November 20, 2019

I hadn’t clocked when I got the invite but my friend Amy had told me about the original version of this place many, many years ago and I had still not got around to going. This was, perhaps in part because, before its recent relaunch, getting a table (as fully admitted...

September 30, 2019

I’m a sucker for some immersive dining, combining two of my favourite things as it does, and I’ve been to some cracking ones recently – Shotgun Carousel’s  Divine Proportions was a hoot and Gingerline’s Grand Expedition was whimsical delight. I had high hopes for Banqu...

June 18, 2019

I went to Kudu for the bread, not gonna lie. But I stayed for everything else. 

The bread reminded me of this stuff we used to get when we were kids – Hawaiian bread, squares of puffy, slightly sweet dough that didn’t need butter but were even better warmed an...

May 2, 2019

Another one I managed to cross off that has been on my list for an age was the Silk restaurant in Oxford Circus. I had heard the food wasn’t outstanding but the idea of eating in a converted courthouse – one that had seen the Rolling Stones and Oscar Wilde brought to t...

June 28, 2018

I have been keen on returning to the Bleeding Heart since a farewell work dinner there in 2007. It made that much of an impression.

Partly this is because I love the morbid story associated with its name whereby a woman is murdered, found torn limb from limb with her he...

April 26, 2018

It may be sacrilege to say it but I think I prefer crab to lobster.

So when I heard that Claw were moving to a permanent place in Carnaby, I knew I had to make a visit. Maybe several.

First I stopped by to try their takeaway crab roll. Packed full of crab, not too heavy...

January 21, 2018

Going to Beagle feels like quite an achievement being it has been on my list since it opened in 2013! It caught my eye as it was opened by the guys behind Krankbrothers which have provided me a seriously fun nights of clubbing once or twice.

This is an altogether more a...

January 15, 2018

I was already very familiar with Smokestak from their street food days which is why going to their permanent place in Brick Lane wasn't something I rushed to do. I knew whenever I got around to going it would be a treat, and it was.

Obviously, with having a larger, immo...

October 30, 2017

There was one thing that attracted me to Madame D's when I first heard about it. Naga chilli beef puffs. 

But they turned out to be a total disappointment. Naga my ass. I could not detect the merest hint of spiciness. As Stephen put it, they were like Chinese Cornish pa...

October 4, 2017

When I told my ex I had been at the new place from the people by Bao, he scoffed they were turning into a chain already. Oh no no no, I chastised. This is something altogether different. Not a bao in sight (I don't think).

This place is grown up. This place takes reserv...

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