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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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Dickie Fitz Saturday Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? Dickie Fitz opened back at the start of the year, but they’ve only recently launched their Saturday brunch menu. Where?  This year really was Fitzrovia’s year when it came to restaurant and Dickie Fitz is one of the key players, find it at 48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1Q, www.dickiefitz.co.uk On the Menu: You’ll find classic dishes such as hot smoked salmon with slow, poached eggs, muffins, dukkah and hollandaise, their take on the full English: the Full Fitz and sweet dishes such as banana bread French toast with crème fraiche and berries. Dishes which are more on the lunch […]

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Ben’s Canteen Review – What We Thought

New? The burger and wine pairing menu we were reviewing is a new addition but Ben’s Canteen itself opened more than ten years ago – enough time to establish itself as a reliable neighbourhood favourite. Where? Ben’s Canteen, 140 St John’s Hill, Battersea, SW11 1SL www.benscanteen.com On the Menu: Inspired by relaxed Australian dining, Ben’s Canteen offers a mean brunch at the weekend and burgers and wine in the evening as well as a range of classic pub food/bar snack type dishes; Ben’s is known for it’s Scotch eggs and sausage rolls. Don’t fall into the trap of wanting a […]

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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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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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Island Poke Review: What We Thought

New? Island Poké (pronounce po-kay) has been a name on the street food circuit for a couple of years but has opened a permanent site just in time for the colder months, when being outside is slightly less appealing. We visited on day 2, after a successful soft launch the week before. Where? 8 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5PQ, www.islandpoke.co.uk  On the Menu: A simple menu of Hawaiian poké and healthy breakfast bowls, the focus here is on clean, fresh, nutritious food that also happens to taste great. Depending on the time of your visit the counter will be decked […]

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Belpassi Bros. Review: What We Thought

Having sold meatballs from their 1967 Fiat van at Old Spitalfields market, brothers, Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi have just opened their first permanent restaurant in Tooting, so The Handbook headed over to see what was going on. New? Yes, it opened in August of this year, following successful residencies at Doodle Bar and House of Peroni. Where?  70 Tooting High Street, Tooting Broadway, SW17 0RN, www.belpassibros.com On the Menu: Meatballs! The menu is succinct – 5 types of meatballs including pork and fennel and a vegetarian offering of kale and chickpea; 3 bases, 3 sauces and a small selection of cicchetti, […]

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Tabun Kitchen Review: What We Thought

New?  It opened back in the summer. Where?  77 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8TH, www.tabunkitchen.com On the Menu: Founder Hanan Kattan grew up in a Palestinian household in Jordan and she has used the recipes from her family’s archives to create a menu of Middle Eastern street food. Dishes are made for sharing and include mezze plates, lamb Makloubeh, Maneesh Palestinian pizza and grills to share. First Impressions: It was stifling. It’s a relatively narrow space and with the added Tabun oven it was too hot. It may be a Middle Eastern restaurant but I still want the British temperatures. I […]

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Cha Chaan Teng Review: What We Thought

New? Relatively, it opened back in August this year. Where?  36-38 Kingsway, Holborn, WC2B 6EYwww.chachaantenguk.co.uk On the Menu: The menu is inspired by the cha chaan teng cafes that took Hong Kong by storm during the 1950s and 60s. After the Second World War, the wealthy in Hong Kong had access to Western cuisine and so began to cook up variations of classic western and Chinese dishes with these new ingredients. So it’s a western approach to an eastern approach of western cuisine, if you will. The menu is divided into snacks, baos, crusty rolls, macaroni soups, mains and indulgent puddings. Dishes […]

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Bellanger Review: What We Thought

New? It’s heading towards its first anniversary which some may say still makes it new whilst others might say in ‘London time’ makes it well established. Where? 9 Islington Green, Islington, N1 ZXH, www.bellanger.co.uk On the Menu: Inspired by the Alsatian brasseries of Paris’ past, the food is primarily French with German touches. We headed there for brunch and the menu is extensive so if, like me, you’re indecisive, check out the menu before you go to save the rest of the table from losing patience. Classic brunch dishes like Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine are joined by veal schnitzels, tartes flambées, […]

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