Lupins

I seem to be heading Southwark way frequently of late.  I love Southwark Street, so I have no apologies for this.  Heading back to the little vibrant Flat Iron Square, my companion and I – who I’d also enjoyed Bar Duoro with – tried out Lupins, a cute tapas spot which sits somewhere between the … Continue reading Lupins

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Pastaio

Pastaio do know how to build suspense: their Instagram teasers in anticipation of their recent opening were a long-haul.  The number of simultaneous snaps that were posted to build up a whole collage of pasta did create a fuss around #handmadepasta!  What became particularly frustrating was the anticipation they sought to create by not revealing … Continue reading Pastaio

Bar Douro

Hidden inside Flat Iron Square is Bar Douro, a chic Portuguese tapas joint that stands out amidst the street-food stalls, cool bars and artisan bakeries of this developing space.  Bar Douro had long been on My List, ever since it opened and I’d seen images of its #instatiles  - that distinctive blue and white geometric … Continue reading Bar Douro

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

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