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Openings & Launches

Leicester Square Kitchen Opens

May Fair Kitchen and Monmouth Kitchen are set to get a sister restaurant in the form of the Leicester Square Kitchen, opening at the start of the next month and serving up a contemporary Mexican and Peruvian menu. There’ll be a Mexican-inspired Mayan-spiced marinated chicken ensalada with cashews, black lime and sesame oil; prawn soft tacos with spicy papaya habanero salsa; robata-grilled pisco-glazed smoked paprika ribs and lime; robata-seared tenderstem broccoli and charred kale and shimeji mushroom anticucho served in a hot clay pot. Pudding will revolve around the likes of coconut, lime, guava and mango whilst on the cocktail […]

Openings & Launches

Trawler Trash Opens in Islington

Trawler Trash is a new, Islington seafood restaurant making the most of the lesser known treasures of the sea, the fish that often get forgotten, like the old bargain CD section you use to get in Woolsworth where you’d find a gem, if you will. Just because it is the so-called ‘trash’ doesn’t mean that you won’t be served the best, they’ll only be serving fresh fish delivered that day (that’s why it’s closed on Monday as the trawler men don’t work then) except rather than ‘traditional’ catches you’ll find the likes of pilchards, coley, sprat, grey mullet and cray […]

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Margot’s Brunch: What We Thought

What? Covent Garden restaurant, Margot has joined the brunch crew by launching a weekend brunch menu available on Saturday and Sundays. New? Whilst Margot opened in October of 2016, the brunch landed at the end of January. Where? 45 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5AA, www.margotrestaurant.com On the Menu: Created by Executive Chef Maurizio Morelli, the succinct brunch menu revolves around eggs and includes the likes of scrambled eggs with smoked salmon; omelette with mixed mushrooms and Parmigiano Reggiano and poached eggs on tomato and avocado bruschetta with pancetta. For those wanting something sweeter you’ll find Italian lemon crepes and […]

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Antipodean Cafes
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 Australian-Inspired Cafes and Restaurants

London has no shortage of Australian cafes, keen to bring a taste of the sweet life (mainly brunch and great coffee) to the UK. With today (Tuesday 25th April) being ANZAC Day and a plane ticket Down Under a little out of the question, you’ll want to read on for our guide to the best Aussie-inspired venues London has to offer…

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Rivea Brunch
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Rivea London Sunday Feasting Review: What We Thought

What? Inspired by both the Italian and French Rivieras, Rivea London serves vibrant food with a focus on local and authentic Mediterranean produce. The kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Alexandre Nicolas, under the guidance of Alain Ducasse, and has just launched a Sunday feasting menu which we headed over to try. New? Rivea London was established in 2014 but the Sunday feasting menu is brand new, launching in mid-February and sticking around until 16th April, aka Easter Sunday. Where? Bulgari Hotel London, 171 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW www.rivealondon.com On the Menu: The Sunday feasting menu is exactly what you’d hope for, albeit a little more gourmet […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Handbook Meets Jimmy Garcia

Having just announced his new BBQ Club, we caught up with the King of Pop-Ups, Jimmy Garcia, to find out his secret tips for a good pop-up, his most memorable moments and what happened live on Sunday Brunch. What drew you to pop-ups? Having worked as a chef throughout school and college as well as on yachts in the summers between university, I ended up hating my job as a broker in the city. I really missed cooking for people and after reading about a guy in North London turning his home into a restaurant I thought f**k it, let’s […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Big Five: Punch Room’s New Menu

Long before punch became synonymous with American frat parties, with its questionable sickly, sweet mix of alcohol and fruit, it was actually the invention of the ultimate drinkers, the 17th century sailors of the East India Company. It was said that they would drink in the region of ten pints a day, but as they reached hotter temperatures, the beer became rancid and flat. So once a shore they set about making a drink using spices and sugar and just like that punch was born. They brought it back it to England et voila. Now Punch Room, the award-winning bar at […]

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Sunday Roast Takeover at Mustard

There’s nothing better on a Sunday then getting everyone round for Sunday lunch, cooking up a big roast, tucking in and forgetting it’s Monday tomorrow. Brook Green brasserie, Mustard, will be doing just that over the next few months as they invite three of their favourite chefs in to cook up different roasts. Starting on 14th May, Marc Wainwright, Head Chef at Le Vacherin in Chiswick will be celebrating spring with a roast leg of lamb accompanied by duck fat roast potatoes, stem broccoli, glazed carrots, Yorkshire puddings and apple crumble and clotted cream for pudding. The following month (25th […]

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The Kitchen Counter
Openings & Launches

Deliciously Ella Opens The Kitchen Counter

Following on from the success of The MaE Deli on Seymour Place and MaE on Weighhouse Street, Deliciously Ella is going for lucky number three and opening The Kitchen Counter in Herne Hill. You’ll find it just outside Herne Hill station, (ideal for when you haven’t made breakfast and need to grab something healthy on your commute) in one of the railway arches. Light and airy, the focus will be on a bespoke shelving feature that spans the width and height of the arch, behind which will sit the open plan pastry kitchen. As well as window counters and stools, […]

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Valle Dell’ Erica Hotel – What We Thought

I know what you’re thinking as you read this review, sat at your desk as your boss sends you yet another ‘high importance’ email. You’re thinking wouldn’t it be great if you could go somewhere where the simple things in life remain just that, without all the complexities of city living? Somewhere where you can watch the sunset without electricity pylons splitting it in two, a place where the water is so transparent that Evian’s clearest would find it hard to compete, and a place where ‘rush hour’ doesn’t exist. Well, I didn’t know such a place could exist either, […]

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ROKA Brunch Review: What We Thought

What? Award-winning contemporary Japanese restaurant, ROKA, has just launched a weekend han setto brunch: ten starters to share, a main dish from the robata or main kitchen, sharing dessert platter plus bellini on arrival, although with no eggs in sight it’s really more of a weekend lunch. New? ROKA Aldwych was the fourth ROKA to open in London, marking the Charlotte Street flagship’s tenth anniversary. The brunch is a recent addition to the menu, drawing in a different crowd to the weekday business set. Where? 71 Aldwych, WC2B 4HN www.rokarestaurant.com On the Menu: The brunch menu is designed for sharing, with starters like edamame beans, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

DIY Smores, Table Top Barbecuing and Spanish Gin Cocktails

Southbank is getting a summer pop-up. We’ve seen the urban beach, the roller disco and the helter skelter but this time around there’s a foodie focus as pop-up king, Jimmy Garcia launches The BBQ Club. A walk-up BBQ bar means you can saunter along the river, Aberdeen Angus steak burger in hand, but for the real experience you’ll want to head upstairs to the rooftop dining area. A 6-course tasting menu will be prepared for guests by their very own chef at a Big Green Egg grill (aka the ultimate piece of BBQ equipment) resembling a kind of intimate supper […]

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