Maggie Majstrova

Maggie Majstrova

A freelance copywriter working on marketing accounts across a number of industries by day, Maggie is a keen foodie. Thanks to her Czech origin, she also has a soft spot for London’s craft beer scene.

Artisan Food

Restaurant Review: Artisan, Notting Hill

To begin, I must be honest: Italian food is one of my favourites. Unfortunately, this means I’m not easily impressed. With either an ‘authentic’ or ‘modern’ Italian restaurant on what seems to be every corner, we Londoners are spoilt for choice. That is not to say that London doesn’t have...

Donnelly's Bermondsey

Restaurant Review: Donnelly’s, Bermondsey

Bermondsey is an area close to my heart. I’d spent several years working there; a stone’s throw away from Borough Market. I’d consumed many a lunchtime exploring the food options available and I can safely say that during my time, they were limited. Those days seem to be well and...

Bowls. food

Restaurant Review: BOWLS. Soho

It seems, in the world of today, that every restaurant must have a concept. It can’t just be good food, either. It must be something more. I won’t be the first to tell you I’d be happier if all restaurants had at least that: good food. Leave your avocado at...

Le Café du Marché

Restaurant Review: Le Café du Marché

Hidden away in a cobbled mews in Smithfield is one of the area’s oldest restaurants. Launched in 1986 and named for its proximity to Smithfield Market, Le Café du Marché is a family owned French restaurant. Founded by Charlie Graham-Wood, whose family came from Lyon, and now owned and run...

VQ Euston

Restaurant Review: VQ Euston

On the ground floor of the Euston Square Hotel (next to Euston Square station), VQ Euston is the fifth restaurant to open under the VQ restaurant umbrella. Similar to the other locations, the concept is all-day dining with opening hours running from 7am to 2am, seven days a week. Building...

Omar's Place

Restaurant Review: Omar’s Place

Summer, provided it isn’t a total washout, is one of my favourite times of year in London. It’s these long warm days that encourage us to explore the city: its various parks, terraces, rooftops and beer gardens. Considering the unusually hot weather we’ve had this year (that’s us done for...

Plate kitchen

Restaurant Review: Plate

In Shoreditch and its surrounding neighbourhoods, countless restaurants seem to come and go – occasionally without us even noticing. With so much competition, new local restaurant openings are arguably under more pressure than counterparts elsewhere in London. Here, a unique selling point is absolutely necessary. Enter Plate - a bakery,...

CoBa

Restaurant Review: CoBa

London definitely doesn’t suffer from a lack of Vietnamese cuisine offerings - and thanks to my previous living quarters in Hoxton, I’ve sampled a lion’s share. That said, London still hasn’t reached saturation, so far as Vietnamese food is concerned. A healthy walk from Kings Cross station, CoBa is the...

TLE

Restaurant Review: Courtesan, Brixton

I suspect it’s safe to say few, if any, Londoners consider themselves novices when it comes to dim sum. With an extensive number of Chinatown restaurants including it on the menu, we like to think there’s nothing that could possibly surprise us. Enter Courtesan. This restaurant, tea room, cocktail bar...

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Review: Brunch at Oslo, Hackney

Eccentric, but warm and welcoming - Oslo is housed within Hackney Central’s redeveloped railway station building. Built in 1870 by the North London Railway Company, the two-storey building serves as not only a restaurant, but a bar and event space, hosting regular gigs throughout the week. The décor, which I...

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Bar of the week: Coupette

In amongst the shops of Bethnal Green Road you’ll find the 160-year old, inconspicuous blue façade of what used to be a pub called The Albion. Since this summer, though, this the home of Coupette, the presence merely given away by a wholly unremarkable branded doormat. Blink and you’ll miss...

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Restaurant Review: VQ Aldgate

From the onset, I must admit I’ve never felt the need to visit a restaurant in the middle of the night. A bit of a traditionalist, perhaps; I feel night time is meant for sleeping, although admittedly, I have been partial to a midnight snack. VQ in Aldgate is by...

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Review: Brunch at Sparrow, Lewisham

Lewisham, in South London, has seen significant change in recent years. Long gone are the days of the Battle of Lewisham (celebrating its 40th anniversary this month). The area has become somewhat unrecognisable, even compared to my student years at nearby Goldsmith’s College, not so long ago (relatively speaking: I...

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Restaurant Review: Lahpet

Unlike so many other South East Asian cuisines, I’d be surprised if I weren’t the only Londoner unfamiliar with Burmese food until recently. According to Dan Anton, co-owner of Lahpet in London Fields, this is likely due to the relative lack of Burmese nationals anywhere outside of Burma (or Myanmar)....

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Restaurant Review: Bronte

Bronte is the second venture from father-son duo Trevor and Adam Davies and judging by the success of their first project (Circus in Covent Garden), it has a lot to live up to. The brainchild of ‘cook to the stars’ Executive Chef Andrew Lassetter and Head Chef Guy Betteridge (previously...

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Restaurant Review: Enoteca Turi

Most Londoners, I’m sure, would say we know all there is to know about Italian food. Who hasn’t had a ‘real’ Italian pizza in their life? Well, Enoteca Turi in Pimlico is on a mission to prove us wrong. Nestled just a short walk from Sloane Square station, this neighbourhood...

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Restaurant Review – The Laughing Gravy

By Maggie Majstrova, @Foodstrova Despite British food historically having a stereotypically negative image (think overcooked vegetables and a repertoire of bland dishes), the last few years have seen a complete revival, with so many traditional dishes being re-worked into something more contemporary and, ultimately, flavoursome. Still, when a restaurant is...