Paradise

Sri Lankan food seems to be enjoying a resurgence in London at the moment.  Following the launch of Hoppers and Kolamba (on which see my reviews here and here), the most recent addition to this eclectic party is contemporary Sri Lankan restaurant Paradise.  I say eclectic as all look to celebrate the country’s truly vibrant … Continue reading Paradise

Cinder

Long-on my List has been Mediterranean Cinder.  This Belsize Park restaurant had largely drawn me in thanks to its Josper cooking.  As their website exclaims, they’re “passionate about cooking over fire”, with “best quality ingredient…kissed by flames”.  Heavy romance.  As a lover of smokey flavours, I had cloud-high expectations – think unadulterated, bold and barbecued … Continue reading Cinder

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen

The best restaurants have a story behind them and Imad’s Syrian Kitchen is all about the narrative.  And a gripping one it is.  Imad Alarnab was once (and continues to be!) a successful chef and restaurateur but in Damascus, where he ran three restaurants alongside cafés and juice bars.  All that was destroyed in just … Continue reading Imad’s Syrian Kitchen

Stoney Street

As an admirer of the beautiful 26 Grains, owner Alex Hely-Hutchinson’s Borough venture, Stoney Street – eponymous with its location – had long been on my List.  Though both are famed for haute (or oat – pun intended) porridge, bircher bowls, pastries and foccacias, by night – on Wednesdays through to Saturdays – Stoney Street … Continue reading Stoney Street

Mike’s

From the team behind Camberwell Arms and Frank’s Café arrives Mike’s, bringing Roman- (or London- – more on that later) -style pizza to Peckham, specifically Copeland Park.  Found in a former grain storage space, like previous tenants Forza Win they’ve kept things totally stripped-down and simple inside. Covid-proof, seating is available both inside, if you’re … Continue reading Mike’s

Garden Museum Café

Enjoying lunch in a museum café – what’s more, on a weekday – feels like a double treat post-lockdown.  As the last year has shown, what seem like standard activities for a London staycation should no longer be taken for granted.  The Garden Museum – a somewhat under-the-radar yet iconic spot in Lambeth – feels … Continue reading Garden Museum Café

Maya

A rooftop dinner seems absolutely called for at the moment to welcome in the easing of lockdown, post-Covid life and to support the hospitality industry.  Queue Maya: a Mexican restaurant on the 7th-floor rooftop space of the Hoxton Hotel’s Shoreditch outpost.  Recently opened in collaboration with Soho House, the restaurant is a travelling story: it … Continue reading Maya

Scully’s

Scully’s, chef Ramuel Scully’s debut restaurant, is tucked behind Piccadilly in St James’s Market, in one of those glossy new developments.  But don’t let its corporate-looking exterior put you off.  Scully himself is a chef who is a citizen of everywhere.  Born in Malaysia to a mother of Chinese and Indian heritage and an Irish-Balinese … Continue reading Scully’s

Elliot’s

You might discount Elliot’s given its location on the fringes of the (pre-Covid) touristy Borough Market.  But this seasonal and small-plates led restaurant has been one of the best in the market for a while now, not least over the last few months when it seems to have had a renaissance and a surge of … Continue reading Elliot’s