Author Archives: Dawn

British

Launceston Place: Simple but accomplished Michelin dining

Launceston Place is a D&D chain Michelin institution hidden away in a cul-de-sac a short walk from Gloucester Road tube station. It’s a romantic tucked away place and equally good for quiet business lunches and more cosseted evening meals with friends or partners. Staff are attentive without being intrusive and the decor is rather like ...
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British

Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack: Charming modern seafood

Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack is a small restaurant located in Foley Street that is known for offering typical British, with a modern slant sea food dishes, with classics such as fish and chips and plenty of white fish dishes by and large with vegetables, mussels and other seafood classics. It’s a refined mildly seaside themed ...
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Breakfast

The Ivy Chelsea: Lovely alfreso dining and brunches

The successful Ivy and Market Grill venue in Covent Garden now have a third restaurant to add to their popular dining repertoire courtesy of The Ivy Chelsea, a spacious, traditionally British venue along the King’s Road with a beautiful terrace spacious, with fountain features and pretty natural elements and an interior like a rather refined ...
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British

Percy and Founders: Fantastic modern British cuisine

Percy and Founders is the most recent addition to London’s Fitzrovia restaurant scene and offers Modern European dishes that focus predominantly on British ingredients. Head Chef Diego Cardoso formerly of Murano and Simon Rogan serves up some fantastic dishes with a focus on a more modern laid-back approach to dining and sense of informality. The ...
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Mediterranean

Moro: Rather dull tapas

Exmouth eminence Moro is heralded as one of London’s finer dining spots for tapas with a focus on British Iberian-with-a-North-African- twist Mediterranean menu, which doesn’t easily role off the tongue and on a couple of experiences at the venue hasn’t really dazzled the palate. Run by Samantha and Sam Clark the venue is a small ...
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French

Cigalon: French cuisine lacking that joie de vivre

From makers of the Club Gascon Restaurant ventures, Cigalon in the heart of the busy London legal world near Chancery Lane is a spacious setting for a spot of Provencal cuisine. Clad with olive trees, trellises and an airy dining room Cigalon has a Provencal menu and endeavours to remind diners of sunnier French shores. ...
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French

Blanchette Soho: Classic rustic French cuisine

Opened by French brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Anary with help from the Salt Yard group Blanchette Soho is a humble looking classic French bistro with stripped back decor and modern 2015 bistro feel. Hot salty gougeres of cheese alongside sweet and sour confited onions are a thoughtful and inexpensive dish, not quite as succulent ...
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British

Kitty Fishers: Snug dining venue with dazzling cuisine

Dickensian restaurant with a crammed space in a quiet corner of Shepherd’s market but fashionable and effortlessly good food. The chefs -Tomas Parry and sous chef Chris Leach have formerly worked in the kitchens of esteemed London venues and this clearly shows in a short, typically modern British menu with the likes of slow cooked ...
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Italian

Bocca di Lupo: London’s finest Italian tapas venue

Italian London dining venue Bocca di Lupo around the corner from Piccadilly Circus has a distinctly buzzy vibe that encourages enjoyment of the fantastic Italian dishes (much like the Spanish equivalent Barrafina) so it’s no wonder it’s one of London’s most enduringly popular restaurants. The broadly Italian themed decor is more polished than most city ...
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Italian

Polpetto: Subtle and flavoursome Italian tapas

Offshoot of establishment Polpo, Polpetto is a Berwick Street operation a stones throw away from their other venture Spuntino with a low lit, Italian themed decor, typical wooden tables and stripped back furnishings and small selection of Italian tapas plates. There are a lot of vegetarian options on the menu and a few pasta and ...
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French

Terroirs: Delicious rustic French cuisine

  Just a stones throw away from Trafalgar Square rustic French cooking takes pride of place at French tapas venue Terroirs, which also runs three other operations (Brawn, Soif and the Green Man & French Horn).  It has a crowded ground floor with typically traditional French decor and an array of small plates such as ...
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Italian

Polpo: Some of London’s finest Italian tapas

Polpo is renowned as one of London’s finest Italian tapas restaurants and it’s acclaim is certainly deserved, boasting an array of visually enticing and flavourful typical Italian dishes and a bustling, lively atmosphere with hospitable and swift service. Polpo seems to have cracked the tapas code by producing a number of very good tapas restaurants ...
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American

Spuntino: Classy American diner food

Hangover posh diner style food is Spuntino’s speciality and branching off from the likes of sister restaurants Polpetto and Polpo Spuntino does so effortlessly, with a deliberately distressed decor, tiled walls and low-key lighting, perched bar stools and cool vibe as plate after plate of polished, sleek sliders, pizettas, croquettes and slow cooked pork. This ...
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American

Hotbox: One of London’s best brunches

Hotbox has been only three short months and is an already a hub of young socially minded individuals seeking hearty weekend brunches and huge husks of beef and pork ribs at dinner times to sate their hungry bellies. Lined with benches, moody lighting, reminiscent of a posh hostel in Australia and drumming out plenitful plates ...
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