New Street Grill – More great food from D&D London

Set in an historic 18th Century warehouse near Liverpool Street, originally used by the East India Company, New Street Grill is a stylish contemporary restaurant, part of the D&D London restaurant group which is renowned for quality of food and service. As my dining companion and better half said, I can’t think of a D&D restaurant that I don’t like. Service was indeed excellent from moment one. We were greeted at the door by Sean Gavin and Alexis Meszoly, the very personable Senior General Manager and Manager. They offered us both a delicious glass of champagne and gave us a … [Read more...]

Japanese Afternoon Tea at Sosharu

  The desserts at Sosharu, Jason Atherton’s Japanese restaurant in Turnmill Street near Farringdon Station, have always been a highlight of Chef Alex Craciun's menu. Many a guest has made a trip to Clerkenwell especially to try his pastel-hued and deliciously creamy matcha mille crepe, or the chocolate & sesame roll, garnished with an ultra-kawaii chocolate teddy bear. So much so, Alex has now created a Japanese-inspired afternoon tea menu, perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Available Monday-Saturday between 12pm-4pm, afternoon tea at Sosharu begins with a selection … [Read more...]

Roman Cuisine in Central Street

It’s a funny place, the Old Street area. Part City, part not, part workspace, part residential, part definitely an area, part just passing through.  It’s unisex bathrooms and recherché music and office blocks with restaurants in them.  I’m not complaining – why not try to be all things to all people.  But it has to suit. We were guests at Palatino, a newly-opened, all-day, Roman-based Italian eatery from Chef Stevie Parle (Dock Kitchen, Craft London, Sardine and Rotorino).  Palatino is in Central Street, north of Old Street and almost opposite St Lukes Community Centre. Now, I … [Read more...]

Aviary – Great New Venue with Birds Eye View of the City

Our review dinner at Aviary (opened in December), the new bar/restaurant atop the almost equally new Montcalm Royal London House hotel (opened in October) in Finsbury Square, and thus only a short walk from the Barbican, did not start well – indeed might have been something of a disaster.  I am currently rather unsteady on my feet courtesy of a stroke from which I am not yet fully recovered and when we arrived were directed to a lift which took us to the 9th floor where the restaurant reception desk is located and where one can leave coats etc.  So far so good but then was faced with a short … [Read more...]

Cabotte – a Burgundian treat near the Guildhall

Cabotte is a very classy French restaurant near the Guildhall and thus only a short walk from the Barbican.  Walk through the Guildhall Yard, turn left into Gresham Street and it is about 20 yards down on the right hand side.  It has a very unassuming and modest entrance, but that belies the attractive décor inside. Cabotte opened in September last year and is the creation of two master sommeliers: Gearoid Devaney and Xavier Rousset. Gearoid Devaney was born in Belfast and started his wine journey in London in 1997.  He rose to become a head sommelier at only 23 and Master Sommelier in … [Read more...]

La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons

In a landmark of power and prestige, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is the City’s  newest luxury hotel and celebrates its place within the capital’s rich history and culture. First opened in 1922, this Grade II-listed building is the former headquarters of the Port of London Authority and played host to the inaugural reception of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. Original neo-classical interiors have been exquisitely restored, creating a seamless fusion with chic, modern design. The hotel has just 100 accommodations, including 11 spacious suites - some with … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Blank Canvas at D&D restaurants in January

D&D London is a group of luxury restaurants, bars and hotels based principally in London, but also with venues in Paris, New York and Tokyo. It was founded by Des Gunewardena and David Loewi (the eponymous D and D) in 2006, following a buyout of Conran Restaurants, which itself was established back in 1991. Today D&D London owns and operates 35 restaurants, with one Michelin Star (Angler in the South Place Hotel close to the Barbican), and an award winning hotel. It has also been recognised as a leading business in caring for the environment and is currently the SRA’s Sustainable Large … [Read more...]

Leon launches new ‘fast and free’ January menu

On 3rd January, Naturally Fast Food chain LEON, which has a branch at 5-6 Moorgate, close to the Barbican, will be unveiling a new selection of free-from dishes inspired by its upcoming cookbook Fast & Free, demonstrating that it is possible to steer clear of certain ingredients without denying yourself a positive and joyful relationship with food. Their additions to the menu will launch just in time for January’s health drive and will be showcasing a selection of gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free dishes. From the new LEON dairy-free cashew milk Ruby Berry Porridge to … [Read more...]

London’s Newest Rooftop Drinking and Dining Destination is in Finsbury Square

Perched high above the capital with enviable views out over the City, London’s hottest new destination rooftop restaurant, bar and grand terrace, Aviary, has come home to roost. Nestling on the 10th floor of the brand new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, bordering the City and Shoreditch on Finsbury Square, leading restaurant and bar operator ETM Group has taken dining to a new level with its first sky-high venue. (Barbican residents will know the  ETM Group in particular as the operator of the Jugged Hare and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, as well as number of other London restaurants and … [Read more...]

Bridge Perfect

Jennie Blouet and Franco Barone travelled a little further to the South Bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge to another of D&D’s top restaurants – the Pont de la Tour - for a  top rated dining experience and commented as follows: You know when you hope that something will be perfect, but you expect that it probably won’t be?  And how, being human, there is comfort in finding out that you were right? This was the fourth time that I’d been to the Pont in (sigh) 20 years.  I had fond memories of lovely food in grand surroundings, excellent, formal service and views of surely one of the … [Read more...]