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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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Hmmm… whilst I wasn’t shy to visit the restaurant, I think I’m more nervous being the first to write about it on Zomato!  I was lucky enough to be invited to the pre-open of Seb Lyall’s new “clothing-optional” restaurant.  Before its opening the concept had received much press with reports of over 30k on the waiting list.  It seemed like hype and I’d already dismissed it until I had the option of skipping the line to try it out… err sure I’m in!!!I didn’t know what to expect and that was half the beauty of it so will try not to give too much away […]

The Gate

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I do feel for the vegetarian/vegan who likes to eat exciting food but aren’t adequately catered for in London’s top restaurants a lot of the time so I see the appeal of places like The Gate filling this void. Although not a vegetarian myself I often find myself dining with friends with various levels of complex dietary requirements who simply are left with very little choice on the menu once the nuts, gluten, dairy and whatever else is taken out. Sadly though it seems the customer is exploited by simple supply and demand as the restaurant is full of people craving a full vegetarian menu […]