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Flour & Grape - Tower Bridge

Flour & Grape - Tower Bridge

November 8, 2017 By Nick Savage

For a long time in London if you wanted good Italian food the only means of getting it was shilling out a decent wedge of cash. But recently we’ve noticed a shift. There are plenty of places serving reasonably priced plates of pasta that often even contend with some of the Michelin-starred Mayfair gastrodomes. Strangely, south of the river has played host to two of the biggest players: Padella and the newly launched Flour & Grape.

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Joe Allen - Covent Garden

Joe Allen - Covent Garden

November 1, 2017 By Nick Savage

For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure, Joe Allen is one of Covent Garden’s best kept secrets, and stands in stark contrast the modish, fly-by-night openings that flash brightly in the pan but leave little legacy. The mark that Joe Allen has made on London is already quite visible, having launched the careers of Jeremy Lee, Russell Norman and Rowley Leigh. Where industrial accents are now de rigueur, Joe Allen’s bricks have been bare since the restaurant’s inception in 1977. However, with Robert De Niro’s new hotel taking the place of Joe Allen’s former abode on Exeter Street, the restaurant has moved 25 metres down the road to Burleigh Street – we popped over to see how it was settling in…

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Temper City - Angel Court

Temper City - Angel Court

October 25, 2017 By Nick Savage

Neil Rankin knows his meats – a fact that has been proven from his first forays into barbecuing at Pitt Cue, his first residency at the John Salt, taking over at the Smokehouse (and co.) before setting out all by his lonesome to launch his first solo project – temper. Shortly after the Soho restaurant had taken wing and charmed the likes of Jay Rayner, Mr Rankin set his sights on the City and put Angel Court in his crosshairs. Shots were fired. But what’s the verdict?

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London's Best Halloween Parties 2017

London's Best Halloween Parties 2017

October 23, 2017 By Nick Savage

London is frighteningly busy later this October with Halloween parties. We’ve compiled a little guide for your perusal to separate the scarily good from the just scary.

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Lao Café - Covent Garden

Lao Café - Covent Garden

October 11, 2017 By Nick Savage

Thai food has had a renaissance in London lately, spurred on by Smoking Goat and Som Saa, but what of its neighbour to the north? Saiphin Moore, architect of the immensely popular Rosa’s Thai, has followed on from her seven successful openings with the follow-up Café Lao, which will polish the traditional cuisine of her hometown Luang Prabang for the adventurous palates of Piccadilly, serving spicy street food just off of Trafalgar Square. We popped in to see how it was going.

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Suvlaki - Shoreditch

Suvlaki - Shoreditch

October 2, 2017 By Nick Savage

A long wave of Greek restaurants has been unfurling in London. Meraki, Estiatorio Milos, Mazi and Morito East, as well as the inaugural Suvlaki in Shoreditch, together form the rip curl of the breaker. Whether it’s Brits returning hungry from summer holidays in the Cyclades or wanting a Mediterranean cuisine less travelled than Spanish and French, we’re happy to see an increasing number of Greek eateries that are worthy of the cuisine. And the newest Suvlaki at the northern end of Brick Lane might be the coolest to date.

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Salon - Brixton

Salon - Brixton

September 26, 2017 By Nick Savage Restaurants

The setting in which Salon is located is nothing short of cinematic. Just around the corner from Electric Avenue, tucked into the elbow Brixton Market, the double-level restaurant is as replete with charm as anything you’ve seen filmed in a romcom. The dining area winds around a bar to the first floor. The windows look out onto the covered alleyway and still retain the paintwork from the erstwhile business that occupied the premises (hint: it begins with an ‘S’).
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FlavourBastard - Soho

FlavourBastard - Soho

September 13, 2017 By Nick Savage Restaurants

Eschewing all forms of formality, Pratap Chahal went full bore when he named his restaurant. Occupying the former residence of Michelin-starred Arbutus, he had some big shoes to fill, and went appropriately big. FlavourBastard is a thesis statement of sorts. Not only is he bastardizing cuisines to create new and bewildering matrixes of taste and texture, but he is doing it with a brazen attitude that raises two fingers to the subtlety that traditionally typifies dining out in London.
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Bala Baya - Southwark

Bala Baya - Southwark

August 30, 2017 By Nick Savage Restaurants

Israeli food has had a massive boost in the capital of late, spurred on by restaurants like The Palomar and Berber & Q, and now Bala Baya. Situated in the buzzy railway arches of Southwark and opened by chef Eran Tibi, the restaurant is an homage to the convivial and communal dining that has made Tel Aviv such a welcoming destination to the international traveller. Bully for us, then, that we don’t necessarily need to purchase a trans-Mediterranean ticket to experience the food.
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Tuyo - Shoreditch

Tuyo - Shoreditch

August 23, 2017 By Nick Savage Restaurants

Mediterranean food has recently become one of London’s most popular cuisines. Formerly focusing solely on the northern coast, recent restaurant launches such as Morito, The Palomar and Berber & Q have given equal billing to the southern and western reaches, borrowing equal influence from Turkey, the Levant and the Maghreb. Tuyo is very much in the same vein as these launches, the kitchens will be overseen by Ricardo Pimentel of Salt Yard and his team from El Ganso, La Farola and Gallipoli.
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