All posts tagged: Restaurants in Soho

Lunch at Temper, Soho

I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so excited about a new restaurant opening as Neil Rankin’s ‘Temper’ in Soho. I read about it in the Evening Standard earlier in the year, and their description of the new BBQ restaurant where diners would be able to see their meat being prepared and cooked before them had me drooling from the start. I’ve got a bit of a gripe with many British BBQ restaurants, in that most of the ones I’ve been to slather their ribs, chicken etc with a thick, sticky BBQ sauce. In Cyprus we had an enormous gas BBQ in an outdoor kitchen area which was my Dad’s pride and joy. He was infamous for his BBQs amongst our family and friends, both when we lived in Yorkshire and in Cyprus. And there was no glimpse of a burger or sausage in sight – he would do steaks, pork chops, lamb chops (to name just a few!) and a plethora of side dishes and even puddings cooked in silver foil. You hadn’t had …

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 MASH Steakhouse, Soho

Just before we went on holiday, we were invited for dinner at MASH in Soho (the name stands for ‘Modern American Steak House’). Tim and I first went there a few years ago for his birthday when it opened in 2012 and absolutely loved it, so we couldn’t wait to see if it had changed and what the menu would now be like. It is a Danish business, with the first restaurant opening at Bredgade in Copenhagen in 2009. A lot of attention is paid not only to the food, but to the design of the venues and attention to detail. MASH is a massive venue, underground in Soho. It really does remind me of the steak houses I’ve been to in the US before, with cosy red leather booths and a 30’s style – it’s spot on! There is one tiny issue though. The lighting! Perfect for the ambience, but not so much for foodie photos! I’ve done the best I can, but I thought I’d also include a few photos of the venue …

Lunch at Suvlaki, Soho

I haven’t tried anywhere near enough Greek restaurants in London yet for my liking! This is the longest I’ve ever spent away from Cyprus now and I miss it a lot, especially the food, so it was definitely time for a trip to a local Greek food spot in Soho. I’d walked past Suvlaki a number of times and had seen them doing lots on social media, so I couldn’t wait to try them out. This week I took a couple of my colleagues who were fairly new to Greek food and didn’t really know what to expect. But by the end of the meal they were definitely impressed! Suvlaki is a small Greek restaurant in Soho that largely specialises in kebabs and skewers, and the menu is pretty straightforward. We decided to order a selection of both, including pork, chicken and wild boar sausage. I can’t say I ever had wild boar sausage in Cyprus, but I knew it would be tasty. We also ordered some chips and a Greek salad. All of the …

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Yauatcha, Soho

You may have seen me raving about Yauatcha over the past six months or so. Tim and I visited the new City location when it launched last year and we had a fantastic time – it even made my ‘Top 5 Restaurants of 2015‘! We’ve got quite a few holidays planned for this year and couldn’t really take any more time off to go away for New Year, so we had a think about what we could do in London. We decided to go for a nice dinner together and try out Yauatcha in Soho. I’d been excited for ages, as I’d seen their ‘festive menu’ on their website which included barbecue rib eye beef, spicy scallop and gingerbread parfait. I’d even e-mailed them in advance to make sure they were serving it on New Year’s Eve, which they confirmed they were. I was then very disappointed to learn, once seated at the restaurant, that this menu was only for groups of 4 people or more. This really wasn’t made clear on the website, it …

Graham’s Port & Food Pairing at Dehesa, Soho

What do you associate with port? Perhaps Christmas? Or as an accompaniment with cheese and biscuits at the end of a meal? Admittedly, I hadn’t really tried it beyond these parameters, so when I was invited to a port and food pairing evening with Graham’s, I couldn’t wait to learn more. W & J Graham’s was founded in Porto in 1820 and was one of the first port companies to invest in its own vineyards in Portugal’s Douro Valley. Today, five Symington cousins share responsibility for every aspect of the company and personally make the Graham’s wines. The dinner was held at Dehesa in Soho (the sister restaurant to Salt Yard in Fitzrovia, Opera Tavern in Covent Garden and Ember Yard in Soho), named after the Dehesa – a unique woodland area in Spain which is home to the black footed Iberico pigs. We were seated in a cosy private dining area downstairs and the evening was hosted by Graham’s wine expert, Joao Vasconcelos of Symington Family Estates and family member Charlotte Symington. We started with …

A South African Lunch at Bunnychow, Soho

Have you ever been to Bunnychow? It’s a South African street food style restaurant and the concept is simple – they serve hollowed out bread with a warm filling inside (and a bread lid!) It was first created in Durban in the 1940’s and has been popular ever since. It’s basically my heaven (if it included cheese it would be pure perfection!) I first visited them when they were temporarily set up in Box Park in Shoreditch a year or two ago – I had the meatball Bunnychow and it was delicious! I recently went to their permanent site in Soho during my lunch break. They had certainly expanded their menu since my first visit – you now choose your bread type, filling and then topping. They also sell a number of South African snacks, such as biltong. I went for the wholemeal bread with the Durban Mutton Curry filling and coleslaw topping. It really was tasty and it’s a great spot for a quick and easy but yummy lunch. They also do breakfast which …