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London's 5 Best Espresso Martinis

London's 5 Best Espresso Martinis

By Nick Savage

Created by the late, lamented London native Dick Bradsell when asked by a young lady for a drink that would wake her up and subsequently f*ck her up. From there the espresso martini has gone on to achieve international status and a legendary reputation amongst nightowls. Here are five of London’s best:

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The Beat Goes On... Restaurants to Dine, Drink & Dance

The Beat Goes On... Restaurants to Dine, Drink & Dance

May 2, 2018 By Nick Savage

The way Londoners let loose has changed significantly over the past few years. Partying has been in peril to the extent that Sadiq Khan has enlisted a night czar to rectify the situation. Soaring business rates have made running a club less profitable, however there’s also been a cultural shift taking place: the rise of dating apps like Tinder and social media in general has begun to dissuade millennials from splashing out on flashy nightclubs. In the wake of mass closures, a new type of venue has begun to emerge. People tend to drop in for pre-dinner drinks, have a meal, and then stay on to party. The following have carved out a niche in the capital.

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London’s 10 Best Vegan Restaurants

London’s 10 Best Vegan Restaurants

April 26, 2018 By Nick Savage

Mildred’s – While not strictly vegan, this Soho stalwart is ground zero for vegetarian food – a bit like The Ivy for veggies. The light and airy town house dining room is lined with plain wooden tables and furturistic plastic pendant lighting, with a menu that globetrots from Mexico to Sri Lanka to Japan.

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Kanada-Ya - Islington

Kanada-Ya - Islington

April 25, 2018 By Nick Savage

Largely considered to be one of the best ramen operators in London, and hot on the heels of standalone restaurant Machiya in Haymarket, Kanada-Ya has taken up residence in Islington with a prime location on Upper Street. On an uncharacteristically balmy April evening, we popped in for a bowl of noodles, unsurprised with the brisk trade riffling through the dining room. We were quite pleased that the first time at any of the Kanada-Ya eateries there was no queue to contend with.

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Freak Scene - Soho

Freak Scene - Soho

April 18, 2018 By Nick Savage

We’ve been following Scott Hallsworth’s star for some time now. We first came across him in a chance visit to Horsham in 2011 when we visited his restaurant Wabi. Not that we’re strictly Londonphiles, but we were slightly shocked to find such high quality food at such close proximity to Gatwick. A little research elucidated things: Mr Hallsworth had served six years as chef de partie at Nobu Park Lane, a shorter stint at Nobu Melbourne, and opened Mirai restaurant in Dubai. Following this he took London by storm with his Kurobuta brand, of which there were three restaurants, and now he’s pressing the reset button with Freak Scene.

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Hankies - Marble Arch

Hankies - Marble Arch

April 10, 2018

Hankies at the Montcalm is chef patron Anirudh Arona’s love letter to his home country. He brings his generous wealth of experience in some of India’s best kitchens to bear, creating tapa-sized sharing plates that update subcontinental streetfood for the demanding London palate. On a Thursday night, the dining room had a nice mix of hotel guests with a slightly larger ratio of Indian patrons looking to enjoy excellent traditional cuisine in a recherche setting.

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L’Ami Malo - The City

L’Ami Malo - The City

April 4, 2018 By Nick Savage

Whilst crepes and galettes may be everyday fare in cities across the channel, they haven’t yet earned their place as everyday eating in London. L’Ami Malo, a modern creperies perched on Artillery Lane in Spitalfields, is angling to change that. The name conveys the mission statement of the restaurant, the two owners (Emilien Lesourd and Vincent Couvreur) are childhood friends from St Malo – the coastal French town that’s synonymous with high quality galettes. We dropped in on a Thursday evening to see whether anything had been lost in translation.

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Delamina - Marylebone

Delamina - Marylebone

March 28, 2018 By Nick Savage

Touting the trend of nouveau Middle Eastern cuisine in London is beginning to feel old hat. It’s beginning to feel like less of a trend and more of a fixture/fixation of the capital. Even so, we were very excited by the product on offer at Delamina, the new Marylebone eatery spearheaded by husband and wife Limor and Amir Chen, following the success of their residency at Shoreditch House and Strut and Cluck. After going from strength to strength, they’ve set their sights on central London, and will be importing the east in more ways than one. Continue Reading →

Cabotte - The CIty

Cabotte - The CIty

March 28, 2018 By Nick Savage

There isn’t exactly a dearth of French restaurants in London, and many of the existing ones are very good indeed, so we’re always interested in how a new contender will take on this ferocious and crowded market. Cabotte is one of the most recent to do so. As such, our ears perked up when we heard that it’s the newest project of Xavier Rousset along with Gearoid Devaney. Both are master sommeliers, and Mr Rousset has made his mark on London’s dining scene with the opening of the Michelin-starred Texture in 2007, the 28-50 wine bars and Blandford Comptoir. The keystone to their newest opening is a focus on Burgundy.

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Abd El Wahab - Belgravia

Abd El Wahab - Belgravia

March 14, 2018 By Nick Savage

Mediterranean food has been in a dead sprint for the last decade, with restaurants like Berber & Q, Moro, Ottolenghi and The Palomar carrying the torch for the cuisine. However, it’s been a while since a restaurant serving the food from one specific Mediterranean cuisine caused such a stir. Founded in Lebanon in 1997 with outposts in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Bahrain and Qatar, Abd el Wahab has now established its first restaurant in Europe, opting for the leafy environs of Pont Street in Belgravia.

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