Little Kolkata

Tucked away on Shelton Street in Covent Garden, Little Kolkatta is one of the many newer Indian restaurants meeting the demand for fun, Indian dining in London. I’ve not been to Kolkata but have always been intrigued by the city and cooking style, especially after watching TV shows such as Kolkata with Sue Perkins which…

Maison Bab

It’s been a while since I’ve done a restaurant review but I’m back with one for new Maison Bab in Covent Garden which I attended during their soft launch. This is the newest member of the Le Bab family known for their Middle Eastern inspired unique, gourmet kebabs. Le Bab is one of my fave…

Shoryu

It’s National Vegetarian Week! To make the most of this, I went to try the veggie set menu at Shoryu in Covent Garden. The set menu was designed specifically for National Vegetarian Week and would make a popular permanent feature. The set menu is £21 and a great way to try a selection of Shoryu’s…

Asia de Cuba

I went to Asia de Cuba recently for my sisters’ birthday lunch and we had a fantastic time! The chic restaurant, located in the lavish St Martins Hotel, is well know for its memorable, retro decor and flavourful food. Being a book worm, I especially loved the colourful book case in the centre of the restaurant….

Restaurant Round Up: 6 Vegan Dishes

This summer was pretty significant for me because I became vegan. It took me a few months (and a few slip ups) to make the transition from vegetarian to vegan which I did by gradually cutting out eggs and dairy from my diet. There was a loootttt of temptation along the way and it was a…

The Shan State

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

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….

Gyoza Bar

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.

Rating: 6/10
Location: 63-66 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden. Closest stations: Leicester Square and Covent Garden
Perfect for: Lunch or dinner

Talli Joe

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
Rating: 7/10

The Ivy Market Grill

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
Rating: 8/10