The Gilbert Scott

Lavish decor, a grand dining hall and sophisticated, vibrant food are just a few of the many great qualities The Gilbert Scott can boast of. I enjoyed a lovely evening here recently, including a kitchen tour and a contemporary English meal, at the restaurant in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.   It was great to…

Tamarind Kitchen

Tamarind of Mayfair has a new sista! Tamarind Kitchen is the latest in the wave of new Indian restaurants hitting London. Being the newest member of the reputable Tamarind Collection family, behind Tamarind of Mayfair and Zaika of Kensington, there can only be high expectations of what this restaurant will bring to the table. Tamarind of Mayfair was…

Lokhandwala

We’re seeing newbie Indian restaurants poppadom-ing up every month and the demand from Londoners for traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary twist is veryyyy high. Other recently opened Indian hotspots include Kricket, Cinnamon Bazaar and DUM London.  We can’t get enough and I’m enjoying seeing what each new restaurant brings to the table with their…

Holborn Dining Room

Brunch. Everyone, myself included, is so into it, it might as well become one of our essential weekend meals. Most restaurants that cater for the weekend brunch crowd in London have similar menus and it’s rare for a brunch spot to really stand out for me. By this I mean so mouth water-ingly delicious that I’d be excited…

Fucina

Kurt Zdesar has done it again! His culinary empire, which includes some of London’s top restaurants – Chotto Matte, Nobu and Black Roe to name a few, gained a new addition last month. He has teamed up with Chef Stefano Stecco to bring an Italian dining venture to Marylebone. They travelled around Italy and the…

Zaika of Kensington

Zaika of Kensington (member of the Tamarind Collection restaurant family) was one of the first Indian restaurants in London to receive a Michelin star and this is truly deserved. We had a fabulous North Indian dinner here to celebrate my sisters 30th birthday. You can really feel the Mughal palace influence with the authentic décor and ambience. A great group set menu in terms of variety, quantity and flavour. I enjoyed the meal so much that I kept eating and eating eventually feeling like I had to be rolled out of Zaika. Classy girl.

Rating: 9/10
Reservations: Can be made online via the website or OpenTable. Get your points 😉
Perfect for: a special occasion (it’s a spenny one)
Location: Kensingtion. Closes station – High Street Kensington

Osteria 60

Osteria 60 is a fabulous new Italian restaurant located in the Bagaloni Hotel opposite Kensington Gardens. The menu consists of contemporary Italian dishes by Chef Ivan Simeoli. It is an exquisite restaurant to try for the atmosphere and stylish dining experience. While the staff were incredibly kind and I couldn’t fault the service, if I come back I would skip straight to dessert. The vegetarian dishes were lacking that something special I was hoping for.

Rating: 7/10
Location: Kensington. Closest station – High Street Kensington

Foley’s

This is one spice trail you need to follow! Mitz Vora, former sous chef at The Palomar, has created an exciting menu of street food inspired dishes from all over the world. Foley’s in Fitzrovia is a party of flavours with artistically presented food and pops of colour. Great vegetarian selection. My highlights were the peanut crackers, sweet potato fritters, aubergine and baklava cheesecake. The service was excellent throughout the meal – our waiter was super friendly and helpful. Foley’s officially opens 1st July.

Rating: 8/10
Reservations: Can book online via the website
Location: Fitzrovia

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

Yauatcha City

Yauatcha City by Alan Yau overlooks Broadgate Circle in the heart of the city and provides a sophisticated trendy take on dim sum which is considered a casual street food in China. I was impressed with the artistically presented food and excellent service throughout the meal. Good vegetarian selection with different styles of mushroom being central to many of the dishes. The patisserie holds beautiful desserts including exotic flavoured macaroons and chocolates so save some room! I would highly recommend the £29 9-dish tasting menu Bookatable offer as a great way to try a selection of Yauatcha’s specialties for a reasonable price.

Reservations: Can book online via OpenTable or email reservations@yauatchacity.com
Location: Broadgate Circle. Closest station: Liverpool Street
Price: £30 plus service charge
Rating: 7/10

Chotto Matte

The Chotto Matte experience was one of a kind due to my unfamiliarity with Peruvian-Nikkei cuisine. The extensive and exotic menu hosts a range of fresh flavours, including sweet and sour, making it appealing to most palettes. Picturesque food, decent service and vibrant artistic decor. I’m glad I tried another one of Kurt Zdesar‘s hotspots but I won’t be eagerly running back for the food. I felt it was fairly limited for a vegetarian in terms of flavours and options. I should add my friend very much enjoyed the meat and fish dishes.

Reservations: Online via OpenTable. Card details may be requested later to confirm the booking.
Location: Soho. Closest stations: Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road
Perfect for: A special occasion, date night, a fancy dinner with friends/family
Price: Approximately £50 per person
Rating: 6/10

Sticks’n’Sushi

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.
Rating: 7/10