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Thursday
May032012

Meatmarket

 

As a child growing up in deepest darkest Ohio theres probably two foods that define my childhood more than any other - funnel cakes and corn dogs. Both sold almost exclusively at Sea World or Six flags - ie. the best places in the world. This means that they were exclusive, special and eaten on the some of the most enjoyable days of each year. They're also completely ignored outside of the culinary haven that is the Mid-West, so when I discovered that MeatMarket (aka the new MeatLiquor) was serving corn dogs the only thing that could have made me happier was if funnel cakes miraculously appeared on the menu too.

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Wednesday
Mar212012

Pepe

 

I hate when a restaurant’s website lies to me. Whether it’s getting prices wrong, lying about what’s on the menu, or worst of all about existing in a location they don’t actually have. Mas Burrito is guilty of the latter. Either that or I got very lost looking for number 56, St Martins Lane.

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Wednesday
Mar212012

J Sheekey

 

I’ve been craving oysters for a while now. It’s been at least two weeks and If you had a look through my Google search history, you would see that both the Wright Brothers and J Sheeky sites have been visited on an almost daily basis. So one Tuesday, the Boyfriend gave in to my desperate pleas. J Sheeky was the winner, almost exclusively because of its Covent Garden location. We opted for the Oyster Bar, rather than the actual restaurant, as this was intended to be a functional meal rather than a languorous one. 

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Sunday
Oct302011

Nizuni

22 Charlotte Street is  an unfortunate address for a sushi restaurant, opposite Roka, the constantly packed and incredibly scene Japanese restaurant. It's a bit like being a normal person forced to stand next to a supermodel in a group picture. In this case the normal person was actually rather good-looking. 

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Saturday
Oct222011

The Ivy

 

There are two things about The Ivy that make it truly remarkable - sadly, neither of these two things are its culinary abilities. Firstly, it must be the only restaurant in London that was full on packed at 5.30 on a Friday. Its not even like this place has a great Pre-Theatre menu that makes it irresistable, because that's only available Monday to Wednesday. Despite that they are very on the ball about theatre and opera, the man who took my reservation knew which opera I was seeing when I didn't! 

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Thursday
Oct132011

Canteen Covent Garden

Harrods,  nine "amazing" courses prepared by Thomas Keller, the six-michelin starred chef, widely regarded as the best in the world, for an impressive £250 a head. For many, that was the highlight of the year. For a ten day period London's foodies, and I'm sure the odd banker or two, enjoyed what many described as a once in life time experience. This was the pop-up to end all pop-ups. On the other side of town, The Boyfriend and I dined at a slightly less glamourous pop-up, in the oh-so exclusive Covent Garden, where we ate one course, at a cost of a £18 a head. Yes, The Boyfriend and I we were some of the hundreds of other people who called a little too late and thus will we be sentenced to dream about the meal we missed until the fanfare dies down. Given the reviews I'm not optimistic that this will be soon 

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Thursday
Sep292011

Hawksmoor - A place to find happy dead cows

The day before one goes on a beach holiday most peopleattempt to detox a little bit - lose the fat that has built up over the winter,the fat that noone except the person who really loves you needs to see and thefat that a beach full of sunbathers certainly don’t want to see.  Stopdrinking for a couple of days, so you show up to the beach in question, niceand glow-ey, without looking like a government advert for what happens topeople who don’t exercise three times a week or consume their five fruit andveg. Not The Boyfriend and I, no, we decided to hit Hawksmoor, a restaurantwith a menu packed with all the things that make you look ugly. Given TheBoyfriend and I’s incredible lack of willpower this was a mistake. The holidaysnaps from the five following days in Croatia are not quite as pretty as theyshould have been but the two hours were completely worth it.

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Thursday
Jun022011

da Polpo

The Boyfriend's move to Covent Garden three months ago was easily the best decision ever. Not only do we have Opera Tavern, my new favourite place, Machiavelli and Laduree but now we have da Polpo, yet another Russell Norman restaurant. 

I am sad to admit, I have never been to Polpo or Polpetto, but Spuntino his third restaurant, I completely adored. Given his first two restaurants were Italian Cichetti restaurants that got and still get rave reviews I was really excited to try da Polpo, his fourth restuarant which is of a similar ilk.

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Sunday
May222011

Opera Tavern - Waiting for doom

How do you deal with the impending end of the world? Simple. You drink wine and eat cheese. Obviously we were on a limited time scale, with only one and a half hours till "Rapture", which put La Cave Du Fromage in South Ken out of the question and La Fromagerie too. So Opera Tavern it was.


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Saturday
May212011

Laduree

When I heard Laduree was opening in Covent Garden I almost jumped up and down. It was proof that God does listen to me when I ask for things.  So a Saturday or two after it opened, The Boyfriend and I rolled in to check it out.

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