Chick 'n' Sours

Chick ‘n’ Sours, Dalston

Chick ‘n’ Sours has been sitting pretty on that stretch of the Kingsland Road, near Pamela and Rotorino, for some time now. Co owner, Carl Clarke, used to be a DJ and has run a whole host of successful pop ups, mainly specialising in decent junk food, so knows what he’s doing with a deep fat fryer. Inside it’s a small and simple space; tightly … Continue reading Chick ‘n’ Sours, Dalston

Claridge's

Claridge’s: Afternoon Tea

I love afternoon tea. There’s something uber luxurious and indulgent about sitting in a comfy armchair and spending a few hours tucking into cake and sandwiches, usually with my Mother in tow who’s famed for her penchant for scones. It’s easy to get it wrong (I’m thinking The Dorchester there) but when it’s right, there’s nothing quite like it. And there really isn’t anywhere quite … Continue reading Claridge’s: Afternoon Tea

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry, Islington

So Islington’s Upper Street really is on the up food wise; you’ve got Oldroyd, Bellanger, Galley, MEATliquor. And now there’s Chinese Laundry. Everything about the place feels cool but not in a try hard way. There are two small “dining rooms” at the front and out the back with a small bar in the middle. It felt like we were perching on stalls in the … Continue reading Chinese Laundry, Islington

Mac n Cheese

The best dishes of last week 16.05.16

1. A 24 hour trip to Cumbria reminded me how much I love the place. The Forest Side Hotel, described as a ‘fairytale gothic mansion’ in Grasmere, is a restaurant with 20 rooms and it’s quite simply lovely. From a tasting menu of knockout dishes, this Cumbrian plaice with mussels, salsify and wispy leeks showcased the kitchen’s talent most perfectly. 2. Breakfast the next day: a … Continue reading The best dishes of last week 16.05.16

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Talli Joe, Shaftesbury Avenue

You’ve heard of Indian small plates (Kricket / Gunpowder), well now we’ve got Indian half plates and it comes from a new restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue called Talli Joe, opposite Nisbets and that fancy dress shop. Inside it’s a fairly simple space with lots of bright pink quotes and sayings against the black walls – it could feel a bit naff but along with a … Continue reading Talli Joe, Shaftesbury Avenue

Gunpowder

Gunpowder, Spitalfields

Ever since a visit to Kricket in Brixton, I’ve fallen in love with ‘Indian small plates’ – I could easily say I tried some of the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten. It’s hard then not to compare Gunpowder to Kricket. Both are tiny, both serve Indian small plates and both are very popular. Due to the size, unless you’re super early, the wait can … Continue reading Gunpowder, Spitalfields

Cured lamb at Oldroyd

The best dishes of last week 09.05.16

1. It’s all about roofs this week. The top of the Marriott Hotel, with views down Oxford Street, has created another rooftop bar/eatery called Notch (previously Roofnic). The Negronis come in tins, other cocktails in jam jars and these pork buns do just the job at soaking it all up. 2. There’s a new menu on the roof of the Boundary in Shoreditch. Now the … Continue reading The best dishes of last week 09.05.16

Beagle lamb tongue

Beagle, Shoreditch

Beagle is one of those restaurants that has been sitting pretty in a few railway arches in Shoreditch for a few years now. In one arch a coffee shop, the others a bar and dining room. On our Friday lunchtime visit there was a relaxing, chilled-out vibe about the place. The menu was concise but the type that read particularly well. Lamb tongue, white beans, … Continue reading Beagle, Shoreditch

Beagle Shoreditch

The best dishes of last week 25.04.16

1. To a chocolate masterclass at the Café Royal hotel. A small group of us “bloggers” were treated to a lesson from the queen of choc herself Sarah Barber, the hotel’s exec pastry chef, where we made salted caramel truffles and giant chocolate handbags. They have a new dessert-only restaurant which is definitely worth checking out. 2. Craft LDN, Stevie Parle’s restaurant by the O2, … Continue reading The best dishes of last week 25.04.16