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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pulia

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Pulia with an invisible ‘g’ was sadly a let down.  I chose the restaurant because of the stellar reviews on both this site and Google but it would appear I don’t share the same opinion as most of the 5 star reviewers who have only ever reviewed one restaurant in their life.The interior was open, airy, nicely lit and had an array of ingredients available to purchase so was happy with the comfortable setting.  The menu was limited which is normally a good thing but nothing really leaped out at me so found it a struggle.  In the end we started with some Apulian olives […]

Koya Bar

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I woke up with a craving for a Japanese breakfast.  I don’t even know what they Japanese typically eat for breakfast but figured it was something I needed.  After spending a while searching for where one can find a Japanese restaurant and the same amount of time finding a partner in crime we arrived here way beyond the breakfast cut off time!  Guess it’s the thought that counts 🙂 So skipping breakfast and straight onto lunch to start the day we stuck pretty much to a selection of daily specials:Grilled girolles with Onsen Tamago and nettle – poached egg… almost like breakfast – winner!Turbot sashimi with […]