New HAZ Turkish restaurant on Finsbury Square

The HAZ group of Restaurants has been something of a success story for Turkish-style cuisine in London and the group’s latest opening, its sixth, occupies the space in Finsbury Square’s Alphabeta building previously occupied by the rather shortlived branch of The Modern Pantry. HAZ has built itself up based on the experience and passion of its three Turkish founders. Using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, and taking great inspiration from its heritage and ancient Turkish cooking techniques, its aim has been to celebrate Mediterranean flavours and provide a true taste of the Turkish … [Read more...]

Hammer & Tongs opens Protea Wine Bar

South African braai (barbecue) restaurant Hammer & Tongs on Farringdon Road is opening a new wine bar, The Protea Wine Bar, on May 1st.  It is hidden beneath the existing restaurant. We reviewed the Hammer & Tongs restaurant in April 2017 – See: Indoor braai in Farringdon   Named after South Africa’s National flower, the wine list at The Protea Wine Bar is proudly 100% South African, a first for London, if not the UK. Get to know the wide range of exceptional South African wines! The wine menu will take you on a journey through the wine regions of the rainbow nation; … [Read more...]

Street food burger transition in Shoreditch

It’s a bit of a stroll from the Barbican, but you’ll enjoy your burger all the more, Burger & Beyond is true street food turned restaurant.  Created by Craig Povoas and Tom Stock, the beef comes from their own farm in Essex so they can choose their own cuts for their famous burgers.  After three and a half years on the street, formerly in Soho, and now in Camden’s Assembly, Camden Market and at Woolwich’s Street Feast Public, their first bricks and mortar site is on Shoreditch High Street just south of St Leonard's Church on the other side of the road. Burger & Beyond’s Instagram … [Read more...]

Savage Garden @ Fenchurch St

The Savage Garden Rooftop bar is the ideal post-work get together venue for friends and work colleagues. With really stunning views (Shard and Tower Bridge etc.), this venue is one of London's newest rooftop bars.   It also has a very impressive private terrace with a useful retractable roof (if you have a function coming up). The menu is ideal for all-day dining and is sized for any appetite.  If you're on the budget tour, then you have plenty of smaller plates to choose from, too. Their quirky and appetizing snacks on the intro night included a 'fill yourself' miniature doughnut … [Read more...]

New Italian restaurant in Shoreditch

Shoreditch is definitely becoming one of the trendiest areas for new restaurant openings in London, and perhaps the newest, which was due to open on 22nd February, is Gloria which styles itself as a 70’s Capri-style & all-day long Trattoria run by a what it terms as a crazy bunch of 85 young and passionate people from the Bel Paese and the sunny coast of Naples. It offers what it describes as an explosive menu mixing old Italian classics, with amazing products direct from 180 small producers in Italy – plus a few fun twists from Chef Filippo. From the 10-Level Lasagna, to the … [Read more...]

Innovative all-day-dining bar and canteen

Out of the Barbican from the North West Blake Tower exit, up Goswell Road past our precious City Hardware, turn right into Old Street and just over the road on the North side is the new Fare Bar/Restaurant which opened in November last year.  This is the latest creation from Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis, who created the popular Bethnal Green Sager + Wilde, specialising in lesser known wines, and also revamped the Bassoon Bar at the Corinthia. The massive conservatory windows try and convince you that this is a small bar, but it also has a decent sized downstairs restaurant and … [Read more...]

Vegan delights near the Barbican

Louise Palmer-Masterson is a crowd-funding winner, with her London branch of Stem + Glory, blossoming from the parent restaurant in Cambridge, which opened at the beginning of this year to coincide with Veganuary.  The funding round was achieved within 6 hours of opening the page to the public.  London Stem + Glory is perfectly placed, both morally and price-wise, and (as we reported in the December issue) a long-awaited prayer answered for our veggie and vegan loving residents. The second of our new restaurant openings in the Bart’s Square area, Stem + Glory is less … [Read more...]

Great New St. John Street wine bar

Le Cellar, St John Street’s newly opened wine bar is definitely worth frequenting. Antonin Charlier, co-owner/managing partner is a wine expert with impressive credentials, including former buyer and bar manager for Pascal Aussignac at the Michelin starred Club Gascon restaurant and sister bar in West Smithfield as well as Bulgari Hotel & Residences. Antonin and childhood friend and entrepreneur/TV producer/yoga teacher Simon Maniora have finally realised a long-held ambition to open their own wine bar/restaurant. Le Cellar interior Le Cellar is a relatively short walk from the … [Read more...]

All-Day Eating at LINO

On the newly redeveloped Bartholomew Close, by Barts Hospital and at the end of the road round the bend after the Neaman Practice, you will find LINO, a new all-day every day restaurant in the Barts Square zone.  The name of the restaurant was chosen because the building used to be an old linoleum and carpet warehouse.  The new interior has fondly kept the warehouse feel with original brown glazed tiles and 12-foot high double doors. The whole of this area, as you may know, has been gutted or rebuilt, so it is a credit to the designers that they have salvaged some of the décor for the … [Read more...]

New Duck Pop-Up in Spitalfields

Monsieur Le Duck is a new pop-up restaurant that brings the food and wine of South-West France to the heart of London. Inspired by the douceur de vivre of Gascony, it offers a simple but alluring menu, focusing on duck, chips, salad and wine. Fronted by Londoner Richard Humphreys, a frequent traveler to Gascony, Monsieur Le Duck provides a portal to a land of relaxed eating and drinking; a concept synonymous with South-West France. Hugely passionate about the simple, rich and delicious food of this part of France, Richard gave up his previous career in the City to follow his dream of … [Read more...]