Posts Tagged “cocktails”

Chino Latino

Chino Latino

Diners at the front tables of Chino Latino, have the advantage of a stunning view To the untutored this location might not seem the best, being on the ‘other side of the river’. However, it has great transport links, being set between Waterloo and Vauxhall stations, with fleets of convenient red buses running past the…

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Chotto Matte

Chotto Matte

The restaurant specialises in Nikkei Cuisine Chotto Matte is Japanese for ‘please wait a minute’. No, dear reader, don’t go thinking that this is a veiled threat of slow service. It’s surely more a statement that dishes are freshly prepared. It’s not a matter of waiting but more like allowing yourself a little time to…

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The Drift – Bishopsgate

The Drift – Bishopsgate

The Drift is well placed for those travellers who are looking for a quick bite The Drift has an enviable location in a contemporary and noteworthy building but in the heart of the historic City of London. Its address is Bishopsgate but one finds the front door on Houndsditch. Yes, dear reader, I was thinking…

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Stagolee’s Hot Chicken and Liquor Joint

Stagolee’s Hot Chicken and Liquor Joint

A different face of American food but a truly authentic one Stagolee’s is an American restaurant and we have plenty of those in the UK, ranging from dubious to excellent in quality. But Stagolee’s is unlike all those other US-inspired eateries. This spot will introduce the diner to a different face of American food but…

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Jackson and Rye Richmond

Jackson and Rye Richmond

Peanut Butter Fudge S’mores was a sweet star What a view! There can be few places more picturesque than the bank of the River Thames by the 18th century Richmond Bridge. It’s beautiful at any time but on a summer’s evening it’s memorable. A seat at Jackson and Rye will give you the best spot….

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Blackhouse restaurant review

Blackhouse restaurant review

The Blackhouse Grill on the Market at Smithfield It’s not surprising that we were invited here to enjoy a meal with meat as the showpiece. This was Smithfield, after all! Smithfield’s meat market dates from the 10th century, and is now London’s only remaining wholesale market in continuous use since medieval times. It’s a bloody…

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Black Roe – Poke and more

Black Roe – Poke and more

Octopus Aioli with chilli salsa and coriander was the best dish of cephalopod I have had in ages Black Roe is tucked away in a side street in the heart of Mayfair. It couldn’t be better located for transport and diners. This is a neighbourhood with plenty of restaurants but it is making its mark,…

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CERU – A Taste of The Levant

CERU – A Taste of The Levant

CERU is just right for its location and its clientele I knew where CERU was – it’s just around the corner from South Kensington Underground Station; but where was The Levant? It’s actually an historic geographic term referring to a large area in the Eastern Mediterranean. It entered the English language from the French in…

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The Happenstance on Paternoster Square

The Happenstance on Paternoster Square

The food menu is varied and eclectic, and appealing to the demographic of the City Paternoster Square is a striking corner of the City and owned by the Mitsubishi Estate Company. It is, however, quintessentially English with its location on the left-hand side of the mighty St Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the…

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Hawkers Bar and Brasserie – finer dining in Kingston

Hawkers Bar and Brasserie – finer dining in Kingston

I live only a short bus ride, or an even shorter train ride, from Kingston. I am there very often for retail therapy at the Bentalls Centre. I am a frequent visitor to the large Chinese, Japanese and Korean supermarket. I enjoy the historic daily fruit and vegetable market. I have, however, never thought of…

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Trolley in the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych

Trolley in the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych

Pablo Paulo has created that veritable beverage chariot The name ‘lobby bar’ might give the impression that this is something of an after-thought. Perhaps a venue through which to pass. A prequel to the main event. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It now has a trolly! One Aldwych and its Lobby Bar occupy…

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Bali with Montigo Resorts

Bali with Montigo Resorts

Bali is a destination known more by Australians than Europeans, but it’s more accessible these days with convenient flight connections via Singapore Airlines from London’s Heathrow and worldwide. The trip will start as soon as you hit the airport. If you fly from Heathrow Airport then head for T2B close to gate B36, for Singapore…

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Parlay Ultra Black Rum

Parlay Ultra Black Rum

The label uses a strong old gold and black design which sets well on the inky dark spirit in the tall slim bottle. The artwork is embossed and tactile and excites the expectation of a taste of something a bit different. There is the story of the name ‘Parlay’ emblazoned on the back and it’s…

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Batam and Bali via Singapore Lounge Heathrow

Batam and Bali via Singapore Lounge Heathrow

These are destinations known more by Australians than Europeans, but they are more accessible to us now, with convenient flight connections via Singapore Airlines from London’s Heathrow. Any vacation should start as soon as the head of the household is safely lodged in the cattery, the central heating is set to just ticking over, you…

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Bó Drake – Greek Street

Bó Drake – Greek Street

It’s a part of Soho that has been the haunt of those seeking dubious nocturnal delights down the centuries, but also those associated with the arts and literature. Greek Street, running from Shaftesbury Avenue to Soho Square, might take its name from the Greek Church (later St. Mary’s) built in 1677. The church was on…

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Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour

Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour

London’s Chinatown is broadly found between Shaftesbury Avenue to the north and Lisle Street to the south. It’s not far from Leicester Square and Theatreland. It’s a neighbourhood with a long history stretching back to the Great Fire of 1666 in which much of London was destroyed. In 1677 Lord Gerrard, the owner of the…

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Anise Bar at Devonshire Square

Anise Bar at Devonshire Square

One might not have heard of Anise Bar but it’s likely the discerning diner will have heard of Cinnamon Kitchen by Vivek Singh. Perhaps one might not have heard of Devonshire Square but everyone has heard of the City of London. There are associations with India in the very fabric of the buildings here. Between…

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Patty and Bun – Old Compton Street

Patty and Bun – Old Compton Street

Soho in general and this street in particular became the refuge of Huguenots, French Protestants who fled to England in the early 1680s. The street was named after Henry Compton who raised funds for a local parish church which eventually became St Anne’s Church. Now there is The Patty and Bun at No.18! By the…

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The Meat Co, Westfield, Shepherds Bush

The Meat Co, Westfield, Shepherds Bush

I live in West London and I can say with a degree of authority that a decade ago Shepherds Bush was, on a good day, seedy. But since it opened in 2008, Westfield shopping centre has transformed the area and the improvements continue, revitalising a whole neighbourhood. The Meat Co has a home here! The…

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Mele e Pere for Vermouth with a Master

Mele e Pere for Vermouth with a Master

Vermouth has been ubiquitous in and on cocktail bars since mixed drinks became popular more than a century ago, but many of us have no idea what it actually is, apart from being the bottle that stands at the back collecting dust. Now it’s enjoying something of a revival since the days of the ubiquitous…

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