Category Archives: Reviews

Chai Thali – Indian Street Food Restaurant and Bar, Camden

Chai Thali Maharaja Prawns

Maharaja Prawns

Street food has been on the scene for a number of years now as well as the ongoing trend for small sharing plates. The latest addition to combine both of these is Indian restaurant and bar, Chai Thali. The restaurant is located in Camden on a road that’s part residential, part offices, away from the hustle and bustle of the main high street. Continue reading

Italian Restaurant: Amici Miei, Shoreditch

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Burrata with Heritage Tomatoes

Shoreditch really isn’t short of decent places to eat and is home to cuisines from all over the world from Vietnamese to Turkish. Amici Miei (translates as ‘My Friend’) adds to the nix with their Italian restaurant located at the Hoxton end of Kingsland Road. I don’t know what the restaurant looked like before, but it’s recently had a refurb – perhaps to keep up with the hipster food venues in the area. Whatever the reason it’s not over-styled, but modern, clean and cosy. Continue reading

Yuu Kitchen: South Asian Fusion Restaurant in Aldgate

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Baby Back Ribs

Yuu Kitchen is a right gem of a place located on the Aldgate end of Commercial Street. It’s a fusion-style restaurant bringing South East Asian and Pacific Rim flavours to the table. The décor is busy with Manga-style pop art, but it’s also inviting. I recommend taking a perch at the open kitchen bar to see the action unfold as the chefs create dishes crafted by Aussie duo Stephen Lowe previously of Icebar and Jon de Villa previously of Nobu. Continue reading

Qvintessenza: an Italian restaurant in Borough

Qvintessenza wines

Wines

Qvintessenza may not be the easiest of names to pronounce (I think the ‘Q’ is silent), but it’s an easy place to like. It’s a new Italian restaurant in Borough, which sits on the quieter end of Borough High Street. Inside the styling is finely crafted bright and modern. Italian food in London has upped its game over the years what with the likes of Polpo, Padella Pasta and Locanda Locatelli putting modern Italian cooking firmly on the London map. Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Jamie’s Italian, Covent Garden

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35-Day Aged Sirloin Steak

By contributor Mathew Lea.

It’s almost impossible to go anywhere in London these days without seeing something with Jamie Oliver’s name on it. Cookbooks, restaurants, kitchen equipment, cooking schools, TV shows. It won’t be long till there is a fleet of Jamie Oliver branded London buses, serving pukka sarnies on your commute into work. Bish bash bosh. So, when the opportunity came up to try one of the new set menu’s at the Covent Garden branch, I thought it was worth a twirl. Continue reading