Italo

Tucked away within a hidden square of Vauxhall, Italo had been on My List for years, having remotely lusted over its daily-changing menu on Instagram for months, yet somehow failing to plan a visit despite not living far from the area.  This stylish coffee shop and deli sits on the corner of Bonnington Square and … Continue reading Italo

Carmel

A new-ish Levantine spot from the team behind Berber & Q comes Carmel in Queen’s Park, an unlikely neighbourhood somewhere in-between Maida Vale and Kilburn.  Tucked around the corner from Queen’s Park station, Lonsdale Road is one of those alluring, soulful little discoveries that London can somehow still keep under wraps: a wide cobbled mews, … Continue reading Carmel

Toklas

For understated seasonal food in an 80s art-focused setting, head to Toklas, the newish restaurant from founders of the Frieze festival, Amanda Sharp and Mathew Slotover.  Toklas takes its name from Alice Toklas, the name behind the famous 1954 cookbook, The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, famed for including the first modern recipe for cannabis brownies.  … Continue reading Toklas

Tofu Vegan

Vegan, or “plant-based”, restaurants have been hitting the next level of late.  No longer simply branded as a vegan restaurant per se, they're becoming focused on and known for the style of the food first.  Borough Market’s Mallow is receiving applause, as is Islington’s Tofu Vegan.  From the people behind the much-admired (and non-vegan) Xi’an … Continue reading Tofu Vegan

Taqueria

Mexicans in London have proudly declared Taqueria to be the best Mexican restaurant in the capital.  Though I’m yet to visit Mexico (a WIP), I’m not surprised.  This bustling Notting Hill (or really, Westbourne Grove) establishment offers excellent comida corrida, which isn't easy to find in London.   Taquería started life as the Cool Chile … Continue reading Taqueria

Chicama

An offshoot to Marylebone’s Pachamama, on which see my review here, Chicama brings Peruvian food to an unassuming corner of Chelsea.  Though perched on an unexciting corner of the Kings Road (the Imperial Wharf end), it’s a spot worth seeking out. Peruvian food has rightly enjoyed an explosion in popularity in London of late, with … Continue reading Chicama

Pizzeria Mozza

Italian food, American style – or more specifically, LA-style.  Though I’m one usually drawn to “authentic” (whatever that means) Italian Italian, the pioneer behind Pizzeria Mozza is the acclaimed (Chef’s Table featuring) Nancy Silverton.  She’s a big deal.  It was her pioneering bakery (La Brea Bakery in LA) that popularised sourdough back in the 1990s.  … Continue reading Pizzeria Mozza

Lina Stores

Lina Stores have recently nabbed a spot convenient to any City worker in the ever-so-cool Bloomberg Arcade.  Filling the site of what was previously Andrew Wong’s excellent Kym’s, a pandemic casualty, Lina had big shoes to fill.  Though given their legendary name, their choice as second act was always a solid one.  In case you … Continue reading Lina Stores

Tacos Padre

Finally, London seems to have got some solid options for tacos, where all that had existed before were one or two standouts or sub-optimal restaurant chains.  While LA, or even New York, still has nothing to fear by way of competition, London’s newcomers have brought a nuanced look at what Mexican food means today and … Continue reading Tacos Padre

Rondo La Cave

Peruvian restaurant, natural wine bar, pop-up – all tucked away in a moody basement. Very Hoxton Hotel – specifically the Holborn branch.  Rondo La Cave is a new a wine bar and testing ground (or to use the Hotel's words, “incubator”) for up-and-coming chefs to experiment with their ideas.  The first and current impressive residency … Continue reading Rondo La Cave