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Avi & TerryKnerryBoy scouring the earth for a decent bite


  1. Published : Monday, 21st April 2014

    Buenos Aires Café | Buenos Aires Blackheath, Jan 2014

    Blackheath is blessed with two good dining options when it comes to Argentinian steaks (Cau and Buenos Aires). At Buenos Aires the vibe is relaxed and laid back. The meats on offer are excellent and so were the starters we tried...

  2. Published : Saturday, 8th March 2014

    Ember Yard | Ember Yard, Jan 2014

    The Salt Yard group have expanded their food empire with the Ember Yard, combining Spanish and Italian tapas dishes for the hungry Soho socialites. As is to be expected, the food is extremely tasty (similar level to the other Salt Yard establishments) and service great...

  3. Published : Friday, 21st February 2014

    Gauthier Soho | Gauthier SOHO, Jan 2014

    What is on offer: Gauthier Soho is the place to go if you are yearning for truffle bonanza! The cooking is highly accomplished and the service very good. We’re not sure why they’ve lost their Michelin star (based on our visit, they’ll regain it soon), but it does mean that for the time being you can have a Michelin dining experience for a very good price...

  4. Published : Friday, 14th February 2014

    Foxlow | Foxlow, Feb 2014

    What is on offer: Where the brilliant North Road once was a different but also brilliant restaurant has opened its doors (by the people behind the hugely successful Hawksmoor franchise). Foxlow specialises in less common cuts of meat and cooking these to perfection. All the meats we tried were delicious, as were most starters and desserts. If you’re looking to indulge in some serious meat cravings, want to try some uncommon cuts and don’t want to break the bank while doing so, then Foxlow is the place to go to...

  5. What is on offer: There are some seriously good fine dining options in Edinburgh (The Kitchin, Castle Terrace, Angels & Bagpipes and Wedgwood to name a few). We can chalk up Number One at the Balmoral to that list as well. It has retained their Michelin star for the past 12 years; a testament to the cooking strength of the franchise behind the restaurant. Number One is probably the most classic of the aforementioned restaurants. The dining room is grand and the service attentive (the matching wines are superb), but above all the food is so moorish. One of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh...

  6. Published : Friday, 7th February 2014

    CAU Blackheath | Cau Blackheath, Jan 2014

    When your south east of the river in London and you don’t want to track towards Hawksmoor Canary Wharf or Constancia Tower Bridge, where can you go for some good ole steaks? Well, Cau in Blackheath would be a good bet. Cau specialises in Argentinian steaks and most of the dishes we tried during our visit were a hit. The service is very good (impressive given how busy they were during our visit)...

  7. Published : Wednesday, 29th January 2014

    Restaurant Mark Greenaway | Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Jan 2014

    What is on offer: Before eating at restaurant Greenaway I had no idea of what to expect, but I needn’t have worried. The cooking is very original and the service attentive without being overbearing. Compared to some other fine dining establishments in Edinburgh (Kitchin, Castle Terrace or Wedgwood) the cooking is less rustic and more centred around creativeness...

  8. Published : Friday, 24th January 2014

    Flesh and Buns | Flesh & Buns, Jan 2014

    Our visit to Flesh & Buns was much better than expected. Flesh & Buns hits the spot when it comes to Asian soul food. All the dishes we tried during our visit were very good and their pork belly in a bun was uber-sumptuous. For once, the hype surrounding a restaurant is real and fully justified...

  9. Published : Friday, 17th January 2014

    The Five Fields | The Five Fields, Dec 2013

    Chef Patron Taylor Bonnyman, Head Chef Marguerite Keogh and Pastry chef Chris Underwood are clearly doing something right at The Five Fields. Largely unnoticed by food crazed Londoners, The Five Fields opened their doors this year and is already considered by many to be one of London’s very best restaurants. The service is exemplary and the food of the highest order. I would not be surprised if The Five Fields will be awarded a second Michelin star soon...

  10. Published : Thursday, 9th January 2014

    Buenos Aires Café | Buenos Aires Cafe Greenwich, Dec 2013

    Coffee, pastries and ice cream in a comfortable setting...

  11. Published : Wednesday, 8th January 2014

    Blanchette | Bistro Blanchette, Dec 2013

    A while back three French brothers (two of which used to be part of the Salt Yard group) decided to open a French bistro, et voila, London is now blessed with yet another brilliant French bistro. One of the best French bistros in London at the moment (with Brawn, Androuet, Casse Croute and 10 Cases). The dishes are imaginative and very well executed...

  12. Published : Wednesday, 25th December 2013

    Hutong at The Shard | Hutong at the Shard, Dec 2013

    Chinese dining up high the London sky with great views of the city. May be not the best fine dining Chinese food in this city (HKK and Yauatcha are better), but still pretty darn good...

  13. Koffmann’s has been my guilty pleasure for a few years now. I didn’t live in London at the height of Pierre Koffmann’s culinary reign, but if Koffmann’s at the Berkeley is anything to go by, I can easily understand what all the fuzz was about. In a year when London has been bombarded with openings of French bistros, brasseries and wine bars, Koffmann’s at the Berkeley is the yardstick by which others are measured against...

  14. Published : Thursday, 19th December 2013

    Gelatorino | Gelatorino, Dec 2013

    Whenever I’m in Covent Garden I try and swing by Gelatorino. Why? Because their affogato of dark chocolate ice cream and espresso elevates me to a state of pure bliss. This is without a doubt one of the best gelatorias in London...

  15. Published : Thursday, 19th December 2013

    HKK | HKK London, Dec 2013

    I’ve always been sceptical of the idea of Chinese fine dining…until I set foot in HKK. The food is divine, the attention to detail mesmerising and the service spot on. My current favourite place to have elaborate and lush weekend Chinese lunch (although I still like Yauatcha and Hutong a lot)...

  16. Published : Thursday, 19th December 2013

    Yauatcha | Yauatcha, Dec 2013

    Alan Yau’s brainchild is in good hands with the Hakkasan group. I’d consider Yauatcha with HKK and Hutong to be the tastiest Chinese (fine) dining restaurants at the moment (granted, I’ve not made my way yet to Pearl Liang). It is one of my favourite places for a deluxe and relaxed Sunday lunch, which tend to last for hours. From the fried chilli squid to the venison puff to the crispy duck salad and crispy prawn and bean cheung fun…what’s not to like?!...

  17. Published : Thursday, 19th December 2013

    Hawksmoor Seven Dials Bar | Hawksmoor Seven Dials, Dec 2013

    Last year I visited the Seven Dials branch to try out their Christmas burger. Since then I’ve been about every few months to try out their ‘burger of the month’ (which changes, surprise surprise, every month). So far I’ve been bowled over by the monthly special burgers, but this month’s ‘mushroom’ burger is somewhat unbalanced. Some of London’s best steaks and burgers are to be found here and undoubtedly the next few monthly specials will be of the same high standard as for instance the beetroot burger or the Christmas burger...

  18. Published : Saturday, 14th December 2013

    Viajante (closed) | Viajante, Dec 2013

    What is on offer: Probably the most creative Michelin dining experience in London. Chef parton Nuno Mendes has been a fixture in the London food scene for years and with Viajante he pushes on at the frontier of molecular gastronomy..

  19. Published : Saturday, 14th December 2013

    The Hill | The Hill, Nov 2013

    What is on offer: Off the tourist track in the best part of Greenwich village you’ll find the Hill restaurant which offers Mediterranean menu in a pub setting...

  20. Published : Saturday, 14th December 2013

    Nopi | NOPI, Dec 2013

    What is on offer: Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in London and NOPI showcases his creativity, eye for detail and impeccable sense of flavour combinations. The service was a bit slow when we visited (20 mins wait between dishes), but still overall a very enjoyable experience...

  21. Published : Sunday, 1st December 2013

    Roka | Roka Charlotte Str, Nov 2013

    What is on offer: Michelin star Japanese robata in a cool and relaxed atmosphere...

  22. Published : Sunday, 1st December 2013

    Village East | Village East, Nov 2013

    What is on offer: Newly revamped Village East (as of Sep 2013) brings a new interior and menu but retains it’s cool vibe and ability to thoroughly satisfy your taste buds. Be sure to try the Longhorn beef & bone marrow burger...

  23. Published : Sunday, 1st December 2013

    Les Deux Salons | Les Deux Salons, Nov 2013

    What is on offer: The same people who run Arbutus decided to branch out into French bistro and they do it well. They were one of the first in the French bistro craze that has now taken hold of London. What was once a rarity in London is now a common dining option in London. Think Casse Croute, Little Social, Bouchon Fourchette, Bistrot Bruno Loubet, Brasserie Balthazar or Brasserie Chavot. Les Deux Salons more than deserves to be mentioned in the list of eminent French bistros in London...

  24. Published : Sunday, 1st December 2013

    Zucca | Zucca, Nov 2013

    What is on offer: Without a doubt one of London’s best restaurants. When it opened its doors it sent shockwaves across London’s culinary scene and after several years it is still one of the most talked about restaurants in London. A big part of the reason why Bermonsey street is now considered one of London’s top culinary streets is due to Zucca. The ingredients are carefully chosen and as a result all the dishes taste so fresh. If you’ve never been, shame on you...

  25. Published : Sunday, 24th November 2013

    Hawksmoor Seven Dials | Hawksmoor Seven Dials, Sept 2013

    What is on offer: Some of the best steaks and burgers in town. The Seven Dials branch has a different burger each month (aside from the regular burger). I’ve tried many of them and have not once been disappointed. I can’t wait for my next visit (having visions of steaks and burgers as I’m writing)...

  26. Published : Sunday, 24th November 2013

    Barrica | Barrica, Sept 2013

    What is on offer: Spanish tapas in casual surroundings in the culinary dense area of Charlotte street. Don’t expect fancy interpretations of classical dishes, but rather less common rulal Spanish tapas as part of an every changing menu. It should be no surprise that a visit to Barrica will satisfy your taste buds; afterall, the same owners run the impeccable Copita in Soho...

  27. Published : Tuesday, 19th November 2013

    Elliot's Café | Elliot’s cafe summer pop-up, Aug 2013

    We’d read that Elliot’s Cafe has opened a summer pop-up stove outside their permanent establishment where they serve their much loved Cheese burger and summer drinks during the summer. Through the blogging grapevine we’d also learned that BOBs Lobster had descended upon Borough market for the summer and the news was that the food was brilliant. So we thought, what better opportunity to kill two birds with one stone…off we went on the foodie prowl to Borough Market on a hot summer evening...

  28. Published : Thursday, 7th November 2013

    The Quality Chop House | The Quality Chop House, Jul 2013

    The Quality Chop House is yet another great lunch restaurant around the Exmouth market in Farringdon. Set in an area already blessed with some great restaurants (think Morito and Moro) the Quality Chop House offers some fresh Modern British dishes and a great atmosphere. Perfect for a weekend lunch. When we visited the Quality Chop House we tried the following dishes...

  29. Published : Thursday, 7th November 2013

    The 10 Cases | The 10 Cases Wine bar, Aug 2013

    The 10 Cases Wine Bar is one of the better known wine bars in London. We’d not visited them yet and were keen to try them out and see how they compared to some other great wine bars in London such as Terroirs, Brawn, 40 Maltby Street, etc. Located on Endell street in Covent Garden, 10 Cases offers theatre goers and shoppers a perfect opportunity to indulge in wines and good food. The 10 cases gets its name from the fast that they only buy 10 cases of the same wine at once. As a result the wine list changes constantly. Similarly, the food at the 10 cases changes regularly with whatever ingredients are in season. All the dishes are to be found on the chalk boards spread out across different spots in the restaurant...

  30. Published : Thursday, 7th November 2013

    Androuet | Androuet, Aug 2013

    Cheese, cheese, cheese…it’s all cheese I tells ya. Yes, that’s right Androuet is one cheesy place (in a very good French kinda way) and they do them well. When in need of some cheese, this is the perfect place to visit. Located in trendy Shoreditch (one of the restaurants/shops around Spitalfields market), Androuet supplies the hipsters in the area with their cheese-fix. Most will know Androuet as a cheese delicatessen shop, but the shop also has a bistro-type restaurant attached to it. Every dish on the menu incorporates cheese and if you like cheese (we love it) and wine then this is a very interesting place to visit...

  31. Published : Thursday, 7th November 2013

    Tartufo at No.11 Cadogan Gardens | Tartufo, Aug 2013

    We didn’t know much about Tartufo before visiting them for weekend lunch. All we knew was that it was part of the same group that owns Gauthier (which we love) and that it was situated in Chelsea. Tartufo only opened its doors earlier this year in the plush surroundings of Chelsea. The restaurant is backed by Alexis Gauthier with whom the head chef, Manuel Oliveri, worked for years. Many of the staff have a connection with the now closed restaurant Roussillion (where Gauthier was awarded his first Michelin star)...

  32. We’d learned that Bea’s of Bloomsbury was organising a Louisiana-style crawfish boil underneath the arches of Maltby Street. We’d never eaten these critters before nor ever attended a Southern US style boil fest. It turns out that the critters are damn tasty and Southern US style pig out parties are just our forte...

  33. Published : Thursday, 7th November 2013

    Dalla Terra | Dalla Terra, Aug 2013

    We’d read some good things about Dalla Terra a while ago and been meaning to try it out for quite some time now. Somehow we never got around to it until now. We’re always in for a good Vinoteca (Italian winebar) and that’s basically what Dalla Terra is...

  34. Published : Thursday, 7th November 2013

    Bouchon Fourchette | Bouchon Fourchette, Aug 2013

    Bouchon Fourchette opened earlier this year a midst a flurry of high-profile French Bistros and Brasseries (Little Social, Brasserie Chavot, Balthazar and later on Casse Croute, just to name a few). It was therefore fairly easy for Londoners to miss the opening of Bouchon Fourchette in the unlikely area of Hackney...

  35. Published : Thursday, 7th November 2013

    The Delaunay | The Delaunay, Sep 2013

    What is on offer: Continental European comfort food for the posh. Total bill: £80 The food rating: 8.5/10 The service rating: 8.5/10 The overall rating: 8.5/10

  36. Published : Thursday, 15th August 2013

    The Table | The Table, Aug 2013

    We’d been to the Table before when a different chef was at the helm. This time we decided to visit them on a Friday night instead of weekend lunch and we were surprised at the vibrant scene we encountered. When we arrived a resident DJ was playing mellow house music and the place was packed. We decided to sit at a table outside and enjoy the nice summer evening...

  37. Published : Tuesday, 13th August 2013

    Grain Store | The Grain Store, Aug 2013

    The Grain Store opened its door earlier this summer with quite a bit of fanfare. It is the second restaurant of the much lauded chef, Bruno Loubet and with the Grain Store Loubet has decided to focus primarily on dishes that are centered around vegetables. We’re huge meatlovers, but do like our vegetables too and love Bruno Loubet’s cooking. So, we decided to try out the food at the Grain Store...

  38. Published : Tuesday, 13th August 2013

    Hutong at The Shard | Hutong, Jul 2013

    Hutong specializes in Chinese dishes, while Aqua & Oblix focus on modern upscale British cuisine. The London Bridge area has become a primary destination for foodies in recent years, predominantly due to the slate of excellent restaurants in and around Bermondsey street and Maltby Street Market. However, in our opinion the London Bridge area could still do with some good Asian restaurants and so we welcomed the news of Hutong opening in the Shard this month...

  39. Published : Tuesday, 13th August 2013

    Sushisamba | SushiSamba, Aug 2013

    SushiSamba has been around for a few years now and opened at the same time as its sister restaurant Duck & Waffle in the Heron Towers. The original feedback was that Duck & Waffle was much better for food and SushiSamba was only really good for drinks and the view. However, recently a new executive chef, Cláudio Cardoso, has been hired to revive SushiSamba’s standing in London’s dining scene…and with great success. We’d never been to SushiSamba before, but based on this visit we can’t say anything other than “WOW”!...

  40. Published : Wednesday, 7th August 2013

    Yum Bun | FEAST festival, Jul 2013

    The first stage of getting rid of any addiction is admitting that you have an addition…well here it goes…we have an addiction for FEAST festival! It is by far the best food festival in London. What’s not to like: excellent food, enough space to sit down, not too many people, great locations, etc etc....

  41. Published : Monday, 5th August 2013

    Tapas Brindisa | Brindisa Borough Market, Jun 2013

    We recently experienced yet another great lunch at Brindisa Borough Market. For years the restaurant is been well known for it’s great cooking and service and the trend seems set to continue. The location at the edge of Borough market is idyllic and on the few rare occasions when the sun is shining bright there are few other places in London that can match the authentic Spanish tapas experience to be had at Brindisa...

  42. Published : Monday, 5th August 2013

    Newman Street Tavern | Newman Street Tavern, Jun 2013

    Newman Street Tavern is a restaurant focusing primarily on British seafood-based dishes. The restaurant recently opened its doors to the public in an area that is saturated with some good dining options (think Roka, Salt Yard, Lima and Pied a Terre just to name a few) and has generally received good reviews...

  43. Published : Monday, 5th August 2013

    Roka | Roka, Jun 2013

    The owners of Roka also own Zuma and Oblix in the Shard. Roka is by far their best venture (although the other two brands may get more press coverage). From the cocktails, to the ambiance to the food. It all fits perfectly and tastes amazing. Truly one of London’s best dining experiences...

  44. Published : Monday, 5th August 2013

    Bocca di Lupo | Bocca di Lupo, Jun 2013

    For years Bocca di Lupo has been at the forefront of the modern open-kitchen tapas revolution in London. Without a shadow of a doubt it is one of the premier restaurants in London and any self-respecting foodie visits them on a regular basis if only to remind themselves of the high benchmark against which many other restaurants are to be judged...

  45. Published : Thursday, 18th July 2013

    Tozi | Tozi, Jul 2013

    Tozi is a new Italian tapas restaurant that opened its doors to the public. We ‘d heard some good things about their cooking and were keen to find out what the fuzz was about. The interior is clean and modern and we were surprised at how big the restaurant is...

  46. Published : Thursday, 18th July 2013

    José | Jose, Jun 2013

    We were planning to visit he Tapas Fantasticas festival over at Towerbridge, but the terrible British weather put a dampener on those plans. Yet, still we felt like tapas and Jose (5 mins away) was the perfect spot to attend to that fix. We’d been several times before and never has it disappointed. Luckily we were seated straight away and could dig into some lovely Spanish dishes within mins of arrival...

  47. Published : Thursday, 18th July 2013

    Casse-Croûte | Casse Croute, Jul 2013

    It never ceases to amaze me how the culinary gentrification of the London Bridge area doesn’t seem to be letting off steam. Particularly the extremely popular Bermondsey street is a shining example of this. With the arrival of Casse Croute South Londoners have a viable option if they want to indulge in proper French Bistro dining (which was definitely a missing piece on Bermondsey Street’s culinary map)...

  48. Published : Monday, 15th July 2013

    Tanner & Co | Tanner & Co, Jun 2013

    Tanner & Co is the latest of restaurants to locate on the foodie destination that is Bermondsey Street. We’ve lived in the area for years and are amazed at how it has transformed from an obscure little street to one of the premier destinations for the food-crazed masses in London. Tanner & Co should be commended for taking on the big task of taking on the stiff competition offered by other dining establishments in the area...

  49. Published : Monday, 15th July 2013

    Village East | Village East, Jun 2013

    The competition on Bermondsey street these days is fierce. However, when we first moved to the area years ago there wasn’t much apart from Village East and The Garrison. It’s a testament to the quality of these restaurants that they’re still thriving after many years of serious culinary competition. We hadn’t been to Village East for a while and were eager to try out their new menu...

  50. Published : Monday, 15th July 2013

    Pizarro | Pizarro, Jul 2013

    For long Pizarro has been a local favorite for us. We love to visit them for lunch and have been doing so every other month or so for years. Not once have we been disappointed with the food, service or ambiance...

  51. Published : Monday, 15th July 2013

    Babbo | Babbo, Jul 2013

    Babbo has been around for about 4 years, but changed head chef last year. The new head chef, Carlo Scotto, joined from Gordon Ramsey at Hospital Rd and has injected new life in the Mayfair venture. We had never heard of Babbo until we encountered them at the Taste Festival this summer. Their dish, Roasted Chianina beef fillet, blew us away and we decided to pay them a visit to check out some more of their cooking...

  52. Published : Monday, 15th July 2013

    Aqua Shard | Aqua Shard, July 2013

    As you would expect, the views of London from the 32nd floor of the Shard are impressive. The cocktail lounge at Aqua Shard is a perfect location to impress someone and the interior of the the whole place is tasteful and sleek. After our disappointing experience at Oblix we were unsure what to expect from Aqua Shard, but we need not have worried. The food tasted great and executed at a very high level, the service showed only a few minor glitches (in the 2nd week of opening) and the whole experience was memorable...

  53. Located in the idyllic surroundings of the Pennyhill Park hotel in Surrey and awarded with two Michelin stars, Michael Wignall at the Latymer offers the perfect proposition for a special dining experience. The interior is very quaint / cottage style (somewhat similar to for instance Holbeck Ghyll in Windermere).

  54. Published : Monday, 8th July 2013

    Brawn | Brawn, Jun 2013

    Brawn is one of our all time favourite restaurants in London. The setting is brilliant, the ambiance cosy and perfect for a weekend lunch and the food is stunning. Without a doubt a great dining venue and they deserve all the praise they get...

  55. Published : Monday, 8th July 2013

    Zucca | Zucca, May 2013

    We love to visit Zucca for a lazy weekend lunch and the bright open interior with big glass windows offers a perfect midday dining setting. We’ve visited many many times and not once have we been disappointed and many times Zucca surprised us and our guests on the upside. It is true that the dishes have gotten a bit more pricey of late, but the menu prices in the opening days of the restaurant, were just so low that several restaurateurs have confided in me that they just could not understand how Zucca was able to operate on such a low margin, given the quality of the produce used...

  56. Published : Monday, 8th July 2013

    Corner Room | The Corner Room, May 2013

    As a sister restaurant of the no. 59 San Pellegrino World’s best restaurant, Viajante you know the design of the dishes is in very good hands. Couple that with the beautiful surroundings of the Town Hall hotel, it makes for one of the best valued dining experiences on offer in London. There are many Michelin star restaurants that don’t even match the cookery skills and ingredients on offer at the Corner Room. For those who want to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine before or after their lunch / dinner the lounge area adjacent to the dining area offers a very good proposition...

  57. The cooking at Elliot’s cafe can generally be described as comfort British cooking and the cooking at Elliot’s is goo-ood! We love hanging around the market during the weekend and hitting Elliot’s up for some of that good ole cooking. The produce is freshly sourced from the vendors at the market and the chefs are not afraid of experimenting with less common flavour combinations...

  58. Published : Monday, 8th July 2013

    Social Eating House | Social Eating House, Jun 2013

    Rarely do we encounter a restaurant that actually exceeds expectations; well hats off to Social Eating House, because they managed to do just that. We’ve been fans of Jason Atherton for a long time now, but after having seen what he’s done with Little Social and now Social Eating House we’re downright anxious to see what he’ll do with his next two ventures (he’s taking over a restaurant in Tower 42 and will also be hosting a bistro restaurant in the new Berners Hotel in Fitzrovia)...

  59. Published : Monday, 24th June 2013

    L'Anima | Taste of London Festival, Jun 2013

    Taste of London is upon us yet again. We’ve been every year since 2007 (oh dear, we’re such pigs!). Like Christmas it comes once a year, and like Christmas you start looking forward to it well in advance of the actual due date. Sometimes it disappoints (too many people & bad weather), most of the times it delivers on expectations. We couldn’t care less about the events (if you ask me, they should free up the extra space and invite even more restaurants to participate), but the food…well, that’s a different story all together...

  60. Published : Saturday, 8th June 2013

    Meatmarket | MEATmarket, Apr 2013

    MEATmarket and it’s sister restaurants are well known among London burger fanatics. For those looking for a delicious & messy burger or hotdog the restaurant offer a very good selection of grub to feast on. Personally we slightly prefer...

  61. Published : Saturday, 8th June 2013

    Hawksmoor Seven Dials | Hawksmoor Sevendials, Apr 2013

    We’ve frequented Hawksmoor Sevendails for years now, but since last year or so it’s become one of my destination of choice for top primo burgers. The nice touch at Hawksmoor Sevendails is that in addition to their legendary Hawksmoor burger they always have the Kimchi burger and the Burger of the month available...

  62. Published : Sunday, 26th May 2013

    Beagle | Beagle, May 2013

    Restaurant Beagle, named after one of the old trains that used to run in the Hoxton area, offers a very exciting East London dining proposition. We first encountered Beagle at the Feast festival earlier this year, when they hadn’t officially opened yet, and we were seriously impressed...

  63. Published : Sunday, 26th May 2013

    Morito | Morito @ Exmouth Market, Mar 2013

    A while back we tried the food at Moro and liked it. This time we decided to try out its sister restaurant Morito. And guess what, the food at Morito is awesome…why did we not try it out earlier!!...

  64. Published : Sunday, 26th May 2013

    Blue Boar Smokehouse | Blue Boar Smokehouse, Apr 2013

    I was in a serious mood for ribs after a loooonggg week and knew that Blue Boar Smokehouse, a hotel restaurant in Pimlico that specialises in deep Southern American dishes, is particularly known for its spare ribs. Perfect excuse to head over to a part of time I don’t usually frequent to get my fingers dirty...

  65. Published : Monday, 13th May 2013

    Salt Yard | Salt Yard, Mar 2013

    March 2013 has been dreary, cold and snowy. When the weather is like this (and it often is) you just want to be cosy and snug inside a warm restaurant munching on some delicious dishes and sipping wine. Salt Yard is just what the doctor ordered. The restaurant has been at the forefront of the London tapas revolution and consistently recommended by people in the know...

  66. Published : Monday, 13th May 2013

    Oblix at The Shard | Oblix at the Shard, May 2013

    London’s skyline has been permanently changed with the completion of the Shard along the river Thames’. This week the first of 3 new restaurants in the Shard opened its doors to the public, called the Oblix. Will Oblix permanently change London’s culinary landscape? Based on our visit to the Oblix…the answer to that is...

  67. Published : Monday, 13th May 2013

    Terroirs | Terroirs, May 2013

    What is Terroirs in a nutshell? The first proper French winebar in London and still one of the absolute best restaurants in London. In fact, we’re moderate wine drinkers and that is certainly not the main reason why we’re so attracted to Terroirs. Our attraction to Terroirs is mostly based on their ridiculously tasty dishes....

  68. Visiting the Modern Pantry is like visiting your favourite aunt’s place who loves to feed you with unusual and tasty food combinations. The kind of aunt that loves taking care of you (much to the envy of your own mum) and who always makes you feel right at home by creating some great tasting dishes...

  69. Published : Sunday, 5th May 2013

    Honest Burgers Soho | Honest Burgers Soho, Mar 2013

    While burgers are not as much in vogue as they were last year (nowadays foodies are going mad over French brasseries and bistro’s popping up all across London; think Brasserie Chavot, Balthazar, Bouchon Fourchette, Chabrot Smithfield, etc, etc), burgers still draw in many many crowds. Honest Burgers is one of main restaurants vying for London’s taste buds and they’ve received a lot of positive reviews in doing so...

  70. Published : Sunday, 5th May 2013

    Maison Touareg | London Coffee Festival, Apr 2013

    London Coffee Festival is the London festival for those that love coffee. With a 2 week newborn baby in tow, a case of severe sleep deprivation and a distinct need for ‘anything coffee’ Foodies on the Prowl decided to head towards the coffee walhalla of the London coffee festival...

  71. Published : Sunday, 5th May 2013

    Restaurant Story | Story by Tom Sellers, May 2013

    As the name of the restaurant indicates, restaurant Story tells a story through it’s dishes. The menu offers the choice between 2 tasting courses (6 course tasting menu at £45 per person and 10 course tasting menu at £65 per person). The cuisine is best described as ‘naturalistic British’ (somewhat comparable to...

  72. Published : Sunday, 14th April 2013

    Gelatorino | Gelatorino, Apr 2013

    With the horrible weather we’ve been having lately, you’d start to wonder if we ever will get to enjoy a warm summer day ever again in London. Well if we do ever get that one day a year with some proper dose of vitamin D, then Gelatorino in Covent Garden should be one of your first stops. Their gelatos are some of the best in London (with Gelupo some of my favourite flavours in London)...

  73. Published : Wednesday, 3rd April 2013

    Salt Yard | Little Social, Mar 2013

    Little Social is the brainchild of famed chef Jason Atherton, whose Pollen Street Social has proved a huge success with the London foodsters and Michelin. Little Social (which is located directly opposite Pollen Street Social) offers a completely different dining experience from the haute cuisine at Pollen Street Social. The theme here is rustic French and they pull it off well at Little Social. From the quaint French interior to the rural dishes on the menu everything perfectly fits within this picture of a local French bistro...

  74. Published : Wednesday, 3rd April 2013

    Brasserie Chavot | Brasserie Chavot, Mar 2013

    Like Pierre Koffman, Bruno Loubet and Jason Atherton, Chavot has thus far been known more for his Michelin standard haute cuisine cooking. Like the aforementioned chefs he has now decided to go open a more rustic restaurant...

  75. Hidden under one of the arches you’ll find the Blueberry pancake mecca that is Bea’s of Bloomsbury. We opted for their Wild blueberry pancakes with extra bacon (8/10), Poached eggs with Bearnaise sauce and extra salmon (8/10) and their Brioche French toast with caramel bananas and walnuts (8/10)...

  76. This review of Gail’s bakery will be short and sweet…much like what our experience was like when visiting them after an excellent lunch at Morito. The desserts at Gail’s bakery are excellent and it’s an excellent spot to just hang, drink some coffee and munch on some delish desserts...

  77. We tried Patty & Bun‘s uber-delicious Ari Gold burger last year and declared it the best dish that day a year ago. This year they were promoting their new Ron Jeremy burger...

  78. Published : Monday, 11th March 2013

    The Clove Club | The Clove Club, Mar 2013

    We are massive fans of the Young Turks (a couple of young chefs with some highly coveted experience and credentials). When we learned they were planning to open a new restaurant in Shoreditch, called the Clove Club, we were on it faster than Usain Bolt sprints the 100m...

  79. Given the buzz around anything Arzak, it comes as no surprise that on the day that the reservation lines opened for Ametsa the restaurant received over a 1,000 requests for a table. We were lucky enough to secure a booking and decided to visit Ametsa on their opening day. In fact we were the first guests to be seated and served for dinner on their opening day...

  80. Published : Thursday, 7th March 2013

    Duck & Waffle | Duck & Waffle, Mar 2013

    If James Bond ever were to do casual lunch, I imagine Duck & Waffle is where he’d want to go. Swooshed up to the 40th floor by elevator to the breathtaking panoramic London views in the plush surroundings of Duck & Waffle. The food at Duck & Waffle is as dramatic as its view and Bond would probably be tempted to try out the many uber-delicious dishes...

  81. Published : Tuesday, 5th March 2013

    Pizarro | Restaurant Pizarro, Feb 2013

    The better restaurants are able to deliver a consistently good service over many visits and restaurant Pizarro on Bermondsey street fits that bill. Not once have we tasted a dish that disappointed during any of our many visits even though the menu changes regularly. Couple that with the excellent service under the direction of Herve Durochat and you’ve got a recipe for success...

  82. Foodies across London have been on high alert since Ben Spalding announced his departure from John Salt due to disagreements with its management. While he’s deciding on a location, format, etc for his permanent restaurant Spalding is still doing pop-up stints in the meantime. In this vain Ben Spalding recently announced a new pop-up project. We were fortunate enough to score some tickets to his latest stint at the Workshop Coffee Co. in Clerkenwell...

  83. Unsuspecting boozers would be surprised to learn that on the 1st floor of the Ten Bells pub is a critically acclaimed restaurant, called Upstairs at the Ten Bells, that serves up some stunning food. A pop-up restaurant experiment that became so popular that it’s now a permanent fixture at the back end of Spitalfields market...

  84. Published : Wednesday, 27th February 2013

    Ottolenghi Islington | Ottolenghi Islington, Feb 2013

    Ottolenghi Islington is located on a main culinary road in Islington called Upper street (for instance, it’s more or less opposite of John Salt). The interior is similar to that of NOPI (sleek, white and clean), but Ottolenghi Islington is smaller in size. Another difference with NOPI is that the dessert menu at Ottolenghi Islington is much larger than NOPI’s, because of the patisserie that is situated in front corner of the restaurant (many people come in to order take away desserts). Guests are either seated on the long dining table shared with other guests or on the smaller, more intimate tables alongside the long dining table...

  85. Published : Monday, 25th February 2013

    Moro | Moro, Feb 2013

    Moro is one of those restaurants that seems to have been around forever (opened its doors in 1997) and is loved by so many Londoners. Islington / Clerkenwell is fast becoming a go-to place on the foodie culinary map, but Moro was an Islington based destination-restaurant before the likes of John Salt and Naamyaa Cafe decided to grace the area with their presence...

  86. Published : Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Alyn Williams at The Westbury Hotel | Alyn Williams, Feb 2013

    The restaurant is located in the beautiful Westbury hotel (the hotel recently added Brasserie Chavot to its culinary stable) in the plush surroundings of New Bond Street. The decoration is best described as understated, but sumptuously decadent. It is not quite as over the top as for instance two star Sketch (located a few minutes away) and more comparable to the interior of for instance Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley Hotel...

  87. Published : Wednesday, 20th February 2013

    Copita | Copita, Feb 2013

    Copita opened its doors a few years ago and has generally received good reviews since then. All the more impressive given that London is blessed with many good tapas restaurants and many of the latest dining trends in London originate from tapas restaurants (think eating behind the counter, open kitchen, sharing platters, etc). It is therefore risky for any restaurant to take on this particular culinary niche. Copita dared to take on the challenge and succeeds at it thanks to great cooking, great service and a great atmosphere...

  88. Published : Monday, 18th February 2013

    Green Man & French Horn | Green Man and French Horn, Feb 2013

    The Green Man & French Horn is operated by the same people as those behind some of our favorite London restaurant (e.g., Terroirs and Brawn). Similar to its sister restaurants the Green Man & French Horn focuses on French soul food, in this case from the Loire region. And similar to its sister restaurants, as big an emphasis is put on the wine list as on the food menu. It all makes for a very cosy and heart-warming dining experience...

  89. Published : Saturday, 16th February 2013

    John Salt | John Salt Sunday Roast, Feb 2013

    We originally booked John Salt when it was still under the direction of Ben Spalding. Sadly he and the John Salt organisation parted ways, but the appointment of Neil Rankin (formerly head chef at Pitt Que & Co) blew new life into the project and the initial reviews were promising. So we decided to pay John Salt a visit during a rainy Sunday afternoon...

  90. Published : Thursday, 14th February 2013

    Hawksmoor Guildhall | Hawksmoor Guildhall, Feb 2013

    The thought of Hawksmoor food elicits an almost instinctive and automatic response of elaborate salivation and craving that is fueled by some orgasmic past culinary experiences. By now Hawksmoor‘s steaks are legendary and lately they’ve gained some notoriety for their burgers as well. With the passing of time, ever changing London food fads and stiff competition from the Goodman and Lobster & burger chain, Hawksmoor has expanded it’s menu with burgers and seafood dishes...

  91. Published : Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Yauatcha | Yauatcha, Feb 2013

    We’ve been to Yauatcha on numerous occasions and always left very satisfied customers. We particularly like to go for Sunday lunch when there is a more mellow vibe and there tend to be less flashy uber-hipsters hanging around the bar. However, we’ve not paid Yauatcha a visit since super restaurant-operator Alan Yau parted ways with one of his crown jewels (he’s the Yau in Yauatcha)...

  92. Published : Tuesday, 12th February 2013

    Meatmission | MEATmission, Jan 2013

    “The trend is your fickle friend”…most Foodies are herd-like creatures that are slavishly looking for the next new joint to fulfil their ever changing food cravings, guided by what’s considered trendy cuisine at any particular time. FoodiesontheProwl completely fits this bill of ‘food-zombies’ :) and one of the big trends of London’s food scene of the past 2 years has been that of…you guessed it…glorious, succulent, makes-me-crave-for-even-more burgers. We recently tried out some of MEATmarket’s product offering and it left us wanting to try more creations of the people behind MEATliquor and consortium. Bring on MEATmission!...

  93. Published : Monday, 11th February 2013

    Donostia | Donostia, Jan 2013

    We’d been to Donostia before and the experience left us wanting to try out more of their dishes. We finally had a chance to revisit and yet again it was a noteworthy experience. When we visited Donostia the first time we were impressed how well the owners and staff had settled into their new surroundings only weeks after opening its doors to the public. Donostia has moved on since then and received much critical acclaim from some high profile reviewers and we couldn’t agree more...

  94. Published : Sunday, 10th February 2013

    Bali Bali | Bali Bali, Feb 2013

    Indonesian food registers high on my food craving scales and when I lived in the area, a few years ago, we used to visit Bali Bali often. Many years have passed since we last ate there and we were very curious to know how they’ve faired since our last visit (3 or 4 years ago). Bali Bali is an inconspicuous establishment in the West End and will not be particularly well known among trend-fickle foodies. However, for those who love Indonesian and Malay cuisine, Bali Bali offers an great opportunity to indulge in some proper South East Asian cuisine at a very decent price...

  95. Published : Thursday, 7th February 2013

    Odette's | Odette’s Restaurant and Bar, London, Jan 2013

    We’d read and heard some good things about Odette’s on various occasions and were less familiar with the restaurants scene around Primrose Hill. As a result we decided to try them out when they were offering a special Valentine’s tasting menu. Although the name of the restaurant does give it away, I hadn’t realised that there was a proper bar area connected to Odette’s, located in the basement of the restaurant. And I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by decoration, which was dark and soulful with different corners where guests can snuggle away during the warm winter months with a nice cocktail in hand...

  96. Published : Monday, 4th February 2013

    Bar Tozino | Maltby Street Market, Feb 2013

    There is nothing like it in London. A grotto full of jamon and other Spanish goodies. I predict a lot of success for this new restaurant!...

  97. Published : Saturday, 2nd February 2013

    Bocca di Lupo | Bocca di Lupo, Jan 2013

    We’ve been to Bocca di Lupo more often than we care to count. It has been without doubt one of the best restaurants in London for the past few years. It’s one of those class of restaurants that promoted the concept of sharing plates and open kitchens, when there were hardly any restaurants that offered that type of dining experience. Through the years it has proven a popular concept but few restaurants have been able to match Bocca di Lupo in its execution...

  98. Published : Thursday, 31st January 2013

    Elliot's Café | Elliot’s Cafe, Jan 2013

    New year, new chance to try out the cooking at Elliot’s Cafe. For those looking for a casual dining experience, but not willing to concede on quality of cooking and ingredients Elliot’s Cafe is the place to go. We tend to go to Elliot’s Cafe during weekends, usually on Sunday’s when the restaurant offers a fixed Sunday lunch menu of some of their best dishes (£25 pp). This time was no different...

  99. Published : Monday, 28th January 2013

    Coya | Coya Restaurant, Jan 2013

    Coya is a one of a spade of recent Peruvian restaurants that opened in London recently. Coya is a concept by the same owner of Zuma (see review) and Roka (see review). We’re a big fan of Roka and therefore decided to pay Coya a visit. Coya is located in between Green Park and Hyde Park corner. The first thing that hits you when you enter the imposing building that houses Coya is…the heat (warm air is blown onto entering guests to give them the impression of entering a Peruvian climate). The restaurant consists of a bar area, members area (do they still exist??..they’re .so 90′s) and the restaurant itself, which is quite beautifully decorated with Peruvian artefacts and colours....

  100. Published : Saturday, 26th January 2013

    Zucca | Zucca Bermondsey St, Jan 2013

    Zucca has been one of our favourite restaurants for a long time and we’ve been more often than I can count. We hadn’t been for a while as last year we wanted to try out new restaurants, that we had never been to before. But it’s impossible to stay away from Zucca for too long. Tourists complain about the ‘long’ walk from the tube station to the restaurant. Us Londoners do not bat an eye-lash at the prospect of walking 5-10 mins to get our hands on some good grub and good grub is to be found here at Zucca...

  101. Published : Thursday, 24th January 2013

    Goodman | Goodman City, Jan 2013

    Among London’s steak aficionados Goodman is known as one, if not the, best steakhouse(s) in London. Many friendships and relationships have been sorely tested with one camp pledging alliance to Goodman and the other to Hawksmoor. “Make love not war”, I say and “The more the better”! I fear the jury will be for ever be out on whether Hawksmoor‘s steaks are better than Goodman‘s and it’s not so important. What is important, is that they both do some great steaks...

  102. We had visited Dinner by Heston Blumenthal before during the summer months and enjoyed a cosy meal outside in the back garden area. This occasion was an opportunity to try out the formal dining area inside in the heart of winter. Like the rest of Kensington, the setting of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is over-the-top grand and opulent. In terms of grandiosity it is not quite on par with dining rooms of for instance Apsley’s in London and Martin Berasategui in San Sebastian, but it’s still grand. Personally it’s not my kind of scene (I much prefer the interior of for instance Joel Robuchon or Sketch), but don’t detest it either...

  103. Much has been written about this novel concept already. Burger & Lobster only serve 3 dishes, Lobster, Burger and a Lobster roll all at the same price of £20. Each main dish comes with complimentary fries and salad. The lobsters at Burger & Lobster are flown in from Nova Scotia every couple of days. As a result really fresh tasting lobsters are available at very decent cost (by London standards)...

  104. The area around Bermondsey street is littered with some exceptional restaurants. From the famous Jose, Pizarro and Zucca to the lesser known but equally good 40 Maltby St, Magdalen and Elliot’s. For those looking to enjoy a gastropub experience, most would think The Garrisson in the obvious choice. However, the Leather Exchange is around the corner and offer some proper gastropub grub as well and is certainly worth a try...

  105. In the past we visited L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurants in Paris and London. We’ve found the experience to be equally excellent in both cities and both experiences left us wanting more… L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London is located in the popular West End theatre district of London and the interior is pretty theatrical and dramatic indeed. The ground floor is similar to Paris St. Germain restaurant, where guests are seated around a large open kitchen and can sit at the counter. The 1st floor is a more ‘formal’ dining area and the 2nd floor is a bar and terrace area, which I imagine is nice during the Summer. This visit we decided to check out the 1st floor (more ‘formal’ dining area).

  106. Published : Saturday, 12th January 2013

    Hawksmoor Seven Dials | Hawksmoor Seven Dials, Dec 2012

    Among London steak aficionados Hawksmoor is known as one, if not the, best steakhouse(s) in town. Instead of pandering to my steak craving I decided to indulge in some burgers and hotdogs. The interior of Hawksmoor Seven Dials is that of a dark-wood US steakhouse. I personally like it a lot and the ambiance in the place is very nice as well. Apart from a formal dining area they also have a bar area where I sat this time (I prefer sitting behind the bar as I find it provides for better ambiance)...

  107. Published : Saturday, 12th January 2013

    Tapas Brindisa | Tapas Brindisa at Borough Market, Dec 2012

    Tapas Brindisa at Borough Market is a one of the original Spanish tapas trendsetters in the London dining scene. They were at the birth of the tapas revolution that has since swept London during the past 10 years or so. We’ve been to Tapas Brindisa at Borough Market multiple times and each time left satisfied customers. The location, at the bottom end of Borough Market, is perfect and the interior is homely and quaint. Tapas Brindisa at Borough Market doesn’t do reservations and on most occasions that means that you’ll have to wait before getting seated. However, if you go early or on a Sunday afternoon, you’ll likely be seated straight away...

  108. Published : Thursday, 10th January 2013

    Chabrot Bistrot d'Amis | Chabrot Bistrot D’Amis, Dec 2012

    We had visited Chabrot Bistrot d’Amis once before and enjoyed the experience, but didn’t get to try too many of their dishes. This time we were keen to try out some more and see how it lined-up with our taste buds. Chabrot Bistrot d’Amis is located around the Knightsbridge area and is a perfect place to go for lunch before doing some last minute Christmas shopping at Harrods, etc. The interior is very cosy, ‘wintery-warm’ and makes you feel right at home...

  109. A friend and I decided go to Wright Bros at Borough Market for a recent lunch, because we both felt like having some fish dishes and Wright Bros specialises in exactly that. It had been a while since I’d been to Wright Bros and although I do remember that I was satisfied after every visit, I’d forgotten just how much I like their dishes. This visit brought my lousy memory back to the forefront...

  110. Published : Sunday, 6th January 2013

    Gelupo | Gelupo, Dec 2012

    We’ve been to Gelupo many times and we’ve always left very satisfied customers. In our opinion Gelupo has the best ice creams on offer in London and the other desserts on display are certainly worth trying as well. This time we decided to do some Christmas dessert shopping at Gelupo. To be fair we could have ordered the produce from their internet website as well (Gelupo offer many of their products via their internet website), but visiting the gelateria in person allows you try out the many flavours they have on offer (and they change quite often)...

  111. Published : Monday, 31st December 2012

    Viajante (closed) | Viajante London, Dec 2012

    We’ve been massive fans of Nuno Mendes’ Viajante for a few years now and each time we go we’re blown away by his cooking. And this time was no different. We recently chose Viajante as the best restaurant experience of 2012 and rightfully so. The cooking at Viajante is highly innovative, skilled and tasteful. Having eaten at many top restaurants in the world we would rank Viajante up there with the best of them...

  112. Published : Friday, 28th December 2012

    Champor Champor | Champor Champor, Dec 2012

    We’d been to Champor Champor many times, but earlier this year the restaurant changed management & chef and we had not been since this change. The interior at Champor Champor hasn’t changed much since new management took over. It is still very special…once you step into the restaurant it is as if you’re transported to a different world. Quite extraordinary...

  113. Published : Saturday, 22nd December 2012

    Hedone | Hedone, Dec 2012

    The story behind Hedone is well known by now. Michael Jonsson, a food blogger who advised several chefs about where to source top produce from, decided to put his money where his mouth is and start up his own restaurant. And he’s done so with great success...

  114. Published : Tuesday, 18th December 2012

    Ondine | Ondine, Dec 2012

    I’ve stayed in the Missoni hotel a couple of times, but never got around to trying out the food at their Seafood restaurant, Ondine. Today I decided to give them a go. Although part of the Missoni, Ondine is found next door to the hotel, which is located near the picturesque Grassmarket and the old Castle. Ondine consists of a bar area and a main restaurant. As I was dining on my own, I decided to sit by the bar...

  115. Published : Tuesday, 18th December 2012

    Mishkin's | Mishkin’s, Dec 2012

    Mishkin’s is yet another of Russell Norman’s culinary ventures. After a recent trip to Israel we were keen to see how Mishkin’s compared to some of the dining experiences we’ve had there. The dishes at Mishkin’s are focussed around old traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dishes (mainly Polish & Russian). The interior is that of a very relaxed 50′s / 60′s type jukebox bar / restaurant (…it’s as if you’re in a ‘Happydays’ episode and Arthur Fonzarelli might pop-around the corner at any moment)...

  116. Published : Sunday, 16th December 2012

    Brawn | Brawn (revisit), Dec 2012

    I consider Brawn to be one of the most underrated restaurants in London (same goes for their sister restaurant Terroirs). Each time I’ve been I couldn’t help but overeat…the dishes are that good and this time was no exception. In my opinion, Brawn is the perfect restaurant for a chilled Saturday or Sunday lunch. I love the fact that the big windows let so much light in and the view of the picturesque shops of the neighbouring Commercial road makes for a lovely backdrop to the dining experience...

  117. Published : Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Koffmann's at The Berkeley | Koffman’s, Dec 2012

    After having visited Koffman’s before last year (see post) and feeling very satisfied with the meal, I was keen to try it again this winter. The food at Koffman’s is best described as ‘deluxe food porn’ or ‘posh comfort food’ . The flavours are so soulful, the cooking so skillful and the setting so posh, that it just leaves the visitor with that moorish feeling...

  118. Published : Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Dabbous | Dabbous, Dec 2012

    There was an awful lot of buzz around the opening of Dabbous earlier this year and the restaurant managed to get a Michelin star within its first year. Getting a reservation for Dabbous is akin to scoring a ticket to the world cup final; the restaurant is booked out for months in advance. When a restaurant garners so much publicity it usually is a let down and we were keen to see if in the case of Dabbous, the hype was justified...

  119. Published : Friday, 7th December 2012

    MASH London | MASH Brewer st, Dec 2012

    Last year was the year of the steakhouses. Hawksmoor and Goodman’s took London by storm and since then the likes of Cut45 tried to get in on the action. The Danish steakhouse branch, MASH, the time is right to bring their franchise to London. On recommendation of a friend, I decided to give them a try...

  120. Published : Thursday, 6th December 2012

    Castle Terrace | Castle Terrace, Dec 2012

    Castle Terrace won it’s first Michelin star this year and after having read many good reviews about it, I was keen to try it out during one of my trips to Edinburgh. The dining scene in Edinburgh is of high quality and a few restaurants stand out as being of extremely high quality (e.g., The Kitchin). One of the restaurants that many critics rave about is Castle Terrace. The head chef, Dominic Jack, trained in some of France’s most prestigious kitchens, such as Taillevent and L’Arpege...

  121. Published : Sunday, 2nd December 2012

    Polpo Covent Garden | Polpo Covent Garden, Dec 2012

    London is littered with Italian tapas restaurants and some are exceptionally good (e.g., Zucca and Bocca di Lupo). One of the more popular chains of Italian tapas restaurants is the Polpo range. We decided to try out Polpo Covent Garden...

  122. Published : Saturday, 1st December 2012

    Patty & Bun James Street | Patty and Bun, Dec 2012

    London is experiencing a burger revolution at the moment. However, one of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted (‘Ari Gold’ Burger) was by the hands of a team that only seemed to do pop-up restaurants. When I learned that Patty & Bun were finally opening a restaurant, I couldn’t wait to try out some more of their burgers...

  123. Published : Friday, 30th November 2012

    Quo Vadis | Quo Vadis, Nov 2012

    Quo Vadis is one of the eating establishments owned by Sam and Eddie Hart, who also own Barrafina and Fino. They clearly have and eye for good chefs and know how to run a restaurant. Quo Vadis is no exception in that sense. The service is exemplary, the decoration nice and the food of high standard. The cuisine at Quo Vadis is however different from Fino and Barrafina in that the latter two restaurants focus on Spanish cuisine whereas Quo Vadis is centred around modern British cuisine...

  124. Published : Sunday, 25th November 2012

    Ibérica Marylebone | Iberica Marylebone

    Iberica recently opened a second restaurant in Canary Wharf, but we decided to visit the original restaurant in Marylebone. The interior is best described as grand, open and cosy. A great place to spend a relaxing Sunday lunch. There are quite a few extremely good Spanish tapas restaurants in London (e.g., Barrafina, Pizarro, Dehesa, Opera Tavern and Donostia) and Iberica definitely belongs to be in this list. The cooking is original, of very high level and has it’s own distinctive twist...

  125. Published : Wednesday, 31st October 2012

    Bodean's Tower Hill | Bodean’s (Tower Bridge branch), Oct 2012

    I visited Bodean’s Tower Bridge branche on a Sunday night. The restaurant consists of a bar area upstairs and a larger downstairs restaurant. The place it littered with big screens tv’s airing primairily Barclays premiership and American Football matches. When I was there the clientele consisted mostly of American expats who came to watch the NY Giants game while munching on a some slow-cooked BBQ...

  126. Published : Wednesday, 24th October 2012

    Meatmarket | MEATmarket, Oct 2012

    London is going through a ‘Burger revolution’ at the moment and MEATmarket is one of the more prominent burger joints to have opened up recently. MEATmarket: an 80′s burger joint MEATmarket: an 80′s burger joint The dining scene in London is constantly evolving and one of the main trends at the moment is centred around burgers, hotdogs, buns, etc. Think Bubbledogs, Dirty Burger, MEATliquor, Elliot’s cafe, Yum Buns, Tommi’s Burger Joint, etc. MEATmarket is brought to you by the same people behind MEATliquor and the MEATwagon...

  127. Published : Sunday, 21st October 2012

    Mele e Pere | Mele e Pere, Oct 2012

    Mele e Pere opened its doors this year in an area that is blessed with many good dining establishments. We were curious how it would stack up against the many choices available to those who happen to be looking for a bite to eat in the West End. Mele e Pere is located in the heart of Soho, an area that is littered with excellent restaurants. Think Barrafina, Bocca di Lupo, 10 Greek Street, Dehesa and Pitt Que & co. Therefore, any restaurant that opens in the area faces extremely stiff competition and needs to offer great food and good service in order to stand a chance.

  128. Published : Friday, 12th October 2012

    Brasserie Zédel | Brasserie Zedel, Oct 2012

    The new Michelin guide came out last week and Brasserie Zedel, who opened their doors only a few months ago, were one of the winners of a new Bib Gourmand accreditation (I.e., very good price / quality). We decided to try it out. The creative team behind Brasserie Zedel also created The Wolseley and The Delaunay. While the Wolseley focusses on English cuisine and The Delaunay Central European cuisine, Brasserie Zedel is a strictly French affair...

  129. Published : Sunday, 7th October 2012

    St John Hotel | St. John Hotel Restaurant, Oct 2012

    In the past week St. John Hotel was one of the few restaurants that were awarded a Michelin star. We’d already been to St. John Smithfield (which also has a Michelin star) and St. John Bread & Wine and we were keen to try out the latest of the St. John dining establishments...

  130. Published : Saturday, 6th October 2012

    The Jugged Hare | The Jugged Hare, Oct 2012

    The Jugged Hare is a gastropub restaurant a stone-throw away from the Barbican centre. I’d heard some good things about it, so we decided to try it out.The owners also own Chiswell Street Diningroom, which is situated a few hundred yards on the same road. The Jugged Hare is a gastropub that specialises in game dishes. In that sense it’s similar to The Harwood Arms (the Michelin starred restaurant in Fulham)...

  131. Published : Sunday, 30th September 2012

    Duck & Waffle | Duck and Waffle, Sept 2012

    On the surface Duck and Waffle poses as an up-scale posh casual dining restaurant, but from the first bite it’s clear that Duck and Waffle is in fact something entirely different: “Unadulterated Food Porn“...

  132. Published : Sunday, 30th September 2012

    Sushi Tetsu | Sushi Tetsu, Sept 2012

    Every so often (not often at all) you encounter a place that makes you fall in love with food and the dining experience all over again…a ‘food crush’ if you will. Sushi Tetsu is one of those rare places. It is almost as if time and space seize to exist when you enter into this small quaint Japanese restaurant and all that is left is you, the chef, the maitre de maison and above all the food...

  133. Published : Friday, 28th September 2012

    The Table | The Table Cafe, Sept 2012

    I’ve been meaning to give the Table Cafe a try for quite a while now. However, the final push came after I learned that one of the former chef’s of Zucca recently moved there to head-up the kitchen…so the Foodies decided to go prowling in their Southward backyard...

  134. Published : Sunday, 23rd September 2012

    Bocca di Lupo | Bocca di Lupo, Sept 2012

    Bocca di Lupo is a trendsetter within the London restaurant scene. It’s one of the first restaurants to feature an open kitchen (Barrafina was even earlier) and one of the first to start Italian tapas (since then the likes of Polppo, Zucca and Antico followed). As a result, Bocca di Lupo is slowly becoming an institution in the London (West End) dining scene...

  135. Published : Saturday, 22nd September 2012

    Elliot's Café | Elliot’s cafe (Borough market), Sept 2012

    We’ve been to Elliot’s cafe on several occasions and never has it disappointed. It was time again to see how they faired after not having visited them for a few months. As always it turned out to be excellent!...

  136. Published : Saturday, 22nd September 2012

    Zucca | Zucca, Sept 2012

    Zucca has been one of my favourite restaurants in London for a while now. The balance between price / quality of cooking is brilliant and the quality of ingredients is superb. Recently, one of their main chefs left to head up the kitchen at the Table and so I was keen to try Zucca again to see how they got on. And I’m happy to report that Zucca is as good as ever...

  137. Published : Saturday, 15th September 2012

    Lima | Lima, Sept 2012

    There’s been a lot of hype around Peruvian restaurants opening in London recently. At the epicentre of it all is Lima restaurant. We decided to give it a try and quite frankly, we were blown away! Quite honestly we didn’t know what to expect from Lima. We knew that the head chef, Virgilio Martinez, hailed from good stock. Previously he worked at a top 50 San Pellegrino restaurant in Peru, called Astrid y Gaston, but we’d never been. However, based on the dishes we sampled at Lima, I can’t conclude other than: extremely good chef!...

  138. Published : Friday, 14th September 2012

    40 Maltby Street | 40 Maltby Street, Sept 2012

    40 Maltby street is a nice little place tucked away under the arches behind Tower Bridge road (not far from Bermondsey str). It forms part of Maltby street market, which is an offspring of Borough market. Essentially, disgruntled market vendors became fed up with the cost of operating at Borough market and started a new food market, Maltby street food market...

  139. The new version of Upstairs at the 10 Bells opened it’s doors recently to the public and after a fantastic dinner by the Young Turks at the 10 Bells earlier in the year, we were very keen to try out the new Upstairs at the 10 Bells. Earlier in the year we visited the 10 Bells pub, where the Young Turks had taken temporary residence. The project received great critical acclaim from food critics and food bloggers...

  140. Published : Sunday, 9th September 2012

    Roganic | Roganic, Sept 2012

    We had been meaning to pay Roganic a visit for a long time. For whatever reason we never got around to doing so until now and we’re glad we did. Ever since we made the trip up north to L’Enclume in Cumbria we’ve been fans of Simon Rogan’s cooking. When we heard he’d opened a pop-up restaurant in London we were keen to go...

  141. Published : Saturday, 8th September 2012

    Barrafina | Barrafina, Sept 2012

    Sunny Saturday afternoon, what better time for Spanish tapas at Barrafina. We’ve been there many many times, but not in the last 2 years or so. So it was a perfect occasion to retry Barrafina. A few years ago Barrafina was one of the very few modern tapas places in London. It received great reviews across the board and since then many other good modern Spanish tapas restaurants have popped in London (think Pizarro, Donostia and Opera Tavern). In fact the head chef of Barrafina moved to Donostia and is creating some tasty dishes over there...

  142. Published : Friday, 7th September 2012

    First Coast | First Coast, Sept 2012

    First Coast offers a fairly limited menu and a few daily specials for each course (including 1 or 2 vegetarian options). However, what’s on offer all sounds appetising and many of the dishes have a twist. For instance, my sticky pork belly salad starter (7/10) offered a nice combination of texture and flavours (traditional savoury pork belly with sweet Asian salad dressing). However, I wish the salad would be a bit bigger. Also the pork belly was slightly overcooked and as a result the meat was not as juicy as I would have liked it to be. The pork crackling skin on the meat and crunchy fried onion did however provide a nice texture to the dish...

  143. Published : Saturday, 25th August 2012

    Village East | Village East, Aug 2012

    Village East is a sure bet when you want a good cocktail and good food south of the river in London. We’ve been many many times and never has Village East disappointed...

  144. Published : Thursday, 23rd August 2012

    Laughing Gravy | Laughing Gravy, May 2012

    The food at Whits would have been considered really good food in the 90′s or naughties, but the culinary scene in London has moved on and reached higher heights while Whits restaurant hasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, the dishes are perfectly decent and some are downright tasty, but you won’t find any dishes here that will blow your mind and you’ll have tasted it all before somewhere else. Currently the restaurant is ranked 10 on tripadvisor…I know the culinary scene in London very well and I wouldn’t even put it in the top 100 (top 300 maybe)!...

  145. Published : Thursday, 23rd August 2012

    Whits | Whits, May 2012

    The food at Whits would have been considered really good food in the 90′s or naughties, but the culinary scene in London has moved on and reached higher heights while Whits restaurant hasn’t...

  146. Published : Thursday, 23rd August 2012

    Constancia | Constancia Argentine grill, Jul 2012

    We’re back at Constancia Argentine grill for the gazillionth visit. Just can’t stay away. Don’t quite know what it is, but this place gives me serious meat cravings. I never can seem to stay away for too long or the cravings come over me again...

  147. When we were at the Cadogan the dishes were designed by the winner of Masterchef and a food critic of one of the larger news papers. Overall, the dishes at Cadogan worked and were well priced. The highlights for us were the Pollack Baked in Salt Doug (9/10) and the chocolate dessert (8/10). Although the Cured Mackerel (6/10) starter was very fresh and summery, it didn’t pack enough of a punch for my taste buds to go alight...

  148. Published : Thursday, 23rd August 2012

    Wild Honey | Wild Honey, Jun 2011

    As with their sister restaurants, the food at Wild Honey restaurant is excellent and service good. During our weekend lunch we had the mackerel and cold soup as starters. Particularly the mackerel salad at Wild Honey was nice and refreshing...