The Cleveland Arms, Paddington

The Cleveland Arms is a pub and restaurant at the end of a sleepy mews in Paddington. Other than Frontline Club, the area isn’t exactly famous for its food offering. But maybe things are on the up… This is a proper “posh” boozer. The ground floor sees a bar with stools and a snug out the back complete with open fire. Downstairs is the dining … Continue reading The Cleveland Arms, Paddington

Villa Mama’s, Chelsea

This is the first opening in the UK for chef and restaurateur Roaya Saleh who already has a Villa Mama’s out in Bahrain. We visited her new one based just a few doors down from Phil Howard’s Elystan Street in Chelsea. There’s a Middle Eastern vibe about the place with rugs hanging on the stone washed walls and the clientele on our visit are equally … Continue reading Villa Mama’s, Chelsea

RIGO’, Parsons Green

“A tale of chef Gonzalo Luzarraga’s culinary journey”. This sentence definitely sums up the service style at Rigo as every dish comes with a long and detailed explanation as to its relation to the chef. Why, how, who, when, where – it’s all there. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea – some will find it intrusive and, at times, a little annoying. I quite … Continue reading RIGO’, Parsons Green

Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill

We had a truly memorable lunch at three Michelin starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay back in 2013. At the time, the kitchens were headed up by Clare Smyth, who has since gone on to open this little beauty, Core, in Notting Hill. It’s a confident operation, which you’d expect from someone with such a fine dining background. There are a staff galore, the sort who fold … Continue reading Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill

Casa Cruz, Holland Park

After dinner at recently opened Isabel in Mayfair, we love it so much, it makes us book Juan Santa Cruz‘s first restaurant in West London called Casa Cruz. And surprisingly, we manage to bag a table, albeit early, on a Friday night. We’re the first to arrive, after a 10 minute walk from Holland Park tube. The houses en route are something else – there’s … Continue reading Casa Cruz, Holland Park

Dominique Ansel Bakery, Victoria

Our first taste of Dominique Ansel’s sweet treats was at his cafe in New York. This chap worked for years as the exec pastry chef at two Michelin star Daniel in New York and then set up his own place which was made all the more famous by his invention the Cronut®. Mum, that’s a cross between a donut and a croissant, you’d love it. … Continue reading Dominique Ansel Bakery, Victoria

Hai Cenato, Victoria

Hai Cenato, meaning ‘have you had dinner?’ in Italian, is the latest opening from chef turned fashion icon Jason Atherton (Sosharu, Social Wine & Tapas and City Social). It’s in a new development in Victoria called Nova which has got restaurants aplenty all housed in glass fronted new-builds right by the station. We have an interesting arrival; a huge door which we can’t see into … Continue reading Hai Cenato, Victoria

Elystan Street, Chelsea

Phil Howard has had quite a career to date; his time running Mayfair stalwart The Square gained him 2 Michelin stars, neighbourhood favourite Kitchen W8 is always busy and he’s regularly a judge on BBC’s Great British Menu. He’s now opened Elystan Street in Chelsea on the former Tom Aikens site. Gone is the dark dining room with quote ridden walls. Instead it’s a bright … Continue reading Elystan Street, Chelsea

Six Portland Road, Holland Park

It’s not a place I often frequent to be honest, is Holland Park. I’m not sure I’ve actually ever been there before. But now Six Portland Road has opened, on 6 Portland Road, I think I’ll be planning many more a visit. It’s a restaurant from Oli Barker (front of house) who used to head up Terroirs near the Strand. Much like there, the menu … Continue reading Six Portland Road, Holland Park

The Goring, Belgravia

The Goring hotel, made famous by Kate Middleton’s stay the night before her wedding day, is now home to a Michelin starred dining room. We’ve had the afternoon tea before in the bar which was quite wonderful. The hotel is all glamour, from the outside to the lobby. The dining room however has a little less grandeur and the clientele are north of 60; it’s … Continue reading The Goring, Belgravia

Egg Break, Notting Hill

Egg Break opened under the radar; there was little to no song and dance about Soho House’s latest restaurant tucked down a sleepy side street in Notting Hill. As the name suggests, the menu specialises in all things eggy and as it’s only open for breakfast and lunch, it’s a convenient brunch spot. We sat on the ground floor which had a relaxed cafe vibe. … Continue reading Egg Break, Notting Hill

Granger & Co., Notting Hill

Serial restaurateur Bill Granger must be doing something right; he’s got restaurants all over the world in Sydney, Seoul, Honolulu and Tokyo, and he’s just about to open another Granger & Co. in Kings Cross. We popped down for brunch at the Notting Hill outpost one Sunday and were greeted with a rather large queue; clearly a popular choice. It’s a charming spot with a … Continue reading Granger & Co., Notting Hill

Kouzu, Victoria

Kouzu is a swanky Japanese restaurant in Victoria which is housed in a grade-ll listed mansion from the 1850’s. As you might expect from such a restaurant in such a location, it ain’t a cheap affair, but the food was really rather good. We started with the beef fillet tataki (£17.50) which was thin strips of lightly seared beef, delicately flavoured with a light soy … Continue reading Kouzu, Victoria

The Ledbury, Notting Hill

The Ledbury is a two Michelin restaurant by Australian born Brett Graham. It’s been a while since we’ve had a bit of fine dining pomp (my favourite of all food to be honest) so we booked ourselves in for a Saturday lunch. Getting a table is still quite hard work FYI. The dining room was elegantly simple but beautiful; it was understated yet with all … Continue reading The Ledbury, Notting Hill

Kurobuta, Chelsea 

Kurobuta, which is the creation of chef and owner Scott Hallsworth, has become so popular that he’s moved his Chelsea outpost down the King’s Road to an even bigger site (he’s turning the old one into Joe’s Oriental Diner). We rocked up on a Wednesday evening, having not booked and the place was rammed to the rafters. All they could offer us was to perch on the … Continue reading Kurobuta, Chelsea