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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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90’s Brunch Review: What We Thought

When? The next 90’s Brunch is taking place on the 22nd October, but for the full line up of dates check out the website. Where? Each 90’s Brunch is held at a different location which is annouced the Monday before the brunch we attended was at Floripa in Shoreditch. www.the90sbrunch.com On the Menu: The menu is kept simple, starters are shared – either go for the vegetable fritters or BBQ – then you choose a main course; jerk chicken burger, beef chilli or vegetable burger, before finishing with doughnuts, again to share. First Impressions: The 90’s Brunch is a raucous affair, when we arrived […]

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Restaurant Ours Review – What We Thought

The problem with such a talked-about restaurant and a very successful launch party is that, once the celebrities fizzle out, a restaurant has to live up to the hype. We’ve heard mixed things about the food at Restaurant Ours so headed along to South Kensington to check it out. New? Restaurant Ours opened with a bang (and the flash of paparazzi bulbs) with a glitzy launch party back in April. Welcoming everyone from Paris Hilton to Daisy Lowe with Rudimental DJing, the chatter surrounding Ours has barely slowed down. Since the April opening there has been no end to the […]

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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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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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Plum + Spilt Milk Champagne Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? The restaurant, located inside the Great Northern Hotel, isn’t new but they have just launched a sophisticated Saturday Champagne brunch. Where? Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Road, King’s Cross, N1C 4TB, www.plumandspiltmilk.com First Impressions: Despite a sign visible in the forecourt of King’s Cross station, Plum + Spilt Milk wasn’t easy to find. Inside the Great Northern Hotel, it took us a few failed attempts before we located a welcome desk and were directed up to the first floor restaurant. A quietly civilised spot for brunch, we visited on the first day of the new menu […]

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SPA InterContinental Review – What We Thought

New? Spa InterContinental itself isn’t new, but the BIOTEC Facial by Elemis treatments are a new addition, having been introduced earlier this summer. Where: InterContinental London Park Lane One Hamilton Place Park Lane, W1J 7QY www.spaintercontinentallondon.com First Impressions: Stepping into the InterContinental Park Lane, the hotel was busy, guests milling around, checking in and out, sitting down to afternoon tea and sipping cocktails at the Arch Bar. A classic, busy scene for a London hotel, but take the lift to the 1st floor and you leave it all behind. Tucked away, Spa InterContinental is a much needed retreat in one of the busiest […]

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ARTea at Lancaster London Review – What We Thought

New? The Afternoon “ARTea” launched on 14th July 2016 and is an on-going feature in the Lounge Bar at Lancaster London. Where? Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY www.lancasterlondon.com On the Menu: The innovative afternoon tea takes inspiration from the works of emerging and local artists that can be found on the walls of Lancaster London. Expect edible canvasses, a selection of sandwiches served on painting slates, and jam and clotted cream in 30ml paint tubes delivered by waiters in whimsical painting aprons. First Impressions: There was a hushed silence in the Lounge room that reminded me of a library, guests were making […]

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Rosa’s Thai Cafe Review – What We Thought

New? The most recent venue in the Rosa’s Thai Cafe family, the Victoria site opened earlier this year – 8 years after husband and wife Saiphin and Alex ran a Thai street food stall on Brick Lane. Where? 25 Gillingham Street, Victoria, SW1V 1HN First Impressions: Our welcome was friendly and we were led through to a seat by the window which I would request to sit at again. Absolutely packed on the Thursday evening we went, you’d be disappointed had you not booked although if you were willing to wait ten minutes or so I’m sure they’d find space […]

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Nola Rola Review – What We Thought

New?  The brunch launched last month and is running every Saturday until 1st October.  Where?  Tucked away in The Yard in Vauxhall, you’ll find Nola Rola at 4 Durham Street, Vauxhall, SE11 5JA, www.nolarolalondon.com On the menu: Ribs, ribs and more ribs, washed down with a constant supply of Prosecco and Whiskey punch. First Impressions: This was going to be no civilised brunch, but why would we want that on a sunny Saturday afternoon? Groups of raucous friends were already dancing to the DJ, the Prosecco was flowing and there was a buzz about the place.   The Look:  Held in […]

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