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26 July 2014

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Blog Reviews from SilverSpoon London

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  1. Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery but Trader Vic's was the first of the surge of Tiki bars in London. The bar has had its home at the Hilton for over fifty years and it had recently been remodelled and updated. The original Trader Vic's in California is now eighty years old, so this is a bar with a whole lot of history! The bar is casual and as laid back as any beach comber. The interior is adorned with Polynesian artefacts and carvings many of which are authentic pieces. I wasn't a big fan of the carpet which was quite shabby and rather garish...but we're supposed to be on an island here, not cosmopolitan London...

  2. he Artichoke opened in 2002 and bought a fine dining revolution to Amersham. The restaurant received acclaim from Michelin, the AA and Hardens but a devastating fire in 2008 led to closure for 18 months and restaurant reopened in 2009 with a fab refurbishment. The interior is intimate and modern with an open kitchen. As I was coming home, who better to join me for dinner than my mum? I nicknamed her Susan SilverSpoon for night, and she was very excited to try the cuisine at the Artichoke as it is so highly regarded locally. My mum doesn't like photos of herself so here's one of me enjoying the lovely glass of champers that Laurie greeted us with...

  3. A favourite restaurant is like a good friend. Sometimes you don't see each other that often but when you do you know it'll be lovely, exciting and just as familiar as ever. Hakkasan has long been one of my favourite restaurants in London and when my foodie friend Theresa came to town I was keen for her to try it out. I don't get to see Theresa often as she lives in Bristol, but when I do its like we've never been apart. Lots of old familiar jokes, good times and plenty of wine!...

  4. Jason Atherton is the man of the moment! He already has five incredibly popular restaurants in London, including Berners Tavern, and the newly opened City Social. He has achieved worldwide acclaim with several restaurants in Asia and a plan for a new one in Dubai. Pollen Street Social is the jewel in Atherton's crown. It opened in 2011 and was awarded a Michelin star after only six months. I find some Michelin restaurants can be a bit staid and stuffy, but Pollen Street Social is the opposite. It was lively and buzzing!...

  5. The celebrate 101 years of the Chelsea Flower Show, The Intercontinental London Westminster have designed an 'Edible Garden' afternoon tea and they invited me along to sample it. The tea is presented in partnership with Laurent Perrier Champagne and guests receive unlimited glasses of champagne. Supplies of champagne were incredibly generous and my glass was not left empty even for a moment. As Laurent Perrier is one of my favourites, this was definitely much appreciated. Soon our first course came out on the traditional tea time tower...

  6. Published : Sunday, 4th May 2014

    Bluebird | A Made in Chelsea lunch at Bluebird

    Mr S and I love shopping and generally moseying around the King's Road. On this occasion we were around for my nephew's birthday party in Beaufort House so we took my parents to neighbouring restaurant Bluebird. The Conran complex is something of an institution of the King's Road and it's where the stars of MIC hang out both on and off screen. It was a sunny day and the glam Chelsea crowd were enjoying the courtyard and barbecue at the venue. Bluebird really is everything under one roof. It's a cafe, bar, food shop and restaurant and it's also ideal for private parties, be it a wedding or private dinner! ...

  7. Mr Silver and I used to know Manchester very well as he went to university there and I have a good friend from just outside the city, but now we haven't been there in years. So I asked my virtual friends on twitter for their recommendations for premiership restaurants up north. Specifically, I asked Mrs Petticoat, who has a fabulous blog commenting on restaurants in Manchester, London and the rest of the world. Mr Cooper's House and Garden was the resounding answer, and one backed up by other tweeters. So of course, I booked it! The restaurant derives it's rather odd name from the real Mr Cooper, a popular figure in Manchester. His family were coach-makers who once had a very beautiful garden, on this exact site, famous for it's fruits and flowers. Hence the restaurant has a beautiful and unique garden theme...

  8. Published : Thursday, 24th April 2014

    Chotto Matte | Tostaditas and Cocktails at Chotto Matte

    About a month ago Mr Silver and I had a fabulous date night at Chotto Matte in Soho. We loved everything about the place: the fantastic food, the funky decor and the electric buzzing atmosphere. In fact, Mr Silver promptly announced it as his new favourite place! We also had the amazing opportunity of meeting the talented chef Jordan Sclare who showed us around the busy kitchen. Jordan and I stayed in touch and I was delighted when he invited me and my blogging buddies to an exclusive tasting of his brand new tostaditas menu. Chotto Matte serves Nikkei cuisine (a fantastic hybrid of Japanese and Peruvian food) and the new tostaditas menu adds a another element to the already brilliant selection available...

  9. Published : Sunday, 20th April 2014

    34 | Restaurant 34 - More than just a number

    You really can't go wrong with any of the Caprice Group restaurants. Scotts, J Sheekey and the Ivy are all stalwarts that have been in London for many years. Restaurant 34 is the youngest of the siblings, opening in November 2011. The restaurant is a celebrity hotspot and it is the restaurant of choice for stars such as Kate Moss, Katy Perry, Sean Penn and Ellie Goulding. Its not easy to spot in its location just off Grosvenor Square but look out for the large leopard just outside the front door...

  10. Published : Thursday, 17th April 2014

    The Providores | Bloggers do Brunch at The Providores

    My favourite aspect of blogging is meeting the other bloggers out there in the blogosphere! Blogger meet ups are a great way to make new friends, network with other bloggers and just to talk about life, loves, blogging and tweeting! When Catherine Lux of Lux Life Blog posted an invite to a London Bloggers Brunch I was quick to reply as I was eager to meet more people who had caught the blogging bug! The venue was The Providores and Tapa Room. Though I'd passed by it many times on my jaunts around Marylebone, I'd never actually been in...

  11. Published : Tuesday, 15th April 2014

    Kaspar's Seafood Bar & Grill | Kaspar's

    Our ladies lunch would be at Kaspar's, The Savoy's gorgeous art deco seafood restaurant. It's all mirrors, glass and twinkles, with a gorgeous marble floor and a silver ceiling. You definitely know you're in one of London's five star plus hotels. The Savoy is old-fashioned glamour at its best; a string of pearls, a flapper dress and a cloche hat and I could be transported back to the roaring twenties... Poor Caroline had transport problems but in this gorgeous setting with champagne and fresh bread I definitely didn't mind waiting!...

  12. Published : Tuesday, 8th April 2014

    Buddha-Bar | A Romantic Late Night Bite at Buddha Bar

    After our enjoying a wonderful day on our fabulous pre-wedding photo shoot, Mr Silver and I felt that romance was in order! The photo shoot had ended late and we knew just the place for a nocturnal bite. One of our favourite restaurants, Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge. We've visited the Knightsbridge location of this global restaurant franchise a few times and we're always guaranteed a fabulous night here. The interior of the bar and restaurant is stunning...

  13. Published : Thursday, 3rd April 2014

    La Brasserie | A Parisian Tea for Three at La Brasserie

    was a sunny day and the glamourous Chelsea crowd sat outside drinking wine and sipping coffee. The scene reminded me of the Parisian pavement cafes that Mr Silver and I loved on our romantic trip to the French Capital. Is there anything quite so fabulous as the Parisian cafe culture? It was a Saturday with no rush to get anywhere, a day to meet with friends, people watch and sip cocktails in a gorgeous setting. And in an Parisian brasserie I expect red checkered tablecloths and bistro chairs...

  14. Bill's was the dining destination of the day and I was meeting the very lovely Rebecca who is responsible for the PR for St Martin's Courtyard. I love the story of Bill's, which started life as a shed in Lewes selling fruit and veg and grew into a national sensation! The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and also sells its own products. t feels like a lovely little general store full of vibrant colour and tempting goodies. I chose marinated chicken skewers with cous cous and pitta bread...

  15. Published : Thursday, 27th March 2014

    Bubbledogs | Bubbledogs - Hot dogs and Champagne

    Its great to mix the low brow and the high brow. At university I had to read many great works of literature but I always made sure I read Heat magazine whenever I could... With this in mind I was very intrigued when Melanie from Sunny in London invited me along to try Bubbledogs; a restaurant that juxtaposes fast food hot dogs with luxurious champagne. Well I never say no to champagne no matter what it's paired with... The interior of Bubbledogs is small and quite cosy, a sweet little place. Though I'm not a huge fan of perching on a stool to eat my lunch, these were reasonably comfortable ones!...

  16. Published : Tuesday, 25th March 2014

    Chotto Matte | Chotto Matte - London

    As soon as we walked in we knew we were in for a good night; the place was packed! Cool graffiti covered the walls and balls of light hung from the ceiling. Chotto Matte was clearly the place to be in Soho on a Saturday night. A stairway to foodie heaven led to the up to the dining room. As you enter the dining room you're greeted by the exciting sights and enticing smells of the open kitchen and robata grill...

  17. Published : Sunday, 23rd March 2014

    Ducksoup | Saturday Soho Lunch Club - Ducksoup

    So much in London is about style over substance; restaurateurs want a slick and cool interior, a heavy on the door and the most glamorous clientele that they can entice in. But surely it should sometimes be just about the food? Don't get me wrong, I love the sexy Mayfair bars and restaurants but sometimes you just want a simple pleasure. Having read about the wonderful food at Ducksoup on Rosie's blog, A Little Lusciousness, I thought it would the perfect next stop for the Soho Lunch Club...

  18. Published : Saturday, 25th January 2014

    The Ledbury | A night at The Ledbury

    The Ledbury in Notting Hill has been on my restaurant bucket list for years but I'd always struggled to get a booking. This time I was prepared and secured a table two months before the big day! Its not hard to see why the Ledbury is difficult to get into, it is one of only 9 two Michelin star restaurants in London and is also the holder of 3 AA Rosettes. So dressed in our finery, including my 5 and half inch Jimmy Choos which only make an outing on occasions when I'm unlikely to move from a sitting position, we arrived at the restaurant with eager anticipation. The restaurant is classic in design with large feature windows, cream furnishing and dark wood. Ambience is buzzy but formal and at *little* staid...