Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Father and daughter duo Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak Espina own their eponymous restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain and have held their three Michelin star status for over twenty years. Rather than open their own venture over here, they’ve instead decided to oversee a restaurant, thus creating Ametsa with Arzak Instruction – not the most exciting name ever created! The restaurant is based in … Continue reading Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Duck and Waffle

Getting the lift up to Duck and Waffle, which resides at the top of the Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, is quite an experience in itself. It’s on the outside of the building meaning the view, as your hurtle up at what feels like 90 miles an hour towards the 40th floor, is quite astonishing. Once there, after walking through the open plan bar area, where … Continue reading Duck and Waffle

A. Wong, Pimlico

It’s not often you’ll find me wandering the streets of Pimlico, in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been there before. That was until the other night after a visit to a Chinese restaurant called A.Wong. After reading some quite positive reviews and seeing its name in the Bib Gourmand recommends section in the Michelin guide, we popped along for a spot of dinner. It’s … Continue reading A. Wong, Pimlico

Hurwundeki, Bethnal Green

  Hurwundeki is a Korean cafe and hairdressers in Bethnal Green not far from Corner Room and Viajante. It’s an unusual combination but one that totally works as both are so bloomin’ good. I’ve been getting my haircut there for a while so when I was invited to come down to try out the food I kindly obliged. It’s not much to look at from … Continue reading Hurwundeki, Bethnal Green

Gymkhana, Mayfair

I’d heard many a good thing about Mayfair based Gymkhana, an Indian restaurant by the people behind Michelin starred Trishna. We’d had a cracking meal at their sister restaurant so I had high hopes for our lunch – and we left far from disappointed. The ground floor dining room had a touch of colonial India about it with 1920’s music playing in the background. There … Continue reading Gymkhana, Mayfair

Pizza Union, Spitalfields

I’ve become a bit addicted to pizza recently and it’s for a good reason; there’s Princi, Pizza Pilgrims, Homeslice, Earlham Street Clubhouse and the new Franco Manca on Tottenham Court Road. There’s even a pizzeria opening on Bermondsey Street – hoorah! When I heard a new place just opened near Spitalfields Market called Pizza Union, I knew I had to try it out. It was … Continue reading Pizza Union, Spitalfields

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

Burger & Lobster, Harvey Nichols

New Burger & Lobsters seem to be springing up all over the place, which is by no means a bad thing. My gentleman companion and I decided to pop down to their latest outpost, on the 5th floor of Harvey Nichols, for a spot of dinner. We took the express lift up and came in through the back of the restaurant which confused us a bit as we then … Continue reading Burger & Lobster, Harvey Nichols

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

Sticks n Sushi, Covent Garden

After the success of their first UK restaurant in Wimbledon, they’ve opened another Sticks n Sushi in Covent Garden. It originates from Denmark (where they have quite a few in Copenhagen) and if all goes well, I imagine that’s the plan for over here. As it recently opened, I was kindly invited down to try it out. It was a deceptively large space; the restaurant … Continue reading Sticks n Sushi, Covent Garden

MEATmission, Shoreditch

Since my first visit to MEATmission in Shoreditch (by the same people behind MEATliquor and MEATmarket) I’ve become a bit of an addict – I simply love their burgers. When I heard they were celebrating their first birthday by offering 50% off the bill if you took along a helium balloon, I made sure I was there. The inside is my favourite of all three … Continue reading MEATmission, Shoreditch

Galvin La Chapelle

Owned by the Galvin brothers, Galvin La Chapelle near Spitalfields Market has held its Michelin star for over two years. The brothers also own one starred Galvin at Windows on the 28th floor of the London Hilton hotel on Park Lane, so the pair have plenty of experience in classical French fine dining. We arrived at the restaurant and were taken aback by its enormity; the … Continue reading Galvin La Chapelle

Morito, Exmouth Market

Morito resides in the restaurant haven that is Exmouth Market and it serves tapas with influences from North Africa and Lebanon. It has a sister restaurant next door called Moro which is much bigger and serves larger dishes. We turned up for lunch (booking was essential as it’s so small and it remained busy throughout our visit) and were seated at the bright orange bar … Continue reading Morito, Exmouth Market

The Drapers Arms, Islington

The Drapers Arms is a pub situated in a quiet residential street in Islington. As we pulled up outside it looked beautiful; the the sort of quintessentially British pub that you could only dream about having as your local. As I’d heard many a good thing about the food I decided to take my parents along for a spot of dinner. Inside was equally as … Continue reading The Drapers Arms, Islington

The Fish and Chip Shop, Islington (now Vintage Salt)

Des McDonald (Ex CEO of Caprice Holdings who own The Ivy, Scott’s and J.Sheekey, amongst many others) has opened The Fish and Chip Shop in Islington. It’s not your standard chippy however, as it’s done out rather beautifully inside. There were two petite dining rooms to choose from; the first had small tables tightly packed together and the second out the back, which is where … Continue reading The Fish and Chip Shop, Islington (now Vintage Salt)