El Pirata, Mayfair

When I was invited to El Pirata, a Spanish tapas restaurant in Mayfair I was immediately slightly sceptical and thought it might be overpriced and unauthentic. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was neither. We had a selection of the classic and house specialities paired with a number of wines as well as a…

Hix – Mayfair, London

I am a big fan of the Mark Hix restaurant group. I love Hix in Soho (which includes the fantastic bar downstairs which is respected in its own right – Mark’s Bar) as well as the simplicity of going to Tramshed for what is one of the best variations of ‘Chicken, Stuffing and Chips’ in…

Aquavit – St James’s Market, London

“Aquavit London is a fresh, new concept that combines inspired signature dishes with sophisticated design, all in a uniquely Nordic style. Situated in the recently re-developed St James’s Market in central London.” The success of the relatively newly opened Aquavit in part plays off the big success of the New York Aquavit which boasts 2x…

Dinner at Dinner (Heston Blumenthal – Mandarin Oriental, London)

Dinner at Dinner. Where do I start? The executive summary reads – This is easily one of the best Dinners I have ever had. Many of you will remember the ‘Heston’s Medieval Feast’ TV programme that was shown in the UK and featuring the ‘Meat Fruit Bowl’. The basic premise was to look back in…

Top London Brunch Options

Mac & Wild, (Fitzrovia/Devonshire Square) Scotland has some of the best ingredients in the UK and therefore it is no surprise that Mac & Wild, who pride themselves on their good quality meat (especially venison and beef) and fish makes my top brunch shortlist! I’ve visited a few times but my fave choice is the Cured…

Authentic Pad Thai Recipe

Pad Thai with Chicken and Prawn Recipe (Pad Thai Gai) Ingredients: ½ tbsp. Light Thai soya sauce 1 tsp. Brown sugar 1 tbsp. Ground Thai chili, sweet chili sauce 1 tsp. Oyster sauce 2 tbsp. Spring onion 1 cup Water 1 tbsp. Tamarind 1-2 tbsp. Coconut sugar ½ tbsp. Fish sauce 2 tbsp.Peanut oil or…

Sunday Lunch – Roast Lamb and Garlic Crushed Potatoes

This recipe is probably my favourite type of Sunday roast lunch or dinner. Slow cooking a good quality shoulder of Lamb in Rosemary, Garlic and Red Wine is a delicious way to enjoy flavoursome and tender meat and it’s really simple as the gravy makes itself in the pan! Get a good quality joint –…

Estiatorio Milos, 1 Regent Street

When a foodie friend (@food_feels) organised a dinner and invited me to Estiatorio Milos one Friday in early November I got pretty excited. I hadn’t heard of the restaurant before despite it being located at 1 Regent Street in a grand, characterful building just south of Piccadilly and north of Pall Mall, but after doing some…

Nutbourne, Battersea

I was looking forward to eating at Nutbourne due to the passion and dedication to quality ingredients that the Gladwin Brothers have. Nutbourne is the 3rd restaurant run by the Gladwins after The Shed (Notting Hill) and Rabbit in Chelsea. The brothers each have their own specialism – Richard, the oldest, is the restaurateur and front…

Strongroom Bar & Kitchen, Shoreditch

This is a great little place for a relaxed and informal lunch or dinner with friends. Great selection of beers and drinks as well as an affordable a la carte menu ‘Well Dressed Plates’ by Masterchef finalist Tony Rudd. The menu is simplified but this still leaves a lot of choice as it all sounds…