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We Review: Maison du Mezzé

What? Mezze is Persian for ‘tasting’. It’s also the name of Leicester Square’s latest addition, Maison du Mezzé, and if you’ve not been to the Middle East then mezze really is appropriate, this restaurant really is a tasting plattter of the region, a smattering of everything, from the prayer mats and crockery on the walls to the Turkish, Persian, Arabic and North African fare on the plates. New? It’s just arrived, taking that corner spot where Häagen-Dazs was since the 1990s. People sometimes come in somehow thinking it’s still an ice cream parlour and presumably get rather a shock when a dish of […]

Things to do Outdoors

The Festival for Foodies Returns This Summer

At the end of a long working week, most like to turn to their favourite tipple on a Friday night and, whilst vodka isn’t always the answer, it’s worth a shot, right? For those of you reading the above and already catching that Friday feeling, you’ll be pleased to learn of Russian Standard Vodka’s announcement that it will be joining in the fun at this years’ Foodies Festival. Quite literally one for the foodies, the festival will be gracing Syon Park with its culinary presence for three days this month, featuring the aptly named ‘Raise Your Standards in Vodka’ bar. […]

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, […]

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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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The London Restaurant Partying Like it’s 1993

Back in 1993 Haymarket was bought to a standstill as 10,000 fans packed the streets to see over 100 film stars partying in London, but it wasn’t for a premier or awards ceremony. It was for the opening of Planet Hollywood and it’s famed for being one of the biggest celebrity launches ever seen, with the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Arnold Schwarzenegger partying the night away. Since then they have been serving up a little bit of Hollywood for 25 years and to celebrate reaching such a milestone they will be offering highlights from their […]

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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 […]

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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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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. […]

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Ottolenghi is Opening a New Restaurant: ROVI

The man who inspires most of London’s dinner party menus, Ottolenghi is set to open a new restaurant with his team this summer. And since Brangelina, Bennifer and Hiddleswift are all no more, we’re going to bring you a new one, ROVI. No, we haven’t gone off on a tangent, it’s the name of the restaurant, it’s a little bit of NOPI, a little bit of Fitzrovia but it’s doing its own thing with vegetables and sustainability taking centre stage. There’ll be a new focus on fermentation, cooking over fire and making the most of leftovers to create new dishes. […]

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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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