Much talked about chef, restauranteur and author Cynthia Shanmugalingam has now opened her debut restaurant Rambutan in Borough Market.  This in itself is something to celebrate: Cynthia is the first Sri Lankan Tamil woman to open a restaurant in central London – better still, within the City’s oldest, renowned food market.  Its setting is a … Continue reading Rambutan


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

kin + deum

London Bridge seems to be a hidden corner of Thailand.  One of its most well-known Thai haunts is Suchard on Tooley Street, founded by Suchard Inngern.  He arrived in London in 1975 with £20 in his pocket.  Having grown up in an orphanage in Bangkok, he enrolled in a restaurant kitchen, before opening his popular … Continue reading kin + deum

Arthur Hooper’s

On a warm Tuesday evening in May, my companion and I were craving small plates and glasses of wine, ideally near work.  And so to Arthur Hooper's, tucked away inside Borough Market on Stoney Street and just down the road from El Pastor (and so probably why overlooked).  Arthur Hooper's offers the best of both … Continue reading Arthur Hooper’s

El Pastor

Tacos and tortillas chips are freshly made everyday at El Pastor and even the sounds of these words conjure up all the fun of Mexican fare.  El Pastor is part of the wave of Mexican restaurants that have recently opened in London.  So far, my favourite is probably Corazon, followed by Santo Remedio and Breddos Tacos.  Whilst … Continue reading El Pastor


I seem to be heading Southwark way frequently of late.  I love Southwark Street, so I have no apologies for this.  Heading back to the little vibrant Flat Iron Square, my companion and I – who I’d also enjoyed Bar Duoro with – tried out Lupins, a cute tapas spot which sits somewhere between the … Continue reading Lupins

Bar Douro

Hidden inside Flat Iron Square is Bar Douro, a chic Portuguese tapas joint that stands out amidst the street-food stalls, cool bars and artisan bakeries of this developing space.  Bar Douro had long been on My List, ever since it opened and I’d seen images of its #instatiles  - that distinctive blue and white geometric … Continue reading Bar Douro


Specialising in healthy fast-food noodles and rice, with fresh local produce and home-made Asian flavours, a trip to Wokit definitely appealed. The menu is DIY-friendly, offering the opportunity to build your own bowl by choosing the base, the mix (protein and extra veg), and the flavour, as well as highlighting some of their own favourites. … Continue reading Wokit

Arabica Bar & Kitchen

Middle Eastern small plates are my favourite: with fragrant spicing and Ottolenghian-inspired ingredients, sharing fantastically prepared Levantine mezze is always great fun. With its fashionable buzz and lively energy, Arabica joins the wave of new Middle Eastern eateries offering such a spread. Having had a successful stall in Borough Market and other food markets for … Continue reading Arabica Bar & Kitchen