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…

Manitoba Tigella

London’s first tigella kitchen has arrived!  I didn’t know what it was either, but I’m glad I ventured to newly opened Manitoba one lunchtime to get a taste of authentic Italy on New Oxford Street. Tigella is a circular shaped stuffed bread from Northern Italy. Italy has blessed us with pizza and pasta and now it’s…

Cha Chaan Teng

Another week, another soft launch. From the moment you walk in to Cha Chaan Teng in Holborn you can feel the touch of retro dining in Hong Kong with the colourful lighting, marble top booths and urban art. Overall there was a good vegetarian selection including savoury pancakes, an omelette, a large selection of sides and bao buns. I liked the contemporary vibe, but I wouldn’t say I was blown away by the food and eager to come back. The booking process also didn’t set the best impression before because the Cha Chaan Teng reservation team were not great with responding to emails.

Rating: 6/10
Reservations: Can be made online via the website
Location: Kingsway, Holborn
Price: £15-20 (with 50% off)

Roka

A fun sophisticated dining experience with a broad selection of delicious contemporary Japanese dishes. Amazing service and very accommodating to vegetarians if substitutes are required for the brunch menu. The han setto weekend brunch at Roka Aldwych (usually £39.00 or £55.00 with unlimited wine) is a great way to taste a variety of the food the restaurant has to offer. Arrive hungry! The other Roka restaurants offer different brunch menus and the tasting menus are also a great way to try a selection of dishes.

Reservations: It’s possible to reserve a table for up to 5 guests online or you can call/email the restaurant directly. I emailed the restaurant to book a table.
Locations: Aldwych, Canary Wharf, Charlotte Street, Mayfair.
Perfect for: A special lunch/dinner with friends or family, date night.
Rating: 8/10