Shake Shack – Westfield Stratford

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SmokeShack Burger

By contributor Mathew Lea.

Shake Shack is an American burger chain which opened its first venue in the UK in July 2013 at Covent Garden. They recently opened a second venue at the popular shopping centre Westfield in Stratford.

Burgers have seen a big increase in popularity over the last few years, with brands such as Patty and Bun, Five Guys, Hache and Byron competing for the coveted burger hall of fame. Shake Shack has thrown itself into the mix, and might have found a niche in the market with its concrete (frozen) custard, although I wasn’t convinced their burgers are quite at the same standard as other established brands. Continue reading

The Pointer: Restaurant, Butchers and Farm in Brill

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The Pork

A couple of years ago I ate at what turned out to be my favourite restaurant of that year, The Pig. The food was great, but what I loved most was their dedication to sourcing ingredients within a 25-mile radius. The result of which was super fresh and very seasonal food. Since then a few other places have embraced this approach, but taking it to the next level is The Pointer. Continue reading

Mamounia Lounge, Mayfair

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Lobster Tagine

With its dark, slick, interior and loud pumping music, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve entered into a nightclub. But no, Mamounia is a classy Middle-Eastern restaurant set in the prime location of Mayfair. Continue reading

Brooklyn Beefsteak, Brooklyn Beer Mash Tour in London

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Beef

By contributor Mathew Lea.

The Brooklyn Beer Mash is a travelling food and arts festival which visits 8 American and European cities. The Mash runs a number of events including food tasting, cooking experiences, informational talks and comedy evenings. The Brooklyn Beefsteak is a feast of steak and beer, lots and lots of steak and beer. Naturally, it is the best event. Continue reading

Le Menar – Fitzrovia

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Spiced Rack of Lamb
with Aubergine Moutabal and Chermoula
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Great things are happening in the kitchen of Le Menar. Located in the quiet and unassuming part of Fitrovia, this charming restaurant offers a modern, unique take on North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. I met with head chef Vernon Samuels who is quite the character and whose passion; exuberance and confidence shine through onto the plates he serves. Continue reading