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Mason and Company
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Mason & Company Review: What We Thought

What? Mason & Company is the creation of Ed Mason, founder of Hackney’s Five Points Brewing Company and Rachel Jones, founder of street food Capish? New? It opened last year as part of the new developments on Hackney Wick’s canalside. Mason & Company is one of eight new restaurants/bars/shops along the canal, which are all part of Here East’s innovation campus. Where? 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E15 2GW, www.masonandcompany.co.uk On the Menu: What you get when you fuse together Italian and American cuisines…think Italian poutine, meatball subs and Italo fries available with Jalapeño salsa, basil aioli or […]

Thai Silk
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Thai Silk Review: What We Thought

What: Minutes from Southwark underground, Thai Silk is classic Thai cuisine. New: The restaurant itself isn’t new, but it has recently joined the Royal China Group, whose restaurants are more known for their dim sum. This is their first venture into other Asian cuisine. Where: Thai Silk, 94-95 Isabella Street, Southwark, SE1 8DA, www.thai-silk.co.uk On the Menu: The menu is typically Thai – you’ll find dishes like Thai green curry, pad Thai and spring rolls but there are also dishes such as Jungle Curry chicken and Kaeng Massamun beef. First Impressions: The restaurant is a tucked away on a little […]

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Amici Miei Review: What We Thought

What? The work of Cristian Nocco, Amici Miei (which means ‘my friends’) is a cosy, neighbourhood Italian restaurant on Kingsland Road, where sourdough wood-fired pizzas are the order of the day. New? No, Cristian Nocco opened it back in 2011, following ten years of running a pizza restaurant with his business partner. Where?  28-30 Kingsland Road, Old Street, E2 8DA, www.amicimiei.co.uk On the Menu: As well as their sourdough pizzas you’ll find pasta, antipasti, secondi and cichetti. Signature pasta dishes include the likes of Malloreddus Alla Campidanese – traditional Sardinian pasta served with tomato sauce, saffron, fresh sausage and pecorino, […]

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Les Deux Salons Review: What We Thought

New? Les Deux Salons has proudly stood off Trafalgar Square since 2011 but a recent facelift and 2014 takeover from Terence and Vicky Conran and Peter Prescott has given it a new lease of life. A new ‘en famille’ menu, designed for sharing is the latest new addition. Where? 40-42 King William IV Street, WC2N 4DD www.lesdeuxsalons.co.uk First Impressions: The illuminated frontage and elegant green awnings made Les Deux Salons an inviting place to dart from the rain and, inside, an unmistakably Parisian feel is split across the ground floor bistro, épicerie and cave à vin and the first floor restaurant. On the damp […]

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The Breakfast Club Review: What We Thought

What: Popular breakfast destination with an American inspired menu. New? The Breakfast Club @ Canalside opened in April 2016 as part of the Here East complex which is home to other restaurants like vegan café, Mother, and Italian-American offering, Mason & Company. Where? 29 E Bay Lane, Hackney Wick E15 2GW www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com On the menu: The title of the venue gives you an idea of what to expect on the menu; any kind of breakfast dish can be found here throughout the day from chorizo hash to eggs benedict to all kinds of fry ups including veggie options. Your sweet tooth won’t […]

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Cahoots Picnic Review: What We Thought

What: Cahoots is a disused underground tube station themed bar that transports guests back in time, to post-war 1940s complete with cocktails and sing-a-longs around an old piano. New? It opened in March 2015 and is part of the award-winning Inception Group whose other venues include Bunga Bunga, Maggie’s and Mr Fogg’s. Where? 13 Kingly Court, Carnaby, Soho, W1B 5PG www.cahoots-london.com On the Menu: A selection of home-made sandwiches, not afternoon tea sized bites either but the full sized ones you would find in an actual picnic. A couple of hot bites like a spinach and ricotta roll and then cakes that you would […]

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Heart Afternoon Tea
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HeART Afternoon Tea Review: What We Thought

What: The hotel has reinvented its much-loved HeART Afternoon Tea which we reviewed here to offer an exclusive Valentine’s edition. New? The HeART Afternoon Tea has been created just in time for the most loved up day of the year and will be available from 8-14th February 2017. Where? Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY www.lancasterlondon.com On the Menu: The afternoon tea has an array of sweet and savoury treats including oysters (for obvious reasons) with salmon caviar, heart-shaped white chocolate and strawberry macaroons, and ‘Love You’ honey éclairs. To sweeten the deal, the hotel will also be offering a surprise gift […]

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No1 Duke Street Review: What We Thought

New? The latest addition to the Darwin & Wallace collection, No.1 Duke Street opened in November 2015. Where? 1A Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1HP, www.no1dukestreet.com On the Menu: The menu is split into small and sharing plates, ideal for nibbling on if you just want a bite whilst drinking, choose from the likes of mini honey sausages and crispy peppered squid. There are then heartier mains including a wonky veg aubergine curry which uses misshapen vegetables, slow cooked pork belly and lemon and garlic marinated chicken. Puddings are classics think crumble, custards and sorbets. First Impressions: A busy restaurant is always a good sign […]

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UNI Review: What We Thought

What? Japanese/Peruvian fusion dining (Nikkei) in Belgravia. UNI takes its name from the Japanese word for sea urchin – a Japanese delicacy. New? UNI opened back in 2014 and has recently opened for service on Sundays. Where? 18a Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 0LS, www.restaurantuni.com  On the Menu: Grilled meats and fish in the form of sashimi, maki and tempura make the menu classically Japanese. Peruvian influence means you’ll find ceviche, tiraditos peruano and black cod with anticucho sauce whilst caviar, Wagyu beef and king crab make the menu Belgavia-appropriate. First Impressions: From the outside, UNI isn’t as you’d expect. You […]

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HKK Chinese New Year Menu Review: What We Thought

What? Part of the Hakkasan Group, HKK opened at the tail end of 2012 and was awarded its first Michelin star less than a year later. Leading the kitchen is Executive Head Chef, Tong Chee Hwee, who revives and modernises classic dishes, telling the story of Chinese culture through fine dining with a touch of drama and lot of flair. New? No, opened back at the end of 2012. Where? 88 Worship Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 2BE, www.hkklondon.com On the Menu: The 8-course menu is an interpretation of the ancient and extravagant Emperor’s feasts, which used to last several days. Here several […]

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Shepherd’s of Westminster Review: What We Thought

What? A seasonal provenance-led menu of British classics, served in an elegant dining room. New? Shepherd’s is a Westminster institution but has had a new lease of life breathed into it by Lionel Zetter, who took over in 2013. Where? Shepherd’s of Westminster, Marsham Court, Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 4LA, www.shepherdsresterant.co.uk  On the Menu: Head Chef Karl Goward has worked in London and New York and with over 20 years of experience in the kitchen has created a well-designed and concise British menu, covering all the key bases; 7 starters, 8 mains and 8 puddings. When we visited there was a selection […]

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Big Apple Brixton Review: What We Thought

What? Created by the award-winning team behind Brixton’s South Pole Saloon and the Brixton Beach Boulevard, Big Apple Brixton is their 2016 winter pop-up taking over the Brixton rooftop bringing a slice of New York City circa 1977 to South London. New? Yes, it opened at the end of October following on from their summer Beach Boulevard pop-up. Where? The Brixton Rooftop, Popes Road, Brixton, SW9 8JH, www.bigapplebrixton.com On the Menu: Street food. You’ll find four vendors; Mac to the Future, Burger Bear, Grandmaster Slice and Plucky’s. It’s simple – the sort you want when you’ve had a drink or two so think mac ‘n’ […]

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