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Rejina Sabur-Cross

Rejina Sabur-Cross

Gastrogeek

Click here to read more articles by Rejina..Rejina Sabur-Cross is a blogger and freelance food writer. She started Gastrogeek back in 2009 and has written for various publications including The Guardian, Fork Magazine, Eat Me Magazine, Le Cool, Blogosphere Magazine, Channel 4 Food, Fire and Knives and BBC Good Food. She’s been featured in Red Magazine, the Evening Standard, The Independent, Olive Magazine, Waitrose Kitchen and more recently in the Sunday Times Magazine as one of the UK’s top food bloggers. She’s judged the Brick Lane curry competition, dined on bull’s pizzle pie on Jimmy and Jamie’s Food Fight and judged dishes for “The Perfect” on the Good Food Channel. Her first book “Gastrogeek” is out now. Click here to read more articles by Rejina..


Latest articles by Rejina Sabur-Cross


Where are the Best Vietnamese Restaurants in London?

10.8.2015

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


Chinatown London - 10 Best Restaurants

Chinatown London - 10 Best Restaurants

7.30.2015

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


The Best Greek Restaurants in Town - By Greek Food Lovers

The Best Greek Restaurants in Town - By Greek Food Lovers

5.18.2015

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.


5 of the Best Korean Restaurants in London

5 of the Best Korean Restaurants in London

4.17.2015

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


Top Japanese Restaurants in London - By a Sushi Expert 

Top Japanese Restaurants in London - By a Sushi Expert 

3.3.2015

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?


The Best Food in London to Kiss Goodbye to the Diet

The Best Food in London to Kiss Goodbye to the Diet

2.18.2015

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


Eating Out on Valentines Day London - A Survival Guide

Eating Out on Valentines Day London - A Survival Guide

2.6.2015

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,


Broadway Market London - Top 8

Broadway Market London - Top 8

12.12.2014

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:


Christmas Dinner in London - Who Said it Has to Be Turkey?

Christmas Dinner in London - Who Said it Has to Be Turkey?

11.24.2014

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


10 Great Halal Restaurants in London

10 Great Halal Restaurants in London

11.17.2014

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


Best Child Friendly Restaurants in London (Plus Tips on Eating Out with Babies) 

Best Child Friendly Restaurants in London (Plus Tips on Eating Out with Babies) 

10.29.2014

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


8 Great Vegetarian Restaurants in London

8 Great Vegetarian Restaurants in London

10.20.2014

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


An Expert's Guide to the Best Ice Cream in London

An Expert's Guide to the Best Ice Cream in London

9.22.2014

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


7 of the Finest Indian Restaurants in London

7 of the Finest Indian Restaurants in London

9.15.2014

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:


The Best Breakfasts in London Town

The Best Breakfasts in London Town

9.1.2014

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?


An Expert Shares His Tips to the Best Seafood in London

An Expert Shares His Tips to the Best Seafood in London

8.18.2014

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!


Where are the Best Beer Gardens in London?

Where are the Best Beer Gardens in London?

7.21.2014

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?


Food Markets in London - Recommended by Top Chefs

Food Markets in London - Recommended by Top Chefs

7.7.2014

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 Best Hangover Cures in The Smoke

The Best Hangover Cures in The Smoke

6.30.2014

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.


The Best Gastropubs in Town

The Best Gastropubs in Town

6.16.2014

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.


Round up of the Best Cheap Eats in London

Round up of the Best Cheap Eats in London

6.3.2014

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.


Let Your Freak Flag Fly! - London's Quirkiest Cafes

Let Your Freak Flag Fly! - London's Quirkiest Cafes

5.18.2014

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 PrufrockTap 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:

1) Nana, Clapton

Leading the backlash against high street homogeneity, Nana - the cafe run by nanas for nanas - was set up via crowdfunding earlier this year. It’s opening soon on Chatsworth Road and is likely to be a huge hit for anyone seeking comfort in the form of tea, cakes, dippy eggs and soldiers; or just looking to learn a new skill or craft from the wise old ladies of Clapton.

2) Look Mum No Hands, Farringdon

At cyclists’ favourite Look Mum No Hands not only can you can get your bike fixed, but you can also take part in a cycle quiz night or even snap up a limited edition artcrank print. All this while enjoying the finest square mile coffee plus a smashing array of locally made cakes, pies, soups and stews.

3)  The Candid Cafe, Angel

Fancy trying your hand at life drawing classes? Check out The Candid Cafe  - a local artists' and writers’ secret. You can cherish your brew in the charming little garden if the weather gods are on your side.

The Candid Cafe


No More Dodgy Kebabs - Late Night Eateries That Are Worth Staying up for

No More Dodgy Kebabs - Late Night Eateries That Are Worth Staying up for

5.6.2014

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.

Shoryu Ramen


The Revenge of the High-End Restaurant

The Revenge of the High-End Restaurant

4.18.2014

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.