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Dishoom Dishes Up A Stunning New Venue

Bombay is coming to Barkers! The iconic High Street Kensington building is an Art Deco masterpice, and so the natural choice for Indian restauranteurs Dishoom, who will be chanelling all the Art Deco heritage of Bombay into their new location. The restaurant, which will seat 200 and remain open all day brings Dishoom’s unmistakable Irani cafe style to West London. Under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Naveed Nasir the restaurant will serve Dishoom’s familiar Bombay comfort food including favourites like the Bacon Naan Roll for breakfast followed by the all-day menu of small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls […]

Made of Dough
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Reggae, Wine And Pizza Pairing

‘Red, red, wiiiiiine…’ may have been a massive hit for UB40, forever marrying together the unlikely couple of Jamaican Music and Cabernet Sauvigon. But now it’s about to get a bit more complicated for reggae and vin rouge, welcome into the threesome… Pizza! It’s a night of pizza, wine and reggae music and it sounds as brilliant as it is batty. Pizza legends Made of Dough started towing their oven around the country with a van before landing in their Peckham shipping container kiosk this year. Meanwhile independent wine merchants Lea & Sandeman have been scouring the wine regions of […]

Openings & Launches

Gilly’s Fry Bar – Northern Chippy Meets Japanese Tempura

Kill us now, it’s never going to get any better than this: chip shop fish and chips, curry sauce and cocktails. Gilly’s Fry Bar arrives in Finsbury Park this week and it promises to be a fantastic, if unlikely, combo of chippy and highball cocktails with an Asian twist. Modelled on restauranteur Neil Gill’s memories of Tyneside chip shops, the restaurant will feature classics like cod and scraps but fused with the delicate art of Japanese tempura cooking. Running with the Northern obsession with dousing chips with curry sauce Gill has devised a menu combining the traditional katsu curry with […]

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Poke and Matcha at Tombo Fitzrovia

What? Riding on the success of popular Hawaiian dish, poke (pronounced pokay), Tombo simply describes itself as a ‘poke and matcha bar’. Basically, diced raw fish finds itself atop big bowls of sticky rice, edamame beans and other colourful goodness. It’s like a deconstructed sushi salad. The other half of Tombo is the matcha, aka the part of the green tea plant with epic superpowers (a glass of matcha supposedly contains 100x more antioxidants than a humble infused green tea) and here it makes its way into everything from drinks to dressings. New? The third branch from the group, Tombo […]

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Olle
Openings & Launches

Olle: Queue Now For Korean Barbeque

Summer is over, and so too is the barbecue season as we look forward to another nine or ten months without smoke billowing into our faces as we turn chicken into charcoal. OR, you could head down to Olle and do it properly. Olle is a new Korean restaurant coming to Chinatown and it’s an interactive barbeque. Forget eveything you think you know about the art of BBandQing, Olle will bring the finest cuts of meat to your table where communal firepits will offer you the chance to sizzle to perfection in the ideal conditions. The menu includes top-quality Japanese […]

Guides

11 Foodie Instagrammers You Should Be Following

Sharing is never easy when there’s food involved. However, if you’re sharing your lunch on Instagram you really can have your cake and eat it. While it’s nearly impossible to eat a meal in London without giving your Bargain Bucket the David Bailey treatment, for the real afficianados it’s more than an annoying delay to the start of dinner, it’s an artform. The rise of the Insta pros with millions of followers drooling over their foody pics is an entire industry to itself, with top food ‘influencers’ drawing six figure salaries from their paid-for posts. But it’s also spawned a […]

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The Spa of Unconscious Desires

Brace yourself for a spellbinding evening that will have you dropping your preconceptions (and probably your jaw) when you encounter the totally unconventional spa experience that is The Spa of Unconscious Desires. In honour of the London Design Festival, Mondrian Hotel is partnering with design aficionados Bompas & Parr (Bompas & Sparr would have been better but you can’t have it all) to offer guests a selection of micro-treatments centred around bespoke design objects, immersing them in a new interpretation of beauty and relaxation. Not your typical Tuesday night affair, this one will really spa-rk your imagination. Mondrian’s Agua Bathhouse […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Healthy Hounds’ Hangout, London’s first doggy drop-in nutrition clinic

Having a ruff day? Feeling like you need to slow down and just take a paws for thought? Spend some quality time with your favourite four-legged friend at healthy restaurant Squirrel, which for National Dog Week is hosting a doggy brunch on 23rd September and a nutritional drop-in service on 28th September. Both events promise to be pawfully good for both you and your dog, with doggy experts and delicious food on offer (don’t worry, you don’t have to eat dog food). Launching the Healthy Hounds’ Hangout, the brunch will feature Squirrel’s healthy breakfast offerings for owners (e.g. Salmon & […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

What to do This Weekend: 15th – 17th September

It’s our favourite part of the week again, the end. This week we’ll be filling it with beer, burgers, brunch, bulbs, bric-a-brac and margaritas (the alliteration had to stop somewhere), question is, what are you going to be going to?

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Championing New Chefs at Great Guns Social

Lamb lollipops, brioche French toast and caramelise chicken pastilla; the menu is kicking off at new restaurant Great Guns Social. Now while the name may spark off a heated debate in America, the reason this is called Great Guns, is after founder, Laura Gregory’s global content and music video company, Great Guns and just as that company champions up and coming talent, so will this new restaurant. By hosting a roster of exciting chefs, guided by celebrity chef Maria Elia, the menu will always be new and interesting and you have a reason to keep returning. First into the kitchen […]

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Wine and Cheese at Humble Grape Islington

What?  Islington’s latest wine bar and the third Humble Grape specialising in artisan wines, cheese and charcuterie.  New? Yes, it only opened at the start of this summer, it’s the third Humble Grape, the original bar opened in 2015 in Battersea before being joined by the bar in Fleet Street in 2016. Where? 11-13 Theberton Street, Islington, N1 0QY www.humblegrape.co.uk On the Menu: Wine and a lot of it. There are over 400 bottles all of which are organic, biodynamic or sustainably sourced, all have their own story to tell and are available by the glass, carafe or bottle. To […]

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Openings & Launches

Head Across Town To Crosstown

Wake up, smell the coffee and then scoff the doughnut! Independent doughnut coffee bar Crosstown launches today at their new location on Piccadilly and will be offering their perfect combination of caffeine and sugar, keeping you fully fuelled and ready to hit the shops, see the sights or head into that meeting. All Crosstown’s doughnuts are made onsite using a hybrid sough dough which gives them a stronger crumb and breadlke texture. All the jams, compotes and fillings are also made in-house using quality ingredients. Crosstown opened its first shop in Soho in 2015, since then they’ve expanded to three […]

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