Jidori, Covent Garden

It might seem a little odd reviewing a restaurant having only tried one dish but sometimes you eat something so absolutely ruddy delicious that you want to tell people about it. So, here goes. Firstly, some back story. This is the second Jidori. Their one in Dalston is a beautiful creation; all soft pinks and pale blues. This one is less attractive but admittedly I’m … Continue reading Jidori, Covent Garden

Sophie’s Steakhouse, Soho

The original Sophie’s steakhouse in Fulham has been around for 15 years. Their second, in Covent Garden, had to up sticks and leave to make way for a new hotel owned by none other than Robert De Niro. Panic not as owners Sophie Bathgate and Rupert Power have now opened in Soho. It’s an astonishingly large setup. There’s a terrace, a whopping bar, a huge … Continue reading Sophie’s Steakhouse, Soho

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries have added to their posh garden centre cum café cum restaurant in Richmond with this big ol’ beauty in Covent Garden. It’s a whopper. There’s a deli, a lifestyle shop with a florist out the back and two restaurants: La Goccia and a more formal The Petersham. The latter is a gorgeous space filled with plants, flowers, foliage, gigantic chandeliers and walls adorned … Continue reading Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Delamina, Marylebone

This is the second restaurant from husband and wife duo Limor and Amir Chen, who also own Strut and Cluck in Shoreditch. It’s a gorgeous space; all bright and airy with white painted exposed brick walls and potted plants aplenty. The dishes are vibrant both to look at and eat. Charred cauliflower (£9) comes with lemon zest infused crème fraiche sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. It’s … Continue reading Delamina, Marylebone

Fat Tony’s, Termini Centrale

If it’s cocktail perfection you’re after, you’ll struggle to find better than Bar Termini. This compact bar in Soho’s Old Compton Street is the brainchild of Tony Conigliaro who also owns 69 Colebrooke Row and Untitled in Dalston. This second Bar Termini, Termini Centrale, lacks the beauty of the original. It’s off a side street by Selfridge’s and inside it’s not much to look at. … Continue reading Fat Tony’s, Termini Centrale

Frenchie to Go, Paris

If you only have time for one breakfast in Paris,  you really should check out Frenchie to Go. It’s the creation of Gregory Marchand, who owns Frenchie just next door and also Frenchie in Covent Garden, London. It’s a cute little Parisian street with a butchers, greengrocers and coffee shop all within spitting distance. As the name would suggest, Frenchie to Go isn’t a full-on … Continue reading Frenchie to Go, Paris

The Wigmore at The Langham

Based at the crappy end of Regent Street, The Wigmore is a pub, or “modern British tavern”, part of the Langham hotel. It’s overseen by Michel Roux Jr, you know him, the one off of MasterChef: The Professionals, along with the hotel’s exec chef Chris King. It’s the prettiest pub I’ve ever been in. The walls are a glossy British Racing Green, there’s a large … Continue reading The Wigmore at The Langham

The Hoxton Paris

Soon set for world domination The Hoxton is globally going from strength to strength. They have hotels in Hoxton, then Holborn, then Amsterdam. Soon there’ll be Brooklyn, Portland, Chicago and Southwark in London. Arguably their most beautiful property yet is in Paris. Based in the Rue du Sentier, if it’s art you’re into, you can get to most of the good stuff on foot: Louvre … Continue reading The Hoxton Paris

The Frog by Adam Handling

Fans of MasterChef: The Professionals will know Adam Handling from the 2013 series where he was a finalist. Since then he’s been a busy chap opening The Frog E1 in Shoreditch; a zero-waste coffee shop called Bean & Wheat; and his flagship restaurant, The Frog, in Covent Garden. The latter is an impressive operation: the whole place screams money. Tables of two face the open … Continue reading The Frog by Adam Handling

Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

Two Scottish blokes, Calum Mackinnon and Andy Waugh, started Mac and Wild as a street food stall on Whitecross Street in Islington serving up Scottish produce. They now have two restaurants in London; Devonshire Square and here in Fitzrovia. The dining room is a simple space; long and narrow with tightly packed tables down one side. There’s lots of wood and the ceiling has bull … Continue reading Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

The Ned

The Ned, as I’m sure you’ve seen on Instagram, is the new whopper of a hotel from the Soho House chaps and Sydell Group – who own the lovely Nomad hotel in New York. It’s a beastly venture, just opposite Bank tube station, sitting in the old Midland Bank, meaning there are 9 restaurants, a roof terrace complete with swimming pool and even a boxing … Continue reading The Ned