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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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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 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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Goode & Wright Review: What We Thought

What: Goode & Wright is an independent bistro and wine bar on London’s iconic Portobello Road. New? Originally opening 3 years ago Goode & Wright recently underwent a complete overhaul in November, thanks to new management, which includes an exciting new menu. Where? 271 Portobello Road, Notting Hill W11 1LR www.goodeandwright.co.uk On the menu: The menu consists of a selection of small and large plates with a global influence partly due to the chefs, Israeli Oren Goldfeld and Spaniard Gabriel Muñoz Rodriguez, who have combined their talents to create some very special dishes like hake ceviche, almond milk and kimchee crumb, […]

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Covent Garden Grind’s New Evening Menu

What?  Part of the Grind group, Covent Garden Grind is known just as much for its espressos as it is its espresso martinis. Now, under the creative force that is Kyle Boyce, Former Executive Chef of Soho House Group’s public restaurants, they are serving up an evening menu of small plates from 5pm Monday to Saturday. New? No, it opened back in early 2016, but they’ve only recently launched their evening menu. Where? 42 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7LJ, www.grind.co.uk On the Menu: It’s all about sharing and at £6 a dish, you can order the whole menu including pudding, […]

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Cocktails and Social Eating in Tooting

What?  After 12 years of working in venues across London, Brick & Liquor is David Layton’s first solo venture. It’s a local, friendly bar taking inspiration from classic neighbourhood New York bars, but still retaining a cosy, familiar feel. New? It opened back in October of 2016 and is part of Tooting’s regeneration as a London foodie scene to be reckoned with. Where? 82 Mitcham Road, Tooting Broadway, SW17 9NG www.brickandliquor.co.uk On the Menu: Brick & Liquor is all about cocktails and sharing food. Cocktails are laid out in the menu based on their strength. Start with the refreshing Capulet’s […]

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Aviary Review: What We Thought

What: Part of the ETM Group, Aviary can be found on the 10th floor of The Montcalm Royal London House hotel in Finsbury Square, offering bird’s eye views of London. New? Aviary opened in December 2016 joining their sister restaurant Burdock who can be found on the ground floor of the hotel. Where? 10th Floor, The Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX www.aviarylondon.com On the Menu: The menu is modern British with a big focus on the heritage of the meat. It’s all sourced from small farms in the UK so expect dishes like milk fed Cumbrian veal T-bone, […]

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Bonnie Gull Soho Seafood Shack Review: What We Thought

What? The work of Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy, this is the second seafood shack to open and follows on from Bonnie Gull in Fitzrovia which has now been opened five years. New? Yes it opened at the end of 2016. Where?  22 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AN, www.bonniegull.com On the Menu: Made up of what they’ve caught in the boats that day, the menu is all about fresh, British seafood and small plates with a handful of sides and puddings thrown in. Expect to find the likes of Cullen skink with Hayle mussels and smoked haddock; wild Brixham brill, celeriac […]

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Food Store: The Feel Good Deli

What? A feel good café deli and juice bar with an Italian twist. New? The Food Store Irving Street opened at the end of February 2017, this is the third branch of the Food Store. Where? Food Store Soho, 9a Irving Street, WC2H 7AT www.foodstorelondon.co.uk On The Menu: On the menu, you’ll find breakfast dishes such as French toast, smashed avocado on sourdough and eggs benedict. The Food Store serves up an extensive range of salads think Caesar and Thai carrot salad; at least three varieties of pizza al taglio alongside dishes such as aubergine parmigiana and chicken escalope. To quench […]

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La Dame de Pic Review: What We Thought

What? This is the first UK restaurant from chef Anne-Sophie Pic, the only current female French chef to hold 3 Michelin stars. New? Yes, it opened at the start of this year with the opening of the new Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. Where? Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AJ, www.ladamedepiclondon.co.uk On the Menu: Showcasing Anne-Sophie’s distinctive cooking style, the menu features classic British ingredients brought together with more exotic and unusual flavour combinations. Dishes include the likes of beetroot and bourbon pointu coffee baked in a salt crust with foam and barberry; […]

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The MaE Deli Review: What We Thought

What? The work of husband and wife team, Matthew and Ella Mills (aka Deliciously Ella), The MaE Deli serves up the healthy but hearty dishes that Ella has become known for. New? The MaE Deli Seymour Place opened at the end of 2015, with the second deli on Weighhouse Street launching at the end of last year. Where? 21 Seymour Place, Marylebone, W1H 5BH www.themaedeli.com On the Menu: Whether you’re part of the clean eating brigade or not is irrelevant because the menu is just about good food. It’s about leaving without feeling like you’ve been denied the flavours or like you still haven’t eaten. The […]

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