Tayyabs, Whitechapel

Tayyabs is one of those Indian restaurants (@HollowLegs rightly pointed out that it’s actually Pakistani!) that everyone raves about, mainly for the lamb chops, so I thought it was time I popped down a side street off the Whitechapel Road (a rarity for me) to try it out. The place is staggeringly massive; there are dining rooms galore, all packed full with tables and punters. … Continue reading Tayyabs, Whitechapel

Koya Bar, Soho

It’s always sad when a restaurant closes down (perhaps not the case for Bo London), but it’s even more of a shame when it’s as much loved as Koya on Frith Street. Next door, however, is its sister, Koya Bar, which ain’t going anywhere and I finally got round to popping in for lunch. We arrived at 11:50, which was the cross over between the … Continue reading Koya Bar, Soho

José Pizarro, Broadgate Circle

Described by some as a glorified food court, Broadgate Circle, which is right by Liverpool Street Station, has had rather a lot of money thrown at it. The result is actually rather charming and there’s shed a load of restaurants there; Franco Manca, Shoryu, Yauatcha and this, José Pizarro’s third restaurant. He’s managed to avoid a corporate or chainy feel; even though the place was … Continue reading José Pizarro, Broadgate Circle

Chick ‘n’ Sours, Dalston

Just like burgers, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of chicken, which is rather handy as a new fried chicken shop has just opened on the Kingsland Road near Rotorino. It’s by a chap called Carl Clarke who has had a string of successful residencies and pop-ups all over the shop. It’s a sweet little spot and one which looks like it’s had a … Continue reading Chick ‘n’ Sours, Dalston

Duck and Rice, Soho

Located on the permanent building site that is Berwick Street in Soho (will they ever finish digging up that road?) this is Alan Yau’s latest restaurant. You know Alan Yau, the chap who created Wagamama and sold it for millions then did the same with Yauatcha and Hakkasan. There’s a downstairs bar/pub and a restaurant upstairs at the top of a rather tiny spiral staircase. … Continue reading Duck and Rice, Soho

Corner Room, Bethnal Green 

Situated on the first floor of the Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel, once home to Nuno Mendes’s much loved Viajante, this is somewhat of a hidden gem. Since Nuno upped sticks and went to Chiltern Firehouse (he’s opening his own restaurant in Spitalfields soon FYI), Corner Room hasn’t had much attention, so we thought we’d pop along for lunch. On our Thursday visit we were … Continue reading Corner Room, Bethnal Green 

Hotbox, Spitalfields

Hotbox gained quite a following serving their smoked meat and BBQ food at Street Feast’s Dalston Yard and Hawker House; so much so they’ve since opened their own shop in Spitalfields. We popped down for a late night bite to eat and the place was positively heaving. It’s a dark and rather sexy affair; loud music and plenty of noisy chatter from diners at the … Continue reading Hotbox, Spitalfields

Ceviche, Old Street 

I went to the first Ceviche in Soho around about when it first opened and to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. They’ve since opened Andina in Shoreditch and now this, their second Ceviche right next to Moorfields Eye Hospital by Old Street roundabout. It’s a really beautiful spot, in a former squat, not that you’d be able to tell. There’s a long bar in … Continue reading Ceviche, Old Street 

Cereal Killer Café, Brick Lane

So this is never going to be everyone’s cup of tea; a café in Shoreditch from twins Alan and Gary Keary offering over 100 different types of cereals along with 20 various milks. They even sell Poptarts. But I have to say, it was rather fun. It’s a cramped little spot where you order at the counter then frantically find somewhere to perch. With so … Continue reading Cereal Killer Café, Brick Lane

Naughty Piglets, Brixton

It’s a random name for a restaurant I’ll give you that, but this new and cute little spot in Brixton (we drove, don’t worry) from husband and wife team Joe Sharratt (chef) and Margaux Aubry (front of house) is really rather good. There’s a small dining room out the back, which is incredibly dark (too dark?) or the bar with stool seats at the front … Continue reading Naughty Piglets, Brixton

Bleecker St. Burger, Spitalfields 

This was never going to be the longest blog post; there’s only so much I can say about tucking into a burger while sitting on a park bench in Old Spitalfields Market. What I can say however is that it was the best bloomin’ burger I think I’ve ever eaten. Bleecker St. Burger started life as a food truck and it has had stints all … Continue reading Bleecker St. Burger, Spitalfields 

40 Maltby Street 

I’ve been a lover of Maltby Street for quite some time now; it’s a weekend food market which has real charm and character. There’s a good reason to pay the area a visit on weekday evenings too however and it goes by the name of 40 Maltby Street. Predominantly the company is a wine supplier but they’ve since turned the front of their warehouse, under … Continue reading 40 Maltby Street 

Pedler, Peckham Rye

I have to be honest with you, Peckham is not somewhere I often frequent but as a friend recently moved near the area, what better chance to explore I thought. After a quick check on Twitter, as Peckham Bazaar was closed, the next best option seemed to be Pedler in (is it in or on?) Peckham Rye. It’s a cute little place both on the … Continue reading Pedler, Peckham Rye

Shackfuyu, Soho 

Shackfuyu is Ross Shonhan’s latest venture (he also owns Bone Daddies and Flesh and Buns) and it’s based on the end of Old Compton Street in Soho near La Bodega Negra and Bar Termini. It’s housed in a former Italian restaurant where the original pizza oven is still in the front, which is quite unusual for a Japanese restaurant. It’s a far bigger area than … Continue reading Shackfuyu, Soho