The Manor, Clapham 

This is Robin Gill’s second restaurant in Clapham (he also owns The Dairy) and with the recent announcement that he’s opening another one, 254 Paradise in Bethnal Green (on the same stretch as Mission), along with a deli next door to the Dairy, it’s set to be quite a year for him. I love the Dairy, but whereas that has a dark, romantic, perfect-for-dinner vibe, … Continue reading The Manor, Clapham 

Kurobuta, Chelsea 

Kurobuta, which is the creation of chef and owner Scott Hallsworth, has become so popular that he’s moved his Chelsea outpost down the King’s Road to an even bigger site (he’s turning the old one into Joe’s Oriental Diner). We rocked up on a Wednesday evening, having not booked and the place was rammed to the rafters. All they could offer us was to perch on the … Continue reading Kurobuta, Chelsea 

Morada Brindisa Asador, Soho 

Morada, or Morada Brindisa Asador to give it its full title, is a new tapas restaurant from the chaps and chapesses behind Brindisa in Borough Market. It’s based on Rupert Street in Soho which is just a few doors down from the wonderful Palomar. Inside it’s bigger than you might think with a large rectangular counter overlooking the open bar and kitchen in the middle … Continue reading Morada Brindisa Asador, Soho 

Counter, Vauxhall

In a first for my little blog, ex-blogger and friend, Hugh Wright (creator of Twelve Point Five Percent) comes out of retirement to write me a guest review. One way or another, I have spent a substantial proportion of the past fifteen years in Vauxhall’s railway arches. Moving to the area in 2000 just as the gay scene was migrating out of central London to the then–ungentrified wilds … Continue reading Counter, Vauxhall

Dishoom, King’s Cross 

I’m a bit late to the Dishoom party, their casual Indian food at high street prices has seen them grow to three sites in a short space of time. We thought we’d pop our Dishoom cherry in the newest one, based in Granary Square in King’s Cross (home to Grain Store and Caravan). There was a lovely aroma of Indian food/incense in the air as … Continue reading Dishoom, King’s Cross 

Blacklock, Soho

Based on Great Windmill Street in Soho (just a few doors down from Soho Radio), Blacklock is a new restaurant specialising in ‘skinny chops’. It’s the creation of a rather handsome chap called Gordon Ker who used to work at Hawksmoor so he knows a bit about meat. We visited during the soft launch and things weren’t altogether finished (the front door still hadn’t arrived) … Continue reading Blacklock, Soho

Rojanos in the Square, Padstow

Rojanos in the Square is Paul Ainsworth’s second restaurant in the gorgeous little harbour town of Padstow in Cornwall. Unlike his Michelin starred No.6 (which I love), this is a more casual and affordable restaurant serving pizza, pasta and the like. The place had a really fun and lively atmosphere which was helped by the sweet and charming waiting staff. On our Thursday night visit … Continue reading Rojanos in the Square, Padstow

Jago, Shoreditch

Jago is Shoreditch’s latest restaurant opening and it’s part of an uber-modern shared working space called Second Home. Walking past you can’t miss the place; the dining room is a glass, curved bubble sticking out from the side of the building. The dining room is certainly unusual; I’ve not seen anything like it before – it felt like a cross between a tube carriage and … Continue reading Jago, Shoreditch

Jinjuu, Carnaby Street

Jinjuu is a new restaurant from ex-head chef of the Playboy Club and star of her own cookery show on the Food Network, Judy Joo. The menu sounds rather good with a kind of Korean/American mash up but sadly, it didn’t quite do it for me. We were seated in the ground floor bar area which, as ALWAYS seems to be case these days, was … Continue reading Jinjuu, Carnaby Street

The Ivy Market Grill, Covent Garden

The Ivy Market Grill is Richard Caring’s latest venture (he’s the bloke who sold Cote for millions and he also owns Jackson + Rye, Bill’s, Scott’s and The Ivy to name but a few). I wasn’t convinced by the idea of using The Ivy’s name for a high street chain concept but the place was heaving so it has obviously worked. The inside was smart … Continue reading The Ivy Market Grill, Covent Garden

Portland, Great Portland Street

Portland is a new restaurant from Daniel Morgenthau and Will Lander, co-owner of Quality Chop House in Farringdon. It’s a pretty looking restaurant with a similar feel to 10 Greek Street, just with more room which is never a bad thing. The open kitchen at one end of the room and the noisy natter of diners helped create a lively atmosphere. To start we ordered … Continue reading Portland, Great Portland Street

Kitty Fisher’s, Mayfair

After hearing much praise, I was really looking forward to dinner at Kitty Fisher’s, a new restaurant in Mayfair with head chef Tomos Parry heading up the kitchen who won Chef of the Year at the Young British Foodie Awards. He’s installed a bespoke wood burning grill in the kitchen – sounds right up my alley. We were seated on the ground floor which was … Continue reading Kitty Fisher’s, Mayfair

Barrafina Adelaide Street

I was slightly underwhelmed by my visit to the original Barrafina in Soho (which recently received a Michelin star) but as their new one on Adelaide Street in Covent Garden has had such glowing praise I thought I’d check it out. Sticking with the stools at a counter theme this one is much bigger meaning the wait isn’t quite as long (forty minutes for two … Continue reading Barrafina Adelaide Street

Rowley’s, St James’s

Rowley’s is somewhat of a St. James’s institution; it’s been serving its signature steak swimming in Roquefort butter sauce and unlimited fries for over thirty six years. The dining room had a touch of the old school about it in a glamorous kind of way. It was packed and the atmosphere was noisy and echoey yet not intrusively so. The menu was fairly short and … Continue reading Rowley’s, St James’s

Sea Containers at The Mondrian

The Mondrian has opened its ship inspired five star hotel in the old Sea Containers building right on the river near Blackfriars Bridge. It’s a pleasant, if not a little showy, hotel with a large tin covered ship’s hull running all the way along the reception and through to the restaurant. The dining room is all open plan with a semi open kitchen and lively … Continue reading Sea Containers at The Mondrian