The Ludlow

The Ludlow, New York

The Ludlow hotel is perfectly situated (on Ludlow itself, Lower East Side, New York); it’s a trendy area with the right amount of grime and graffiti, with good restaurants and fun bars nearby. It’s also opposite Katz’s Deli, which is where that orgasm scene was filmed in ‘When Harry Met Sally’. If you like a reuben sandwich then it’s a must. Our room was a … Continue reading The Ludlow, New York

The Tame Hare

The Tame Hare, Leamington Spa

Jonny Mills, chef and owner of The Tame Hare, is one of those chefs I’ve been following on social media for a while now. Photos of vibrant and colourful dishes have always intrigued me so we finally made the journey down to Leamington Spa to try them out. It’s a smart space. We’re seated next to the open pass and a bookcase filled with cookbooks … Continue reading The Tame Hare, Leamington Spa

Dinner at The Twits

Dinner at The Twits, Waterloo

It seems only fitting that the theatre company Les Infants Terribles and jelly pros Bompas and Parr would team up to make an immersive dining experience based on The Twits during the 100th anniversary of Roal Dahl. The experience takes place in The Vaults underneath Waterloo station and at £80 per person it isn’t the cheapest of nights out but for the effort involved by … Continue reading Dinner at The Twits, Waterloo

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The Frog, Spitalfields

It’s been a busy time for Adam Handling since he first appeared on our screens in MasterChef The Professionals. He opened Adam Handling at The Caxton then left to open his first standalone restaurant The Frog. He also featured in last week’s Great British Menu on BBC2 AND was forced to publicly apologise for suggesting one negative TripAdvisor reviewer should ‘stick to McDonalds‘. So it’s … Continue reading The Frog, Spitalfields

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Clipstone, Fitzrovia

Clipstone is the little sister to Michelin-starred Portland, a restaurant which has gone from strength to strength in its Great Portland Street home. Their new one (they also own The Quality Chop House) keeps it in Fitzrovia but offers a more relaxed, and therefore cheaper, experience. The space is lovely; it’s all pale colours and loads of natural light. There’s an open kitchen offering a … Continue reading Clipstone, Fitzrovia

Poke

Black Roe, Mayfair

You could question whether Black Roe, on Mill Street in Mayfair, is a doomed site. First there was Bo London with its condom pudding, then Bouillabaisse which sold its signature namesake dish for £32, and subsequently nobody was ever in it. But maybe things are a changing. Now, it’s Black Roe, a restaurant specialising in poke (pronounced poe kay) which is dish famous in Hawaii … Continue reading Black Roe, Mayfair

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Lina Stores, Soho

It’s one of those places is Lina Stores, on Berwick Street Soho, that I’ve always walked past, always admired but never actually gone in. It’s an Italian deli which is home to some rather sexy produce, a lot of which is only available there, and it’s been on the same site since 1940. For the first time in its 70 year history, they’ve started serving … Continue reading Lina Stores, Soho

Bombetta

Bombetta, Snaresbrook

Snaresbrook. Yes, I’ve never heard of it either. But it’s near Walthamstow and Bombetta has opened just opposite the station. It’s a restaurant named after and specialising in the Puglian street food consisting of rolled bundles of meat stuffed with oozing cheese and they’re a little bit ruddy lovely. The dining room was fairly small with tables down one side and a bar with open … Continue reading Bombetta, Snaresbrook

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Eneko at One Aldwych

I’m not always convinced by chefs who have successful restaurants abroad opening up in London, as more often than not they get lost in translation. And even more often than not, said chef is rarely in the kitchen. So here we have Eneko at the hotel One Aldwych which has extensively refurbed its basement dining room to house Eneko Atxa’s creation (he owns a three … Continue reading Eneko at One Aldwych

O Ver

‘O Ver, Southwark Street

There’s one very big problem with this new Italian restaurant cum pizzeria which has opened on Southwark Street SE1 – it’s worryingly close to my flat. The authentic Neapolitan pizzas are that good (and available to takeaway) I’ve had more than my belly cares to remember in just a couple of weeks. It’s a glass fronted corner spot with a stone floor and white walls … Continue reading ‘O Ver, Southwark Street

Blandford Comptoir

Blandford Comptoir, Marylebone

Blandford Comptoir is a new restaurant on Blandford Street from Xavier Rousset who created Texture and 28-50. It’s a charming space with a few seats out front, a bar with stools in the middle and a tiny dining room out the back which is flooded with natural light. To start, raw cannon of lamb (£8) was an intriguing one as I’ve not seen much raw … Continue reading Blandford Comptoir, Marylebone

Anglo

Anglo, Farringdon

Mark Jarvis, chef and owner of Anglo, has a pretty impressive CV having worked at Le Manoir, Texture and Zuma to name but a few. This, his first restaurant, is just off Leather Lane and it’s a corker of a place. Inside it’s basic and minimal; white walls and concrete floor make for an echoey space. Even though during our lunchtime visit the place was … Continue reading Anglo, Farringdon

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Texas Joe’s, London Bridge

This is the first restaurant from Joe Walters who you might recognise as the guy who took his beef jerky on Dragons’ Den, dressed in full cowboy get up and singing a song called ‘Put That Jerky in your Mouth’. To cut a long story short, he won investment however it never happened, his jerky still became a mega success and now he’s opened this. … Continue reading Texas Joe’s, London Bridge

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The Guinea Grill, Mayfair

The Guinea Grill is one of those pubs I’ve often enjoyed standing outside with a pint of Young’s Bitter listening to the suits of Mayfair talk shop. I had no idea however there was a restaurant, more importantly a steak restaurant, hidden out the back. It’s as old fashioned as it gets and it feels very London; patterned carpets, wood panel walls, framed pictures galore … Continue reading The Guinea Grill, Mayfair

The Golden Hind

The Golden Hind, Marylebone

Being an avid follower of all things food means I often find myself in random places, sometimes unpleasant places, but eating some proper lovely food. I’ve eaten the best roti London has to offer in a basement that needs a good Dettol in Euston and I’ve eaten lamb chops while watching the footie in Whitechapel; both of whom had less than lavish surroundings but bloody … Continue reading The Golden Hind, Marylebone