Two Lights : a London Restaurant Review

Two Lights comes from an illustrious pedigree: it is the sister to the Michelin-starred The Clove Club that made the list of World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2017. This more laidback and casual sibling is located on Kingsland Road. The decor is minimal and unfussy, perfectly fitting within the context of Shoreditch. The name Two…

A Social Enterprise : Brigade Bar + Kitchen

We recently visited Brigade Bar and Kitchen near London Bridge which is a social enterprise, restaurant and charity. It was founded by chef, author and social entrepreneur Simon Boyle, in collaboration with PwC UK, De Vere Venues and the Homes and Communities Agency. They opened in 2011 and recently rebranded and relaunched in November 2018….

London Restaurants Review : Pastaio

Pastaio has been on my list of London restaurants to visit for quite some time. The more informal and breezy spot from acclaimed British chef, restaurateur and food writer Stevie Parle’s portfolio of London restaurants, it sits in the midst of tourist haven Carnaby Soho (very near my other favourite seafood restaurant Claw) and specialises…

London Experiences – Classic Afternoon Tea at VIVI

This week (August 12th to 18th) marks Afternoon Tea Week. I have been to my fair share of amazing Afternoon Teas in the past – Flemings Mayfair Hotel, Galvin at The Athenaeum, Georgian House, Malmaison, Scoff & Banter. Continuing with the theme, I recently attended an Afternoon Tea at Vivi, an exciting new restaurant at…

London Restaurant Reviews : Little Creatures UK

Little Creatures is an established brewery, specialising in craft beers. It was first created in Western Australia by a group of mates, all experts in craft beers. After achieving cult status, they are now branching into the global market, London being their first stop. The menu is inspired by their Australian heritage and includes sharing…

London Brunch Reviews – ESCA Clapham

Esca started life in 2004, as a popular bakery in Clapham High Street. After several years of booming business, it was reborn as a coffee shop, bakery and restaurant specialising in Mediterranean cuisine. It belongs to the Eco Group of restaurants, a family business started by restaurateur Sami Wasif and his wife Laura. You might…

London Restaurant Reviews : Kahani

Kahani is the first solo venture from Chef Peter Joseph, former Head Chef at Michelin-starred Tamarind. His new restaurant occupies a subterranean venue to which, coincidentally, we had been some three years ago when it used to be Canvas. I remember from last time the space being quite dark and awkward, which is why it was…

London Restaurant Reviews : Soho Wala

Another day, another Indian restaurant in Central London. So what’s special about this one, you might ask? Plenty, as Kris and I recently found out when we hit this place for a spot of lunch. Soho Wala is attached to The Courthouse Hotel and specialises in Indian Street Eats. But this is no soulless hotel…

London Restaurant Reviews : Kutir Chelsea

Kutir is an Indian fine dining restaurant that opened about six months ago. It is a cozy restaurant, set inside a converted Chelsea townhouse, on a quiet street off Kings Road. It is a joint venture between Chef Rohit Ghai (formerly of Gymkhana and Jamavar) and Abishake Sangwan. This powerhouse duo brought their combined experience…

London Restaurant Reviews : The National Café

This is my second visit the The National Gallery’s National Café. I was there when it first opened, exactly two years ago. You can read all about it here. An invite from Love Pops Ups London to review their new Sorolla menu meant that I was back again at this spectacular and elegant space. But…

London Restaurant Reviews : Gamma Gamma Soho

Disclaimer: I was invited to review the below venue and our meal was complimentary but all opinions and photos are mine.  When Gamma Gamma Soho first entered our Instagram lives, I was quite impressed with the look and feel of this place. Taking over a site formerly occupied by Bó Drake, this newly opened restaurant…

London Restaurant Reviews : Cheese Afternoon Tea, Georgian House London

I am not the biggest fan of Afternoon Tea. Don’t get me wrong: I love the sophisticated  tiered setup of finely cut sandwiches, warm scones and delectable desserts washed down with copious amounts of fragrant leafy teas (or in my case, bottomless fizz). But being someone who naturally resonates with savoury rather than sweet, I…