Coal Office

A collaboration between designer Tom Dixon and chef/entrepreneur Assaf Granit, who in London co-owns (with siblings Zoë and Layo Paskin) The Palomar and one of my favourite haunts, The Barbary, Coal Office’s roots are of critical acclaim.  In Jerusalem, he’s behind the equally successful hotspots Machneyuda and Yudale.  Having visited the former (with some difficulty … Continue reading Coal Office

Chuku’s

At the time of this review’s jaunt, eating out in the then new normal (with its 10pm curfew) meant 6pm reservations (even on a Sunday evening), travelling to Seven Sisters to #supportsmall and cubicle dining.  Though an unpromising combination, I was willing to bite the bullet and commute up to the ends of the Victoria … Continue reading Chuku’s

Siam Niyom

Finding authentically delicious Thai food in London is (surprisingly) difficult but Siam Niyom confirms that the best are the local, family-run, no-fuss no-frill kind’a haunts.  At the top of that list should be this gem of a restaurant – Siam Niyom.  Whilst Rosa’s is an obvious option, I’ve been underwhelmed with it in the past … Continue reading Siam Niyom

Nue Ground

Trying out “Nue Ground” in what has become the “new normal” seems apt.  Particularly given the ethos of this place, located on Clapham Old Town’s neighbourhood street of Abbeville Road.  Appropriate for the “new normal” (whatever that is), at its core is sustainability, ethical sourcing and healthy, fresh produce, without compromising on taste and at … Continue reading Nue Ground

Brother Marcus

In performance of my Eat Out To Help Out civic duty back in August, my companion and I made it to Balham’s (Little) Brother Marcus.  Though a big name on the brunch scene, offering the hipster holy trinity of Caravan coffee, cocktails and avocado on toast, by night it serves Middle Eastern mezze: think kebab … Continue reading Brother Marcus

Don Luigi

Looking for a slice (or a few) of authentic Neapolitan pizza in a traditional Italian trattoria, my choice for this week’s Eat Out To Help Out dinner was Don Luigi.  Originally a pop-up serving Italian street food in Pop Brixton, Don Luigi found a permanent home in Streatham Hill in what was previously the site … Continue reading Don Luigi

Bubala

3 August 2020 was probably the first day when most of the country stood behind the government, or at least Rishi Sunak – Covid’s answer to Santa.  The date marked the launch of the nationwide August “Eat Out To Help Out” campaign.  In spite of its slightly cringe-worthy collective name, the initiative is an outstanding … Continue reading Bubala

Sri Lanka: a whistlestop guide to a paradise island

Having visited Sri Lanka in February 2020, I can confirm that Sri Lanka is totally deserving of its title as “pearl of the Indian Ocean”.  But as the victim of a 20-year civil war, a tsunami, terrorist attacks and now, of course, the coronavirus pandemic, the island has suffered from a drop in tourism.  Since … Continue reading Sri Lanka: a whistlestop guide to a paradise island

Colombo

Tourists rarely spend time proper in the capital, instead hopping to the south coast or heading straight up to the Cultural Triangle.  Yet Colombo has a lot to offer: new cafés, fusion restaurants, hip hotels and independent boutiques are sprouting up all over its 15 districts.  With its palm trees, restored colonial buildings, action-packed markets … Continue reading Colombo

Cultural Triangle

Ulagalla:  Though guests only tend to spend two or three nights at Ulagalla by Uga Escapes, using the hotel as a base for exploring the Cultural Triangle (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya), it’s worthy of a week-long stay in its own right.  A stay here feels like a total retreat.  Set in 58 acres of lush … Continue reading Cultural Triangle