Sunday, 23 November 2014

Arbutus

Modern bistro in Soho


Arbutus is a contemporary bistro in Soho, with a Michelin star and perhaps the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in London. According to its website, it is known for "turning seasonal and inexpensive food items into affordable and interesting dishes". With a 3 course lunch menu costing less than £20, I went for its pre theatre menu wondering if I was getting a real bargain.
Arbutus
tartare of mackerel and salmon, English beetroot
soft poached egg, squash veloute

Monday, 17 November 2014

Pizza Union

Super fast pizza


Pizza Union is an all day pizza bar/canteen located in Spitalfields, according to it's press release: "Pizza Union is inspired by the authentic Italian pizza experience, where locals happily queue for high-quality, fresh pizza that is ready in minutes and surprisingly affordable." All in all it sounded like a great concept as I am always in the hunt for good food at great value, so when I was invited down to try out its pizza I went with great enthusiasm.
Pizza Union
stone oven

Yelp's Local London Wish List

Yelp present: Local London Wish List



It's time to live in the present!

Explore London and get your shopping done, all at once. We've collected an amazing list of stores (and checked it twice) in four fantastic neighbourhoods. We want all of London to get out of big box stores and online spots and shop local for the next month!

Check-into any of the store below and receive a gift. We've even gotten some great restaurants to give away some joy in case all that shopping makes you hungry! Happy hunting!

BOXPARK
The Brokedown Palace (yelp.co.uk/biz/brokedown…) - Free chocolate
MOO (yelp.co.uk/biz/the-moo-s…) - 10% off
Nordic Poetry (yelp.co.uk/biz/nordic-po…) - 10% off
Pärla (yelp.co.uk/biz/pärla-lon…) - 10% off
PLAYN Eyewear (yelp.co.uk/biz/playn-eye…) - 10% off on Frames (in conjunction with Llenses)

CAMDEN
69 Camden Lock Vintage (yelp.co.uk/biz/69-camden…) - 20% off all designer vintage clothing
Asador Argentine Grill (yelp.co.uk/biz/asador-ar…) - 20% off and free fries
Butterfly Tarot (yelp.co.uk/biz/butterfly…) - 20% off a reading and free stone.
Celtic Dawn Jewellery Arts Crafts and Gifts (yelp.co.uk/biz/celtic-da…) - 15% off
Chaboba Limited (yelp.co.uk/biz/chaboba-b…) - 10% off
Eden Ethiopian Coffee (yelp.co.uk/biz/eden-ethi…) - 20% off order
Hola Paella (yelp.co.uk/biz/hola-pael…) - Free mulled wine with any paella
Ismad London (yelp.co.uk/biz/ismad-lon…) - Free keyring with purchases over £15, free leather card holder with purchases over £50 and free belt with purchases over £100
Lock 17 (yelp.co.uk/biz/lock-17-l…) - 25% off
Lockside (yelp.co.uk/biz/lockside-…) - 15% off your bill
Louisiana Chilli Shack (yelp.co.uk/biz/louisiana…) - 10% off food
Massive International (yelp.co.uk/biz/massive-i…) - Free CD with vinyl purchase
Limena (yelp.co.uk/biz/limena-lo…) - 1 free small chicken with rice
We Make London (yelp.co.uk/biz/we-make-l…) - 1 free copy of "Inspired London" with purchase
Whoops (yelp.co.uk/biz/whoops-lo…) - 10% off

MARYLEBONE
By Suzannah (yelp.co.uk/biz/suzannah-…) - 10% off your first order
China House (yelp.co.uk/biz/china-hou…) - £25 for a four course Christmas menu
Eliska (yelp.co.uk/biz/eliska-lo…) - 10 to 15% percent off
Exceldent (yelp.co.uk/biz/exceldent…) - 25% off whitening and cleaning
Robert Taussig (yelp.co.uk/biz/robert-ta…) - 25% off Bang and Olufsen headphones (or other brands if customer wants)
The Portman (yelp.co.uk/biz/the-portm…) - Free glass of prosecco with main course for groups up to 8, valid until 23rd December
Trunk Clothiers (yelp.co.uk/biz/trunk-lon…) - 1 free Trunk notebook with purchase
V&S STATIONER (yelp.co.uk/biz/v-and-s-s…) - One free Christmas card

PORTOBELLO
Leathermad (yelp.co.uk/biz/leatherma…) - 25% off all AW14 Styles
The Penny Market (yelp.co.uk/biz/the-penny…) - 10% off all products from all traders in the market
Stewarts Cakertree (yelp.co.uk/biz/stewarts-…) - 10% off purchase


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Lobster Kitchen

Work in progress


Burger and Lobster is one of the most successful restaurant concepts for the past few years, the idea of serving lobsters at affordable prices became a big hit to Londoners and now it has become a mini chain with more openings underway. Almost two years on, finally we have other businesses who would like to take a share of the popular formula. Lobster Kitchen, a new New England inspired lobster joint aims to provide American style lobster with a few innovative twists along the way.

lobster kitchen
lobster menu and cook book

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Meat Liquor

Meaty delight


Meat Liquor has gone from strength to strength over the years as a business, with expansions beyond London and acquiring other businesses such as Wishbone in Brixton and re-branded to Chicken Liquor. Meat Liquor is edgy, fun and trendy, plus factoring in the popular premium burger trend, all of these proven to be the formula that is turning the Meat Liquor brand into one of the biggest independent up market burger operations. 

Meat Liquor Brighton
cocktails
buffalo shrimp
Super Fatty Patty

I headed down to Brighton one evening and gave their new special burger a go, the Super Fatty Patty, created by Ross Shonhan of Bone Daddies in celebration of Meat Liquor's new book launch. The bone marrow-infused beef patty with yakiniku sauce was just an absolute delight, the sweet and salty sauces blended in nicely with the rich medium cooked meat, the tiny hint of lemon ponzu and pickled red onions gave the burger the sourness to offset the richness, and with a fried egg in the mix, you cant get fattier than that!


Rating out of 10

Food 4.5

Service 5
Ambience 6
Value 4

£29 per head with a cocktail


http://www.meatliquor.com/

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