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Sartoria’s Bar Libare Review – What We Thought

New? A refurbishment of the 1998 restaurant before Christmas makes the space feel new. Immaculately designed by David d’Almada (of The Arts Club, Mayfair), Sartoria is influenced by the glamour and romance of 20th century Italy with the separately titled Libare Bar unveiled alongside the makeover as a destination cocktail bar. A new head chef, Francesco Mazzei, brings with him loyal customers who count his L’Anima in the City a hot favourite. Where? 20 Savile Row, Mayfair, W1S 3PR www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk On the menu: In the bar area, the drinks list is extensive with a selection of imaginative cocktails – the type that you have to spend a […]

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MeatLiquor N1 Review – what we thought

New?  No, there are several MeatLiquors across London and further afield like BrightonWhere? 133B Upper St, London N1 1QP www.meatliquor.comOn the menu: Burgers, hotdogs and fries – there is a salad, but just one. First Impressions: In short, it’s hard to find. We scaled the street a few times before seeing the sign pointing down the alleyway and then from there you need to follow the graffiti to the entrance. It all looks a bit seedy, the like sort of lair you might stumble into in a thriller, where you know things are going to go wrong for the character.The Look: Exposed lightbulbs […]

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Rotunda Review – what we thought

New? The impressive multi-use Kings Place, which is home to Rotunda, was opened in 2008 and is just a short walk from King’s Cross station. Where? Kings Place, 90 York Way,  N1 9AG On the menu: A seasonal menu serving modern, British food with beef and lamb dishes that have been sourced from Rotunda’s own farm in Northumberland. First Impressions: Smart, casual feel with views of Regent’s Canal; ideal for the summer but still nice to enjoy in cooler months from the warmth of inside the restaurant. The Look: Curved walls that provide clear views of outside no matter where […]

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Royal China Review – What We Thought

New? Established in 1996, Royal China now has 6 award-winning restaurants across London. Baker Street is the flagship but we stayed West and visited the Fulham Road branch one Wednesday evening. Where? 805 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5HE On the menu: Traditional Chinese fare with all the classics you’d expect, Royal China is known for it’s Dim Sum, which unfortunately is only available at lunch time. The illustrated menu makes things a bit confusing so unless you can see beyond the ornate oversized lettering and randomly placed images, it may be a good idea to plump for one of the set […]

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Kensington Palace Orangery Review – What We Thought

London is officially the most popular tourist destination in the world but with so much history packed into such a small area, some of the most beautiful buildings in the world and an action-packed cultural calendar it’s no great surprise. For a leisurely Sunday afternoon we headed to Kensington for a walk around the Spring-time gardens and a civilised late lunch in The Orangery restaurant. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, the Orangery is London’s only royal palace to serve afternoon tea so you can see the appeal to tourists. New? One of London’s most iconic historical buildings, The […]

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Urban Coterie’s Bottomless Brunch Review: What We Thought

New?  It opened last November so not brand spanking but they have just launched their bottomless brunch and May will see the opening of their members’ club. Where?  17th Floor of M by Montcalm, 151-157 City Road, EC1V 1JH On the menu:  If you’re heading for brunch then expect to find classic dishes such as sardines and avocado on toast, waffles and bacon and puddings including Anthony Demetre’s signature custard tart. First Impressions: Knowing that the City can be a bit of a ghost town at the weekend and one of my fears being eating in an empty restaurant (I […]

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Dans le Noir? Review – what we thought

When I first heard about Dans le Noir? I was intrigued and then slightly apprehensive. I love the London eating scene with all its quirks, from the finest, high end dining to the most outlandish pop ups but I am always on the lookout for a new experience and Dans le Noir? certainly offers that. The venue, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is renowned for pushing the boundaries of modern dining as it entirely removes one of the senses. Diners are immersed into a pitch black room where not even a pin prick of light survives. Blind waiters […]

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Ember Yard Breakfast Review – What We Thought

Unless you’re willing to queue north of 45-minutes, forget having tapas at Ember Yard on a Friday night. If, however, you’re tired of hollandaise and bottomless bellinis have you groaning “not another bottomless brunch” then Ember Yard’s new breakfast offering is well worth a visit. Trademark Spanish and Italian tapas and charcuterie, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s not breakfast fare at all, but the occasional poached egg and addition of cold-pressed juices to the menu reminds you it is, in fact, 11am on a Saturday. One green and one purple juice kept us going whilst we browsed the menu. Imaginative […]

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Randall & Aubin Review: What We Thought

The problem (or advantage, depends if you’re having a half full or half empty day) with living in London is that your bucket list of places to go and things to do is never ending. You’re never going to make it to every restaurant, it’s just not going to happen – unless you want to give up your job and embark on a continuous 24/7 eating fest. So you need to choose wisely and one place that had been on my list for a while was Randall & Aubin, the Soho institute that originally opened as London’s first French butchers […]

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The Balcon Review – What We Thought

Grade II listed Sofitel London St James is one of the most glamorous building in that weird area down from Piccadilly Circus, at the bottom of Regent Street. One of the most sparkling areas of the city, the streets are so clean you feel as though you could eat your meal from the pavement. We went for the next best thing: dinner at The Balcon in Sofitel St James. Instantly grand, the restaurant is an architectural feat. The double spiral staircase is of course the attention stealer (with staff continually going up and down to retrieve bottles of wine and […]

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Gyoza Bar Review – What We Thought

Perusing back over the menu at Gyoza Bar is like a fond trip down memory lane where I get to relive all of the delicious items I had previously devoured much too quickly, wishing I’d savoured the moment slightly more. Every dish that came out ranged from good to great with no duds available, a good reflection on the style of food and attitude from Gyoza Bar. The food is severely underrated here and fits in well with the nonchalant look of the restaurant which features wooden floors, simple tables and warm open brick walls. The dishes come out when ready […]

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The Lanesborough Mother’s Day Tea Review – What We Thought

If there is one thing that the Celeste restaurant is not, it’s subtle – walking into the restaurant at The Lanesborough is like walking into a spectacular, palatial painting. Duck egg blue walls are adorned with Bas-relief friezes, paintings and filled book cases, there are touches of gold and ornate detail – as I say, not very subtle, but not gaudy in-your-face. A raised platform runs around two sides of the room pinned by fluted columns (sit there if you like to people watch) and it’s all lit by a domed glass roof and magnificent chandeliers that cascade down over […]

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