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La Porte Des Indes Review

Cutting an unassuming exterior and tucked away from the bustle of Marble Arch stands veteran Indian restaurant La Porte Des Indes. Innocently painted a plain white and looking very inconspicuous, all former expectations of this being a cramped curry house were dropped as we walked into a huge Alladin's cave…complete with waterfall. Having our coats taken at the door by polite staff, we were led to a table overlooking the water feature as we gazed open mouthed at the sheer size of the building. Once an Edwardian ballroom, La Porte des Indes is spread across two floors, with various themed […]

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Lanes of London Review

Lanes of London on Park Lane is like a new best friend who you feel like you have known for years. Or that is what The Handbook thought when we went down to check it out this week. Despite it being a new restaurant, it didn’t have any of that shiny- new brightness where the paint looks almost sterile or hospital like; rather it felt homely and at ease with itself. With low lighting, grand ceilings, vintage mirrors, high wing back chairs and an air of a member’s club there is none of the stuffiness, the cocktails were served in […]

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Zumbura: Review

Zumbura is a relaxed, welcoming restaurant in Old Town, Clapham with friendly staff. A large bar where guests can sit, enjoy the food and watch their cocktails being prepared takes up one side of the restaurant. Now I have set the scene I’m going to tell you about the food because it deserves the majority of this blog. We sampled a lot of the food, and by a lot I mean nearly everything, so I will try and keep it short. The Pakora are spinach and onion chick pea flour fritters were an authentic starter which reminded me of onion […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Zumbura: Review

Zumbura is a relaxed, welcoming restaurant in Old Town, Clapham with friendly staff. A large bar where guests can sit, enjoy the food and watch their cocktails being prepared takes up one side of the restaurant. Now I have set the scene I’m going to tell you about the food because it deserves the majority of this blog. We sampled a lot of the food, and by a lot I mean nearly everything, so I will try and keep it short. The Pakora are spinach and onion chick pea flour fritters were an authentic starter which reminded me of onion […]

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Carom at Meza: Review

Last week The Handbook broke its attempt at ‘Dry January’, but it was rightly so as we were drinking the gin cocktails at Carom at Meza on Wardour Street. When we arrived on a Thursday night the restaurant was buzzing, clichéd as that word may be it was. It was bustling with drinkers at the bar, large groups of diners filling up the booths, couples on dates and every so often a waiter bringing out a dish and igniting it. The menu offers a range of small plates, so we started with a mound of chilli squid, perfectly crisp and […]

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Casa di Fiori Review

The first thing I notice about Casa Di Fiori as I walk through the doors is just how pretty it is inside. The interior is decorated light blue and white with ornaments border-lining on tacky but that can be over-looked because of how sweet and atmospheric the restaurant is. After soaking in the atmosphere we settled down and ordered our starters. I opted for the Cauliflower Cream with a balsamic vinegar reduction, which although consisting mainly of a vegetable I hardly doubt it counts as one of my five of day as it was so creamy and delicious, it can’t […]

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Casa di Fiori Review

The first thing I notice about Casa Di Fiori as I walk through the doors is just how pretty it is inside. The interior is decorated light blue and white with ornaments border-lining on tacky but that can be over-looked because of how sweet and atmospheric the restaurant is. After soaking in the atmosphere we settled down and ordered our starters. I opted for the Cauliflower Cream with a balsamic vinegar reduction, which although consisting mainly of a vegetable I hardly doubt it counts as one of my five of day as it was so creamy and delicious, it can’t […]

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Chop Shop: Review

Over in Haymarket the Chop Shop has just launched their new Sunday lunch set menu: a beef rib chop, roast potatoes, side and half a bottle of red wine for £35. We arrived late afternoon to find the restaurant had mellowed after a busy lunch service and there were just few a couples spending long, lazy afternoons with bottles of wine. The restaurant itself is long, narrow with tables for two down the side, at the end it opens out into a larger space where there was a mix of tables for larger parties. It is all very laid back, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Chop Shop: Review

Over in Haymarket the Chop Shop has just launched their new Sunday lunch set menu: a beef rib chop, roast potatoes, side and half a bottle of red wine for £35. We arrived late afternoon to find the restaurant had mellowed after a busy lunch service and there were just few a couples spending long, lazy afternoons with bottles of wine. The restaurant itself is long, narrow with tables for two down the side, at the end it opens out into a larger space where there was a mix of tables for larger parties. It is all very laid back, […]

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Fish Market Restaurant: Review

In amongst the high rise buildings of Liverpool Street and Bishopsgate, and the crowds on the streets is Fish Market restaurant; a little slice of nostalgic seaside fun. From the twinkling tea lights and lanterns, to the minimal, wooden panels and blue and white stripe awning, it stands out from the other buildings in the area, like well, a lighthouse and that’s why we love it. We were there to sample the Winter Terrace Fun Fair menu but we first dug into half a dozen prawns with garlic butter and a mountain of salt and pepper squid, which was just […]

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