Smoke & Salt, Pop Brixton

It’s a brave restaurant who steps into Kricket’s shoes let me tell you. I had one of the my best meal’s of 2016 in their Indian-small-plate-serving pop up in a shipping container in Pop Brixton. But then they went and got themselves a proper restaurant in Piccadilly. Sad times. So who’s in said shipping container now? Two chaps called Aaron and Remi with their small-plate-with-British-ingredients-using-ancient-techniques … Continue reading Smoke & Salt, Pop Brixton

Bar Douro, Flat Iron Square

Other than half a chicken (medium) at Nando’s and Nuno Mendez’ more exciting Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields, Portuguese food isn’t one of the cuisines that has rocketed to fame in recent years. It goes under the radar. To open a small counter-only restaurant in Flat Iron Square, a newish food/booze/music space under some railway arches in SE1, is then a brave move. It’s paid … Continue reading Bar Douro, Flat Iron Square

Lupins, SE1

Lupins, named after the flower, is a new restaurant within the arches of Flat Iron Square in Southwark. It’s the first venture from Lucy Pedder and Natasha Cooke, the pair having met and worked alongside each other while cooking at Medlar in Chelsea. If you’re unfamiliar with Flat Iron Square, it’s home to a load of street food vendors, small restaurants, bars, a music venue and … Continue reading Lupins, SE1

Pique-Nique, Bermondsey

This is the second restaurant from the chaps behind Casse-Croûte on Bermondsey Street. It’s not far away from it either, just through the park opposite, right next to the tennis courts. It sits in an old shed; a dark and creepy part of the park no one savoury would ever hang about in. But what a transformation. They’ve kept the original wooden beams and structure … Continue reading Pique-Nique, Bermondsey

Sparrow, Lewisham

It’s become cool, of late, to bitch about anywhere in London that isn’t Zone 1. Camberwell Church St? Skuzz hole. The Walworth Road? Stabsville. But in reality, these are places which have provided me with some really decent meals recently. Lewisham is next on my out-of-central-travels – an intriguing area which seems to consist of a shopping centre, a canal which smells of stagnant water … Continue reading Sparrow, Lewisham

Hawksmoor, Borough

This is Hawkmsoor’s 6th restaurant in London (plus one in Manchester) and it’s by far their prettiest. Based right by Borough Market, next to Le Pain Quotidien, in a former hops warehouse, it’s full of character. It’s all parquet flooring and dark gloss walls. Service is the usual relaxed, wear your own clothes, “how’re you getting on buddy?”, style. We’re seated in the corner of … Continue reading Hawksmoor, Borough

Louie Louie, Walworth Road

I first heard about Louie Louie, a new cafe/bar/restaurant from the guys who own nearby Fowlds Café, from Jay Rayner’s review in the Guardian. He liked everything but the natural wine list – I can’t say I’m a fan either  – but it’s certainly something that’s growing in popularity. The restaurant definitely stands out on the Walworth Road – mainly because it looks quite nice. … Continue reading Louie Louie, Walworth Road

Mr Bao, Peckham

Mr Bao specialises in, you guessed it, bao (that’s those little steamed buns, Mum). It’s the creation of friends Frank Yeung and Nick Burkett and it’s a pretty cool spot with its exposed brick and simple interior. We visit for dinner before seeing La La Land at the Peckham Multiplex. At just a fiver it’s something I thoroughly recommend you doing. The menu, much like … Continue reading Mr Bao, Peckham

A. Wong, Pimlico

We enjoyed our first visit to A. Wong back in 2014 – and things have been going strong for Andrew Wong and his modern Chinese restaurant in Pimlico ever since. My visit on this occasion however is for the Peking duck tasting menu. The restaurant isn’t much to look at which is quite nice really – there’s no pomp or pretension. Service is equally as … Continue reading A. Wong, Pimlico

Caravan Bankside, SE1

Bankside has fast become a foodie Mecca – who’d have thought it? Once, nothing more than an office ridden area between London Bridge and Southwark, it now has a Tonkotsu, ‘O Ver and a new street food cum bar cum music venue cum Sunday Flea market called Flat Iron Square. It’s all going on. Just next door to Hixter is Caravan’s third london restaurant – … Continue reading Caravan Bankside, SE1

Where the Pancakes Are, Flat Iron Square

After a host of successful pop ups and stalls at festivals, Patricia Trijbits has finally found a permanent home from which to sell her buttermilk pancakes and Dutch Babies (I’ll get to them in a bit) and it’s all rather lovely. Her restaurant is part of a new development on Southwark Street called Flat Iron Square which, once fully open, will see a whole host of … Continue reading Where the Pancakes Are, Flat Iron Square

Dinner at The Twits, Waterloo

It seems only fitting that the theatre company Les Infants Terribles and jelly pros Bompas and Parr would team up to make an immersive dining experience based on The Twits during the 100th anniversary of Roal Dahl. The experience takes place in The Vaults underneath Waterloo station and at £80 per person it isn’t the cheapest of nights out but for the effort involved by … Continue reading Dinner at The Twits, Waterloo

‘O Ver, Southwark Street

There’s one very big problem with this new Italian restaurant cum pizzeria which has opened on Southwark Street SE1 – it’s worryingly close to my flat. The authentic Neapolitan pizzas are that good (and available to takeaway) I’ve had more than my belly cares to remember in just a couple of weeks. It’s a glass fronted corner spot with a stone floor and white walls … Continue reading ‘O Ver, Southwark Street

Texas Joe’s, London Bridge

This is the first restaurant from Joe Walters who you might recognise as the guy who took his beef jerky on Dragons’ Den, dressed in full cowboy get up and singing a song called ‘Put That Jerky in your Mouth’. To cut a long story short, he won investment however it never happened, his jerky still became a mega success and now he’s opened this. … Continue reading Texas Joe’s, London Bridge