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Blog Reviews from The International Foodie


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  1. There’s nothing more fitting on Valentine’s Day than a few naughtily named cocktails and a little innuendo. So on Feb 14 I found myself having a Pearl Necklace at Beach Blanket Babylon, Shoreditch. BBB is one of my favourite destinations for cocktails in Shoreditch, a luxurious respite from the endless grimy pop-ups, whilst still stylish enough to satisfy the London hipsters.

  2. Published : Friday, 14th February 2014

    The Blues Kitchen Camden | Blues Kitchen Camden

    The Blues Kitchen has long been a favourite of mine for the great atmosphere, live music and Southern style American cooking. I decided to get wild and start by trying some alligator, for the first time, which after being crumbed and fried tasted similar to chicken...

  3. There’s nothing quite like eating seafood with a view of the sea, or in this case a tidal river. So on an unusually mild winter’s day I made my way to Wapping to Smith’s Brasserie of Tower Bridge to see if they deserve their motto “famous for fish”. Visiting with a large group I found the service very hospitable, and the dishes arrived with fairly good synchronization. On a Saturday they offer a very affordable set lunch menu, two courses for £19.50 with the option to add a third for £24.50. I tried the Tempura Tiger Prawns with Honey & Soy Dressing which was light and beautifully presented, (a generous serving for a entree also)...

  4. Published : Tuesday, 4th February 2014

    Daylesford Organic | Daylesford Organic – Notting Hill

    I’ve fallen back in love with Notting Hill over the past few weekends. I’ve rarely visited this part of London, and always for the market, so I decided to move off Portabello road to the surrounding streets in hunt of brunch somewhere away from the crowds. Daylesford organic cafe and shop didn’t tick that box, but in this case we figured a crowd, and 40 minute wait for a table, was probably an indication we had stumbled onto a good thing. Whilst waiting I browsed the shop which had home wares and organic treats, a small takeaway cafe and a organic butchery. It was however a little unsettling to be seated right next to said butchery. Raw meat isn’t the best view at breakfast. The menu was fairly standard, eggs with a combination of accompaniments, organic juices etc. My companions tried a twist on eggs Benedict (£11.50) and complimented the sauce, but found the toast a little overdone and the portions a little inadequate. I tried mushrooms on toast (£8), this was supposed to come with a fried hen’s egg. I requested instead a poached egg and was told by the waiter it would then have to be a chickens egg, not a hen’s egg. Several google searches later I have yet to figure out the difference between a hen’s egg and a chicken’s egg…

  5. Home It’s unusual for cake and fashion to go together, in fact in many fashion circles cake is the enemy. But not at London’s Berkley Hotel where they’ve finally brought cake and fashion together in a beautiful delicious union. The Prêt-à-Portea high tea changes every season to reflect current catwalk designs. These pictures are the AW12/13 ranges from YSL, Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Burberry, Diane Von Furstenburg, Fendi & Prada...

  6. Published : Thursday, 30th January 2014

    Bush Hall Dining Rooms | Bush Hall Dining Rooms

    Home Inspired by my favourite food critic Grace Dent, I went to have a “proper dinner” at the Bush Hall Dining Rooms. The newest addition to a rapidly changing Shepherd’s Bush neighbourhood, the Dining Halls offer traditional hearty meals with a twist. I started with the mussels which were unremarkable, followed by a chocolate and venison casserole which was extremely rich but delish! My companions tried the Pork Three Ways and Rack Of Lamb followed by coffee and a Knickerbocker Glory...

  7. Published : Monday, 27th January 2014

    Benihana | BENIHANA, SOHO

    Benihana Soho London embodies the excitement of novelty cooking. When you watch your mum cook growing up it’s unremarkable, but throw a Japanese Chef into the mix and it’s an art form...

  8. Published : Sunday, 26th January 2014

    No 5 Bistro | NO.5 BISTRO, BATH

    Home I took a pre Christmas break to Bath for some quality birthday R&R. On the recommendation of our hotel we visited No.5 Bistro. This modern French bistro is modest and welcoming, with a three piece jazz trio and friendly service. We started with scallops and the traditional escargot in garlic sauce which were divine. For mains we tried Filet Mignon and duck done three ways, which, although I’m not a duck fan, was very tasty and well presented. This was followed by chocolate mousse, of which I consider myself a expert, which was somewhat disappointing. We relaxed and took our time enjoying the jazz before leaving and never felt rushed by the staff. A great medium priced spot for visitors to Bath...