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Kinilaw & Buko

Kinilaw & Buko

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If you keep your ear to the ground and pay attention to industry trends, you’ll surely have heard of the burgeoning Filipino foodie scene in London. Long celebrated in the US, it’s starting to get a foothold in Britain, and one of the latest launches to stir the pot is Kinilaw & Buko. Opened at 100 Hoxton Street by chef Francis Puyat, he’s created a menu that pays homage to the home-style cooking of his native country.

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London's Best: New Year's Eve 2018/2019

London's Best: New Year's Eve 2018/2019

December 12, 2018

Prepare in advance and New Year’s Eve can be the best night of your year. Leave it until the last minute and you might be slumming it in a Wetherspoon’s. At Innerplace, we have our ear to the ground, drumming out news of NYE parties in the summer, which gives us the jump on curating lists like these that detail the best luxury parties in the capital.

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Buns & Buns

Buns & Buns

December 4, 2018 Restaurants

Covent Garden isn’t exactly starved for fast casual options, but when we were invited to new launch Buns & Buns, we thought we’d drop in to see if it was a worthy addition to a fierce marketplace. Imported from Miami by Frenchman Alex Zibi, the restaurants specialises in grab and go buns and bread running the gamut from dim sum to Taiwanese bao to pala romana. We settled into the cosy room by sipping a couple of margaritas – one spiked with chilli and one sweetened with lychee – while perusing the menu and vibing off the energy of Covent Garden piazza.

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Bassoon Bar

Bassoon Bar

Bars

The Corinthia is a special hotel. Not only does it host a litany of famous faces (we crossed paths with Kurt Russell in the entryway on our latest visit), it also hosts some of the top names in gastronomy. One Tom Kerridge springs to mind. So it’s fitting that they tipped two of the top minds in wine and cocktails to helm the bar. Michael Sager of Sager and Wilde has put together with champagne list, while Marcis Dzelzainis of Satan’s Whiskers, 69 Colebrooke Row and Dandelyan has created the playlist and NOLA inspired classic cocktails.

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Tapas Brindisa Battersea

Tapas Brindisa Battersea

November 21, 2018 Restaurants

Brindisa has been around for, believe it or not, thirty years. Which means they’ve had plenty of time to cut their teeth, figure out what works and execute with aplomb. This is perhaps most evident with their newest restaurant Tapas Brindisa Battersea, nestled in the shadow of the eponymous power station. So close to the River Thames that you can hear its waters lapping against the shore, this newest outpost is a spot that deserves a reckoning, with a menu that homes in on the cuisine of the Spanish isle.

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Flat Iron Kings Cross

Flat Iron Kings Cross

November 13, 2018 Restaurants

When Flat Iron first arrived on the scene, people would queue for hours on Redchurch Street to get a taste of affordable steak above The Owl & Pussycat pub. These days there are plenty of bricks and mortar options to draw on with outposts in Soho, Shoreditch, Covent Garden and now King’s Cross. Situated at the southern end of Caledonian Road in what is quickly becoming an enclave of legit foodie eating, this Flat Iron might be the comfiest yet. 

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Polpetto

Polpetto

October 30, 2018 Restaurants

Ten years ago, Russell Norman was setting the tone for dining across the capital. Serving well-considered, reasonably-priced small plates with punchy Italian cocktails in ineffably stylish distressed/industrial rooms, his restaurants were some of London’s most frequented. Polpetto has recently served as an ad hoc test kitchen for the rest of the restaurants. As such, Mr Norman has given it a sensitive refurb and installed Anthea Stephenson as head chef to keep pace with the times. Having worked in River Café, Locanda Locatelli, Sketch and The Ledbury, her CV is teeming with top experience. 
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Maison Bab

Maison Bab

October 30, 2018 Restaurants

Kebabs might not be in our usual beat but Maison Bab is one of the most exciting restaurants we’ve come across recently, giving the humble Ottoman barbecue staple fine dining finesse. Nestled in the heart of Covent Garden, the two floor restaurant is the second outing by founders and Oxford grads Stephen Tozier and Ed Brunet, who imported French techniques were garnered from working at restaurants such as Le Gavroche to their Kingly Court restaurant Maison Bab. For this newest venture they’ve created an even more reasonable entry-point, so that more people can experience their haute-cuisine kebabs without breaking the bank.

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London's Best Halloween Parties 2018

London's Best Halloween Parties 2018

October 24, 2018

Click through to read about London's most spooky and spectacular Halloween parties...

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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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