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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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Lokhandwala - Fitzrovia

Lokhandwala - Fitzrovia

March 22, 2017 Restaurants

Contemporary Indian’s march towards becoming London’s most ubiquitous cuisine trend continues apace, and the latest destination worth its salt is Lokhandwala, perched on the quieter northern side of Charlotte Street just next to Bobo Social. Opened by the team behind India’s largest food festival – Grub Fest – Lokhandwala aims to introduce the denizens of Fitzrovia to elegant Indian tapas served in over-the-top opulence. Adjoining the main restaurant is The Hot House cocktail bar where the bartenders mix a wide array of subcontinental-inspired mixology. 

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Viet Grill - Shoreditch

Viet Grill - Shoreditch

March 15, 2017 Restaurants

As much as we love doing reccies on the fanciest restaurants in the capital, every so often you need sustenance from a neighbourhood spot that does perfect food, and Viet Grill in Shoreditch is just that. Honestly, we’re hard pressed to think of a restaurant that does Vietnamese as skilful and flavoursome as this one. Nestled amongst the glut of Vietnamese restaurants on the southern stretch of Kingsland Road, it offers more of a seductive ambience and a suitably chic crowd, with dishes that are more refined than its nearby competitors.

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Ember London - Monument

Ember London - Monument

March 1, 2017 Restaurants

There are big things in the horizon in the City, but there has been a steady smoulder of hot openings keeping it alive so far, Ember being one of the latest. Located a stone’s throw away from Monument on Pudding Lane, this little gem of a restaurant is ideal for drinks with the team or and after hours date – with a medley of pan-Asian dishes alongside a lengthy wine list and a selection of cocktails. On a Thursday evening the bar was humming with a cool crowd and a steady soundtrack of house music. 

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Radio Alice - Hoxton Square

Radio Alice - Hoxton Square

February 1, 2017 Restaurants

The restaurant that occupied 16 Hoxton Square prior to Radio Alice was a curious one, incorporating a double-decker Routemaster bus into its design that, while interesting, didn’t quite gel with the attitude of the neighbourhood. Thankfully for Salvatore and Matteo Aloe along with Emma King (Gail’s Bakery), the founders of Radio Alice, they’ve transubstantiated the site of a former school into the perfect type of extracurricular hangout for Shoreditch’s media and tech crew.

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9 Top Private Dining Rooms for Business in London

9 Top Private Dining Rooms for Business in London

February 1, 2017 Restaurants

We all agree, client dinners can be tricky, particularly when there’s a lot riding on them. In our experience, we believe that the best option for dinner-time deal-making is a private dining room. Whilst we love chef’s tables and large tables in lively restaurants, they can be a distraction when you need to seal the deal.

Over to the Private Dining Room [PDR]. Impressive and exclusive with that wow factor, it conveys the right image. It’s the perfect environment for both enjoying the finer things in life and hammering out the details. Here's our top 9 PDR's in London for business:

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