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Darbaar Opens in The City

Glamorous, modern Indian cuisine is finally coming to The City. The brainchild behind award-winning head chef Abdul Yassen, Darbaar promise to spice up those stuffy business lunches with some Indian flair. Previously at the Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen, Yassen has an extensive skill set and knowledge which he is bringing to his first restaurant. Rich, royal Indian spices are merging with modern techniques for experimental outcomes; a little bit Western and a little bit theatrical. The menu features signature sharing dishes including Keralan Shrimp Cocktail and Kid Goat Biryani inspired by food served in the courts of the Maharajas, as well as […]

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Rudie’s review – what we thought

Rudie’s has travelled all the way from Jamaica to drop down in Dalston where the new venue is primely located on the corner, a few minutes’ walk from Dalston Kingsland. Upon arrival we were greeted with a wall of smoke from the corner open plan kitchen, although the people inside seemed unaffected it wasn’t the best of starts. Once inside it eased off, or we adjusted but either way we settled in fine and started perusing the cocktail menu.   For such a new restaurant, it was quickly brimming with people, perhaps partially due to the great coverage it has […]

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Top 9 Bond Hangouts

Channel your inner Bond, villain or Bond girl with these top James Bond inspired cocktails, cabaret and afternoon teas. Watching Spectre is optional, drinking martinis is not.

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Brasserie Chavot Review – What We Thought

In 2013, Eric Chavot opened the Michelin-starred French restaurant Brasserie Chavot on Conduit Street and so following on from The Handbook’s Meeting with Eric, we went to check it out. The restaurant is typically French with deep red banquettes, ornate chandeliers, monochrome floors, mirrored walls and black polished bars, it’s elegant yet relaxed.  The menu includes dishes such as grilled mackerel and potato salad, tartare de saumon and cassoulet de canard et cochon. We started with a glass of Ruinart Champagne and olives…all 7 of them.  Never mind though, with the amount of food we had coming, we probably didn’t need […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Squiffy Picnic at Cahoots

Barge through the busy streets of Soho and emerge in the ever-vibrant Kingly Court, home of Pizza Pilgrims, The Rum Kitchen, Señor Ceviche, The Detox Kitchen… The list goes on, and includes Cahoots. This 1940s themed bar isn’t easy to find, and even when you do you don’t just walk straight in. Greeted by a stationmaster in full costume and full character – accent ‘n all – if you fit the brief (play it cool and go with the flow) you will be ushered down a wooden escalator and arrive in a disused tube station, inspired on the usage of […]

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Openings & Launches

Hoppers Opens on Frith Street

With Gymkhana and Trishna already under their belts, siblings, Karam, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi are opening their third restaurant next week, Hoppers. Taking inspiration from the roadside shacks of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, Hoppers’ menu will revolve around the hopper and dosa. For those who don’t know, the hopper is more widely known as Aappam/ஆப்பம், but us Brits mispronunciated it and ended up with hopper…good one.  They look like a thin, bowl shaped pancake and are made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk and will be served with a choice of meat, seafood or vegetable kari. The dosas […]

Openings & Launches

Taste of London 2015: The Festive Edition

One of the biggest events in the food calendar is back to inspire food enthusiasts throughout the winter season with the return of Taste of London: The Festive Edition!  Yet again attendees will be able to enjoy incredible chefs, award winning restaurants, fantastic food and a whole host of shopping opportunities in the four day pop up that takes place in Tobacco Dock which will be turned into a festive food heaven. Chefs on the line-up this year include Tom Kerridge, Mark Hix, Gizzi Erskine, Monica Galetti, Tom Aikens and the extremely gifted chef and restaurateur Marcus Wareing who said […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

British Museum of Food by Bompas & Parr

If the Mad Hatter opened a museum then this would be the outcome. Culinary curators Bompas & Parr have already delighted Londoners with their breathable alcoholic experience and Buckingham Palace made of jelly, and now they are bringing their trademark quirky theatrics to the civilised bounds of Borough Market.  Nothing they do is really just for fun (although of course it is fun), there is always some kind of underlying motive or curiosity, their latest venture being no exception. The British Museum of Food will be the world’s first devoted to all things food; history, evolution, science, sociology and art. […]

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York & Albany’s Winter Chalet

If you can’t make it to the Alps this winter then fear not, because York & Albany in Camden are launching their winter chalet and we’re pretty sure you can get to Camden. So stop crying into your salopettes, put down your skis and read on. Inspired by an alpine chalet, the walls will be adorned with fairy lights, lanterns will light the way and the room will be scented with spiced candles. Head outside onto the terrace where an open fire and blankets will keep out the winter chill. Head Chef Will Stanyer will be serving up a menu of […]

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