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

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

Rovi

Rovi is the kind of place to save for something special and to arrive at with a good appetite – there’s Plenty (both in his recipe-book sense and menu choice wise) to try.  Like the theme of Plenty, Rovi serves small plates of food cooked mostly on coals, about two thirds of which is vegetarian.  … Continue reading Rovi

Zest at JW3

I’ve always been dubious about bottomless brunches: how much would I really want to drink on a Sunday over a civilised brunch?! But I write this post one (and not terribly under the influence) and I’ve been proven totally wrong: Zest at JW3’s take on it is a total success: the food, the drink(s), its … Continue reading Zest at JW3

Delamina

Bringing the boisterous fun of Israeli food to Marylebone, Delamina adds colours, flavours and textures to the foodie scene around Blandford Street.  Drawing upon the foods of the Levantine and beyond, its founders and food alike span a compilation of cultures and sub-cultures.  The creation of husband-and-wife team Limor and Amir Chen, also behind Shoreditch’s … Continue reading Delamina

BabaBoom

As part of my long and rather staggered relocation to Battersea (a choice which is, admittedly, my own!), I decided to finally test out a local brunch/lunch spot on Battersea Rise. It’s also diagonal to Soif, a natural wine bar, which is also on My List, but more on that one that another time. In … Continue reading BabaBoom

Shawarma Bar

For my Last Supper with a few colleagues, I picked out Shawarma Bar sitting smack back in the middle of Exmouth Market.  I’d been meaning to dip into this cosy little spot – and a plate or two of its mezze – for some time.  Following the well-trodden path of dead-end job, to street truck, … Continue reading Shawarma Bar

Bala Baya

Israeli food, a 25% discount, and a hidden spot underneath Southwark’s railway arches: yes, please. Bala Baya is a new restaurant from ex-Ottolenghi chef Eran Tibi and popper-upper Sammy Shonn. Heart-warmingly, Bala Baya is an incarnation of what they describe as their very own “poem to Tel Aviv”. This is a tale of an honest … Continue reading Bala Baya

Tabun Kitchen

A Friday night mezze of authentic Palestinian cooking. In theory, this sounded like the perfect setting for a catch-up supper with my tapas friends on a wintery night, post-London’s first shower of seasonal snow. The offer of 50% off for mains was also in keeping with the January theme. The influence of the Middle East … Continue reading Tabun Kitchen

Oklava

In keeping with my school friends’ tapas catch-ups, I opted for a Turkish take on mezze. A contemporary restaurant jointly run by Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie, Oklava pulls fantastic Turkish cuisine outside of the typical kebab shops of East London into a fun, trendy dining spot that oozes contemporary chic. One of my favourite … Continue reading Oklava