Archive For The “Restaurants” Category

TWG Tea – Knightsbridge

TWG Tea – Knightsbridge

TWG Tea has arrived in Knightsbridge, perhaps the classiest neighbourhood in London. I could not be happier, as I am a tea drinker and I love Singapore. Yes, those two topics are indeed very much associated. This luxury tea brand was established in 2008 in Singapore, in celebration of the island’s great history as a…

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Abokado for Bento

Abokado for Bento

I am constantly amazed at the prices charged for Japanese food in London. I am usually disappointed by the portion sizes, too. That doesn’t make a positive gastronomic statement, in my book. But then there is always Abokado – they offer reasonably-priced Japanese food and plenty of choice. Abokado is a small chain and I…

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Cafe Loren for Shakshuka

Cafe Loren for Shakshuka

Café Loren is a restaurant that offers vegetarian and vegan food in Camden, located in the Stables area in the heart of popular and often crowded Camden Market. This market is an eclectic mix of purveyors of Tee-shirts, ethnic jackets, surprisingly good jewellery, and eateries of varying quality. It would be hard for the untutored…

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The Lebanese Bakery

The Lebanese Bakery

Oh, deep joy! I have found my perfect spot around the corner from the throng which is Covent Garden. Don’t get me wrong: I welcome visitors to this lovely city of ours, but it’s important to have a little corner of peace and quiet that one can call one’s own, with some great food at…

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Kenza – perhaps the coolest restaurant in London

Kenza – perhaps the coolest restaurant in London

Kenza is the Arabic word for treasure and this truly is a subterranean gem. It’s a cool and calm oasis on these sizzling summer days in the city. One can feel the weight of hot and oppressive air lift as one descends the spiral stairs to the exotic idyll below. This Lebanese restaurant is actually…

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Smith & Wollensky for Breakfast…for everybody

Smith & Wollensky for Breakfast…for everybody

I was already an unashamed admirer of this classic steakhouse. Smith & Wollensky ticks all the gastronomic boxes for me, and with decor to bring joy to the very soul of this reviewer of ‘a certain age’. Yes, I appreciate quality, but it must be unintimidating. Yes, I want classic service, but it must be…

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The Garden House Restaurant for Lunch

The Garden House Restaurant for Lunch

We had visited this delightful and intimate hotel before (read my reviews here). The Garden House is part of the Beaverbrook Estate and the smaller of the two hotels, the other being the lavish and imposing main house which was once the home of Lord Beaverbrook, one of the most influential men of the last…

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Las Iguanas Sunday Brunch

Las Iguanas Sunday Brunch

In the heart of Bloomsbury, not far from Russell Square Underground station, one finds a new area of restaurants, cafés and retail outlets. It’s popular every day but at weekends Brunswick Square comes to life! When the sun shines it becomes a magnet for those looking for a bite to eat and a convivial glass…

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Abokado for Breakfast – High Holborn

Abokado for Breakfast – High Holborn

Abokado is a chain, but it has become just that because it delivers what people want and it has regulars, and that, these days, is an accolade! We had breakfast in the High Holborn branch, which is just a stone’s throw from Holborn and Chancery Lane Underground stations. There are a few seats at this…

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The House Japanese Grill at Beaverbrook

The House Japanese Grill at Beaverbrook

The Beaverbrook Estate seems a quintessentially English retreat with a country house hotel, and that would obviously have a quintessentially English dining room and menu. Well, no: although the dining room looks rather English with a hint of cherry blossom, the food on offer at The Dining Room is authentically Japanese. Head Chef Taiji Maruyama…

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YUU Kitchen for Dinner

YUU Kitchen for Dinner

Well, this was a surprise, and what a lovely one. Not often you can say that in these times of over-priced and under-achieving restaurants. YUU Kitchen is a little beacon of delicious accessibility. This casual restaurant is just around the corner from Aldgate East Underground station, so within easy reach of most of Central London….

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Le Caprice and RA250 Summer Exhibition

Le Caprice and RA250 Summer Exhibition

This is an exceptional summer in London. We are, at the moment, enjoying a heatwave and it’s the Royal Academy’s celebrated Summer Exhibition. It’s rather special this year as it’s the 250th year of this wonderful and sometimes controversial event. And one can make a day of it by having a delightful lunch at Le…

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Ametsa for Dinner

Ametsa for Dinner

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is a unique collaboration between Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012, her father Juan Mari Arzak, and Mikel Sorazu, Igor Zalakain and Xabier Gutierrez. This superb one-Michelin-star Basque restaurant is found at COMO The Halkin Hotel in London’s Belgravia, and it’s a convenient and worthy…

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Anna’s Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House Hotel

Anna’s Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House Hotel

We are truly blessed with marvellous hotels in London. They are diverse, and one can always find something to appeal, no matter what one’s taste. If you are looking for 5-star luxury, an excellent location, and a selection of fine dining experiences, then perhaps Grosvenor House has your name on it and there is Anna’s…

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Salaam Namaste – Indian restaurant review

Salaam Namaste – Indian restaurant review

Indian food has long been a favourite in the UK. Chicken Tikka Masala is said to be our national dish! But these days Indian restaurants fall into one of several categories. There are the high-end tapas-style of restaurants; we have Indian fine-dining; and we have those restaurants that offer a combination of both traditional and…

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The Petersham Hotel Richmond for Dinner

The Petersham Hotel Richmond for Dinner

The Petersham Hotel Richmond is a perfect gem of a hotel and I am delighted to say it’s within walking distance of my home. OK, that walk would be a healthy trot of several miles but the hotel is near enough to be called local, and I am so pleased. This impressive building is perched…

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Wagamama Vegan Curry and Summer Salad – restaurant review

Wagamama Vegan Curry and Summer Salad – restaurant review

Richmond is a lovely spot in the summer, but enticing lunch and dinner choices can be thin on the ground. One wants something delicious, reasonably priced and at a good central location – and perhaps we might be vegan. Wagamama provides the solution to this rather tricky gastronomic dilemma. Wagamama Richmond is a light and…

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Cinnamon Kitchen at Battersea Power Station – restaurant review

Cinnamon Kitchen at Battersea Power Station – restaurant review

Battersea Power Station has a profile instantly recognisable, to Londoners at least. It was a coal-fired power station, and it was originally two separate buildings, one built in the 1930s and the other in the 1950s. The two stations had similar design and the combination created the iconic four-chimney façade. The station closed in 1983,…

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El Pirata in Mayfair – tapas review

El Pirata in Mayfair – tapas review

Mayfair is one of the swankier neighbourhoods in London. It has everything the well-heeled might need: classy boutiques, jewellery, galleries and some great restaurants …expensive great restaurants. And then there is the gem that is known as El Pirata. There isn’t much in Mayfair that could possibly be described as cheap – not even good…

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Pied à Terre for Dinner – Restaurant review

Pied à Terre for Dinner – Restaurant review

This is, at least for me, a box-ticking restaurant.  I guess we all have our own individual preference boxes, but there can’t be too many of those that wouldn’t be garnished with a big golden tick after a visit to Pied à Terre. This Michelin-star restaurant was established in 1991, with the support of the…

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