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

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Copita

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

Antipodea

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

Sager + Wilde

I don’t often venture so far eastwards, even/especially on a Friday evening, but wine bar (and it turns out foodie paradise) Sager + Wilde on Bethnal Green’s Paradise Row (yes, infinity with the street name) had been on my radar for a while. Since my media savvy foodie friend from school seemed very keen, why … Continue reading Sager + Wilde

Palatino

In celebration of summer solstice, my companion and I finally made it to Palatino, a new Italian in the heart of Clerkenwell. We'd been meaning to try out Palatino for a while now, especially since enjoying a drink or two here during Clerkenwell’s Design Week when Palatino had hosted an evening curated by the wonderful Bompas & Parr about the relationship between food, … Continue reading Palatino

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

Breddos Tacos

Tacos is ideal celebratory food: oozy, messy and finger-licking stuff. So Clerkenwell’s Breddos Tacos immediately sprung to mind for my birthday dinner. Indeed, its reviews have had critics all over the capital lost for words, or, rather, confirming that their tacos really are something to shout about. Or to photograph: their Instagram is a thing of … Continue reading Breddos Tacos

Made of Dough

A pizza soft launch coinciding with various June birthdays – ideal ingredients for some Italianate indulgence at bargain prices.  Although I say Italian, Made of Dough is South London’s answer to excellent food in the leafy and highly gentrified (on which, see Jay Rayner’s eloquent piece on Tooting here) Bellenden Road. Branching out from the … Continue reading Made of Dough