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Extravagant Chinese Dining at Park Chinois

What? The epitome of Chinese haute cuisine set in the most extraordinarily flamboyant of worlds, harking back to the 1920’s jazz emporiums of Shanghai. New? Park Chinois opened early last year after a reported £16m was spent on it. It provides a fantastical slant on Chinese food and has rekindled our love of the dinner and dance of yesteryear. Where? The restaurant boast a very discreet and mysterious entrance, yet still grand in all its detail – jade iron gates, two hefty red wooden doors with imperial guardian lion knockers, cherry blossom doorway and royal red carpet, all found in the heart of Mayfair’s famous […]

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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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Margot’s Brunch: What We Thought

What? Covent Garden restaurant, Margot has joined the brunch crew by launching a weekend brunch menu available on Saturday and Sundays. New? Whilst Margot opened in October of 2016, the brunch landed at the end of January. Where? 45 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5AA, www.margotrestaurant.com On the Menu: Created by Executive Chef Maurizio Morelli, the succinct brunch menu revolves around eggs and includes the likes of scrambled eggs with smoked salmon; omelette with mixed mushrooms and Parmigiano Reggiano and poached eggs on tomato and avocado bruschetta with pancetta. For those wanting something sweeter you’ll find Italian lemon crepes and […]

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Smokey Tails’ Bottomless Brunch

What? Smokey Tails, DJ Seth Troxler’s BBQ restaurant at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen now serves up bottomless brunch every Saturday and Sunday. It’s not just bottomless drinks either, the food is unlimited too. New? Smokey Tails took up its permanent residency in Hoxton in April 2016 but the brunch only launched this February. Where? 2-4 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, N1 6NU www.smokeytails.co.uk On the Menu: The menu is succinct, just three dishes to choose from – Mama T’s pancakes with fruit compote and vanilla cream; indulgent French toast with fried chicken and Cherry Cola gammon and fried eggs. First Impressions: Whilst […]

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Monmouth Kitchen: Sophisticated Small Plates in Seven Dials

What: Italy meets South America in the form of contemporary small plates, cocktails and wine. Where: 20 Mercer Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9HD, www.monmouthkitchen.co.uk New? Monmouth Kitchen opened towards the end of last year, joining sister site, May Fair Kitchen. A third venue has just been announced – Leicester Square Kitchen will open in early May. On the Menu: The menu is split into Italian and South American sections so think arancini, padron peppers and pizzas on one side, and ceviche, tacos and robata grilled meats on the other. A strong cocktail list is suitably authentic so offers pisco, mezcal and tequila-laced concoctions on side and a […]

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ROKA Brunch Review: What We Thought

What? Award-winning contemporary Japanese restaurant, ROKA, has just launched a weekend han setto brunch: ten starters to share, a main dish from the robata or main kitchen, sharing dessert platter plus bellini on arrival, although with no eggs in sight it’s really more of a weekend lunch. New? ROKA Aldwych was the fourth ROKA to open in London, marking the Charlotte Street flagship’s tenth anniversary. The brunch is a recent addition to the menu, drawing in a different crowd to the weekday business set. Where? 71 Aldwych, WC2B 4HN www.rokarestaurant.com On the Menu: The brunch menu is designed for sharing, with starters like edamame beans, […]

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Rosa's Thai
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Rosa’s Thai Cafe Comes To Brixton: What We Thought

What? Popular Thai cafe group, Rosa’s, have opened their latest outpost on Brixton’s Atlantic Road. Where? Just a few minutes from Brixton station, amongst the hustle of the market: 36 Atlantic Road, Brixton, SW9 8JA, www.rosasthaicafe.com New? Rosa’s Thai Cafe Brixton opened in March and joins seven other London sites. On the Menu: A menu of classic Thai street food style starters, noodles, curries and salads include favourites like butternut red curry, Pad Thai and papaya salad get a Rosa’s twist, with some highlighted on the menu as recommended by Saiphin (Rosa’s co-founder) – think pork skewers, salmon red curry and flat noodles in gravy sauce. A nod […]

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Top Steak at Hawksmoor Borough

What? Huw Gott and Will Beckett are back with their first London Hawksmoor to open since 2014, right next to Borough Market. New? Yes, it opened at the start of March whilst, the Cooks’ Room – a 16-cover private dining room with its own kitchen – has just launched. Where? 16 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, SE1 9AQ, www.thehawksmoor.com On the Menu: Whilst Hawksmoor is renowned for its steak, it isn’t just about cuts of meat. To start you’ll find the likes of Salcombe crab on toast; potted beef and bacon with Yorkshires and Old Spot belly ribs. Main courses, beyond the […]

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We Review London’s Highest Sunday Roast

What: Oblix, the restaurant on the 32nd floor of The Shard, has just launched a Sunday roast with a decadent twist, available every Sunday from midday – 2.45pm. New? The roast was launched at the end of March – a welcome addition to the restaurant which boasts a wood fired oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie. Where: Oblix, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, Southwark, SE1 9RY www.oblixrestaurant.com On the Menu: A sophisticated spin on the Sunday roast makes it fit for the surroundings – mains consist of suckling pig, chicken with truffle, rib of beef and rotisserie duck, with roast lamb on the menu when we visited. Sides are […]

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Jamie Oliver’s Newest Restaurant: What We Thought

What? Six years after Barbecoa St Paul’s opened, Jamie Oliver’s ‘home of smoke and fire’ has come to Piccadilly, albeit a more formal/less corporate version that’s as popular for afternoon tea come the weekend as it is a midweek dose of meat. New? Barbecoa Piccadilly opened its doors in February with a star-studded launch party for Jamie and friends. Where? 194 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1J 9EX, www.barbecoa.com On the Menu: The Piccadilly site is in-keeping with the primitive fire and smoke concept of St Paul’s, although a spruced up menu offers even more choice with a huge range of cooking equipment […]

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Little Smoke Review: What We Thought

What? Little Smoke is the latest restaurant from Noble Inns, the team behind Smokehouse, The Pig and Butcher and The Princess of Shoreditch. It specialises in meat, with a daily changing menu of whole native and rare breed animals sourced from small independent farmers. It’s then butchered over at Smokehouse before being roasted, smoked and grilled at Little Smoke. New? It opened back in October 2016. Where? City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, City of London, EC2Y 9AW, www.littlesmoke.london On the Menu: The meat changes daily, the cuts written up on the chalkboard and then are crossed through once they’ve been sold, so […]

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