Posts Tagged “Soho”

Imli Street, Soho, for Lunch – restaurant review

Imli Street, Soho, for Lunch – restaurant review

The untutored might not know that Imli Street is part of the celebrated Tamarind Collection which includes the world-famous Tamarind restaurant with Executive Chef Alfred Prasad at the helm, and Tamarind of London in Newport Beach, California. Imli Street is the casual-dining face of the group but the quality remains the same. Imli Street in…

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Imli Street for breakfast – restaurant review

Imli Street for breakfast – restaurant review

The name is somewhat familiar but the celebrated Imli has now graduated to a rather urbanly sophisticated Imli Street. Both the menu and décor have changed but the assured quality remains the same. It’s part of the Tamarind Collection and its illustrious parent, Tamarind of Mayfair, sports a Michelin star. Imli Street occupies an enviable…

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Dozo Japanese Restaurant, Soho – review

Dozo Japanese Restaurant, Soho – review

This is a relatively new kid on the block although Dozo in Old Brompton Road has been around for a while. This new Soho branch enjoys a spot on Old Compton Street. That’s not the touristy side of Shaftesbury Avenue but the more eclectic streets to the north of that thoroughfare and away from Chinatown…

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Clockjack Oven, Soho, for Chicken – restaurant review

Clockjack Oven, Soho, for Chicken – restaurant review

A roasting jack was a machine popular in Tudor times. It was a mechanism for rotating meat on a skewer or spit. Often it was a kitchen menial who had the sweaty job of slowly turning the meat in front of a roaring fire, and sometimes it was even a dog on a treadmill that…

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Dumplings Legend, Chinatown – restaurant review

Dumplings Legend, Chinatown – restaurant review

This restaurant has been open a couple of years and is a sophisticated spot for smart-casual dining; but one starts the culinary adventure before one even reaches the table. The open dim sum kitchen is your introduction to the eponymous creations Dumplings of Dumplings’ Legend. The restaurant is a contemporary vision of white with mirrors….

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Wulumuchi – Chinatown, London – restaurant review

Wulumuchi – Chinatown, London – restaurant review

We in London have always been open to diverse cuisines. The fish and chips that are considered to be so iconic are a melange of other European dishes but because we appreciated their delicious qualities we didn’t hesitate to make them our own. Then there was chicken tikka masala, which was a hybrid from the…

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Barshu – Frith Street – restaurant review

Barshu – Frith Street – restaurant review

Frith Street was constructed in the 1680s, and is named after a builder called Richard Frith. In the 18th and early 19th centuries it was a hub of artistic endeavour with writers and painters coming to live in the street. The young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stayed at No. 20; famous landscape painter John Constable lived…

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Spice Market for Dinner – restaurant review

Spice Market for Dinner – restaurant review

Jean-Georges Vongerichten is considered by many to be one of the foremost movers and shakers in the culinary arena these days …on both sides of the pond. He heads the celebrated French restaurant Jean-Georges, overlooking Central Park in New York, and Spice Market in the smart Meatpacking District. You don’t need a transatlantic hop to…

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Bubbleology – Soho – café review

Bubbleology – Soho – café review

I have long heard of bubble tea, and have read the descriptions and seen the pictures, but it had been an exotic mystery … until now. Bubble tea is the name for a ‘pearl’ tea drink with milk or fruit juice that originated in tea shops in Taichung, Taiwan, during the 1980s. There are plenty…

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Banana Tree – Soho – restaurant review

Banana Tree – Soho – restaurant review

This summer William Chow opened his sixth and latest branch of Banana Tree and this time in Soho, that bastion of Chinese cuisine of variable quality. He has remained true to his original concept and has his focus on Indochinese food. The chain has been around for 20 years, and to open a new restaurant…

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The Gay Hussar, Greek Street – review

The Gay Hussar, Greek Street – review

I love reviewing restaurants. Most people would say I have the best job in the world and I would agree. I eat all over London and, increasingly, around the rest of the world, and it’s a privilege. A good choice of words, as The Gay Hussar is one of the few restaurants for which I…

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Hummus Bros – Fun family fare – restaurant review

Hummus Bros – Fun family fare – restaurant review

An invitation to review Hummus Bros! Aren’t they a tailoring company? Posh morning coats for hire, wedding togs? Perhaps dinner jackets – it’s a restaurant review site, after all. No, dear sartorially inclined reader, Hummus Bros are a couple of lads (although not actually brothers) who have opened three rather unique casual restaurants with take-away…

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Spice Market, Soho, for breakfast – restaurant review

Spice Market, Soho, for breakfast – restaurant review

When home alone I confess to being a half-hearted breakfast eater. It’s not that I am not craving a tasty start to my day but let’s be honest, who wants to make a meal when the old eyes are near closing and the bus will arrive in ten minutes. Yes, it’s a slice of toast,…

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Maison Touareg for lunch – restaurant review

Maison Touareg for lunch – restaurant review

Greek Street is one of my favourite corners of London. It has the feel of a village with heaps of charm preserved from another era. It was originally called Hogs Lane, but is thought to have been called Greek Street since 1679. It probably takes its name from a Greek church which was built in…

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Zenna Bar, Soho – review

Zenna Bar, Soho – review

Dean Street is a famed Soho thoroughfare. It runs between the retail hub of Oxford Street to the north and Shaftesbury Avenue to the south. The street has a colourful history. Mozart gave a recital here in his youth. The French House was the unofficial headquarters of Charles de Gaulle and the French Resistance during…

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Inamo Techno Restaurant, Soho – review

Inamo Techno Restaurant, Soho – review

Wardour Street is celebrated as one of London’s night-owl alleys. Its selection of clubs and eateries is legendary so it’s no surprise that it also hosts one of the world’s few computerised restaurants. No, a robot doesn’t make the food and each table isn’t supplied with a microwave. Your table is, however, equipped with an…

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El Cantara, Soho – restaurant review

El Cantara, Soho – restaurant review

We all need to get away from time to time. The freezing and wind-swept streets of London encourage thoughts of distant lands, exotic fabrics, tooled metal lamps, Moorish tiles and the gentle splash of a fountain. Perhaps a quick trip to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, or one might harbour romantic dreams of the tantalising…

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Bob Bob Ricard for Afternoon Tea – restaurant review

Bob Bob Ricard for Afternoon Tea – restaurant review

Ricard is in fact a chap called Richard Howarth and the Bob Bob a wealthy Russian by the name of Leonid Shutov. Richard gave Leonid the nickname of Bob as he found Leonid unpronounceable. I guess Leonid renamed Richard out of revenge. The restaurant name is a bit of whimsical mathematics. Leonid is said to…

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Sanctum Soho Hotel’s No.20 Restaurant for Breakfast – review

Sanctum Soho Hotel’s No.20 Restaurant for Breakfast – review

Sanctum Soho Hotel is in the heart of London’s West End. Two Georgian townhouses have been converted into a striking 30-bedroom boutique hotel. It’s right between Regent Street and the iconic Carnaby Street, now lined with trendy clothes shops rather than the ethnic emporia of the 60s. The dark wood doors of Sanctum welcome the…

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Golden Gate Cake Shop, Chinatown – review

Golden Gate Cake Shop, Chinatown – review

Chinese food – but not as we know it! What picture do we conjure up when we think of a Sunday morning in Chinatown in London? For most of us it’s steaming plates of noodles, perhaps succulent dim sum or richly lacquered duck hanging like mahogany curios in shop windows! An equally correct view would…

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