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Cigalon

It might be surprising to learn, but Jamie Oliver’s new Barbecoa isn’t the only culinary new-comer to hit St Paul’s. The area has just welcomed the launch of Cigalon from Club Gascon alumni, Julien Carlong and Maxime Le Van. The restaurant takes its name from the eponymous chef protagonist of Marcel Pagnol’s 1935 film and is located in the former Hodgson’s Auction House on Chancery Lane. The kitchen is headed up by Carlon who was head chef at Comptoir Gascon for three years and his second in command is Le Van. The latter was only 23 years old when he […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Christmas at Alain Ducasse

A few years ago, someone decided to take a stand against the notoriously lacklustre Christmas cracker – after all, a paper hat can only have limited entertainment value. The result was a new market niche for the ultimate in luxury crackers, beautiful gilded creations that hide infinite possibilities for teeny tiny supergifts. In the case of masterchef Alain Ducasse, the crackers on offer at his three Michelin-starred restaurant at the London Dorchester are the hiding place for a range of his most coveted and well-guarded recipes, including his infamous Rhum Baba. Foodies won't be the only ones rejoicing, as three […]

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The Bobbin

New addition to the Clapham scene is the midnight blue Bobbin pub from Alex Corbett and Jonathon Burford, the team behind Battersea’s The Lighthouse and The Roundhouse in Wandsworth. It’s hidden away from the main drag on Lillieshall Street a smart residential enclave of handsome Georgian houses. As cute as a button – or a bobbin for that matter – the cosy bar and restaurant areas see banquette seating upholstered in thick luxurious plaid and two roaring fires. Shelves are laden with board games and cookery books and colanders filled with giant seasonal vegetables make for an unusual touch. Additional […]

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There’s been a Cactus Blue shaped hole on the Fulham Road for some time but happily it’s finally been filled with the much anticipated Eighty Six, newest venture from young entrepreneurs George Adams and Charlie Kearns. London born Adams has already made quite an imprint on the cities of Oxford and Bournemouth with his Kukui tiki clubs – not to mention Coco club out in the glamorous winter playground of Verbier. Kearns who has a family background in the wine industry will take on the role of general manager and look after the drinks side of the business too. Design […]

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Brasa

It looks like restaurateur Brenhan Magee is intent on buying up the whole of Fulham Broadway. The former leading light of The Breakfast Group (Jerusalem and Salvador & Amanda) – before moving on to build and own Soho’s The Club Bar and Dining – successfully launched The Broadway Bar and Grill last month and is now opening new standalone restaurant, Brasa on the floor above. Brasa means live coal in Spanish and the venue will cook the mainstay of its dishes on an Asador Grill, imported from Spain’s Basque Mountain region. But although the culinary techniques may be exotic, the […]

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North Road

René Redzepi, isn’t the only Dane in the restaurant world. Christoffer Hruskova has already made a name for himself on the London food scene with his innovative Fig restaurant in Islington and now he’s taking his menu to new Clerkenwell site, North Road on St John Street. Although his cuisine is firmly rooted in Scandinavia, ingredients are UK sourced from hand-dived scallops and langoustines from the Scottish coast, lamb from Cumbria and beef from Galloway. Christoffer involves himself in every step of the culinary process, picking elderberries which he then pickles, smoking bone marrow or foie gras and curing meats […]

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The Night Chauffeur

We love it when brands think outside the box with their marketing campaigns. Peroni’s La Dolce Vita collaboration with ‘it’ director Gabriele Muccino of Pursuit of Happyness fame imbued the beer with Italian sex appeal in spades and now Stella Artois’ brilliant new Night Chauffeur series is set to do the same with its 1960s Parisian glamour. Conceived to celebrate the launch of the brand’s new premium lager, Stella Artois Black, The Night Chauffeur is a unique immersive theatre experience run in conjunction with Felix Barrett’s edgy Punchdrunk theatre company. Customers buying the new lager from a range of venues […]

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The Chesterfield

Chepstow Place has landed itself a brand new gastropub that fuses the classic English pub experience with the cuisine of the East. The Chesterfield is the latest offering from First Restaurant Group, behind Pimlico classic, The Ebury, Maidavale’s Waterway, the Clerk and Well, Harry Morgan’s and Park Lane celebrity mecca, Tamen Gang. Occupying part of the building that houses London stalwart, Assaggi, It’s decked out with wooden floors, plush leather armchairs in rich claret hues and a long mahogany bar. This cosy feel extends to the upholstery style wallpaper and then an outdoor terrace at the rear is heated to […]

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Wahaca Soho

The popular Wahaca chain specialising in freshly prepared Mexican streetfood is supersizing with its largest restaurant yet – two fabulous floors on Soho’s Wardour Street. But that’s not all. The brand is also unveiling its first stand along tequila bar on the lower ground floor which promises an eye-watering range of the world’s finest 100% agave tequilas. So challenge your friends to a game of table football and start working your way through the cocktail list. House spirit is El Tesoro De Don Felipe and signature cocktails include the classic Margarita served on the rocks with organic agave syrup, new […]

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Kyashii

Forget conveyor belts – Japanese cuisine is all grown up and super sleek. Recently re-launched under new ownership, is Kyashii, the New York style Champagne lounge and sushi bar that’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea meets inter-galactic space tourism. The ground floor brasserie boasts a sushi counter of polished granite sushi counter for counter dining plus an outdoor terrace for the better insulated! Downstairs is the real design classic though. The White Room and the Blue Room are all space-age style white leather seating, Italian tiled floors and aqua blue panoramic fish tanks set into the walls! There’s also a […]

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