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ROKA Aldwych
Reviews

ROKA Brunch Review: What We Thought

What? Award-winning contemporary Japanese restaurant, ROKA, has just launched a weekend han setto brunch: ten starters to share, a main dish from the robata or main kitchen, sharing dessert platter plus bellini on arrival, although with no eggs in sight it’s really more of a weekend lunch. New? ROKA Aldwych was the fourth ROKA to open in London, marking the Charlotte Street flagship’s tenth anniversary. The brunch is a recent addition to the menu, drawing in a different crowd to the weekday business set. Where? 71 Aldwych, WC2B 4HN www.rokarestaurant.com On the Menu: The brunch menu is designed for sharing, with starters like edamame beans, […]

Rosa's Thai
Reviews

Rosa’s Thai Cafe Comes To Brixton: What We Thought

What? Popular Thai cafe group, Rosa’s, have opened their latest outpost on Brixton’s Atlantic Road. Where? Just a few minutes from Brixton station, amongst the hustle of the market: 36 Atlantic Road, Brixton, SW9 8JA, www.rosasthaicafe.com New? Rosa’s Thai Cafe Brixton opened in March and joins seven other London sites. On the Menu: A menu of classic Thai street food style starters, noodles, curries and salads include favourites like butternut red curry, Pad Thai and papaya salad get a Rosa’s twist, with some highlighted on the menu as recommended by Saiphin (Rosa’s co-founder) – think pork skewers, salmon red curry and flat noodles in gravy sauce. A nod […]

What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Easter Weekend: 14th-17th April

Finally, the Bank Holiday weekend is here! That means four days of endless brunching, partying and Easter-related activities – below we’ve rounded up the best London has to offer, from Creme Egg pancakes to hidden basement clubbing and not one but seven new brunches. Enjoy!

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Machiya
Openings & Launches

Kanada-Ya Duo Open Machiya

Aaron Burgess-Smith and Tony Lam, the duo behind Kanada-Ya, are set to launch their next restaurant, right next to their second Kanada-Ya on Panton street. Taking its name from the wooden townhouses that once made up the traditional cityscape of Kyoto, Machiya will be an all-day Japanese restaurant. Things’ll start with Japanese tapas-style dishes known as kobachi; hotcakes (similar to pancakes but fluffier) and their own take on the popular avocado on toast made from thickly sliced Japanese milk bread, crushed avocado and yuzu juice with furikake seasoning. Lunch and dinner will centre around traditional Japanese dishes such as Gyukatsu, a […]

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Hotels

8 of the Best Places to Stay in Ibiza

Booked your summer holiday yet? It’s not too late. Whilst thousands of partygoers are planning to head to the white isle, Ibiza remains one of Europe’s most popular destinations for a reason – and partying isn’t the only one. Crystal waters, endless almond trees and irresistible Mediterranean food as well as great boutique hotels make Ibiza a whole lot more than somewhere to party. Here are 8 places to stay whether you are looking to be near the clubs, want to escape the rush of the world or just want to soak up the sun; get booking flights…

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Hawksmoor
Reviews

Top Steak at Hawksmoor Borough

What? Huw Gott and Will Beckett are back with their first London Hawksmoor to open since 2014, right next to Borough Market. New? Yes, it opened at the start of March whilst, the Cooks’ Room – a 16-cover private dining room with its own kitchen – has just launched. Where? 16 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, SE1 9AQ, www.thehawksmoor.com On the Menu: Whilst Hawksmoor is renowned for its steak, it isn’t just about cuts of meat. To start you’ll find the likes of Salcombe crab on toast; potted beef and bacon with Yorkshires and Old Spot belly ribs. Main courses, beyond the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Zoilo Comes to Percy & Founders for an Unmissable 5-Course Supperclub

Few things get us more excited than the news of two foodies coming together for a one-off event. Diego Cardoso, Executive Chef at Open House (the group behind Percy & Founders, The Lighterman and The Larder) and Diego Jacquet, Chef Patron at Marylebone restaurant Zoilo, are combining their talents to bring Londoners a 5-course supper club at Percy & Founders to really get in that spring spirit. This foodie feast will begin with canapés created by both chefs before guests are treated to Chef Jacquet’s surprise starter (it’s set to be spectacular). Next is the turn of Chef Cardoso; think smoked ricotta and burrata tortellini […]

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Reviews

We Review London’s Highest Sunday Roast

What: Oblix, the restaurant on the 32nd floor of The Shard, has just launched a Sunday roast with a decadent twist, available every Sunday from midday – 2.45pm. New? The roast was launched at the end of March – a welcome addition to the restaurant which boasts a wood fired oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie. Where: Oblix, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, Southwark, SE1 9RY www.oblixrestaurant.com On the Menu: A sophisticated spin on the Sunday roast makes it fit for the surroundings – mains consist of suckling pig, chicken with truffle, rib of beef and rotisserie duck, with roast lamb on the menu when we visited. Sides are […]

Openings & Launches

The Ivy Café, Richmond Opens

When you need to escape London but don’t want to stray too far from the tube line then Richmond is your answer. You’ve got the deer, the rolling parkland, the Thames which has meandered into a calmer version of its city counterpart and soon it’ll have The Ivy Café, Richmond. Yes, The Ivy Collection is growing again and this time they’ve found a spot on Hill Street which they will fill with a restaurant, bar and the Isabella private dining room, named after Richmond Park’s Isabella Plantation. Making up 140-covers, the restaurant will be open seven days a week and […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

The Handbook Meets: Aster’s Helena Puolakka

Victoria has seen a bit of a foodie renaissance of late, with D&D London’s Aster bringing a taste of Scandinavia to the city. Helena Puolakka is heading things up behind the scenes, creating separate menus for the cafe, restaurant and deli, inspired by her Finnish heritage and her French culinary training. We chatted to Helena about London’s new found love of Nordic cuisine, being a female role model in a notoriously male industry, and who she likes to be cooked for by on her days off. How would you describe your culinary style? Nordic French with flair. My style is feminine, light and […]

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