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No 197 Chiswick Fire Station Review – What We Thought

New? No 197 Chiswick Fire Station opened back in April, bringing Chiswick a slice of the winning Darwin and Wallace formula – there are sister sites in Clapham, Richmond and Pimlico. Where? 197-199 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 2DR, www.no197chiswickfirestation.com  First Impressions: It hasn’t been open long but long enough for almost every lifestyle and food blogger in London to hunt down the cacti, pink suede sofas and photogenic plates of food. Because of this, the place felt familiar; it’s light, airy and undeniably cool – a lesson in interior design. It was a Saturday night and despite most of […]

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Dirty Bones Shoreditch Review: What We Thought

New? Yes, it opened at the end of summer this year, it follows on from Dirty Bones in Kensington and Kingly Court.  Where? They’ve taken their Mutts Nuts (that’s a cocktail FYI) over East and headed to Shoreditch 1 Club Row, Shoreditch, E1 6JX, www.dirty-bones.com On the Menu: The clue is in the name – it’s the sort of food that is everything clean eating is not. Mac ‘n’ cheese, pork, meat and chips in various formats. We’re talking burgers laden with pulled pork and mac ‘n’ cheese; chicken served with waffles; hot dogs topped with bacon and cheese sauce and the sort […]

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Galvin at The Athenaeum Review – What We Thought

New? The Athenaeum has stood proudly next to Green Park since 1849 but has gone through various rebuilds and identity changes in its time. The latest comes in the form of a full makeover on the ground floor and a change of hands in the restaurant. The Michelin-starred Galvin brothers opened ‘Galvin at The Athenaeum’ at the end of June, putting their spin on things ready for a new era. Where? The Athenaeum, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ www.athenaeumhotel.com  First Impressions: You expect luxury when you walk into a five star hotel. Greeted by a friendly doorman, we were welcomed by […]

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Theo’s Simple Italian Review: What We Thought

Theo’s Simple Italian has recently launched a new four-course weekend brunch, so needing a little sustenance on a Sunday we headed off to Earls Court to try it out.  New?  Yes, the new brunch only launched on at the end of September. Where?  4-44 Barkston Gardens, Earls Court, SW5 OEW, www.theossimpleitalian.co.uk On the Menu: The brunch (although lunch would be a better description) is made up of four courses, a starter to share and then a selection of Theo’s legendary pastas before meat and fish dishes and then puddings to share. As the name suggests, the food is more simple, […]

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Oblix Brunch Review: What We Thought

New? The new brunch launched in August of this year. Where? 32nd Floor, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9RY, www.oblixrestaurant.com On the menu: Divided into self-service and main courses, the brunch menu takes its inspiration from the vast array of ingredients used in Oblix’s kitchen. Rather than the conventional three courses, starters come from the deli counter, an unlimited smorgasbords of bites like sausage rolls, truffled devilled eggs, salads, cheeses, cuts of meats and fish. Main courses are then served at the table and include brunch classics such as eggs benedict as well as heartier dishes including […]

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Squirrel Review: What We Thought

New? Opening back in July of this year, Squirrel is the latest venture from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling and this time they are joined by their wives, Anneke Gilkes and Zoe Stirling. Where? 11 Harrington Road, South Kensington, SW7 3ES, www.wearesquirrel.com On the Menu: The website declares that they are ‘nuts about health’ and the menu is made up of substantial salads with names like Oh My Cobb; warm grain bowls, poached egg bowls, chunky toasts, porridge and yoghurt. Yes, it’s healthy but it’s approachable, you don’t feel like you’re eating dusts and powders and hoping for a miracle. The drinks […]

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Diciannove Review: What We Thought

New? Transitioning from Reffetorio, Diciannove has been open for just over a year after taking over from the previous restaurant. Where? Crown Plaza Hotel, 19 New Bridge Street, Blackfriars, EC4V 6DB www.diciannove19.com First Impressions: We left the bustling streets of Blackfriars and were immediately greeted with a warmth that couldn’t be more different to the hordes of suits outside. The Look: Dominated by an impressive three-tiered light that was made up of letterpress trays and a canary yellow bar, the restaurant is made up of booths, bar seats and smaller tables. That said, the parquet flooring, leather chairs and laminated tables did give it […]

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Big Easy Bottomless Brunch Review: What We Thought

New? Big Easy in Covent Garden isn’t, it opened back in March 2014, but the bottomless brunch launched in August. Where? 12 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7NA, www.bigeasy.co.uk On the menu: As fans of Big Easy will know, it’s all about low and slow American Bar.b.q. pulled pork, baby back ribs, BBQ beans, slaw and lobster – they house over 2000 lobster on site. The bottomless brunch has two options: The Big Pig Gig and The Lobster Fest. The former, a limitless BBQ of North Carolina chopped pork, pit-smoked Bar.b.q chicken, St Louis pork ribs, slaw, pit-smoked beans, fries and […]

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ROKA’s Kaiseki Menu Review – What We Thought

New? ROKA Charlotte Street is the group’s flagship, opening back in 2004 followed by Canary Wharf, Mayfair and Aldwych but we were reviewing the new 7-course Kaiseki cocktail pairing menu which takes place in Charlotte Street’s Shochu Lounge, offering an intimate, personable dining experience. Where? 37 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RR www.rokarestaurant.com  On the Menu: ROKA is known for its contemporary Japanese food, served mainly from the huge robata grill in the middle of the ground floor dining room. The Kaiseki menu is a little different, consisting of 7 small (ish) courses, each paired with a complex yet refined cocktail […]

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Petit Pois Bistro Review: What We Thought

New? It opened back in July of this year, after chef Chris Smith met Alastair Burgess of Happiness Forgets and realised their shared love of French food. Where? Sitting above the award-winning bar, Happiness Forgets (which you need to add to your London bucket list if you haven’t already visited) you’ll find Petit Pois Bistro in Hoxton Square.   9 Hoxton Square, Hackney, N1 6NU, www.petitpoisbistro.com On the Menu: There is no messing around here, it’s good French food served simply. The succinct menu is made up of a handful of starters, a few main courses and just two puddings. At the […]

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