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What? “The nice part of Westbourne Grove starts here”. That’s what the lady next to me said as she momentarily glanced up from her phone. I’m not sure what prompted her to say that, but I’ll take her word for it. If this is the start of the more des-res area then it’s a pretty good place to start. Tab X Tab is a new artisan coffee shop serving up brunch all day (there is a saviour) and coffee from Bocca. New? It opened back in July but they’ve only recently launched their all-day brunch menu. Where? At the start […]

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Essence Cuisine: Like Vegan Food But Better

What: A 100% plant-based menu designed by Matthew Kenney, a pioneer for high-end vegan and plant-based food in the US. New? It opened in early September in the heart of Shoreditch. Where? 94 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH www.essence-cuisine.com On the menu: Open from breakfast through to dinner, all dishes are available to eat in or take away. During breakfast you can expect dishes like Golden Quinoa Porridge with Radish, Sprouts, Chilli Flakes, and Seeded Bread, and Raw Pancakes with Candied Walnuts, Berry Salad, Mint and Vanilla Coconut Cream. Lunch and dinner has dishes like salad bowls, heirloom tomato lasagne and raw […]

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We Review The Stoke House

What? If the word carvery conjures up images of a down-at-heel Harvester by a busy dual-carriageway somewhere godforsaken like Croydon, then think again. Toby has been allowed nowhere near this ‘modern carvery’ and The Stoke House is a total reworking of the concept, combining excellent cuts of meat, expert smoking  methods and beautiful cooking. New? Sort of, yes, it opened in May. Where? Victoria, right close to the station, in the Nova Building Development. On The Menu: Remember that time Lady Gaga rocked up to the VMAs wearing a suit made entirely of meat? Well the waiters might as well each be wearing one […]

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We Review Ella Canta

What? Spanish for ‘she sings’, Ella Canta is part of the Mexican wave sweeping through London this year. The work of one of Mexico’s best chefs, Martha Ortiz (whose Mexico City restaurant Dulce Patria is on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant), the restaurant like its Mexican sibling is full of colour and artistry, which is to be expected given Martha’s mother is the famous artist Martha Chapa. New? Yes, after quite the build-up Ella Canta opened up at the start of September. Where? Adjoined to the InterContinental London Park Lane, you’ll find Ella Canta in the former […]

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Royal Lancaster London’s Halloween Afternoon Tea

What: Royal Lancaster London has created a special Halloween afternoon tea inspired by cult horror and thriller films from the 1960s, the decade in which the hotel was built and opened for business. New? It is brand new and available only from 17th to 31st October 2017. Where? Royal Lancaster London (formerly Lancaster London) Lancaster Terrace,  W2 2TY www.lancasterlondon.com On the Menu: Terrifying titles describe the food with options like Axe-Carved Beef with Horseradish; Ominous Crab Sushi and the Pitch Black Pudding Scotch Egg for savoury. The sweet section has the likes of a Cursed Blackbird Macaroon; Psycho Marbled Lollipops; Black Sunday […]

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We Review Coal Rooms

What? The Peckham-based team behind the Old Spike Roastery, Spike + Earl, Aside and coffee-based charity Change Please have added another site to their collection: Coal Rooms a bar, café and restaurant in Peckham. New? Yes, it opened this August. Where? Right next to Peckham Rye station, Coal Rooms occupies the Grade II listed, former ticket office which was part of the station during the 1930s. 11a Station Way, Peckham, SE15 4RX, www.coalroomspeckham.com On the Menu: Making the most of the on-site butchery, the menu revolves around meat with side plates to accompany. Start with smoked pigs head, blood pudding, […]

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Sake and Caipirinhas at Temakinho

What: London’s first Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant, serving sushi with exotic twists, colourful caipirinhas and plenty of sake. New? Having opened in February, Temakinho’s vibrant style has slotted in nicely to Soho’s dining scene. Where: Halfway between Theatreland and the neon mile. In other words, the perfect location for a restaurant constantly in Mardi Gras mode. 10 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TF, www.temakinho.com On the Menu: Spanning three sides, Temakinho’s menu isn’t afraid to mix things up. This isn’t one of those sushi restaurants obsessed with authenticity – you’ll find a real mix of traditional and experimental flavour combinations. The starters span ‘Petiscos’, […]

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Bed and Breakfast at The Orange

What? Pimlico pub, The Orange, is part of the Cubitt House group (The Alfred Tennyson, The Thomas Cubitt and The Grazing Goat), if you walk along Pimlico Road you’ll spot it ahead of you from the number of drinkers spilling out onto the pavement. What you might not know though, is that as well as a bar and dining room, The Orange is home to four bedrooms. New? Whilst The Orange isn’t new, the breakfast menu launched in August. Where? 37 Pimlico Road, Pimlico, SW1W 8NE, www.theorange.co.uk On the Menu: The new breakfast menu features classics likes a proper full […]

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Orée: Kensington’s New Boulangerie

What? A traditional French boulangerie serving up freshly baked artisanal breads, patisseries, breakfasts, brunches and lunches. New?  Yes, following the success of the Fulham Road and Kings Road sites, Orée opened at the start of September. Where? Fuelling south west Londoners with carbs and cakes, the latest Orée can be found at 147 Kensington High Street, W8 6SU, www.oree.co.uk On the Menu: As well as breads and patisseries like mille feuilles and raspberry tartelettes you’ll find classic brunch dishes such as poached eggs with bacon, soups, quiches, open sandwiches and cakes including several muffins. The Look: A pretty, pale blue shop […]

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London Shell Co’s New Game Menu

What? Run by brother and sister, Harry and Leah Lobek, London Shell Co is a floating restaurant aboard the Prince Regent that cruises along the Regent’s Canal. Visit on any other day and you’ll be eating seafood, but go on a Tuesday throughout October and November and you’ll be sitting down to a game menu. New? The game menu is new, but the London Shell Co has been cruising up and down the Regent’s Canal since November last year. Where? Giving you a reason to visit Paddington other than to head out of London, the boat is moored at Sheldon […]

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Poke and Matcha at Tombo Fitzrovia

What? Riding on the success of popular Hawaiian dish, poke (pronounced pokay), Tombo simply describes itself as a ‘poke and matcha bar’. Basically, diced raw fish finds itself atop big bowls of sticky rice, edamame beans and other colourful goodness. It’s like a deconstructed sushi salad. The other half of Tombo is the matcha, aka the part of the green tea plant with epic superpowers (a glass of matcha supposedly contains 100x more antioxidants than a humble infused green tea) and here it makes its way into everything from drinks to dressings. New? The third branch from the group, Tombo […]

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Aster Live Comes To Victoria

What?  French and Scandinavian crossover menu with live music thrown into the deal  New? Ish, Aster opened in January but they are now launching their new dinner, cocktails and live music nights dubbed Aster Live. Where? In Aster’s downstairs brasserie at 150 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5LB www.aster-restaurant.com On the Menu: The menu is a rather unique blend of Scandie and French foods, created by Executive Chef Helena Puolakka. Puolakka brings her Finnish herritage and French training to bear in a combination that, in our opinion, sometimes surprises but often delights. The Look: Aster is set within the Nova Victoria building, that giant […]

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