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DF Mexico Review – What We Thought

Put simply, DF Mexico is great fun. The atmosphere is buzzing, the food and drink is delightful, the décor is exciting and the staff are lovely. As soon as we stepped foot in DF Mexico’s Tottenham Court Road branch, we were struck by its kooky design and eye-catching décor. Laid out like an old-fashioned diner – complete with stainless steel chairs, vibrantly coloured benches and vintage, illuminated signs – the walls of the restaurant are covered in striking ornaments and paintings, many of which, it turns out, were produced exclusively for DF by Latin American artists! This contrast between the […]

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Bounce Shoreditch review – what we thought

Bounce Shoreditch has recently opened following the success of the first UK ping pong bar in Farringdon, so The Handbook went down to check it out. Located underground the reception strikes me as a bar meets bowling alley kind if vibe, with trendy graffiti on the walls as the receptionists check people in for their bookings. We went on a Sunday evening and the place was already heaving with an energetic buzz about the place.Everything is open plan with 17 bespoke ping pong tables spread around the venue with seating areas in between, though a space by the bar may […]

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Cinnamon Soho review – what we thought

The third venue from Vivek Singh (after The Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen) has a lot to live up to with rave reviews from its sister sites. Located off Oxford Street, it is situated on the bustling Kingly Street so has location on its side. The food is Indian with a fantastically unique British twist so you can expect dishes like Roganjosh Shepherd’s Pie and Garam Masala Sticky Toffee Pudding although I tended to stick with the more classic dishes. I shied away from the traditional starters in lieu of the Masala Corn Fritter with coriander chutney listed under the […]

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Cinnamon Soho review – what we thought

The third venue from Vivek Singh (after The Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen) has a lot to live up to with rave reviews from its sister sites. Located off Oxford Street, it is situated on the bustling Kingly Street so has location on its side. The food is Indian with a fantastically unique British twist so you can expect dishes like Roganjosh Shepherd’s Pie and Garam Masala Sticky Toffee Pudding although I tended to stick with the more classic dishes. I shied away from the traditional starters in lieu of the Masala Corn Fritter with coriander chutney listed under the […]

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One-O-One Review – What We Thought

With an enviable position in Knightsbridge and claims that they are the ‘best fish restaurant in London’ we had high hopes for One-O-One. And despite an excellent starter and pudding what happened for the next couple of hours however, left us questioning such claims. Part of the The Park Tower Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, the restaurant felt neither part of the hotel nor its own restaurant; we arrived to an empty reception, after a while a waiter saw us standing there and showed us through to the restaurant, but it felt as if we had put them out. Inside […]

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One-O-One Review – What We Thought

With an enviable position in Knightsbridge and claims that they are the ‘best fish restaurant in London’ we had high hopes for One-O-One. And despite an excellent starter and pudding what happened for the next couple of hours however, left us questioning such claims. Part of the The Park Tower Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, the restaurant felt neither part of the hotel nor its own restaurant; we arrived to an empty reception, after a while a waiter saw us standing there and showed us through to the restaurant, but it felt as if we had put them out. Inside […]

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Ibérica Review – What We Thought

I have a new favourite restaurant. An adventurous diner, I love all types of cuisine but also believe that there is a time and a place for a lot of restaurants – sometimes you want formality, sometimes candlelit intimacy and sometimes only liveliness will do. Somehow, Ibérica fits into all these categories – I’m actually struggling to think of an occasion that it wouldn’t be appropriate for. Visiting the brand spanking new Victoria restaurant, Ibérica’s fifth in London (there’s also one in Manchester), on a Friday evening I thought it may have been a bit of a corporate environment, especially […]

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Ibérica Review – What We Thought

I have a new favourite restaurant. An adventurous diner, I love all types of cuisine but also believe that there is a time and a place for a lot of restaurants – sometimes you want formality, sometimes candlelit intimacy and sometimes only liveliness will do. Somehow, Ibérica fits into all these categories – I’m actually struggling to think of an occasion that it wouldn’t be appropriate for. Visiting the brand spanking new Victoria restaurant, Ibérica’s fifth in London (there’s also one in Manchester), on a Friday evening I thought it may have been a bit of a corporate environment, especially […]

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Bandol Review – What We Thought

It came about halfway through our meal at Bandol: just as my succulent rack of lamb touched down on our table: that moment when you realise everything is going to be ok. When you realise that the excellence running from the amuse bouche through to the main courses is going to continue all the way to the coffee and petit fours. You’re in good hands. You can relax. Ultimately, you go to a good restaurant for the same reason you go to a top-draw football match or to the opera: to experience pure, top-of-their-game excellence. Bandol, a French restaurant inspired […]

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Bandol Review – What We Thought

It came about halfway through our meal at Bandol: just as my succulent rack of lamb touched down on our table: that moment when you realise everything is going to be ok. When you realise that the excellence running from the amuse bouche through to the main courses is going to continue all the way to the coffee and petit fours. You’re in good hands. You can relax. Ultimately, you go to a good restaurant for the same reason you go to a top-draw football match or to the opera: to experience pure, top-of-their-game excellence. Bandol, a French restaurant inspired […]

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Wazen review – what we thought

Hot on the heels of the newly opened Japanese restaurant, Wazen, we were keen to head down and check it out for ourselves after covering the opening. The restaurant has key location on a corner road with Kings Cross station nearby providing plenty of places to head out after lining your stomach. I am instantly struck by the clean décor which looks distinctly Japanese with the stark wooden chairs and bare hanging light bulbs, I love the edgy look but it doesn’t feel too welcoming at the same time. The venue was worryingly empty when we arrived but luckily Wazen boasts […]

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Wazen review – what we thought

Hot on the heels of the newly opened Japanese restaurant, Wazen, we were keen to head down and check it out for ourselves after covering the opening. The restaurant has key location on a corner road with Kings Cross station nearby providing plenty of places to head out after lining your stomach. I am instantly struck by the clean décor which looks distinctly Japanese with the stark wooden chairs and bare hanging light bulbs, I love the edgy look but it doesn’t feel too welcoming at the same time. The venue was worryingly empty when we arrived but luckily Wazen boasts […]

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