Gloria…revisited

In an effort to give a newly opened restaurant a fair and accurate assessment, I decided to give Ristorante Gloria one more try. After all, at lunch it wasn’t likely to be as dark, given the abundance of windows, and I was very curious to try that Carbonara which seemed promising! So, off I went…

Newly opened Ristorante Gloria finding its feet…

Let me start by saying that I absolutely wanted to love Ristorante Gloria. I had long been awaiting their opening on the 22nd of February: I walk by the premises on a daily basis and realised they were opening there in January. I practically kept a countdown. So I was over the moon when I…

Belgravia’s special jewel: La Poule au Pot

Every now and then, you stumble upon a restaurant so special that it’s an emotional experience you take with you and enjoy long after you’ve left. La Poule au Pot is one such rare treasure. The restaurant was recommended by one of my dear French friends who had heard great things, so we decided to…

I expected more from L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

When you know you’re going to a Michelin-starred restaurant, it’s only natural that your expectations for a great experience are as high as you expect the bill will be. Perhaps that’s why when you walk away from a lackluster experience it feels all the more disappointing. On a mid-week evening one of my best friends…

‘Fast Food’ redefined Galvin HOP

Finding myself in the City by Spitalfields Market before a client meeting with about 35 minutes before I was due to arrive, I popped into Galvin HOP with a challenge: can you serve a two-course lunch within a window of 20-25 minutes? I was surprised, delighted and a little incredulous when they said yes. I…

Great meat is Roxie’s silver lining

I’ve said for quite a while that my part of Clapham needed a really good steak place – especially after that lovely Argentinean steakhouse closed down (amazing, authentic Argentinean food; prices far above average). So when Roxie opened, I was rather pleased and hopeful. However, it’s been a hit-and-miss experience so far. The couple of…

Brunch with a Middle Eastern twist at Cafe Tamra

I’ve long been coming to Cafe Tamra for brunch. It is hands down the best brunch in the Clapham Junction area. And there are definitely lots of options in the area, but none of them inspiring: The gastropub that’s as soulless in atmosphere as it is mediocre on the plate, like only a pub chain could…

Coffee haven in Holborn

In the 15 years since I moved to London, the city has really upped its game when it comes to coffee. I consider myself fortunate to be able to find a genuine Italian caffe’, and that there are so many wonderful artisanal coffee shops that offer a relieving alternative to the coffee conglomerates of the…

A Chelsea Brunch at The Botanist

After a morning of shopping in Knightsbridge this weekend, as you do, I walked over to Chelsea where I decided impulsively to treat myself to brunch at The Botanist. Situated at the top of the Kings Road on Sloane Square, it’s an iconic Chelsea hotspot both day and night as the venue is part restaurant,…

Is this London’s best pizza?

I take great pride in calling myself a pizza connoisseur. Not a mere dilettante, I have been on a pizza journey for what feels like my whole life.  I have learned to appreciate all kinds of pizza variations: pizza a taglio, pizza al metro, personal sized pizzas, Neapolitan pizza, New York pizza pies, and so…