As we’re reaching the end of summer (or what was supposed to be the summer months)… it’s time for a bit of reflection on the good times I’ve had exploring the London restaurant scene. This summer I officially became vegan. It took me a few months (and a few slip ups) to make the transition…
Burmese food has become one of the latest trends to hit the London food scene following the popularity of Asian cuisine. I’m surprised it took this long considering how trendy Asian food is in the city. It’s a little like a mix of Thai, Chinese and Indian – flavour on flavour with rice and noodles…
Cinnamon Bazaar by Vivek Singh is the latest addition to the Cinnamon Collection family following the successes of its sister restaurants The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Soho and Cinnamon Kitchen. Inspired by Bazaars dotted along the spice, silk and frankincense routes around India, the restaurant has a more relaxed feel compared to the other collection members….
I used the TimeOut offer at Gyoza Bar which was great value for £16. This included a bao board and a cocktail. Gyoza Bar opened recently in Covent Garden after its success in other foodie cities across the globe. Small restaurant, minimalist décor and good service. As the name suggests, the dumplings are the star feature here so I was quite surprised that the selection of other dishes, such as the ramen noodle soups, was greater than the gyoza. A good choice of veggie friendly dishes. I really enjoyed the bao bun and dumplings but I was disappointed with the ramen noodle soup.
Location: 63-66 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden. Closest stations: Leicester Square and Covent Garden
Perfect for: Lunch or dinner
Inspired by the dive bars in India, Shaftesbury Avenue’s Talli Joe is the exciting new venture of ex-Benares chef Sameer Taneja. Expect small plates and an extensive cocktail menu incorporating ingredients from different regions in India. Flavourful food, small portions and a fun tapas style dining experience. Perfect for a light meal, but if you’re very hungry it could cost you a pretty penny.
Reservations: Can book online via ResDiary
Location: Shaftesbury Avenue
Perfect for: A lunch or dinner catch up with friends/family
Delightful experience at The Ivy Market Grill located on the cobbled edge of the piazza in Covent Garden. Beautiful art deco themed décor. Broad menu with a great selection of modern British inspired dishes. Excellent service and a sophisticated ambience. Great for a special occasion. I’d recommend trying the delicious chocolate bombe for dessert.
Reservations: Bookings can be made online via OpenTable
Location: 1A Henrietta Street, Covent Garden
Perfect for: A special occasion or afternoon tea
American themed crab shack restaurant with a Deep South inspired menu – very meat focused. Located in the beautiful Roof Garden at Crossrail Place. The Set Breakfast is great value at £10 for a lot of food. The cronuts were my favourite part of the whole experience. Dim lighting and noisy but I’m generally not a fan of these big TGI style restaurants. Slow paced service and staff had to keep referring to other staff members about menu queries which was annoying. Not in a rush to come back here any time soon.
Reservations: Email email@example.com or call 02038418844
Location: Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf. Other locations: Kings Road, Covent Garden
Price: £10 for the set breakfast
Perfect for: A big breakfast, lunch or dinner with family/friends
A fun restaurant to try with a unique menu of chic food that looks like it should be on a runway. Excellent service. Limited vegetarian options but I was happy with what I had in terms of taste and presentation.
Reservations: We phoned directly to book. You can also book online via bookatable.
Location: Cross Rail – Canary Wharf, Covent Garden, Wimbledon, Greenwich.
Perfect for: A treat or special occasion, date night, dinner with friends/family.