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This Restaurant is Making Our Cheese Dreams Come True

What: Our cheese prayers have been answered, no longer do you have to jump on a plane to the Alpes to stuff yourself silly on raclette, you can now hop on the tube and arrive at the Alpes in Brixton admittedly less snow and no skiing but let’s not be pedantic here. Why? Because street food favourites, Raclette Brothers have launched their first permanent restaurant at Pop Brixton, serving up raclette, fondue and small plates. New? Yes, they launched at the start of the May, you might think raclette is more of a winter dish, but you’d be wrong because cheese, […]

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We Review: The Real Greek’s New Vegan Menu

What: A recent pundit for vegan food, I was first hand up in the office when it came to sampling the brand new vegan menu at The Real Greek in Soho. It’s all in the name at this restaurant, whose first branch opened its doors in the same year Julia Roberts wandered into a certain Notting Hill dwellers travel bookshop, and MySpace began to take over lives – that’s 1999 for those lesser-informed. Feeling old yet? With a food well-travelled menu that triumphs the Eastern Mediterranean diet, and the fanciful flavours of Greek food, The Real Greek’s many restaurants really […]

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Battersea’s New Indian Restaurant: Chokhi Dhani

What: Chokhi Dhani is known in India for their smart hotels and restaurants and Chokhi Dhani London makes for the group’s first overseas venture. New? Chokhi Dhani opened in April this year and we attended the VIP launch with the likes of Professor Green, Pixie Lott and Roman Kemp – shameless namedrop, us?! First Impression: Getting to Chokhi Dhani feels a bit like leaving civilisation, houses and shops get left behind as you walk down the lonely main road, lined with high rise blocks of flats. Once inside the Indian theme is strong and brimming with colour and trinkets to […]

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Critics’ Choices: Where We Went In May

Quite how the team at The Handbook aren’t morbidly obese never ceases to amaze, because during May we did a pretty decent job of eating our way through some of the best restaurants in London. Welcome to our ‘What we ate last month’ roundup, just don’t think of the calories. W New York Times Square What: Great view (of you doing a poo) Why: Emily’s been globetrotting again, this time on a romantic mini-break to New York with her boyf. And it was no Travel lodge affair, but the fancy surroundings of W New York Times Square. The sleek hotel […]

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Is This The Best Place to Eat in Pop Brixton?

What? Making its home among the shipping containers of Pop Brixton, Duck Duck Goose is a modern Cantonese canteen by Oli Brown (former chef of Le Café Anglais) based on the old school cafes and roast meat shops in Hong Kong and is now quite possibly, my favourite place to eat in the foodie hub. New? No, it opened at the start of 2017, but they have recently launched a new spring menu. The Setting: Pop Brixton is one of my favourite places to go when the sun is shining and you’re looking for a midweek alfresco supper or you’ve […]

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Is This London’s Most Opulent Restaurant? We Check Out Park Chinois

What: Park Chinois is Mayfair’s decadent party den opened by Alan Yau (founder of the likes of Wagamama, Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Duck and Rice). Made up of the Salon de Chine and Club Chinois, Park Chinois is the sort of venue where you leave your 9-5 at the door and enter into a realm of Champagne, dancing and hedonism. New? No, it’s been partying since 2015, however they have just launched a cheeky, new dinner show which brings together cabaret, comedy and singing. We particularly enjoyed a moody performance of Back to Black, a Carry On esque sketch based on Buckingham […]

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Moonshine Saloon: The Wild West Themed Immersive Bar You Need to Visit

What: If you’re into your immersive experiences then chances are you’ve heard of Alcotraz, the Shoreditch bar that will see you donning an orange jumpsuit and trying to smuggle spirits past the prison guard. Well now Inventive Productions is back and this time they are transporting guests to the Wild West, to a time of moonshining, where sheriffs like to think they rule the roost but it’s those with the illegal liquor that has everyone under their thumb. New: Yes, the Moonshine Saloon has just opened. The Setting: Moonshine Saloon couldn’t be in a more different location to Alcotraz. Whilst […]

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We Have Cocktails at Fulham’s Coolest Flat: The Little Blue Door

What: After the success of Little Yellow Door the (fictional) housemates have moved out and moved on, going on to move into new flats and one housemate pitched up in Fulham, ready to open his house to Fulham revellers in need of a place to drink cocktails, and drink those cocktails until late, because they’re open until 1am. This isn’t Shoreditch, remember we don’t have many places over in SW6 that stay open until then. New: Yes, it only opened in May so really they are still in the housewarming stage. The Setting: Taking over from Fulham Wine Rooms, The […]

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The Low Key Plant-Based Place You Need to Try: Plates

What: Plates is an innovative plant-based restaurant, influenced by art and inspired by nature, from Executive Chef and Plates co-founder, Kirk Haworth, and his sister, Creative Director, Keeley. New? Plates was previously a weekend pop up in Dalston before it moved to its new permanent home in Hoxton on the 12th May 2018, it’s only open to the public Saturday evenings. The Setting: Plates was a tad hard to find, luckily front of house was standing by the front door and saw us wandering around lost and ushered us in. Even when pointed out it’s hard to see, with only a […]

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The Afternoon Tea That Swaps Sandwiches for Sushi

What: If you ever have that moment where you think that you’d really like some sushi, but you’d also really like a scone and you don’t know which to choose (granted it might not be the most common thought but I bet it happens) then I’m here to tell you that you no longer to make that decision. Why? Because Ichi Sushi & Sashimi have combined the two to create an afternoon tea that replaces sandwiches with sushi. The Setting: If you think roundabouts are just places to advertise local businesses, show off flowerbeds and a dumping ground for broken […]

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We Review: Simpson’s in the Strand

What? A landmark restaurant on an iconic road. Open for 190 years. Synonymous with Churchill. Restaurants don’t get much more traditional than Simpson’s in the Strand. Or is it so set in its ways? Like an old aunt suddenly getting a face lift, last year it was given a new lease of life, with a refurbishment and updated menu. So, we headed over to see what had kept the restaurant going for so long and how it is faring its second wind. New? In a city where restaurants open and close faster than the doors on the tube, it often […]

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We Review: Cicchetti Covent Garden

What: This Covent Garden Italian restaurant is the third Cicchetti (after Manchester and London Piccadilly) from San Carlo Restaurant Group. New? It opened in 2014 when we first reviewed it. Where? 30 Wellington Street, Covent Garden WC2E 7BD www.sancarlocicchetti.co.uk On the menu: The menu is designed in a tapas style so even the mains are fairly small as you are expected to order a few dishes. It’s a classic Italian menu so pasta, pizza and cheese reign supreme with dishes like Lasagne al Forno, layers of pasta with slow cooked beef ragu; gnocchi gorgonzola in a baked parmesan basket and gamberoni […]

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