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I truly believe La Famiglia is the hidden gem of Chelsea restaurants.
Having heard mutterings of its greatness from my family, expectations were high. It’s in a strange location – that no-man’s land area between Beautfort House and Embargoes (close to World’s End, so get a cab for goodness sake...
U.S. born Five Guys is all about straight up fast food, and people are going NUTS for it.
1. Queue, queue, QUEUE! How the Americans love the hype of a queue
2. Peruse the menu.
3. Freak out
I watched a horrendous documentary about the meat industry and for 3 whole days I turned vegan – have you ever done that? It would have lasted longer but chocolate came along, and cake, and silky delicious lattes. I should try harder I know.
During this recent vegan episode I met with a veggie friend (no-one else would come with me – vegetable discriminators!) and headed to Amico Bio, the Italian Vegetarian Organic Restaurant in Holborn.
Aside from the staff the restaurant was 100% empty, which you’d think might put us off but we endorsed it. We wondered about, chatted with Antonio (charmer), and just generally made ourselves very comfortable indeed...
For those who haven’t yet heard about Burger & Lobster (you have been living on another planet) – it’s a no booking set up where you choose either a beef burger or a whole steamed lobster. That’s the entire menu. Or if you want to be peculiar there’s a lobster roll in a brioche bun...
I have gleefully upgraded my hero brunch venue from Breakfast Club (i’m fickle, SHOOT me) to Aussie chef Bill Granger’s ‘Granger & Co’, W11. Just look at the address – 175 Westbourne Grove. It takes a seriously slick establishment to survive on this uber classy area and Granger & Co is flourishing, and making it look effortless.