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Game for an Indian?

London: Gymkhana is my new number 1 for posh Indian, sorry Amaya (now no. 2).  Having come from a background of top Indian home cooking, I am rather hard to please on the curry house front. This venture is by the people behind seafood Indian Trishna in Marylebone, so expectations are high. There is an [...]

Cosy French bistro

London: Todays Gallic experience is in the middle of gourmet Bermondsey st.  Escape grey, wintry London into a cosy bustling French bistro, Casse Croute. Enter this little gem, tardis fashion and be whisked away to the Marais district in Paris. There is a real feeling of authenticity here with frou frou curtains in dusty windows, [...]

Berlin: Streetfood is having a big moment right now and the best place to hit if you’re in Berlin is the Streetfood Thursday in Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg, every (you guessed it) Thursdays, 5-10pm. The indoor market hall is chocabloc with stalls offering some very interesting streetfood from around the world. I scanned the whole [...]

Gastronomic party

London: London’s newest bobby dazzler is Berners Tavern. This is no tavern or Bernies Inn, but more a gastronomic heaven in Ian Shrager’s new hotel Edition behind Oxford St.  Enter through palatial glass doors to a fabulous grand atrium and join the party. You are immediately transcended to a world of 5 star luxury, imagine [...]

Posh med food?

London :I am a big fan of all things Ottolenghi. I dream about creating his fabulous med inspired rustic dishes in the Guardian, but time and sourcing mysterious ingredients are always a problem. So, I was pleased as punch, when I found out about his latest flashy restaurant Nopi, in easily accessible Soho. I brought [...]

NY Italian in Southwark!

London: Mr Ramsey, you either love him or loathe him, I am of the former. Union Street Cafe is Ramsey Holdings first addition to London’s ‘Sarf East’. Lots of hype in the papers, divisive reviews and a non-existant Beckham. At the end of a hard week at work, I was not expecting much but I [...]

Merchant’s Tavern

London: Shoreditch has a new gourmet eatery, Merchants Tavern. This place is a collaboration between Michelin starred Angela Hartnett from Murano (posh Italian in Mayfair) and some local boys from Canteen (covert dining hall in a school). First impressions from outside and as you enter this polished converted warehouse and apothecary are impressive, but there [...]

Pizzaro

London: At the foot of the Shard in London Bridge, you can find London’s version of Deia  (gourmet heaven in the Marjorcan hills), Bermondsey street. Not as glamourous as Deia obviously, but this once grey windy street has metamorphosed into a little foodie haven with Artisan shops. Big hitters include Zucca, Jose, Casse Croute and [...]

Tasty grain

London: I was slightly wary about venturing into salubrious Kings Cross en familie to a birthday lunch at Bruno Loubet’s newest culinary addition, ‘The Grain Store’. It was not only the location but the veggie heavy menu (not a ‘ kids menu ‘ in sight) that vexed me. Thankfully my preconceived ideas were misplaced and [...]

Chapters bistro

In the ‘burbs’ of Blackheath lies everyone’s favourite local. Chapters all day dining, as the name suggests is just that. The location is in Blackheath’s finest spot, near the vast expanse of the heath (try to forget about the black plague beneath!), busy enough to people watch from outside and a short train journey from [...]