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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Richmond

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Absolutely loved The Richmond… from the warm welcome, attentive service, elegant decor and best of all the oyster happy hour!! In the evenings The Richmond gets very busy and booking is advised… it was a few weeks ago I went for the first time and returned for oyster happy hour last week. If you can make it for the oysters then I highly recommend them. I seem to remember you’re not supposed to eat oysters during months that don’t contain the letter “r” but glad that didn’t stop us 🙂 … the oyster menu comprised of roughly 8 different types of rock oyster each with […]

White Rabbit

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This ended up being our local brunch place of choice on Saturday and we were quite pleased we chose it. I’m always a fan of sharing plates as I like sampling as much as possible too. Between 4 of us 7 plates was the perfect amount and happened to be 1 of everything on the brunch menu! A brunch review would be complete without a comment on the quality of their Bloody Mary’s so had to get one in the name of research… It packed a sharp spicy punch. Nice! Will definitely be back here and pricewise quite reasonably at 20 GBP per head roughly. […]

The Prince Arthur

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Very nice indeed. Friendly staff make you feel welcome as soon as you step through the door. I’m here at an odd hour between lunch and dinner but thankfully the kitchen stays open right through. I love the mix of people from all age groups (in prams to white hair) and all genders and some 4-legged customers too. Great selection of beers on tap from local breweries to something looking like its from Hawaii. Foodwise I was going to go for a simple spaghetti with hot smoked salmon until a couple of starters caught my eye… So opted for the seasonal asparagus served in brown […]

Le Ziz

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This is a place we’ve past countless times but never ventured into… no particular reason why its just one of those things. So thought what the hell, lets give it a shot. It was Friday night and we didn’t have a reservation but that was not a problem. First impression, the music doesn’t seem to match the Mediterranean restaurant but that was soon replaced by some live music and belly dancing – bonus! The restaurant attracts an eclectic crowd, presumably to match their eclectic menu. E.g. (and this is not what we ordered) on the same page on the menu you can have lahmacuhn, asparagus […]