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Living and eating my way through London in my 30's


  1. Published : Tuesday, 5th August 2014

    The Fat Duck | The Fat Duck

    The Fat Duck, celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s 3-Michelin starred restaurant is one of the most exciting restaurants in the world. Frequently topping the ‘World’s best restaurant list’ you can understand my excitement when after 2 hours of re-dialling, I got through to make a reservation. The occasion? Our first wedding anniversary, on this day back in 2011. Marrying in August is all well and good when you are hoping for good weather, but less economical when you’re attempting to plan a break away. So we decide to just go mad, rather like Heston and shoot for the culinary stars...

  2. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is one of those stable features on the fine dining scene and how lucky we were when the brother & sister-in-law gave Husband an incredibly generous voucher for lunch at this 3 Michelin star favourite! I had to be extra nice to the husband to merit being his Plus 1, let me tell you! The restaurant is perplexingly shut on the weekends but open on a Bank Holiday Monday, so a reservation duly secured. The lovely sister-in-law raved about it and so we went in with high expectations...

  3. Published : Thursday, 3rd July 2014

    Marani | Georgian cuisine at Marani

    Marani is a lot like my grandmother. No, she’s not Georgian, or even a big fan of Georgian cuisine, in fact she probably couldn’t even tell you where Georgia is, and unlike me, she isn’t likely to whip out her phone for a quick Google. Former USSR, next to Turkey in case you’re wondering. But like Marani, my grandmother shows love through food and pays scant regard to how much cheesy garlicky goodness goes into things, as long as they’re tasty and nourishing, she’s happy. So too it seems with Georgian food...

  4. Published : Sunday, 29th June 2014

    Berners Tavern at Edition Hotel | Berners Tavern

    Berner’s tavern is all about the room. It’s the first impression and really the only impression that counts. High vaulted ceilings and a room absolutely covered with gilt-framed paintings, photographs, mirrors, all twinkling under the light of the chandeliers, this is a place to see and a place to be seen. The effect is glamorous, decadent, lavish and buzzy. I’m positively fizzing with glee. And they have round tables so once you’ve stopped looking around with an air of childlike wonder, you’re actually able to talk to each other. So far, pretty good...

  5. Published : Sunday, 15th June 2014

    Yauatcha | Yauatcha

    A Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant seems a bit off-kilter to me, not because I doubt the quality of the food but because I associate Michelin stars with poncy French restaurants, waiters with indecipherable accents all with a background of pindrop silence. But that’s where Yauatcha comes in – it’s retained it’s 1 Michelin star status for 8 years, a worthy achievement in London’s ever changing restaurant scene!...

  6. Published : Wednesday, 4th June 2014

    The Big Red Pizza & Bar | Big red pizza

    Aside from the obvious plus points at pulling over at the sight of a big red bus, buzzing with hive and activity, to find that it serves up fresh nosh in the form of pizzas, cocktails and more is a great find on the streets of Deptford. I’ve driven past this place many times and one day, hungry and morosely considering what the fridge might contain, we jumped out and headed in to the bus. A children’s party was in full swing so we couldn’t sit in the bus, but I actually preferred that as it made for better photo taking opportunities. The service as relaxed & friendly, the food reasonably priced and simply good. My Caesar salad was not exactly healthy but the fabulous dressing was zingy & anchovy-licious. Husband’s Fiorentina was exactly what the doctor ordered (in his words) and that and some garlicky doughballs later, we were happy campers...

  7. An array of drinks greets us at the door and we congregate in the bar area for a few minutes before everyone is ushered through to the main restaurant. We can all barely squeeze into the long table set up for us at one end (If you’re stuck in the middle, there’s no escaping!) and I think this is a restaurant more suited to intimate tete a tete’s, gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes, or perhaps in more smaller groups tucked under one of the arches, but we’re all settled in and with our own special event menus to gaze upon. I am feeling pretty happy – Seafood, LOVE it, Pork, YUM. So far, I’m happy...

  8. Published : Sunday, 18th May 2014

    Roti Chai Street Kitchen | Roti chai

    My all-time favourite food, Pani Puri (Or Golgappa) is rather unflatteringly referred to as ‘cold mint water in a dough shell’ by a close friend. It is technically correct, but the hit of spiced water (pani just means water) with the creaminess of mashed potato, a bit of sour tamarind chutney and the mildness of chickpeas, all stuffed into a crispy shell gets my mouth watering every time. I’m almost tempted to stop writing this now and go on a hunt! Visits to family in India were always celebrated with the wider family sitting down to a Pani-puri binge and competitions were had to see who could put away the most (That was me, but that shouldn’t shock you, you’re well aware of my gluttonous ways). Unfortunately, trips to the local street vendors were strictly off limits, what with Delhi-belly and I being on rather intimate terms. Strict rules were put in place to counter this, but since it didn’t make much difference anyway, I should have just rebelled and scoffed away...

  9. Published : Saturday, 10th May 2014

    Boisdale of Belgravia | Boisdale of Belgravia

    The boys kick things off with a mini haggis for starters, complete with mash and neeps, which even has the option of a noggin of whisky as a chaser, which it seems is an absolute no-brainer of an option. Even Husband, who i suspect doesn’t really know what is in Haggis (let’s not tell him that now) fell just one step short of licking his plate clean, but that may have been the influence of the whisky. I opt for the potted smoked mackerel with horseradish and toast. This isn’t nearly as pungent and fishy as I’d like, it’s tasty but far too mellow to be doing justice to the strong tastes of mackerel and horseradish in one pairing...

  10. Published : Sunday, 27th April 2014

    Bocca di Lupo | Bocca di Lupo

    Small plates, small plates everywhere. Yes sure, they’re great when you want to dip a fork into someone else’s plate to sample something, but not so fantastic when with colleagues or mere acquaintances and a ‘bite’ means you’ve wiped out half the plate. So when you head somewhere like an Italian trattoria focussing on small plates, you can’t help but be dubious about how this sharing eating etiquette will work out. Bocca di Lupo is a bit more sensible, the menu has small & large versions of everything so you can share in a far more civilised fashion, should the notion take you. And even better for sharing, round tables, may seem like only a minor detail, but round tables were made for sharing and for groups of people to take in a meal together...

  11. Published : Monday, 21st April 2014

    Boopshi's | Boopshi’s

    Long before I had any idea what a schnitzel actually was (We didn’t get many of these in rural Malaysia where I grew up) I had certainly heard of one. And the origin of my schnitzel knowledge should be fairly clear, my favourite childhood movie, nay my favourite movie for always is Sound of Music, watched at least once a week as a kid and even now, I know every word, every song, every expression and every yodel. So when an Austrian colleague suggested we try out Boopshi’s, the new Austrian kid on the block, I thought this was my time, long overdue, to try some schnitzel with noodles. Unfortunately, noodles don’t feature on the menu and apparently that’s not really an Austrian thing (That’s false advertising, Sound of Music people) so we get stuck in...

  12. Published : Sunday, 13th April 2014

    Roka | Roka Canary Wharf

    There are three menu options, priced at 42, 52 and 66 and the difference really lies in the mains. You start off with a welcome Bellini and there are unlimited Bloody Mary’s and wines during the meal which includes a buffet of hot & cold appetizers, standard to everyone followed by a main of your choice. The table is yours for 2 hours but it’s subtly done, they don’t remind you of it before you even sit down and when there’s unlimited booze, well you can kinda see their point. Buffet options include a range of soups, noodles, sushi options of all shapes & sizes, edamame, hot chicken & pork bits and my absolute favourite of all, Salmon & Tuna tataki. The hot food didn’t really wow me, I felt it was too battery and not hot enough so I unfortunately wasted a bit of space on that, but the salads, sushi and sashimi were fresh and light and perfect entree material. And well, I got through platefuls of the Tataki, which was light and zingy and fresh and coupled with the wonderful wine and spicy Bloody Mary’s, this alone would have left two very satisfied customers...

  13. Published : Sunday, 6th April 2014

    Tapas Brindisa | Tapas at Brindisa, London Bridge

    Despite it being mid-week, the place is buzzing and I’m here a little early so like a nigel no mates, I sip on my cava at the bar pretending to be cool. Another massive bugbear is a restaurant telling you that you only have a certain amount of time to eat before your derriere has even made contact with the chair, but I’m trying to limit the volume of whinging per post so let’s talk about the food. We order up a bunch of stuff – Jamon platter, Padron peppers, Gambas al ajillo, spinach and Lamb chops. Excuse the bad photos – the lighting is set to camera-hating...

  14. Published : Sunday, 9th March 2014

    Five Guys | Five Guys Burgers & Fries.. Covent Garden

    Five guys prides itself as not using frozen food, and this is clear by the use of their shop floor as storage space – crates of peanut oil, posters advising that today’s potatoes are from Holland and the propaganda police out in full force with numerous quotes marvelling at the burgers dotted everywhere. The menu is really straightforward – you pick the burger you want and you can mix and match any of the toppings you want, without charge and subject to endless customisation...

  15. Published : Sunday, 2nd March 2014

    The Dairy Bar & Bistro | The Dairy, Clapham

    The interior is unassuming,I’m not really one to give you specifics here sorry, I focus on 3 things – is it warm, is it comfortable and can you hear yourself think (Tick, tick and tick). It’s also dimly lit, so the photos are even worse than my usually poor standard of photography, apologies. You’ll have to take my word for it when I say that the food looks far better than it does below. On the Northern line down to Clapham, Jennie & I spent a long time debating whether to plump for the tasting menu (greedy option) or to go a la carte (far more sensible non greedy option). But one thing we were completely in agreement on was the kicking off with cocktails! We both opted for the chef’s selection – Fennel & Cucumber Gin cocktail. This is accompanied by amuse bouche’s of winter vegetable crisps and bread...

  16. Often, it’s the cheap ‘n’ cheerful eats that serve up the best foods – the hawkers stalls of Singapore, the beach huts of Goa, pizzas by the slice in New York City. And it’s no different here, in a little corner of the Docklands, no more than 5 minutes from swanky Canary Wharf by the little DLR station of Cross Harbour. I had no idea this world existed, the Canary Wharf area seeming one homogenised land of shiny skyscrapers and black-clad businessmen and women striding about, noses stuck in the FT. But this little piece of harbourside, so near and yet so totally different is a charming neighbourhood of calm and relaxation. And here lies the Lotus Floating Chinese restaurant, floating as the name suggests, in the Millwall dock...

  17. Published : Monday, 10th February 2014

    Blue Boar | Blue Boar Smokehouse

    Westminster appears to be a bit of a food wasteland, sure we have the frankly excellent Cinnamon Club, but that can’t seriously be it. Or is all the money going into creating bird houses and the like instead? Perhaps that’s the hole the Blue Boar Smokehouse sought to fill, a restaurant situated inside the Intercontinental hotel by New Scotland Yard. While the idea of a smokehouse (messy, greasy, charred flesh) is a little incongruous with the stuffiness of Westminster, the decor is clearly taking its cues from politics-land and is reminiscent of a gentleman’s club, all heavy white tablecloths and acres of dark wood. We have to try and mess up our tablecloth a little and so an order of ribs is up for starters. In an entirely uncivilised fashion, I tear into this, teeth first and the taste is fantastic...

  18. Published : Monday, 3rd February 2014

    Bubbledogs | Bubbledogs

    Mac & Cheese, Burger & Fries, Peanut Butter & Jam. These are all fairly normal food combinations, Hot Dogs & Champagne however, feature on the funkier end of the taste sensation spectrum. Bubbledogs, the site, doesn’t really explain the reason for this unlikely pairing but reviews suggest it’s going gangbusters and not being one to be at all on trend, numerous months later, I trot off to find out what the big deal is. This is another one of those annoying no reservations places, so to avoid a silly sort of wait, we’re here for what some might charitably describe as an early bird dinner. Even so, the place is packed but there are spots available to eat at the bar and not wearing the sort of shoes that prepares me for standing about, to the bar we go...

  19. I’m really scraping the bottom of the barrel with my attempts at convincing Husband to take me to nice restaurants, I’ve been milking the ‘its for the blog’ excuse for a little while now, so when it came to an anniversary, I convinced him to let me book us into Dinner to celebrate 5 years of tolerating one another. The hype around Mr Blumenthal’s Dinner meant that it was impossible to secure a reservation for the night-time meal, so I settled for a Sunday lunch. One advantage of arriving in daylight hours is the view out over Hyde Park – necessary as the room is a little corporate for a romantic meal a deux. But we are seated by a large window and romance is saved...

  20. Published : Monday, 13th January 2014

    Champagne + Fromage by French Bubbles | Champagne + Fromage

    All special occasions should be celebrated with bubbles, and where better than a trip to Champagne + Fromage, to celebrate friend E entering the hallowed halls of the legal profession. It’s a warm welcoming shop window just a few steps away from Covent Garden & theatre-land, the interior looking like what I imagine a rustic deli in the deepest darkest French countryside to look like...

  21. Published : Thursday, 26th December 2013

    Dragon Castle | Dragon castle

    There’s really only thing to do when the excesses of the festive season get to you – and that is to keep on eating! Take a break from all the turkey and pay a trip over to Elephant & Castle for some Dim Sum. It’s not the most glamorous of locales, but home to some good grub. A fish pond greets you as you enter – copper pennies swimming with the fish, and we’re in a fairly standard large scale Chinese restaurant, white tablecloths & Chinese teapots at the ready...

  22. Published : Monday, 23rd December 2013

    Pollen Street Social | Pollen Street Social

    For no better reason than indulging ourselves on a day off, sister-in-law & I have decided to splurge on a decadent lunch at Michelin starred Pollen Street Social. It’s not quite as extravagant as you may think – 2 courses at lunch set you back £28 with three courses coming in at £35. There’s a relaxed and open atmosphere pervading the restaurant but on a Monday lunchtime, it is largely full of business lunchers, no doubt taking advantage of a good deal. While we peruse the menu (it’s short but really difficult to decide), amuse bouches arrive, attractively presented in a box made to look like a book...

  23. Published : Monday, 23rd December 2013

    Hawksmoor Air Street | Hawksmoor

    Vegetarians, turn aside. This isn’t a place for you. This is a place for some serious meat eating. It’s a cold blustery Sunday & we’re here for a Sunday roast. I must admit, I’ve never really warmed to the traditional roast that, come Sunday, seems to be on the much wished for list of so many around me. But nevertheless, I’m usually impressed with whatever the Hawksmoor stumps up and so off we go. I kick things off with a Bloody Mary – it’s spicy, it’s zingy and they’ve even brought me some Tabasco in case it needs livening up further...

  24. Published : Friday, 20th December 2013

    Wahaca Waterloo | Wahaca

    Before Wahaca, my experiences with Mexican food were limited. Occasional dubious run-ins with refried beans didn’t endear me and then there are the yellow kits that feature heavily in my dinner repertoire. Not exactly authentic. So Wahaca, billing itself as Mexican market eating is a breath of fresh air. The four of us are here today at the Waterloo Wahaca for a quick pre-theatre meal before heading off for a dose of culture at the Old Vic. I’m concerned the queues are going to be prohibitive but the restaurant is large, brightly and colourfully lit and charms us instantly...

  25. Published : Monday, 16th December 2013

    Patty & Bun James Street | Patty and Bun

    I’m so late to the party to sample the burger trend that I’m not even entirely sure if it is still a trend – but nevertheless I FINALLY trot off to sample some burgers at Patty & Bun. Situated on James St (Or to make things much simpler, it’s behind that lovely Yellow store I can’t afford on Oxford St) its central location makes it a great place to gain some sustenance before hitting the shops. It’s a simple enough exterior and having been warned off it’s epic queues of hungry punters, I’m grateful to grab the last twosome on a midweek afternoon. The place is buzzing with workers treating themselves to a lunchtime fix. Quirky cardboard art lines the walls but there is no doubt, this is a place for some serious eating...

  26. Published : Monday, 9th December 2013

    Ma Goa | Goan cuisine at Ma Goa, Putney

    When going out for Indian food, northern Indian/ Punjabi cuisine is usually on offer and heading to Ma Goa, I was looking forward to trying something new in the form of Goan cuisine. Goa, famed for it’s hedonistic beaches, is a fusion of Indian and Portuguese, a product of 500 years of Portuguese occupation. Goan cuisine is heavily Portuguese influenced and given its coastal location, includes a hefty dose of seafood. We’re here with a large group to celebrate a birthday and we’re soon settled in a warm cosy room with some piped Bollywood tunes filtering through...

  27. Published : Thursday, 5th December 2013

    Tsunami | Tsunami, Charlotte St

    Japanese fine dining takes on a glamorous turn when it comes to Tsunami. Sleek banquettes, purple mood lighting and Japanese art line the walls in the long narrow restaurant on Charlotte Street. The eye catching part is however undoubtedly the long buffet table of fresh sushi and sashimi. Saturdays have a deal available – for £30, you get unlimited appetisers, sushi, sashimi, a hot main and dessert. The £50 option also gains you unlimited champagne but for today, we’re not in a bubbly sort of mood, we’re doing the standard deal. The eye catching part is however undoubtedly the long buffet table of fresh sushi and sashimi. Saturdays have a deal available – for £30, you get unlimited appetisers, sushi, sashimi, a hot main and dessert. The £50 option also gains you unlimited champagne but for today, we’re not in a bubbly sort of mood, we’re doing the standard deal...

  28. Published : Monday, 2nd December 2013

    The Yellow House | The Yellow House, Surrey Quays

    In Surrey Quays suburbia, there aren’t all that many dining options. So it’s easy to discount the lone ranger in the form of The Yellow House. The interior is warm and open and the tables widely spaced, a pleasant rarity in the dining world. There’s a separate bar and restaurant and we choose a nice large table at the back of the restaurant to sit and linger. The menu is extensive, features a wide range of woodfired pizzas and the more traditional pub grub of burgers and pastas...

  29. Published : Thursday, 28th November 2013

    Shake Shack | Shake Shack, Covent Garden

    The menu comprises of burgers and hot dogs in the meat category and frozen custards for dessert. I want a cream soda float, but for some strange reason despite the menu saying Cream soda, what the Covent Garden outlet actually serves is Fanta. Not cool. I order the Shack-Cago dog, a standard hot dog with all the best of the American condiments arranged on top – onion, mustard, relish and all that is good. The fries are pretty standard fare, but the dog is one of the best. Good quality meat, no nasty gritty bits and the toppings seal the deal...

  30. Published : Monday, 18th November 2013

    Cubana | Cubana

    Just around the corner from Waterloo station, out of sight from the commuting hordes, is Cubana. It dominates much of the large empty square in which it sits and my sister tells me that in the summer, this whole area is filled with cocktail drinkers enjoying the sunshine. The interior is decked out completely in theme, Cuban flags, pictures of Fidel Castro, guns and cigars. The tables are brightly coloured and the whole effect is buzzing, eclectic and fun...

  31. Published : Thursday, 14th November 2013

    Feng Sushi Borough Market | Feng sushi

    I usually associate the London Bridge area with the hordes that visit the food stalls on the weekend only but a visit to Borough Market one wet Saturday evening shows that the crowds haven’t dissipated. My original plan of a visit to Brindisa is blown out the water (I’m far too hungry to wait for a table) and so we wander down to Feng Sushi. The interior is dark and atmospheric and looks warming on a cold winter’s eve. There’s a seasonal menu at play and while we’ve largely ordered from the main, we are tempted by the sesame tofu with mushroom sauce and it is fantastic. I would have appreciated some advice on how to eat it as we are confused by whether to use the sauce as a dip or a soup to soak the tofu in. The tofu is crunchy on the outside and firm on the inside and the sauce is more of a broth with mushrooms and mixed vegetables but nevertheless a tasty accompaniment...

  32. It may surprise you to read that Asia de Cuba does afternoon tea – and in case you’re picturing another sandwich/scone afternoon, look again. Asia de Cuba offers a savoury/sweet combo menu that ticks all the boxes. The restaurant is located in a hotel lobby, but without a sign. I’m not sure how I feel about lobby restaurants, especially ones where you can’t tell if you’re in the right place but I’ll let that go for now. I’ve heard much about the interior, decorated by French designer Philippe Starck, the detail is achingly hip – book-lined pillars, transistor radios on display and brightly coloured prints adorn the walls but personally, I feel the effect is not as spectacular as it could be...

  33. Published : Friday, 8th November 2013

    Frizzante | Frizzante – Brunching at Hackney City Farm

    If you find yourself in the East End at a loose end, visit Hackney City Farm. There are your typical farmyard characters to visit (great to amuse small children), fresh produce to buy and if you’re more my way inclined, then you’ll be most enticed by the option of a homespun breakfast. Frizzante, the cafes that lies within the farm also has residency at the other 2 city farms (that I know of) – Surrey Docks Farm in Rotherhithe and Mudchute Farm on the Isle of Dogs...

  34. Published : Tuesday, 5th November 2013

    Grand Imperial | Grand Imperial

    The Grand Imperial London is, rather perplexingly, situated within the Grosvenor Hotel at Victoria station and is well hidden in plain sight of the road. I say this because despite passing through Victoria station almost every day, I’d never once noticed its presence, nor had it ever occurred to me to look at what lurked behind the hotel’s doors. The decor is designed around the practice of Feng Shui – not something I would have known or recognised had I not read it on the website. To my eye, it’s a luxurious room designed to scream both ‘Chinese restaurant’ and ‘classy interior’ all in one. A little cruel perhaps for what is a perfectly acceptable interior...

  35. Published : Tuesday, 17th September 2013

    Masala Zone Covent Garden | Masala Zone.. Covent Garden

    While Covent Garden is full to the brim with those proffering pre-theatre menus, we were reluctant to get bogged down into the 2-course overpriced special and instead opted to pop over to Masala Zone. While a chain establishment, this should by no means put you off. Each of the restaurants is decorated in a slightly different fashion – and this one has to be my favourite. Dolls from Rajasthan adorn the ceiling and make for a vibrant impact upon entering...

  36. Published : Tuesday, 10th September 2013

    Savoy Grill at The Savoy | Savoy Grill

    Friend K in town meant that I got to be a London tour guide for a week and ahead of our lunch at the Savoy Grill, my fun fact of the day was: Traffic entering & leaving the Savoy hotel does so by driving on the right - one of the only places in the UK to do so. There’s a good Pub quiz question for you. The Savoy went through a £220m refurbishment a few years ago and while I wasn’t around to do a before/after comparison, the hotel interior is pure glam. Polished marble floors, opulent orchid floral arrangements, gleaming chandeliers and all this simply on the walk to the (Equally impressive) bathroom!...

  37. Published : Tuesday, 3rd September 2013

    Oxo Tower Restaurant | Not Afternoon Tea at the Oxo Tower

    Interesting fact – The Oxo Tower’s illuminated signage comes from a time when advertisements visible from the Thames were not allowed, so ingeniously 3 windows on the tower were designed spelling out an O X & O. This is about the only London-related fact I’ve taken on board following the Thames River Boat cruise a few years ago and one I was eager to boast about to Friend K visiting from NZ upon arriving here for Afternoon Tea. Or as it’s referred to here – the Not Afternoon Tea...

  38. Published : Tuesday, 27th August 2013

    Dishoom Shoreditch | A Dishoom Brunch… Shoreditch

    A Sunday shopping spree in Spitalfields market requires sustenance and where better to begin the day than brunching at one of my favourite spots – Dishoom I’ve previously been to Dishoom in Covent Garden and this outpost has the advantage of a large outdoor courtyard – all the better for a sunny brunch...

  39. Burger & Lobster is no longer a novelty on the London restaurant scene, but judging by the crowds that still throng outside waiting for a table, not a trend that is going to die down any time soon. For anybody not in the know, £20 buys you a Burger, a Lobster Roll or a Half Lobster (Grilled or Steamed). Simples. Post work on a Friday, bracing ourselves for a long queue, we hightail it to Mayfair – tucked away on a side street minutes from Green Park station, we’re ushered into a table pretty quickly. To be fair, it’s not even 6pm. Eager Beavers we are...

  40. Published : Monday, 5th August 2013

    Medlar | A Medlar anniversary

    Medlar is located on the Kings Road – at the opposite end from the hubbub of Sloane’s Square & Peter Jones & surrounded by a number of establishments referring to themselves as the World’s End? Is the end of the Kings Road really the world’s end? Nevertheless, an unassuming exterior and in we go, We originally opted to sit outside, but a word of warning – watching traffic (Even if it is Chelsea traffic) gets boring very quickly and we cheekily asked to be shifted back indoors (Which they did very obligingly!)...

  41. Published : Monday, 29th July 2013

    Del'Aziz Bermondsey | Brunching at Del’ Aziz

    Situated right smack in Bermondsey Square, neighbouring not only uber trendy Maltby St market but also Bermondsey St, home to a dizzying array of bars & restaurants including the fabulous Pizarro, sampled only the week before. Today – sitting in sheltered Bermondsey Square, we are here for Brunch. The restaurant is surprisingly empty, despite its popular setting & the sun making a pleasant summery appearance...

  42. Published : Monday, 22nd July 2013

    Pizarro | A Spanish Fiesta at Pizarro

    Spanish King Jose Pizarro, he of Tapas Brindisa fame, now resides on Bermondsey St – Jose is a teeny weeny Tapas & Sherry bar which is also on my hit list, but today with the family in town, we’re here for a meal at Pizarro, the more formal sit down restaurant...

  43. All girls’ days out should begin with Brunch and so we begin at Bill’s in Covent Garden for some nourishment to set us up for a day of shopping! Bill’s is an all day cafe serving up an eclectic all day menu in sunny St Martin’s Courtyard, inside you’re surrounded by fresh produce in enticing displays to convince you to take something home...

  44. Published : Sunday, 2nd June 2013

    Betty Blythe | Betty Blythe.. a dress up brunch

    I bet you’ve never heard of a dress up brunch – Betty Blythe is an unashamedly feminine set of tea rooms with 1920′s dress up boxes set in the quiet of suburban Olympia. We’re here today for Brunch – and we have the place to ourselves. All the better for getting stuck into the delights of the treasure chests...

  45. Published : Monday, 27th May 2013

    Tea at The Ritz DUPLICATE | Tea at the Ritz..

    If you’re going to do afternoon tea in London, the Ritz is the place to do it. The quintessential English favourite, it’s easy to see why it occupies the position it does. The tea room is pure glamour...

  46. Published : Sunday, 19th May 2013

    Hush | Afternoon Tea.. Hush Brasserie

    Hush is located amongst the swankier end of New Bond St – designers and the beautiful frolic around you and as you search for your restaurant, you’ll find yourselves in what I can only describe as the most dainty romantic courtyard outside of perhaps an old Italian village. We are here for Hush’s Hendrick’s Afternoon tea – the usual tea combined with some quirky cocktails to add some pizzazz to the afternoon experience...

  47. Published : Monday, 22nd April 2013

    No.67 | Brunching at no. 67 cafe

    The South London Gallery in Peckham houses the no.67 cafe – an independent establishment where we arrived for Brunch on a sunny spring morning. The cafe itself is split into 2 – a bright airy section at the back with the families of the neighbourhood or a cosy section at the front with couples tucking into their meals...

  48. Published : Friday, 12th April 2013

    The Goring Dining Room | Dining Rooms at the Goring Hotel

    If the Queen had a local, this would be it. Classy, elegant and only a stone’s throw from Her Maj. Prior to this day, the only thing I knew about the Goring was that Kate Middleton & co stayed here for her last night as a (relative) pauper prior to her big day. I must admit, the royal connection had me picturing a rather stuffy, old fashioned place but nothing could be further from the truth. The room itself is in shades of white, tables set at a healthy distance apart and the quiet tinkling of china and crystal in the air. A large pink Swarovski chandelier dominates the decor which is otherwise quiet, calm and serene...

  49. Published : Monday, 8th April 2013

    Tayyabs | Tayyabs, the Rajah of the Indian

    Tayyabs, a short walk away from the usual hubbub of Brick Lane, has built itself a bit of a reputation as the best Indian food in London. The prospect of the much famed queues has always put me off though, however when our team at work organised an early 5:30pm dinner, we managed to get a large table and off we went. The place was largely deserted when we arrived, however it filled up at high speed. Clearly those in the know know to get here early. Tayyabs is famously BYO, contributing to a very low cost per head!...

  50. Published : Wednesday, 20th March 2013

    Meze Mangal | Meze Mangal… local delights

    Everything is cooked on a grill at the front of the restaurant & if the smell alone is anything to go by, its small wonder the place is packed – even at 3pm! There appears to be a cosy nook in the back with a large party gathered – who are certainly in for the haul and celebrating up a storm...

  51. Published : Monday, 4th March 2013

    Made In Camden | Made in Camden

    Made in Camden sits inside the Roundhouse Theatre – part of Camden’s cutting edge music and performance scene. We convened for a D’s birthday and our large group of 28 occupied one entire end of the restaurant – and due to our group size, had Set Menu C for £23 each...

  52. Published : Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Mele e Pere | Mele e Pere….. and all things nice

    4 of us descend on Mele e Pere, enchanted by the twinkly glass Apple, Pears and Tomatoes in the window – which gives the place an air of the gallery about it. Incidentally I’ve now googled Mele e Pere and discovered it means Apples and Pears. The tomatoes are imposters! The menu comprises of a selection of sharing plates to start and pasta & larger mains to follow – so far pretty standard Italian fare...

  53. What better way to stave off the cold winter blues than an afternoon tea delight? With the lovely sister-in-law’s significant birthday to celebrate, the family head to Athenaeum hotel for a dose of cake, scones and tea. Located on Piccadilly, it was one of those hotels I have walked past on a regular basis, but not ever gone into. And how glad I was that we did!...

  54. What. a. delight. The hotel is only inches away from South Ken Station and teas are served in the Drawing rooms. The rooms are a quirky wonder, prints of zoo animals peering out from cocktail glasses, mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, relaxed and funky, not an ounce of stuffiness in sight. I think it may well be one of the coolest hotels I’ve ever seen!...

  55. Published : Tuesday, 27th November 2012

    Busaba Eathai Bird Street | Christmas Lights & Busaba Eathai

    Getting out of the cold, we duck into Busaba Eathai off Oxford Street (Bird Street to be precise) for a quick bite. Chargrilled chicken with Sticky Rice for me, Prawn Pad Thai for Friend S and Ginger Peppercorn Thai Calamari to share. We were pretty hungry. Hoping for a Hainanese Chicken rice replica, i was extremely happy with my dish. Although a bit peeved at being offered an entire chicken leg (What, I’m expected to cut it myself?), it tasted gooooood – the sauce was a spice delight, the pickled salad throwing a sneaky punch, all elements having a little party with my tastebuds...

  56. Chapter One is a one Michelin-star commanding restaurant, based rather unusually out in the suburbs of Kent rather than the standard West End. The distance is misleading though and a swift 30 minute drive later, we were pulling up. The prices are another pleasant surprise – Sunday night sees 3 courses for £31.95 and the choices are mouth watering. For a set menu, it’s extensive featuring over 6 options. What is a little annoying is the randomly spliced supplements adorning the set menu. 1 menu supplement seems reasonable, 3 seemed excessive...

  57. Tom’s Kitchen, owned by Michelin-er Tom Aikens sits down a quiet side street in the residential bit off the Kings Road (I assume it’s Residential anyway, certainly no-one I know lives in these neck of the woods!). It’s a classy looking joint, airy, light, blond wood tables, a buzz of the well dressed yummy mummy’s in the air. We were seated upstairs, which did suffer a little bit from the fun ambience one spotted downstairs, especially as it emptied pretty swiftly as the clock edged towards noon. The breakfast menu is not particularly long but covers all the basics you’d expect - Omelettes Pancakes, Eggs any way etc...

  58. Published : Sunday, 28th October 2012

    Caravan King's Cross | Breakfast at Caravan, Kings Cross

    Having never before really explored Kings Cross, it was with some trepidation that I followed my extremely inadequate new Apple Map (Thanks software upgrade) all the way round to Caravan. What a surprise! Fountain jets, wide open spaces and a marvellous new restaurant! Hailing from the Antipodean isles (NZ to be specific), I’m no stranger to the Brunch that has taken on trend status in my new adopted town. So, it seemed only right that I check out their coffee making skills and have some corn fritters...