Monty’s Deli, Shoreditch

There’s a current surge in street food vendors getting permanent restaurants at the moment which is a wonderful thing. Take The Cheese Bar and SMOKESTAK as examples – some of the best new openings I’ve been to in yonks. Monty’s Deli is the next in line. Friends Mark Ogus and Owen Barratt successfully Crowdfunded the project, gone from a stall at Maltby Street Market to … Continue reading Monty’s Deli, Shoreditch

Yard Sale Pizza, Walthamstow

It’s not an area I frequent often I’ll be honest, but Walthamstow is surprisingly easy to get to. A short 16 minute train ride from Liverpool Street and we’re there – you can even use your Oyster card too! The reason for my visit is a new restaurant opening in the form of Yard Sale. These guys have pizza shops in Finsbury Park and Clapton, … Continue reading Yard Sale Pizza, Walthamstow

Grind, Exmouth Market

What started out as a recording studio in Shoreditch in 2011, Grind has now grown to eight sites across London serving coffee, cocktails and food. Their newest, on Exmouth Market, replaces Cafe Pistou just opposite Caravan. Inside, it’s that stripped-back, exposed-brick feel that we all know and love with the addition of pink walls for a bit of warmth. The large bar in the centre … Continue reading Grind, Exmouth Market

Palatino, Clerkenwell

This is the latest one from Stevie Parle (he’s the chap who brought us Rotorino, Dock Kitchen, Sardine and Craft) and it is house in the ground floor of a new ‘pro-working’ space in Clerkenwell called Fora. The name Palatino is both an ancient hill in Rome and a Roman font, which the logo on the menu is printed in. The food, as you might … Continue reading Palatino, Clerkenwell

Luca, Clerkenwell

In my humble opinion, which doesn’t mean a lot, The Clove Club is easily London’s finest restaurant. It was exciting then to hear they were opening a second restaurant called Luca, this time in Clerkenwell, specialising in British/Italian food. ‘Britalian’ if you will. It’s a deceptively large space. There’s a bar in the entrance with a few tables which offer a separate, smaller bar menu. … Continue reading Luca, Clerkenwell

Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell

Based on Goswell Road in Clerkenwell, this is buddies Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney’s first permanent restaurant after years of pop ups and street fooding. We first tried their tacos at Street Feast and they were a little bit bloomin’ lovely. Inside it’s a cute spot. There’s a long shared table in the middle of the room and a bar at the back which overlooks … Continue reading Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell

Radio Alice, Shoreditch

I first tried brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe’s pizzas in Florence, when they flew a small group of us “press” out to one of their 5 pizzerias in Italy. Named Berbere out there, their pizzas are unique in the fact they bake the dough first, then add the toppings. The result is a crisper base, with a crust similar to ciabatta. It’s lush stuff. They’ve … Continue reading Radio Alice, Shoreditch

Smokestak, Shoreditch

Smokestak is the restaurant opening I’ve been most looking forward to this year and that’s for a good reason – their pork ribs and brisket buns, which I’ve inhaled at various street food markets and festivals, are the tastiest things I’ve ever eaten in my 28 years on this planet. This, their first restaurant, just down the road from Boxpark in Shoreditch, is a seriously … Continue reading Smokestak, Shoreditch

Sagardi, Shoreditch

Sagardi is a Basque steakhouse on Curtain Road in Shoreditch, a few doors down from Flat Iron. Unlike Flat Iron, which sells the eponymous cuts of steak for just £10, Sagardi’s finest meat, the Buey Gallician matured beef, is sold at £12 per 100g and I’m not sure there’s ever less than a kilo per serving. But hands down it’s the best meat I’ve come … Continue reading Sagardi, Shoreditch

Ellory, Hackney

The Michelin Guide has received a bit of stick of late; their Twitter account is cringey to say the least and their recent award ceremony wasn’t much better. But I will say this for them: they rarely let me down. Whether it’s Michelin stars or Bib Gourmands, it’s a pretty solid list. Which brings me to Ellory in Hackney, which was recently awarded a coveted … Continue reading Ellory, Hackney

The Frog, Spitalfields

It’s been a busy time for Adam Handling since he first appeared on our screens in MasterChef The Professionals. He opened Adam Handling at The Caxton then left to open his first standalone restaurant The Frog. He also featured in last week’s Great British Menu on BBC2 AND was forced to publicly apologise for suggesting one negative TripAdvisor reviewer should ‘stick to McDonalds‘. So it’s … Continue reading The Frog, Spitalfields

Bombetta, Snaresbrook

Snaresbrook. Yes, I’ve never heard of it either. But it’s near Walthamstow and Bombetta has opened just opposite the station. It’s a restaurant named after and specialising in the Puglian street food consisting of rolled bundles of meat stuffed with oozing cheese and they’re a little bit ruddy lovely. The dining room was fairly small with tables down one side and a bar with open … Continue reading Bombetta, Snaresbrook

Curio + TĀ TĀ, Hackney

We first tried TĀ TĀ’s food at Druid St Market (if you haven’t been to that Saturday food market in SE1 then you really should). Their ricewich was something quite unique and the flavours were banging. After a few successful pop ups and one offs, they’ve now taken over the kitchens at a cafe on Kingsland Road resulting in Curio + TĀ TĀ. It’s a … Continue reading Curio + TĀ TĀ, Hackney