Escocesa

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Escocesa means Spanish in English. I looked it up on their site and thought it was quite clever 🙂 I lost track of the rest of the story but essentially I think we’re eating a fusion of Scottish and Spanish tapas. Or probably more accurately Scottish seafood prepared in a Spanish way so not fusion-ey as the name initially implied… but maybe that’s a good thing! We’re a group of 4 and I manage to get left in charge to order for the table… Miso favourite task! I feel particularly in the mood for oysters, pan con tomate (a new favourite), octopus, squid, prawns and […]

Curio Cabal + TA TA Eatery

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I’m giving Curio Cabal quite a solid rating here which I think is highly justified by the amazing food offered by TA TA here. As I understand it started out as a sort of pop-up residency within this coffeeshop but has now gone permanent (Wednesday to Saturday evenings) for which I’m ever greatful. I believe there are also plans to serve lunch too. “Ta Ta” meaning he and she in Mandarin is run by Zijun Meng and Ana Gonçalves who both worked with Nuno Mendes at Viajante and Chiltern Firehouse. They serve up an amazing family feel fusion of Chinese and Portuguese food. Miso shall […]

Hotbox

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UPDATE– 18th Nov 2016 It’s been about a year and a half since I was last here but the last time was brunch. This time I’m here for dinner and in a big birthday group. Hotbox very accommodating to group dining and don’t mind us being a little rowdy and getting balloons everywhere! Half of us order for themselves but ever willing to share I manage to talk a friend next to me to order together 🙂 We start with smoked bone marrow and follow it up with beef short rib. For sides we can’t resist a bit of mac ‘n’ cheese. I’m so glad […]

Chick ‘n Sours

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What an overrated hipster waste of space! I walk past here all the time and it’s been on my list after all the rave reviews I’ve read, major publicity and I noticed there’s now another branch open in Covent Garden. This had raised expectations a bit too far out of control it would seem. We ordered a sour each first of all and for whatever reason they arrived a good 15 mins apart. Not a major issue but all things tend to multiply when added together (that makes no sense but you kind of see what I mean!). Both my dining partner and myself are […]

Padella

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It’s freezing cold and there’s a queue outside but the promise of amazing pasta is well worth it. Luckily we don’t have to wait too long as we are only 2 people and a few people ahead of us are waiting for larger tables. To make comfort of the situation we are allowed to order a glass of wine in the queue too! We pray we won’t be seated right next to the door as we see 2 diners finishing up whilst we wait as we don’t want to sit in a draft. Luckily we are seated in what I consider to be the best […]

Jidori

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UPDATE 1st Nov 2016: We came back to try the things we missed before and they were quite amazing. Namely the Salmon Tataki, Scotch Eggs and scallops in black bean sauce. Jidori is the only dedicated Yakitori speciality restaurant in London I know of so have been very keen to visit.  On entrance we were asked if we’d like to sit at the bar but actually it was more of a rhetorical question as the place was fully booked. Luckily it would have been my ideal choice of seat anyway as I find watching the chefs at work fascinating. We opted for the “omakase”… or […]