Chick ‘n’ Sours, Seven Dials

I fell in love with Chick ‘n’ Sours after visiting their original shop on the Kingsland Road; their fried chicken was among some of the best I’ve tasted and the owners, Carl and David, are bloody nice blokes. Opening a second restaurant, this time in central London, just by Seven Dials, seemed a logical move for the boys. They’ve perfected their craft and now they’re … Continue reading Chick ‘n’ Sours, Seven Dials

‘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

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

Chick ‘n’ Sours, Dalston

Chick ‘n’ Sours has been sitting pretty on that stretch of the Kingsland Road, near Pamela and Rotorino, for some time now. Co owner, Carl Clarke, used to be a DJ and has run a whole host of successful pop ups, mainly specialising in decent junk food, so knows what he’s doing with a deep fat fryer. Inside it’s a small and simple space; tightly … Continue reading Chick ‘n’ Sours, Dalston

Padella, Borough Market

Padella is a cute little pasta restaurant on the edge of Borough Market and it’s by the Trullo chaps (they own an Italian neighbourhood spot in Islington). Being so small, seating is a touch cramped if you’re not at the bar overlooking the open kitchen. We were in a corner with someone’s elbow digging into our backs and our legs totally squashed BUT it didn’t … Continue reading Padella, Borough Market

Lucky Chip Burgers and Wine, Dalston

Good to see that burgers are still going strong in our wonderful city. Lucky Chip have been doing the rounds for ages with pop ups here, there and everywhere and now they’ve finally set up shop in a pretty restaurant on Ridley Road market in Dalston. Without wishing to offend any locals, the road itself is a bit minging; it’s not one I’d wish to … Continue reading Lucky Chip Burgers and Wine, Dalston

Billy and The Chicks, Soho

I love a bit of fried chicken me, and I really can’t get enough of it. Build it and i’ll come. So when Billy and the Chicks, a new fried chicken shop, opened on St Annes Court in Soho (opposite Zelman Meats) I was rather pleased. It’s a simple space comprising of a bar area by the entrance and a small dining room next door. … Continue reading Billy and The Chicks, Soho

Pizza Locadeli, Islington

Pizza Locadeli is a new pop up on Islington’s Upper Street by Michelin starred restaurateur Giorgio Locatelli. The move into a more affordable, every day option makes sense – and it doesn’t get much more affordable than pizza – it’s just a shame it wasn’t any good! On our Friday evening visit the place was packed but a table quickly became available after a short … Continue reading Pizza Locadeli, Islington

Egg Break, Notting Hill

Egg Break opened under the radar; there was little to no song and dance about Soho House’s latest restaurant tucked down a sleepy side street in Notting Hill. As the name suggests, the menu specialises in all things eggy and as it’s only open for breakfast and lunch, it’s a convenient brunch spot. We sat on the ground floor which had a relaxed cafe vibe. … Continue reading Egg Break, Notting Hill

Kanada-Ya, St Giles High Street 

Based near Tottenham Court Road, opposite what was once Jamie Oliver’s Union Jacks (before it unsurprisingly closed), Kanada-Ya is a tiny little restaurant which specialises in ramen. They’ve got an outpost in Hong Kong and Japan so you’d expect them to know what they’re doing – and they really do. Whenever I walk past there always seems to be a huge queue and on our … Continue reading Kanada-Ya, St Giles High Street 

Lahore Kebab House, Whitechapel

After a recent visit to Tayyabs, a few people had suggested I also try Lahore to get my Indian/Pakistani lamb chop fix. It’s an interesting spot with two dining rooms; one which smelled of farts and the other, with a giant flat screen playing football – I don’t know which is worse! Everything felt like it needed a good Dettol. I wouldn’t exactly give the … Continue reading Lahore Kebab House, Whitechapel

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

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