Round Up: 6 Summer Vegan Dishes

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…

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…

Kricket

Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell originally started Kricket in Brixton in 2015 and have expanded to a bigger space in Soho this month. After the huge success of the Brixton branch, there was talk about the opening of the Soho restaurant for months and I’m glad it’s finally here! The trendy hotspot, specialising in contemporary…

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…

DUM London

I love a restaurant with a simple, focused menu and DUM London by Dhruv Mittal provides just that with a menu centered around an old Indian favourite – biryani. The newly opened biryani house on Wardour Street has a small narrow entrance but the stairs lead down to a surprisingly large, authentically decorated basement space….

Bubbledogs Hip Hop Brunch

Bubbledogs has been kicking for a while now, and it was a huge deal when it first opened. It was one of the first restaurants in London to pair the casual hot dog with champagne and transform a casual delight into a gourmet meal. The trend has been successfully going in London since with everything…

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea

The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel is known to be one of the best afternoon tea experiences in London and it’s been on my forever growing list of places to try for a while. The garden setting is magical and as pretty as I expected it to be. Tea is served in the courtyard and the Alice in Wonderland theme is executed beautifully with everything from the teapots to the sandwiches.

Rating: 7/10
Location: The Sanderson Hotel. Closest Station: Oxford Circus
Price: Between £48 and £65 per person excluding service
Perfect For: A special occasion

Tabun Kitchen

Tabun Kitchen is a lovely new restaurant in Soho inspired by Jerusalem street food traditionally made in a tabun oven. The menu offers a beautiful array of sharing mezze dishes as well as main meals and pizza. We used the TimeOut offer which was great value. Delicious food, fresh flavours and lovely presentation. The service here was also amazing – incredibly friendly and helpful waiters.

Rating: 8/10
Location: Soho
Price: £20 TimeOut offer
Perfect for: a catch up, date night…anything!

Calcutta Street

Calcutta Street is a hot new opening in Fitzrovia founded by Shrimoyee who is behind all of the recipes and was inspired by the incredible Bengali food she experienced growing up. A cute and simplistic restaurant with pops of calm blue and décor that gives you a taste of the vibrant Bengali culture. Delicious food (my favourite dish was the paneer posto) and excellent service. Lots of vegetarian options and a separate lunch menu including rolls.

Rating: 8/10
Reservations: Walk-ins only. Can reserve a table for 5 or more people.
Location: 29 Tottenham Court Road

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

SAID Dal 1923

SAID Dal 1923 was founded in Rome and specialises in the finest Italian chocolate. So happy they now have a branch in London! The Soho café is perfect for a coffee catch up or dessert and there are lots of chocolatey items available to buy, such as chocolate bars and truffles. The famous hot chocolate was perfectly rich and velvety. Great friendly service and authentically designed. One to try for the chocolate lovers!

Rating: 9/10
Location: Broadwick Street, Soho
Perfect for: Dessert or a coffee catch up