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17 April 2014

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Blog Reviews from SilverSpoon London

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 18th March 2014

    Kurobuta | Kurobuta London - Sushi pops up on The King

    A couple of weeks ago Mr Silver and I visited Sticks 'n Sushi which ticks the boxes in terms of value for money, quality and fun factor. You can read about our experience here. When I read about Kurobuta on The Londoner's blog, it seemed like we'd found another candidate in our search for an everyday Japanese eatery. A pop-up restaurant, located at 251 King's Road, I warned Mr Silver it would be more shabby-chic than sexy, sleek. The interior was rustic, wooden and welcoming with a huge open kitchen at the back. The open kitchen now seems common at most restaurants I visit and I love the feeling of bringing the cookery into the dining room...

  2. Published : Sunday, 16th March 2014

    Grain Store | Grain Store - More than just mung beans

    Grain Store is the latest restaurant from celebrated chef, Bruno Loubet. The chef has gained huge praise for his self-named restaurant at the Zetter Hotel; so I was excited to try his latest venture. What makes Grain Store a little different to other restaurants in London, is the team's dedication to sustainability and the importance of integrating environmental practices into all aspects of the running of their business. Grain Store has also recently won London's Sustainable Restaurant of the Year 2014...

  3. The restaurant is based in Andre Balazs new hotel in Marylebone, also called Chiltern Firehouse. Though the hotel was not yet open we entered the restaurant via a pretty court yard. We were lucky to have such a beautiful day for our eagerly anticipated brunch! The building is a stunning grade II listed property and once housed Chiltern Street Fire station, hence the name of the hotel and restaurant!...

  4. Published : Thursday, 6th March 2014

    Bumpkin Chelsea | Super Healthy Dining at Bumpkin Chelsea

    Bumpkin is a mini-chain of restaurants operating in Central London; British produce is central to their food philosophy and they ensure that all ingredients are ethically sourced and sustainable. Having been to Bumpkin in Kensington, I expected a similar dining room. But I was wrong, Bumpkin isn't like your average chain of restaurants, each one has an individual style and design. Where Bumpkin Kensington is larger and pub-like, the main dining of Bumpkin Chelsea was rather smaller, cosy and quite romantic with lights twinkling in the window. And outside there's a gorgeous little secret garden...

  5. Published : Tuesday, 4th March 2014

    Cinnamon Soho | A girls night out at Cinnamon Soho

    The restaurant is the casual outpost of Vivek Singh's Cinnamon trio. And for me it really was more somewhere to stumble in for lunch rather than a glamourous girls night out. We soon got over our disappointment, as we ordered a bottle of wine to accompany our Indian feast...

  6. Published : Sunday, 2nd March 2014

    Polpo | Saturday Soho Lunch Club - Polpo

    Polpo! A restaurant in Beak Street that has been on my list of places to go for about five years. Polpo is Russell Norman's take on a Venetian Bacaro serving small plates of delicious Italian favourites. The interior of Polpo is shabby chic with rough wooden floors and tables and exposed brick walls; the effect is rustic, laid back and inviting...

  7. Published : Friday, 28th February 2014

    Trishna | Trishna - Not your average curry night

    It was Sunday night, and what's the best thing to do on a Sunday? Go for a curry! But this was a curry with a difference. In Marylebone, one of London's foodie hubs, lies Trishna, a gorgeous Michelin Star restaurant offering South West Indian cuisine. The restaurant has recently been refurbished and features an informal dining room with blue brick walls, antique mirror walls and slouchy banquettes...

  8. Published : Sunday, 23rd February 2014

    Ceviche | Saturday Soho Lunch Club - Ceviche

    After trying Andina earlier in the month, I had reignited my love for Peruvian food and I really wanted to revisit the sister restaurant, Ceviche. As Mr Silver was yet to try Martin Morales' first London outpost it seemed the perfect venue for my next Saturday Soho Lunch Club. I mentioned a little about Martin Morales' background in my Andina blog which you can read here. Morales started with a supper club and a series of pop-up restaurants, he spread the word through twitter and his temporary venues proved so popular that he gathered a team together to open his first restaurant, Ceviche...

  9. Published : Friday, 21st February 2014

    Rextail | I take a bite out of Rextail

    'Why call it Rextail' my mum asked. 'It's a contraction of Oxtail and T-Rex' I responded. Well that explains it... That being said, you would expect a fiercely carnivorous restaurant menu, but that's not the case. Arkady Novikov's third London restaurant offers a wide range of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. But the signature dish is the steak; several different cuts are on offer, all cooked on the Josper grill...

  10. Saturday night, and it was back to Cheslea, dahling!! We were headed to a friend's birthday party at Galante on Sloane Avenue but, as if we hadn't eaten enough already, we decided to go for dinner first. Sushi des Artistes was conveniently located right next door to the bar so I booked us a table there. The decor at Sushi des Artistes may not to appeal to everyone: stripey wallpaper, bowler hat lamps, heart shaped mirrors, but we found it more fun than gaudy. Though vastly different to the chic sushi restaurants such as Nobu and Roka, it was cheeky and playful!...

  11. Published : Sunday, 16th February 2014

    Cay Tre | Cay Tre - A Vietnamese feast

    We'd had a really lovely lunch last Saturday at 10 Greek Street so I suggested heading down to Soho again for our midday meal. Cay Tre, a restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese food, was the restaurant of choice. The interior is casual and canteen-like. First up a bit of theatre. We ordered the La Vong grilled monkfish with galangal, tumeric and dill...

  12. Published : Saturday, 15th February 2014

    Bo Lang | Valentine's at Bo Lang

    It was then on for dinner at Bo Lang just across the road. Although I love Valentine's day, I hate it when restaurants serve an over-priced set menu for the day, Bo Lang was our restaurant of choice because they were still serving the a la carte menu. Yay! Bo Lang is an intimate dim sum house with a menu featuring traditional and experimental dim sum. The restaurant is small but stylish with wooden screens giving a feel of the Orient. Naturally we started with some dim sum...

  13. My mum was in London again, and we both really wanted to try the much-talked about Berners Tavern at The London EDITION Hotel. It is incredibly popular at the moment, and though difficult to get a booking, we managed to squeeze in the end of lunch service. Located in Fitzrovia, The London EDITION is a collaboration between Ian Schrager and the Marriott chain of hotels. The partnership of the two was intended to combine the intimate and unique design skills of Schrager with the scale of the Marriott. When we entered the gorgeous lobby of the hotel it certainly didn't feel like a generic Marriott. Marble flooring, stately columns and colour pops gave the hotel a traditional yet modern feel which was also far removed from the other Schrager designed London hotels, The St Martin's Lane and The Sanderson. We agreed that they'd succeeded in fusing the two brands into a beautiful and innovative design hotel...

  14. Published : Thursday, 13th February 2014

    Jackson & Rye | Jackson + Rye - Not just another American Diner

    From the team behind Grillshack comes Jackson + Rye, the latest American diner-style restaurant to hit Soho. There are so many cool restaurants and bars on Wardour street, and J + R fits in nicely with the edgy vibe. When I arrived, I was pleased to see the place packed out. The design is 'New York' style with free standing tables as well as banquettes. It is also much bigger than you may think at first, extending into a large back room and a downstairs...

  15. Published : Wednesday, 12th February 2014

    HIX Mayfair | A birthday lunch - Brown

    Located in the heart of Mayfair is Brown's, London's oldest hotel. The glamourous Victorian townhouse opened in 1837, and has housed many distinguished guests such as prime minsters, royalty and famous writers, notably Agatha Christie, Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. Historically, it is also incredibly significant as Alexander Graham demonstrated his new invention, the telephone, under its very roof! The hotel is classically designed with mosaic floors and wood pannelling...

  16. It was Saturday night and we were invited to a birthday party at Radio Bar at the ME London Hotel. Located in the middle of The Strand, the ME London hotel is perfectly positioned near Covent Garden and Trafalgar square within easy reach of theatres, shopping areas and cool night life. The innovative design of the hotel really hits you as you walk and there is nothing quite like it in London...

  17. In town to purchase Mr Silver's wedding suit, we decided to have lunch in nearby Soho. 10 Greek Street has a very unobtrusive presence on the major Soho road, but stop by and you're in for a treat. The restaurant is tiny and the decor is simple, with an open kitchen and the menu rustically etched on a blackboard over head. The little place has a huge energy and as it was packed with people it felt buzzy and alive...

  18. Published : Sunday, 9th February 2014

    Andina | Andina - Peruvian piscos in Shoreditch

    Andina, a recently opened Peruvian restaurant in Shoreditch was the Friday night dining destination of choice for myself and my two old school friends, Danni and Jess. Martin Morales, founder of Ceviche in Soho, has been fundamental in bringing the current trend of Peruvian food to London. Morales is passionate about Peruvian food and culture and, after the success of Ceviche, comes Andina, serving food inspired by the Peruvian Andes. The Shoreditch restaurant has an all day menu of healthy, nutritious food alongside smoothies and a choice of Pisco cocktails. The menu is also heavy on the vegetarian options and many dishes are gluten-free...

  19. Published : Thursday, 6th February 2014

    Soho Kitchen & Bar | A ladies lunch at Soho Kitchen and Bar

    Soho is one of my favourite areas of London; new quirky restaurants, cafes and boutiques are constantly opening or popping up and you can always rely on them having a buzzy atmosphere! Soho Kitchen and Bar (previously Soho Diner) was the place of choice for a ladies lunch with my two former work buddies, Alisha and Amelia. The restaurant / diner was opened by Soho House Group following the success of the Notting Hill outpost, Electric Diner. The interior is less American diner and more English cosy pub following the shabby chic style featured in the other Soho House establishments. The space is an eclectic mix of comfy sofas, leather booths, wooden panelling and distressed-chic floor. The overall effect is very cool and inviting...

  20. The Cafe Royal hotel has a long history as one of the most fashionable hotels in London and with its prime position on Regent Street it is also an iconic landmark. The hotel has welcomed many famous faces from great authors such as Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle to rock stars such as Mick Jagger and even royalty! And tonight they would open their doors for me and Mr Silver. I was keen to check out the Cafe Royal as the complex has just undergone as massive refurbishment and now houses a selection of restaurants and bars including their flagship restaurant, Ten Room. The bar features a huge list of cocktails and juxtaposes heritage cocktails with classics. Here's some pics of the gorgeous and contemporary interior of the bar...