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

River Café

With its iconic reputation, the River Café seemed like an apt spot for a pre-baby luncheon for my sister. Although we were celebrating new arrivals, the River Café has been a long-standing pillar of London’s high-end restaurant scene. Established in 1987, it’s enjoyed an enduring success, serving Italian fare made from the finest produce and … Continue reading River Café


I’d once been to Copita on a date for a drink of the gin kind.  This buzzy little tapas spot in the middle of Soho is, after all, well-suited for courting couples.  In Spanish, of course, “Copita” means sherry glass, which succinctly conveys the focus of this Soho wine bar. Their gin menu is extensive, featuring all sorts of … Continue reading Copita


You may already be familiar with Brew and its coffee – if not, see my review of this brunch haven here.  Branching out from its day-time vibes, however, the team behind Brew have set up Antipodea, an all-day Australian brasserie that converts from a laid back Melbourne hangout, serving  legendary corn fritters and All Press … Continue reading Antipodea

Panzanella: Turkish style

what? tomatoes, sundried tomatoes/olives, red onions, pitta chips and coriander marinated in a lemon, garlic cumin, paprika, olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing why? celebration of tomatoes and Turkish spices, quick and easy to throw together, and summery vibes

Asian slaw

what? thinly sliced/grated red cabbage, carrots, peppers, spring onions, kale (optional) and radishes, served with a tahini, tamari, ginger, lime dressing, coriander and seaweed peanuts (sourced from the Turkish Food Centre) why? crunchy, packs a punch, and full of Asian flavours

Roasted aubergine and romano peppers

what: aubergine and romano peppers roasted with onions, garlic, paprika, coriander and cumin seeds, and served with sprouted lentils, radish, cucumber, watermelon seeds (optional), salad leaves and a dollop of humus (not so optional) why: depth of flavour, filling and makes you smile