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

Alter

From the team behind Counter Culture (next to the Dairy) in Clapham, comes Alter, a pan-Asian vegan restaurant that’s taken residency in Aldgate's stylish Leman Locke “aparthotel”.  Housing self-contained studios and apartments in a boutique hotel-like setting, Leman Locke is from the same company as Bermonds Locke where The Dairy is - so it seems … Continue reading Alter

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

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

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

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

Rochelle Canteen

Rochelle Canteen comes with a stellar reputation.  Described as a “hidden sanctuary” and “magic” inside a “walled kingdom” – you do have to be buzzed in to be able to enter – it now has a cult following.  Post-lockdown, even securing a booking is a challenge, with a month-long lead time.  Set up by St … Continue reading Rochelle Canteen

Good Neighbour

Following the Camberwell original and its Tooting sibling, wine bar/restaurant Good Neighbour have opened a third site on what has become a foodie hotspot, Peckham Rye.  Taking the site of what was formerly the lovely Pedler who are relocating eastwards, it has big boots to fill.  But from my visit on its opening evening, Good … Continue reading Good Neighbour

123V

For my first indoor dining treat post-lockdown, back to Mayfair but this time just off Bond Street.  Department store Fenwick has launched a new “wellness” concept space in their basement – the buzzword of the day (or the past year or so it seems) – featuring a sustainable food market, beauty and of course activewear … Continue reading 123V