Neo Bistro, Mayfair

If like us, you’re a fan of Anglo, the restaurant from Mark Jarvis in Farringdon, then you’re likely to love his new place, Neo Bistro, just off Bond Street. With the facade of its previous incarnation as The Woodstock pub, you could easily walk past it, as we did. Twice. Inside it’s not your beat up old boozer however, it’s far more plain and simple … Continue reading Neo Bistro, Mayfair

Dumplings’ Legend, Chinatown

As someone who eats out a fair amount in this fine city of ours, a worrying omission from this blog would have to be Chinatown. Finding myself in Soho on a Sunday evening I decide to rectify this and head for Dumplings’ Legend, hailed as London’s best Chinese soup dumplings by the Evening Standard in 2015. My inner snob makes an appearance as soon as … Continue reading Dumplings’ Legend, Chinatown

Henrietta, Covent Garden

Henrietta is a new 18 bedroom hotel on Henrietta Street, right in the heart of Covent Garden. It’s an area which is fast becoming known for food what with Frenchie, Encante, Sibarita and Balthazar, not to mention Shake Shack and MEATmarket all within belching distance. But back to Henrietta, which houses a ground floor restaurant. At the helm, although not present in the kitchen on … Continue reading Henrietta, Covent Garden

Seven Park Place by William Drabble

The restaurant at St James’s Hotel wins the title of London’s smallest Michelin restaurant with just 26 covers. I’ve been before, back in 2013, and loved it. I like that you don’t hear much about the hotel, it’s not some celeb hangout, and it’s hidden down a side street away from the bustle of St James’s. We start with a Vesper Martini at the bar … Continue reading Seven Park Place by William Drabble

Kaia, The Ned

The Ned is that new super hotel in the City from the Soho House Group. It’s friggin’ huge; and to prove it, they’ve got nine restaurants in the place. Two are members only, then you’ve got Cecconi’s, Zobler’s (recently reviewed by my old mate Jay Rayner), Cafe Sou, Millie’s Lounge, The Nickel Bar, Malibu Kitchen and this, Kaia. Its offering is “Asian-Pacific”. Its location is … Continue reading Kaia, The Ned

Street XO, Mayfair

StreetXO is the first UK restaurant from David Muñoz, who owns the three Michelin starred DiverXO in Madrid. It’s next to the police station in Mayfair and from the minute you step foot through the steel container door and down into the basement, the experience is bizarre. The dining room is massive and on our Thursday night visit it’s packed – and clubby. We sit at … Continue reading Street XO, Mayfair

Isabel, Mayfair

You haven’t heard of Isabel on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street? Well I hadn’t either until a well connected friend took me there for a drink. I should say, it’s not the sort of restaurant I’d usually enjoy; a rich “I’m not happy with this table” Mayfair clientele and it’s super exclusive; basic website, no Twitter, no Instagram but I found myself in love with the place. … Continue reading Isabel, Mayfair

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar, Regent Street

Quite honestly, I’ve never been in a more gorgeous space than this new cafe cum cocktail bar in the Ralph Lauren store on Regent Street. It’s all dark wood, plump Ralph Lauren cushions, fresh flowers, paintings of polo players and handsome waiters drying glasses with tea towels – it’s like a set from a film. We arrive for breakfast and after a notably good Cortado … Continue reading Ralph’s Coffee & Bar, Regent Street

Kricket, Soho

Kricket in Brixton, housed in a shipping container serving Indian small plates, was bloody brilliant. Like seriously so. Friends Will Bowlby (kitchen) and Rik Campbell (front of house) seemed to have a winning combo of fantastic food and great vibes. They’ve since opened a far swankier spot in Soho, or arguably Piccadilly, on Denman Street. It is predominantly walk-ins only and it’s counter seating overlooking … Continue reading Kricket, Soho

The Rosewood art afternoon tea

I’ve always thought of the Rosewood as one of London’s prettiest hotels. Based on High Holborn it’s mega grand and inside, whether it’s the Holborn Dining Room, Scarfe’s Bar or the copper corridor that apparently cost them over a million quid, it’s all rather gorgeous. In a bid to make the lesser known Mirror Room a more prominent feature of the hotel, they’ve introduced a new … Continue reading The Rosewood art afternoon tea

ROKA, Charlotte Street

Whenever I walk past the original ROKA in Charlotte Street it’s totally heaving. On our Saturday early lunchtime visit it’s no different – after 10 minutes of the doors being flung open the place is packed. We’re seated at the wooden counter overlooking the open kitchen with robata grill – the chefs are non stop. Definitely sit at the counter if you can. Service is … Continue reading ROKA, Charlotte Street

Masala Zone, Covent Garden

The guys behind Masala Zone know a wee bit about Indian food; they also own Michelin starred Veeraswamy and Amaya along with Chutney Mary, a pretty impressive collection of restaurants. There are currently 7 Masala Zones, which are a more casual offering. We visit their Covent Garden one, opposite the Royal Opera House, for dinner and it’s absolutely packed. The space has just had a … Continue reading Masala Zone, Covent Garden

Lobos Meat and Tapas, Soho

I loved the first Lobos Meat and Tapas, housed in a cramped railway arch in Borough Market. As far as vibes go, that place certainly has them aplenty. I’m not so sure their second restaurant on Frith Street in Soho is quite as buzzy (the second floor dining room does have an open kitchen but the space is quite plain) but the food is outstanding. … Continue reading Lobos Meat and Tapas, Soho