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23 August 2014

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  1. Published : Thursday, 14th August 2014

    Patara Soho | Thai Lovers Dream – Patara Soho

    The doors opened to a royal kingdom, a line of waiters and waitresses dressed in uniformed colours of maroon red draped with a gold sash. Bowed their heads to say hello, the scent of lemongrass soaring through the air. Dim lighted candles flickered on the wall; a beautiful mini structure bang right in the middle captivates your eyes. Was I transported to Thailand? Pinch me. Stepping inside Patara soho branch for a special event with Iron Chef Chumpol Jangprai was in for a treat. He came to London for Taste of London, running demonstrations at the Taste of Thailand branch...

  2. I headed to Searcy’s Champagne Bar One Change for the bargain £10 champagne lunch deal. Searcy’s Champagne is a glamorous sight, located on the first floor of One Change shopping centre in the prime location of St Pauls. Greeted with a stylish and sophisticated interior and atmosphere. Getting comfortable in the seats my friend and I got the champagne lunch deal, an open sandwich with a glass of bubbly. My open sandwich was filled to the rim with freshly sourced green rocket leaves, finest tomatoes, layered with tender soft chicken pieces on a bed of mayonnaise soft flat bread. Accompanied with a bowl of crisp, along with bubbling fizzy house champagne...

  3. Published : Saturday, 26th July 2014

    Gaylord Restaurant | Hearty feast – Gaylord Restaurant

    Gaylord restaurant offering Northern Indian food is nicely situated in West London, easy to find. Starting off with some drinks, the upcoming moorish dishes. Test tube looking glasses of lime green water topped with puff; made us all ask how do we eat this? Well, it was called a Goi gappa shot after all, and I finished off with the usual “aaah” drinking sounds. A rack of cute adorable mini shei puri cones, filled with joyful mix of crunchy goods...

  4. Imagine going to a restaurant where you can only order one thing and it was a fixed set menu, would you walk back out or be curious why it can be? That’s what you exactly get at Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte. With such a simple dish, Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte concentrates on delivering quality products. Hailing from Porte-Maillot Paris, the aim is to please with their simple menu. My friend’s dad was a chef at the Paris branch. I was mesmerized by the cabinet display of irresistible plate licking good desserts, as soon as I waltz in. What does Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte Offer? Well you a serving of green salad, and steak frites for a steal of £23...

  5. Published : Monday, 30th June 2014

    Lamberts | Fabulous British Food – Lamberts Balham

    I only come to hear of Lamberts restaurant when I google Sunday roast, raved for it’s roast beef. There have been times when I tried to go on Sunday and found it was fully booked. My friend was contracted to work in the area last November and I suggested Lamberts for dinner. Lambert is along Balham High road and offers an intimate, friendly service with an ever-changing seasonal very British menu. Starters cost around from £7, mains range from £15-19, and desserts £6 onwards...

  6. e Korean wave has swept the UK, with help of PSY and kpop music the Korean culture is increasingly popular. Bibigo offers contemporary Hansik style food, backed by Kim Young Hwan previously working in Zuma and Roka and founder Hee Young Noh from Masterchef Korea. photo 31 300x224 Contemporary Korean flavours Bibigo Bar & Dining photo 2 300x224 Contemporary Korean flavours Bibigo Bar & Dining photo 1 300x224 Contemporary Korean flavours Bibigo Bar & Dining Located behind Oxford Street along Great Marylebone Street, Bibigo gives a casual dining vibe, with a view of the open kitchen. There was a special offer when I went to dine at Bibigo a 3-course meal for under £15...

  7. Pacata is a fusion pan Asian restaurant owned by beer giants Singha beer, mixing traditional Asian and Western flavours together to create an inspiring creative menu. I was so glad to come to Pacata by accident, located in the heart of Covent Garden, along New Row, the menu is designed by Michelin starred Yasuji Morizumi. My friend and I began our meal with a section of bar snacks, £4 each or 3 for £10. The server urge us to try the popcorn chicken, and my oh my it did not disappoint. Of course we had to order a few cocktails to go with our meal, some were even had Singha beer mixed into them...

  8. Just when I thought I found the best pizza in London, Pizza Pilgrim outdid my current favourite Franco Manca. My friend wanted his leaving meal to be Pizza, and out of all the places he wanted to go Pizza Hut. There was no way I was taking him there. Since the location of our meetup was in Central London I suggested we head to Pizza Pilgrim in Soho. Pizza Pilgrim has been passed on to me for a while with many glowing reviews started out as a street food van they eventually found permanent residence at Dean Street. Green and white is the theme for interior and branding, as soon as you walk in you see the take-away counter where the cooks prepare the pizzas. Hidden beneath the wooden staircase lies a pizzeria...

  9. I have been truly spoiled for this years birthday celebrations, the finale was with my closest friends at Min Jiang. Boasting views from the 10th floor overlooking Kensington gardens. The lofty restaurant aims to please, booking a table of 8 we waited patiently by the bar. The signature legendary Beijing duck was a must for me, constantly taunted by my foodie friends. The duck needs to be ordered 45 minutes in advanced. For starters we had a selection of dim sum, xiao long bao, and cheung fun...

  10. The time had finally come, the long awaited feast at Goodmans. From the people who brought you burger and lobster, eating a Goodman’s steak was on the hit list. O boy did they rob me dry, but it was every single penny. To be brutally honest, steaks never appealed to me, when I’m out for dinner I steer away from them. However Goodman’s is often raved by foodies and was the place for a good piece of meat. There were far too many choices, the special black board and menu of Nebraska Angus beef. The waiter did a good job to explain the cuts and how the meat is dry aged on site. She came out with a tray of meat cuts; it had great marbling with raw red pink flesh...

  11. Published : Wednesday, 21st May 2014

    The Portman | The unexpected gastropub – The Portman

    Marylebone Portman Village is a lovely little quarter with a few shops, restaurants around. So it’s a relief to have The Portman, an unexpected pub, don’t be fooled by the exterior. Even though it looks like your standard gastro pub, hidden on the first floor is an elegant dining restaurant. Service was prompt; as soon as we were seated drink orders were taken. The servers kindly told us about a few dishes were running low or there was none left...

  12. If I utter the word Ladurée, people should know whom I’m talking about. If you don’t, then it’s a true sin. The Parisian tea room is renowned for their macaroons and delightful pastries. My friend “W” came from all the way from Holland to visit me, and she requested we get a table at the Harrods branch. Ladurée at Harrods, is truly an elegant breath-taking chic looking place, with it’s beautifully surroundings it gets you right in the mood for lunch, tea whatever your having...

  13. Published : Saturday, 26th April 2014

    The Chancery | Elegant dining – The Chancery

    The Chancery is one of those places with glowing reviews, highly praised for good value fine dining. What luck I had when I saw it appear on “tastecard” offers and decided to book for my birthday last year. Hidden behind the backstreets of Chancery Lane Main Street. The restaurant has simple white wash walls to flood natural daylight. Dining tables draped with pure white cloths. There was a 3-course meal on offer for £39.50, however when we got there the menu had change. The manager kindly told us we could have something similar...

  14. Published : Wednesday, 23rd April 2014

    Kimchee | The beautiful – Kimchee Holborn

    When Kimchee opened its doors it quickly became popular and word of mouth spread rapidly. When my friend and I finally stepped into its doors. There was a long queue forming inside, the Holborn branch. There was a 50% off promotion going on and we waited half an hour. Whilst we waited I took the time to admire the stunning décor and interior. The open kitchen is very large and sharing table reminded of Busaba eathai dining space...

  15. On my birthday last year after eating out a place in Camden Town. My friend and I decided to head to central London for desserts. We decided to go to Jamie Oliver’s pop up diner that’s taken over Adam Ribs in Piccadilly Circus. Decked out to look like an American diner, with an army dinosaurs that can be found all over the site. At the time we were told the pop up would be around for a year, looking at reviews I can see it’s now extended for 3...

  16. Published : Monday, 21st April 2014

    Miss Chu | She came from down under – MissChu

    The faded almost photocopied looking face with the logo “MissChu”. All looked familiar to me. People in my foodie circle tweeted photos of the bikes and my family down under gave me exposure to MissChu. MissChu tuckshop only has one location in London, in Algate East. She has 7 outlets in Australia. The sign with dumplings lured me in, the store stood out like a sore thumb along Whitechapel...

  17. Chiswick is not a place I usually frequent. An exclusive dinner invite transported me to the heart of Chiswick high street right next door to Franco Manco pizzeria. Do not get confused by the two, they are completely different establishments. La Mancha instantly brings a homely feel. Greeted by the friendly staff, the restaurant is family run and they will welcome you with open arms. We had a great selection of good-sized tapas to share, starting with olives. One of the biggest types I’ve seen, almost the size of quail eggs in a rich dark grass green...