Hutong

Hutong is the kind of place which you unwittingly want to go to. Though some people have mixed feelings about the Shard – its audacity and shamelessness standing enormously tall in the middle of town – I think I love it: its location, its views and its shape. Luckily, a Partner at work suggested Hutong … Continue reading Hutong

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Lantana

I’d passed Southwark Street’s brand new Lantana on my way back from a work lunch at Hutong (on which, more another time) and was stunned to see it in this part of town: a new opening from an all-day Antipodean café, how could I have missed it?! By way of follow-up, I browsed their website … Continue reading Lantana

Addommè

For my nephew’s first trip out (aged 5 weeks!), I suggested Streatham Hill’s relatively local pizzeria, Addomme.  The Evening Standard had, after all, hailed it as one of London’s best sourdoughs.  And what’s more, you can book– a rarity nowadays but oh so essential with the little one(s). As the restaurant itself is tiny, booking … Continue reading Addommè

Flavour Bastard

Don’t let the name of this place put you off.  Although something of an oxymoron – flavour should never be insulted – the food at Flavour Bastard is by no stretch of the imagination light on taste. Every single dish my companion and I enjoyed here – and there were a lot – was imaginative … Continue reading Flavour Bastard

Anima e Cuore

When a Timeout review tells you, in a rather self-congratulatory tone, that a restaurant "has become immensely popular” since their article was published, you suspect you might be onto something good. Anima e Cuore, at the very end of Kentish Town Road, did sound very promising. With buzzwords like, “only 22 covers”, “low prices”, and … Continue reading Anima e Cuore

Story

To road-test – or in this case St. John’s Hill test – a little independent roastery in my soon-to-be neighbourhood, my companion and I – who had been chatting about this place for some time – finally made it to Story for some Saturday morning caffeine. Saturdays are for story-telling after all, ideally over a … Continue reading Story

Raw Duck

Although I don’t normally venture so far east, Raw Duck had been on my and my companion’s radar for a while.  Being a long, albeit rainy, July Friday, we decided to make the most of the evening and venture to London Fields to try it out. And boy was it a trek: I think I … Continue reading Raw Duck

Corazón

As my companion (EB) and I have a shared love of Mexican foods (who wouldn't really?!), were playing with the idea of a trip to Mexico itself (hello Tulum!), and had recently frequented the somewhat disappointing Breddos Tacos, we were both keen on trying out Corazón, another eatery in line for the title of London's … Continue reading Corazón

Mother

Copenhagen’s mother of all pizzerias – Mother (pun had to be made) – has landed in London and most excitingly, it’s laid its roots in my soon-to-be neck of the woods, Battersea. Though I won’t quite be a Nine Elms resident, the developing Circus West Village, underneath the trendy old arches, has a lot going … Continue reading Mother

Forza Win

Italian food, pasta specifically, and I seem to be having something of a renaissance recently. I've enjoyed many a bowl out, from the gorgeous River Cafe and trendy Palatino, to the glorious Padella and the excellent value for money Sager + Wilde. Now was the turn of Forza Win: a Peckham-based establishment offering pasta and … Continue reading Forza Win