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…

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…

Nama Foods

With the plant based diet becoming a health trend recently, Nama Foods is a jewel for the vegan scene in London, Notting Hill to be precise. You can find lots of the popular healthy eateries, including Farmacy and Planet Organic in this area. Not many restaurants can boast about including dishes made of raw foods…

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…

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….

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…

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….

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!

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

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

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