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


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

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

Kaia at The Ned

In the words of my companion, everyone and their mother seems to be at the Ned these days. The Ned (it’s a diminutive of its founder Lutyens’s first name Edwin) is a 252-room luxury (and thoroughly) expensive hotel, private members’ club (2,000 people on the waiting list) and event space from Soho House. Membership grants … Continue reading Kaia at The Ned

Bun House and Tea Room

The bao boom shows no sign of abating and Soho’s latest venture on Greek Street has raised the stakes. Specialising in Asian steamed buns, the Bun House has revolutionised Soho’s fast-food scene. Just the morning when my companion and I visited, Instagram hit “Clerkenwell boy” had been raving about their custard-filled buns. Whether for breakfast, … Continue reading Bun House and Tea Room