Vietnamese in Vietnam vs Vietnamese in London

I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks travelling from north to south Vietnam in April 2016 this year culminating in a friend’s wedding which was spectacular! The trip took us from Hanoi (2 days) to Halong Bay (2 days), then down to Hoi An (6 days) before ending up in Ho Chi Minh City…

Pappagone, Finsbury Park London

This is one of my favourite Italian restaurants in London and even better that it is local for me in Finsbury Park on Stroud Green Road. We recently did a review of Padella Pasta which is another favourite but the pasta here is on a par with Padella as well as having the benefit of…

Mussel Men, Dalston

Lobster, langoustine, clams, scallops, oysters, soft shell crab and of course Mussels! Whether it’s their ‘seafood sunday roast’, ‘Lobster Tuesday’ or just a regular date night out, Mussel Men will provide you with some of the freshest seafood in London. We enjoyed the outside terrace which was very welcoming in the June Saturday sun for…

Francis Mallmann 1884 Mendoza, Argentina

From start to finish this was one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had. We had been wine tasting in the day (Ampora Wine Tours – very highly recommended) where we visited 4 vineyards in total and had a rather large 6 course tasting lunch at about 3pm so despite being extremely excited…

Dinerama

Dine-erama! Buzzing, fun, Shoreditch street food/pop-up collaborative venue. Full of tasty food stalls, bars and cocktail units, this place has something for everyone. Grab a mojito or a Frontier/Sierra Nevada beer from the bar and then mingle on the stalls or peruse the plethora of varied food options: Birdbox has some great rotisserie chicken spinning…

Flesh and Buns

Flesh and Buns just do what they do well. Soft, steamed buns filled with crispy delicious meats. Everything is crispy! Crispy squid, wings, pork, duck, even fried mackerel. That said it doesn’t leave you feeling overly unhealthy at the end. The meat and fish is clearly of a good quality and the fat is treated…

Padella Pasta

I love pasta, it’s definitely one of my favorite comfort foods, so when I heard there was a new, trendy, Italian Bistro at Borough Market I had to check it out. Padella did not disappoint.┬áThere’s no reservations (we’re used to this now with Burger and Lobster, Flat Iron, Barrafina, Meat Liquor, Franco Manco etc) so…