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24 July 2014

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Blog Reviews from Lux Life | A Lifestyle Blog

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  1. Published : Monday, 7th July 2014

    Hakkasan | Hakkasan Hanway Place, London.

    Last Thursday I went for lunch at Hakkasan Hanway Place with the lovely Mina and Alix. We haven't caught up properly for ages so it was a great chance to try some delicious Dim Sum and have a good ole natter. I've never been to Hakkasan, however I paid a visit to sister restaurant Sake no Hana last year for their Sake class, so I knew it would be pretty good. After settling down and sipping on some green tea, we started with the Crispy Duck Salad and Salt and Pepper Squid. The crispy duck salad was eaten so quickly I didn't get a photo, it was delicious. The duck was perfect and the salad had so much flavour in it. The salt and pepper squid was also delicious, especially the crispy bits. The batter was incredibly light and just perfect, none of that soggy batter nonsense!...

  2. Published : Friday, 27th June 2014

    Mazi | Mazi, Notting Hill.

    On Monday evening I went to Greek restaurant Mazi in Notting Hill for dinner with the lovely ladies from Purple PR and three other bloggers and journalists. It was an intimate affair with the six of us sat outside in the cute little garden, sharing plates upon plates of delicious Greek food and Tzatziki Martinis. I'm a huge fan of Greek food, especially since my trip to Kefalonia on the Greek Islands last year, so I was very much looking forward to sampling the cooking of world-renown Chef George Venieris. George has been crowned 'Best Greek Chef' for two years running by Conde Nast Traveller, so I knew we were in for a treat!...

  3. When I first heard that Alain Ducasse was opening a Rivea in London, at the Bulgari Hotel, I was rather excited to say the least. Then when Henry invited me to review it with him for the Belgravia Residents Journal, I may have squealed a little. I'll actually be writing the review for the BRJ, so I'll post the link on Twitter when it's out next month! Rivea in St Tropez has been open for just over a year, and is famous for it's combination of Italian and French food. Rivea in London is no different, with the purpose being to share small plates of Mediterranean cuisine with your companions in an informal atmosphere. The Chef at Rivea London is Damien Leroux, Alain Ducasse's protege who he has been training up for over 10 years in Provence and Monaco...

  4. Published : Saturday, 3rd May 2014

    Duck & Waffle | Duck & Waffle, London.

    I know, I know, just like Meatliquor, I'm late to the scene. Jasiminne and I have been trying to get to Duck & Waffle for a girlie dinner for ages, you may remember how last time we tried we ended up in Sushisamba instead. Anyway, we finally made it, and it was so worth it. We started with BBQ spiced crispy pigs ears, and the wild mushroom bread. The pigs ears were in-credible. They came in a brown paper bag with a wax seal, and tasted like a cross between bbq flavoured french fries (the crisps) and pork scratchings, I just wanted to eat the whole bag, but sadly I had to share with Jasminne, plus we had bread to eat too. The bread was also incredible, really delicious freshly baked bread filled with goat's cheese and mushrooms, and a smokey thin 'ketchup'...

  5. Published : Thursday, 23rd January 2014

    Steam & Rye | Steam and Rye, Bank.

    I first heard of Steam and Rye when Caroline from Cocktails and Caroline recommended it to me. It's only been open since November, but is already causing a storm in the City. A 1920s American bar and restaurant, it's open from midday-3am on weekdays, and 6pm-3am on Saturdays, so is the ideal place to take you from work to dining to partying. I'm currently in-between jobs at the moment, and don't start my new one until I get back from Australia (2 weeks til take-off and counting!) in six weeks time, so Sarah and I decided to check out the Steam and Rye lunch menu while they have a 50% discount offer on. A short walk from Bank station, it's easy to get to from the main areas of London. We decided to make the most of being ladies who lunch and started with cocktails!...

  6. Published : Tuesday, 26th November 2013

    Le Caprice | Le Caprice Jazz Brunch.

    Le Caprice is one of my favourite restaurants in London, I went there for my 21st birthday a couple of years ago, and fell in love. A couple of months ago I was very fortunate to be invited to have lunch with the manager, Jesus Adorno, who has worked at Le Caprice since it re-opened in 1981. He started working there as a waiter, and gradually worked his way up to Manager. His stories of Le Caprice are fascinating, and his passion for hospitality inspiring. While listening to the smooth sounds of Dom Pipkin tinkering on the ivories, I thought how absolutely lovely it is at Le Caprice, and why it is one of my favourite restaurants. We discussed Le Caprice's history, the restaurant industry, and how they've recently started their Jazz Brunch. Le Caprice has long been popular with movie stars, musicians, and even Princess Diana, and has been an institution since it originally opened in 1947...