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 […]

Taberna do Mercado

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I think I can safely say one of the best meals I’ve had in London was at one of Nuno Mendez’s earlier Michelin starred restaurants, Viajante. I’ve never been to the celebrity filled Chiltern Firehouse but have been very excited to try the much less assuming place in Old Spitalfields Market. The food does not disappoint. The portion sizes do however but not for next time… order a bit more! We’d just about caught last orders as a walk-in so didn’t have the luxury of time on our hands. We opt for prawn rissoles as a “snack”, tinned fish (I think mackerel – note to […]

San Carlo Cicchetti

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UPDATE — SEPT 18TH — I’m back!! And this time we discover the most amazing scallops in London! Served with a shaving of truffle. We order a different pasta this time and a Parmigiana. This place will be high on the list for a while. ORIGINAL POST – AUG 10TH — I didn’t know cicchetti are the Italian version of tapas but it was absolutely perfect as we were in the mood for something Italian but not overly hungry. There was an amazing buzz about the restaurant and we just felt excited about eating what was promising to be some authentic Italian cooking.  Next us […]

One Sixty

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My friends chose this place after searching for a decent restaurant online. None of us are familiar with the area. The professional looking website promised a Michelin star experience. In fact they may have even claimed they had a star. Miso reveals the shocking truth though. On entering the walls are adorned with a a bright yellow and white childish murial on a black background. The first thing I notice on entering the restaurant is a cartoon character with a big speech bubble saying “I love Nando’s”. Quite funny the artist was allowed to get away with that really. On the door to the ladies […]

Counter Culture

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Counter Culture is the sort of tacked on extenstion of The Dairy comprising of a tiny kitchen where everything is made and a few high chairs from where to squash up and eat. I make it sound unappealing but actuallly I love it. Don’t go with more than 2 people as you’ll find you can’t talk to one another and you’re less likely to get a slot. The walls are surrounded by jar of mystery pickles in progress. It has inspired me to make my own Kimchi (as of yet it’s at the “thought that counts” stage). The menu is designed for sharing and seemingly […]

The Quality Chop House

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The Quality Chop House is a restaurant and butcher on Farringdon Road. We chose to dine here because we were a couple of weeks into game season and I was dying to eat grouse somewhere. The restaurant sits in a 19th Century Grade II listed building and is still configured in it’s original design. The menu is predominantly British, locally sourced and sustainable. The menu changes daily so I’m kicking myself a bit for not writing this within a reasonable timeframe as I can’t go back to decode my blurry pictures! I know I ate the grouse and a friend had the T-bone, the rest […]

José Tapas Bar

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Finally made it back here for a quick bite of tapas late on a bank holiday Monday.  Had been out all day in the sun so all we needed was something very relaxed with minimal fuss so this was ideal. Luckily it wasn’t so busy so only had to wait a short while for a couple of stools with a glass of house red in hand. Once seated we still weren’t ready as we basically wanted everything on the menu… guess we were more hungry than we initially anticipated.  I ordered some padron peppers and pan con tomate to keep hunger at bay.  They arrived […]

Baozi Inn

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You don’ t seem to be able to see the full menu on zomato which is a shame because the dish descriptions are fantastic.  From “magnificent seasoning”, “refreshing garlic”, “slippery fungus” to simply “irresistible”.   I thought the place was famous for bao judging from the name so we had to give that a go.  In addition we ordered spicy wood ear mushrooms, a kelp and bean noodle salad and spicy wanton dumplings.I expect sichuan cuisine to be fiery hot so the mushrooms and dumplings seemed a bit on the bland side but very tasty nonetheless.  The bao was a bit of a disappointment especially […]

Sakonis

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I’d ventured into Wembley (a small outpost of India in north London) to meet family shopping for clothes for an Indian wedding.  Unfortunately I missed the shopping part but was in time for lunch.  Where better than to sample the tried and trusted chain of Sakonis. I did a recon of the buffet table but opted to order a selection of South Indian dishes for us all to share.  I’ve never been a fan of ordering chinese in an Indian restaurant so tend to avoid that bit. We chose khandvi, pani puri, dahi wada and a masala dosa which was just about the right amount. […]