Panton street might not be the most famous street in the West End, but it is rapidly becoming a must visit place for fans of Asian cuisine.
The Asian fusion restaurant group that first launched in Soho in 2008 is still going strong with the latest branch of Inamo in Covent Garden with their groundbreaking interactive table ordering technology.
When you think of the words: Italian takeaway, 99% of you will be thinking pizza and it is often the poor quality ones which will offer you a free bottle of coke to hide the taste of their inferior ingredients.
In the cut throat world of the London dining scene, if you don't evolve quickly, you rapidly become another tragic extinction story. When Opso opened in 2014 with much fanfare, some hardened food critics didn't give the venue the best of reviews.
You must be doing something right if you've gone from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan to a global phenomenon within a few years. It does help if your founder is Danny Meyer, the New York restaurateur who has the midas touch and can do no wrong.
Having walked past the unassuming entrance of Souk Medina in Covent Garden many times, I've always thought it was an antique shop, which would not look out-of-place in the thriving markets of Marrakech.
The Trading house is situated on the former site of the Bank of New Zealand, with splendid high ceilings, immaculately crafted wood-panelled walls and an assortment of curious eccentricities like a stuffed albino peacock; you could be forgiven for thinking you walked into the world of Phileas Fogg and a time when Britain still had an empire.
At Cafe Mish, they have a sign proudly proclaiming the Earl of Sandwich didn't "invent" the sandwich, it was created many centuries ago in the Middle East.
It's a real testament to the popularity of Le Bun that they can open a summer pop-up in a rowdy Brixton pub and then move to a top boutique hotel for their winter pop-up at the Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell.
Having visited their multi-coloured radiant summer pop up by Tower Bridge during the warmer months of July and August, I was curious to see what they have been up to with their winter pop up special on Cannon Street. Ceru specialises in food from the Levant which is a large part of the eastern Mediterranean.
Restaurateurs in London would do well to pay Bombay Brasserie a visit and get a masterclass in restaurant longevity. They have been established since 1982 and a recent visit confirmed they are still one of the leading lights of the London culinary scene.
London’s suburban pubs are giving the fashionable inner city joints a run for their money. More spacious and with less queues, you might actually get a seat on a Friday or Saturday night.
An exciting new restaurant has opened in the heart of the London’s West End, guaranteed to give lovers of Japanese food a new hotspot to get their fix.
Hip street food vendors shouldn't be the preserve of music festivals or east London hoxtonites, thankfully we are seeing an increasing revival of the culinary scene in Soho. Whaam Bánh Mì is one such venue adding some extra colour to the area literally, with its sharp yellow frontage and pop art posters, it instantly catches the eye of the passer-by.
Orthorexia: an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy. Most of us are unlikely to suffer from this, in fact the words detox and vegetarian food strikes fear into the hearts of most ordinary citizens. A visit to Maple & Fitz in Fitzrovia for a healthy dose of "Eat, Juice, Be Happy" might not be on top of most people's list of must visit places for lunch. However, this is one of those places which should come with an addiction warning : once tried, you might need regular doses to perk yourself up.
There are a multitude of captivating window displays along the King's Road but it takes iron will and determination to not pause and salivate at L’Eto Caffe's mouthwatering food display. Using floor to ceiling windows, they have very strategically placed finely crafted artisanal cakes at the forefront of the shop display.
If there was an Oscar for how lavishly well restaurants looked after their guests, Lotus would most definitely be a nominee if not the actual winner. This is a fine dining institution where the staff effortlessly guide you through an epicurean feast of dishes you are unlikely to find anywhere else in London.
I've done a lot of reviews in the Square Mile, but ashamedly I've never visited the Phở Mile in Shoreditch. Well there isn't much around that section of Shoreditch, apart from well...Vietnamese restaurants. Much like pizza places, they are great for visiting in your local area, but would you travel across town just for a bowl of phở?
Londoners love a great simple concept restaurant: think bubbledogs, burger & lobster or the raft of ramen bars opening recently. WingsEggs in Fulham is one to add on to this exciting list. It's a casual relaxed eatery that doesn't have the pretension of some of the other restaurants mentioned above, but its menu is no less ingenious.
King's Cross is fast becoming a mecca for foodies to congregate around, from fine dining restaurants to casual eateries, the area has it all. I was tasked to investigate the second restaurant opening of Pizza Union; the Spitafields branch has been incredibly successful with students and office workers readily queuing around the blocks for a slice of Pizza Union action.
How times have changed since the days of Henry VIII, expertly prepared cuisine just isn't sufficient for the refined British palate. They expect to be royally entertained, they see food as theatre; so it was with some irony we were dispatched to investigate the wildly successfully phenomenon that is the Medieval Banquet.
With the craft beer revolution in full swing around London, those now over-priced pints of Kronenburg, Carling and Estrella are becoming less and less appealing by the pound.
If you're out for a days shopping at Shepherds Bush Westfield and looking forward to a lunch break with the tipple of your choice, then The Bull offers the perfect lunch spot to sit down and rejuvenate before getting back on your feet.
Nestled in the heart of South Kensington is a tiny gem of a restaurant, an authentic Japanese café and delicatessen promoting fresh produce and healthy eating named Tombo.
It seems to be the trend these days to describe everything with superlatives when writing a food review, its either ‘the best’ or ‘the worst’, just being good is not good enough. So far I have refrained from this trend. However, there is no stopping me now when I say I think I have eaten the most amazingly perfect Indian cuisine in London today.
How well do you know your lobster? Most people think eating lobster is like riding in a limousine – fancy, expensive, and elitist. Not known for having huge generous chunks of meat lurking beneath their shells,
Let's shake things up a bit, forget Soho, forget East London, and forget alcohol – before you scream with horror let me finish – Things are happening in the suburbs of London.
This is London… of course there’s plenty more fish (and chip shops) in the sea but… very few even come close to Stoke Newington’s ‘Sutton and Sons’- a blissful exercise in perfect batter and classic seafood dishes.
Deep in the swankiest heart of the Grosvenor’s Belgravia lies Eaton Square. Once home to Neville Chamberlain, Vivien Leigh and the address of the fictional Bellamy family in ‘Upstairs Downstairs’, it is now known for something altogether more exotic- its incredible Lebanese restaurant and cocktail bar.
Steam and Rye’s website describes the bar and restaurant as being an ‘American dream on British soil’, with its design offering an ‘over-whelming assault on the senses’. This is no exaggeration
With so many restaurants and so much choice, its nice every now and then to escape the endless lists and enjoy yourself without having to over-think. A good example is the way that Italian's dine.
I’ve discovered a pornstar. One of London's finest. And not only does this pornstar give you more than enough pleasure, prosecco is served alongside. Delightful. I’m talking about the cocktail of course.
There probably aren’t many Londoners who haven’t eaten an outstanding number of curries, or regularly visited an Indian restaurant. Every area has its local, most people have a favourite dish – chicken buhna,
Whether you are a regular visitor to Italy, or just have a passion for Italian food and cooking, it’s common knowledge what makes the famous cuisine so good is the quality of ingredients. Forget buying pasta from Sainsbury’s, if you can get the real deal why eat anything less superior?
We all know you can have a cocktail shaken or stirred, but what if you were given the option for your drink to be smoked and steamed, foamed, fizzed or set on fire?
Hailing from Switzerland, Tibits vegetarian restaurant in London is bringing buffet dining with a difference to the city's ever-expanding food scene and my, what an experience it is. The concept? Choose as much or as little as you like from a wide selection of impeccable vegetarian dishes, weigh it, pay it and enjoy.
The Pepper Tree does fantastic Thai food in London. Dinners - moist, more-ish Crab and Prawn Dim Sum, spicy Chicken Jungle Curry with the light fragrance of lemongrass, huge bowls of hot & sour Tom Yam Talay, all of which would be reason enough to visit time and time again…
Be you human or ninja turtle, I think we can all agree that everybody loves pizza… but you don’t need a weekend away in Italy to find a good one.
It might be early days to officially start classing South London as ‘Down Under’ but the 4th instalment of antipodean Jason Wells mighty Australian inspired gastro pub Brew is certainly helping the title grow.
If your looking for an exceptional fine dining experience but prefer relaxed surroundings, friendly easy-going staff and affordable à la carte prices, then the award winning Sixty One is the restaurant to visit.
The combination of the words ‘theme’ and ‘restaurant’ would usually be enough to send most self-respecting gourmands running for the hills but, here in our funny old metropolis, there’s often an exception to any rule. Pond in Dalston is one such place- a homage to the Hawaiian dining craze sweeping across America, or from "across The Pond", and certainly no relation to the downmarket ‘tiki huts’ blighting the landscapes of suburbia.