Arthur Hooper’s

On a warm Tuesday evening in May, my companion and I were craving a few small plates and glasses of wine, ideally somewhere near work.  And so to Arthur Hooper's, tucked away inside Borough Market on Stoney Street.  As such, Arthur Hooper's offers the best of both worlds: with its doors flung open and seating … Continue reading Arthur Hooper’s



Hoppers has long been on My List of restaurants to go to, but I guess I've been reluctant to tick it off, not only because of its infamously long queues, but also as it's possible to find paper thin crispy dosas (it's Indian pancake cousin) in South London suburbs like Tooting and the like for … Continue reading Hoppers

Xi’an Impression

Some of London's best restaurants are the unknown spots, those unassuming eateries, tucked away on local high streets.  Tired of browsing Timeout, Hot Dinners and the Guardian's columns, I welcomed my friend's suggestion of what she described as the best Sichuanese in town.  Although their website is dated and even features photographs of their dishes, … Continue reading Xi’an Impression


I had hopes for Lahpet, one of London's first Burmese restaurants proper, a cuisine that I feel is much underappreciated in this city. It's surprising there aren't more takes on this food which celebrates the very best of Asia; it's quite literally a melting pot of traditions, spices, herbs, pastes, sauces. Following on from its … Continue reading Lahpet


The Spring heatwave that shone over London in the late weekend of April spelled one thing for me: a plate (or two or three) of Greek food.  The very idea of these dishes conjures up images of Greek islands, rustic villages and blue oceans.  And its light and refreshing dips are ideal for the setting.  … Continue reading Opso

Malibu Kitchen

In a corner of the disused Midland Bank, which now goes by the name of The Ned, Malibu Kitchen occupies an unlikely spot to invoke LA, post-yoga vibes.  There’s even a teeny cactus on each table.  Malibu Kitchen is one of the many eateries adorning the food court (borderline food theme park) sitting in one corner … Continue reading Malibu Kitchen

West Wine

Wine bar and "conscious" cooking: it may sound like an oxymoron but inspired by LA, West Wine seek to pair the two inside, or on top of, a very unlikely spot.  Promoting minimal food waste, seasonal ingredients, and sustainable suppliers, the ethos behind West Wine wins ticks on all levels – well, six to be … Continue reading West Wine

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

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 (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