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, 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

The Barbary

The Barbary, Covent Garden

Based in Neal’s Yard, The Barbary is the sister restaurant to the popular Palomar. Now, on paper, The Barbary isn’t an easy one to like. There’s just counter seating around a super hot kitchen which stinks of smoke. They don’t take reservations. Once the queue gets beyond the front door you can no longer wait and while you do wait, it’s insanely cramped. That being … Continue reading The Barbary, Covent Garden

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Picture, Marylebone

I loved the first Picture; a restaurant on Great Portland Street serving attractively presented small plates. It helped that the 3 chaps who own it, Colin and Alan (in the kitchen) and Tom (front of house), are all really nice blokes. It was great then to see they were opening a second Picture, this time in Marylebone. It’s a simple dining room with white walls … Continue reading Picture, Marylebone

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Curio + TĀ TĀ, Hackney

We first tried TĀ TĀ’s food at Druid St Market (if you haven’t been to that Saturday food market in SE1 then you really should). Their ricewich was something quite unique and the flavours were banging. After a few successful pop ups and one offs, they’ve now taken over the kitchens at a cafe on Kingsland Road resulting in Curio + TĀ TĀ. It’s a … Continue reading Curio + TĀ TĀ, Hackney

Padstow Townhouse

Padstow Townhouse, Cornwall

Rojanos in the Square and Michelin starred No 6, restaurants both by Paul Ainsworth, have been mega hits in the harbour town of Padstow In Cornwall. It was good news then to hear Paul had opened Padstow Townhouse, which offers 6 luxurious suites just a short walk away. The walk may be short, but the hill is steep and if it’s raining, your fringe won’t … Continue reading Padstow Townhouse, Cornwall

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Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York

I should start by saying the food at Brooklyn Fare is very good, delicious in fact. Chef César Ramirez is inspired by Japanese cuisine and French technique; the result being a fairly long tasting menu of nibbles to a standard Michelin deemed as deserving 3 stars. Ingredients were top notch; perch, red snapper, sea urchin, trout roe, langoustine, grade 5 wagyu; all cooked to a … Continue reading Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York