Benihana and an introduction to Wagyu

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Benihana Review: Guest post by Natalie York Whilst Wagyu Beef has been available for a while now from American and European producers (there’s even a herd in Scotland) this elite Japanese Beef has not actually been exported from Japan itself for 13 years. I was aware earlier this year of the lifting of the ban […]

Assado – Portuguese Goan Cuisine in Waterloo

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Exploring Colonial Influences in Indian Food – Assado: While fusion cuisine is all the rage, we tend to ignore the fact that every cuisine in the world has some elements of historic ‘borrowing’.  Just as language reflects a country’s heritage through borrowed words and sentence structures, national dishes are seldom free of international influences. Over […]

Ethos, Oxford Street – Review

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Vegetables are the new Black – A Review of Ethos: Nestling behind Oxford St in chi-chi Fitzrovia sits Ethos, a  new vegetarian restaurant with a global outlook. Vegetables are the new black at the moment with French super-chef Alain Ducasse ditching meat in his flagship Paris joint and the international success  of Yoram Ottolenghi’s food […]

The Bunk Inn – Thatcham

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A Day in the Country – The Bunk Inn, Curridge, Thatcham: While it’s fabulous to travel overseas, visiting places like India and Sri Lanka, sometimes I yearn for a bit of British countryside.  The recently refurbished Bunk Inn, part of the Upham Brewery Group, sounded perfect after a month away.  A bit of real England. […]

The Upper Deck – Hispaniola

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Dining on the Upper Deck – Autumn Menu Launch It’s always fun to be invited to try a new seasonal menu.  Even more fun when the venue is the stunning Hispaniola, moored up on Embankment opposite the London Eye It’s a genuinely romantic setting.  And, luckily the preview was on a fine evening, when we […]

Lanes of London, Mayfair

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Lanes of London – Park Lane’s Relaxed Bistro: Park Lane isn’t noted for well priced places to eat. Home to many of London’s finest hotels, for the most part those who chose to dine there do so in the knowledge that it won’t be a budget affair. So I was curious when I was invited […]

Champor-Champor Restaurant Review

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East Meets West at Champor-Champor: Guest feature by Lisa Hooper. London is full of hidden gems and one which I have recently discovered is Champor-Champor. Tucked away behind London Bridge and The Shard is this charming little Thai-Malay fusion restaurant. The original owner opened the restaurant in 2000 and this was very much a labour […]

Game On at the aptly named Hunter

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Dinner at Hunter 486, the Arch. Guest Review by Sarah James: The Arch hotel is from the exterior unassuming, but transforms itself into a modern boutique hotel the moment you walk through the door.  From carefully chosen wallpaper and bespoke art works, this is a long way from one of the chains.  Privately owned, this […]

‘Ruby Jean’s’ at The Prince Albert – Review


The Prince Albert – Notting Hill The Prince Albert is a pub with a split personality. Upstairs is the renowned The Gate fringe theatre but on the ground floor is a boozer artfully put together in a beach shack style with Weathered shutters, murals and neon art and serving London brews from Camden and Meantime alongside US […]

Review of Boqueria – Queenstown Road, Battersea

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A Taste of Spain on my (Old) Door Step Guest post by Sarah James: Fiona had kindly invited me to accompany her to Boqueria on Acre Lane about a year ago, and I thought that the food was fantastic on that occasion, so when she asked if I’d like to review the new Battersea restaurant […]

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