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

Bombay Bustle, Mayfair

Bombay Bustle is an Indian restaurant which sits in the former two Michelin starred Hibiscus site in Mayfair. It’s a gorgeous space, made to look like a 1920’s train carriage and the result is quite glamorous. This is co founder Samyukta Nair’s second restaurant, owning Jamavar in Mayfair, another looker. At lunch, a South Indian Tiffin Box menu at £19 is available. A stack of … Continue reading Bombay Bustle, Mayfair

The Blue Posts, Soho

The team behind The Palomar and The Barbary have taken over The Blue Posts, working their magic on restoring this Soho pub, dating back to 1739, to its former glory. Now there’s a special occasion, 8 cover counter restaurant in the basement (Evelyn’s Table), a dark and sexy upstairs cocktail bar (The Mulwray) and a ground floor pub. Said ground floor pub has started serving … Continue reading The Blue Posts, Soho

Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia

Even with all the new openings coming out our ears, one of London’s prettiest dining rooms still remains Berners Tavern, a five star hotel on Berners Street just off Oxford Street. Ian Schrager is the designer and it’s got to be some of his finest work. The giant walls are filled with photos in varying shapes and sizes, some in gold leaf frames. The ceiling … Continue reading Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia