Slow Burn

“More vegetables, more nutrition, less waste”.  So the moto goes of Slow Burn, a vegetable-focused pop-up in Walthamstow.  Founded by Head Chef Chavdar Todorov, their goal is to champion vegetables, moving meat to the side.  With sustainability at the core of their kitchen philosophy, most dishes are veggie and vegan friendly, using fresh and seasonal … Continue reading Slow Burn

Tendrill

Though I’m not usually one to choose a vegan restaurant, Tendrill doesn’t qualify as that exactly – it self-describes as a “(mostly) vegan kitchen”.  I’m also not one to choose a restaurant that charges £80 for an cancelled reservation.  But the only compensation offered on my follow-up plea to founder and chef, Rishim Sachdeva, was … Continue reading Tendrill

Taka

Marylebone High Street’s Taka is the second London opening by brother and sister team Andrey and Anastasia Datsenko, who were born and grew up in Tokyo.  Taka Mayfair (now closed) opened in 2017 and this larger site in Marylebone takes over the spot of the popular Providores.  Marylebone High Street has become something of a … Continue reading Taka

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