Critics’ Choices: Everywhere We Reviewed In February
After the success of last month’s ‘Critics’ choices’ article we decided that we’d do a roundup of February too! So here is everywhere that the team visited, and reviewed, over the last month.
Darcie and May Green
Peter Blake, the famous painter, has designed two brightly decorated barges and Daisy Green has lashed them together and created a floating restaurant which Charlotte went to review and was impressed by the antipodean menu. No kangaroo here as Charlotte’s strictly veggie so she gourged on halloumi fries and vegan curry and gave it a casual thumbs up.
Theo Randall at the InterContinental
Charlotte went with high expectations and by and large found them well-founded. This is a restaurant with a reputation that goes well ahead of it, known for its Italian cuisine and located in the swanky environs of the InterContinental. The food was great, though even Randall’s pudding didn’t live up to Charlotte’s high standards.
Sticks N Sushi
Emily went down to Victoria to test drive the new Sticks N Sushi there, and waffled down pretty much everything. And loved it. It may be a chain and it may be in the singularly unattractive Nova Building, but it’s well worth the visit.
The Cheese Bar
If you thought ‘Sticks N Sushi’ did what it said on the tin, then welcome to The Cheese Bar, and needless to add it’s a bar where they only serve beetroot. Only kidding: cheese. Charlotte went down and carefully selected the vegetarian options. Prepare yourselves, she even had cheese ice cream…
Royal Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at Royal Lancaster London
Charlotte’s monthly grocery bill for February must be basically nothing because here she is eating out again! This time at the Royal Lancaster where she checked out the £80 million refurbishment and the Valentine’s afternoon tea. Sounds like it hit the mark.
No, not a 1960s American female pop sensation but London’s first Macallan Whisky lounge serving Japanese-European cuisine. Emily popped down to check things out and the service was slow but the food was good. That’s about it.
The Coal Shed
Our intrepid Editorial Assistant Fenella pitched up to The Coal Shed for their chef supper series series where she loved the Braised Short Rib, was ‘meh’ about the 71 day dry aged rump of longhorn beef. She also had something with alcohol in that she raves about.
Hankies Marble Arch
Charlotte went to the Indian restaurant that didn’t feel like an Indian restaurant, Hankies, likening the menu to “when your favourite artist finally releases new music”. She also loved the cups…
Brunch at Coal Rooms
Not to confuse you, hot on the heels of The Coal Shed, Emily brunched herself at Coal Rooms in Peckham. Not only is the place in her all-time top five restaurants, this was also her fave bacon sandwich.
A deeply hungover Fenella did the best thing she could to cure herself, by heading to Dirty Bones. Indulging in pure comfort food and knocking back Bloody Marys had her back to normal in no time.
Emily kicks off the review with a suggestive pun and then eats meat throughout served with the wrong coloured wine! Apart from falling victim to slow service, she loved it, especially the sticky toffee pudding.
Mac & Wild Great Titchfield Street
The home of Scottish food with more haggis than you could shake your sporran at, Emily went to Mac & Wild to sample the wares. Also Deputy Editor Phil gets a shoutout, which he didn’t realise until he read it just now while writing this review of reviews while strangely locked in the third-person. Also, Emily eats another sticky toffee pudding.
The Instagram-friendly vegan restaurant (is it us or are the vegans taking over in 2018?) Wildflower was Charlotte’s last stop of February and the carpark-based venue was a hit.
Santa Maria Fitzrovia
For someone who doesn’t really like tomato-base pizza, you’d think pizzeria Santa Maria Fitzrovia mightn’t be the natural place for Emily to review, but she loved it, even finding non-tomatoey pizza to sample including the San Giuseppe which will have your mouth watering.
Phil has been inexplicably quiet on the review-front this month, but he did sample the gasto pub menu at the Coachmakers Arms in Marylebone. Slow service, but great scotch eggs!
Afternoon Tea At The Lanesborough
Emily went to The Lanesborough for one of the best afternoon teas she’s had; their Hamilton-inspired tea. She claims here that she forgot to buy Hamilton tickets, but Phil in the office clearly remembers telling her when the tickets were going on sale. Multiple times. Phil has Hamilton tickets. Don’t be an Emily. Be like Phil.