Category Archive: London & the UK

Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar: Cocktails with Lobster Rolls and Shortrib Nuggets anyone?

I was bitterly disappointed to find out a few weeks back that Hawksmoor Spitalfields would no longer be serving up their glorious weekend Brunch. It seems with the launch of their new bar,… Continue reading

Trullo: all the ingredients for a marvellous neighbourhood Italian restaurant

The recipe for a great neighbourhood Italian restaurant should be a no-brainer in theory. Fresh ingredients, simply cooked…. good value… comfortable, buzzy surroundings… and service that’s warm, efficient and comes with a smile.… Continue reading

Japanese Home Cooking Supper Club by Luiz (@TheLondonFoodie)

Despite blogging for a couple of years now, I’d never really explored London’s Supper Club movement until earlier this year. The difficulty in getting myself to commit several weeks in advance to dining… Continue reading

Dinner by Heston: Blumenthal’s London outpost lives up to the hype

Over the past few years, I’ve spent many a morning trying The Fat Duck‘s reservations line, only to be told by that same (now slightly annoying) auto-generated female voice that that the weekend… Continue reading

Medlar: King’s Road now has a neighbourhood gem befitting its name

With the recent small-plates / no-bookings fad that’s taken over London’s restaurant scene, the humble neighbourhood restaurant that serves up reliable, good value food has become increasingly few and far between. Someone needs to… Continue reading

Moo!: a little Argentine grill with a whole lot of heart

You don’t have to be big to be great, and it’s places like Moo! that bear testament to this fact. In the most unlikely of sidestreets in Aldgate, this cosy little Argentinian grill has made… Continue reading

The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields: Pancakes.. Bacon Rolls.. and a fridge (that’s also a Bar!)

There’s nothing like a good brunch to set the weekend straight. And when you see a statement as assuring as the one outside The Breakfast Club’s Spitalfields outpost and a whimsical, neon-red sign… Continue reading

So long TwentyEleven: what a year it has been…

What a year 2011 has been. We’ve seen the full monty of extraordinary events this year… everything from revolutionary political uprisings to tumultuous riots on our doorstep… unseen before natural disasters that have… Continue reading

Delima: Finally, some proper Malaysian food in the East End

EDIT: ** Unfortunately. since writing this post, Delima have since closed their Brick Lane restaurant as of August 2012 ** Having been in the East end for coming up to 5 years now, I’ve… Continue reading

Hereford Road: Hearty, no-nonsense British grub at its very best

Every time I’m back in Bayswater, I still get that warm and fuzzy sense of nostalgia of my Imperial College days having spent a couple years as a W2-er back in my uni… Continue reading

Bread Street Kitchen: Gordon Ramsay takes on the City

Despite how much of Gordon Ramsay I’ve seen, heard and read as a result of his constantly churning PR machine of TV shows, recipe books and other media streams, it only recently occurred… Continue reading

Semplice: contender for the biggest letdown of the year

I’ll keep this review short ‘n simple, as despite it’s 1 Michelin star, I found very little to like about Semplice. The one saving grace: The pastas. Top notch ingredients, simply but skillfully… Continue reading

Eyre Brothers: Exceptional Iberian food in Shoreditch

Every once in a while, I stumble upon one of those exceptional meals… so consistent from start to finish that I’m salivating even before I tuck into the first dish and left smiling… Continue reading

Bar Shu: Fiery Sichuan cuisine that will blow your socks off

If you were to ask me 8 years ago when I first moved to London as a uni student where to go for a Chinese meal in London, it would have been a… Continue reading

Riding House Cafe: this goes straight onto the Cool Wall

If I maintained a ‘Cool Wall’ for restaurants like they do for cars on Top Gear (yes, I’m presently partaking in my fav weekend activity of watching Top Gear reruns on Dave while… Continue reading

Bistrotheque Brunch: a diamond in the rough

With some members travelling (while others a little too hungover to get out of bed), it was a smaller than usual gathering for the August edition of our Brunch Boys Club. If it weren’t… Continue reading

Yauatcha: Posh Dim Sum does exist after all

For many years, I had procrastinated from Dim Sum at Yauatcha. Call it a mixture of skepticism and stubbornness, but I had never bought into the idea of ‘Posh’, Michelin starred Dim sum… Continue reading

Waiting for Gauthier

When I book a 9pm table at what is supposedly a 1 Michelin star establishment, I expect to have a table waiting for us at 9pm. NOT to be sent back outside into… Continue reading

Hawksmoor Brunch revisited: still the best way to kickstart a weekend

** Regretfully, Hawksmoor Spitalfields have since done away with their weekend Brunch menu. It seems with the launch of their new bar menu in March 2012, something needed to give. Brunchers (myself included)… Continue reading

Roka @ Canary Wharf : simple, sublime Robatayaki cuisine

Canary Wharf isn’t exactly one of the capital’s go-to gastronomic destinations. Amidst the sterile steel and glass sky-scrapers, it’s often difficult to find anything remotely interesting food-wise. Hence, whenever I find myself in… Continue reading