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Ben Spalding’s Small Plate Sessions

What?  As part of Shoreditch’s summer pop-up Lasts Days of Shoreditch, acclaimed chef, Ben Spalding, is serving up an regularly changing, menu of small plates. New? It opened at the end of May and will run throughout the summer on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Where?  Last Days of Shoreditch, 288 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LA, www.benspalding.co.uk On the Menu: The dishes are nothing if not adventurous, but they’re served without any pretentiousness, well they can’t really be given the setting – but that’s the best way to eat them, when you’re just thinking about the food and not everything else […]

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Little Bird finds a Second Place to Nest

What: Little Bird Chiswick welcomes a sister venue on the popular Battersea Rise. New? The eclectic bar and restaurant opened the end of May becoming the 5th venue from acclaimed restaurateur Lorraine Angliss. Where? 1 Battersea Rise, Battersea SW11 1HG www.littlebirdrestaurants.com On the menu: Little Bird serves Asian-inspired cuisine with a Mediterranean twist prepared by Head Chef, Ricardo Villar, who worked previously at The Petersham Hotel and will receive guidance from critically acclaimed Head Chef Nick Marfe. First Impressions: Humidity was reaching its peak on the day we went so the doors of Little Bird were swung open leading onto the decking area […]

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Ribs and Burgers at Dirty Bones Soho

What?  Dirty Bones is known for its New York comfort food classics and old skool hip hop soundtrack, with three sites already to their name (Shoreditch, High Street Kensington and Kingly Court) they have opened their latest restaurant on Denman Street in Soho. New? It opened back in April of this year. Where? Dirty Bones Soho, 14 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HJ, www.dirty-bones.com On the Menu: If you’re into cheat days, then Dirty Bones is the epitome of cheat day meals. You wouldn’t want it every day, but when you do, you want to go all out. You’ll find: chicken […]

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The Chelsea Harbour Hotel Hosts the First Ever Whittard Afternoon Tea

What: For the first time in the brand’s history, world-famous British tea company, Whittard of Chelsea, has partnered with The Chelsea Harbour Hotel to create a special Whittard Afternoon Tea. New? Whittard of Chelsea is 130 years old but the tea is relatively new as it launched 8th May. Where? Chelsea Harbour Drive, Fulham, SW10 0XG www.millenniumhotels.com On the Menu: The traditional tea comprises of traditional finger sandwiches like smoked salmon, chives and cream cheese, freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam as well as a selection of cakes such as vanilla éclairs with matcha green tea frosting and plum posset with rhubarb caviar. First […]

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Whisky and Meat Pairing at Barbecoa Piccadilly

What? To celebrate World Whisky Day which took place on the 20th May, we headed over to Barbecoa Piccadilly for a little meat and whisky pairing. Whilst the day might have been and gone, they have around 140 whiskies on offer all year round, so any day is a good day for whisky. New? It opened its doors back in February of this year. Where? 194 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1J 9EX, www.barbecoa.com On the Menu: Meat is the order of the day, it’s all fire and smoke at Barbecoa Piccadilly, with meats being cooked in the open kitchen on all manner of […]

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Henrietta: Flawless Dining in Covent Garden

What? Henrietta is the restaurant and bar inside the cool new Covent Garden hotel of the same name, aptly named after the street it sits on. New? Henrietta Hotel only opened in April, successfully securing top dog Ollie Dabbous in the process, in the hope of offering Covent Garden the type of quality dining it currently lacks. Where? 14-15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8QH, www.henriettahotel.com On the Menu: Ollie Dabbous is no stranger to producing stunning plates of food but at Henrietta the menu has more of a nod to French cooking than his previous ventures. A second nod goes towards the area […]

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Greenwood’s New American-Inspired Bottomless Brunch

What: Located in London’s hottest new food quarter, Nova, Greenwood has launched a Sunday brunch menu accompanied by free-flowing drinks. New? Greenwood itself opened end of January, the latest addition to the ETM Group, while the brunch launched end of April and is ongoing. Where? 170 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5LB www.greenwoodlondon.com On the menu: Smaller dishes include your typical breakfast items like poached eggs with Marmite hollandaise on a toasty crumpet bed before moving on to more substantial offerings like a crispy buttermilk chicken burger and stone-baked pizzas. You need to keep room for desserts like fried apple pie with cinnamon […]

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Chelsea’s First Chinese-Malaysian: Zheng

What? Zheng Chelsea follows on from a successful original restaurant in Oxford, bringing high-end Malaysian-Chinese cooking to Chelsea. Named after the Chinese Admiral Zheng, the menu has a strong focus on fusion, thanks to Zheng’s explorations back in the 14th Century. Where? 4 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 6PP, www.zhengchelsea.co.uk New? Zheng Chelsea is brand new, having opened earlier in May. On the Menu: Described as ‘Malaysian-Chinese, blending Malay, Chinese and Indian influences’, the menu features familiar favourites like chicken satay, beef rendang and roast duck with Zheng’s own signature dishes which put modern twists on more traditional ingredients. First Impressions: Zheng sits on the corner of Sydney Street and Fulham Road, a few minutes’ […]

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Scandinavian Dining in Marylebone

What? The trend for Scandinavian dining is showing no signs of slowing down. Over in Marylebone, The Harcourt has been doing things this way for a while with a special ‘Fika’ menu served alongside the a la carte. Where? 32 Harcourt Street, Marylebone, W1H 4HX, www.theharcourt.com New? The Harcourt opened its doors a year ago on the former site of Grade II listed Scandi pub, The Harcourt Arms and has recently launched a new menu to celebrate the occasion. On the Menu: A Modern European menu had more than just a nod to the Scandinavian heritage of the building; gravadlax, rye crusted mackerel and reindeer all feature, […]

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Dukes London Welcomes New Restaurant GBR

What: GBR is a new all day dining restaurant beside Dukes London. New? GBR (Great British Restaurant) is brand new, having only opened 18th May 2017. Where? Dukes London, 35 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NY www.gbrrestaurantslondon.com On the Menu: Norfolk-born Executive Head Chef Nigel Mendham has created a menu featuring traditional British dishes with contemporary twists. Dishes include duck liver parfait with Yorkshire puddings and caramelised onion, and English Channel pollock with courgette flower and crab bisque. First Impressions: A simple sign on the wall and some help from Google Maps meant that GBR was easy enough to find but once through the entrance […]

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Ceru: Levantine Cuisine in South Kensington

What? Exciting Levantine cuisine in a thriving small restaurant in South Kensington, bringing vibrant, colourful and fresh Eastern Mediterranean cuisine to the heart of London. New? Ceru opened late last year to strong acclaim – we are kicking ourselves for not going sooner. Where? Minutes from South Kensington Tube, Ceru is perfectly positioned close to the Royal Albert Hall, the museums and Knightsbridge, but hidden from the tourist hoards! 7-9 Bute Street, Kensington, SW7 3EY, www.cerurestaurants.com On the Menu? A plethora of colours, spices, ingredients and flavours will take your taste buds on a journey in to the Levant they won’t forget. Think of […]

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We Review Soho’s New Bun House

What?  Based on the 1960’s tea houses in Hong Kong and the open street stalls, Bun House is the work of husband and wife team Alex Peffly and Z He. New? Yes, brand spanking new, in fact so new they are still putting the finishing touches to it – soon there’ll be a late night drinking den in the basement, the Tea Room. Where? 23-24 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DZ, www.bun.house On the Menu: Steamed buns are the order of the day, but unlike the open Taiwanese buns you’ll find at Bao, these are Cantonese style, meaning that they are closed […]

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