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Delightful Donostia

London: On the first autumnal evening (torrential rain, cold,  grey, true London) this year, i escaped into this little gem in Marylebone (more Marble Arch end of Oxford St). Donostia is an attractive, contemporary, cute restaurant with fine fine Basque cooking. The owner is an ex-Barrafina chef, so this establishment is a serious contender for [...]

Enchanting Otto’s

London: Otto’s is a very special bijou French bistro in a rather grey road (Grays Inn rd) in London. The exterior has a beguiling front  and the interior is charming/ kitsch and ever so slightly reminiscent of Fawlty Towers (in a good way). One of the main draws here is the ‘ Canard a la [...]

Up the Shard again

London: I can’t get enough of the Shard! Hutong is the high-end Chinese restaurant, a floor above Oblix. My tip would be – have an aperitif in the Aqua Shard bar (huge glass atrium bar) and then totter upstairs for some glorious Peking duck. The decor is very sultry and has a ‘sex and the [...]

Romantic dinner?

London: Do you need a special occasion place for a bit of romancing with your partner (big birthday meal, anniversary, belated valentines)? My shortlist: 1) The Shard, any of the restaurants has the wow glam factor 2) Clos Maggiore, a little gem in the heart of Covent garden with high end Italian food in front of [...]

Afternoon tea?

London: Afternoon tea is a true British experience, that both tourists and locals partake in, with verve and decorum. I can recommend a number of yummy options: 1) The Wolseley, a classy dining hall, scrummy bites and the odd celebrity 2) The Ritz, for old school glamour and a bit of pomp, 3) Claridges would [...]

Love Ledbury

London: I was recently introduced to this 2 Michelin starred chi chi restaurant in Notting Hill, which has always been my go to list and has rapidly become one of my top 5 restaurants ever. Most 2 michelin star restaurants are full of pomp and ceremony and are often not a relaxing affair, unlike this [...]

Shard dining

London: The Shard is London’s newest, tallest, hottest, glossiest bit of architecture . This is the one building you can see anywhere in London (like a big glass spike in the sky). There is the viewing platform which is not cheap, so why pay this, when you can actually eat in one of three fabulous [...]

Berlin: Ooh la la… what a lovely little gem Les Patisseries de Sebastien is. Every time I go (which is VERY often), Sebastien is taking trays of freshly baked loveliness out of the oven – croissants from plain (phenomenal! Perfect crispy and flaky outer part and oh-so-delicious buttery-heaven inside), almond (I’ve never tasted better outside France!), [...]

Opera Tavern

London: Opera tavern is nestled in the middle of bustling theatre land in Covent garden.  This place is a buzzy wine bar and casual restaurant upstairs (not posh, just chilled). I am a great fan of Tapas Brindisa and all things tapas style, so was happy to discover this high end Spanish tapas and wine [...]

Berlin: The ultimate decadence in brunching can be found at the Champagne Brunch in Desbrosses in the Ritz Carlton on Sundays from 12.30 to 3.30pm. We’re talking Serious Brunch here. Never-ending champagne (well, till brunch time ends), topped up by exceptionally vigilant waiters (they seem to be on some serious mission to top-up those champagne glasses…), an amazing and [...]