As part of my long and rather staggered relocation to Battersea (a choice which is, admittedly, my own!), I decided to finally test out a local brunch/lunch spot on Battersea Rise. It’s also diagonal to Soif, a natural wine bar, which is also on My List, but more on that one that another time. In … Continue reading BabaBoom


Shawarma Bar

For my Last Supper with a few colleagues, I picked out Shawarma Bar sitting smack back in the middle of Exmouth Market.  I’d been meaning to dip into this cosy little spot – and a plate or two of its mezze – for some time.  Following the well-trodden path of dead-end job, to street truck, … Continue reading Shawarma Bar

Bala Baya

Israeli food, a 25% discount, and a hidden spot underneath Southwark’s railway arches: yes, please. Bala Baya is a new restaurant from ex-Ottolenghi chef Eran Tibi and popper-upper Sammy Shonn. Heart-warmingly, Bala Baya is an incarnation of what they describe as their very own “poem to Tel Aviv”. This is a tale of an honest … Continue reading Bala Baya

Tabun Kitchen

A Friday night mezze of authentic Palestinian cooking. In theory, this sounded like the perfect setting for a catch-up supper with my tapas friends on a wintery night, post-London’s first shower of seasonal snow. The offer of 50% off for mains was also in keeping with the January theme. The influence of the Middle East … Continue reading Tabun Kitchen


In keeping with my school friends’ tapas catch-ups, I opted for a Turkish take on mezze. A contemporary restaurant jointly run by Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie, Oklava pulls fantastic Turkish cuisine outside of the typical kebab shops of East London into a fun, trendy dining spot that oozes contemporary chic. One of my favourite … Continue reading Oklava

Peckham Bazaar

Although originally a pop-up, Peckham Bazaar has - luckily for us - become a permanent fixture. Now they're back and more of my friends are moving to south London, I’m eager to explore neighbourhood restaurants and up-and-coming foodie hotspots; Artusi, Pop Brixton, Ali Baba's Juice, Tooting's Mud, and Streatham's Hood/Brooks & Gao are also on … Continue reading Peckham Bazaar


Without doubt, Pilpel has to be the best falafel that I’ve tried in London. It’s even on About Time Magazine’s top London falafel ( Having luncheoned and dined(!) here on numerous occasions, with friends and even Partners at a City law firm, a review is in order. Describing itself as “Fresh, Healthy Food”, Pilpel is … Continue reading Pilpel

Tas Pide

Tucked away in the back streets of Southwark, Tas Pide is the sister-restaurant of the popular Tas. But there's one big difference that this sibling offers: Turkish pizza. Typically for a Saturday evening, this meant that the restaurant was heaving, so I was relieved that my friend had booked us a table. Or should I … Continue reading Tas Pide


A soft launch of a restaurant set up by an ex-Palomar chef – how could I miss out?! Foley’s is brought together by Head Chef Mitz Vora who joined from his position as Sous Chef at The Palomar. Following a successful six-week pop-up (at Foley’s Tasting Kitchen) in Shepherds Bush, the team opened their permanent … Continue reading Foley’s

Koshari Street at the Real Food Market, Southbank

Before heading out for an evening of jazz – the ideal way to unwind on a Friday night -  my companion and I wanted to grab a quick bite to eat. As her train was arriving into Waterloo, we thought we’d opt for something in the vicinity. Aside from the usual and uninspiring chains lining … Continue reading Koshari Street at the Real Food Market, Southbank