HONEST BURGERS – BRIXTON

THE HYPE One of the earliest entrants to the London super burger scene, Honest Burgers’ first outlet was also helpfully located in the foodie mecca that is Brixton Village (and a short walk from my house). A 4* and a 5* review from trusted burger detective Burgerac seemed to suggest there was more worth investigating … Continue reading

HUSH BRASSERIES – ST PAULS

THE HYPE You may know the daddy restaurant already – the well established Hush in Mayfair (hidden down a cobbled alley with a large courtyard, it’s also worth checking out.) This is a new breed of spin-off Hush Brasseries located in St Pauls and Holborn which have only just opened. THE FOOD This is my kind … Continue reading

NEW STREET GRILL – LIVERPOOL STREET

THE HYPE Until now relatively unremarkable and unbeknown British grill in the heart of the city, recently catching the eye of foodie bargain hunters with the new “neverending Sunday lunch” which comes with unlimited prosecco. THE FOOD There’s nothing too jazzy or experimental about this menu – thank god. For me, the Sunday roast is … Continue reading

PETRUS – KNIGHTSBRIDGE

THE HYPE The ‘new’ Petrus by the chef everyone most loves to hate – Gordon Ramsay (the old Petrus is now Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, it’s a long story and I wouldn’t get involved). Following a lukewarm critics’ response in 2010, it was awarded a Michelin star in 2011, and has recently been increasingly … Continue reading

FLAT IRON – PICCADILLY CIRCUS

The Hype   Pop up turned permanent soho steak restaurant. Set apart from the rest of the steakhouse breed on two counts:– low prices are meant to be the draw at just £10 for the flat iron steak itself, and the décor is more stripped back warehouse than typical cowhide and glossy granite. The Food Starting … Continue reading

DAYLESFORD ORGANIC – SLOANE SQUARE

The Hype Chelsea outpost of the Gloucestershire farm shop stocking a mouth-watering array of vegetables, meats, cheese and anything else you might need a wholesome, organic, locally produced version of. In addition to the shop, there’s an impressive café menu and after happening upon it on a sunny day in desperate search of breakfast, it … Continue reading

SMITHS OF SMITHFIELD – FARRINGDON

The Hype Fanciest floor of the impressive looking four-storey restaurant, nestled in the heart of the historic Smithfield market, I first visited in 2008 to celebrate getting my first graduate job (pre-katemeout days) and still have cravings for the crackling on that pork belly five years later.  When I was recently invited to a ‘showcase’ of … Continue reading

THE POPESEYE – PUTNEY

The Hype Relatively unknown (except amongst steak fiends) pair of family-run scottish steakhouses in Putney and Olympia. The vibe is no frills, and the menu is unbelievably basic: you can order whatever you like as long as it’s steak, chips, salad and red wine. The Food I have never encountered a menu in any restaurant … Continue reading

TINELLO – SLOANE SQUARE

The Hype Lower key (and cheaper) Pimlico Road restaurant from the former chef and the sommelier of Locanda Locatelli which is thought by many to be the best Italian in London. We just wanted something simple and tasty to eat for a Wednesday night and this place was walking distance from my date’s house. The … Continue reading