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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Foley’s (“I’m stuffing it in”)

Liz came prepared. Knowing we had just two and a half hours at the table, she’d studied the menu, picked out the best dishes, and worked out how many we needed between six. This is just one of the many reasons I love Liz, and I love the Lardy Ladies. Within moments of sitting down […]

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Padella (Carbohydrate delight and a tin of G&T)

Queuing for a restaurant in Borough. Really? On my first visit – a chilly, blustery day not long after Padella opened – we survived the wait by fortifying ourselves with warming, pre-queue drinks. The second time, Laura – resourceful co-founder of the Lardy Ladies – nipped to the local shop for some tins. Classy! On […]

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The White Horse at Woolley Moor (Scrumptious soufflé and a terrifying taxi)

Woolley Moor: what a fantastic name. It’s worth a visit for that alone. I googled to find some other reasons, and came across this from a 1986 BBC ‘Domesday Reloaded’  exercise, where people were asked ‘to record what they thought would be of interest in another 1000 years’. What did they record? “There are no […]

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