23 August 2014

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  1. Published : Monday, 2nd June 2014

    Canela | Canela

    Having limited my food intake recently because summer is coming and no one needs to see my bikini body as it stands, my dining out has taken a bit of a hit. However, I was lured out recently to the wonderful launch of the newly refurbished Portuguese restaurant, Canela. Right on Seven Dials this superbly located restaurant is another Earlham Street classic. I had been, prior to the refurbishment, wonderful then, it’s even better now. The samples of food looked interesting and I adore trying new foods, you never know what you might discover and it’s always so lovely when you are pleasantly surprised...

  2. Published : Friday, 9th May 2014

    Kurobuta Marble Arch | Kurobuta – Marble Arch

    After my review of Kurobuta’s pop up in Chelsea, the management got in touch with me to explain a few things and to thank me for my review. I was really flattered that they had read my review and that they welcomed the feedback. I was kindly given the offer to come down to their permanent location in Marble Arch, when it opened, which it now has, and enjoy an evening on them. I relished the opportunity to try more dishes and have a better view of their menu and of course to see the new space. Let me tell you it didn’t get voted top date spot by London Eating for nothing. It’s a vibrant, beautifully lit, fun and exciting restaurant. It has all the qualities and charm of a high-end location, but without any intimidation or stuffiness. The kitchen is open for all to see and the beautiful low hanging bulbs add an enchanting ambience to the place...

  3. Published : Tuesday, 25th March 2014

    The Dead Dolls Club | Dead Dolls House – Sunday Dinners

    After a bit of a hiatus, call it research, I’m back and have lots to say! Recently I went to Dead Doll’s House, don’t let the name fool you, it isn’t paying homage to a deathly childhood, or any such matter. It’s a very cleverly designed building, with lots of levels and separate rooms, littered with marker pen drawings all over the walls, an example being an entire fireplace complete with mantel piece and all the accessories artistically interpreted. Most of the tables are communal, with mismatching chairs and there’s a wonderful faux-grass roof terrace too, complete in the sense that it’s a perfect sun trap. What really inspired me after chatting with the creator, is that it isn’t a set restaurant, it has pop-ups and innovative ideas, like ‘Picnic In The Conservatory’. The offer is to prepay for your meal and then come to a sitting, so there’s no fuss on the day...

  4. Published : Tuesday, 7th January 2014

    Jackson & Rye | Jackson + Rye

    We’ve been over this. Time and time again. The New York movement is upon us. Some of them work, some of them don’t. So, I read a great deal about the opening of Jackson + Rye and wanting to wait until the soft launch had passed and all the Christmas cheer, I held off. It is marketed as a New York brunch establishment. Of course most, if not all, New York brunch restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner also. This is no exception. But what it really stands for is the brunch. Much like Mogador, Extra Virgin & Cornelia, to name but a few in Manhattan, its strengths lie in that delightful time between breakfast and lunch...

  5. Published : Thursday, 28th November 2013

    Boopshi's | Boopshi’s

    I had been hearing a bubbling on the foodie scene with talk of Boopshi’s on the horizon. The appeal was definitely hitting home for me. In more ways than one. The main features are schnitzel & spritz. At first I thought it was more of a gimmick, like with bubbledogs (to which I wasn’t a fan) but delving deeper I learnt it was so much more. It’s Austrian fare and not only have they taken the very best it has to offer, but they have honed the recipes exceptionally. I’m half Austrian and with a Viennese mother I grew up eating schnitzel, potato salad, poppy-seed cake and the like. It was standard for me, like roasts for true Brits. My sister’s wedding cake was Sachertorte, from Hotel Sacher, in a plethora of sizes and so I feel whilst I am suitably familiar with Austrian food, I also have very high standards. Aky came with me and although he has tried all of these things, he hasn’t grown up on it and so it was interesting to have a view on the food from someone who is, let’s say, unbiased...

  6. Published : Wednesday, 27th November 2013

    Hoi Polloi at Ace Hotel | Hoi Polloi

    An exciting new venture from the team behind Bistroteque and Shrimpy’s comes The Ace Hotel‘s restaurant – Hoi Polloi. This was my second time over to 100 Shoreditch High Street. The first time I worked my way down the list of cocktails, I managed six. That’s half the list! They’re really good, different, but not too weird. One of my favourites has to be the Meshigener Palone – Absolut, almond & vanilla jam, pomegranate (pictured). It initiates itself with a smooth valour but then as you swallow, the tight spark of the lemon gives a slight burn. It’s sharp, but really good...

  7. Published : Friday, 23rd August 2013

    Kaosarn | Kaosarn – Brixton

    I had never been to Brixton Village until this Wednesday just gone. There, I said it. Would you believe it? No, I can’t either. It was a lovely, warm evening and we wandered through the whole market ‘oohing’ and ‘aaahing’ at places I had heard of and could now put a shop front to the name, so to speak. The one I really wanted to try was Kaosarn...

  8. Published : Wednesday, 7th August 2013

    Patty & Bun James Street | Patty & Bun

    Patty & Bun has received no end of critical acclaim for its mildly alternative burgers using the best of British ‘wherever possible’ what does that mean? What are the criteria for this? All of the time or none of the time please! So, on a mild Tuesday night I decided to attempt it...

  9. Published : Tuesday, 9th July 2013

    Five Guys | Five Guys – London

    Burger heaven is upon us! Last week saw the opening of not one, but two burger GIANTS grace the bellies of London. Shake Shack (review coming soon) and the legendary Five Guys. I was hugely anticipating their arrival as I have had many of these delights Stateside and hoped (and prayed) that it would be up to scratch. I wasn’t disappointed. The menu is simple; burgers, hotdogs and fries. The best part is there are 15 toppings to choose from and you can have any/all of them, for free, giving you endless burger combinations, 262, 143 to be exact!!!...

  10. Published : Friday, 3rd May 2013

    Clockjack Oven | Clockjack Oven

    Finally a place that just bloody gets it! I did a little research into chicken restaurants as I have a boyfriend who can’t get enough of the stuff and after pondering the thought of yet another Nandos, I wanted to push the boat out just a tad and find somewhere that really specialised in good quality, free range chicken...

  11. Published : Wednesday, 31st October 2012

    Dirty Burger Kentish Town | Dirty Burger

    I think I’ll make this one relatively brief, like my visit to Dirty Burger. I admire the ‘how cheap can the running costs of this place be to ensure we get maximum return on this venture?’ attitude. The place has tried hard to be cool, so cool you might want to strip it of the shed it inhabits, put a tent there, throw someone a burger and mug them. Ok, it’s not quite that bad...

  12. Published : Wednesday, 10th October 2012

    Bubbledogs | bubbledogs

    It seems to be the fashion within restaurateurs’ ventures that novelties and making the menu simple with only a few options will suffice. Yeah, but only if the food is any good. There’s a reason novelties are what they are. Think Burger & Lobster, Dirty Burger etc, I’m not stating these are below average but...

  13. Published : Sunday, 16th September 2012

    East Street Restaurant | East Street

    What I love about East Street is it’s cool, easy and cheap. It’s a no fuss sort of place that has awesome decor and good food. The food isn’t out of this world, amazing, but it is good. They use fresh ingredients and really just get the point. You want to go here when you want a good old catch up with friends and you don’t need to worry about cost, service, quality etc as its all there, express style...

  14. Published : Wednesday, 12th September 2012

    Banana Tree Clapham Junction | Banana Tree – Clapham Junction

    I’ve been to Banana a couple of times before and because it had been a while I thought I’d see what it was up to now as it’s always a buzzing atmosphere and I do love Thai food! So, off to Banana, right next to the corner of the Battersea Rise and Northcote Road junction. I don’t know of many other Thai places nearby so it seems it’s uniqueness in this respect means it has a constant chain of people waiting for a table. Well positioned opposite The Goat and next to a Nandos; different strokes for different folks and all...

  15. Published : Thursday, 6th September 2012

    Hawksmoor Seven Dials | Hawksmoor – Seven Dials

    This experience was like the feeling you get when you’ve been anticipating a holiday, a much needed one, for a very, very long time. You could never quite get enough time off work, you didn’t have the money or you didn’t know who to go with and just when you’ve almost given up…you’re packing your bags and on your way to the holiday destination that dreams are made of. This is how I felt about dining at Hawksmoor. High expectations yes, but rightly so, the restaurant has been dubbed ‘the best steak in London’ it has been hailed as the new breed of modern meets old school, a steak house to trump all steak houses and that you will not come out of there unsatisfied, unhappy or hungry. Well, the latter is definitely true...

  16. Published : Tuesday, 3rd July 2012

    Brooklyn Bite | Brooklyn Bite

    When I heard a New York pizza place had opened on The Kings Road I had to go and take a look/fill my belly. I’m not one to brag (ahem) but I know my New York Pizza. Whether it’s a 4am drunken slice at Ben’s/Fat Sal’s or a whole pie with a beer at John’s...

  17. Published : Wednesday, 13th June 2012

    La Bodega Negra Café & Taqueria | La Bodega Negra

    Let me just get this out quickly. OVERATED. There, I said it. Before proceeding onto the real problems, I’ll focus on the positives. I chose the café/diner part of this Mexican ‘hot spot’ instead of the restaurant. I thought the menu looked a little friendlier and when I saw the restaurant had Veal Tongue on...