City Point About Turn

For those who had noticed, the Bad Egg restaurant in City Point had become Little Smoke, except at weekends when it reverted to serving the very popular Bad Egg bottomless brunches.  However the Little Smoke concept didn’t last long in the City and the restaurant has reverted to being Bad Egg full time again.  As the Little Smoke website comments: “Our Little Smoke experiment has now ended and has returned to its spiritual home of the Smokehouse blackboard in Islington.  It’s been a lot of fun and we would like to thank everyone who visited.  For more information on Smokehouse, to book a … [Read more...]

Indoor braai in Farringdon

Indoor braai in Farringdon Hammer & Tongs is a casual, and relatively low cost restaurant specialising in South African-style barbecue. Called a Braai, it is the most primal way of cooking and, in the restaurant’s opinion, the tastiest. Head Chef Richard Lloyd reckons to source only the highest quality meat, seafood & seasonal greens. The menu features traditional Braai dishes such as Sosaties  and Potjies and some originals such as sharing Lamb Ribs & Beer Can Onion. The restaurant  is a short walk up Farringdon Road from Farringdon Station and close to Exmouth Market and … [Read more...]

Rooftop al fresco drinking in Shoreditch

The editor was delighted to be invited to the launch party for an uprated roof terrace bar right next door to his old offices in Singer Street, close by ‘Silicon Roundabout’ and only a couple of minutes walk from Old Street underground station. Thus, Shoreditch venue Golden Bee has launched a new, split-level rooftop terrace, which will see its open-air space doubled in time for summer making it an ideal spot for al fresco drinks. The East London bar has long been the destination for sun-worshippers during the summer months, but will now become the only venue in Shoreditch with a … [Read more...]

Afternoon tea is becoming the rage

First it was breakfast, with a number of high end restaurants opening up early to serve the first meal of the day – now it seems to be afternoon tea which is becoming all the rage in restaurants trying to fill what might have been dead time with a profitable offering.  We have received a plethora of publicity releases on specialist afternoon teas – many of which are getting to match a dinner outing in food volume and costs.  We recently covered the Japanese afternoon tea at Jason Atherton’s Sosharu restaurant near Farringdon Station – click on Japanese Afternoon Tea at Sosharu to read again – … [Read more...]

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...]