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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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Mber London - Monument

Mber 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, Mber 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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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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LIMA Market Lunch - Covent Garden

LIMA Market Lunch - Covent Garden

July 13, 2016 By Tim Badham Restaurants

LIMA Floral has accomplished something rather special with their new market-inspired sharing menu, for which Innerplace members will receive a special deal at both locations.  Inspired by the sharp flavours and vivid colours of the Peruvian Market, they’ve assembled an innovative menu that puts health and nutrition in the limelight. The centrepiece of the meal is the Yunza Box: in which nine small plates are presented in a darkwood box of windows that looks a little bit like a bookcase.

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The Dog House - Marylebone

The Dog House - Marylebone

July 13, 2016 By Nick Savage

Bernardi’s made its mark on Marylebone when it opened at the tail-end of last year, and looks to widen its appeal to the neighbourhood with a sultry speakeasy in its underbelly. The Dog House, its basement bar, serves up a wide variety of Italian cocktails that tend to hit the mark and never disappoint, as well as a variety of Italian beer and cider. Accessed through the restaurant or its own discreet entrance, The Dog House is the flip side of the coin to the restaurant upstairs, the dark part of the ying to Bernardi’s yang. The design is much more moody, with a dark grey and blue colour palette in stark contrast to the breeziness on the ground floor. However, if it’s a sunny day and you’d like to catch a few rays, there’s a lovely little terrace adjoining the bar. 

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Rök - Shoreditch

Rök - Shoreditch

July 13, 2016 By Nick Savage Restaurants

Rök is the Swedish word for smoke, a country where smoke is often put to excellent use. A quick jaunt around Stockholm will reveal a number of restaurants that specialise in smoked meats – including the invariably booked up Ekstedt. Rök has borrowed a page from the Swedish smokehouse, but given it a distinctly Shoreditch slant. Located on the southern tail of Curtain Road, this jewelbox small Nordic 40-seater is sure to put some fire in your belly. 
 
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Covent Garden Gets a Caribbean Crib

Covent Garden Gets a Caribbean Crib

March 20, 2014 By Nick Savage Restaurant,

If you’re looking for a Caribbean drinking and dining experience, Covent Garden now plays host to Dub Jam, a charming little venue that resembles a Rasta Polly Pocket. The jewelbox small bar and kitchen recreates a beachside vibe with light fixtures crafted from buoys and tin cans, stools refashioned from beer kegs and car wheels and a shelf bar made from half a surfboard. There’s additionally a dope selection of Jamaican-inspired grub including jerk chicken, pork, king prawn and halloumi skewers as well as flatbread burgers made from 28-day aged beef with accoutrements including grilled pineapple and smoked cheese or avocado and cured bacon. Punters who pitch up at the bar will be invited to get their drink on with a variety of cocktails, including a ‘Wray & Nephew Reggae Infused Punch’, which is gravity-fed through a soundsystem wall of speakers to ‘bass filter’ the overproof rum. No bookings on this one – so get there early to get in – it’s been very popular so far.

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Spanish Spirit in St Katharine Docks

Spanish Spirit in St Katharine Docks

March 20, 2014 By Nick Savage Restaurant

St Katharine Docks has always been one of those sites of resounding urban beauty squandered on the likes of Starbucks, Strada and every other indentikit rollout marring its comely quays. However, it appears that the Docks are finally prepared for change, and that catalyst just might be Bravas Tapas, which is not only contending to be the first viable restaurant on the Docks, but also the first viable Spanish restaurant in the City. Spearheaded by restaurateur Bal Thind, the original investor in Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Busaba, who has championed the talents of Catalonian/NYC chef Victor Garvey, Bravas Tapas juxtaposes Med rusticity with high-concept gastronomy. The room resembles the well-worn bottegas of Spain and Portugal, with rough-shod reclaimed furniture handsomely finished, a reclaimed sherry bar first put to work in the 19th Century, and a candlelit ambience instilling the Docklands with an Iberian romance. The first introduction to said gastronomy was an explosive amuse bouche. Diners are presented with a beige sphere and instructed not to bite into it prior to enclosing the entire thing in their mouth (insert bad joke here). It turns out that it’s gazpacho encased within an olive oil truffle. That subversion of expectations really set the stage for what was to follow. The small plates were all very reasonably priced, although, well, small. There were a number of playful touches throughout. Most notably, marinated Cantabrian anchovies were served from an upcycled sardine tin and a dessert of fresh macerated strawberries with candied rosemary, white chocolate and a gelatinous cava were served in an upended (but flat-bottomed) wine glass. Diners are also invited to eschew traditional cutlery in favour of pinzas, a kind of outsized tweezers popular in the Basque Region. However, we eschewed these in favour for our fingers when eating morcilla sliders with Idiazabal cheese and green apple slaw as well as the Moorish spiced lamb chops with bones serving as the perfect handle. With this summer promised to be the hottest on record, those too busy to book a trip South will be catered for at Bravas, with a rhythm and cadence that will get your tastebuds dancing flamenco.

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Rumble in the Kitchen: Part Deux

Rumble in the Kitchen: Part Deux

March 13, 2014 By Nick Savage Restaurant

For those of you who missed the original, we have a special deal for Rumble in the Kitchen: Part Deux on Tuesday 18th March. An off-the-wall parody of France’s rich gastronomic tradition, Part Deux will be fronted by Shuttlecock’s latest comedy creation, Arnaud Hérouville-Saint-Clair-Escoffier, and will see chefs putting their reputations on the line. Using three key ingredients bought from the market that morning, the two challengers will create their own three-course menu for the evening’s diners, with each course going to a vote when the plates are cleared. Best of three: starter, main, pudding. The winner soaks up the applause, the loser washes up the pots and pans. In the line-up so far are Shuttlecock's very own Ollie Templeton (Moro), defending champion Max Pasetti (Bocca di Lupo, Trullo), Tom Stracker (The Walnut Tree, The Ledbury, The Dorchester Grill, Heston's Dinner), Tom Forster (St John, Bocca di Lupo, Trullo, Roberta's, Chop Shop, Clamato, Septime), Freddy Money (El Bulli, The Dorchester Grill), James Knight (Moro, Barrica, Copita, Quality Chop House) and Ellen Parr (Moro, The Art of Dining). It’s £55 tickets for six dishes (three courses from each of the evening's two chefs) and an aperitif on arrival, however Innerplace members will receive the special rate of £49.50 on Tuesday 18th March. If you're interested in attending, please contact us at [email protected] to book.

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Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen

Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen

March 13, 2014 By Nick Savage Restaurant

London has definitely gotten the hang of the grand brasserie, with many of its most popular eateries following the French formula. However, the Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen at the Rosewood Hotel offers a little something extra – a gilded grandeur that puts other smaller entries to shame. Spearheaded by restaurateur Des McDonald, he’s enlisted a talented team including executive chef Lee Bull of Le Caprice and Scott’s and Jon Spiteri of Quo Vadis and St John as head maitre d’. Like the celebrated Scarfes Bar next door, the Holborn Dining Room was designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and is a masterwork of classic British opulence with a French twist. There’s an abundance of marble spread throughout the room, including impressive Ionic columns, smoky mirrors, Art Deco style wrought-iron chandeliers with exposed filament bulbs, brass railings, and two bars, including one devoted solely to charcuterie. The dining is as you’d expect with a launch of this pedigree. Dishes were classic and delivered with panache. Options from the ‘Crustacea’ section of the menu boasted an ineffable freshness, including an elegantly garnished Cornish dressed crab. For mains, we enjoyed a perfectly seasoned steak tartare and a crisp, saline lamb chop from Suffolk with a lovely bubble and squeak. Desserts, however, were our favourite. A sumptuous valhrona chocolate mousse with sweet cream was trumped, but only slightly, by an irresistibly rich and sweet steamed treacle and whisky pudding with custard. All in, for the Holborn area (currently being rebranded as Midtown by Londontown tastemakers), this is one of our strongest new options for relaxed, but grown-up eating. 

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