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The Betjeman Arms – Review

From the Geronimo Inns group comes the (newly re-launched) Betjeman Arms; ideally located on the upper level of Kings Cross St Pancras International so you can enjoy one last meal in the capital before catching your Eurostar; or even a welcome home drink after a long weekend away. We were seated in the dining room, a hugely comfortable red and yellow accented space, with warm lighting and cosy furnishings that offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy a meal. Our waitress was friendly and attentive, immediately making us feel welcome and at ease; we ordered two glasses of red […]

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Le Ziz – Review

In the middle of Dalston Square, a gleaming glassy complex that wouldn’t look amiss in the City (but is actually only a two-minute walk from Dalston Junction station), sits new Turkish restaurant ‘le ziz’. The sister restaurant to Canary Wharf’s Hazev, it’s the second joint venture from the Tas and Haz restaurant groups, and has been tipped as one to watch by those in the know. The interior was tastefully decorated; a mix of wooden panelling and Iznik-print wallpaper and tiles. The low lighting gave the place a relaxed but somewhat intimate ambiance and the general vibe seemed to be […]

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Le Ziz – Review

In the middle of Dalston Square, a gleaming glassy complex that wouldn’t look amiss in the City (but is actually only a two-minute walk from Dalston Junction station), sits new Turkish restaurant ‘le ziz’. The sister restaurant to Canary Wharf’s Hazev, it’s the second joint venture from the Tas and Haz restaurant groups, and has been tipped as one to watch by those in the know. The interior was tastefully decorated; a mix of wooden panelling and Iznik-print wallpaper and tiles. The low lighting gave the place a relaxed but somewhat intimate ambiance and the general vibe seemed to be […]

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Brunch at Q Grill

Last weekend we might have over indulged in the wine, just by a glass or two and the next morning we were in need of brunch… desperately.  This wasn’t time for green juices or spirulina, this was time for fried eggs, bacon and toast. So we headed off to Camden (all the way from south London- dedication to the cause) to Q Grill having heard that it has recently launched its brunch menu. For those who haven’t been Q Grill has that New York apartment feel:  exposed brick walls, low hanging lights, leather booths and high bar chairs and chalk […]

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The Balcon’s ‘Vegetables’ Menu Review

In homage to all things healthy French artist, Patrick Laroche, has created a new exhibition called Vegetables, which sees your typical veg given a chrome make-over and supersized. Housed in Sofitel London St James the impressive sculptures are placed in and around the hotel, restaurant and even the entrance where a towering pink asparagus greets guests. To celebrate Laroche’s art, the Head Chef at the hotel’s restaurant The Balcon, Vincent Ménager, has created a special menu geared towards the mighty vegetable with treats like Sweet pea sliders in a cornbread madeline and shallot jam which makes for a delicious, light […]

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The Balcon’s ‘Vegetables’ Menu Review

In homage to all things healthy French artist, Patrick Laroche, has created a new exhibition called Vegetables, which sees your typical veg given a chrome make-over and supersized. Housed in Sofitel London St James the impressive sculptures are placed in and around the hotel, restaurant and even the entrance where a towering pink asparagus greets guests. To celebrate Laroche’s art, the Head Chef at the hotel’s restaurant The Balcon, Vincent Ménager, has created a special menu geared towards the mighty vegetable with treats like Sweet pea sliders in a cornbread madeline and shallot jam which makes for a delicious, light […]

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Carom Review

Pan-Indian restaurant Carom has recently undergone a refurbishment taking it out of the traditional Indian style décor, so commonly adopted by Indian restaurants, and bringing it bang into the 21st century. The large open plan venue now boasts the look of a trendy lounge and bar where guests can enjoy the extensive bar menu including the amazing Lychee and Hibiscus cocktail with vodka, hibiscus and peach liquer, lychee puree and soda water, before heading over to the main restaurant. Executive head chef Vishnu Natarajan has updated the classic Carom menu, adding a selection of new plates focused on sharing while […]

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Carom Review

Pan-Indian restaurant Carom has recently undergone a refurbishment taking it out of the traditional Indian style décor, so commonly adopted by Indian restaurants, and bringing it bang into the 21st century. The large open plan venue now boasts the look of a trendy lounge and bar where guests can enjoy the extensive bar menu including the amazing Lychee and Hibiscus cocktail with vodka, hibiscus and peach liquer, lychee puree and soda water, before heading over to the main restaurant. Executive head chef Vishnu Natarajan has updated the classic Carom menu, adding a selection of new plates focused on sharing while […]

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The Homage: Review

The Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton has recently appointment a new Executive Head chef, the charming Robert Prendergast (Grosvenor Guoman Hotel, Renaissance hotel group and Intercontinental) bringing with him 16 years of experience including years spent in Cardiff, Ireland and Hong Kong. The Handbook were invited down to try out the new a la carte menu which has modern European influences and has a partnership with the Buccleuch Estate beef. The restaurant itself is large and imposing with high ceilings and an ornate gold and white Louis XVI style décor with glittering chandeliers, elegant columns and leather banquets, […]

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The Homage: Review

The Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton has recently appointment a new Executive Head chef, the charming Robert Prendergast (Grosvenor Guoman Hotel, Renaissance hotel group and Intercontinental) bringing with him 16 years of experience including years spent in Cardiff, Ireland and Hong Kong. The Handbook were invited down to try out the new a la carte menu which has modern European influences and has a partnership with the Buccleuch Estate beef. The restaurant itself is large and imposing with high ceilings and an ornate gold and white Louis XVI style décor with glittering chandeliers, elegant columns and leather banquets, […]

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