Jidori, Covent Garden

It might seem a little odd reviewing a restaurant having only tried one dish but sometimes you eat something so absolutely ruddy delicious that you want to tell people about it. So, here goes. Firstly, some back story. This is the second Jidori. Their one in Dalston is a beautiful creation; all soft pinks and pale blues. This one is less attractive but admittedly I’m … Continue reading Jidori, Covent Garden

Sophie’s Steakhouse, Soho

The original Sophie’s steakhouse in Fulham has been around for 15 years. Their second, in Covent Garden, had to up sticks and leave to make way for a new hotel owned by none other than Robert De Niro. Panic not as owners Sophie Bathgate and Rupert Power have now opened in Soho. It’s an astonishingly large setup. There’s a terrace, a whopping bar, a huge … Continue reading Sophie’s Steakhouse, Soho

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries have added to their posh garden centre cum café cum restaurant in Richmond with this big ol’ beauty in Covent Garden. It’s a whopper. There’s a deli, a lifestyle shop with a florist out the back and two restaurants: La Goccia and a more formal The Petersham. The latter is a gorgeous space filled with plants, flowers, foliage, gigantic chandeliers and walls adorned … Continue reading Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Delamina, Marylebone

This is the second restaurant from husband and wife duo Limor and Amir Chen, who also own Strut and Cluck in Shoreditch. It’s a gorgeous space; all bright and airy with white painted exposed brick walls and potted plants aplenty. The dishes are vibrant both to look at and eat. Charred cauliflower (£9) comes with lemon zest infused crème fraiche sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. It’s … Continue reading Delamina, Marylebone

Fat Tony’s, Termini Centrale

If it’s cocktail perfection you’re after, you’ll struggle to find better than Bar Termini. This compact bar in Soho’s Old Compton Street is the brainchild of Tony Conigliaro who also owns 69 Colebrooke Row and Untitled in Dalston. This second Bar Termini, Termini Centrale, lacks the beauty of the original. It’s off a side street by Selfridge’s and inside it’s not much to look at. … Continue reading Fat Tony’s, Termini Centrale

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