Unwined (Waterloo)

As the name betells, Unwined is a little wine bar in Waterloo that has the kind of by-the-glass wine list that you should treat as a Friday night to-do list.  Located on Lower Marsh Street, a cute parade packed with bookshops and cafés just behind Waterloo station, it’s casual yet cosy.  Rather frustratingly, Unwined is … Continue reading Unwined (Waterloo)

Gold

Gold is an uber-cool Notting Hill restaurant sitting beneath a pavement-to-roof moody mural of two painted eyes watching out onto Portobello Road’s pretty parade of shops.  The mural is the work of Portuguese street artist Vhils, and it’s literally called ‘Eye Contact’.  And it seems Gold is a spot worth having your eyes wide open.  … Continue reading Gold

Ducksoup

Ducksoup is one of those properly romantic “low-key” Soho restaurant / wine bar hybrids.  With just a few small tables along the wall and a tightly knit bar that acts as a dining counter, it’s difficult to get a reservation but worth the wait.  Despite being in buzzy Soho, Ducksoup feels relaxed and intimate, lit … Continue reading Ducksoup

The Barbary Next Door

From the talented team behind the acclaimed Barbary (part of the esteemed Palomar group) comes the The Barbary Next Door, which – as its name gives away – sits besides The Barbary in Covent Garden’s tucked away treasure Neal’s Yard.  Like it’s sister, The Barbary Next Door has proven to be a triumphant addition to … Continue reading The Barbary Next Door

Yauatcha City

Yauatcha City – which opened back in May 2015 – is a fancy standout amongst the eating holes in the City’s popular (for the suits) Broadgate Circle, EC2’s shiny office/retail/eating/drinking district.  Though more corporate, the City version of Yauatcha isn’t too far removed from the Soho original – think upmarket, pretty Cantonese dishes, served in … Continue reading Yauatcha City

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

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

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

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