Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Portland

Rising star


Portland, photo from management

Portland, a brand new opening on Portland Street, not far from the BBC Broadcasting House, is the talk of the town at the moment with the owners already having a great understanding of the London dining scene with experience at Quality Chop House and 10 Greek Street. Personally, I usually avoid restaurants when they've just launched, the first few months will be driven by PR hype (which mean hard to get a table) and the restaurant itself is at a learning stage of testing as to what works and what doesn't. Look no further than Fera at Claridges, the 16 course tasting menu was reduced to 6 courses within the space of a few months. But, I love both Quality Chop House and 10 Greek Street, with an ex Michelin chef running the kitchen, it sounds like a winning formula to me.


Monday, 23 February 2015

Blacklock

Chop chop


Blacklock, photo from management

Blacklock is yet another meaty opening in Soho, we had Smoking Goat launched not long ago followed by Bo Drake which was just launched this month, it seems like Soho just can't get enough of BBQ meat! However out of the three that I found, Blacklock has the most simple but fun concept, serving skinny chops cooked on a homemade charcoal grill at affordable prices, sounded so appealing, and especially from former Hawksmoor Gordon Ker who I am sure knows one or two things about fine meat.


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Bo Drake

Eastern BBQ


Bo Drake

Bo Drake is a brand new restaurant that just opened in Soho, the concept is all about BBQ meat using slow smoking and grilling methods from inspiration around the world. With Jan Lee in charge who used to be Ex Roka and is no stranger to western influenced Asian cuisine. The format of the menu is more or less a la carte style with choices of smalls, meat, vegetables and sides.


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

L'Autre Pied

Unique quality


L'Autre Pied, photo from management

My 5th visit to one of my all time favourite restaurants in London, this Michelin starred restaurant in Marylebone has been delighting local as well as destination diners for many years. Head chef Andy McFadden is now part owner of L'Autre Pied having gained shares of the restaurant from restauranteur David Moore. So what is so special about Andy's cooking? Well it is just simply unique, light and fresh with refined textures that really stood out, this is the kind of cooking I just absolutely adore.


Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Shed

Notting Hill's gem


The Shed, photo from management
Notting Hill is blessed with all kinds of wonderful restaurants and bars, from the trendy Rum Kitchen and Honest Burger, to the legendary double Michelin starred Ledbury. Locals are spoiled with a variety of restaurants and it seems the goods just keep on coming. The Shed, opened in 2013 by the Gladwin brothers: Richard and Oliver, champion local produces with nose to tail cooking in a fun and casual setting. The summer style decor with barrels and colourful furniture make it feel like it's a seafood restaurant by a sunny beach.