Category Archive: Restaurant Reviews

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

Eleonas: a stunning mountain retreat with glorious home-cooked Cretan cuisine

In the mountains of southern Crete, just off the sleepy village of Zaros…amidst olive groves, grape vines and wild mountain herbs lies Eleonas – a stunning agro-tourism settlement of traditional mountain cottages. Before this trip, I… 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

Pollen Street Social

It’s been barely open a few months, but Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social has already become one of the most touted places to eat in the capital. Word has it that more than 5000… Continue reading

Giant Robot

It’s been a while since we convened our Boy’s Brunch Club (a.k.a the cunningly abbreviated ‘BBC’). This time, rather than stick to already tried and road-tested brunch venues like Hawksmoor or The Modern… Continue reading

Candy Cafe

I find that few places in Chinatown do decent Asian desserts which is ironic because its exactly after the usual hyper-tasty, MSG-packed Chinese meal where one tends to need and crave dessert more… Continue reading

Alain Ducasse @ The Dorchester

If only there was such a thing as a 4 Michelin Star restaurant… what a fitting venue it would have made for Jo and myself to mark the turn of our 4 years… Continue reading

Soseki: Japanese Kaiseki cuisine fit for an emperor

** Unfortunately, since writing this post, Soseki has since closed down in December 2011** I received a rather sombre e-mail some weeks back from Saki, a very decent Japanese sushi bar-cum-restaurant near my… Continue reading

Poppies of Spitalfields

Craving a good ol’ British Fish & Chips, we headed up to our new local Chippy on Hanbury Street which opened earlier this year. Word has it that Poppies is run by owner… Continue reading

Pintxos heaven in San Sebastian

How do you not fall head-over-heels in love with San Sebastian? With one of Europe’s best city beaches on its doorstep… rolling jade-green hills in the backdrop…  more Michelin star restaurants per square… Continue reading

Snö @ Pavillion KL

It takes some serious guts and enterprise to wave goodbye to the comforts of a stable day job and go-it-alone in starting up a new business venture. For most people (myself included), the… Continue reading

In Bruges

I’m back from a long Easter weekend in Belgium and in withdrawal mode having had almost 20 different beer varieties, heaps of heavenly chocolate and loads of crisp, beef-dripping-fried Belgian fries. Our first… Continue reading

Towpath @ Regent’s Canal, Haggerston

What a bee-ee-Ay-utiful day it was in London today. 20°C…sunny, clear blue skies… not a spot of cloud… and we’re still not even halfway through April yet. Seems the British summer has showed… Continue reading