Franco Manca, Tottenham Court Road

We first visited Franco Manca at their restaurant in Chiswick and loved their pizzas and the prices – it’s seriously good value. There’s plans to open quite a few more around London so when I heard they’d set up shop on Tottenham Court Road I hurried myself along there. After a short wait in the cramped doorway (they don’t take reservations) we were taken to a … Continue reading Franco Manca, Tottenham Court Road

Byron, Waterloo

“Home of the proper hamburger” Byron was recently sold for a whopping £100m which is a humongous sum of money for their 36 outposts across London and the UK. I think that means we’re going to be seeing a lot more of them. On a Sunday evening our burger obsession got the better of us and we popped along to Byron on the Cut, right … Continue reading Byron, Waterloo

Brasserie Zedel

I first visited Corbin and King’s Brasserie Zedel during their soft launch and fell in love with the place. It has since become my favourite restaurant in London; its Piccadilly location, the lavish surroundings and affordable prices make it the perfect place for a bite to eat. My visit on this occasion was with my lady friend for dinner and a spot of cabaret in … Continue reading Brasserie Zedel

Homeslice, Covent Garden

Homeslice originally started out selling pizzas from a homebuilt wood fired oven in the courtyard of London Fields Brewery. After two very popular years it’s finally found itself a bricks and mortar home at Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. They don’t take reservations so the six of us had a lengthy hour long wait for a table – we could at least wander off and … Continue reading Homeslice, Covent Garden

Honest Burgers, Brixton

There’s currently four Honest Burgers in London (Brixton, Soho, Camden and Portobello Road) but the one in Brixton Village is the original. To be frank I don’t do Brixton much (it scares me a little and I’m a whimp) but as I was working in the area I couldn’t resist popping in for a bit of beef. The place was tiny and very run down … Continue reading Honest Burgers, Brixton

Meatliquor Brighton

Meatliquor in London gave me my first ever glimpse into the world of big fat greasy burgers and I blame them for my subsequent addiction. Whether it be Liquor/Market/Mission I’ve enjoyed and devoured them all. When I heard they were opening one in Brighton, I immediately planned a trip to the seaside – with my gentleman companion and my parents in tow. At 4pm on … Continue reading Meatliquor Brighton

Tommi’s Burger Joint, Marylebone

I absolutely loved my meal at the original Tommi’s Burger Joint pop-up so when I heard it was finally making itself a proper and more permanent home just off Marylebone High Street, I knew I had to drag my gentleman companion along to try it. It had a similar look and vibe as before but was slightly bigger.  The premise was the same too; order … Continue reading Tommi’s Burger Joint, Marylebone

Dirty Burger, Vauxhall

I wasn’t wholly in love with Dirty Burger when we visited their first outpost in Kentish Town. The simple concept was good but it was the burger I found disappointing. When I heard the Soho House Group were opening their second Dirty Burger I thought I’d give it a go. It’s situated on that massive roundabout in Vauxhall and at 11:45am we had to wade … Continue reading Dirty Burger, Vauxhall

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims started out serving pizzas from a tiny green van with an oven stuck on the back in Berwick Street in Soho and it was a hit; everybody loved their Napoli inspired street food. So much so that they’ve decided to open a permanent pizzeria slap bang opposite a Pizza Express on Dean Street. On the ground floor there’s the pizza oven and a … Continue reading Pizza Pilgrims

Jamie Oliver’s Diner

In the heart of tourist land (Piccadilly) above a souvenir shop and where those blokes draw caricatures of people, sits Jamie Oliver’s latest venture. It’s a three year pop-up (if such a thing exists) which attempts to serve up everything that is popular right now; burgers, chicken in a basket, ribs, pulled pork and there’s even a flat iron steak on the menu. The first … Continue reading Jamie Oliver’s Diner

Five Guys Covent Garden

Five Guys, said to be one of Barrack Obama’s favourite burger joints, was set up in Virginia in 1986 by the Murrel brothers. It managed to get a cult following and became a huge hit across America. It was so popular that in 2003 they decided to offer franchise opportunities and now they have over 1000 Five Guys nationwide – that’s an awful lot! It … Continue reading Five Guys Covent Garden

Shake Shack Covent Garden

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a mild obsession with burgers – and I’m getting a belly to prove it. I’ve covered nearly all of London’s offerings; Meat Liquor/Market/Mission, Dirty Burger, Tommi’s Burger Joint, Burger and Lobster, Bar Boulud, Burger & Shake, BRGR.CO, Patty&Bun, Honest Burger and even Joe Allen’s “secret” burger, so you can imagine my excitement when I heard Shake … Continue reading Shake Shack Covent Garden

Cookhouse Joe

Cookhouse Joe is a Lebanese inspired rotisserie chicken joint on Berwick Street in Soho. It’s by the same people who own Soho Joe (somewhere I’ve yet to try) and as I LOVE a bit of chicken I was excited to pop in for dinner. We sat on the ground floor which was a very small and dark space; the first floor was a little more … Continue reading Cookhouse Joe

Bone Daddies

My first ever taste of the Japanese noodle broth called ramen was at Tonkotsu and what a way to lose my ramen virginity – I loved it! Since then London has become rather obsessed with the stuff and its popularity has rocketed, meaning ramen bars are opening left right and centre. Somewhere that always seems to have a queue outside is Bone Daddies so my … Continue reading Bone Daddies


If you pay Meatliquor a visit during lunch or dinner time then you’ll most likely be faced with a rather large queue. Such is the length of the queues that the bouncer (yes they have a bouncer) stamps your hand to avoid any annoying queue jumpers or pusher-inners. Even though all this seems rather daunting, I really do feel it’s worth the wait – bear … Continue reading Meatliquor