Paradise

Sri Lankan food seems to be enjoying a resurgence in London at the moment.  Following the launch of Hoppers and Kolamba (on which see my reviews here and here), the most recent addition to this eclectic party is contemporary Sri Lankan restaurant Paradise.  I say eclectic as all look to celebrate the country’s truly vibrant … Continue reading Paradise

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen

The best restaurants have a story behind them and Imad’s Syrian Kitchen is all about the narrative.  And a gripping one it is.  Imad Alarnab was once (and continues to be!) a successful chef and restaurateur but in Damascus, where he ran three restaurants alongside cafés and juice bars.  All that was destroyed in just … Continue reading Imad’s Syrian Kitchen

Kolamba

Finally, London seems to have clocked on to the joys of Sri Lankan cooking. Though rustled up in restaurants across Tooting, Wembley and Ealing for decades, “trendy” spots have now sprung up across the capital: Weligama supper clubs @ Italo, Paradise on Rupert Street, Hoppers (of course) and Kolamba on Kingly Street.  Named after the … Continue reading Kolamba

Kricket

I seem to be eating Indian food out a lot of late. Take Jikoni, for example, on which see my thoughts here. I’m not quite sure how this has happened. Perhaps my intrigue of novel takes on age-old recipes and dates (both of the tamarind chutney kind and the other kind – which is why … Continue reading Kricket

Bocca Di Lupo

Though “Bocca Di Lupo” translates as “mouth of the wolf” – for you should come here when you’re as hungry as an animal – it creates food worthy of the gods.  Since its opening in November 2008, this place has been something of an Italian institution on London’s restaurants scene.  The quality of its food, … Continue reading Bocca Di Lupo

Pastaio

Pastaio do know how to build suspense: their Instagram teasers in anticipation of their recent opening were a long-haul.  The number of simultaneous snaps that were posted to build up a whole collage of pasta did create a fuss around #handmadepasta!  What became particularly frustrating was the anticipation they sought to create by not revealing … Continue reading Pastaio

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

Corazón

As my companion (EB) and I have a shared love of Mexican foods (who wouldn't really?!), were playing with the idea of a trip to Mexico itself (hello Tulum!), and had recently frequented the somewhat disappointing Breddos Tacos, we were both keen on trying out Corazón, another eatery in line for the title of London's … Continue reading Corazón

Balls & Company

Balls & Company in the heart of Soho serve proper soul food.  Instead of playing around with ball-based puns in this post, let’s cut to the chase: the outstanding food.  The concept is simple: the restaurant specialises in balls – both meat and vege – which Australian born Bonny Porter (previously of the Arts Club … Continue reading Balls & Company