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

Pharmacy 2, Vauxhall

Pharmacy 2 is the collaboration between Damien Hirst and Mark Hix – Hix does the food and the restaurant is based inside Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery. I never went to the original Pharmacy in Notting Hill back in the late 90’s but the very idea of it is rather exciting. It’s a bitch to find – down a million side streets and in a maze … Continue reading Pharmacy 2, Vauxhall

Padella, Borough Market

Padella is a cute little pasta restaurant on the edge of Borough Market and it’s by the Trullo chaps (they own an Italian neighbourhood spot in Islington). Being so small, seating is a touch cramped if you’re not at the bar overlooking the open kitchen. We were in a corner with someone’s elbow digging into our backs and our legs totally squashed BUT it didn’t … Continue reading Padella, Borough Market

Kricket, Brixton

Kricket is an Indian small plate restaurant and is the brainchild of two handsome chaps; chef Will Bowlby and front of house Rik Campbell. It’s in a newish part of Brixton called Pop, a collection of sea containers with bars, sit down restaurants and street food a plenty. Being a shipping container, there are hardly any seats and it’s all shared on two long benches. … Continue reading Kricket, Brixton

Marco’s New York Italian, Bankside

It’s fair to say Marco Pierre White has lost the credibility he once gained from the days of being the youngest chef ever to receive three Michelin stars. He’s now the face of Knorr and owns a collection of mediocre restaurants. Marco’s New York Italian, which is a franchise, has taken over the former dining room in the Mercure hotel in Bankside. Inside, pictures of … Continue reading Marco’s New York Italian, Bankside

Craft London, Greenwich Peninsular 

We got well and truly lost trying to find Craft London as I had no idea where exactly the Greenwich Peninsular was. This new restaurant from Stevie Parle, who’s the man behind Rotorino and The Dock Kitchen, is in fact slap bang next to the O2 Arena. It’s not an area particularly known for its food offerings, unless you like a good Harvester that is. Location … Continue reading Craft London, Greenwich Peninsular 

Naughty Piglets, Brixton

It’s a random name for a restaurant I’ll give you that, but this new and cute little spot in Brixton (we drove, don’t worry) from husband and wife team Joe Sharratt (chef) and Margaux Aubry (front of house) is really rather good. There’s a small dining room out the back, which is incredibly dark (too dark?) or the bar with stool seats at the front … Continue reading Naughty Piglets, Brixton

40 Maltby Street 

I’ve been a lover of Maltby Street for quite some time now; it’s a weekend food market which has real charm and character. There’s a good reason to pay the area a visit on weekday evenings too however and it goes by the name of 40 Maltby Street. Predominantly the company is a wine supplier but they’ve since turned the front of their warehouse, under … Continue reading 40 Maltby Street 

Pedler, Peckham Rye

I have to be honest with you, Peckham is not somewhere I often frequent but as a friend recently moved near the area, what better chance to explore I thought. After a quick check on Twitter, as Peckham Bazaar was closed, the next best option seemed to be Pedler in (is it in or on?) Peckham Rye. It’s a cute little place both on the … Continue reading Pedler, Peckham Rye

The Manor, Clapham 

This is Robin Gill’s second restaurant in Clapham (he also owns The Dairy) and with the recent announcement that he’s opening another one, 254 Paradise in Bethnal Green (on the same stretch as Mission), along with a deli next door to the Dairy, it’s set to be quite a year for him. I love the Dairy, but whereas that has a dark, romantic, perfect-for-dinner vibe, … Continue reading The Manor, Clapham 

Counter, Vauxhall

In a first for my little blog, ex-blogger and friend, Hugh Wright (creator of Twelve Point Five Percent) comes out of retirement to write me a guest review. One way or another, I have spent a substantial proportion of the past fifteen years in Vauxhall’s railway arches. Moving to the area in 2000 just as the gay scene was migrating out of central London to the then–ungentrified wilds … Continue reading Counter, Vauxhall

Ting, The Shard

Ting is the restaurant inside the Shangri-La hotel on the 35th floor of The Shard. There’s two options when booking; the more casual lounge or the fine dining restaurant and as we were after more of a special occasion feel for my parents, we opted for the latter. We were seated at a large table in the middle of the long dining room. It felt … Continue reading Ting, The Shard