2019 has started with a bang, where is the time going! Apologies for the short absence but work has been keeping me very busy and so has eating out it seems. Reflecting back over the last 3 months I have been lucky enough to eat in some of London’s best restaurants and have had some amazing food experiences which I have shared with my husband (HIM), friends and work colleagues. Here are a few of my food highlights.
I went here for a new year catch up lunch with a colleague. We sat at the counter and enjoyed some simple yet delicious plates of pasta; pappardelle with slow cooked veal ragu and rosemary & sage ravioli with butter, sage and hazelnuts. Delicious, quick and value for money.
KATER Score 8/10 – £18 pp with service no wine
This was Sunday lunch with a friend and the place was buzzing. Roast belly pork was the roast of the day, overall delicious but just needed more crackling for my liking. My starter was the standout, a generous serving of chicken liver parfait which was smooth and creamy and served with a chutney and sourdough.
KATER Score 7/10 – £35 pp with service and wine
We celebrated my best friends recent engagement with Hakkasan’s Dim Sum Sunday lunch. This has to be one of the best Sunday lunch offers in town with non-stop plates of delicious dim sum, Champagne and cocktails all for £62 each. Great value and beautiful setting for a special occasion.
KATER Score 9/10 – £62 pp with wine
You can’t go wrong with a visit to one of the many Shoryu Ramen restaurants. Its fast becoming a bit of a go to for either a work lunch or catch up with a friend. Their ramen is consistently good and their service is always on point.
KATER Score 9/10 – £15 pp with service no wine
Xian Biang Biang
Having been to their smaller sister restaurant, Xian Impressions in Highbury I was excited to visit Xian Biang Biang. This was an impromptu date night with HIM and it was amazing! It’s fairly no frills but the food does not disappoint.
I’ve not often had flavours like this outside of China, the Szechuan heat is something else. I will definitely be back.
KATER Score 10/10 – £18 pp with service and beer
I took a colleague to Terroir for dinner before she headed off on her 3 month adventure to Central and South America knowing that she wouldn’t get to eat food like this. Terroir is an old favourite and consistently delivers. Their duck rillette is a must try and make sure to take advantage of the never ending bread basket.
KATER Score 8/10 – £40 pp with service and wine
I took some colleagues for a post review lunch and we shared a selection of their starters and light bites. The ham and cheese toastie with the homemade pickle is quite possibly the tastiest ham and cheese I have ever had – this is a must try for everyone. The other dishes we tried were all excellent too.
KATER Score 9/10 – £45 pp with service and wine
I’ve written about this amazing place before but was lucky enough to visit a second time with HIM, my brother and lovely sister in law. We literally ordered everything off the menu (again) with highlights being the oysters and carrots. I just love the way Tom cooks his carrots, beautifully tender, oozing butter and served with a delicious smooth mound of cods roe topped with crushed hazelnuts. So simple but so tasty.
KATER Score 9/10 – £70 pp with service and wine
This was a very special and unexpected treat. I finally got to experience a ‘chef’s table’ and loved every minute of it. Course after course was served whilst we watched the young brigade of chefs working quietly and efficiently. Every dish was beautiful and explained in full by either the chef themselves or the server. This was more about the experience for me than the food itself.
KATER Score 10/10 – £ Expensive
HIM was lucky enough to receive a Nobu voucher for his birthday so who better to share it with than me! I was excited to experience Nobu and the setting is very glam but in all honestly there are better Japanese restaurants. The food was good but incredibly overpriced. My favourite dish was the Tuna Takaki.
KATER Score 6/10 – £100 pp with service and wine
In need of a pre gig bite to eat with HIM, we ventured up to Highbury to try out the new home of Sambal Shiok.
Sat at the counter, we enjoyed their signature Laksa along with their fried chicken and cucumber salad. Overall everything was tasty, perhaps lacking some spice but served quickly and great value.
KATER Score 7/10 – £20 pp with service and beer
Claw was a last minute venue of choice for a wedding planning meeting with my best friend. Serving up a number of small plates we enjoyed a large selection which tends to be the way when dining with said friend.
Highlights included the Lamb Laab gem parcels which were fresh and vibrant followed by the crab mac n cheese.
KATER Score 7/10 – £35 pp with service and wine
Possibly my favourite restaurant in London. After their annual Christmas break, I was delighted to get a table on its first night of re-opening in early March. It’s a BYOB and barely 15 metres from my front door and I could literally eat here every night. Their curries great, but their daily changing specials is where Singburi really stands out. The Thai seabass, the moo krob, the clams, the short rib green curry…this place is definitely worth a trip out East.
KATER Score 10/10 – £20 pp with service no wine
Hicce is located in the new Kings Cross area Coal Drops which was a perfect location for me to meet a friend for a glass or two and a bite to eat. We sat at the bar which turned out to be the best as our server was just brilliant. He was so attentive, passionate and knowledgeable about the menu. Sometimes, the service just makes an evening that much better. The food was good, although we preferred the small plates enjoying some boquerones and pork rillette. The larger plates were a bit messy in comparison and didn’t quite deliver.
KATER Score 7/10 – £75 pp with service and wine
Margot is a beautiful restaurant blending French and Italian dishes. The service was exceptional and deserves its own mention. I started with the king fish tartare followed by linguine vongole. The clams were small and disappointing but overall my experience was good so I would go back.
KATER Score 7.5/10 – 2 courses £70 pp with service and wine