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Billy and The Chicks, Soho

I love a bit of fried chicken me, and I really can’t get enough of it. Build it and i’ll come. So when Billy and the Chicks, a new fried chicken shop, opened on St Annes Court in Soho (opposite Zelman Meats) I was rather pleased. It’s a simple space comprising of a bar area by the entrance and a small dining room next door. … Continue reading Billy and The Chicks, Soho

Andina Replenish Menu

Last week’s best dishes 25.01.16

1. To lunch at Peruvian charmer Andina in Shoreditch, where we ate dishes from the ‘Replenish Menu’. Panca chilli marinated chicken breast with quinoa, carab, pecans and coriander sauce showed post-workout food doesn’t have to be boring. 2. A night of cocktails at Oblix in the Shard. There were whacky creations, including a flashing ‘Kiss the Rainbow’ (see it here), but this American Beauty, with … Continue reading Last week’s best dishes 25.01.16

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Shuang Shuang, Chinatown

Shuang Shuang is a hot pot restaurant with a difference; it’s a DIY hot pot restaurant. The set up, which could be quite confusing/overwhelming is actually rather simple – you choose your broth, choose your dipping sauces and then help yourself to items from the Yo Sushi-style conveyor belt to cook in the broth. It’s all rather exciting as the options are endless. And you’re … Continue reading Shuang Shuang, Chinatown

Steak tartare at Benoit

Benoit, Paris

A day trip to Paris is far less extravagant than you might think and it’s the perfect way to get your Parisian fix without spending a fortune on a hotel. With a small gang, we booked Alain Ducasses’s michelin starred bistro Benoit on rue Saint Martin. It’s as quintessentially French as you could hope for; brass rails, red velvet banquettes and wood panelled walls. And … Continue reading Benoit, Paris

Tolkin's macaroon ice cream sandwich

Last week’s best dishes 18.01.16

1. There’s a new Dip & Flip in Tooting and it serves things like this: a cheeseburger topped with slices of roast beef dunked in gravy. Sound good? It tastes it. 2. Shackfuyu in Soho has had a refurb and it’s a dashing space now. We finished a lunch of korean fried wings and sticky fatty lamb ribs with this wonderful kinako French toast and … Continue reading Last week’s best dishes 18.01.16

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The Modern Pantry, Finsbury Square

It’s been a good few years since I last visited the original Modern Pantry in Farringdon, but I remember it certainly being pleasant. When I heard they were opening a second, in Finsbury Square, a rather lifeless part of the city, I was intrigued to say the least. It’s a beautiful spot; you walk in past a gorgeous bar where cocktails and tapas are served, … Continue reading The Modern Pantry, Finsbury Square

Laksa Sambal Shiok

Last week’s best dishes 11.01.16

1. After a bit of post Christmas shopping in Covent Garden, it only seemed sensible to stop off for a burger and chocolate milkshake at Shake Shack. The place is just as busy as when it opened. 2. Tonkotsu Bankside do a rather good chicken karaage burger with homemade chips at lunchtimes. So that’s made ordering even harder now. 3. I couldn’t resist returning to … Continue reading Last week’s best dishes 11.01.16

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Aulis at Fera, Claridge’s

I’ve been a fan of Simon Rogan’s food ever since a trip to L’Enclume in Cumbria. The never ending tasting menu was exciting and unusual. Since Fera replaced the Gordon Ramsay restaurant at Claridge’s, I’ve had some equally impressive meals, so was excited to hear of the introduction of Aulis. It’s a kitchen within the kitchen, where guests sit at comfy stools round a counter, … Continue reading Aulis at Fera, Claridge’s

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Bellanger, Islington

Bellanger is the new neighbourhood restaurant for the lucky folk of Islington from Corbin & King (the duo behind the Wolseley, Delaunay and Brasserie Zédel among others). It’s based in a former Browns, but what a transformation… It’s all dark wood panelled walls, white tablecloths and rattan chairs; glamorous yet not at all imposing. The bar area was reminiscent of a train carriage, the rest … Continue reading Bellanger, Islington