Tea Room at Bun House, Soho

There are two options when eating here; Bun House – a ground floor order-at-the-counter-jobby with a limited menu of steamed buns (think ‘quick bite to eat’) or Tea Room – a hidden downstairs dining room which is much calmer and a whole lot sexier. Here, the menu is more extensive and features plenty of offal. The setting is unusual; there’s an old school record player … Continue reading Tea Room at Bun House, Soho

Jean-Georges at The Connaught, Mayfair

Our first intro to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s food was at his 3 Michelin starred restaurant inside the – gulp – Trump Hotel, Central Park. As New York prices go, the set lunch menu was fantastic value and his Asian-America-French inspired food was quite something. With 23 restaurants in America, The Connaught, Mayfair is his first flurry into the UK and what a mighty fine hotel to … Continue reading Jean-Georges at The Connaught, Mayfair

Andrew Edmunds, Soho

It was this list of Fay Maschler’s 50 favourite restaurants in London that pushed Andrew Edmunds to the top of my hit list. It’s one of those old boys, sitting pretty on Lexington Street in Soho since 1986, that is loved by all and is always busy. It’s also dog friendly which is handy as we’re dog sitting Fred the pug. It’s a gloriously sunny day … Continue reading Andrew Edmunds, Soho

Wild Honey, Mayfair

I last went to Wild Honey back in 2012 when it had a Michelin star. The food was great and I loved the hunter’s log cabin-esque dining room. It since lost its star after the split of its business partners and now one of them, Anthony Demetre, is running the place solo. Not much has changed, it’s still a looker. Dark wood panelled walls and … Continue reading Wild Honey, Mayfair

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