Restaurant Review – Novikov Italian, London

Placed on the corner of London’s Mayfair Place and Berkeley Street, just a stone’s throw from the famous Nobu, Novikov is the eponymous London branch of highly successful restaurateur Arkady Novikov’s restaurant empire. A premise so vast that it has space for 540 seats, it’s split into two restaurants and a swanky Lounge Bar. Upstairs, on ground-level, an Asian restaurant serves the sort of expensive Pan-Asian food that needs a burly security guard to send any passing riff-raff quickly on...

Restaurant Review – The Moroccan Sky Riad at Searcys, The Gherkin

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With thousands of restaurants open across London, there’s always been a disappointing lack in popularity that surrounds Moroccan cuisine. Thankfully, however, a brand new seven-week summer pop-up has arrived at the top of London’s iconic 30 St. Mary’s Axe – best known as The Gherkin. Not only does the new Moroccan Sky Riad bring a slice of North Africa to East London, the views that accompany the experience are absolutely sensational. The weather, upon...

Restaurant Review – Rosa’s Thai Café, Spitalfields

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With six restaurants now spread out across the city, the original Rosa’s Thai Café can be found just between Spitalfields Market and East London’s bustling Brick Lane. Set up by husband and wife duo Alex and Saiphin Moore, following the success of a Brick Lane street food stall, it seems that the premises is often filled to capacity with tourists and locals alike. Upon arriving, our booking is nowhere to be seen, fortunately there...

Restaurant Review – The Richmond

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food As soon as the news broke of The Richmond’s opening, I was sure that I’d heard it all before. Locally acclaimed chef takes on a new premises within a trendy neighbourhood, serves an overpriced menu of “quintessentially British seasonal food”, all types of on-trend fare, and pricey Craft Beers to the local foodie crowd. And the result, overall, is generally gratuitously underwhelming for anybody that doesn’t own a beard comb or antique bicycle. Thankfully,...

Restaurant Review – The Pearson Room

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Named after the Canadian Nobel Prize winner Lester B. Pearson, The Pearson Room is an addition to the expansive list of restaurants scattered around Canary Wharf, one of the city’s most prominent business districts. Opened as part of the Reebok Sports Club, finding the venue in time for our lunch reservations is almost as difficult as deciding to spend an hour on the cross-trainer next door, whilst plenty of diners are working their way...

Competition: Win A Royal Brunch For Two At The Polo Bar London

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food It’s Twitter competition time. We’re giving away a Royal Brunch for two at The Polo Bar in London, for a lucky follower and a friend. Situated just a stone’s throw from London’s busy Liverpool Street Station, The Polo Bar is open 24 hours a day and focuses on the best of British in a modern take on a classic British Café. The Royal Brunch features two delicious Breakfasts that include the full works –...

Parlour Kensal: Review

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor “One last question about the menu”, I said to Jesse Dunford Wood, the Brazilian-born English chef and owner of Parlour of Regent St Kensal who had made his way over to our table at the end of the meal. “I’ve never heard of Back Door Salmon”, I asked. The starter, an assortment of chunky salmon with home baked soda bread ranked among the best entrees I have had the pleasure to eat and I was...

M Restaurants To Celebrate Caviar Week With A New Six-Course Tasting Menu

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Having opened its doors in the Winter as the first solo restaurant venture from ex-Gaucho Managing Director Martin Williams, M Restaurants will host a weeklong Caviar celebration that’s set to begin on July 18th – National Caviar Day. With the event, M will offer their diners the chance to sample a special six-course Caviar tasting menu which features the likes of Vodka, Watermelons and Cucumber Consommé that’s topped with a Caviar and Parmesan tuile,...

Restaurant Review – The Golden Arrow at Hotel Pullman St. Pancras

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With more than 4000 shades of achromatic grey allegedly available, the décor of the King’s Cross branch of Pullmans’ Golden Arrow Restaurant and Bar manages to showcase at least 30 of those variations, set towards the back of the hotel lobby, peering out onto the rigmarole of the constantly busy Euston Road. “Sleek” is the first word that springs to mind. It’s the sort of place that once the sun has set and the...

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