XU, Soho

XU, pronounced ‘shoo’, is the next restaurant from the Taiwanese brother and sister gang who brought us Bao. Whereas Bao sees queues for miles, an informal dining room and a cheap as chips menu, XU is quite the opposite. It takes reservations and the dining room, split over two floors, is an absolute stunner – think 1920’s Taiwan train carriage (it’s designed by Brady Williams … Continue reading XU, Soho

Le Sud, Lyon

We arrive in Lyon on Valentine’s Day and surprise, surprise we struggle to find a restaurant that has space. After a few calls around we get lucky with Le Sud, a Mediteranen brasserie, part of the Paul Bocuse empire (he’s that legendary French chef who recently died). It’s a chaotic arrival, the restaurant is absolutely rammed, all couples naturally, and the manager looks panicked. Our … Continue reading Le Sud, Lyon

Chimis, Southwark

It’s a strange stretch of land is Southwark Bridge Road, SE1. Most of you will have never been there. I’ve only gone down there to get to somewhere else. (Mercato Metropolitano is nearby). There’s a Co-Op. Not much else. But now an Argentinian Parrilla has opened, called Chimis, and it’s rather good. It’s owned by two chaps, Federico Fugazza and Nicolas Modad, who became friends … Continue reading Chimis, Southwark

Sardinia with Vallebona

Sardinia. I’ve never been. And I know very little about it either. “It’s in Italy right?” Well no, not quite, it’s a separate island, the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily and before Cyprus) and an autonomous region of Italy. (Thanks Wikipedia). You probably knew this but I never listened in Geography lessons. Our trip here is for a few days, courtesy … Continue reading Sardinia with Vallebona

Yen, The Strand

Yen is a Japanese restaurant specialising in handmade buckwheat noodles called Soba – something I’ve never had before. They own a successful restaurant in Paris already and this is their first flurry away from home. The dining room is impressively sized with a ceiling taller than most churches. There’s an open kitchen and sushi counter, tables are generously spaced and there’s a calm vibe about … Continue reading Yen, The Strand

L’Oiseau Blanc, The Peninsula Paris

The five star Peninsula hotel in Paris is grand from the outside in – just take a look at the foyer. There are a few options when dining here but our visit is for their 6th floor restaurant L’Oiseau Blanc. The views from this small, square dining room surrounded with windows are quite something and even though the snow and fog completely cover the nearby … Continue reading L’Oiseau Blanc, The Peninsula Paris

Kudu, Peckham

Kudu is a new opening in Peckham, right by Queens Road Peckham station, from partners Amy Corbin (front of house) and Patrick Williams (head chef). Amy worked in New York for six years in interior design which is quite evident from the gorgeous space. It’s dark and sexy. There’s an open kitchen with counter seats saved for walk-ins. Some tables for two are positioned so … Continue reading Kudu, Peckham

Coombeshead Farm, Cornwall

Coombeshead Farm is a working farm, hotel and restaurant from Tom Adams (Pitt Cue fame) and April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig in NYC fame) and it’s rather beautiful. The main house is surrounded by muddy fields filled with pigs and sheep. The restaurant is in a separate outhouse which consists of a small and cosy dining room and open kitchen. It’s a truly stunning space. They … Continue reading Coombeshead Farm, Cornwall

Taiko, Amsterdam

The Conservatorium is easily Amsterdam’s swankiest hotel. The place is huge (129 bedrooms in total) and combines old, a landmark heritage building, with new, a gigantic glass conservatory attached to it, in a way I haven’t seen done before. Their restaurant, Taiko, is another blend, this time between cuisines; Japanese and the Middle East. ‘Fusion’ cooking is often something to be scared off but here … Continue reading Taiko, Amsterdam

The Garden Cafe, Lambeth

It’s a simple but beautiful space is the Garden Cafe; it’s all large floor to ceiling windows, bare wooden chairs, concrete floors and white walls. It’s part of the Garden Museum housed in the church by Lambeth Palace (a short walk from Pharmacy2). It’s the ideal, relaxed lunch time vibe on our Friday visit. And it’s packed. Our charming server, Joe, describes the concise menu … Continue reading The Garden Cafe, Lambeth

Rojanos in the Square, Padstow

If you’re in Cornwall and you don’t head to Padstow for something to eat then there’s something wrong with you. Whether it’s a battered oyster at Rick Stein’s Fish and Chip Shop or a prawn on the lawn at Prawn on the Lawn, it’s the perfect day trip. If you’re feeling swanky, Paul Ainsworth opened Padstow Townhouse in 2016, a 6 suite boutique hotel which … Continue reading Rojanos in the Square, Padstow

Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Soho

Seems like the whole world has gone veggie or #Veganuary at the minute. Even Grace Dent is a supporter of the less meat movement. Makes sense then that Rosa’s Thai Cafe, who now have 11 sites across London, have launched a veggie-only menu for three months at their Dean Street restaurant. Those who follow this blog will have noticed a mostly meaty theme so I was … Continue reading Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Soho

CLAW, Kingly Street

Kingly Street in Central London (just behind Carnaby Street) is doing rather well in the food department as of late. There’s a new Bread Ahead cafe just opened, Breddos Tacos, which is brilliant, and now CLAW. Owned by Fabian Clark with what originally started out as a street food business serving all things crab, its nice to see he’s now got a proper, and rather … Continue reading CLAW, Kingly Street

Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Victoria

Sticks ‘n’ Sushi is having quite the expansion. This, their latest, in the Nova Food development in Victoria, is the first of a few more planned UK openings. And you can see why, the sushi is rather lovely. Based over two floors, we’re seated upstairs with its black arched ceilings. We visit before seeing Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre. If you haven’t seen it … Continue reading Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Victoria