Yamagoya recently opened a permanent restaurant on The Cut, after a prolonged pop up above Shuang Shuang in Chinatown. Whilst I never ventured upstairs at Shuang Shuang from looking at the menu it seems that the recently opened venture is more geared to the quick lunch trade in the area compared to when they were […]Read more "Yamagoya, Waterloo [Japanese]"
For lack of a better word, Madame D says it’s influenced by food that is prepared by Chinese-Tibetan immigrants living in India. Opened by the team behind Gunpowder across the road, the flavours here are more focused towards the Orient. It’s an odd experience for me as I almost feel like I’m eating at home […]Read more "Madame D, Spitalfields [Himalayan]"
Whilst most are debating whether the name is a little odd, I for one find the name rather genius. An obvious play on the Japanese word Ichiban, meaning number 1. What I am bothered about is the continued dissolution of the Chinatown identity. London Chinatown has been no more than a row of Chinese restaurants […]Read more "Ichibuns, Chinatown [Japanese]"
I have somehow missed the Pizza train in London because I’ve only ever been to Franco Manca out of all these relatively new pizza chains. I do like pizza, in fact sometimes I crave the 2am pizza binge that comes with student life but after I went to Pizza Pilgrims I finally figured out what the […]Read more "Pizza Pilgrims, Soho [Pizza]"
If you’ve read my blog before you might have noticed one popular cuisine curiously missing from my reviews, Indian food. I’m not against eating Indian food but I rarely have the opportunity and even rarer do I decide to go for an Indian after years of having my taste buds desensitised by bland Indian takeaways. So […]Read more "Roti Chai, Marble Arch [Indian]"
Few places in London manage to cater for those dressing to the nines, and those in their threes, as well as Brasserie Zedel. On an early Saturday evening the lofty dining room, a beautifully decked out space plucked straight out of the Parisian Art Deco, had a mix of women in cocktail dresses, guys in […]Read more "Brasserie Zedel, Soho [French]"
Thai food is one of my favourites. I’ve been all over London (and beyond) to find the best that London has to offer. Recently, there seems to have been a resurgence to this mainstay in the London scene which, of late, has been slightly overshadowed by its Asian counterparts. One place, that has been on […]Read more "Smoking Goat, Covent Garden [Thai]"
Despite being Chinese I’m not a big fan of hotpot but Shuang Shuang’s novel concept of giving each diner their “personal” hotpot, which opened earlier on in the year, caught my interest. That interest was also partly to do with its location, at the corner of Chinatown, because Chinatown never has a “novel” restaurant – […]Read more "Shuang Shuang, Chinatown [Chinese]"
Korean food found its spotlight a few years ago and doesn’t seem to have waned in London. For a long time London’s Korean food scene was skewed towards the traditional; the authentic dingy little eateries on St Giles Street or if you were diehard enough, in far flung New Malden. But recently eateries focusing on […]Read more "On the Bab, Covent Garden [Korean]"
When I heard the original Koya were to close down last year I feared that there would be nowhere else in London to have authentic Japanese food besides sushi and ramen (god forbid places like Taro, which I might or might not review). Thankfully they opened a sister branch, Koya Bar, right next door with a […]Read more "Koya Bar, Soho [Japanese]"