Bone Daddies

Ask most people in London what their favourite ramen haunt is and nine times out of ten their answer will be “Bone Daddies”.  The name comes from the rich bone stock that forms the base of this noodle bowl, and the brains behind it is the impressive Ross Shonhan (ex-Zuma and Nobu).  The ramen bar … Continue reading Bone Daddies

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26 Grains

Although the signature grain of Neal’s Yard’s 26 Grains is the oat – their porridge, both sweet and savoury, is the stuff of some serious oat cuisine – I was here this evening for an evening late.  None of the three/four courses on their set supper menu featured porridge, perhaps offering founder Alex Hely-Hutchinson, who … Continue reading 26 Grains

Sticks’n’sushi

Sticks’n’sushi (SnS) feels very sleek.  As soon as I walked into its Victoria set-up, I felt like I was at a client dinner, probably in an expat-city centre a la Hong Kong or Singapore.  This corporate vibe is probably also a result of its location smack bang in the middle of the Nova complex.  Though … Continue reading Sticks’n’sushi

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

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

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