Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Bonhams Restaurant

Shining star


Cornish turbot, morels, peas, beef jus

It has been far too long since I have last dined at a Michelin restaurant, and Bonhams is one of the very few remaining ones in London I have yet to visit. Newly awarded 1 star in the 2016 UK guide, Bonhams is located within the London Bonhams auction house near Bond Street. Head chef Tom Kemble's cooking is modern French in essence, using well sourced ingredients. It used to only operate for lunch service on weekdays so it was pretty much impossible to book in unless you have taken a day off. But recently it has opened for dinner from Wednesday to Friday starting from 7pm. The dinner service offers a fixed 5 course menu at £60 and nothing else, so if you are not an adventurous, bonhams might be an ideal dining place for you.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Rotorino

Smart Italian in Dalston


Grilled Seabream, tomato, mint and almond

When you talk about restaurants in Dalston, you would most likely think of no booking/ one item concept/ left field decor places. But Rotorino is a completely different beast to the usual "hipster" restaurants or casual restaurants in the area. Co -owned by Stevie Parle, it is a smart, modern looking place, dishing out Southern style Italian cooking. I had a really enjoyable meal at his other restaurant, Craft London just recently, so I had high hope in Rotorino. The food menu is fairly standard Italian affair, with first, second, mains and desserts to choose from, it also has  a separate bar at the front, providing Italian style cocktails with modern flair.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Absurd Bird

Stunned Bird


Big mama southern style smoked chicken


Absurd Bird is yet another fried chicken themed restaurant, newly launched in East London. Fried chicken is one of the UK's most loved comfort food and it has been given a gourmet make over in the last years, with places such as Dirty Bone and Birds are pushing fired chicken at a more refine level. Absured Bird aimed toward Southern style American cuisine in its fried chicken with a light, modern touch, using flavours from around the world. The menu is heavily focusing on chicken as you would expect. The fried buttermilk wings were some of the worst fried wings I have ever encountered, the crispy batter came off easily from the wings and the wings were completely tasteless, also the wings still contained so much leftover hair which was extremely unpleasant to the eye. The smoke garlic and parmesan wings however, was a lot better, the savoury taste with a touch of spices and nutty flavours really worked well with the wings.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Craft London

Experimental flavours


Craft London

Craft London has long been one of my to try list since it was opened last year, Stevie Parle's cooking has impressed high numbers of professional critics and food writers. His signature dish, the clay baked duck has also become one of the most talked about dishes in London. Craft London itself is a stand alone building just outside the tube station, the top level bar is a must visit place, especially on a sunny day when you have a lovely view of the O2 Arena and the Emirates Air Line, not to mention the cocktails are very accomplished. I visited Craft London for its very well priced Tuesday test kitchen menu at £28 for a 7 course menu. The idea is for the chefs to come up with some very testing flavours before deciding if it is worth making it onto the main menu, guests are encourage to give feedback with pen and paper on the spot.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Padella

Pasta bar in London Bridge


Padella
The single dish concept restaurant trend still appears to be going strong in 2016, while Padella does not solely on cooking pasta dishes, it is its main focus and are the only choice for your main course. The restaurant is spread across two floors with an open kitchen and bar counter seating on the ground floor, it is a no booking restaurant, but I have easily managed to secure a seat for a Sunday lunch. The menu is short with a small selection of classic antipasti dishes such as burrata and bruschetta, followed by 6-7 pastas dishes as main. The drink menu has a range of Italian classics such as Negroni and Aperol Spritz, as well as beer and wine on taps.