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1251 - Islington

1251 - Islington

October 16, 2018 Restaurants

James Cochran has been in the news a lot in 2018. Firstly because his former employers trademarked his name so that he couldn’t use it; secondly because he participated in and went through to the Great British Menu banquet; and thirdly because he opened his own restaurant 1251 on Islington’s Upper Street. We popped in on a Saturday for lunch and were lucky enough to experience Mr Cochran’s cooking first hand – and we can see why people are trying to steal his name and voting him through on Great British Menu!

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Black Cod & Wagyu - Soho

Black Cod & Wagyu - Soho

October 16, 2018 Restaurants

Over the years we’ve covered hundreds if not thousands of restaurant openings and, judging from the frequency, the industry seems to be in rude health. But if you take a look at the amount of closures, it’s quite apparent that it is under siege from a menagerie of unforeseen external influences: rising costs for imports after the pound tumbled; staffing crises; Uber Eats; Deliveroo and a good old-fashioned market correction. At Goodman they’ve been coming up with novel ways to respond – and Black Cod & Wagyu is the most ambitious and delicious to date. They’ve opted to make two of the most coveted menu items available at bargain prices.

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Farmer J - City

Farmer J - City

October 9, 2018 Restaurants

Ethical eating was once the beat of hari krishnas and career environmentalists. Happily, today we’ve all become a bit more mindful of what we eat, whether it’s reducing the amount of meat or animal products that we consume or at least ensuring that the animal had a happy life in an organic environment. Farmer J, a new all-day restaurant on King William Street, shows just how far we’ve come, serving the City’s hardworking denizens vegetable-led food that is “bold but humble; colourful, committed and conscious; real food honestly prepared.”

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Beef & Brew - Shoreditch

Beef & Brew - Shoreditch

October 2, 2018 Restaurants

London has its fair share of steakhouses but, with the exception of Flatiron, they tend to be rather dear. Beef and Brew in Shoreditch exists on the other side of the spectrum, offering excellent slices of cow at reasonable if not cut-rate prices. Taking over the former digs of the celebrated Duke’s Brew and Cue, the new restaurant has turned the pub into a gastropub, making it a genteel setting whether you’re dropping in for a drink or the whole enchilada.

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Old Compton Brasserie - Soho

Old Compton Brasserie - Soho

September 25, 2018 Restaurants

Since the days of William Blake, Soho has been a setting in which artists will stare at the sublime from what Oscar Wilde referred to as the gutter, offering one of the most vibrant hodgepodges of class and culture in the country. One of its newest restaurants, Old Compton Brasserie, aims to harness this energy with a design that incorporates the work of London-based painters and a menu that pays homage to the neighbourhood’s glorious history – serving dishes that split the difference between France and Great Britain alongside cocktails created by The Fantastic Mister Fox.

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DUM Biryani House - Soho

DUM Biryani House - Soho

September 18, 2018 Restaurants

One of the hallmarks of a great city is the way that its venues home in on very specific things. Food items and music, for example. Every so often there’s a spot that does both, such as DUM Biryani House, which champions the biryani of southern Indian regions Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as well as the 1990s rap music of Tupac and Biggie. Opened by Dhruv Mittal, who rattled the pans at The Fat Duck and Hibiscus, they served what easily qualifies as the best biryani we’ve ever had in or out of India. And it’s a cool place to hang to boot.

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Jin Bo Law - City

Jin Bo Law - City

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There’s something about the City and roof terraces and Jin Bo Law is no exception. The sleek square mile cocktail bar is perched at the top of Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate, offering the imbiber rare sweeping views of The Gherkin, The Shard, Tower Bridge and Walkie Talkie. We were a little overwhelmed by the beauty of it all when we arrived on a Friday evening. Seated on a terrace table for two, we absorbed one of the best sunsets of the year whilst sipping on bracing, delicious drinks.

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Carte Blanche - Shoreditch

Carte Blanche - Shoreditch

September 11, 2018 Restaurants

Once upon a time in 2012 every other restaurant opening in London was specialising in burgers. Now, with the imminent collapse of chains like Byron, the introduction of American operators like Five Guys and Shake Shack, and the flourishing of Great British ones like Patty & Bun and Bleecker Burger, you need to innovate to stay ahead of the pack. Andy Taylor, the man behind Le Bun, has opened a new type of meat restaurant on Hackney’s Mare Street – one that isn’t afraid to flex a little gourmet muscle.

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Autumn Openings 2018

Autumn Openings 2018

September 7, 2018 By Nick Savage

London's Latest Restaurant Openings this Autumn 
 
The stretch of Autumn spanning the beginning of September to the end of November is customarily when London’s most exciting restaurants open their doors to the public, a public which subsequently clamours to find a way beyond said door. 2018 is no exception. Here’s what you have to look forward to:
 
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Moon Garden at Untitled - Dalston

Moon Garden at Untitled - Dalston

August 28, 2018 By Nick Savage Restaurants

After visiting Tony Conigliaro’s new restaurant Gazelle in last week, we thought we’d pop back into his Dalston cocktail bar Untitled to visits its new Japanese Moon Garden. Originally celebrated for its cutting-edge minimalist design inspired by Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory, he’s opened a Japanese zen garden-esque terrace in the back. Designed by London-based architecture and design practice SoHo+Co, the space has been built to resemble a single pool of light which takes on a brilliant alabaster hue during the day and is lit by a luminous orb resembling the moon during the evenings. 

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