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]"
Grain Store sits snugly within the recently redeveloped Granary Square vicinity sharing space with Dishoom, Caravan and Yumchaa (and Central Saint Martin’s campus) creating a rather vegetarian friendly enclave. And that is the main reason why I found myself at Grain Store on a Monday evening, for a “kind of” vegetarian friend in King’s Cross to […]Read more "Grain Store, Kings Cross [Modern European]"
Having been to the now defunct St. Giles branch, many years ago, I was surprised to find that they had relocated to Waterloo. The blame coming down to Crossrail’s mass exodus of the Koreantown in St. Giles and now Po Cha finds solace in the rather eclectic Lower Marsh in Waterloo. On my visit they had […]Read more "Po Cha, Waterloo [Korean]"
I’ve been to two different branches of the perennially popular Breakfast Club. The first time was for brunch at their 50/60s, Julia Childs’ inspired cafe at Battersea Rise whilst on the most recent occasion I went to their Spitalfields branch, a much dingier, almost “too-cool-for-school” interior filled with assorted knick-knacks to keep the 80s child inside you […]Read more "The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields [Cafe]"
A friend’s birthday led me to this pink frenzy. Everyone looks infinitely rosier in these surroundings, not least my photos! Sketch is the epitome of style but is it over substance? I’d say half and half. The meal I had was pleasant with glimpses of interest but on the whole I felt Sketch’s roar was […]Read more "Sketch: The Gallery, Mayfair [Contemporary French]"
I rarely find myself in this part of London but for a dear friend’s farewell I found myself traipsing along this mini Greek enclave. I say mini because there’s only the Hellenic Centre and The Real Greek here besides Opso, heck three’s a party! Opso serve small plate, mezedes in London’s continued fascination with all […]Read more "Opso, Marylebone [Greek]"
Finding a consistent dim sum restaurant in London is always a challenge. As a British born Chinese (BBC) I’ve had my fair share of dim sum over the years, both in the UK and in Hong Kong (as well as some less obvious locations!) and whilst dependable dim sum eateries are a dime for a dozen in […]Read more "Yi-Ban, London Docklands [Dim Sum]"