All posts tagged: restaurants in london

Serious Steak at The Kitty Hawk, Moorgate

I recently visited The Kitty Hawk for dinner, in the heart of the city. It describes itself as an ‘all-day destination for those with a love of food, drink and discovery, infused with a heady blend of London cool and New York glamour’ with five bespoke dining experiences under one roof: The Bar & Kitchen, The Restaurant, The Coffee Bar & Patisserie, The Bar and The Private Dining Room. We were led downstairs to the main restaurant – I was a little bit scared for my photos when I saw the lighting, but luckily I happened to be sitting right next to a spotlight. I loved the decor and open plan kitchen. A really nice feature of The Kitty Hawk is the complimentary artisan bread, butter and herb-infused oils, which are prepared for you bespoke to your tastes at a little trolley next to your table. I chose to have thyme in my oil, with onion bread. The restaurant also provides complimentary still or sparkling cucumber water, another nice touch. The menu at The Kitty …

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 …

Dinner at DSTRKT, Soho

Some of my friends and I were recently discussing when we last went to a club. We were in Spain for a friend’s wedding, where it’s completely customary to head out to a club at 1am at the very earliest, which is technically the start of your night. I first started going out to clubs at the age of 15 when I lived in Cyprus and would dance happily away until the early hours, before taking a dip in the sea with my friends then heading home as my parents were waking. This was also very normal over there. But we’re all pushing 30 now (if not a year or two over) and decided we must have become old before our time, because none of us could remember the last time we went to a ‘proper’ club!! Pubs, sure, but not clubs. This was all quite coincidental, because a few weeks ago I was invited to review the menu at DSTRKT. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, DSTRKT is a very fashionable …

Dinner at The Artisan Bistro, Chelsea

Every now and then I find a real treasure somewhere unexpected, and that happened when I visited The Artisan Bistro in Chelsea. It was less than a 10 minute walk from Earl’s Court station, down a quiet residential street. As soon as we walked through the door, we were made to feel incredibly welcome – the kind of hospitality I remember from Cyprus which is sadly often lacking in London. We decided to take a seat out in the adorable garden at the back, surrounded by lavender and other plants, even grape vines! We kicked off proceedings with raspberry mojitos, which was the perfect refreshing tipple for the summer evening, along with some bread and marinated olives to snack on. Something that really excited me before visiting this restaurant was the menu, which I’d had a peek at online. Obviously you’re only going to visit a restaurant if the food appeals to you, but this was my dream menu – a fantastic range of delicious-sounding small plates, and meat and fresh fish galore! It’s difficult to …

Dinner at Inn The Park, St James’s Park

There are some stunning parks in London, but one that I seem to forget about is St James’s. Tucked in between Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, it’s actually a real beauty, as I discovered when I went for dinner at Inn The Park with Sophie recently. The name is quite self explanatory – it’s a wooden, almost chalet-style building located right in the middle of the park. We were seated outside overlooking the park and lake (and plenty of joggers, but we turned a blind eye to them as we knocked back the wine!!) and it was certainly a lovely spot. The menu at Inn The Park is separated into small plates, main courses and desserts. We weren’t completely sure how big the small plates would be (there was a special offer to share three between two people) but we decided to go for one each. When they arrived, I’d say they were big enough for a starter portion, especially sitting outside on a warm summer day, you don’t need anything heavy. Sophie ordered the Suffolk …

Dinner at Foxlow, Balham

One of my first reviews on this blog was Foxlow in Clerkenwell, which you might have read early last year. If not, you can give it a read here. A few weeks ago I tried out the Balham location with my friend Jo. I’d been wanting to go there for ages, especially since it had opened up last year close to where we live. We had fantastic steaks when we visited the Clerkenwell restaurant and this is what they’re largely known for. Their website has a great description about where they source their meat and ingredients from: Steaks come from well-loved native breed cattle reared by the multi-award winning The Ginger Pig in North Yorkshire. Sustainable seafood caught off the South Coast comes straight from Brixham fishermen each morning. And our fried chicken is made with slow-grown herb fed Yorkshire Ross chickens. We also use charcuterie from Cobble Lane in Islington, raw sheep’s milk ‘London Fettle’ from the fledgling Kupros Dairy, Brockley’s amazing Graceburn cheese and sourdough from the Little Bread Peddler in Bermondsey.  All good as …