The Wigmore at The Langham

Based at the crappy end of Regent Street, The Wigmore is a pub, or “modern British tavern”, part of the Langham hotel. It’s overseen by Michel Roux Jr, you know him, the one off of MasterChef: The Professionals, along with the hotel’s exec chef Chris King. It’s the prettiest pub I’ve ever been in. The walls are a glossy British Racing Green, there’s a large … Continue reading The Wigmore at The Langham

The Frog by Adam Handling

Fans of MasterChef: The Professionals will know Adam Handling from the 2013 series where he was a finalist. Since then he’s been a busy chap opening The Frog E1 in Shoreditch; a zero-waste coffee shop called Bean & Wheat; and his flagship restaurant, The Frog, in Covent Garden. The latter is an impressive operation: the whole place screams money. Tables of two face the open … Continue reading The Frog by Adam Handling

Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

Two Scottish blokes, Calum Mackinnon and Andy Waugh, started Mac and Wild as a street food stall on Whitecross Street in Islington serving up Scottish produce. They now have two restaurants in London; Devonshire Square and here in Fitzrovia. The dining room is a simple space; long and narrow with tightly packed tables down one side. There’s lots of wood and the ceiling has bull … Continue reading Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

L’Escargot, Soho

In a city filled with new openings every five minutes, it’s easy to forget restaurants that have been around a little longer. 93 years since opening, L’Escargot can boast the title of London’s oldest French restaurant. Inside it feels old-school-posh but without that stifling atmosphere you used to get with fine dining. Service is relaxed, friendly, even jokey. We sit by the window, next to … Continue reading L’Escargot, Soho

Sabor, Heddon Street

Just off Regent Street and already full of average restaurants, Heddon Street isn’t the first place you’d think of going for a great meal. A strange choice then for Nieves Barragan’s first standalone restaurant after leaving the Barrafina empire she helped create. Once inside however it’s all rather lovely. We take a seat at the low counter overlooking the brightly tiled kitchen and sip on … Continue reading Sabor, Heddon Street

XU, Soho

XU, pronounced ‘shoo’, is the next restaurant from the Taiwanese brother and sister gang who brought us Bao. Whereas Bao sees queues for miles, an informal dining room and a cheap as chips menu, XU is quite the opposite. It takes reservations and the dining room, split over two floors, is an absolute stunner – think 1920’s Taiwan train carriage (it’s designed by Brady Williams … Continue reading XU, Soho

Yen, The Strand

Yen is a Japanese restaurant specialising in handmade buckwheat noodles called Soba – something I’ve never had before. They own a successful restaurant in Paris already and this is their first flurry away from home. The dining room is impressively sized with a ceiling taller than most churches. There’s an open kitchen and sushi counter, tables are generously spaced and there’s a calm vibe about … Continue reading Yen, The Strand

Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Soho

Seems like the whole world has gone veggie or #Veganuary at the minute. Even Grace Dent is a supporter of the less meat movement. Makes sense then that Rosa’s Thai Cafe, who now have 11 sites across London, have launched a veggie-only menu for three months at their Dean Street restaurant. Those who follow this blog will have noticed a mostly meaty theme so I was … Continue reading Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Soho

CLAW, Kingly Street

Kingly Street in Central London (just behind Carnaby Street) is doing rather well in the food department as of late. There’s a new Bread Ahead cafe just opened, Breddos Tacos, which is brilliant, and now CLAW. Owned by Fabian Clark with what originally started out as a street food business serving all things crab, its nice to see he’s now got a proper, and rather … Continue reading CLAW, Kingly Street

Tonkotsu popup at Anzu, St James’s Market

Tonkotsu is superb. There’s one right near my flat too meaning Eat the Bits chicken wings feature in my diet far more heavily than they should. It’s one of the most consistently brilliant quick bites you can eat in London. Great news then that they’re taking over their sister restaurant, Anzu in St James’s Market, for 3 months. Let’s hope it becomes a permanent fixture which … Continue reading Tonkotsu popup at Anzu, St James’s Market

Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood London

There’s no denying that Rosewood London is one of this city’s finest hotels which has turned a sleepy part of Holborn into quite the destination. You can read about my stay in one of the Rosewood London’s suites here. Attached to the hotel is Holborn Dining Room, once set up by Des McDonald (he now looks after the restaurant on the roof of Selfridges), which … Continue reading Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood London

La Tagliata, Fitzrovia

La Tagliata is the sort of Italian restaurant you’d long for in your neighbourhood. It’s not pandering to trends. There’s not a Freakshake or avocado on toast in sight. The dishes are a touch dated in their presentation – think slate plates and balsamic glaze drizzles – but it’s the sort of food you want to eat. We start with a sausage, mushroom and truffle pizza in … Continue reading La Tagliata, Fitzrovia

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

There are only three 3 Michelin starred restaurants in London: recently awarded The Araki, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, which celebrated its 10th Birthday this year. At the helm is executive chef Jean-Philippe Blondet who commands a brigade of a whopping 27 chefs in a rather swanky kitchen preparing dishes from a plethora of different menus. There’s a la carte, a … Continue reading Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester