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Peyotito - Ibiza

Peyotito - Ibiza

July 19, 2017 By Sophie Munro Restaurants

The ownership of Peyote in Mayfair and Peyotito in Notting Hill have kicked things up a notch with their third high-end resto, opting to make a splash on the white isle of Ibiza. Situated in the stunning Nobu Hotel along the white sandy stretches of Talamanca Bay, Peyotito cooks up an exhilarating experience for culture vultures and glitterati alike. Spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea play well with the hotel’s forward-thinking design. Eduardo Garcia and Adriana Cavita of the Peyote Group have created another successful menu encompassing unique Mexican dishes with a blend of ingredients and spices guaranteed to take the palate on a journey south of the border.

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GQ Bar at Rosewood Hotel - High Holborn

GQ Bar at Rosewood Hotel - High Holborn

July 5, 2017 By Sophie Munro Restaurants

This summer, GQ is proudly hosting their first-ever pop-up bar, channelling the experience synonymous with the magazines savvy and stylish reputation. The renowned Rosewood Hotel in Holborn is home to the elegant outside terrace bar comfortably placed in the hotel’s courtyard. Lucky for us the bar was covered as we arrived on a rainy Tuesday evening - blankets are available for the slightly unpredictable English weather. The décor is smooth and demure, with green marble table tops ornamented with oil candles and tranquil lighting. Connected to the hotel’s restaurant, Holborn Dining Room, the whole set up screams suave.

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Go-Viet - South Kensington

Go-Viet - South Kensington

July 5, 2017 By Sophie Munro Restaurants

Chef/restaurateur Jeff Tan (formerly of Hakkasan Mayfair) was inspired by the success of sister restaurant Viet Food in Chinatown to open his flagship venture Go-Viet. Located on Old Brompton Road, Go-Viet is a local but high-end Vietnamese restaurant spread across two floors. When we arrived on a Thursday evening, we were unaware of what to expect from this casual yet captivating new addition to South Kensington.   

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Bun House - Soho

Bun House - Soho

June 28, 2017 By Nick Savage Restaurants

For a quick, cool spot to grab a bite in Soho, Bun House certainly fits the description. Located on the corner of Old Compton and Greek Street, you could be forgiven for mistaking the façade for one from Bund Shanghai, with its white tiles, red typography and green awning, and this continues upon entrance. There’s a counter bar and behind it a kitchen, where chefs crowd around the stove, and a smattering of tables and chairs around the periphery of the room, as well as on the terrace outside - popular seating on a hot early summer evening.

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Machiya - Soho

Machiya - Soho

May 31, 2017 By Nick Savage Restaurants

London has its fair share of izakayas and sushi counters, not to mention a glut of ramen shops, but has been relatively bereft of the mid-level, homely spots that make up the majority of restaurants in Japan. Well, that is, until now. Opened by the team that revolutionised London ramen with Kanada-Ya, Machiya launched on Panton Street and has been wooing foodies and Japanese expats alike. Named after the eponymous townhouses that riddle the streets of Kyoto, Machiya brings the dishes of the home into the heart of Soho.

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Sparrow - Lewisham

Sparrow - Lewisham

May 3, 2017 By Nick Savage Restaurants

Lewisham is not a territory that we often tend to tread, but Sparrow is a restaurant worth a visit, and it’s only a short journey for those working in Canary Wharf. Opened by husband and wife Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar, who met while rattling that pans at Fergus Henderson’s St John in Smithfields, the restaurant draws on their shared experiences cooking at BAO, Pollen Street Social, The Square and Merchant’s Tavern. Giving seasonality pride of place is central to their ethos, yet while their ingredients are principally British, their inspirations hop countries from Vietnam to Sri Lanka to Morocco. We popped in to give it a try…

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Dandy - Newington Green

Dandy -  Newington Green

April 26, 2017 Restaurants

Newington Green. Once synonymous with Turkish takeaway and not much else, the leafy north London square is blossoming into a foodie destination in its own right. The newest restaurant to arrive on the scene is Dandy – transplanted from the temporary digs of a shipping container in London Fields by two enterprising Aussies. Daniel Wilson and Andrew Leitch have cherrypicked the best from various cuisines and health-forward eating to create a menu that plays well with their passion for natural wines.

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Enoteca Pomaio - Brick Lane

Enoteca Pomaio - Brick Lane

April 19, 2017 Restaurants

Count on the Italians to do it better. We popped down Brick Lane to Enoteca Pomaio on a Thursday evening to get a taste of the aperitivo experience and were greeted with the wonted Italian hospitality and cooking that transcended our expectations. Launched by brothers Marco and Iacopo Rossi, the restaurant borrows inspiration and a good deal of ingredients from their father’s vineyard in Tuscany – Podere di Pomaio. The brothers do a fine job running the front-of-house whilst head chef Francesco Mastunardi of the Four Seasons Florence and Milan mans the kitchens. 

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Chino Latino - Embankment

Chino Latino - Embankment

April 5, 2017 Restaurants

We’d never been to Chino Latino prior to its recent refurb, but during our visit we were thrilled upon entering the stunning bright foyer illuminated with digital art projections that arrest the attention, as well as large leather chairs that could have been lifted from Blade Runner and outsized red lamps lighting up intimate cocktail tables. Bankside doesn’t have the reputation for being the most boisterous area, however the addition of this new bar and restaurant puts the neighbourhood on the map, its windows offering capacious view across the Thames to Westminster, with stunning vistas of Big Ben and Parliament from the window tables from the window tables.

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Exmouth Market Grind

Exmouth Market Grind

March 29, 2017 Restaurants

Well the lads have come a long way from their early days slinging lattes and espresso martinis below their recording studio on the Old Street roundabout. Born-and-bred eastender David Abrahamovich and Australian DJ Kaz James effectively created a coffee-fuelled empire after launching in 2011, and their newest effort sees them percolating to the top as a fully-formed restaurant.

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