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Surprising combo at Oaka

If you’ve never been to the South London area of Kennington, there’s now a great reason to visit. Adding to the famous Oval cricket ground and a scattering of quirky pubs, brand new Pan-Asian restaurant ‘Oaka’ has just opened, handily just across the road from Kennington tube. Oaka at The Mansion House is part of the fusion concept taking off within the London food scene. However, rather than showcasing a blend of two cuisines, Oaka fuses food and drink, serving up the finest Asian cuisine with a selection of hand-crafted ales from an acclaimed Peterborough brewery. The Handbook had the pleasure […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Stunning food at Sushinho

The high-powered city peeps based near Liverpool Street now have a new place to fill up on delicious food. Enter the quiet and welcomingly heated (!) haven of Devonshire Square, and you’ll spot Sushinho – a new Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant. We were invited to the launch last month, so returned with great anticipation – and we certainly weren’t disappointed. We started our evening downstairs, in the cosy yet sophisticated cocktail bar. The drinks were beautifully presented and paired with tasty plantain crisps which were shockingly moreish! Our taste buds suitably prepared, we made our way to the main restaurant upstairs. Full […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Stunning food at Sushinho

The high-powered city peeps based near Liverpool Street now have a new place to fill up on delicious food. Enter the quiet and welcomingly heated (!) haven of Devonshire Square, and you’ll spot Sushinho – a new Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant. We were invited to the launch last month, so returned with great anticipation – and we certainly weren’t disappointed. We started our evening downstairs, in the cosy yet sophisticated cocktail bar. The drinks were beautifully presented and paired with tasty plantain crisps which were shockingly moreish! Our taste buds suitably prepared, we made our way to the main restaurant upstairs. Full […]

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Openings & Launches

The Corner

2012 MasterChef winner Keri Moss has opened her debut venture, The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar today, in the corner of the Women’s Designer Galleries at Selfridges. The restaurant will offer a frequently changing menu with emphasis on seasonal cooking using the best of British ingredients. Set in a beautifully designed Art Deco inspired room, it affords diners splendid views across Oxford Street. Customers can enjoy some of Moss’ signature dishes inspired by her time of MasterChef and specialities include Mackerel Tartare with crisp poached quails eggs, apple and pancetta wafers and Goats cheese parfait with blackberry puree, pear salad […]

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Kua ‘Aina: Hawaiian burgers in Soho

The perfect antidote to the rainy weather, Kua ‘Aina is a surprising Hawaiian haven in very central London. Hidden just off Regent Street, this cosy burger restaurant welcomes you with a playful splash of colour (pink, yellow and aquamarine conjure the tropical beach and sea), a rough and ready décor, and the alluring smell of smoky meat. Although the main draw for Kua ‘Aina virgins is probably the unique ‘lava’ method of grilling, we’d wager the restaurant probably guarantees regular custom with its fun, friendly vibe and casual dining appeal. Co-owner Ed Bardos, who worked in a Kua ‘Aina abroad […]

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The Little Social

We’ve already reported on next month’s launch of the Social Eating House, eagerly anticipated follow up to Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social. But prepare for a little amuse bouche tomorrow when yet another venture, Little Social opens at number 5 Pollen Street just opposite the original. The new venture, a partnership with Michael. The small neighbourhood bistro will offer a simple French menu with dishes priced around £22-30 for lunch and dinner. Choices include Slow cooked egg with parmesan and squash soup, roast mushrooms and croutons; Pork chop with butternut squash puree, pine nut, pecorino and endive; and Goat’s milk […]

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Dior Cafe

Handbags at the ready, Dior is mounting a month long take-over of Harrods. And it involves (among other fashionable fancies) food. Chanel mounted a similar assault just over a year ago with window displays, pop-up fashion and beauty boutiques and even an exhibition dedicated to those iconic double Cs but the activity stopped short at food. Presumably as Mr Lagerfeld is permanently au régime. But alongside Dior grey and white telephone boxes and beefeaters dressed by Raf Simons in the windows, a reconstruction of the façade of Dior HQ, 30 Avenue Montaigne inside and a retrospective exhibiton, this time they’ll […]

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Antonio Carluccio reopens Putney restaurant

Antonio Carluccio himself turned up in Putney this week, for the re-launch of his restaurant on the riverfront, at Putney Wharf. The legendary Italian chef was on top form as he hosted an aperitivo evening to showcase the marvellous refurbishment of Carluccio's Putney. The Handbook got the chance to meet Antonio, to chat about his inspirations, restaurants and favourite foods! Fresh from Dubai, checking up on his restaurants in the Middle East, Antonio revealed that the Putney branch is his local, which he is majorly involved with. However, rather than eating-out himself, Antonio prefers to cook for friends in his […]

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The Crooked Well hosts at Camberwell Film Festival

Film buffs get excited – the Camberwell Free Film Festival started yesterday, with a whole host of Camberwell venues taking part until the close on 24th March. Michelin-recommended restaurant and bar ‘The Crooked Well’ is one of these venues, holding a free screening of Me and You and Everyone We Know on the 18th March. The classic comedy will be accompanied by lashings of gourmet popcorn and an abundance of hot dogs – along with The Crooked Well’s usual offering of exciting cocktails! The inaugural Film Festival is part of the award-winning South London community group Free Film Festival, run […]

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Stefi Jakab’s Birdcage Cake Classes

Calling all cake-lovers… Cordon Bleu cake artist Stefi Jakab is launching a new series of masterclasses! Stefi’s bespoke and intricate creations have given her a loyal following in the industry, and now she is keen to pass on her expertise, with workshops across London. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a baking beginner or a whizz in the kitchen – these masterclasses will have something for everyone, teaching the skills behind miniature works of art inspired by the latest trends. Already proving popular is Stefi’s Wedding Cake Course, in which students learn how to fill, layer and decorate a stunning selection […]

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