We are thrilled to team up with our friend Greg at Great Drams to bring you our monthly round up of the hottest restaurants, bars, pop-ups and all round delicious eats.
We started the month with a slightly late New Year’s resolution. With it being awards season and there being SO MANY great films out at the mo, we declared Monday’s ‘Pizza & Picturehouse Night’.
Radio Alice is a great value spot on Hoxton Square, dishing up pizzas with really tasty and inventive toppings for about a tenner. Add to that a cinema ticket for Picturehouse, which is just a fiver on a Monday, and you’ve got yourself a pretty good deal right there. Take that Monday– POW!
Talking of good deals, Talli Joe have recently launched an express lunch menu where £10 will get you a three-tiered lunchbox of freshly cooked Indian treats, ready in 10 mins or you don’t pay! Worth the risk we think.
For something lighter and brighter, we were impressed with Farmstand in Covent Garden. The whole menu is sustainably sourced, free from refined sugar, gluten, dairy, hormones and antibiotics – and with meals priced at under a tenner it deserves to be on your radar.
Just around the corner, the healthy fast food experts at Leon opened their latest restaurant in the heart of the West End. This is no normal Leon though – all of the waiting staff are professional singers so expect them to burst into song at any given moment. You’ve been warned.
Of course we couldn’t escape February without being struck by Cupid’s arrow. Local Italian restaurant, Amici Miei got in on the action with their heart-shaped ravioli filled with ricotta, truffled mushroom, served with butter sage sauce.
If your lover (or you!) have a sweet-tooth the only gift you needed came from Selfridges Food Hall. La Di Da reimagined their legendary chocolate-covered Oreos into a big pair of ruby red lips whilst crumpet connoisseurs Knead came up with a special chocolate orange flavour – perfect with Moose Maple Butter. Arguably better then sex – if you don’t believe us – try them yourself.
If you couldn’t even be bothered to leave the house, Homeburger were delivering Breakfast in Bread. A filthy combo of sausage patty, American cheese, smoked streaky bacon, hash brown, grilled tomato, baked bean puree, fried egg squished into a toasted bun. Where you choose to eat it is up to you…
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Eneko launched their Basque brunch menu this month. Highlights for us were the cute bitesize brioche buns with slow cooked oxtail and the Insta-worthy Traditional Talo. Cava must have been created with this time of day because we found a bottle slipped down way too easily.
For something sweeter you’ll love The Ivy Soho Brasserie’s new waffle menu, available at weekends. You’ll be presented with a cute menu and pencil for you to come up with your very own creation. Go for brunch, stay for the cocktails.
February gave us two great reasons to travel south of the river with neighbourhood restaurants Noak & Mr Bao both worth the trip.
Residents of Brockley will want to keep Noak their own little secret but with such a strong menu, in such a cute and cosy setting, we think it’s only a matter of time until word gets out. Mr Bao is pretty well established now, having been open a year this Feb, so it was well overdue that we checked it out. A compact little restaurant in Peckham, with a super fun vibe serving up authentic Taiwanese treats and banging cocktails. Fantastic value if you’re in the area and worth the trip if you’re not.
Back over in East London they’ve gone gaga for VEGAN CHICKEN. Yep, it’s officially a thing. We were sceptical to say the least but were blown away by Club Mexicana residency at Pamela.
We finished the month with all the craziness of London Fashion Week. As the official hotel of the event, Mayfair Kitchen created a special menu of healthy vegan soups and salads as well as a cocktail collection inspired by Roland Mouret’s return to the capital.
Luckily Nespresso were in town with their pop-up Creatista Studio on Westbourne Grove to keep us awake. We got to try our hand at latte art (which is harder than it looks FYI!) with their totally fantastic new machine. We are converted. It’s heading to Leeds after London
Finally our restaurant of the month has to go to Exmouth Market Grind – the eighth venue from the guys at Grind proves they know exactly what they are doing. We had SO MUCH BLOODY FUN. You know when a restaurant just ticks every damn box? Yep, that. Read the full review here.