London Tastin'

Birthday dinner at Launceston Place

Birthday dinner at Launceston Place has become a little tradition of ours. It’s one of those epic meals that’ll leave you with a food coma for days. Last year my friend and I had a 7 course tasting menu for 4 and half hours. This year we raised our game to 11 courses (we added a cheese course because 10 wasn’t enough hahah) and yes definitely *suffering* food coma as I’m writing this.

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Southerden Pastry - Peckham

I’m currently obsessed with two pastry shops - Mel’s Southerden Pastry at Peckham and Le Patisserie Des Raves. If you have time or happen to pass by Peckham, be sure to check out Mel’s pastry shop. It’s always full of too-hard-to-decide-which-one cakes, the colourful Choumert buns filled with vanilla creme, the beautiful orange & cardamon meringue tart. Or go for something savoury because she makes excellent bread in store (I have a croissant from the shop for breakfast right now hehe!).

Here is the website for more details!  

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Lyle

Lyle at the Tea Building in Shoreditch has been one of my favourite recent openings. The food is like a mix of Koya and St John, stripped down simple with only the best quality ingredients. The menu is constantly changing, I’ve been 3 times now and not had the same dish twice. Highly recommended! And it’s not hard to book! Lunch is a la carte but dinner is set menu only. Price is about £40pp (really depends on how much you eat at lunch, I ate a lot…)

More details on their site 

Fera at Claridges

Fera is Simon Rogan’s new restaurant at Claridges hotel. I tried the long tasting menu (£125pp) which took about 3 hours! Dishes were good like L’enclume, but I’m not a huge fan of the deco, rather business hotel lobby like. Personally I prefer the cosy and naturally lit space at L’enclume. which I highly recommend everyone to try at least once. Regarding Fera, two of us spent about £370 (including a half bottle of wine), which makes it a special occasion type of place, but I’m not so sure I’d come for my birthday. Food was good but not stunning. But it’s still early days and it’ll be really interesting to see how the restaurant will evolve, especially when service was already so smooth on the first opening day. 

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Stewed rabbit with lovage

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Kurobuta - Pop up Chelsea

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In a nutshell: delicious modern Japanese pop up in Chelsea

Rating: 4/5

Cuisine: modern Japanese

Price: £50pp


Kurobuta is a temporary pop up on Kings Road (Chelsea), but based on how delicious the food was I really hope they’ll consider to stay permanently. However, they will open a more permanent space in Marble Arch in the new year so follow their twitter to stay tuned. The restaurant on Kings Road will remain open till end of December, so hurry up before they close! Food was really delicious, Japanese Izakaya style with small plates (not too small, good size) designed for sharing for the whole table. Food combinations were very creative, I tried an interesting mix of grilled mushrooms with Gorgonzola and was amazed by how beautiful all the elements went together. The Chilean sea bass from the blackboard was rich and creamy with a beautiful ponzu shiso dressing. They also do modern Japanese desserts like yuzu tart with matcha buttercream cookie! So what are you waiting for!!


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Grain Store - Kings Cross

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In a nutshell: veggie centric restaurant with clever and delicious dishes from chef Bruno Loubet

Rating: 4/5

Cuisine: modern

Price £30+pp


Grain Store has been on my list for a while, mostly because some people really like it and some didn’t. I’m a huge fan of healthy restaurants, especially those using vegetables in a creative as well as delicious way. When I read the menu from Grain Store, everything sounded creative and decision was really tough, the ‘vegetable’ chorizo scotch egg, the wild mushroom croquettes, the chargrilled endive and hazelnut crumble. If that’s not delicious enough, the meat dishes were just as tempting, braised beef with root vegetable puree and tea soaked golden grapes with wood pigeon. Food certainly didn’t disappoint and I also loved the restaurant space with bright nature light.


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Flat Iron - Soho (updated)

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In a nutshell: amazing steaks for £10 in Soho

Rating: 4/5

Price: £10 for steak, including salad (tiny)

Those of you who read my previous Flat Iron post would know the horrible queue system I mentioned before. After a few months, I went back to Flat Iron again and absolutely loved everything. There is a normal queue system (get there and queue), which normally starts around 6pm. I went at 5ish and got a seat no problem (I know, who eats at 5..). Steak wise, portion was small but still makes the £10 very cheap.  


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Foxlow - Farringdon

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In a nutshell: Hawksmoor’s new restaurant at Farringdon didn’t wow like the original

Rating: 3/5

Cuisine: British 

Price: £30+pp


I was really excited to dine at Foxlow because I’m a massive fan of Hawksmoor's steak, especially the beautiful porterhouse and their great value Sunday roasts. Foxlow didn’t disappoint but it didn’t have anything so special to remember afterwards either. The menu was short with nothing too eye popping apart from the 8hr bacon rib with maple & chilli and the 10hr beef rib with kimchi. Flavour was ok but I prefer their steak more. Foxlow also serves steak, but then I may as well just go Hawksmoor.


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