Cakes & Bubbles, Hotel Café Royal

Things are looking good for the Hotel Café Royal at the minute. They’ve opened Laurent, serving steak and sushi (lush) and the lobby has undergone a dashing makeover giving the hotel the grand entrance it always deserved. The latest edition to this Piccadilly stalwart is Cakes & Bubbles, a café-cum-restaurant serving, as you may have guessed, desserts and Champagne. It’s the creation of Albert Adriá, … Continue reading Cakes & Bubbles, Hotel Café Royal

Red Farm, Covent Garden

“RedFarm brings a greenmarket sensibility to modern and inventive Chinese food” says their website. Whatever that means. The potential for this import from New York to be a bit crap is quite high. (This is their first in the UK, next to Balthazar in Covent Garden). But it’s actually loads of fun. Dishes like pork and crab xiaolongbao (£8), that’s those soup dumplings which are … Continue reading Red Farm, Covent Garden

Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, Corinthia Hotel London

Tom Kerridge has quite the restaurant empire. Over in Marlow, Buckhimshire he has the two Michelin-starred Hand and Flowers. Up the road he now owns a butchers called The Butcher’s Tap and a pub, The Coach. The latest addition is Kerridge’s Bar & Grill in one of London’s finest hotels, Corinthia Hotel London. Kerridge’s wife, Beth is an sculptor and the dining room is filled … Continue reading Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, Corinthia Hotel London

Cora Pearl, Covent Garden

I went to Cora Pearl for a weekday dinner when it first opened and loved it. Beautiful room, warm service and tasty grub – nothing not to like. I was excited then to hear this sister restaurant to Kitty Fisher’s is now serving Sunday lunch. Their ham and cheese toastie (£7.50) has become quite a ‘thing’. For good reason. But it’s the daintier dishes that show … Continue reading Cora Pearl, Covent Garden

Harry’s Bar, James Street

Harry’s Bar on James Street (just by Selfridges) is inspired by its namesake, the fancy Mayfair private members’ club Harry’s Bar, that opened on South Audley Street in the 70s. It’s the brainchild of Richard Caring. He’s been rolling out Ivy Cafés/Brasseries/Grills like there’s no tomorrow and I imagine he’ll be doing the same here. But panic not, this ain’t no crap chain. It’s rather … Continue reading Harry’s Bar, James Street

Maison Bab, Covent Garden

Maison Bab is a “modern kebab house” from friends Stephen Tozer (ex city) and Ed Brunet (ex Le Gavroche). Based in Covent Garden, opposite Temper, it’s a looker inside; tall ceiling, open kitchen and Tom Dixon-inspired copper light shades. I arrive a touch hungover which is handy as a kebab is the perfect fix. We start with a naan bread drenched in meat butter (£4.50). … Continue reading Maison Bab, Covent Garden

Evelyn’s Table, The Blue Posts

It’s an exciting setup at Evelyn’s Table, the eleven-seat kitchen bar in the basement of The Blue Posts pub in between Soho and Leicester Square. You’d have no idea it was there. It was always going to be good though as the owners, Assaf Granit and Zoë and Layo Paskin, who also have The Palomar, The Barbary, Jacob and the Angel and now Coal Office … Continue reading Evelyn’s Table, The Blue Posts

Neptune, The Principal London

Neptune is the restaurant from Brett Redman inside the recently opened, and rather stunning, Principal London. This guy knows how to run restaurants, owning Elliot’s in Borough Market and Jidori in Covent Garden and Dalston. This is his biggest opening yet and no expense has been spared on the fit out. There’s a salmon and gold colour scheme with plants a plenty. It’s a very … Continue reading Neptune, The Principal London

LIMA, Fitzrovia

With the news that Peruvian restaurant LIMA has just opened in Dubai, it seemed fitting to return to their original London restaurant in Fitzrovia to see how it’s fairing. It’s held a Michelin star for over five years. [NB Lima lost its Michelin star in the 2018 Guide] Not much has changed in appearance since they first opened. There’s still a small dining room out … Continue reading LIMA, Fitzrovia

Bancone, Covent Garden

Bancone is one of those new openings that has taken the food world by storm. Grace Dent – “casually orgasmic”, Jimi Famurewa – “outrageously good”, Timeout – “an Italian restaurant in Covent Garden serving fresh pasta.” Everyone seems to love the place. We pop in off the cuff before the cinema – a black and white Polish film called ‘Cold War’ which is brilliant by … Continue reading Bancone, Covent Garden

Cora Pearl, Covent Garden

Cora Pearl is the second restaurant from the trio owners of Kitty Fishers in Mayfair. It was always going to be tricky when their talented chef left as he really put it on the map – that’s Tomos Parry by the way, who went on to open the brilliant BRAT. But it didn’t seem to affect business, they were still packed most nights and here’s … Continue reading Cora Pearl, Covent Garden