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Keeping it Simple at Hot Pink Grill

Hot Pink Grill has a simple menu idea complete with fresh, uncomplicated ingredients and an eco friendly approach to producing the food. Diners pick from a selection of 12 mains, divided into 4 categories; meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian. They then add one of six sides and an option of either Garlic & Herb, BBQ, Spicy Pink or Hot Pink Pesto sauce. When The Handbook checked out the latest addition to the Wimbledon Broadway we selected the Half chicken with Sweet potato fries and Spicy Pink sauce as well as the Halloumi & 7 Veg Stack (grilled halloumi, red/yellow pepper, aubergine, […]

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Bibigo Review

We featured Bibigo when it launched back in September last year but have only just gotten round to a proper visit. First impressions? LOTS of Oriental diners which boded extremely well and at 7.30pm on a Friday night the place was heaving with a cool fashion forward crowd (hello super limited edition Kenzo sweater to my left). The menu is as hip and healthy looking as the clientele. We started with a couple of the small dishes to share – Sweet & spicy rice cake (with sweet potatoes and okra glazes with chilli sauce) so much better than a bread […]

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Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea at Season

“I’m going to call up Daisy tomorrow and invite her over here to tea.” It’s the moment where Daisy and Great Gatsby first set eyes on each other after several years, afternoon tea at Nick Carraway’s house. And so with London celebrating Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the infamous book it seems only proper that there is at least one afternoon tea honouring this both poignant, and humorous moment in the book. Step in Harvey Nichols and Season at the Fifth Floor with their opulent ‘Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea’. Gatsby sends flowers to decorate Nick’s house, and whilst his were over […]

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Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea at Season

“I’m going to call up Daisy tomorrow and invite her over here to tea.” It’s the moment where Daisy and Great Gatsby first set eyes on each other after several years, afternoon tea at Nick Carraway’s house. And so with London celebrating Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the infamous book it seems only proper that there is at least one afternoon tea honouring this both poignant, and humorous moment in the book. Step in Harvey Nichols and Season at the Fifth Floor with their opulent ‘Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea’. Gatsby sends flowers to decorate Nick’s house, and whilst his were over […]

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Yo! Burger

So when I got the Yo! Burger press release, I must admit I rolled my eyes. Another fad. However, I take it back. This is one good fad! The ‘buns’ are made of rice and there are five options: Chicken (seasoned with teriyaki sauce and served on a bed of lettuce with red onion, mayonnaise and topped with diced pineapple and white sesame seeds), Prawn (prawn cutlet served on white cabbage spiced with a dollop of curry mayonnaise and a sprinkle of spring onion and diced beni shoga), Salmon (kimchi salmon on a bed of lettuce, kimchi pickled vegetables and […]

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The 1851 Restaurant Returns to Kensington

Taking its cue from J M Barrie’s infallible butler, The Admirable Crichton has made a name for itself in the event planning industry, organising parties for royalty and socialites alike. Now opening its June pop-up restaurant for the third year running, The Crichton has done what it does best, admirably of course. The 1851 Restaurant and Bar is taking over a marquee at The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens for one week only, 13th – 19th June. Perennially popular, this year the marquee will be transformed into an indoor garden, complete with aquamarine tables, luxuriant summer flowers and Cyprus trees, […]

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Vegetarian and Then Some at the Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar as it marks its 16-month anniversary on 11th June with a menu revamp and a brand new street entrance next to the restaurant. Known for great meat, the bar is also taking this occasion to delve into the possibilities presented by vegetarian food and dishes from other cultures and styles. Definitely to try is the ‘almost vegan’ Chana Masala Burger, chickpea curry piled with lime pickle, chunky raita and khara boondi in tribute to the dearly-departed curry house next door. Similarly delicious and almost veggie, the Fillet […]

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Ceviche on the road

Next month in July, Martin Morales’ Ceviche is hitting the road on a ten date pop-up tour bringing Ceviche to every corner of Britain. The Peruvian restaurant began life as a pop-up in London last year before finding a permanent home in Soho in March. The tour, which will be taking in destinations from Edinburgh to Padstow, will give people from across the country the chance to try dishes from Morales’ upcoming book Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen. You can also book one of Martin’s hands-on masterclasses as an add-on where you’ll learn how to make Ceviche’s infamous ‘Don Ceviche’ sea bass. […]

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Nobu Presents the Bento Box

Hot summer days mean picnics in the park, hours spent at Wimbledon, Ascot and the Polo and laid-back dinners in the garden. In short, we’re taking our lives outside and our mealtimes with it. But what to eat? No fear. Gone are the days of crushed sandwiches as Nobu brings its Michelin-starred answer to the dilemma. Cue the Takeaway Bento Box. Easily transportable, the Bento Box contains layers of assorted treats from the restaurant with the choice between Standard and Deluxe. A soft shell crab roll and sushi Nigri fill the first layer of the standard box with a second […]

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Benugo takes it outside at The British Museum

Benugo which operates the restaurant and cafes within the British Museum, has just parked two American inspired food trucks in its forecourt. The trucks, to be a permanent fixture, serve a variety of American street food, from toasties, hot dogs and chowders to cakes, coffees and ice creams. Hot dogs include the Original (pork frankfurter, mustard, ketchup, crusty baguette), or the Bratwurst (German sausage, smoked chilli ketchup, crispy onion, sauerkraut, white torpedo) – top them off with crispy onions, chilli, grated cheese and sauerkraut – or you can pick up a New Yorker (turkey breast, crispy bacon, Gruyere, tomato, iceberg […]

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Too Many Critics Charity Event for Action Against Hunger

On Sunday 9th June, critics are set to eat their words at Action Against Hunger’s charity event Too Many Critics. With a rendez-vous at the Coq d’Argent, food writers from top publications will set down their pens and don their aprons to prepare a special dinner under the critical eyes of the chefs they normally berate. Set to raise awareness for the global hunger crisis, Too Many Critics is the brainchild of the humanitarian charity Action Against Hunger as it collaborates with 200 other charities in the ‘Enough Food For Everyone IF’ campaign. As foodies, critics and chefs congregate, the […]

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The Elgin – Maida Vale

You don’t particularly notice the décor at The Elgin, which is a good sign; this pub/restaurant is all about the food and service, which is outstanding. It’s not a pub in a traditional sense – you walk straight into a bright, airy and bare-bricked room, with sturdy wooden tables featuring the standard flickering candle. If I was asked what The Elgin looked like, I’d say ‘lots of wood’, which isn’t the most descriptive of phrases, but probably sums it up. This Maida Vale bar and grill is the sort where regular diners are greeted like old friends, and the service […]

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