A local gem for a great Thai evening

Venturing out for dinner with a friend can make even a cold Tuesday evening in January feel special. Having already had a challenging week just two days into it, it seemed only right to treat ourselves. Now, by this point you’ve probably gathered that I tend to prefer my fine dining restaurants over the alternatives,…

Myrtle: Irish cuisine at its finest

First and foremost, Happy 2020 to all – even if a little delayed. Understandably, it’s a little difficult to feel happy about the new year as we approach what research suggests is the most depressing day of the year (20 or 23 January, depending who you believe, but I’d go with the 20th this year…

Bluebird: a Chelsea favourite for good reason

Last week I achieved a very special personal milestone: my first book was published. It’s been a lot of effort and a test of resilience, but mainly it’s been one very exciting journey to get here. I will mark the occasion with an event in the new year once all the Christmas parties have passed,…

Arros QD: redefining contemporary Spanish cuisine

I happen to love a lunch break. And by that, I mean a real break, when I enjoy superb food, I’m not sat at my desk, and for a little while if possible I detach myself from the workday for a mini recharge. It gives me something to look forward to in the morning, and…

Fumo and its Venetian style tapas

On a beautiful August day in London, I found myself with the great privilege of a guilt-free day off work and the opportunity to spend the day as a tourist in my own city. After a morning of walking through Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair and what felt like all of Central London really, I worked up…

A perfect dinner date at Medlar

In a rare development for me, it happens to be that I have recently gone on an actual date. The frequency of such an event is akin to that of the Olympics, or blue moons: they are rarities over the course of time so that when they roll around again, you say, ‘oh yeah, I…

Taverna Trastevere’s authenticity transports you to Rome…

While it’s unusual – and some people don’t think it’s possible – I am actually very good friends with my ex fiance’. In what feels like a lifetime ago we spent nearly a decade together, having met back when I lived in the picturesque neighbourhood of Trastevere, in Rome. Known for some of the best…

Brunch at the Wet Fish Cafe

I’ve not shared this with many people just yet, but in March I started taking violin lessons. I’m keeping it under wraps because I’m not sure how naturally I’m going to take to it, and a part of me fears failure, I guess. But, I am lucky in that of the UK’s best violinists has…

The Trading House for a uniquely British experience

While out on New Year’s Eve, I was talking with a friend about how it’s always on me to plan things like restaurant reservations, parties, and social arrangements – and sometimes I wish someone else would take over so that I could enjoy an evening care-free for once. His response? I don’t actually want that:…

Millie’s Lounge: glamour among the suits

Having wanted to try Millie’s Lounge for some time now (friends have gone and all have come back with positive experiences), I seized the opportunity when a friend of mine asked me to stick around the Bank area in case her date goes sour. Millie’s Lounge is one of several restaurants at The Ned, all…