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

Cub, Hoxton

Cub is collaboration between Ryan Chetiyawardana – he’s the cocktail bloke who’s bar, Dandelyan at the Mondrian, was recently listed no.2 in the World’s 50 Best Bars, and Doug McMaster, who’s made a name for himself in the Brighton food scene with his zero-waste restaurant Silo. I’ve certainly never been to a restaurant quite like Cub. We’re seated in a bright yellow booth (awkwardly close … Continue reading Cub, Hoxton

Coqfighter, BOXPARK Shoreditch

I don’t think London will ever reach peek fried chicken. Places like BIRD, Chick ‘n’ Sours, Chik’N, hell – even KFC ensure that people can get there fix of battered bird whenever they like. And it’s all lovely stuff. Coqfighter is the latest one to tick off my list. It’s on the first floor of BOXPARK, the shipping container village full of shopping/eating/drinking on Bethnal Green … Continue reading Coqfighter, BOXPARK Shoreditch

Sweetings, The City

It was Eater’s list of London’s Most Iconic Dishes that got me through the doors of Sweetings. This seafood restaurant has been at 39 Queen Victoria Street for over 100 years and has become a hit with old school city boys looking for a long and boozy lunch. Note: Sweetings is closed evenings and weekends. Included in Eater’s list was Sweetings’ scampi and bacon so … Continue reading Sweetings, The City

Lutyens Grill, The Ned

[UPDATE: Lutyens Grill is now open to the public] Of all the 312,476 restaurants inside The Ned (joke, there are just 9) only two are exclusively members and hotel guests only. There’s the roof with its stunning views over the City, not to mention its own swimming pool, and Lutyens Grill, which sits hidden behind a mirrored wall In the foyer. On our Thursday night … Continue reading Lutyens Grill, The Ned

Bread Street Kitchen, One New Change

Walking into Gordon Ramsay’s BSK, it’s hard to miss the city boys and gals. Though that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it certainly makes for a beautiful space. High ceilings, well lit, walls covered in wine. I’m here to try the allotment menu; a concept that celebrates the British summer and the goodies that come with it. Plants and herbs are growing around … Continue reading Bread Street Kitchen, One New Change

Red Rooster, Shoreditch

The chap behind Red Rooster, Marcus Samuelsson, has himself a hit over in Harlem, USA with his original restaurant specialising in fried chicken. He’s now searching for similar success over here, in newly opened hotel and members club, The Curtain, on Curtain Road, Shoreditch. We can only bag a 10:15pm reservation but being a Friday we think that pretty lucky. We’re taken down into the … Continue reading Red Rooster, Shoreditch

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