Simon Rogan’s Fera at Claridge’s

Fera at Claridge’s is the hotel’s brand spanking new restaurant by Simon Rogan – his first London venture since the very successful “pop-up” Roganic in Marylebone. Having eaten particularly well at L’enclume and The French, we were really excited to be trying his new place. Fera (which means ‘wild’ in Latin) has replaced the old Gordon Ramsay restaurant and what a transformation it is. The … Continue reading Simon Rogan’s Fera at Claridge’s

GB Pizza Co, Exmouth Market

What started out as a street food venture serving pizzas from a wood fired oven in the back of a VW Campervan, GB•Pizza•Co now has a restaurant on the seafront in Margate and a newly opened site on Exmouth Market. As it was their opening weekend, all pizzas were 50% off so we thought we’d pop down to give it a try. It’s quite a … Continue reading GB Pizza Co, Exmouth Market

Barnyard, Fitzrovia

Based on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia, Barnyard is the new all-American restaurant from Ollie Dabbous – he’s the guy behind Michelin starred Dabbous, famed for having a year and a half waiting list for a table – which wasn’t worth the wait if you ask me! Getting a table at Barnyard however was a little easier; they don’t take bookings and at 6:30, the four … Continue reading Barnyard, Fitzrovia

Ticino, Bermondsey Street

  Bermondsey Street isn’t short of great places to fill your gut, what with the likes of Jose, Pizzaro, Casse-Croûte and Zucca, but one thing the street has certainly been missing is pizza – until now. The Gianelli family have opened an Italian restaurant (complete with pizza oven) called Ticino right opposite their wholesale bakery that they’ve owned for over thirty years. The ground floor … Continue reading Ticino, Bermondsey Street

Hixter, City

  Hixter, which is just a short stroll from Liverpool Street, is the latest restaurant from Mark Hix. It’s based on the same idea as his other restaurant Tramshed; specialising in just chicken and steak – that’s Swainson House Farm chicken and Glenarm Mighty-Marbled steak to be precise. The restaurant was a pretty little thing; giant paintings of smiley faces hung on the exposed brick walls and … Continue reading Hixter, City

The Lockhart

  Based just a short stroll from Marble Arch and tucked away behind the haze of the hubbly bubbly pipes from the Edgware Road, Lockhart is a restaurant that specialises in food from the Deep South. But this isn’t just another junk food inspired restaurant; this is refined soul food. After a recent change of head chef to Brad McDonald and given the fact that … Continue reading The Lockhart

Blackfoot, Exmouth Market

Exmouth Market isn’t short of great places to eat, with the likes of Morito, Moro, Caravan and Medcalf. New kid on the block Blackfoot, which specialises in all things porky, replaces an old school pie and mash shop which apparently could no longer afford the rent. Inside they’d kept the old pie shop vibe with booth tables on the right and a long bar on … Continue reading Blackfoot, Exmouth Market

Bo London

Alvin Leung has opened Bo London in Mayfair, introducing his signature “x-treme Chinese” cooking style to the city. Shortly after opening it received a Michelin star so we had fairly high expectations for our dinner – even though we hadn’t heard many good things. It was an attractive restaurant with a small bar area in the front, tightly packed tables for two in the middle and an … Continue reading Bo London

Koya, Soho

Koya is a Japanese udon restaurant on Berwick Street in Soho. Whenever I’ve walked past there’s always been a mahoosive queue out the door. When we joined the end of it one evening for a spot of dinner, we were pleasantly surprised to be seated rather quickly. If you’re uncultured like me, udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle, (thanks Wikipedia) usually but … Continue reading Koya, Soho

Les Trois Garçons

Le Trois Garçons in Shoreditch has been on my to-do list for a few years but for some reason I’ve never got round to eating there. I’ve always looked through their window and seen the handbags hanging from the ceiling and thought it’d be right up street – and I’m pleased to say it really was. The inside of the restaurant is unlike any other … Continue reading Les Trois Garçons

Brasserie Chavot

Brasserie Chavot is the creation of Eric Chavot (a former two Michelin starred chef) which sits in the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair – not that you’d be able to tell as it has its own entrance which feels miles away from the actual hotel. The Westbury also houses Michelin starred Alyn Williams which is well worth a look-in. The dining room was rather splendid with … Continue reading Brasserie Chavot

The French by Simon Rogan

The French is situated inside The Midland which is arguably Manchester’s finest hotel – I don’t think there’s much competition though! The building itself boasts a rather grand exterior – I can see why Hitler wanted to make it his base if he invaded (true fact!). Originally a rather stuffy traditional French restaurant complete with white tablecloths, the dining room had been given the Rogan … Continue reading The French by Simon Rogan

Grill Shack, Soho

Grill Shack is an “all day counter order grill” on Beak Street in Soho and is the creation of Richard Caring who recently sold Côte Bistro (now there’s a chain I like) for a reported £100m – I bet he’ll have a good Christmas! We were seated in the ground floor dining room but there’s also a smaller room downstairs in the basement. It was … Continue reading Grill Shack, Soho