Vico

In a quest to bring authentic Italian street food to London, Jacob Kenedy had opened Vico in busy Cambridge Circus. Describing itself as a “vibrant and welcoming destination for authentic, delicious and inexpensive Italian dining”, my companion and I couldn’t resist a trip to the sister restaurant of Bocca di Lupo to celebrate a new … Continue reading Vico

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Padella

“We’ve travelled all over Italy, through people’s kitchens as well as it’s most famous pasta restaurants, and having rolled enough pappardelle to get to Rome and back, Padella will serve the absolute Don Daddies from our 10 year love affair with Italy’s most famous dish!” Padella – which means pan in Italian – is the … Continue reading Padella

Santa Maria

In the theme of Spring soft launches, a pizza-themed one was unmissable for both my family and I, especially as this one was at Santa Maria pizzeria which has recently set up shop in Chelsea. Santa Maria has a renowned reputation. Within weeks of the opening of its original branch in Ealing back in 2010 – … Continue reading Santa Maria

Good Life Eatery

For those into healthy, delicious and oh-so-instagrammable food, if you haven’t heard of the Good Life Eatery yet, it’s about time you had. Located on Sloane Avenue in West London and now on Belgravia’s lovely Motcomb Street – alongside Ottolenghi – the Good Life Eatery is one of London’s trendiest health-food cafés and the city's … Continue reading Good Life Eatery

Bánh Bánh

Vietnamese street food; Peckham; and a soft launch: how could I resist?! Bánh Bánh – literally meaning “all things delicious” – were previously in residence at the Bussey Building and now have a permanent site in Peckham Rye. After extensive email correspondence with “Tien”, I managed to secure a booking during the soft launch weekend … Continue reading Bánh Bánh

Roka

Having enjoyed a (brilliant) celebratory cocktail at Roka’s bar after receiving a job offer at a law firm, I chose this restaurant for a work dinner with a US partner who was staying at a hotel on the Strand. My law firm and Roka seem to go hand in hand! Indeed, I later learnt that … Continue reading Roka

Chit Chaat Chai

South London, Indian street food, a Cambridge alumnae founder: all promising ingredients for a Friday night summery-(ish) family supper (sub)urban style. Chit Chaat Chai’s founders, Tani and Dhruv – who incidentally my sister knew at Cambridge – weren’t able to find good Bhel Poori. (Clearly they haven’t tried Mummy Shah’s creations which I ended up … Continue reading Chit Chaat Chai

SaladPride

SaladPride sits cosily alongside 26 Grains and the Wild Food Café in the health lover’s paradise that has become Neal’s Yard (ignoring Homeslice!). For a treat bank holiday Saturday lunch pre a matinée of a not so cheery play (Nick Payne’s Elegy at the Donmar Warehouse – probably one of London’s best and most intimate … Continue reading SaladPride

Zia Lucia

Charcoal base, gluten-free and a soft launch: the perfect ingredients for a pizza prepared in honour of an Italianate looking mummy – “Auntie Lucia”. Islington’s Zia Lucia brings Londoners a truly new way to enjoy pizza. By combining a special selection of unique doughs – rare in the London pizza scene – with a flair … Continue reading Zia Lucia