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The Imperial Review

A new all-day restaurant, ‘The Imperial’, has opened in Fulham, and we were bursting to try it out. So bright and early on Saturday morning, that’s just what we did. The lunch and dinner menus both look delicious, but we’re always on the look out for a new place in Fulham that does the perfect sleepy weekend breakfast/brunch, so that’s the meal we opted for. This was the first Saturday that The Imperial had been open for breakfast, so it was fairly quiet, but that doesn’t reflect the quality of the food or service. The restaurant is very modern and […]

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Floridita Hot Rum Bar Review

Last week, Floridita launched a Hot Rum Bar for the Christmas season, which will be open until early February. It is located in their subterranean Rum Shack, with a perfect view of the long bar so you can watch your hot cocktails being prepared – always my favourite part! We were shown to a sofa, where we could just sit back and relax: all of the sofas are covered in comfy throws and cushions, so it is the perfect place to snuggle up and catch up with friends over Christmas. As well as the usual Rum Shack menu, there is […]

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Andina

Ceviche founder, Martin Morales opens Andina today in Shoreditch promising healthy cuisine inspired by dishes from the Peruvian Andes and using local and seasonal British produce. Andina (meaning mother or female head of the family) is inspired by Peruvian ‘picanterias’ – family-run, traditional, community restaurants found in the Andes and particularly in the city of Arequipa. The menu starts with breakfast – Andina’s own Peruvian coffee blend with quinoa milk or Emoliente de Maca (a Peruvian energy drink), and dishes such as Kiwicha Porridge (amaranth, orange zest, golden berries, figs and purple corn syrup) and Pastel de Choclo (corn cake […]

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Ember Yard

Salt Yard co-founder Simon Mullins and Chef Director Ben Tish open their fourth restaurant on Berwick Street this week. The restaurant takes its inspiration from Spanish and Italian methods of cooking over charcoal and Salt Yard rising star Jacques Fourie will take the helm as head chef. Tish has devised a menu that will be almost entirely cooked on a custom built charcoal fired grill in the centre of the open plan kitchen. The team will also be hot and cold smoking a number of ingredients on site and flavouring items using different types of wood (including Sherry barrel). Highlights […]

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Ping Pong: Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Ping Pong at South Bank for a little bit of midweek dim sum. Arriving early on Wednesday evening the restaurant was already packed, to the point where it was almost hard to hear each other (a testament to the delicious dim sum and also their South Bank location) but we managed to secure a table for two and got down to ordering. The menu is made up of baked, fried, griddled and rice dishes, so we recommend getting a little bit of everything for a real smorgasbord of dim sum. If you’re not […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ping Pong: Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Ping Pong at South Bank for a little bit of midweek dim sum. Arriving early on Wednesday evening the restaurant was already packed, to the point where it was almost hard to hear each other (a testament to the delicious dim sum and also their South Bank location) but we managed to secure a table for two and got down to ordering. The menu is made up of baked, fried, griddled and rice dishes, so we recommend getting a little bit of everything for a real smorgasbord of dim sum. If you’re not […]

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Augustus Harris

Augustus Harris arrives today in Covent Garden. Inspired by the bàcari of Venice, it will serve cicchetti and other bar snacks alongside wine and cocktails in the evening, and sell wine and Italian produce during the day.  It is named after Sir Augustus Harris, the 19th Century manager of the Drury Lane Theatre whose statue stands directly opposite. Considered the father of modern pantomime due to his lavish productions, his penchant for good food and drink led to his being known also as a real bon vivant. Set over two floors with 35 covers, a curved copper bar displays the […]

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Loughran Gallery Birthday Exhibition

This week, Loughran Gallery will celebrate its first birthday. To mark the occasion, it will be hosting a special exhibition: ‘One’. One will feature works from a number of celebrated artists, including Damien Hirst, Dave White, Harland Miller, Jessica Zoob, Lara Carew-Jones and Marc Quinn. Juliette Loughran, founder of Loughran Gallery said: 'I can’t believe that Loughran is already celebrating its first birthday! It’s been such a fantastic year and the exhibition is a great opportunity to celebrate this milestone with everyone that has supported us throughout the year. I’m already looking forward to Loughran’s next year!'. Running from 5 […]

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December Openings

We all know that December is a month of indulgence: the diet goes out of the window and more and more mince pies, yule logs and Yorkshire puddings manage to work their way into our shopping baskets. So why not make the most of the month of guilt-free eating and drinking, and pop into one of London’s new restaurants or bars. Ranging from Peruvian and Vietnamese food to delicious wines and Caribbean rum cocktails, there is something for everyone here – perfect for a time-out after the inevitable Christmas shopping dash. Andina The founder of Ceviche in Soho, Martin Morales, […]

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Dim Sum Sundays at Hakkasan : Review

The Handbook decided to make a change from its usual Sunday lunch haunts to try something a little bit different and headed over to Hanway Place for Dim Sum Sundays at Hakkasan. Having joined up with Champagne house Perrier Jouёt, Hakkasan are offering guests six courses of dim sum and puddings alongside half a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé. Hakkasan may be Michelin-starred and it may be all dark ornate wood, neon-lit bars and the bathrooms may be a complete mystery (‘is that a wall or is it a door?’), but pretentious it is not. The emphasis is on long, […]

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