Bocconcino, 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair

I had the pleasure of eating at Bocconcino this week. A smart, stylish Italian restaurant in the heart of Mayfair near Green Park tube station. Opposite the Mayfair Hotel, and sandwiched between Nobu and Sexy Fish, it’s in good company, and rightly so! Having previously worked in Mayfair for a few years I was keen to…

French-Style Summer Roast Chicken

I like this dish because it’s nice to have a roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon (and in this case a chicken with crispy skin as it is one of my favourites), but in the summer a full winter roast can feel a bit rich, heavy and stodgy. So this, I think is a great…

Best London Pizza

I have recently been to Homeslice, Franco Manca, Pizza Pilgrims, Yard Sale Pizza, Pizza Union and Pizza East and I’m here to give my verdict. Don’t shoot me! Pizza is a personal thing. Some like a thin base, some like it thick, some like sour dough, some don’t. Some like it hot, some like it…

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…

Prawn, Asparagus and Avocado Summer Salad

Most suitable for a light dinner or a weekend lunch, this dish is fresh, full of flavour and super tasty. Cook your prawns in olive oil, chilli and garlic. Place some baby spinach in a bowl, steam or pan fry some asparagus and add this to the bowl. This is better than boiling as you…

Pan Fried Hake Fillet, Ratatouille, Parsley Basmati Rice

A healthy fish dish with mediterranean vegetables and parsley rice. Perfect as a summer evening dinner. The vegetables take the longest to cook so cut the aubergine, red onion and peppers into similarly sized cubes. Add chopped garlic, fresh rosemary and thyme and generous amounts of olive oil and place on a baking tray in an…

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…

Homemade Oven-Baked Spicy Wings

A delicious snack, starter or part of a tapas style meal. My recipe involves a dry rub and oven bake and then a glaze towards the end of cooking. The recipe is for 8 wings so multiply accordingly depending on how many you are doing or how hungry you are! The ingredients for the dry rub are:…

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…

Crispy Bacon and Pork Ragu Pasta Bake

A satisfying comforting dinner or weekend lunch. Ideal for the family or a group of friends. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees C. Then get a large saucepan and crisp up some bacon in olive oil. Once crisp, this can go straight into your oven bake dish. Then do the same with 400-500g of pork…