Wild Garlic Part 1: A Leafy Stuffing

Wild garlic is enjoying a surge in popularity this year, or so it seems to me. I first had it only last year, at Konstam and absolutely loved the pervasive garlic flavour in the wilted leaves. At around the same time a porkchop-blagging blogger quickly became London’s best-known source. A few months later, it entered ... Read more »

Forging On: Pre-Theatre Dinner in the West End

My twitter friends are great. Particularly when I’m looking for restaurant recommendations, such as a pre-show dining option before giggling at Bill Bailey live at the Leicester Square Theatre during the early May bank holiday weekend. Food and film guru, DineHard (previously known as Lambshank Redemption) was most helpful of all, putting forward several spot-on ... Read more »

Can Canteen Deliver?

Looking for dinner as close to Waterloo station as possible, Canteen at Royal Festival Hall popped into mind. This self-declared “casual all day dining” establishment offers simple, classic British cuisine in a modern, informal setting – just what we needed. Having reserved a booth, I was surprised at how tight these are for anyone but ... Read more »

Chocolate & Chorizo Chilli Con Carne

We love visiting our friends Mark & Martine, not least because we always eat well and it’s nice to have a late night soak in their outdoor hot tub after a day pottering about. We’ve known them since uni days (longer ago than needs to be mentioned). Back then, I’d never have pegged Mark as ... Read more »

Polpo: A Venetian bacaro in London

Polpo opened last year amidst fevered blogger excitement – so many blog reviews were there that I assumed I must surely be the only blogger not to have visited. I hadn’t been put off by the hype so much as the very mixed reviews – whilst most people liked the restaurant overall, the feedback on ... Read more »

A Market Meander in Borough Market

I had such a lovely day one recent Friday. Having arranged to meet a blogger friend for lunch at Polpo (whom I’d long known on twitter but never met) I thought it about time I popped down to collect a pile of magazines a friend in Borough Market had been saving for me for at ... Read more »

Cooking A Crab!

I can’t believe I’ve never actually cooked a crab before. It’s one of my favourite sea foods, such a wondrous thing. I order it often in restaurants. And the one occasion every decade that my dad cooks, he cooks a hot and spicy Bengali crab curry. I even buy dressed crab now and again when ... Read more »

Beautiful Buttery, Brioche

Oh brioche, how I love thee! I love thine fine golden colour and amber crust. I love thine rich buttery flavour. I love thine soft, yielding fibrous texture. I love thee! I yearn to eat thee! Pete’s been promising to make me brioche for ages. Why does Pete have to make it, you might ask, ... Read more »

Blankety Blanc: Raymond Fails To Fill In The Blanks

When I read, in Richard Vines’ food news round up, that Raymond Blanc was opening a branch of his Brasserie Blanc chain in London, and that there was a 50% soft opening discount being offered, I thought it would be a good chance to reassess the chain after my previous visit to the Bristol branch. ... Read more »

Good Steak at Goodman

Having heard great things about both their steak and their burgers, I was delighted to join fellow food bloggers Luiz, Catty, Aaron, Mr Noodles and Uyen for an evening at Goodman, the New York style steak house tucked away in Maddox Street, near Oxford Circus. The decor hits a nice balance between relaxed informal and ... Read more »