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Orrery - Marylebone

Orrery - Marylebone

March 13, 2018 By Nick Savage Restaurants

In the early months of 2018, Orrery celebrated its twenty-first birthday, which is quite a feat in London’s fierce dining market. In those two decades it has played host to a variety of London’s great fine dining talents, including: Chris Galvin, Chef Patron of the Galvin empire, André Garrett of Cliveden House, Allan Pickett, Executive Chef of the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe and Pollen Street Social’s sommelier Matthew Mawtus. To fete the occasion, the Orrery team worked closely with interior design wunderkind David D’Almada of Sagrada and created a space fit for the times, a tad less buttoned-up than its former incarnation.

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Broadleaf - City

Broadleaf - City

March 6, 2018 By Nick Savage Restaurants

Broadleaf is very much a product of its setting, offering the City sybarite pretty much everything one could ask for: good food, strong drink, and all the sports in the kingdom. Launched by the ETM Group, which runs some of the classiest pubs in the capital, Broadleaf has taken up residence in Tower 42 on Old Broad Street, and looks poised to become a standby for the local workforce.

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Butchies - Shoreditch

Butchies - Shoreditch

March 6, 2018 By Nick Savage Restaurants

There has been an ancillary competition in London’s pursuit of the best burger: it’s pursuit of the best fried chicken burger. Butchies, which carved out a devoted following with its stand on Broadway Market, is currently in pole position. Inspired by New York fried chicken offerings, specifically David Chang’s restaurant Fuku, they’ve created fried cutlet sandwiches that are nothing short of incredible, well worth the trip for an indulgent lunch or a casual dinner.

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Bar Douro - London Bridge

Bar  Douro - London Bridge

March 6, 2018 By Nick Savage Restaurants

We were surprised to happen upon Bar Douro and Flat Iron Square. On a cold, snowy night its bright lights beckoned passersby in from the cold. Upon closer inspection, the restaurant was situated underneath a railway arch, and was admirably assembled. A long black marble countertop separated the dining area from the kitchens, where variously staff members toiled over open flame, picked out bottles of wine and pumped the tap of Super Bock. We availed ourselves of one of these and settled in.

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Yen - Strand

Yen - Strand

March 6, 2018 By Nick Savage Restaurants

Soba’s not a noodle often associated with Paris. But in the case of London, Parisan soba just might be our finest. Yen Paris ploughed furrows for the dish in St Germain des Pres, and we’re lucky to have them set up shop on the Strand, in a room that feels as if it could have been lifted from a forest in Hokkaido. Like a labyrinth, guests enter from the top floor and wend their way around various corners to reach the room, passing a glass display where the noodles are made twice daily. Soba specialists Maruno Hidenori and Katsuki Sakurai both trained with Mr Takahashi Kunihiro – renowned as one of the world’s most esteemed soba-makers.

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Indian Accent - Mayfair

Indian Accent - Mayfair

March 6, 2018 By Nick Savage Restaurants

Indian Accent has created quite a rattle in Mayfair, an impressive feat as the neighbourhood already plays host to torch-carriers of the cuisine whose status seemed, well, unassailable. But this is no regular opening. Spearheaded by chef/owner Manish Menohtra, the original Indian Accent in New Delhi created a similar stir and won pride of place on the World’s 50 Best 2017 and Asia’s 50 Best 2017 lists. Food critics were charmed and beguiled when Indian Accent opened its doors in 2015 in New York City, where the cuisine has never found much purchase. Now, in the former abode of Chor Bizarre on Albemarle Street, they’ve launched a sortie into London’s top-shelf dining theatre.

 

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Jack Solomons Club - Soho

Jack Solomons Club - Soho

February 28, 2018 By Nick Savage Bar

Bars and boxing gyms are both great places to lose a few braincells, so it’s fitting that one of central London’s most sought-after new cocktail bars is located on the same site as a boxing gym. It also takes the name of its owner and one of the city’s most famous promoters: Mr Jack Solomon. It’s quite a recondite kind of place, tucked away on Great Windmill Street underneath an afterhours deli which is very much Soho. You ring the bell to gain access to the club, then descend down a tight set of stairs past a glass wall with views into the kitchen before entering an astonishingly large subterranean space imbued with the sonics of a live band.

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Le Pont de la Tour - London Bridge

Le Pont de la Tour - London Bridge

February 21, 2018 By Sophie Munro Restaurants

Le Pont De La Tour has been one of London‘s destination eateries for over two decades and the reasons for its longevity are easily apparent. Situated alongside the Thames on the southern side of the Tower Bridge, it birthed the regeneration of Butler‘s Wharf as a nexus for bars and restaurants in the 1990s, a movement that echoes today with the burgeoning Bermondsey foodie scene, Maltby Street Market and the Michelin-starred Story. What gives it such staying power? As well as one of the most cinematic views in the Big Smoke, its varied array of offerings, its unflinching quality and its persistent innovation have set Le Pont De La Tour aside as a restaurant that has stood the test of time in one of the world‘s most challenging markets.

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Rudie's - Stoke Newington

Rudie's - Stoke Newington

February 21, 2018 By Sophie Munro Restaurants

Anyone with a predilection for Caribbean cuisine should make the pilgrimage to Rudie’s in Dalston. It could very well become habitual. The restaurant is arguably serving some of the finest Caribbean staples in the capital, and in a handsome dining room to boot. It’s a whitewashed brickwork affair, with dark stained floorboards matching the colour of the tables and chairs. An attractive bar reposes against the northern side of the room, flanked by smart chairs and illuminated by hanging brass pendant lighting. Most notably, the room is lit by palm-like columns of wooden strapping that fan upwards toward the ceiling.

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Plate - Shoredtich

Plate - Shoredtich

February 16, 2018 By Sophie Munro Restaurants

Located on the first floor of the M by Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch, Plate Restaurant is a smart and modern new dining space that’s carved out a popular niche just north of the Silicon Roundabout. Along with the restaurant, there is a cocktail bar, which overlooks the ground floor of the hotel and serves up a punchy array of libations. We grabbed seats on comfy plush chairs, ordered a pair of espresso martinis, and watched Tech City do its thing while we perused the menu.

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