Tagged with romantic

SMITHS Spitalfields – LIVERPOOL STREET

The Hype Following an excellent evening at Smiths of Smithfield a few months ago, I was delighted to be invited for the launch night of its new four storey sibling, SMITHS Spitalfields in September – located in a trendy location within Spitalfields market. The Fun With exposed brickwork galore, an outdoor terrace within the covered … Continue reading

METRO GARDEN RESTAURANT – CLAPHAM COMMON

THE HYPE You’ve probably walked past this little restaurant right by Clapham Common tube a hundred times and never noticed it, so you’d be surprised to know it has a huge garden restaurant, filled with trees and twinkly lights hidden just behind it. Given this was the summer for al fresco, I thought it would … Continue reading

NO. 11 PIMLICO ROAD – SLOANE SQUARE

THE HYPE New all-day-eating-and-cocktailing-and-coffeeing-bar-slash-restaurant opened on the former site of The Ebury just off Sloane Square as No 11 Pimlico Road. You might have seen it featured quite heavily on the recent series of Made in Chelsea, but I was already keen to go due to some early rave reviews of the breakfasts. THE FOOD … Continue reading

TRULLO – HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON

THE HYPE Nice Italian hidden off the beaten track, in a bit of a weird location near Highbury & Islington tube. It’s the baby of a former River Café maitre d, and the chef trained at Fifteen, St John and Moro, so on paper at least, a winner. THE FOOD The menu changes every day, … Continue reading

PURL – BAKER STREET

THE HYPE A friend returned from a date last year claiming to have been to a cocktail bar where she had to don a moustache disguise to drink one of the concoctions, and another was accompanied by a man striking a Chinese gong as you drank. That place was Purl London, located handily opposite my … 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

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