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La Mia Mamma: The Chelsea Restaurant set to Champion Tradition

If we were to tell you that new restaurant La Mia Mamma, set to open in Chelsea, imported a different Italian “Mamma” each season from a different region, you’d probably think we were joking, right? Wrong. La Mia Mamma keeps to its word when it says it’s going to deliver dishes true to Italian culture and tradition. La Mia Mamma will ring out Italian tradition as strongly as if you picked up the “it’s your Dolmio day” family straight from the advert and placed them in a restaurant. Whilst some of us may think of bangers and mash or smiley potato […]

Openings & Launches

Japan House Arrives in Kensington

For those prone to thinking solely of the martial arts, Hello Kitty or sushi when Japan comes to mind, get ready for your horizons to be considerably widened. Bringing a dose of Japan to the capital, Japan House is set to open next month as the first of its kind in Europe, following other sites in San Paulo and Los Angeles. So, what can we find inside? Well, lovers of all things Japanese, how do three entire floors dedicated to the culture sound? Possessing all things synonymous with the country, the house will feature a temporary exhibition gallery, events space, […]

Openings & Launches

Seafood Restaurant ‘Bucket’ Anchors up in Westbourne Grove

As the all too familiar saying goes “there are plenty more fish in the sea”, a motto new seafood restaurant, Bucket, seem oh so familiar with. Washing up in Westbourne Grove this May, the seafood haven promises dishes by the bucket load, coupled with an inside attitude as laid-back and breezy as Otis Redding must have felt, Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay. With sustainability at the helm, husband and wife team Georgie Godik Hayward and Adam Hayward prove the sea is for sharing with this new venture, mixing the classics with seasonal specials. So, what can we expect […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Catch This Three Michelin Star Chef As He Visits London

It’s not often that you get to taste the creations of a three Michelin star chef, and even if you’re lucky enough to be a regular in the three London restaurants to have achieved this accolade then surely the chance to sup at the table of Thomas Bühner from Germany’s ‘La Vie’ is a chance to jump at? Thankfully you won’t have to traipse to Osnabrück, but just to Greenwich and the InterContinental London – The O2 where he has teamed up with the very talented Tomas Lidakevicius, Head Chef at Peninsula Restaurant for a collaboration spanning three days only. The menu sounds suitably incredible, […]

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Openings & Launches

Mark Wahlberg’s Burgers Come To London

If you thought that sibling rivalry was getting out of hand when you handmade your mum’s birthday card to top-trump your sister’s Hallmark offering, then step aside and see how it’s really done. What do you do if one of your brothers was a star of boy band New Kids On The Block and the other is none other than international Hollywood A-Lister Mark Wahlberg? Well the answer, it seems, is launch a highly successful chain of top-end burger joints. Led by Paul Wahlberg, alongside his brothers, Wahlburgers will open its first branch outside North America when it comes to Covent […]

Rooftops and Terraces

Savage Garden: The New City Rooftop Bar

Savage Garden, not just that Australian duo who sang classic 90s hits like Truly Madly Deeply and To the Moon & Back, but also now a new sky-high bar opening in the City. Who knows whether the founders are mega fans of the pop duo or are inspired by author Anne Rice’s quote, ‘beauty is a savage garden’, but what we do know is that it is going to be a study in experimentation and temptation, a twist, botanical world set 12 storeys above the streets of London. Sitting on top of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower […]

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We Review: Sartoria’s Saturday Brunch

What? Standing on the corner of Savile Row, Sartoria (meaning ‘tailor’ in Italian) is part of restaurant super group D&D London who now have over 30 restaurants across London, Leeds, Paris, New York and Tokyo. It’s also arguably my favourite D&D restaurant with Francesco Mazzei as Chef Patron, so when they announced that they were starting a new Saturday brunch I knew that I had to visit. New? Sartoria isn’t but the new brunch launched in the middle of March.  Where? Sat on the corner of Savile Row, you’ll find Sartoria at: 20 Savile Row, Mayfair, W1S, www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk The Look: […]

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We Review: Simpson’s in the Strand

What? A landmark restaurant on an iconic road. Open for 190 years. Synonymous with Churchill. Restaurants don’t get much more traditional than Simpson’s in the Strand. Or is it so set in its ways? Like an old aunt suddenly getting a face lift, last year it was given a new lease of life, with a refurbishment and updated menu. So, we headed over to see what had kept the restaurant going for so long and how it is faring its second wind. New? In a city where restaurants open and close faster than the doors on the tube, it often […]

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Openings & Launches

A New Restaurant ‘Brand’ Arrives from Los Angeles

The man behind Zuma restaurants, ROKA, Oblix and Florida’s ETARU has just launched a new project, INKO NITO. And judging by the the fact they’re dubbing it a ‘new restaurant brand’, we suspect this might be the birth of another global phenomenon. The brainchild of Rainer Becker and chef Hamish Brown, the restaurant launched in Los Angeles’ Art District in December and now comes to Soho’s Broadwick Street. So, other than a ‘brand’, what is it, I hear you wonder? It’s ‘unconventional Japanese robatayak’. And a glance at Wikipedia tells me that robatayak ‘literally translates as fireside cooking’. Okay, so tell me actual facts. […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

We Review: Cicchetti Covent Garden

What: This Covent Garden Italian restaurant is the third Cicchetti (after Manchester and London Piccadilly) from San Carlo Restaurant Group. New? It opened in 2014 when we first reviewed it. Where? 30 Wellington Street, Covent Garden WC2E 7BD www.sancarlocicchetti.co.uk On the menu: The menu is designed in a tapas style so even the mains are fairly small as you are expected to order a few dishes. It’s a classic Italian menu so pasta, pizza and cheese reign supreme with dishes like Lasagne al Forno, layers of pasta with slow cooked beef ragu; gnocchi gorgonzola in a baked parmesan basket and gamberoni […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The One With the Trifle: Regina Phalange Pop-up

‘What’s not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!’ Yep Friends fans will know exactly what we’re talking about. They might also still be lamenting over the fact that the last episode aired 14 years ago, which quite frankly just makes us feel hideously old. To mark the anniversary Deliveroo will be launching the Regina Phalange pop-up, a delivery restaurant that serves just one dish, the meat and sweet trifle. Yep the classic pudding that Rachel made for Thanksgiving. Not cutting any corners, the trifle includes lady fingers, custard, raspberries, bananas, whipped cream and beef sautéed with peas and […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Park Chinois Launch Opulent Immersive Show

If, Mayfair restaurant, Park Chinois wasn’t opulent enough, then they have just launched a new immersive show that is inspired by the sophistication and glamour of 1930s Shanghai. Running from Wednesday to Sunday each week and performed during dinner, you’ll be transported to a world of acrobatics, dances, musicians and mesmerising characters, through the dazzling show that has been choreographed by artistic director Diana Pintado. Bringing together comedy, burlesque, jazz and dancing, the theatrical show promises to be an evening of luxury and decadence. Whilst you watch you’ll be able to dine from the menu which includes the likes of […]

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