LINO, Smithfield Market

You’ll get lost finding LINO. We sure did. This new restaurant and bar is hidden round the back of Smithfield Market in an old Lino warehouse in a maze of new developments which aren’t quite finished. It’s worth finding though. It’s warehouse chic but there’s an authenticity about it. Taking up the centre of this huge, lofty space is a clover leaf-shaped bar. The music … Continue reading LINO, Smithfield Market

Crispin, Spitalfields

Crispin is a café and restaurant in a beautifully angular building just next to Spitalfields Market. The guys who opened it also own Lundenwic coffee shop on Aldwych and Borough Market scotch egg stall, Scotchtails. The acute angle-vibes continue inside which give you plenty to look at. Bags of coffee beans sit on the steel rafters to make use of any available space and there … Continue reading Crispin, Spitalfields

Kym’s, Bloomberg Arcade

The much loved A.Wong, now Michelin-starred, has just got itself a sister restaurant, over in Bloomberg Arcade. It joins a whole host of brilliant spots to eat: Koya, Brigadiers, Homeslice and the best burger in London: Bleecker. Kym’s specialises in Chinese roast meats and is backed by Chris Miller of White Rabbit Fund. You may recognise that chap from BBC Two’s Million Pound Menu. It’s … Continue reading Kym’s, Bloomberg Arcade

St Leonards, Shoreditch

Owner of Brunswick House Jackson Boxer and its exec chef Andrew Clarke have opened their first joint venture, the big and beautiful St Leonards in Shoreditch. There are two options when visiting; the main dining room, which subtly looks onto an open grill with meats hanging above big flames and a raw seafood bar, OR, the bar, which has a separate menu. With both you’re … Continue reading St Leonards, Shoreditch

Cocotte, Shoreditch

Sitting pretty in the former 8 Hoxton Square site, this is the second Cocotte, an ethically sourced rotisserie chicken restaurant, their first being in Notting Hill. We start with chicken wings; barbecue and spicy flavoured (£9 each) and crudités with a herby dip and yoghurt sauce (£8). It’s the perfect food for the muggy weather and their outside terrace. The doors between it and the … Continue reading Cocotte, Shoreditch

Hoi Polloi, Shoreditch

Hoi Polloi is the restaurant which takes up a large part of the Ace Hotel’s ground floor. It’s big and beautiful and full of East London hipsters. Seriously. We walk through the hotel’s lobby at 6pm and not a single person is without a MacBook. You can also enter the wood-panelled canteen-style dining room through a florist shop which is rather charming. We start with … Continue reading Hoi Polloi, Shoreditch

BRAT, Shoreditch

Chef and co owner of Brat, Tomos Parry, earned his stripes head cheffing at Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair. There he cooked meats on an open grill and it was marvellous. David Cameron even liked it. Tomos’s first standalone restaurant, BRAT, is above Smoking Goat in Shoreditch (the guys from SG have invested). It’s one of the prettier dining rooms I’ve been in of late; dark … Continue reading BRAT, Shoreditch

Smoking Goat, Shoreditch

I loved the original Smoking Goat on Denmark Street in Soho. A small menu of Thai barbecue food and an even smaller dining room with vibes galore; it’s the sort of place you’re always guaranteed a good meal. Owner Ben Chapman then opens Kiln, also in Soho, which sees counter seats overlooking a kitchen full of claypots producing more Thai dishes all of which lush … Continue reading Smoking Goat, Shoreditch

Flank, Spitalfields

Old Spitalfields Market has had a wee makeover (that’s the side with Taberna do Mercado and Bleecker) adding a load of new permanent food and drink stalls which is pretty exciting. If you’ve been to Barcelona it feels very La Boqueria. Breddos, Rök, Dumpling Shack, are a few of the familiar names you’ll see alongside newbies like Thousand Knives, Sood Family and Flank; this being … Continue reading Flank, Spitalfields

Popolo, Shoreditch

I first heard about Popolo (Italian for ‘people’) when it was given a Bib Gourmand in the 2018 Michelin Guide. Say what you want about the Michelin Twitter account but the guide has rarely let me down for solid restaurant recommendations. Their award coincided with an invite from the restaurant’s PR to dine there, so I accepted. Its a small space with a downstairs counter … Continue reading Popolo, Shoreditch

Homeslice, The City

Homeslice is the third restaurant to open in the new Bloomberg building just round the corner from The Ned. It’s making the area quite a foodie spot with Caravan and Vinoteca already open while Bleecker, Koya Bar, an Indian pub concept from JKS Restaurants and a rumoured A. Wong are soon to follow. For those unfamiliar, Homeslice is a pizza restaurant by Mark Wogan, son … Continue reading Homeslice, The City

Hotbox, Commercial Street

The food at Hotbox is probably best summed up by Timeout London – “meaty barbecue masterpieces”. I couldn’t agree more. The restaurant is run by husband and wife team Basit and Preeya Khagram-Nasim, who have invited us in to give their updated menu a whirl. The dining room is a simple space. There are long shared tables with benches meaning getting cosy with your fellow … Continue reading Hotbox, Commercial Street