and techniques from far flung corners of the globe and putting them on tiny little plates in London town. Kopapa is a little edgier than most of its surrounding restuarants, and is bizarrely loud. Something which, on my first visit for an obscenely hungover brunch, I found entirely horrifying. At dinner time though it didn’t seem so much of a problem...

  4. Published : Monday, 9th June 2014

    Dirty Martini | Dirty Martini, Hanover Square

    If you’re looking to channel your inner Bond with a delicious and nutritious* Martini you can’t go wrong with Dirty Martini. The Hanover Square branch is the perfect place to rest weary toes after a day of shopping on nearby Regent Street, and that’s exactly what we did last weekend...

  5. Published : Thursday, 5th June 2014

    TMF Bar at One Leicester Street | Talented Mr Fox, Soho

    In the backstreets of Soho lies an escape from the rammed pubs and hideous tourist traps. A crazy fox den of an escape… Talented Mr Fox. He isn’t really a fox, he’s Mr Whiley. But I reckon we can safely say he is talented. Matt Whiley is behind some of the cocktail community’s top bars, Purl, Worship Street Whistling Shop and Shoreditch’s Peg & Patriot. He’s famed for his madcap concoctions and the use of all sorts of fancy equipment in the making of mixed drinks… and Talented Mr Fox is Whiley’s first residency at top Leicester Square Hotel One Leicester Street...

  6. Published : Tuesday, 3rd June 2014

    Brasserie Zédel | Brasserie Zedel, London W1

    A glitzy French brasserie in the heart of Piccadilly, Brasserie Zedel serves up pretty good food at terrifying low prices. On Saturday the Regent Tweet bloggers and I headed to this marvellous marble restaurant to try their three course fixed priced menu, which costs £11.75. Did you hear that? ELEVEN POUNDS. Of course for ELEVEN POUNDS you don’t get the most elaborate of dishes, but you do get consistently good food that’s full of flavour, and you get it served pretty damn quickly too. The Prix Fixe menu currently includes...

  7. Published : Tuesday, 27th May 2014

    Nopi | Nopi, Piccadilly

    Nopi is allegedly named after its location, just North of Piccadilly. It’s the latest (and maybe greatest) restaurant from the now fairly famous Israeli Chef Yotam Ottolenghi, a chap known for the vibrancy of his food, and big, bold flavours. Inside it’s all glitz and glamour and polished gold accents, with blinding white tiles completing the look. Undoubtedly an absolute nightmare for their poor cleaners...

  8. Published : Wednesday, 14th May 2014

    The Drift | Drift, Bishopsgate

    An unashamedly enormous bar in the middle of suitsville, Drift is one of many Drake & Morgan ventures currently taking up ALL THE SPACE in the Square Mile. It’s swarming with corporate types every day, especially on Friday when it’s so packed full of T.M. Lewin that levering yourself into the place requires fierce determination… or the use of a whopping great shoehorn. Situated at the foot of the Heron Tower, Drift has a sort of miniature bar on the ground floor, accompanied by the token sprinkling of tables on tarmac that constitutes a London pub garden...

  9. A sort of village hall come student union, Walkabout is the undisputed king of shit nights out. Like a weeping sore on the banks of the Thames, this miserable chamber of inebriation is immediately recognisable by its garish yellow and green logo, which has the audacity to suggest Australia has actually endorsed it...