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Brunch at 3 South Place Review

This weekend, The Handbook headed over to 3 South Place Bar and Grill at South Place Hotel in Moorgate for a spot of brunch. Well I say a spot of brunch, it was actually a delicious three course affair at 1pm, so more of a lunch, but we ordered from the brunch menu so to us it is brunch! The restaurant, which is the main restaurant for South Place Hotel is a mix of individual tables, long communal tables and sofas, all very relaxed and friendly but at the same time very sleek and smart.  It was softly lit and […]

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The Handbook Reviews Parlour

Having been invited to go and review Parlour in Kensal Rise, I readily accepted and as always checked out the menu before we arrived. I was intrigued by the Cow Pie, it sounded like the sort of meal that would pack a punch both in flavour and size and since I am already heading into the autumn/winter comfort food zone I was hoping it would still be on the menu. Luckily it was on the menu, but if you think that is all we ate you would be very wrong. We were on a culinary journey, all I can say […]

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The Handbook Reviews Parlour

Having been invited to go and review Parlour in Kensal Rise, I readily accepted and as always checked out the menu before we arrived. I was intrigued by the Cow Pie, it sounded like the sort of meal that would pack a punch both in flavour and size and since I am already heading into the autumn/winter comfort food zone I was hoping it would still be on the menu. Luckily it was on the menu, but if you think that is all we ate you would be very wrong. We were on a culinary journey, all I can say […]

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Leave the Tex Mex Behind

Mestizo, which means a mix of everything, is a Mexican restaurant that lives by its namesake drawing inspiration for their food with a mix of 10 Mexican states. Leave behind your idea of tex mex as this is authentic Mexican food, made by people who have clearly grown up eating and creating these dishes. The food here is really traditional, which is never more apparent once the starter of Tamales Costenos had arrived. The tamales comprise of corn maize filled with your choice of pork with morita chile, pollo pibil or beans & cheese wrapped in a banana leaf, and […]

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Love Brunch at Kensington Roof Gardens

Up until now I had always thought of brunch as a post party affair, normally slightly hung over from the night before, we would go in search of eggs royale, strong cups of coffee, bacon and maple syrup pancakes and sometimes a bloody Mary or two. Or if not the night before, post gym/early morning catch up with friends. That was until I went to LoveBrunch. It started when a group of friends who met every weekend for brunch, slowly expanded until they reached almost twenty and realised they were on to something. As more friends joined them they started […]

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Go-go to Dozo

As I step through the door of Dozo, it’s an instant calm of serenity away from the hustle and bustle of Soho behind me. The tables are low down on the floor as is customary in Japan to eat on at ground level. At first glance I missed that underneath the tables had been cut out to imitate the seating experience we are used to in the UK. For future diners at this restaurant and I do recommend you become a future diner, I would suggest wearing trousers or at least something one feels that they can nimbly slide up […]

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Go-go to Dozo

As I step through the door of Dozo, it’s an instant calm of serenity away from the hustle and bustle of Soho behind me. The tables are low down on the floor as is customary in Japan to eat on at ground level. At first glance I missed that underneath the tables had been cut out to imitate the seating experience we are used to in the UK. For future diners at this restaurant and I do recommend you become a future diner, I would suggest wearing trousers or at least something one feels that they can nimbly slide up […]

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Central and Co

Central and Co instantly strikes me as a young, trendy, well decorated bar and diner which is perfectly situated a few minutes’ walk from the busy hubbub of Oxford Street. Large clear doors have been opened so that the tables spill out onto the street on this warm evening. Inside we are led down the long dining space and situated nearer the bar, a perfect location as soon as I spy the tempting cocktail menu. We started off with a Lemon and vanilla martini, and instantly found our favourite accompaniment for the evening. I dabbled into the Caffeine ol’Fashioned but […]

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Central and Co

Central and Co instantly strikes me as a young, trendy, well decorated bar and diner which is perfectly situated a few minutes’ walk from the busy hubbub of Oxford Street. Large clear doors have been opened so that the tables spill out onto the street on this warm evening. Inside we are led down the long dining space and situated nearer the bar, a perfect location as soon as I spy the tempting cocktail menu. We started off with a Lemon and vanilla martini, and instantly found our favourite accompaniment for the evening. I dabbled into the Caffeine ol’Fashioned but […]

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Brunch at The Pantechnicon

Having recently launched their new brunch menu, a visit to The Pantechnicon was must.  Once we had battled against tube delays, underground closures and a ten minute queue just to get out of the station, we found our way to quaint little Motcomb street just off bustling Sloane Street. With the tables outside nicely filling up, we actually escaped the heat and sat inside the light airy bar downstairs, which at midday was quiet with only a couple of tables, by one however it was almost full. With cool, neutral, calm colours the bar was friendly whilst also being sophsticated […]

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A Fish Out of Water…and into my Mouth

As sushi restaurants go K10 is as trendy and efficient as they come, situated in Appold Street it’s a stone’s throw from the slightly less appetising Gherkin. It’s the second venture for K10 with their first endeavour being a successful restaurant merely 10 minutes away in Copthall Avenue. The restaurant has a conveyor belt winding in and out of the dining space with a shelf around it for eating, customers sit on high stools with fellow diners. The belt slowly whirs round different pieces of made up sushi including individual roll sets with a starting price of £2.95 that goes […]

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Summer cocktails at the Hyatt Regency Churchill

Last week, with the evenings still being so glorious, The Handbook headed over to Portman Square at The Churchill Bar at the Hyatt Regency Churchill, for some post work cocktails. Designed around and inspired by the young Winston Churchill and his love for Clementine, the attention to detail in the design is astounding. The bookshelves hold knitted animals, and family photographs donated by Churchill’s daughter; the menus are decorated with little sketches drawn by Churchill and Clementine when signing off their love letters, and the walls are adorned with art work inspired by the politician and his map detailing his […]

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