Archive For The “Asian” Category

Cafe Spice Namaste in Docklands

Cafe Spice Namaste in Docklands

Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala now open for business Exactly one year ago this month, Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala began the painful process of emptying the old Victorian magistrate’s court in East London that had served as the home of Café Spice Namaste´, their acclaimed Indian restaurant, for a quarter of a century. Besides taking with…

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Wagamama Vegan-Friendly

Wagamama Vegan-Friendly

Meat-free with imagination We have been passing through many strange, worrying and often frightening months. We have experienced loss in many forms but there have been gains which will be long-lasting and profound. Wagamama has voiced its support for the vegan movement in delicious fashion. The pandemic has raised awareness of the need for our…

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Romulo Café and Restaurant, London – quality continues

Romulo Café and Restaurant, London – quality continues

Romulo Café and Restaurant is now a proven winner. It has awards, stars and accolades aplenty and they are all well-deserved. Since its launch it has garnered loyal followers from locals as well as expat Filipinos. Those folks know more about the dishes here than most of us Londoners, and they enjoy many happy returns,…

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Zest Quest – Sheffield College Student Triumphs

Zest Quest – Sheffield College Student Triumphs

Sheffield College Student Triumphs at Zest Quest Asia – Tilda Challenge 2021!   Tilda is thrilled to announce that Oliver Herrington from Sheffield College has won the Zest Quest Asia – Tilda Challenge Award 2021, with his Nagasaki Ramen Pork-Belly and Handmade Tilda Basmati Rice Noodles. Zest Quest Asia founders Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala welcomed…

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itsu – meatless but nothing missing

itsu – meatless but nothing missing

Hot itsu food delivered! itsu is a polished chain of Asian fusion takeaway/restaurants offering some rather delicious foods. Yes, dear reader, I did say ‘chain’ but consider this – the reason a business becomes a successful chain is that it’s popular and to become popular it must have appeal. itsu does. The company has all…

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Romulo is a Winner!

Romulo is a Winner!

Winner – Mostly Food & Travel Journal’s Best Restaurant Delivery (London) 2020 Romulo Café   Well, what a year! We will all be glad to see the back of 2020. But there have been some bright notes, some delicious distractions. Romulo Café London delivered food that was good enough to make a couple of celebrations…

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Farzi Café in Haymarket

Farzi Café in Haymarket

Haymarket is an historic street in central London. Connecting Pall Mall with Piccadilly, Haymarket dates back to Elizabethan times and, unsurprisingly, it was once a market for the sale of agricultural produce next to the village of Charing. The thought of this sleepy hamlet will make Londoners smile, as Charing Cross is now a vibrant…

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Miyako Sushi Restaurant at Andaz Hotel

Miyako Sushi Restaurant at Andaz Hotel

Oh, deep Japanese food-loving joy. I think I have found my perfect Japanese restaurant in London! It’s called Miyako! It’s near both mainline and Underground stations and is a little gem. All of that with a fine chef and food to match, at a price that won’t make one’s eyes water! Miyako’s Head Chef Kosei…

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Wagamama – you gotta hand it to them

Wagamama – you gotta hand it to them

I have visited Wagamama in Richmond a few times now and it does still tick those casual eating boxes for me. The word wagamama is Japanese for “naughty child” but don’t expect walls covered in crayon drawings – although Wagamama is indeed child-friendly. It was 1992 when they opened the first Wagamama in London’s Bloomsbury….

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Discovering the Orient

Discovering the Orient

Chinatown in Soho London throngs with tourists and locals every day of the week. This isn’t, however, the first Chinatown in London. The original Chinese area was in the East end of the capital in Limehouse. That run-down neighbourhood suffered severe bombing during the Second World War, forcing many Chinese to find another home. The…

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Kahani – Sloane Square

Kahani – Sloane Square

This was bound to be good. I knew the chef, Peter Joseph from a Michelin-star Indian restaurant, so I was expecting good things. The location held the promise of a smart venue. But I wasn’t prepared for the culinary joy and polished style of Kahani, near Sloane Square. This high-end Indian restaurant is in a…

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Kanada-Ya Panton Street – Haymarket

Kanada-Ya Panton Street – Haymarket

This is my second visit to this small but perfectly appointed chain of Japanese cafés. Kanada-Ya presents a casual den for those who love noodles. You can read my first article here …and it’s glowing. https://www.mostlyfood.co.uk/index.php/kanada-ya-or-how-i-found-my-noodle/ Specialising in authentic Tonkotsu ramen, the brand was founded by Kanada Kazuhiro in Yukuhashi, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, in 2009. …

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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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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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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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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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Black Roe Mayfair for dinner – review

Black Roe Mayfair for dinner – review

Black Roe Poke Bar and Grill launched in the heart of Mayfair in March 2016 and it’s one of my favourite spots. The dark grey, portrait-hung walls create a cocoon of calm in Mayfair. It isn’t glitzy, you don’t have to be an A-lister to be allowed in, but it is smart-casual, with delicious embellishments….

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