All posts tagged: restaurant

A Retro Chicken Dinner at The Holy Birds, Liverpool Street

Tim is literally chicken-obsessed, I’ve mentioned it many times on this blog. I’ve never seen another human be able to devour one so quickly and so thoroughly – not a scrap is left on a bone! We were recently invited to a new restaurant in Liverpool Street called ‘The Holy Birds’ which is completely centred around, you guessed it, birds – chicken, duck, pigeon and so on. I love the concept! Their French, free range birds are brined for 24 hours, and air dried for 12 hours, to give them a delicious depth of flavour. We visited recently mid-week and we loved the decor and style from the moment we walked in the door, with its cool 60’s retro vibe.It was set up by brothers Gerry and Jon Calabrese, of The Hoxton Pony and Wringer + Mangle, both venues which I’ve previously visited and enjoyed. The Holy Birds is a large venue with a big bar area and a spacious restaurant adorned by a beautiful Murano glass chandelier, a perfect spot whether you’re looking for …

Beef and Sushi at Benihana, Chelsea

I first came across Benihana during a work trip to the US a few years ago, but I’d never had a chance to visit. Then there was the infamous ‘Beni-f*****g-hana’ scene in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street where DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort declares war on the restaurant chain. I love that film, and that scene in particular had always stuck with me. So when I was invited to review the Chelsea venue, I was intrigued and excited to see what all the fuss had been about for so many years. Benihana is a Teppanyaki restaurant with a number of locations around the world. Rocky ‘Hiroaki’ Aoki opened the first Benihana restaurant in 1964 in New York City. It’s largely known for the exciting spectacle of the chefs cooking fresh meat and fish right in front of diners with knives, eggs and all sorts being thrown in the air and food being (purposefully!) set on fire! It attracts a mixed crowd – when we were there, the clientele was largely families with kids entertained by the …

Italian-Japanese Fusion at Bella Cosa, Canary Wharf

Japanese and Italian are not typically two cuisines you would think of combining. On paper they’re completely different! So I was really intrigued by the menu at Bella Cosa, an Italian restaurant with Italian management, but a Japanese chef! A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to a private dinner at the restaurant to discover how this unique fusion of cultures and food would work. Bella Cosa is close to Canary Wharf – it’s a 15 minute walk from the main square or you can get the DLR to South Quay which is just 5 minutes away. Immediately I was blown away by the setting. The restaurant is right on the river overlooking the twinkling lights of the city to the left and the spectacular O2 to the right, with many a private yacht dotted in between. We started off the evening with champagne in the lounge area overlooking this view – a number of canapés were served (Cannoli, Ricotta, Walnut & Beetroot powder, Black Ink Chips, Mascarpone, Salmon Roe, and Pane Carasau, Bresaola, …

Steak, Cheese and Churros at Bar + Block, King’s Cross

We recently moved offices from Covent Garden to King’s Cross and I’ve been so impressed by the range of new bars and restaurants which have opened up in the area. It’s a total foodie heaven! So when I heard about a new steak restaurant opening up a stone’s throw away from the office, I just had to try it out! Tim and I visited early evening on a Friday and as you can imagine, the bar was packed with people enjoying a post-work tipple (or two!) as well as tourists visiting the capital. What wasn’t clear from the restaurant’s website was that it is actually based within a hotel and this is something I’m often a little hesitant about. From the restaurant you can actually see through to the hotel’s reception – ordinarily this might sound a bit off-putting, but with the decor and ambience, it just worked! There are butcher’s style floor tiles, cosy red-leather booths, bold retro chairs, a marble-topped Chef’s Table, where guests can pull up a stool to experience the‘Primed + …

Mum’s Birthday Dinner at Norse, Harrogate

Since Mum has been living back in the UK, she’s had a rather impressive social life with friends who have been amazing! But something she rarely gets to do is go out for a fancy dinner. Getting dressed up and going out to a nice restaurant was one of my Dad’s favourite things to do, and something which has been notably absent in Mum’s life since he has been gone. So in December I though I’d treat Mum for her birthday to go out for dinner in one of the nearby towns in North Yorkshire. The question was, where would we go? She had always been amazed by the tasting menus Tim and I had been fortunate to experience, so I was over the moon when I discovered a restaurant in Harrogate which offered just that. Norse restaurant, led by Head Chef Simon Jewitt, is located within Baltzersens, a Nordic cafe in the centre of town on Oxford Street which transforms into a fine dining restaurant in the evening. As such, it has a relaxed …

Birthday Dinner at Martin Wishart, Loch Lomond

One of my favourite foodie experiences in this world is an extensive tasting menu – you’ve probably read quite a few of my reviews on here if you’re a regular reader of the blog. For my birthday during our stay at Cameron House on Loch Lomond in October, we visited Martin Wishart’s Michelin Star restaurant for dinner. It’s quite a small and beautifully designed restaurant set within the Cameron House hotel, and I was pleased to see the tables were large with a good amount of space between them (there’s nothing I hate more than being bunched into a small place where you can hear everything the people on the next table are talking about!) The service was impeccable from the moment we stepped foot inside (greeted with the spectacular cheese trolley at the door, which I had to tear myself away from). We decided to go for the very impressive-looking 8 course tasting menu, paired with wine. As always when I post about tasting menus on here, the photos really don’t do the food …

Dinner at Jackson + Rye, Bank

Sometimes you just need some hearty comfort food, and I found exactly that recently at Jackson + Rye, in the City. It opened a few months ago, with other locations in Soho, Chiswick, Kingston, Richmond and Guildford. The City-located restaurant is on Old Jewry, right in the heart of the financial district. Tim and I visited on a Tuesday evening and the bar was incredibly busy – I can see this being a very popular post-work haunt for people working nearby. But you should note that many of said people can be rather noisy, particular en masse! So this probably isn’t the place to go for a quiet romantic meal – expect a lot of buzz and lively atmosphere. We were seated in the main restaurant and I was (contently!) overwhelmed by the huge menu. There’s something for everyone at Jackson + Rye but as everything sounded so tasty, it was difficult to choose! We ordered some Truffle & Polenta Hush Puppies and Popcorn Chicken as ‘nibbles’ to begin with. I’ve never paired polenta and truffle …