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Dining at Quilon

Such was my excitement at dining at Quilon, one of London’s finest Michelin starred Indian restaurant, I found myself committing the equivalent of gastronomical fraud in checking the menu before I’d even set foot in its stylish interior. As we sipped on our mango bellinis, I found myself smugly looking at my dining partner as she obviously struggled to choose from the plethora of delights on the menu. It turns out I needn’t have worried as our extremely attentive waiter offered us the opportunity to sample Chef Sriram Aylur’s finest instead of sticking to the traditional three courses. A complex […]

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Gilgamesh Hawkers Market

This summer the Camden Pan-Asian restaurant Gilgamesh is set to open a food market on Monday nights. For one night only the usual Babylon restaurant will turn into an authentic hawker market, popular throughout Asian countries. The giant venue will be decorated with Chinese lanterns and will have a variety of different stalls, with food ranging from Dim Sum and Peking Duck to Curry and even Sushi, allowing you to sample all the different wonders of Pan-Asian cuisine. Famous throughout Asian countries, the hawker markets have been a vibrant and popular meeting place for hundreds of years bringing friends and […]

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Summer at The Mandeville

The deVigne Bar, at London's upmarket Mandeville Hotel, will be treating patrons to a new superhealthy yet delectable range of cocktails this summer. Director Claudio Grisorio has concocted a variety of fresh and organic drinks to tempt guests and the public alike, all of which weigh in at under 100 calories and so can be enjoyed by even the most calorie-conscious of customers. Grisorio has taken mixology to new levels in creating drinks that use interesting and diverse ingredients – the Skinny Dipper, for example, takes vodka, lime and ginger and adds further kick with a dash of cayenne pepper. […]

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Beach Blanket Babylon

Some men (lets start on a traditional and somewhat sexist note) choose to take a first date to a flashy, overpriced venue; perhaps a hotel bar, a staggeringly expensive restaurant possibly filled with bankers, their dates and all of their respective pinstriped friends. While impressive this is not always the ideal way to romance your chosen paramour. Beach Blanket Babylon, although ostentatious in dcor, is a fantastical place full of mysterious passages and dark nooks to seduce your date. And it is worth the money. The roaring lions head, as you walk in, is magnificent; the lighting emitted from the […]

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Just Oriental

Just Oriental Tucked away below the spacious Just St James is their sister restaurant Just Oriental. Peter Gladwin’s informal restaurant offers an extensive range of Pan Asian food from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Japan which includes a wide selection of sharing dishes such as mixed seafood and vegetable tempura or crispy aromatic duck. Other choices that are well worth sampling include their varied choice of aromatic curries and the steamed black bream. Although described as buzzy and vibrant, the overall décor is stylistic rather than cosy, and the seating arrangements seem slightly awkward.  The recessed lighting too makes this […]

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Just St James

The newly converted Just St James used to be the most expensive bank in London and following its revamp the building remains impressive.  Its ornate interior which contains sweeping staircases, marble columns, raised terrace seatings and large balconies is certainly aimed to impress the business client and with its extensive menu they have catered for all tastes. From Butternut squash soup to braised ox tongue and foie gras there is an eclectic mix of starters available.  For the main course too, there is an equally wide selection, ranging from Dover sole and seabass to gnocchi.  I would highly recommend the angus fillet steak which came with an […]

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Snog

Fancy a Snog? ‘Can’t wait for my first snog.’ No, not a kissing type of snog, a Frozen Yoghurt type of Snog. It’s summer time and unfortunately those yummy Tom’s Cookies & Hummingbird Bakery cupcakes are not on the diet for that bikini body but if you are having a little sugar need moment then there is an alternative. Snog. This new hotspot in South Kensington is all about frozen yoghurt. And it’s healthy, (sort of). Delicious frozen yogurt that lacks fat, shuns sugar and has hardly any calories. Frozen yoghurt comes in pots called Snogs. Little Snog 78 cal […]

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Fish & Chips in Chelsea

A Chippy on the corner. This is not your normal greasy little English ‘Chippy’ down the road. Far from it. This is the new Tom Aiken’s restaurant, Tom’s Place. Right in the heart of Chelsea, just off the Kings Road on Cale Street where Tom Aiken’s seems to be slowly taking over with now three restaurants with in nearly a 30 second walk is his new addition. It’s the perfect place for good relaxed all British food and this is one of the main aspects of the restaurant. All-British. Everything on the menu is sourced in the United Kingdom from […]

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Cha Cha to the Moon

It’s all about the Cha Cha Moon.  Fast, easy and oh, so good. The man behind Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Sakenohana, Alan Yau has a new venture that’s all about delicious but speedy food. Cha Cha Moon is his new walk-in Chinese noddle bar that follows a similar plan as places like Wagamama and Busabai Eathai in it’s open plan kitchen and vast communal seating with long benchs and tables. Treat yourself to some  char sui ja jain udon soup, crispy duck lo mein or Peking-style noodle soup which be at your table fast then you can say cha cha moon […]

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The Sloane Eat

Where to eat this weekend Try something new, and we mean new, the opening party was only last Tuesday and it was a great success. The Botanist is the place to be if you’re in Chelsea this weekend.   This little gem right on Sloane Square is just the place to go for relaxed and sophisticated fine dinning. It’s the latest addition to Tom and Ed Martin’s renowned gastro empire that includes The Empress of India and The Gun.   The Botanist draws together influences from all over the world while remaining essentially British at heart. So have lunch there this weekend and try the white asparagus […]

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