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Surprising combo at Oaka

If you’ve never been to the South London area of Kennington, there’s now a great reason to visit. Adding to the famous Oval cricket ground and a scattering of quirky pubs, brand new Pan-Asian restaurant ‘Oaka’ has just opened, handily just across the road from Kennington tube. Oaka at The Mansion House is part of the fusion concept taking off within the London food scene. However, rather than showcasing a blend of two cuisines, Oaka fuses food and drink, serving up the finest Asian cuisine with a selection of hand-crafted ales from an acclaimed Peterborough brewery. The Handbook had the pleasure […]

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K10 opens on Appold Street

Founded in 1999 by Christopher Kemper, the Development Director of the original Yo Sushi, Contemporary ‘kaiten’ Japanese restaurant, K10 has been serving up great sushi for the past twelve years and now they have just opened a second restaurant on Appold Street and last week The Handbook went down to try it out.  Bored of seeing dull or bland versions of Japanese food, the chefs at K10 have come up with a very affordable nutritious menu still using the highest quality ingredients, and the extensive range is amazing, think everything from fresh salmon sashimi to katsu currie to home-made puddings […]

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K10 opens on Appold Street

Founded in 1999 by Christopher Kemper, the Development Director of the original Yo Sushi, Contemporary ‘kaiten’ Japanese restaurant, K10 has been serving up great sushi for the past twelve years and now they have just opened a second restaurant on Appold Street and last week The Handbook went down to try it out.  Bored of seeing dull or bland versions of Japanese food, the chefs at K10 have come up with a very affordable nutritious menu still using the highest quality ingredients, and the extensive range is amazing, think everything from fresh salmon sashimi to katsu currie to home-made puddings […]

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Kua ‘Aina: Hawaiian burgers in Soho

The perfect antidote to the rainy weather, Kua ‘Aina is a surprising Hawaiian haven in very central London. Hidden just off Regent Street, this cosy burger restaurant welcomes you with a playful splash of colour (pink, yellow and aquamarine conjure the tropical beach and sea), a rough and ready décor, and the alluring smell of smoky meat. Although the main draw for Kua ‘Aina virgins is probably the unique ‘lava’ method of grilling, we’d wager the restaurant probably guarantees regular custom with its fun, friendly vibe and casual dining appeal. Co-owner Ed Bardos, who worked in a Kua ‘Aina abroad […]

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Blinis, Bellinis and Espresso Martinis at The Tower of London

Steeped in history, the Tower of London, is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and is home to Crown Jewels. And now there is something else very special about it too, Moving Venue is now one of the approved caterers for bespoke and corporate events.  The Handbook were lucky enough to go down and have a private viewing of the Crown Jewels before being able to try ‘blinis, bellinis and espresso martinis’ courtesy of Moving Venue. The jewel in the crown, excuse the pun, had to be the revolving bar (very dangerous for self discipline) where the bellinis and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Blinis, Bellinis and Espresso Martinis at The Tower of London

Steeped in history, the Tower of London, is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and is home to Crown Jewels. And now there is something else very special about it too, Moving Venue is now one of the approved caterers for bespoke and corporate events.  The Handbook were lucky enough to go down and have a private viewing of the Crown Jewels before being able to try ‘blinis, bellinis and espresso martinis’ courtesy of Moving Venue. The jewel in the crown, excuse the pun, had to be the revolving bar (very dangerous for self discipline) where the bellinis and […]

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Dinner at Elistano

Friday night in Chelsea and the King’s Road is beginning to fill up. The same however, couldn’t be said for Elistano, the Italian restaurant just off Sloane Avenue. At its peak, there were just 4 tables occupied including my own. Despite the poor turnout, there were no excuses for slack service, and it wasn’t. Lulu and I were served by a waiter and waitress who took it in turns to serve us – both extremely efficient and courteous. For starters we ordered the Selection of Deep Fried Seafood to share with a Tartar sauce. It was delish and the selection […]

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Dinner at Elistano

Friday night in Chelsea and the King’s Road is beginning to fill up. The same however, couldn’t be said for Elistano, the Italian restaurant just off Sloane Avenue. At its peak, there were just 4 tables occupied including my own. Despite the poor turnout, there were no excuses for slack service, and it wasn’t. Lulu and I were served by a waiter and waitress who took it in turns to serve us – both extremely efficient and courteous. For starters we ordered the Selection of Deep Fried Seafood to share with a Tartar sauce. It was delish and the selection […]

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Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

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