Farzi Cafe

Farzi bills itself as a “modern Indian spice bistro”.  These buzzwords certainly conjure up the idea of an eatery which aims to juxtapose innovation and Indian cuisine.  Indeed, a wave of recent openings seek to do so: the kitchens at Jamavar, Jikoni, Bombay Bustle, Indian Accent and Kahani, to name just a few, all seem … Continue reading Farzi Cafe


Coal Drops Yard is one of those regenerations people might be initially sceptical of.  Gentrification, redevelopment, redesign, King’s Cross, blah blah blah... But a glance at the names behind this initiative should indicate otherwise: Thomas Heatherwick, Tom Dixon and Paul Smith.  Rather than constructing glassy, new skyscrapers in an airport terminal-like complex, the team have … Continue reading hicce

Bone Daddies

Ask most people in London what their favourite ramen haunt is and nine times out of ten their answer will be “Bone Daddies”.  The name comes from the rich bone stock that forms the base of this noodle bowl, and the brains behind it is the impressive Ross Shonhan (ex-Zuma and Nobu).  The ramen bar … Continue reading Bone Daddies


I’d passed Southwark Street’s brand new Lantana on my way back from a work lunch at Hutong (on which, more another time) and was stunned to see it in this part of town: a new opening from an all-day Antipodean café, how could I have missed it?! By way of follow-up, I browsed their website … Continue reading Lantana

Flavour Bastard

Don’t let the name of this place put you off.  Although something of an oxymoron – flavour should never be insulted – the food at Flavour Bastard is by no stretch of the imagination light on taste. Every single dish my companion and I enjoyed here – and there were a lot – was imaginative … Continue reading Flavour Bastard


Copenhagen’s mother of all pizzerias – Mother (pun had to be made) – has landed in London and most excitingly, it’s laid its roots in my soon-to-be neck of the woods, Battersea. Though I won’t quite be a Nine Elms resident, the developing Circus West Village, underneath the trendy old arches, has a lot going … Continue reading Mother

Il Pampero

Pasta fresca in the heart of Belgravia: perfect ingredients for an Italianate soft-launch supper. Once Hix Belgravia, the Hari have launched a new Italian restaurant on the ground floor of their Chesham Street hotel. In keeping with their boutique service, Il Pampero is seductively elegant. Decor is by the renowned British designer Tara Bernerd and … Continue reading Il Pampero

Rail House Café

My latest stop off at Victoria’s Nova development – quite literally, given their travelling ethos – was the Rail House Café. A novelty to me, they were having an “honesty policy” during their soft launch, i.e. you pay for what you want. Struck by this liberal approach, I eagerly booked and boarded the train with … Continue reading Rail House Café

Bon Vivant

In the mood for a pièce de Paris, my soft-launch partner-in-crime booked Bon Vivant for a Bloomsbury supper with un petit peu de France. Indeed, the French connection seems to be in vogue at the moment: Emmanuel Macron has brought his presidential campaign to London, whilst Oxford University is considering opening up a campus in … Continue reading Bon Vivant


My partner in crime when it comes to soft launches tracked down Lokhandwala’s opening.  This new Indian tapas restaurant in the heart of Fitzrovia has been set up by the same guys behind the food festival The Grub Fest. Although I’m usually reluctant to dine out Indian style – as I end up comparing my … Continue reading Lokhandwala