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100 Wardour Street Review – What We Thought

New? 100 Wardour Street opened with a bang back at the start of this year on the site of the former legendary Marquee Club, which then became Mezzo and most recently Floridita, which burnt down last year. Where? 100 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TN, www.100wardourst.com On the Menu: Described as a Mediterranean menu, it differs upstairs and downstairs but in the restaurant (downstairs) where we sat, it is split into robata, raw, signatures and fish, salad, meat, which come to the table tapas-style as and when they are ready. There is also a snappy pre-theatre menu, more casual bar and lounge […]

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Olives Restaurant at The Bailey’s Hotel London – What We Thought

New? Unbeknownst to most Londoners, The Bailey’s Hotel has actually resided in the heart of Kensington for 140 years. It has recently gone under renovation, but only for the sake of an update – its original features and Victorian charm remains.  Where? 140 Gloucester Road, South Kensington, SW7 4QH www.olivesrestaurant.co.uk On the Menu: You can expect to find all of your Italian favorites such as lasagna, bruschetta and ravioli along with other authentic, fresh tastes of Italy. The pasta is handmade by the head chef, Davide Di Croce, who hails from Northern Italy. And if you happen to not be in the mood for pasta, there are more than enough […]

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ChaChaMoon Review – What We Thought

New? It is relatively well established after opening 8 years ago in 2008. Where? Kingly Court, 15-21 Ganton Street, Carnaby, W1F 9BN www.chachamoon.com On the menu: ChaChaMoon is a Chinese noodle bar that offers both classic dishes like chargrilled chicken lao mian as well as regional dishes like Chinese calamari and Taiwan beef soup noodle. In lieu of starters the menu offers sides that are to be eaten alongside the main dishes. First Impressions: ChaChaMoon has 2 entrances including one that opens up on the popular foodie spot, Kingly Court, where the majority of diners were to be found seated in the terrace. We […]

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Patara Hampstead Review – What We Thought

New? It opened in April 2016 making it the 6th venue for Patara, the first of which opened in London over 25 years ago. Where? 82 Hampstead High Street, Hampstead, NW3 1RE www.pataralondon.com On the menu: All of the chefs have been trained in Thailand so you can expect authentic Thai classics such spiced fish cakes and prawn tom yum. Some of the dishes have been tweaked slightly to appeal to a sophisticated European palette so you can also get prawn-pork dumplings with salmon roe and caviar and handcrafted lilac dumplings with caramelised chicken and peanut. First Impressions: I was greeted by […]

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Valle Dell’ Erica Hotel – What We Thought

I know what you’re thinking as you read this review, sat at your desk as your boss sends you yet another ‘high importance’ email. You’re thinking wouldn’t it be great if you could go somewhere where the simple things in life remain just that, without all the complexities of city living? Somewhere where you can watch the sunset without electricity pylons splitting it in two, a place where the water is so transparent that Evian’s clearest would find it hard to compete, and a place where ‘rush hour’ doesn’t exist. Well, I didn’t know such a place could exist either, […]

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Hatchetts Review – What We Thought

New?  Whilst the restaurant only opened earlier this month, it takes its name from Hatchett’s Hotel and White Horse Cellar Piccadilly which has been a firm favourite throughout history as a place to meet and have a drink or two. Frequented by Dickens and Edward Moggs it’s also seen the likes of The Rolling Stones, Shirley Bassey and The Beatles through its doors. Where?  5 White Horse Street, Mayfair, W1J 7LQ, www.hatchetts.london On the menu: Created by Head Chef, Andrew Evans who has worked alongside some of London’s most famous chefs including Angela Hartnett, Mark Hix, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing […]

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Gaucho Private Dining Review: What We Thought

New? Gaucho was founded in 1976 with the original restaurant in Amsterdam. The first UK restaurant was opened on Swallow Street (Piccadilly) in 1994 and, fast forward a few years, there are now 14 UK sites, including Manchester and Leeds as well as restaurants in Dubai, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. Where? 60A Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2NU www.gauchorestaurants.com for bookings elli.sallis@gauchorestaurants.com On the Menu: Steak and red wine. Organic Argentinian Aberdeen-Angus steak to be precise, cooked on an open flame for the most authentic taste and sourced from the fertile grasslands of the Pampas. Impressively, the wine collection is not only exclusively Argentinian – all but 10 bottles […]

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Maze Sushi Review – What We Thought

New? Part of the Gordon Ramsay empire, maze turns 10 this year but has recently added Sunday Sushi Sessions to its offerings to entice customers in and away from the standard Sunday brunch. Where? 10-13 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 6JP, www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/maze First Impressions: In a prime position on Grosvenor Square, the grand staired entrance lets you know this isn’t your standard sushi joint. Maze sits round to the left whilst, to the right, Maze Grill serves up a mean steak – Gordon is his own competition. On the Menu: European dining with ‘an Asian flourish’ is how maze describes itself. Sushi […]

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The Griffin Inn Review – what we thought

New? The Griffin dates from the 16th century and the Pullan family have been at the helm since 1979. Where? Fletching, East Sussex, TN22 3SS, www.thegriffininn.co.uk On the menu: A Modern European menu with strong influences from London’s famous River Café with which The Griffin has close family associations. First Impressions: After an hour’s drive from London we find ourselves in the small town of Fletching in East Sussex which is home to The Griffin Inn. The garden has amazing views of the hilly countryside with the perks of a pop-up bar on site while the actual bar is also nearby. We stayed […]

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San Pellegrino Live In Italian Review – What We Thought

From the 11thJuly – 7th August, the Fifth Floor Terrace at Harvey Nichols is hosting the S.Pellegrino Live in Italian pop-up. As well as daily Italian supper clubs, each Tuesday they are hosting Italian banquets with guest chefs. Last week saw Ollie Dabbous take to the kitchen and in coming weeks, James Lowe of Lyles and Alyn Williams of The Westbury will follow suit; but this week it was all about Theo Randall… New? Yes, the S.Pellegrino Live in Italian pop-up opened on the 11th July and is only running until 7th August. Where? Fifth Floor Terrace, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1x 7RJ, www.harveynichols.com On […]

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MOMMI Review – What We Thought

New? MOMMI opened last year but Sushi Sundays are a new addition built on the success of their bottomless brunches, and what we were there to try. Where? 44-48 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7UR www.wearemommi.com  First Impressions: On the sunny Sunday afternoon we visited, tables outside the entrance were pretty much all occupied, giving diners a good opportunity to people watch whilst, inside, it was less busy but no less quiet thanks to a couple of birthday groups. Our welcome at the front desk was friendly and we were seated in a booth in the centre of the restaurant. […]

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Señor Ceviche Review – What We Thought

New? Nope they opened back in October of 2014 after a series of pop-ups. Where?  Upstairs at the ever popular Kingly Court, W1B 5PW, www.senor-ceviche.com On the menu: As the name suggests the menu is made up of sharing ceviche dishes including the likes of The Spaniard: sea bream and king prawn ceviche with tomato and aji rocotto, tiger’s milk, red onion, coriander, plantain and chorizo, as well as Peruvian BBQ dishes including Super Pollo (marinated and grilled chicken thigh with aji rocotto and piquillo pepper salsa, sides and Pisco cocktails. First Impressions:  For a Wednesday it’s busy, I arrive at […]

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