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The Old Dairy Review: What We Thought

New? It reopened the 12th October after an extensive refurbishment so we headed north to check it out. Where? 1-3 Crouch Hill, Stroud Green, N4 4AP www.theolddairyn4.co.uk On the Menu: Think hearty pub food but with a gourmet twist; in lieu of sloppy servings presentation is key here with special thought given to flavour harmonies. Expect dishes like Scottish scallops with crispy pork belly, celeriac vanilla puree and parsnip crisps, and venison haunch with hispi cabbage, straw potatoes, juniper, raisin and caper sauce. First Impressions: I’m not a massive pub dweller but a glance at the menu was enough to tempt me into visiting. The restaurant […]

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Osteria 60 Review: What We Thought

New? Relatively, it launched this year when the Baglioni Hotel did away with its restaurant Brunello and replaced it with Osteria 60; a new, modern Italian. Where? Osteria 60, Baglioni Hotel, 60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, SW7 5BB, www.osteria60.com First Impressions: The restaurant overlooks Kensington Gardens – ideal for trips to the palace, the museum district, the Royal Albert Hall and Harrods, but equally good for those on a date night, or after some very good food and cocktails. The décor is luxurious with a relaxing vibe, despite the proximity to the hustle and bustle of Kensington High Street. The Look: […]

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Darbaar Review: What We Thought

New? Chef Abdul Yaseen is the former head chef of renowned Cinnamon Club and he launched Darbaar last year. Where? 1 Snowden Street, Broadgate, EC2A 2DQ www.darbaarrestaurants.com On the Menu: The new menu takes inspiration from the banquets of the Indian Royal Court so you can expect to see dishes like slow roasted leg of baby lamb, royal Madagascar prawn and shahi kulfi with pistachio. First Impressions: The roar of the bar was noticeable on arrival so I expected the restaurant to be heaving but it was near empty. The noise later proved to be large group from a Christmas party which luckily made their way […]

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The Cavendish Review: What We Thought

New? The Cavendish has just turned 2 and has launched a brand new menu to celebrate. Where? 35 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, W1G 9TR, www.35newcavendish.co.uk On the Menu: Head Chef Douglas Santi knows a thing or two about Italian cooking and just like in any neighbourhood or Italian restaurant, food is at it’s core. The new menu is a tempting combination of the classic (chargrilled chicken), refined (beef carpaccio), sophisticated (oysters and caviar) and the down right… Marylebone (cigars). The classic 100 layer lasagne remains on the menu but we favoured of some newer dishes. Drinks wise, the wine list is refreshingly approachable and affordable, […]

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Buddha Bar Review: What We Thought

New? This month marks its fourth anniversary as Buddha Bar opened back in November 2012. Where? 145 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA www.buddhabarlondon.com On the Menu: Describing its cuisine as ‘Pacific Rim’, Buddha Bar offers Westernised takes on Asian cooking – you’ll find a huge selection of maki, nigiri, sashimi and tempura on the food menu, with a selection of exotic cocktails, spirits and Champagnes reaching 4-digit price tags at the bar. First Impressions: Two burly bouncers outside the entrance were a little intimidating but once through the revolving doors we were warmly greeted at the desk, relieved of our coats and […]

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The Lodge Review: What We Thought

New? The Lodge returned to London for the third time on 21st October and is running right through to the end of February 2017. Where? The Lodge, 409 Clapham Road, Clapham, SW9 9BT www.jimmyspopup.com On the menu: TV chef Jimmy Garcia has collaborated with Michelin star chefs to create a selection of seasonal small plates and sharing board roasts to accompany the signature fondue. In-keeping with the lodge theme sees a selection of hot cocktails, Swiss wines and Morand Liquors. First Impressions: A singular doorway and small sign are your only clues to the entrance which lead you upstairs to what looks like an outside, ski-themed smoking area. I […]

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The Trading House Review: What We Thought

New? In London time, no – it’s been open since last June. Where? Ideal for drinks after work in the city, you’ll find The Trading House on Gresham Street. If you find yourself in Glasgow then you’ll find its sister site on St. Vincent Place. 89-91 Gresham Street, Bank, EC2V 7NQ, www.thetradinghouse.uk.com On the Menu: The cocktail menu is extensive, alongside side signature serves such as Cardamom Old Fashioneds there are 20 different gins, including my favourite, Thomas Dakin, each paired with a tonic and served with its own garish. There are also craft beers, ales and ciders and the bartenders know […]

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Walkers of Whitehall Review – What We Thought

New? Walkers of Whitehall began life in 1694 as a bank. Its topsy turvy interior gives a sense of character and a recent makeover and menu overhaul gives a new lease of life to this ‘all-day eatery’. Where? 15 Craig’s Court, Whitehall, SW1A 2DD www.walkersofwhitehall.co.uk  First Impressions: Down a side street just off Whitehall, Walkers of Whitehall had the obligatory groups outside, pints in hand – a good start. Inside, the ground floor is very much ‘pub’ whilst down the stairs is the dining room and a further bar with more of an evening feel a few more steps down. Our […]

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Chickens and Foxes Review: What We Thought

New? Fast-casual chicken restaurant Chicken and Foxes opened on Baker Street earlier this year, from London restaurateur and founder of Aubaine restaurant group, Hani Nakkach. Where? 199 Baker Street, Marylebone, NW1 6UY www.chickensandfoxes.com On the Menu: Chicken, chicken, and more chicken! Whether you prefer chicken wings, chicken burgers, or a classic whole chicken, this place had it all. There was also a great selection of sides that included roast potatoes and pickles (unique but great choices), and salads for those who wanted a healthy option to accompany the vast amount of meat. First Impressions: Based opposite the tube station on Baker Street, the restaurant […]

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Roma Review: What We Thought

New? Roma is new to the London restaurant scene – it opened at the end of September – although the food it’s inspired by is much older. Where: 14 New London Street, City of London, EC3R 7NA, www.roma.london First Impressions: Set in the heart of the city, a few minutes walk from Fenchurch Street Station, Roma itself is tucked away down a small side street – not quite the location you’d expect although we did later learn a Roman fort once stood here. The elegant interior assures you you have indeed come to the right place and a hostess at the […]

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