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28-50 Maddox Street Review: What We Thought

New? Whilst their winter lodge is new, 28°-50° has been on Maddox street since 2013. Where? We dropped into the 28°-50° on Maddox Street in Mayfair, but you’ll also find a 28°-50° on Fetter Lane and Marylebone Lane. 17-19 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2QH, www.2850.co.uk On the Menu: The menu is the work of Executive Chef Justin Leclair with help from owner and Chef Patron Aggi Sverrisson. It’s modern, European and seasonal and all created to be paired with wines from their collection, 28°-50°, is after all, all about the wine – they have 30 different varieties available by the glass, carafe and […]

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R Chocolate Review: What We Thought

What? Found in Belgravia, luxury chocolate shop, R Chocolate is the creation of self-confessed chocolate addicts, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Jessica Rothschild and Ben Elliot (co -founder of Quintessentially). New? Yes, it launched at the end of last year. Where?  198 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 8UN, www.rchocolatelondon.co.uk  On the Menu: In a single word: chocolate. Created from the highest quality ingredients and never using preservatives or additives, the chocolate is sourced from the award-winning chocolate makers Original Beans – they’re the first and only chocolate producer approved by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. You’ll find chocolate slabs, biscuits, chocolate bars, chocolate […]

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Popolo Shoreditch Review: What We Thought

New? Popolo Shoreditch opened its doors in October, before which it came to life as a pop-up in Haggerston. Where? 26 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DU, www.popoloshoreditch.com On the Menu: Italian, Spanish and North African-inspired small plates make up the menu, with strong pasta dishes hinting at the kitchen’s experience with Theo Randall. First Impressions: Tucked down Rivington Street, a few doors down from The Rivington Grill and Tramshed, Popolo occupies a former takeaway shop. Not that you’d know – it was completely gutted over the summer – now, exposed brick walls and a bar made of scaffolding bring it […]

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London Shell Co. Review: What We Thought

What? The work of sister and brother, Harry and Leah Lobek, London Shell Co is a permanent floating restaurant on the Regent’s Canal which specialises in seafood. New? Yes, it opened at the end of last year. Where?  The boat is moored at Sheldon Square, Paddington – if you visit in the evening then you’ll cruise up to Camden. wwww.londonshellco.com On the Menu: The menu is a celebration of seasonal produce and Harry and Leah’s love of seafood. On the lunch menu, you’ll find the likes of charred gem lettuce with potted brown shrimps and butter poached skate wing with […]

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Grand Trunk Road Review: What We Thought

What: Grand Trunk Road is the brand new Indian restaurant in South Woodford from acclaimed restaurateur, Rajesh Suri, who is synonymous with Michelin-starred eateries such as Mayfair’s Tamarind. New? South Woodford is enjoying somewhat of a restaurant boom at the moment with the most recent addition of Grand Trunk Road in late November 2016. Where? 219 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2PB www.gtrrestaurant.co.uk On the Menu: Menu highlights include tiger prawns with coconut milk, turmeric and ginger, baby eggplant with red and green peppers in masala, ground lamb with garden peas, egg and freshly roasted whole spices while the sweeter options include […]

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Shepherd’s of Westminster Review: What We Thought

What? A seasonal provenance-led menu of British classics, served in an elegant dining room. New? Shepherd’s is a Westminster institution but has had a new lease of life breathed into it by Lionel Zetter, who took over in 2013. Where? Shepherd’s of Westminster, Marsham Court, Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 4LA, www.shepherdsresterant.co.uk  On the Menu: Head Chef Karl Goward has worked in London and New York and with over 20 years of experience in the kitchen has created a well-designed and concise British menu, covering all the key bases; 7 starters, 8 mains and 8 puddings. When we visited there was a selection […]

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Big Apple Brixton Review: What We Thought

What? Created by the award-winning team behind Brixton’s South Pole Saloon and the Brixton Beach Boulevard, Big Apple Brixton is their 2016 winter pop-up taking over the Brixton rooftop bringing a slice of New York City circa 1977 to South London. New? Yes, it opened at the end of October following on from their summer Beach Boulevard pop-up. Where? The Brixton Rooftop, Popes Road, Brixton, SW9 8JH, www.bigapplebrixton.com On the Menu: Street food. You’ll find four vendors; Mac to the Future, Burger Bear, Grandmaster Slice and Plucky’s. It’s simple – the sort you want when you’ve had a drink or two so think mac ‘n’ […]

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Sartoria’s Cortina D’Ampezzo Winter Terrace Review: What We Thought

New? The winter terrace at Sartoria has, as the name suggests, only been opened for winter and will carry on until March. Where? 20 Savile Row, W1S 3PR, www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk On the Menu: Inspired by the Italian ski resort of Cortina D’Ampezzo, the winter terrace menu is all about après drinks and cocktails. Cocktails include the Après Ski made of Appleton Estate Rare Blend, Disaronno, orange, curacao and lime and the Winter Daiquiri a blend of Appleton Estate Rare Blend, cinnamon, apple, lime and syrup. They’ve also teamed up with Campari so there is a dedicated Negroni section, including the Japanese Negroni made […]

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Vico Review: What We Thought

New? Vico itself opened in August 2015 and then not long after underwent a transformation from a more casual counter, no bookings experience to its current offering – as they say ‘it’s only failure if you give up then, otherwise it’s just experience’ (might have taken that line of wisdom from Julien Baptiste in The Missing…) Where? It’s just across from the Palace Theatre the home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which it’s bound to be benefitting from) at One Cambridge Circus, Seven Dials, WC2H 8PA, www.eatvico.com On the Menu: The menu is typically Italian – comforting and hearty and […]

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Mr Pig at Kurobuta Review: What We Thought

Every so often we hear about a pop-up that trumps all the others. Be it cooler, more secretive or more innovative, it’s not long before the whole of London finds out about it, and then all of a sudden it’s just not as cool any more. Mr Pig quietly popped-up (or should we say down) underneath Kurobuta on King’s Road last weekend, born out of an urge to cook food even more playful than Kurobuta itself. We headed over to check it out. New? Brand new. Mr Pig began last weekend and, as it stands, is only around for one […]

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Dalloway Terrace Review: What We Thought

New? Dalloway Terrace opened as a venue in its own right, connected to The Bloomsbury, in February this year. After a hugely successful first summer, the decorations have been hung and the transformation into winter wonderland is complete. Where? 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN www.dallowayterrace.com On the Menu: The food at Dalloway Terrace is overseen by Paul O’Brien, The Bloomsbury’s Head Chef. He has created a suitably warming menu to match the terrace’s interior (yes, it is covered and heated) so expect sweet and savoury fondues, small plates, hot chocolate cocktails and alpine liqueurs. First Impressions: Coming from Tottenham […]

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Bronte Review: What We Thought

New? Relatively, it opened in July of this year. Where? A stone’s throw from Lord Nelson (aka 1st Duke of Bronte) you’ll find it in the Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, WC2N 5E, www.bronte.co.uk On the Menu: Executive Chef Andrew Lassetter and Head Chef Jonathan Villar have created a global menu that has Pacific and Antipodean influences with sharing plates, snacks and mains including rare breed beef burger with chilli miso relish, quinoa onion rings and baby gem and hanger steak with weeping tiger dressing, pickled daikon and kaffir leaf.  Breakfast includes classics as well as the likes of quinoa and chia porridge and Enuja […]

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