Temper (“oozy, cheesy, smoky, spicy, meaty goodness”)

“I’m the aged cheeseboard” declared Caroline, identifying with the menu at Temper a little more than anyone could have expected. Laura too: “pickled onion pork skin” was the dish which most resembled her, she volunteered. Before the rest of us had to continue this bizarre and unflattering game, the drinks arrived. Laura was in charge […]

Continue Reading

Bar Douro (a bit underwhelming, but with a side of serious decor envy)

My disappointment was born of high hopes. I love Flat Iron Square. It’s stumbling distance from my flat (note: I did only have one glass of wine but still, proximity can be handy). And Bar Douro’s reviews have been amazing. So I expected to be blown away, and arrived in just that spirit –  excited […]

Continue Reading

Olive Grove pop-up at Union Street Cafe (Subterranean olive oil cocktails in Southwark )

It’s an artfully-urban basement bar with exposed vents and pipes, still more artfully dressed as an olive grove. It’s also rather lovely. Our supremely enthusiastic and rather intense waitress bounded over to explain the olive-themed cocktail list to us. She had strong views about what we’d enjoy (“really herby!”; “really strong!”; “really smoky!”) and managed […]

Continue Reading

Cinnamon Bazaar (chaat, chilli and curry leaves)

At the sight of the papdi chaat, Alex let out a little yelp of pleasure. And it was indeed a divine beginning: a perfect plate of sour tamarind, crunchy papdi, cool yoghurt and chilli. Although not quite as divine as this revelation: “I wanted to be a nun until I was 15. No make that […]

Continue Reading

Lucas Maes (Elegant dining in Tenerife, or “the fat was delicious on that pig!”)

2016 felt somewhat like the end of days. Some sunshine seemed in order, to see in a (hopefully) better new year. And so off to northern Tenerife we set. I enjoyed the cuisine, revolving as it did around rather delicious papas arrugadas – Canarian wrinkled potatoes – and garlic with everything, although the first mouthful […]

Continue Reading

Petersham Nurseries (gourmet grub in a glasshouse)

If you don’t enjoy a visit to Petersham Nurseries, then there’s something wrong with you. Even if you’re not fussed by food (in which case, there is something wrong with you anyhow, and you must surely be reading this blog by mistake) it’s such a beautiful place that a wander round the garden centre and […]

Continue Reading

Donostia (“They’re going to have to wheel us out of here”)

Leaving the touristy hubub of Marble Arch for twinkling lights and wooden shopfronts of Seymour Place seemed like stepping into another world. Donostia’s signage was so subtle and tasteful that I walked straight past, only realising my mistake when I spied through the windows the hanging jamon. Three of us had pretty much inhaled a […]

Continue Reading

Flat Iron Square (a bit hipster, but I love it)

  Its so very hipster. And it bears little resemblance to its immediate neighbourhood, including the actual Flat Iron Square (a rather  uninspiringly flat and featureless space, just outside). But I can’t help but rather love the new Flat Iron Square development. Reason number one: potstickers, just moments from my home. A portion of Ekachai‘s […]

Continue Reading

Som Saa (“a food moment”, dulled by the wait)

Roaming around London, hoping for a great meal and ending up in an Angus sodding Steakhouse just isn’t something I want to do. I am a planner; being boringly organised usually results in a table at a place I have researched, at the time I want to eat. This was not an auspicious start for […]

Continue Reading

Vico (a south Italian feast with fabulous service)

“I hear you’ve been promoting us on social media” said the waitress when I arrived at Vico. From thereon in, we enjoyed quite the best service I’ve had in a long time. All this for one excited tweet? Maybe I should give up the blog and just tweet more?* By the end of the meal, […]

Continue Reading