I’ve never celebrated Valentines day in my entire life, and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling quite strongly that, whether you’re in a relationship or not, there can be nothing worse than spending a desperate evening in a restaurant surrounded by other couples all frantically conforming to a socionormal yet deeply unimaginative concept of romance,
If like me you feel a little bit sick every time you think about how close we are to Jesus’s birthday; and if the last thing on your mind is how on earth you’re going to fit a humungous bird in your teensy electric oven while everyone else gets stuck into the festive spirit, then maybe it’s time to let someone else slav
It’s cheaper than lunch and faster than dinner, yet all too often we’re content to mark the most important meal of the day with little more than a stale muesli bar foraged from the bottom of the bag plus an overpriced coffee on the hop. If the nine to five is interfering with your fancy lunch aspirations why not go for breakfast instead?
When it comes to food shops and markets, London has become a veritable playground for the discerning food lover. We have some truly excellent food markets in London, as well as artisan shops and brilliant little places to go for the perfect cheese or chocolate bar. But where do top chefs like to go for their personal food shopping? I asked three leading lights in the restaurant scene to spill the beans about their local foodie haunts.
The capital is veritably teeming with seafood restaurants, but are any of them any cop? What Matthew Couchman doesn’t know about fish isn’t worth knowing. As well as having some impressive fish related qualifications under his belt, he manages the supply of seafood to the swankiest restaurants in town (Southbank Fresh fish) and works closely with the MSC and the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Basically, nothing makes this man happier than talking about all things piscine. So who better to grill!
Picture this - a sleet-whipped Friday night. After a long week at the electronic coal face, you're very much looking forward to a bite to eat with your friends. But hang on… what's this snaking queue of braying hipsters? Well surely the food must be worth the wait, you think. But fast forward two hours and you’re still ravenous. Teeny plates of risotto balls you could easily have created yourself have left you distinctly unsated. Or perhaps it's post-ironic super-pimped junk food you've paid through the nose and waistline for? Suddenly the realisation that it's cold, you're hungry and this is Clapton not Calabria hits you round the chops like a dirty fried chicken leg. If hanging around for titchy plates at no reservations places is starting to grate, then it's time to say welcome back to our trusty friend: the high-end restaurant.
London is packed with places to enjoy grown up midnight feasts and the days of making do with a mystery meat hotdog are now thankfully well behind us. Whether you fancy a proper salt beef beigel, a diner style mac and cheese or just a really stonking view of the city, there’s something somewhere to sate your need.
Once upon a time you’d be hard pressed to find more than a scowl and a chipped mug of Nescafé in your local greasy spoon. Nowadays you can barely move in the capital for bean worshipping baristas. In the past few years we’ve become spoilt for choice with the likes of Prufrock, Tap Coffee and Nude Espresso .But as if that’s not enough, we can now score our caffeine fix in increasingly weird and wonderful surroundings. Bonkers about bikes? Massively into cats? A bit of a granny geek? There’s a coffee shop for you. Here’s my list of the top six:
Just because you’re skint doesn’t mean you can’t eat out and eat well at that. Here’s a list of some of the best places to extract the most from your hard earned GBP.
We’ve all been there - the morning after the night before, the merciless wrenching open of bloodshot eyelids as your parched mouth and comatose liver demand some attention. Cue a series of increasingly disturbing flashbacks plus the immediate and desperate need for something full fat and sugary, followed by something fresh and cleansing perhaps. My personal cure involves lying in the recovery position in front of various 80s films while working my way through the magical elixir that is full fat coke, a couple of rennies and a filthy junk food fest. Should you manage to rouse yourself from the sofa, here are some excellent hangover haunts.
Summer in the smoke just wouldn’t be the same minus the Great British Beer garden. All across town, as soon as the sun emerges we Brits like nothing more than to while away our sun-kissed afternoons with friends in a pub garden. But where are the best ones?
No more token omelettes and nut roasts for you, dear vegetarian healthy type. Here are the best vegetarian restaurants in London town right now. Forget the brown rice brigade, these are restaurants that have enough wow factor to please even the most die hard carnivorous types too.The GateTo quote Marina O'Loughlin, a judge of the London Restaurant
There’s no doubt that London is heaving with terrific places to eat out. With the opening of Weeny Weaning in Clapham (), the world’s first sensory restaurant for babies (complete with digital interactive menus) it seems that even little people are encouraged to get in on the culinary action. Nancy’s Pantry in Dalston (“where the children are as im
London is home to some pretty impressive street markets and East London’s Broadway Market is no exception. Barrow boys have been hawking their wares around London Fields since the 1890’s and today there are well over 100 stalls where you can purchase some of the very finest in street food, bread, vegetables and flowers. There are few nicer ways to while away a Saturday afternoon and it’s the perfect place to people watch. Just make sure you take plenty of cash as there’s only one ATM machine. Here’s the lowdown on the very best the market has to offer:
Real ale in a dimpled pint glass, crackling flames and a plate of something delicious - if this is your idea of bliss then the good old gastropub is very much your friend. Here’s my lowdown on six of the finest in the capital.
It’s around about now that most people realise that New Year’s diets are a bit ridiculous, really. This is namely because it’s freezing cold, SAD has well and truly kicked in, money’s painfully tight and the last thing you want in the whole world is another plate of salad. Luckily London is abound with a terrific variety of places to cheer yourself
Of all the cuisines to have taken the capital by storm, none seem to have had quite the same impact as the Japanese restaurant. The past decade or so has taken us from the realms of greasy noodle chains to Michelin starred brilliance. But, with so much choice in our hand pulled noodles and chicken gizzard skewers, how does the average Nipponophile even begin to navigate the many choices we now have amongst the spectrum of treats covered by the Japanese restaurant?
Back in the day, going for a ruby meant something pretty different to the kind of cuzza my dear old mum would whip up at home. However, with the likes of Moti Mahal, Zumbara, Bhangra burgers and Trishna all serving fantastic regional Indian dishes it’s now possible to cherry pick the very best of sub-continental cuisine without having to fork out for that plane ticket. Here’s my round-up of some of the best:
There's nothing quite like an ice cream to complete a hot day in the city. But if a 99 cone from the Mr Whippy van just isn't cutting it for you, where's the best place to scoop up the real Italian deal?La GelatieraLa Gelatiera is an excellent starting point. Staunch supporters of the slow food movement, this is where outrageously good ice cream me
Thanks to it’s blossoming Muslim community (2.7 million in the UK with every one in 10 in London), our capital boasts it’s fair share of brilliant Halal restaurants with cuisines that span the culinary globe. As well as the more obvious enclaves of Edgeware Road, Brick and Green Lanes, haloodies (halal foodies) can also feast on morally sound food
Garlic, chilli and kimchi - With such unabashedly massive, bolshy flavours it’s little wonder that Korean food seems to be having a bit of a well deserved moment on the London food scene. The Japanese famously (and also racistly) refer to Koreans as “garlic eaters”. If like me, you see this as a very good thing indeed and not an insult at all, the
We all know where to head for our favourite tandoori lamb chops or sea spiced aubergine in the capital, but when it comes to the ubiquitous Greek restaurant, London can be slightly more elusive.
Ever found yourself in central London in desperate need of some chopstick related sustenance yet simultaneously crippled by the sheer choice? As well as traditional Cantonese, you can enjoy Sichuanese, Korean, Japanese, Malaysian and Mongolian food, to name a few, some boasting authentic bowlfuls of joy and many sadly not.There’s no doubt that all
Which Vietnamese restaurants in London would London-based Vietnamese foodies recommend? There’s something so very right about pairing summer in the city with Vietnamese food. Light, fresh yet loaded with flavour, it’s the thinking person’s sultry weather food. But with so much choice springing up in town, from the stalwart’s on Kingsland Road (ot