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Leave the Tex Mex Behind

Mestizo, which means a mix of everything, is a Mexican restaurant that lives by its namesake drawing inspiration for their food with a mix of 10 Mexican states. Leave behind your idea of tex mex as this is authentic Mexican food, made by people who have clearly grown up eating and creating these dishes. The food here is really traditional, which is never more apparent once the starter of Tamales Costenos had arrived. The tamales comprise of corn maize filled with your choice of pork with morita chile, pollo pibil or beans & cheese wrapped in a banana leaf, and […]

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London’s Caterers

Last month it was all about event planners, and this week we turn to London’s caterers. From dealing with manic brides, to having to organise hundreds of  flaming puddings to be served at once, caterers seem to have the superpower of taking our requests, however strange they may be and creating some of the best food around. Here is a pick of some of our favourites: By Word of Mouth You have to throw a party for 500 and the host has expressed their love of soufflé, you panic, 500 soufflés all to be served at the same time? Is […]

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JING Twilight Tea at Sketch

Sketch is launching a tea with a difference this month. The JING Twilight Tea, promises an evening alternative to the traditional afternoon affair. Served from 6-11pm in the Parlour and the Glade, the special tea will work well as a light dinner, alongside evening drinks or as part of a celebratory night on the town. On arrival, guests will enjoy a palate cleanser of JING Silver Needle White Tea cold-infusion followed by a set menu, created by Pierre Gagnaire including  Paris mushroom croque monsieur, Italian mortadella with figs, aubergine and apricot marmalade, and a Smoked salmon millefeuille with salmon roe […]

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Pont St.

Next Wednesday, Belgraves, the boutique Thompson Hotel, will launch Pont St, a contemporary seafood restaurant with chef and author, 31-year-old Sophie Michell (The Greenhouse and The Lanesborough). She is currently one of the youngest female Executive Chefs in Britain. Her menu will showcase Sophie’s distinct style of seafood, as inspired by her time spent in California and Australia, and her time living in the Mediterranean. Says Belgraves owner, Aron Harilela,“Sophie’s experience and passion inform her cooking, with her dishes succeeding in being healthy yet delicious. Pont St will be the perfect platform for Sophie to showcase her fresh approach to […]

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Koya Bar

John Devitt, Junya Yamasaki and Shuko Oda have just opened Koya Bar in Frith Street next door to the Koya mothership. The new venue takes after the original, forerunner serving those traditional Sanuki Udon noodles – shokudo, or canteen style – and will evolve under chef Junya Yamasaki’s instruction. An the all-day menu begins at 8.30am with a traditional Japanese breakfast featuring dishes such as Kama Tama – hot udon, raw egg and soy sauce, English Breakfast Udon – egg, bacon and shitake with udon, Kinoko Okayu – rice porridge, thickened dashi with mixed mushrooms and pickle, tsukudani, and egg, […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Fashion Week cocktails at Voltaire

Voltaire Champagne bar at the Crowne Plaza London – The City is celebrating London Fashion Week with a new range of cocktails inspired by this season’s latest trends. Ours is the Spiked Rebel – influenced by the studs, spikes and leather of 90s punk – made from vodka, Sambuca, Maraschino liqueur, passion fruit puree, orange bitters, Blu Curaçao and garnished with an apple mohawk. But you’ll be just as enamoured with the Hitchcock heroine inspired Marion Crane, made from Sipsmith London dry gin, Martini Rosso, orange bitters, Antica Formula and fresh lemon juice. From September 13 til the end of […]

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Go-go to Dozo

As I step through the door of Dozo, it’s an instant calm of serenity away from the hustle and bustle of Soho behind me. The tables are low down on the floor as is customary in Japan to eat on at ground level. At first glance I missed that underneath the tables had been cut out to imitate the seating experience we are used to in the UK. For future diners at this restaurant and I do recommend you become a future diner, I would suggest wearing trousers or at least something one feels that they can nimbly slide up […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Go-go to Dozo

As I step through the door of Dozo, it’s an instant calm of serenity away from the hustle and bustle of Soho behind me. The tables are low down on the floor as is customary in Japan to eat on at ground level. At first glance I missed that underneath the tables had been cut out to imitate the seating experience we are used to in the UK. For future diners at this restaurant and I do recommend you become a future diner, I would suggest wearing trousers or at least something one feels that they can nimbly slide up […]

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London’s New Venues

London never needs an excuse or reason to go out for dinner or indulge in cocktails at a hotel bar at the end of day, but with autumn just around the corner and the evenings drawing in, at least we can argue that the fading lights mean we have to be inside and if we just happen to be in the latest restaurant who can blame us? This September sees a whole bunch of brilliant restaurants and hotels launching, so here is a little selection of what will be opening up on our streets this month. Ace Hotels, Shoreditch Arguably […]

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Top West End Bars

The West End of London, was once favoured by the rich elite as a place of residence because it was usually upwind of the smoke drifting in from the crowded City. Nowadays it’s better known for being a tourist friendly playground due to the plethora of theatres, swanky Mayfair hotels, grand parade of shops at Regent’s Park, Soho restaurants and last but not least, the best bars in London. We’ve compiled a few of our favourite London bars that the West End has to offer. Tonteria Located in Sloane Square, Tonteria is a Mexican themed restaurant and bar where you […]

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Central and Co

Central and Co instantly strikes me as a young, trendy, well decorated bar and diner which is perfectly situated a few minutes’ walk from the busy hubbub of Oxford Street. Large clear doors have been opened so that the tables spill out onto the street on this warm evening. Inside we are led down the long dining space and situated nearer the bar, a perfect location as soon as I spy the tempting cocktail menu. We started off with a Lemon and vanilla martini, and instantly found our favourite accompaniment for the evening. I dabbled into the Caffeine ol’Fashioned but […]

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The Polo Bar

Who says London isn’t a 24 hour city…  Enter the brand new Polo Bar on Bishopsgate near Liverpool Street station. Styling itself as the ultimate Great British Café, it’s open AND licenced 24:7 for all day all night drinking and dining. Owned by Phillip Inzani, a former Director at Ponti’s, the bar has been designed by Mark Wilkie of The Narrative with banquette seating and tiled walls giving it an urban vibe a bit like a Tube station. Celebrating the best of British, it specialises in comfort food from full English fry ups and Hertfordshire bacon sarnies to eggs Benedict […]

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