Nobu Shoreditch

Nobu is that big, shiny sushi brand backed by Robert De Niro. They had two restaurants; one near Park Lane, one on Berkeley Street. Both are always busy. Good times. A strange choice then for Nobu to open a hotel in Shoreditch, right opposite The Hoxton. It’s certainly a looker though. At one end of the building the hotel’s balconies jut out in a higgledy-piggledy … Continue reading Nobu Shoreditch

Cocotte, Shoreditch

Sitting pretty in the former 8 Hoxton Square site, this is the second Cocotte, an ethically sourced rotisserie chicken restaurant, their first being in Notting Hill. We start with chicken wings; barbecue and spicy flavoured (£9 each) and crudités with a herby dip and yoghurt sauce (£8). It’s the perfect food for the muggy weather and their outside terrace. The doors between it and the … Continue reading Cocotte, Shoreditch

Hide (Above), Piccadilly

Hide is the flash new restaurant just down the road from The Ritz. Its the creation of Hedonism Wines who own an equally plush wine shop just round the corner. The chef in charge is Ollie Dabbous, of famed Dabbous and Barnyard, both of which are now deceased. There are rumours how much the staircase that connects ‘Below’ (the basement cocktail bar), ‘Ground’ (the casual … Continue reading Hide (Above), Piccadilly

Corinthia: afternoon tea

“It was in 1840 that Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, noticed she felt a ‘sinking feeling’ around mid-afternoon. Once served with a pot of Darjeeling tea, some bread, butter and biscuits, she felt decidedly better. The afternoon tea was born.” That’s written in the first page of Corinthia’s afternoon tea menu and it’s a lovely way to start proceedings. Equally lovely is the gorgeous … Continue reading Corinthia: afternoon tea

Paladar, Elephant & Castle

It’s not exactly Mayfair but Elephant and Castle is on the up. They’re extending the Bakerloo Line so it won’t be a dead end, there are rumours of the shopping centre finally being redeveloped and there are flats going up at every turn. So Paladar, a new Latin American restaurant, just a short stroll from that chaotic roundabout at E&C, is a great addition for … Continue reading Paladar, Elephant & Castle

Laurent, Hotel Café Royal

In the heart of Piccadilly, Hotel Café Royal is really hitting its stride as of late. They’ve ditched the restaurant in the entrance which has transformed the lobby into a beautiful space. There’s transformation afoot upstairs too. Gone is the members club and an old event space has turned into Laurent. Exec chef Laurent Tourondel has created a menu which focuses on sushi and steak. … Continue reading Laurent, Hotel Café Royal

Hoi Polloi, Shoreditch

Hoi Polloi is the restaurant which takes up a large part of the Ace Hotel’s ground floor. It’s big and beautiful and full of East London hipsters. Seriously. We walk through the hotel’s lobby at 6pm and not a single person is without a MacBook. You can also enter the wood-panelled canteen-style dining room through a florist shop which is rather charming. We start with … Continue reading Hoi Polloi, Shoreditch

Pastaio, Ganton Street

Stevie Parle owns a fair few restaurants now. There’s Dock Kitchen, Craft London and Palatino. You’ve got Rotorino, the one he co owns with that chap who runs Street Feast. And then there’s Sardine which he consults on. Pastaio is his first go at a central london site, this time serving only a small array of handmade-daily pasta dishes. It’s a large space with an … Continue reading Pastaio, Ganton Street

Lina Stores, Soho

Established in 1944, Lina Stores has been keeping Soho well stocked in Italian produce for over 75 years. It’s a cute shop and a slice of old school London which is fast fading, becoming flats and coffee shops. In this uncertain climate for restaurants it is particularly exciting to see Lina Stores expanding – they’ve just opened a pasta restaurant nearby on Greek Street (a … Continue reading Lina Stores, Soho

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