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Cu Tu – Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò

Cu Tu – Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò

by boredoffood @ Bored of Food

134A Kingsland Road, London E2 8DY 02077294843 www.cutu.co.uk/ @cuturestaurant Few posts from me of late. I’m not losing the bug, but it’s a busy time (as ever). It’s also an exciting time as I’m looking into a move south of the river. I know! One more to add to the slowly expanding list of Bún Thịt […]

Go Boat with LovePopUps London

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Vi Vian’s Food Blog is all about food – and drink. Nonetheless this blogpost is about food and drink but has a major focus on an experience on outdoor dining. I get funny with bugs and creepy crawlies hence, picnics on lusciously green field is not usually my choice. But, picnic on a boat? LovePopUps London, Jo, has got my attention. One beautiful English summer weather, eight of us from the LovePopUps London community went picnic boating. I decided not to reveal my fear of a Lochness type of monster surfacing just yet. We sailed along the Regent’s Canal – […]

Core by Clare Smyth review – fine dining where meat isn’t the main course

Core by Clare Smyth review – fine dining where meat isn’t the main course

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Not nearly as cliched as you might think at first glance Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A fine dining restaurant with a much-vaunted chef at the helm has opened in leafy, wealthy zone 1 West London and serves dishes based on seasonal British produce. If that sentence of postmodern London restaurant cliches … Continue reading

Eco, a Clapham institution that has been serving classic Italian dishes for over 20 years

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

A restaurant must be doing something right if they have been around for over 20 years. You certainly can’t tell Eco‘s age from a cursory look at their smart modern decor. That’s because they’ve spent considerable amounts of money on … Continue reading

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Blind Spot: Hitting the spot for imbibing enthusiast in a hidden speakeasy in Covent Garden

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Regular followers of Townfish will know how much we adore St Martins Lane hotel with its quirky artistic touches and boutique vibes. Having visited the venue on numerous occasion for afternoon tea at The Den and cocktails and light food … Continue reading

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40 Dean Street: serving the Soho community with classic homemade Italian dishes

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Column inches have been written about the death of Soho and the lack of a sense of community in the area. However, you don’t need to look too hard to find institutions that have been around for decades. One such … Continue reading

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Relax, Enjoy and Unwind in Modern British Neighbourhood Restaurant Sixty One

by Justina Terese @ Townfish

If your looking for an exceptional fine dining experience but prefer relaxed surroundings, friendly easy-going staff and affordable à la carte prices, then the award winning Sixty One is the restaurant to visit. Nestled in a quiet street of Marylebone, … Continue reading

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A picture perfect dining experience at Sake no Hana, Mayfair

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

To celebrate sakura (the cherry blossom festival in Japan), we headed down to esteemed fine dining restaurant, Sake no Hana to sample head chef, Hideki Hiwatashi’s special sakura menu. Renowned architect, Kengo Kuma has designed a space that feels earthy … Continue reading

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10 London Blogs You’ll Love

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

One of the greatest appeals of London is the sheer amount of places to go. There are enough bars and restaurants alone to do one of each every day and never get through them all in a lifetime. Add in … Continue reading

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Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant: An Italian affair with Gino at Euston station

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you can’t stand celebrity chefs, you might want to avoid Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant: Gino appears everywhere from photos with celebrities on the walls, cookbooks on the shelves, the detailed personal descriptions on the menu to even a welcoming … Continue reading

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Fashionable May Fair Kitchen has the exquisite choices to please the most demanding of diners

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There are few hotels in central London as iconic and fashionable as the May Fair Hotel. We’ve been there for private screenings and after-parties but we had yet to try their in-house restaurant, May Fair Kitchen; so it was a … Continue reading

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Experience ultimate liberation at The Bunyadi

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

In case you have missed the clamour of 46,000 Londoners expressing an interest to visit The Bunyadi, it is London’s first pop-up naked restaurant. By naked, we mean not just in the sartorial sense, but also in terms of their … Continue reading

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It is all about the ingredients at Sushi and Robata, High Street Kensington

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It just makes perfect synergistic sense for a healthy supermarket giant like Whole Foods to combine with a Japanese culinary expert like Genji to open up a restaurant like Sushi and Robata when they can readily source the best possible … Continue reading

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Pan Asian Perfection

by Frances O'Brien @ Townfish

From the bustling streets of Bangkok to Malaysian markets, street food in Asia has always been considered such an everyday existence. However, when it comes to pan Asian food in the UK, which is now a huge part of the … Continue reading

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Northbank, St Pauls: Bringing sustainability and seasonality to the fore

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Northbank isn’t the easiest restaurant to locate, being tucked away underneath the Millenium Bridge on the St Paul’s side. However, this is one hidden gem worth tracking down for countless reasons. Firstly, you have to admire the jaw-dropping views of … Continue reading

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Best Matcha Ice-cream in London

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

When there is a new matcha ice-cream in London, I make a point to try it as soon as my schedule allows me; even if that means I have to detour by a long mile. From another perspective, my husband sees it as another food (matcha) craze, he often has to join in queue. At one moment in the queue, with his eyes darting around wondering if anyone could hear his whisper, he quietly asks me, “what is this matcha craze about?”. Initially, I was surprised but I could understand why he asked me that. At home, we hardly have […]

Wünderlust at the Big Red: You insatiable appetite will be satisfied by this double-decker

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

I’ve been told by a reliable source that Deptford is the new Dalston; although indications from a recent visit suggested that was still some distance away. However, there are surprising hidden gems in this corner of London. Wünderlust at the … Continue reading

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Samarkand, Fitzrovia

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Samarkand, Fitzrovia – NEW means so much with Samarkand. It a new restaurant, a new cuisine to London and to myself. I always love looking out for new flavours, so when Samarkand came to London a few foodie friends and I put a date in our diaries for this exciting night. Samarkand serves Uzbekistan food and all I knew about the cuisine was getting the right spelling on paper. The colours of Samarkand, blue and gold (a combination I adore), suggest a lot of class. And the place looks dashing. I would love to dress up when I go out […]

Lotus: An Indian affair to remember

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If there was an Oscar for how lavishly well restaurants looked after their guests, Lotus would most definitely be a nominee if not the actual winner. This is a fine dining institution where the staff effortlessly guide you through an … Continue reading

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7 BYOB Restaurants In London For A Brilliantly Cheap Night Out

7 BYOB Restaurants In London For A Brilliantly Cheap Night Out


Secret London

Eating out in London can be pretty damn expensive so when there’s an option to BYOB (we’re talking booze here, although bringing your own bitchez is fun too), then you can count us IN. …

BúnBúnBún

BúnBúnBún


BúnBúnBún

Delicious Vietnamese food and the only place in London to have authentic Bun Cha Hanoi - served just as we would in Vietnam.

Patience is a virtue at the Savannah restaurant, Euston

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Despite the very central location, the Savannah restaurant inside the Wesley hotel isn’t the easiest restaurant to find. Firstly do not confuse Euston Street with the main thoroughfare that is Euston Road; it is a small back street at the … Continue reading

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Nasi Goreng

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Nasi goreng is Malay for “rice fried” – speaking proper English it means fried rice. I never thought that nasi goreng would be my blogging dish but lately I realised that nasi goreng is such a well known dish that people would associate it with Malaysia. After their holiday in Malaysia, most people told me that one of their favourite dishes was nasi goreng, besides the satay-s and rendang-s. The name nasi goreng somehow seems to stick out in their memories of eating in Malaysia. Nasi goreng is a common dish which has innumerable versions, depending on the chef. It […]

Expect the expected at Bar + Block, King’s Cross

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

As I was preparing to write this latest review for Bar + Block, King’s Cross, I was at a press dinner elsewhere when a fellow restaurant reviewer was informing me of such a terrible venue she had visited recently in … Continue reading

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Sumptuous steaks to salivate over at Smith and Wollensky, Strand

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Sometimes you have to grudgingly admit the Americans do have a better idea of how to do things, such as running a restaurant and hospitality in general. Smith and Wollensky is a welcome American import on the London restaurant scene … Continue reading

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Pilpel: a falafel and houmous specialist with fire in their spirits

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

A recent poll suggested 5.7% of the population are vegetarians: that equates to over 3 million people. Often they are badly catered for if they are looking for food that is healthy, informal, fast and vegetarian. Thankfully the increasing number … Continue reading

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Troia: an all-encompassing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant in Waterloo

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Reading customer reviews of restaurants can be hilariously entertaining when you have the spare time. A one star review of Troia included a comment “was the chef even a human? was he/she a child? or was it an animal?”. Other … Continue reading

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Working with local suppliers at Borough Market is the key to Arthur Hooper’s success

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It is a fitting touch that the new restaurant and bar, Arthur Hooper’s in Borough Market has chosen their name to reflect the historic nature of their location. Victorian Arthur Hooper was once an endearing fruit salesman that occupied 8 … Continue reading

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Scandinavian Kitchen: restaurant review

by Kathrine Anker @ The First Pint

When Jonas Aurell and his wife came to London, they realised that you could only really get three kinds of sandwiches for lunch - wraps, ciabattas and the good, old triangles. They decided to do something about that, and opened the Scandinavian Kitchen.

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A gastronomic Chinese odyssey with Andrew Wong

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you are looking for a rising star of the London restaurant scene, look no further than Andrew Wong, owner and head chef of A. Wong in Victoria. He has been shortlisted and no doubt by the time you read … Continue reading

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Feel the spirit of summer with the imbibing masterclasses at Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Bourne and Hollingsworth is rapidly developing a reputation as purveyors of fine food, drinks and entertainment. Their Prohibition and Blitz parties are already famous not just in London but around the world. They are currently running a series of masterclasses … Continue reading

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Refresh your Mind and Body at Japanese Cafe and Delicatessen Tombo

by Justina Terese @ Townfish

Nestled in the heart of South Kensington is a tiny gem of a restaurant, an authentic Japanese café and delicatessen promoting fresh produce and healthy eating named Tombo. Let’s start with the tea. If you love tea, namely Japanese then … Continue reading

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Manitoba Tigella Kitchen Bar: bringing an ancient Italian recipe back to life

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The crossrail area of Tottenham court road is rapidly filling up with restaurants in anticipation of a business bonanza once it opens. However, for some it could not open sooner; a recent visit to Manitoba Tigella Kitchen Bar saw staff … Continue reading

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Review of Salvation in Noodles - authentic Vietnamese noodles!

Review of Salvation in Noodles - authentic Vietnamese noodles!


The Greedy Panda

With the ever expanding food scene in London, it takes effort to visit every restaurant on my list of places to try. Salvation in Noodles has been on my list for too long, so one sunny Saturday I decided to tick it off once and for all. God Knows why I didn’t do it sooner! My main aim was to have th

Top Things To Do in Hammersmith

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

If you prefer green, open spaces and Michelin-starred restaurants to ‘trendy’ pop-ups and moustaches, everyone knows that West is best! Sitting on the outskirts of west London, Hammersmith might not be your first port of call when thinking of a … Continue reading

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Comfort food that will melt your heart at The Phoenix

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Healthy foods, superfoods are essential parts of everyday life, but they do feel like a chore. Every now and then, we all crave for the type of comfort food that will bring tears of joy to our eyes. The Phoenix … Continue reading

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The Victor Garvey empire grows from strength to strength with their latest addition, Rambla

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

One of the most frequently asked questions as a restaurant reviewer is which restaurant is your favourite in London? One of the top choices I often answer with is Encant on Maiden Lane. With their inventive, Spanish small plates offering, … Continue reading

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Take a journey along the Silk Road with Samarkand in Fitzrovia

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

When you think you have tried every cuisine possible in London, up pops an Uzbek restaurant in the form of Samarkand. Uzbek food is actually a fascinating cuisine to explore, thanks in no part to their major role during the … Continue reading

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Amici Miei: a neighbourhood Italian restaurant we would all love to see on our high street

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

When you decide which part of London you want to move to, one consideration must surely be the quality of the local Italian restaurant. We all have those evenings when we fancy a hearty Italian pizza for takeaway or eating … Continue reading

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Vegetarians and egg-lovers rejoice at Cafe Loren in Camden

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There are plenty of great casual food outlets in Camden for you to relax those tired legs, but for those who are egg-lovers or vegetarians, Cafe Loren is a top choice to consider. Walking around the maze of markets in … Continue reading

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Comida Fest 2017

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Trust the Latin Americans to throw a party and you’ll never be disappointed! From a distance my feet started tapping to a faint Latin American tempo and I smelt food. I already knew where I was heading to, but those who were curious about the smell and music followed just have to follow their senses to Comida Fest. I arrived to an atmosphere filled with energy, generosity, warmth and love. I see that Comida Fest has returned this year in a big way. Instead of throwing one party they are doing three! One aim: they are crowdfunding for a 2017 […]

Shining a spotlight on Chinese regional cuisine at Chinese Cricket Club, Blackfriars

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Fans of Chinese cuisine will appreciate that most Chinese restaurants in places like Chinatown serve a distinctly Cantonese style of regional food. There are in fact 8 great regional cuisines in China and at Chinese Cricket Club, they focus on … Continue reading

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If music be the food of love, play on

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Heading into Camden to visit the Forge Cantina, my expectations were low, can a music venue and cantina offering an unfamiliar Latin American menu really deliver the goods? I am clearly no architectural reviewer; as I entered the building, I … Continue reading

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El Muro review – Mexican food comes to Muswell Hill. Sort of.

El Muro review – Mexican food comes to Muswell Hill. Sort of.

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

It’s better than Tex-Mex. Just. Reviewing restaurants means I meander all over London, seeing firsthand the disparate boroughs, villages and neighbourhoods that make up this sprawling metropolis of ours. It’s tempting to think that once you venture outside of the capital’s core restaurant areas (Soho, Islington, Shoreditch and The City, or thereabouts), you would have … Continue reading

It’s time for a steak out at Smithfield Market

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

When you are situated next to one of the largest wholesale meat market in Europe, you surely know what you will be ordering for your main course.  Special January Offer: 50% OFF entire food bill at Blackhouse Grill on The … Continue reading

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Darjeeling Express review – Kingly Court Indian has inner beauty

Darjeeling Express review – Kingly Court Indian has inner beauty

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Judging a restaurant on more than how good it looks on Instagram Update 31/7/2017 – added remarks about the bone marrow to the details of the goat curry An opinion column published on the newly launched London version of Eater caused a small stir among the capital’s restaurant watchers. The piece railed against the pernicious effects … Continue reading

K10 Restaurant – Modern Japanese Canteen in the City

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

Located within London’s trendy Shoreditch area, on Appold St, K10 brings the highest quality of both ingredient and adventure to all lovers of Japanese cuisine.This ‘kaiten’ (conveyor belt) restaurant first opened its doors to London’s public back in the year … Continue reading

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City of London Distillery

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Guest blogger, Jason is a fellow foodie on Twitter @kinoyblog and Instagram @kinoyblog, writes about his tour in the only gin distillery and bar in the City. We don’t always just eat… we drink too! Kaleb and I aka #Kinoys, consider gin as our main poison. Brief history – we have been self-confessed gin connoisseurs for about 3 years now, a friend introduced us to a specialised pub that houses not just the best gins here in the UK but also from overseas, and since then we’ve been on the hunt for the best Gin & Tonics around. So when an opportunity […]

Temper City review – meat temple sequel takes on curry and poultry

Temper City review – meat temple sequel takes on curry and poultry

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

It’s both different from the original Soho Temper and reassuringly similar too I try not to write too much about the industry goings-on in London’s restaurant scene. Such gossipy navel-gazing is often transient in its importance, at best, and really doesn’t serve the purpose of this site which is to help you find somewhere really good … Continue reading

Fresh Pan-Fried Cuisine at TooTooMoo

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

The name of this delightful Pan Asian restaurant may be a little difficult to pronounce after too too many drinks, but the food at TooTooMoo is certainly easy on the taste buds, and very popular with the locals. Located in … Continue reading

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Coach & Horses, Clapham

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Coach and Horses, Clapham – Coach and Horses is not your usual family pub with classic pub lunch dishes, but the menu showed that they have considered children – pizza and doughnuts involved, of course! Like the other chains under the Frontier name, Coach and Horses focuses on craft beers, pizzas and sports. Vegetarian options are also included. It seemed relatively quiet on Sunday lunch but I could imagine the space filled when the sport season is due. There are 13 different types of craft beer on tap and this changes due to demand, production, introduction of new beers and […]

Kanada-Ya: Battle of the ramen bars on Panton Street in the West End

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Panton street might not be the most famous street in the West End, but it is rapidly becoming a must visit place for fans of Asian cuisine. There are Busaba Eathai, the Korean restaurant Yori and the ramen bars Muga and Kanada-Ya. Whilst I haven’t visited Muga (please … Continue reading

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Revisiting an old Chinese classic at Royal China Queensway

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you ask the local Chinese community where is the best Chinese restaurant in London? I would guess 90% would say Royal China and the remaining 10% probably doesn’t appreciate Chinese food. The Royal China in Queensway feels like it … Continue reading

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Ben’s, Bury St Edmunds

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Ben’s, Bury St Edmunds –  A very lovely setting in a clean and immaculate dining room. It is a little pinky and girly but the interior has a feel of spring even though it was still wintery weather outside.  Identical chandeliers and the organised mismatched furniture has a certain charm. The decoration was quite sparse; the kind of place where echoes were almost possible, so after awhile it made the place feel cold when there was no one else except us. If it was not a restaurant, I would have thought that it was a tea house. The cleanliness makes […]

Salvation in Noodles Team to Open MAM — Vietnamese BBQ in Notting Hill

Salvation in Noodles Team to Open MAM — Vietnamese BBQ in Notting Hill


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Colin Tu’s third restaurant will open on All Saints Road next month

Hot Pot Restaurant in China Town | Steam Boat Chinese & Thai Style

by kaveyeats @ Kavey Eats

As a child, I had a very multicultural upbringing when it came to food. Of course, there was the Indian food of my parents’ home country. And there were plenty of newly learned British classics from their adopted country. My mum also taught herself Italian, Greek, and other cuisines from cookery books. When we travelled... Read more »

Gaylord: over 50 years of excellence serving Indian cuisine in the West End

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Very few restaurants in the West End survive more than a few years, so when a restaurant has been around for more than 50 years, you have to sit up and take notice. Gaylord is one of the oldest and … Continue reading

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Achingly hip pizzas from the Elliott Brothers at Pizza Pilgrims Soho

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There has been many rags to riches stories for hip food stall owners who have become restauranteurs writing their own cookbooks and having their own business. Thom and James Elliott are perhaps one of the most well-known ones. A few … Continue reading

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Flavours of the Amalfi coast delivered to your plate at QP LDN, Mayfair

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Restaurant reviews often talk about letting the ingredients speak for themselves in dishes, but if you want to know what that really means, a visit to QP LDN is highly recommended. Just in case you might be wondering what QP … Continue reading

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Six Storeys on Soho: Refined elegance from the first floor to the loft

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Six Storeys is such a fantastic concept, you wonder why other venues haven’t formulated similar ideas. It is situated in a famous townhouse in Soho square and houses a bar, restaurant, dance floor and event spaces. Even though you might … Continue reading

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There is no stopping the all-conquering Saiphin Moore at her latest restaurant, Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Victoria

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

With 7 restaurants and a cookbook under her belt, there is no stopping the hardworking entrepreneur that is Saiphin Moore. At the newest branch of Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Victoria, we went to find out what makes this restaurant tick … Continue reading

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Vive le Hambuges as long as they are made by Big Fernand

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

With the popularity of burger restaurants in Central London, you do have to wonder if one day there will be more of them than our iconic British pubs. Having a unique selling point is crucial to stand out in this … Continue reading

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Designer surroundings and an informal brunch menu at No197 Chiswick Fire Station

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

We love weekend brunches as much as every other Londoner does. It is a chance to have a unrushed meal to enjoy top quality relaxed food and catch up with friends and family. No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station must be … Continue reading

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DSTRKT London: More than just a world-famous nightclub in the West End

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Most Londoners know of DSTRKT as an incredibly famous nightclub graced by A to Z list celebrities; however their restaurant is less well-known. If there are 2 things London diners have an aversion for, it would be going to basement … Continue reading

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Kanada-ya, Panton Street

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Kanada-ya London, Panton Street – fifteen years ago, I didn’t think that I could easily get a satisfying bowl of noodles in London. Unless it was homemade. The battle of soup noodles in London extends to many of its contemporaries such as the herby pho broth and the relatively new addition of spicy Malaysian laksa to the London foodie scene, each wanting to own the title of the best in their respective category. Here I am about to find out if Kanada-ya is my best ramen in London. In Kanada-ya, the concept is simple – noodles in broth where you […]

Sushi Shop: The French show us how it should be done in their conveniently located Marylebone branch

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

With a multitude of sushi options like Itsu, Wasabi and Yo! Sushi, do we genuinely need another sushi takeaway option in London? We don’t tend to review or recommend what is essentially takeout dining outlets. However, Sushi shop is no … Continue reading

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Mien Tay Restaurants

Mien Tay Restaurants


Mien Tay Restaurants

Cuisine from South-West Vietnam

OmniColletive Vegan Brunch x LovePopUpsLondon

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Living in London is brilliant – as you might have already known. You can almost get any experience you want. Name it, google it and hey, before you know, there is something happening in your own neighbourhood! This lucky chance was bestowed upon me by one of LovePopUps London competitions. I have to admit that I don’t explore much, foodie sense or otherwise, in Hackney even if I live a stone’s throw away. Standing outside Hackney Wick Overground on a weekend I felt completely deserted. I am probably the only person in the whole of London that does not have data […]

Retro lovers rejoice at the Coin Laundry at Exmouth Market

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you are looking for a no-attitude, friendly, laid-back neighbourhood bar, Coin Laundry at Exmouth Market must be high on your must-visit list. In the age, when cocktails are served in exotic receptacles and food has to involve the most … Continue reading

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Bad Sports review – tacos so good, it’s unsportsmanlike

Bad Sports review – tacos so good, it’s unsportsmanlike

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Hoxton tacos worth travelling across town for The phrase ‘Hoxton restaurant’ has become a joke to many. Whatever it may once have meant, prosaically or otherwise, it has now become a byword for shallow, self-indulgent and self-absorbed trend-chasing. Although there may be an element of truth in this when looking only at the more obviously … Continue reading

Gluten-free diners rejoice at the tremendous options available at Niche, Islington

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Niche is quite simply London’s first Coeliac UK accredited 100% gluten free restaurant. There are many restaurants that cater for coeliacs but none that offers a full menu of gluten-free options. Their kitchen practices have been scrutinised carefully to ensure … Continue reading

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Ethical dining with wild foraged seasonal produce at Shanes on Canalside, Hackney Wick

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Here east at Hackney Wick might not be the most convenient location for Sunday brunches, but judging by the crowds of people visiting Shanes on Canalside and nearby restaurants, this is the place to visit for a relaxing, peaceful stroll … Continue reading

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Santo Remedio London Bridge review – the best Mexican restaurant in London is back with a bigger menu

Santo Remedio London Bridge review – the best Mexican restaurant in London is back with a bigger menu

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Disclosure: I contributed to Santo Remedio’s crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter with a modest donation in the region of £75-200. Arrogant. Cocksure. Overconfident know-nothing. Snooty elitist. Those are just some of the epithets slung my way in the hatemail that I try to ignore (usually quite successfully). That doesn’t mean I don’t question my own judgment … Continue reading

Farmstand brings wholesome, locally sourced, fresh food to the heart of the West End

by Frances O'Brien @ Townfish

Steven Novick, the founder of Farmstand, had the vision of recreating the small, American roadside stalls found in his hometown within the state of Wisconsin. Local food was central to the area with seasonal produce being sold from these stalls, more commonly known as … Continue reading

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From Jamaica to Dalston, savour authentic jerk cuisine via Rudie’s

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It was with some excitement, we visited Rudie’s in Stoke Newington to experience some authentic modern Jamaican cuisine. Quite a few restaurants offer Caribbean cuisine but few specifically focus on the Jamaican version. The decor is more modern Dalston than … Continue reading

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Le Garrick celebrates the Vive La France spirit with their revamped decor and menu

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It is quite the milestone when a restaurant celebrates their 30th anniversary. On this particularly important year, Le Garrick has undergone a major revamp to give both their venue and the menu a welcome refresh. Le Garrick already has a … Continue reading

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Lahpet: Could Burmese cuisine be the next hot trend on the UK dining scene?

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Keen London restaurant diners are always on the lookout for the latest trends. A few years ago, it was Korean food, recently it’s been bubble waffles, could the next big thing be Burmese cuisine? If word gets around about the … Continue reading

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Historical grade-II listed gastronomic bar & restaurant London

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

Nestled deep in the heart of ‘Smooth-Fields’, to give the area its historical name, lies ‘SMITHS’ of Smithfields bar & restaurant London. This grade-II listed, four-floor gastronomic church may as well be dedicated to the meat-market this location is best-known … Continue reading

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Relive Your Youth At London’s Infamous Ball Pit Bar

by Lily Frohlich @ Secret London

Feeling ballsy? Dive into a pool of 1,000,000 balls at Ballie Ballerson‘s now-infamous ball pool bar. The Ballie Ballerson crew caused a big splash when they opened up London’s first ball-pit bar in Dalston in 2016. Starting out as a colourful kidult-coloured pool, it really captured Londoners’ imaginations when they filled the space with gorgeously ‘grammable glow-in-the-dark UV […]

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Stylish Bar and Restaurant opposite St Paul’s Cathedral

by Matt @ Townfish

Excellently positioned directly opposite St Pauls Cathedral, The Happenstance is a stylish bar & restaurant that boasts a bountiful deli, mixology table and florist, and invites you to “immerse yourself in a world of curiously good times & happy coincidences”. … Continue reading

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The best dishes of 2017 – food that you need in your life

The best dishes of 2017 – food that you need in your life

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

2017 has been an incredibly hectic year for London restaurants, even by the frenetic standards of this city. Despite the closure of some much missed favourites, new restaurants have continued to open at a dizzying and surely unsustainable pace. Some of that has been driven by a modest influx of celebrity chefs from abroad – … Continue reading

Old Tree Daiwan Bee review – the other Taiwanese restaurant on Rupert Street

Old Tree Daiwan Bee review – the other Taiwanese restaurant on Rupert Street

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Xu’s cheaper and more homely neighbour By accident or design, the sumptuously superlative Xu isn’t the only Taiwanese restaurant on Rupert Street. The West End’s most unlikely restaurant side street is also home to Old Tree Daiwan Bee. This oddly-named Taiwanese restaurant originally started out on a site in Golder’s Green and must be one … Continue reading

Diwana Bhel Poori review – Euston vegetarian Indian group dining

Diwana Bhel Poori review – Euston vegetarian Indian group dining

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Cheap as chips and almost as good Trying to find a restaurant for a large group of people is a royal pain in the unmentionables. Cramming a baker’s dozen around a table can be a logistical feat akin to the Berlin Airlift, especially when everyone has competing, conflicting demands. My own unruly posse of dining … Continue reading

Mercato Metropolitano: A mecca for all Italian food lovers in Elephant and Castle

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Having been a Londoner for numerous years, I would have never imagined I would be writing these words that Elephant and Castle is becoming a foodie heaven. Yes the gentrification process has hit this part of South London. In fact, … Continue reading

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Balans Soho Society: A fitting tribute to the late Prady Balan

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

I don’t normally start off a review with an obituary, but the recent passing of Prady Balan reminds us of the tremendous work he has contributed to the restaurant scene in London and across the world. We visited the original … Continue reading

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A mouthwatering Japanese menu for the discerning at Sakagura, Mayfair

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

When you have the might of the owner of the Japan Centre, Shoryu and Ichiryu as well as being the first Japanese restaurant to be owned by a sake company in the UK, authenticity is never in doubt for a … Continue reading

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Natural ethos and Italian spirit in abundance at Fucina

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Visiting Fucina in the month of January, I felt compelled to give their Veganuary tasting menu a try after obvious over-indulgence during the festive period. Of course, trying vegan food shouldn’t be a one-off and even a one-month experiment and … Continue reading

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Bodean’s, Muswell Hill

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Bodean’s, Muswell Hill – before I dined at Bodean’s I knew the restaurant’s menu was bound to be meaty. Studying the menu more intently to decide what to order, I realised that Bodean’s menu gives a complete picture of an ideal barbecue party. I was quite impressed and at that moment I felt like we should have invited a couple people that evening. With only the pair of us dining, it was quite a challenge to order the different dishes to share, firstly because we noticed that portion sizes were quite generous, and secondly we could not get the variety […]

Rigo: Fine dining in a neighbourhood restaurant in Parsons Green

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Why would I trek out to Parsons Green for a neighbourhood restaurant you might be asking? Rigo would be the answer. Executive chef, Gonzalo Luzarraga who has worked with industry greats such as Alain Ducasse has brought his distinctive take on … Continue reading

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Traditionalist are well catered for at London Steakhouse Co. in the City

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

With a vast array of steakhouses vying for your attention, it does take a brave restaurateur to stand their ground and stick with the traditional offerings. London Steakhouse Co. is one such restaurant and the man behind the venture is … Continue reading

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Hearty home comforts at Mustard, Shepherd’s Bush

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Mustard is the latest brainchild of restauranteurs, Lawrence Hartley and Tim Healy who are behind the ever popular Joe Allen and Orso in the West End. Their latest concept is about bringing simple, honest British all-day brasserie food to the … Continue reading

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Kitty Hawk: Refined and classy dining and imbibing experience available from dawn till midnight

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

When a venue promises to be a ‘department of dining’, your immediate reaction might be are they going to be a Jack of all trades and master of none? Kitty Hawk has a bar & kitchen, restaurant, coffee bar and … Continue reading

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Morito on Seafood Festival

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Morito’s 4th Annual Seafood Festival runs throughout the week, with two sessions in one evening – 1700 hours and 1930 hours, to bring the taste of the sea to London with their sherry and seafood pairing. Seafood has been the core at Morito’s heart and I have been a fan of Morito’s cookbook. The recipes that I have tried have made regular appearances at large dinner parties, as well as a flair of elegance for a romantic dinner for two for Mr L and myself. I could not be more than excited when my friend took me on this special […]

Cha Cha Moon – Noodles to nourish your soul at Kingly Court, Carnaby Street

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Long before the rush of street food pop-ups around London, Cha Cha Moon has been delivering high quality Chinese street food since 2008.  It is situated in Kingly Court on Carnaby Street away from the hustle and bustle of the hordes of … Continue reading

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Wine and dine in atypical style at the Lyan Cellars pop-up

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If there was ever such a thing as a perfect marriage on the restaurant/bar scene, it would be combining the zero-waste, “we will recycle everything” attitude of Silo restaurant in Brighton and the completely revolutionary and unique style of White … Continue reading

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Meat and Shake: Sublimed grilled meats and dreamy milkshakes for all Londoners

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It takes a brave businessman to open up a halal burger and grilled meats restaurant which is also alcohol-free in London. Perhaps, unsurprisingly Meat and Shake has only opened up in certain parts of town like Tooting and Ealing so … Continue reading

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Rooftop East, Stratford

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Rooftop East, Stratford – If you are looking for a nice simple evening with food, games, and entertainment, a neon light ski lodge bar, in a strategic location for your companions to get together and take in the view of the East London skyline, then Rooftop East Stratford is your answer! And as you can imagine that the blogger community from LovePopUps London were so widely spread out in London, transport links from Stratford made it quite viable for us to meet up. Initially, I was doubting the idea of Rooftop East Stratford. I never imagined that the layout would […]

Love Food, Love Drink, Love Football, Love Westfield

by Shabby Katchadourian @ Townfish

In the interest of total transparency, I must hold my hands up and admit I’m a total football layman… well, more of a football moron really. I know absolutely nothing at all about our nation’s favourite sport other then it … Continue reading

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East London's top 10 budget restaurants

East London's top 10 budget restaurants


the Guardian

In his second instalment on London's best budget eateries, Tony Naylor heads east, to Shoreditch, Hackney and beyond

Surf n Turf with Jimmy’s Pop-up in Clapham via Tabl

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you visit Jimmy’s website, you will find that talented chef, Jimmy Garcia is a very busy man: corporate caterer, celebrity TV chef, pop-up restaurateur, wedding caterer and food writer. He runs a regular pop-up at the Lodge in Clapham, … Continue reading

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Lancaster London’s ARTea Afternoon Tea: A masterpiece for all food lovers

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

I would be the first to admit, Lancaster Gate is one of those very central areas in London we have all heard of, but have never visited. Standing tall above the tube station is the 4 star Lancaster Gate hotel. … Continue reading

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Salvation In Noodles | Sinful Vietnamese Noodle Shack in Dalston, London

Salvation In Noodles | Sinful Vietnamese Noodle Shack in Dalston, London


Kavey Eats

This little Vietnamese noodle restaurant has been serving simple, tasty Vietnamese noodle dishes to Dalston residents (and anyone willing to travel) for nearly three years; indeed in the time it&#8…

Bringing street food to the heart of the West End with Whaam Bánh Mì

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Hip street food vendors shouldn’t be the preserve of music festivals or east London hoxtonites, thankfully we are seeing an increasing revival of the culinary scene in Soho. Whaam Bánh Mì is one such venue adding some extra colour to … Continue reading

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Django Bango, Vauxhall

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Django Banjo, Vauxhall – Django Bango is a five course wild west dining experience with an added element of entertainment. It is a themed dinner with drama, theatre and live singing. This is not all sitting back and eating your food because this themed dinner also has an interactive element. Watch out for the “gold” burried in your food and when you strike gold, embrace the winnings. Just be cautious of fake gold, because it can be embarrassing.The venue is perfect for the setting of Django Bango. A large shed, like a big open garage, a little rustic decorated with […]

Mun Wah, Pudu

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Mun Wah Hokkien Mee, Pudu – It’s late in the night. Unpretentious food. Need something filling. Mun Wah is easy to get to when traffic is not heavy. Otherwise it depends how much craving you have for hokkien mee. Its not the healthiest dish I could think of but hokkien mee gives a sort of comfort in eating. Slurping the thick noodles and hunting for those crunchy fats covered in the glossy black sauce, I cannot imagine not staining those lips black. Even if I had been trying to behave more ladylike in the noodle eating manner. It’s part of […]

Donostia Social Club brings restaurant quality food to The King & Co in Clapham

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The King & Co is a much-loved local pub for residents of Clapham. They have their popular events such as their hugely entertaining and funny quiz nights on Mondays as well and takeover Wednesdays when they tap a craft keg … Continue reading

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Get hook’d on new school fish and chips at Camden Town

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Given fish and chips is one of our national dishes, it is somewhat surprising when you ask your friends when was the last time they enjoyed this national delight: the answer is mostly I don’t remember. Why are we not … Continue reading

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Miss P’s Barbecue review – proper BBQ comes to Croydon

Miss P’s Barbecue review – proper BBQ comes to Croydon

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Disclosure: I backed this restaurant’s crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter (in the range of £50-£100). Update 17/10/17 – corrected details about the pulled pork and fixed some typos. Unlike some other reviewers, I’m not obsessively critical of the famed Michelin Guide (not that either gives a fig about what I think). While it certainly has its … Continue reading

True Authentic Flavours of Hawaii from across The Pond in Dalston

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

The combination of the words ‘theme’ and ‘restaurant’ would usually be enough to send most self-respecting gourmands running for the hills but, here in our funny old metropolis, there’s often an exception to any rule. Pond in Dalston is one … Continue reading

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Prepare for an antipodean invasion at Ben’s Canteen, Battersea

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Walking around Battersea and Clapham Junction area, you can’t help but notice the abundance of our antipodean cousins populating the area whether it is local residents or in the coffee shops and restaurants. As soon as you walk into Ben’s … Continue reading

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Top 5 London Street Food Pop-Ups

by Gingle Lists Everything @ Townfish

Almost anyone will tell you in London, Street Food is a star that has risen. People love it and they want it whenever they can get it. They also want more to go with their Street Food… like… a party! … Continue reading

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Tombo: Come to Soho’s first authentic Poké and Matcha Bar

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Tombo might be one of the healthiest bars you will come across not just in Soho but London. Poké and Matcha are two buzzwords you might hear health-conscious foodies use on a regular basis but you might not be 100% … Continue reading

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A winning gold medal for the pop-up, Rio Boteco in Hackney

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you think Brazilian cuisine is all about churrascarias, then think again. The opening of Rio Boteco in the Institute of Light in Hackney is going to change your perception of what Brazilian food is all about. Whilst the timing … Continue reading

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Polo Bar: the 24/7 Great British cafe in Liverpool Street

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Yes you’ve read this right: there is genuinely a restaurant/bar which is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Polo Bar has been a life-saver for knowledgeable Londoners for many years now, who need to fend off … Continue reading

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Levi Roots Carribean Smokehouse, Westfield Stratford City

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Levi Roots Carribean Smokehouse, Westfield Stratford City – Apart from the three major food courts inside Westfield Stratford City, there are plenty of restaurants outside of the shopping complex. Most are chain restaurants – Jamie’s Italian, Shake Shack, Busaba Eathai, Ping Pong – so, first impression of Levi Roots Carribean Smokehouse was, just another chain restaurant nestled in the shopping bazaar of Westfield Stratford. Why? Because of Levi Roots. Firstly, it was his musical background, followed by his Levi Reggae sauces and now, a Carribean eatery. Not knowing much about him, I assumed that it was just a stardom restaurant. […]

Bala Baya, Southwark

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Bala Baya, Southwark – The Southwark neighbourhood, though close to myself, isn’t really somewhere that I intuitively go for when I want to dine out. When night falls, the area is quiet and exudes an urban feel of being in between an office and residential area. However, off the main road a handful of restaurants found under the railway arches change that street into an oasis of foodie utopia. Bala Baya, an Israeli restaurant, is the newest addition to the collective restaurants at Union Yard. A different cuisine landed in the neighbourhood meant that I was instantly at their door […]

Sharing the flavours of the Levantine at Ceru in South Kensington

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Having reviewed Ceru as a pop-up restaurant previously, it was an absolute delight to see they’ve opened up a permanent restaurant in the very posh area of South Kensington. It was hardly surprising considering the unique style of food they … Continue reading

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Live At Zedel: Cocktails, lights and action in the heart of Soho

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

With the abundance of space in the grand art deco French restaurant that is Brasserie Zedel, it made perfect sense to open up a venue space that is dedicated to events such as comedy, theatre and literary events. Zedel had … Continue reading

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Simple, decent and honest food at Brother Marcus, Balham

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

At Townfish, we love supporting local, independent businesses, so there was no hesitation when we were invited down for a business meeting at Brother Marcus in Balham. Alex Large, Arthur Campbell and Tasos Gaitanos, three school friends gathered together to … Continue reading

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Night Tales: Keeping Hackney firmly hip and happening

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There are food street festivals and then there is Night Tales. It is as much a celebration of delectable street food and drinks, as well as a musical celebration. The venue is decorated in the hippest possible way, converting an … Continue reading

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Loire Moments at London Wine Week 2017 with Douglas Blyde

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Loire Moments at London Wine Week 2017 – whenever at food and wine pairing dinners, dos, events, I tend to focus too much on food and this was no exception. once again, Douglas Blyde (gastronomic food and wine consultant) repeatedly asked me the question, “how does it blend with the food?” So, I would take another bite of the food and sip of the wine. Drowning myself in the marriage of flavours in each chew, I tried to search for words to describe the combustion of flavours. But this time it was more than just the palate. It was a special […]

Southern French comfort cooking at Sardine, Old Street

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There comes a point in every head chef’s career when they contemplate starting their own restaurant. For Alex Jackson, who has worked as head chef at Dock Kitchen and Rotorino under the expert guidance of Stevie Parle, the opening of … Continue reading

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Song Que Cafe

Song Que Cafe

by boredoffood @ Vietnamese Restaurant – Bored of Food

Song Que Cafe 134 Kingsland Rd, City of London E2 8DY 020 7613 3222 ‎ www.songque.co.uk You know about this place already….Come on you’ve heard of it.…Dalston….Dalston, Kingsland Road…..Yeah! That’s the one. Nestled in the heart of little Vietnam it is the jewel of the area’s south east Asian eateries. I’ve been wanting to eat […]

Live life to the fullest at High Timber, St Paul’s

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

South African restaurants are somewhat of a rarity in London, but if more were like High Timber, then surely it won’t be long before we see this little known cuisine flourish on our high streets. The backing behind High Timber … Continue reading

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Cielo Blanco: The modern face of Mexican Street food at Exmouth Market

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

In most cultures, dining is very much a social bonding and sharing experience, none more so than when you enjoy Mexican cuisine. At Cielo Blanco at Exmouth Market, they embrace that concept to the full with their street food offerings … Continue reading

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Shikumen @ Dorsett City, Aldgate

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Shikumen @ Dorsett City, Aldgate – We, the family, do not usually agree on one favourite dimsum restaurant let alone have a unanimous vote for one dimsum dish. So, when there is a new dimsum restaurant in the neighbourhood, we go! Not necessarily to find our ultimate dimsum restaurant but to find one where the collective dimsum dishes could satisfy everyone. Our general consensus were that Shikumen’s dimsum (because they also serve a la carte) was good but slightly on the pricey side. We had more than our usual dimsum lot including a roast duck (£24.90) which is not part […]

Enjoy healthy brunching at Obicà, Poland Street

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Weekend brunches are not always the healthiest of activities with offers of bottomless food and drinks. For a refreshingly different option, you should try the Obicà brunch experience at Poland Street. The experience comes with a main, small salad, fritelle, filter … Continue reading

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Omar Allibhoy’s Tapas Revolution brings accessible Spanish cuisine to Shoreditch

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Omar Allibhoy has been called many things: the Spanish version of Jamie Oliver and the ‘Antonio Banderas of cooking’. He trained with the legendary Ferran Adria of El Bulli and he has worked with Gordon Ramsay at Maze restaurant. With such a glittering CV, I would suggest he … Continue reading

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The Petite Corée: the little neighbourhood bistro with a big heart

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The Petite Corée sets itself out as a friendly neighbourhood restaurant in West Hampstead and it’s hard to disagree when you visit their simple, yet clean website and also when you arrive in person. The decor is more homely than … Continue reading

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Thai Food in London – Clapham Common

by Shabby Katchadourian @ Townfish

The Pepper Tree does fantastic Thai  food in London. Dinners – moist, more-ish Crab and Prawn Dim Sum, spicy Chicken Jungle Curry with the light fragrance of lemongrass, huge bowls of hot & sour Tom Yam Talay, all of which … Continue reading

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Your detox regime starts right here at Maple and Fitz

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Orthorexia: an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy. Most of us are unlikely to suffer from this, in fact the words detox and vegetarian food strikes fear into the hearts of most ordinary citizens. A visit to Maple … Continue reading

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Italian cuisine with soul at L’Anima, Liverpool Street

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

L’Anima means soul in Italian and that is precisely what the team at L’Anima aim to achieve whether it is the type of food they want to serve to their guests or the serenity in their decor. It is situated … Continue reading

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Authenticity is the key at the Japanese restaurant Engawa in Piccadilly

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

In recent years, there has been a steady stream of Japanese restaurateurs braving the convoluted world of the London restaurant scene. Engawa has a fine pedigree coming from the Salt Group who already own a host of restaurants in Tokyo and Osaka. … Continue reading

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A synergistic success for Carluccio’s at Marriott Regents Park

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Whilst the Marriott Regents Park might not be the most spectacular hotel you will ever see in London, it is rare for guests to be able to stroll down to the lobby area and find an established, respected Italian restaurant … Continue reading

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Best Bakeries in London to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

by Bakercourt @ Townfish

The English adage says it best: Keep Calm and Carry On. Even better: Sip your tea, nibble on a delicious cake or pastry and lose yourself in the sugary reverie of a lazy afternoon. Whether you’re a gourmet foodie on … Continue reading

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Shuang Shuang: High-concept hot-pot restaurant in the heart of Chinatown

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Chinatown has gone through somewhat of a revival in recent years. Newer restaurants that have opened have spent considerable budgets on achieving a modern design and look rather than aiming for the traditional, stereotypical no-frills buffet image. Shuang Shuang is … Continue reading

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by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

We might have mentioned before that Kingly Court is fast becoming the destination of choice for London foodies. It’s not hard to understand why, with a plethora of cuisines and dining styles available. Townfish have visited no less than 4 … Continue reading

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Karma Sanctum Soho, Soho

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Karma Sanctum Soho, Soho – As a boutique hotel, the location is very strategic. Downtown, theatres, cinemas, shopping, restaurants, night life, day life, and all those touristy bits around town are almost on your doorstep. And as the list goes on, I actually won’t mind booking myself in for a weekend staycation in Karma Sanctum. With a hot tub, private rooftop terrace, 24 hour bar service and restaurant, one might not need to leave the residence at all. Alas, I did not have the luxury to experience that. I was there, on Saturday, instead to try their new bottomless brunch […]

Ichiryu is the Ichiban choice for udon lovers in London

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Having visited Ichiryu when it first opened in early 2016, it was a pleasant surprise to revisit this welcoming udon restaurant and see their updated new menu and that operations are running smoother than ever. You might wonder what is … Continue reading

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Quality wine is the remedy to cure all ills

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you suffer from Iatrophobia, then a trip to The Remedy in Fitzrovia might be a plausible alternative. The independent owners have named their wine bar and restaurant as a cheeky reference to the reputed medicinal cures of yesteryear. If … Continue reading

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Indigo restaurant: Where using the finest seasonal ingredients means more than advertising jargon

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The most mentioned words on restaurant websites are probably “finest seasonal ingredients”. These often abused words have little meaning these days. Luckily my faith has been restored with a recent visit to the Indigo restaurant at One Aldwych hotel. If … Continue reading

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It is back to basics at Rök smokehouse, Shoreditch

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

In typical Shoreditch fashion, the restaurant Rök is too cool to even have their name displayed on the restaurant front. Then again, this isn’t a restaurant that needs to sell itself considering the endless stream of customers we saw hungry … Continue reading

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Tongbaechu-Kimchi

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Kimchi was one of the first recipes I tried in this series of my Korean home cooked food. I am not crazy over fermented food in general but I had very good practical reasons to make kimchi. The kimchi is used in many of the recipes that I wanted to cook, plus it always made a good background picture for my photos. I didn’t want to buy it, especially after I saw how easy, and cheap, it was to make. Furthermore, I can imagine pondering for hours in the supermarket aisle deciding which brand of Kimchi I was going to […]

Best Afternoon Tea in London: Traditional to Eccentric

by Culture Capitalist @ Townfish

Afternoon Tea is about as quintessentially English as it gets, and establishments across London have cottoned on to the increasing popularity of this quaint, latter day delight. London is positively plastered with hotels and restaurants offering all manner of afternoon … Continue reading

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Gyoza Bar in Covent Garden: assured and speedy service ideal for theatre-goers

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you are as much of a theatre-lover as ourselves at Townfish, you might have encountered the problem of finding a suitable restaurant for that pre or post-theatre meal. You want to enjoy speedy food service without having to dine … Continue reading

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Contemporary French Cuisine and Panorama in Canary Wharf

by Matt @ Townfish

With an unprecedented panorama over the formidable Canary Wharf, Plateau has presented a platter of contemporary French elegance to London’s cosmopolitan dockside business district for over a decade. With a view more reminiscent of the modern cityscapes of Tokyo or … Continue reading

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La Petite Provence at The Folly: A little gallic summer delight in the heart of the City

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Summer is fast approaching and we will soon see a host of fantastic pop-ups appear around the City. First off the mark is “La Petite Provence” at The Folly. The restaurant and bar have been incredibly popular with city workers … Continue reading

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Feast on the best of world food at Kerb, Camden

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It is hard to disagree with Kerb‘s motto ‘Making London tastes better’; they have been delighting Londoners with their pop-up street food fiestas throughout London whether it is at the Gherkin or on the Southbank. Now they have opened a … Continue reading

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Sumptuous views and succulent steaks at Butlers Wharf Chop House

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It is a surprise when you stroll into Butlers Wharf Chop House to find it has been around for 23 years. Sure it must have had some refurbishment over the years but it could easily have been a restaurant that … Continue reading

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The Pepper Tree: Is Thai food the best hangover cure around?

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If this was a popularity contest, the other contestants might as well quit now, such is the popularity of The Pepper Tree with local residents in Clapham. It has been voted the best restaurant in Clapham and that’s hardly surprising … Continue reading

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Group Bookings

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Hello all! For bookings over 15 people, please send an email to taydocafe@gmail.com. We regret to inform you that We can no longer take group bookings over 35 people in the evenings. If you have a booking for over 35 people, then we you are welcomed to hire out the restaurant any day between 11.30am […]

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All The Michelin Star Restaurants In London (And How To Eat At Them)

by Guy Parsons @ Secret London

The London restaurants that received Michelin stars for 2018. In the culinary world, a Michelin star is still a much-coveted award for any top chef. The anonymous critics of the prestigious guide travel the world, dining at some of the world’s most talked-about eateries, finding the places that deliver perfect, consistent cooking. Currently, there are 70 […]

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Fall in love with Japanese cuisine at Murakami, Covent Garden

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

A recent visit to Murakami reminded me why Japanese cuisine is one of the most popular dining options amongst the food-loving general public. They have such a varied, distinct and appetising cooking styles: from the raw freshness of sushi to … Continue reading

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Salivate at the sight of Mussel Men’s seafood selections

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The guys from Mussel Men have been extremely popular on the street food circuit and have been enchanting Londoners with their friendly nautical banter and of course their outrageously fresh seafood offerings. Since 2014, they have set up a permanent … Continue reading

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Introducing the delights of Pugliese cuisine to the residents of Snaresbrook at Bombetta

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Rarely would we recommend restaurants which are out-of-the-way, unless they are distinctly noteworthy. Bombetta is one such example as there are so few decent Pugliese restaurants in central London. Snaresbrook might be in zone 4, but this is one journey … Continue reading

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Salvation in Noodles, Dalston, Balls Pond, London

Salvation in Noodles, Dalston, Balls Pond, London


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Italy’s Finest Export – Italian restaurant in London W1

by Shabby Katchadourian @ Townfish

Be you human or ninja turtle, I think we can all agree that everybody loves pizza… but you don’t need a weekend away in Italy to find a good one. Nestled in the traffic-free winding backstreets of W1, you can … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Street food: The secret is all in the Bún

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

I’ve done a lot of reviews in the Square Mile, but ashamedly I’ve never visited the Phở Mile in Shoreditch. Well there isn’t much around that section of Shoreditch, apart from well…Vietnamese restaurants. Much like pizza places, they are great … Continue reading

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Yen review – the soba ‘specialists’ that also serve sushi, sashimi and donburi

Yen review – the soba ‘specialists’ that also serve sushi, sashimi and donburi

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

A head-scratching double take on The Strand Bringing an under-appreciated cuisine or dish to foreign shores is an effort fraught with all sorts of logistical, culinary and financial difficulties. Reviewing such an effort isn’t as arduous, but still has pitfalls of its own. Yen, a new restaurant on The Strand, is a purported specialist in … Continue reading

Kari Kepala Ikan Rampai, Sri Rampai

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Kari Kepala Ikan Rampai, Sri Rampai – The name of the restaurant translates to Fish Head Curry Rampai. Fish head curry is not the only dish that they serve, and I was quite impressed with the other dishes that they had. There, the food served did look quite as advertised in the restaurant. There is also a proper menu to choose from and if you are ordering a plate of vegetables, make sure you ask what they have on that day. Kari Kepala Ikan Rampai serves family comfort food, sharing style main courses of fish, meat and vegetables with a […]

Thyme and Lemon: Delivering a taste of Madrid in the heart of Islington

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Basque, Catalan and Iberian classic tapas dishes are no longer considered exotic these days in London with an abundance of tapas bars in all corners of the city. However that also means the quality of the dishes are quite variable … Continue reading

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Enjoy a refined Thai culinary experience at Patara, Hampstead

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It is a sign of quality assurance when you visit a Thai restaurant in London and they have branches in Thailand, across the globe and now six branches in London. We visited the latest branch of Patara at Hampstead to … Continue reading

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Breddos Tacos Soho review – brilliance served with a side of incompetence

Breddos Tacos Soho review – brilliance served with a side of incompetence

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Raffish Clerkenwell Mexican sprouts second branch in Soho A great many things flow through my mind when I’m being ignored at a restaurant, once I become bored with my phone. Will I starve to death in this place, with lunching desk jockeys and freelance debutantes stepping over my desiccated remains? Are these walls supposed to … Continue reading

Pavilion wines starts the foodie quarter revolution in Sloane Square

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The south end of Pavilion Road very close to Sloane Square station is turning into a hub for all food lovers with artisanal, independent shops opening, which include award winning butchers, Provenance and the wonderfully welcoming wine shop that is … Continue reading

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Bombay Bustle review – the casual Jamavar spin-off stuck at the platform

Bombay Bustle review – the casual Jamavar spin-off stuck at the platform

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

In this case ‘casual’ means ‘cheaper’. Sort of. It’s always fascinating to see what happens when a lauded, Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant launches a ‘casual’ spin-off. When Dabbous attempted it, the result was the very different and somewhat odd Barnyard. Both of those restaurants have now closed and, in retrospect, Barnyard felt a somewhat patronising, phoned-in … Continue reading

Get the Carnevale di Venezia experience at Columbia restaurant at Docklands Riverside

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There are not many restaurants in London where you can arrive in style like taking a romantic ferry cruise to reach your restaurant. That is indeed the best way to reach Columbia restaurant via a short ferry cruise from Canary … Continue reading

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Avant-garde Indian cuisine in the futuristic looking Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Crossrail Place is rapidly evolving into the dining complex of choice for local city workers at Canary Wharf. Although I am not quite sure it is the foodie destination of choice yet, as most of the restaurants are successful chain … Continue reading

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Restaurants Near Yoke Dalston, London - Skyscanner

Restaurants Near Yoke Dalston, London - Skyscanner


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Blades at Hush: Where steak, lobster and whiskies reign supreme

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

What is so admirable about Blades is they don’t promise a multitude of dishes and being master of none, but instead focusing on a few key dishes and preparing them exceptionally well. As they have clearly emblazoned all over their … Continue reading

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Ma’Plucker: 3-way chicken that impresses the West End crowds

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Chicken is a notoriously tricky dish to please diners and probably even less so hardened restaurant reviewers. How do you add a flutter of excitement to a restaurant that specialises in this popular yet delicate poultry dish? Ma’Plucker in Soho … Continue reading

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Smith & Wollensky, Embankment

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Smith & Wollensky, Embankment – I love a restaurant setting like Smith and Wollensky’s. It is the kind of special place that you’d know would be a treat merely by the name of the restaurant. Situated in a ritzy neighbourhood, the Adelphi building stands proud. The menu reads one too many dishes I like, but I settled instantly for oysters and champagne to start. There was no deliberation or doubt. My husband, who is not normally an oyster person, agreed to a 60% (me) / 40% (him) share upon ordering. The oysters were served lavishly on a platter of ice […]

Pan-Asian food lovers still flocking to the plush Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Buddha bar was first established in Paris in 1996 by visionary Raymond Visan. It was at the time a groundbreaking venue serving cutting edge Pan-Asian cuisine along with some of the funkiest house music you will find in town. The … Continue reading

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Style and substance on offer at Gallery Mess at The Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

With their groundbreaking artwork displays, it’s unsurprising that the Saatchi Gallery is one of the most popular cultural attractions in London. However, I have always been dubious about restaurants associated with museums and tourist attractions; they tend to be of … Continue reading

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You always get a hearty welcome at Yumi Izayaka on Shaftesbury Avenue

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Izayaka is the Japanese word for an informal drinking establishment. However, the food plays an important role at Izayakas. Unlike traditional British pubs, where it’s either a packet of crisps or a roast dinner and nothing in between; Yumi Izayaka … Continue reading

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The Painted Heron: The best value Indian restaurant in Chelsea

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It may seem somewhat of a contradiction to head to Chelsea looking for great value restaurants. Diners would normally go looking for a classy venue or award-winning cooking. Luckily for visitors of The Painted Heron, you get all three things. … Continue reading

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Salvation in Noodles: SIN in Dalston – Restaurant Review

Salvation in Noodles: SIN in Dalston – Restaurant Review


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Salvation in Noodles: beaming like a little beacon of yumminess in the face of a long journey home, serving up pho and other Vietnamese delicacies.

Kashmir, Putney review – menu handholding that doesn’t infantilise the diner

Kashmir, Putney review – menu handholding that doesn’t infantilise the diner

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Southwest London doesn’t know how lucky it really is Menus may look like an innocuous list of dishes and prices to most people. But, unless they’ve been written on the fly by a sleep-deprived proprietor teetering on the edge of alcoholism, they can be a far more calculated, insidious instrument designed to subtly serve the … Continue reading

Enjoy the Fabulous Adventures of 698B via Tabl

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Are you bored with going to the same restaurants and having the same type of food every week? Well the rapid rise of supper clubs over the last few years have meant a plethora of choices for demanding Londoners. One … Continue reading

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Experience a taste of Spain at Camino Bankside

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

London is being flooded with restaurants clamouring for our attention to try out their latest bottomless brunch offering. How does one stand out in such a crowded market place? Camino Bankside have plenty of reasons for you to take notice … Continue reading

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Trader Vic’s: the original fusion restaurant that was ahead of its time

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Before the likes of Nobu coming on to the restaurant scene and making fusion cuisine fashionable, there was Trader Vic’s already in business in London back in 1963. Their general style of cuisine and decor is French Polynesian, but it … Continue reading

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Get the Caribbean vibe at Rum Kitchen, Brixton

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There are certain restaurants that elicit joy and happiness as soon as you enter and I would definitely categorise Rum Kitchen as one of those restaurants. It has a very attractive yellow and blue colour scheme that remind you of … Continue reading

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Nergi

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

If you have already of and know about this Siberian kiwi, then you have caught on the foodie scene very well. These berries are grown in France and some of the countries in South of Europe such as Italy, Portugal and Spain. It’s origin was Asia. The Siberian kiwi, marketed as Nergi, is also known as the baby kiwi or kiwiberry is like a huge grape. The combination of it’s sweet and sour taste is different for each kiwiberry. Will the next kiwiberry that I pop in my mouth have a more dominant sweet or sour taste? The guesswork makes […]

Culinary Pampering in ‘Gentleman’s Club’

by Frances O'Brien @ Townfish

Situated on James Street, Marylebone, known for its high density of trendy restaurants and designer boutiques with the famous Chiltern Firehouse in close proximity, we had high expectations for the Reform Social and Grill. Housed in the grand Mandeville Hotel … Continue reading

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Boondocks: Taste one of the best American brunches on this side of the pond

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

I would be one of the first to admit American brunches frighten me. Gigantic portions, exaggerated flavours, greasy food comes to mind. However, Boondocks has been receiving such tremendous social media love, it would be a stubborn restaurant reviewer to … Continue reading

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Serving deliciously different meat-free cuisine at Ethos, Fitzrovia

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

You can probably count on one hand the number of top quality vegetarian restaurants in town that would give you an addictive food craving to dine out. Ethos, must surely rank up there with the very best in London. At … Continue reading

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Top 6 London Food Markets

by Gingle Lists Everything @ Townfish

Borough market is a Mecca for foodies and every Londoner should visit this heaving beast at least once. But once can be enough for most London inhabitants as the place is always superbusy and crowded and there are plenty of … Continue reading

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Variety is the spice of life at Mister Lasagna in Soho

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The concept is ingeniously simple: Mister Lasagna is London’s first specialist lasagna restaurant serving 21 type of lasagna. If you are like me, you would be jealously wondering why you didn’t come up with this great concept in the first … Continue reading

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Fine dining in a family friendly environment at Chriskitch Hoxton

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Many fine dining establishments are geared towards a more formal experience rather than offering a family friendly environment, Chris Honor has cleared spotted this gap in the market with his latest restaurant, Chriskitch Hoxton. Chris Honor has an abundance of … Continue reading

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Coal Rooms Peckham review – a train station restaurant that isn’t a dreary chain

Coal Rooms Peckham review – a train station restaurant that isn’t a dreary chain

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Plus a beast of a bacon sandwich Salvaging, reusing and repurposing old fittings and furnishings to adorn new restaurants is nothing new; it’s been an ongoing trend in the English-speaking world for at least a decade, if not more. Renovating old buildings, while judiciously paying homage to their original purpose, has received less attention but … Continue reading

London's Best Vietnamese Restaurants

London's Best Vietnamese Restaurants


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Spice and rice.

Deceptively simple Italian classics on offer at Osteria 60, Kensington

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Osteria means an Italian restaurant, typically a simple or inexpensive one. However, at Osteria 60 it is neither simple nor inexpensive. Situated inside the 5 star Baglioni hotel, the restaurant has that classic, Italian 1950s elegant feel composed mainly of … Continue reading

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Sumptuous Vegetarian Restaurant in London in Regents Street

by Shabby Katchadourian @ Townfish

Hailing from Switzerland, Tibits vegetarian restaurant in London is bringing buffet dining with a difference to the city’s ever-expanding food scene and my, what an experience it is. The concept? Choose as much or as little as you like from … Continue reading

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Crowd-pleasing pop-up gets a permanent home at Dead Dolls House, Islington

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Every successful food pop-up likes to graduate to become a fully-fledged restaurant and the team behind Dead Dolls House has successfully achieved that dream. They use to be a pop-up in Hoxton Square, Dalston but having done incredibly well; they’ve managed … Continue reading

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This East London Cafe With No Front Door (Because It Never Closes)

by Alex Landon @ Secret London

Polo Bar is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, post-sesh snack, breakfast, lunch, dinner… Let’s imagine two scenarios, shall we? One: you’re at Liverpool Street station at 1pm on a Tuesday, and you want to grab food before your train leaves. Two: its 3:30am on Saturday morning, you’ve been out all night in Shoreditch, and you need something filling […]

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Speed and substance on offer at Forge, Bank

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Diners in London often fear trekking into the heart of the city thinking they might not get a great value meal or the dining environment isn’t suited to their needs. However, restaurants like Forge at Bank are doing all the … Continue reading

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The mischievously charming Encant will tantalise your taste buds

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

With the multitude of Spanish tapas restaurants across London, you do wonder how new restaurants can bring an element of surprise to such a popular cuisine. Encant manages to deliver this and more, every dish feels innovative and a breath … Continue reading

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Life is a cabaret at Circus, Covent Garden

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Memory likes to play tricks to people’s minds. You always think the past is better than the present. I have visited the fascinating cabaret restaurant and cocktail bar that is Circus at Covent Garden on various occasions when it first … Continue reading

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Get inspired to cook at The Avenue Cookery School in Wandsworth

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

You’ve eaten out at countless restaurants, the food is marvellous but it all feels rather passive, especially if you are taking someone out on a date. What would be a better option? Learning how to cook, then enjoying the fruits … Continue reading

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La Tagliata – Sophisticated Italian Villa hidden in the back streets of London

by Justina Terese @ Townfish

With so many restaurants and so much choice, its nice every now and then to escape the endless lists and enjoy yourself without having to over-think. A good example is the way that Italian’s dine. Most menus will offer a … Continue reading

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A fresh approach to Italian food in a world class venue

by Frances O'Brien @ Townfish

When selecting a location for a pre-show dinner, there’s no better choice than within the venue itself, particularly when it sits inside one of the world’s most historic buildings. The venue in question is the Royal Albert Hall, which houses the … Continue reading

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Red Rooster at The Curtain review – the botched Shoreditch soul food transplant

Red Rooster at The Curtain review – the botched Shoreditch soul food transplant

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Live music and a celebrity chef amount to a hill of beans I try to avoid mentioning celebrity chefs when writing about their restaurants. Apart from trying to avoid the cult of personality that most newspapers trip over themselves to indulge in, I just don’t think it matters to the experience for the diner at … Continue reading

Mien Tay Wins Love Your Local Awards 2015

by Mien Tay @ Mien Tay Restaurants

Mien Tay Battersea are honoured to be presented as the winner of the ‘Love Your Local Awards 2015’. Our winning certificate pictured above was presented to us by Jane Ellison MP, a member of Parliament for Battersea, Balham and Wandsworth. We would like to personally thank everyone who nominated us. We are very pleased as we were not expecting the award and we look forward to welcoming you to our restaurant again!

Cu Tu – Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò

Cu Tu – Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò

by boredoffood @ Vietnamese Restaurant – Bored of Food

134A Kingsland Road, London E2 8DY 02077294843 www.cutu.co.uk/ @cuturestaurant Few posts from me of late. I’m not losing the bug, but it’s a busy time (as ever). It’s also an exciting time as I’m looking into a move south of the river. I know! One more to add to the slowly expanding list of Bún Thịt […]

Park's Edge Bar and Restaurant Is Ruffling Local Feathers

Park's Edge Bar and Restaurant Is Ruffling Local Feathers

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A bijou off the beaten track.

Travel the world from the comfort of Foley’s dining room in Fitzrovia

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Foley’s is one of those rare restaurants where you walk out wondering where have you been all your life. It is such an exciting and thrilling restaurant that makes dining out a desirable and even addictive experience. Who is the … Continue reading

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Ella Canta review – hotel restaurant brings modern Mexico to Mayfair

Ella Canta review – hotel restaurant brings modern Mexico to Mayfair

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Mexico City celeb chef opens outpost in the badlands of Park Lane If you’ve told me a few years ago that a Mexican restaurant, backed by famed chilango celeb chef Martha Ortiz, would open within the bowels of the InterContinental Hotel on Park Lane then I would not have believed you. It just seems so … Continue reading

Little Duck The Picklery review – the height of summer in the depths of winter

Little Duck The Picklery review – the height of summer in the depths of winter

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Picklery not gimmickry. The sweet life. Keep it sweet. A sweet deal. Sweet as honey. Sweet as pie. Our understandable preoccupation with sweetness and sweet foods is so deeply ingrained that the word itself has become a synonym for all that is desirable and good in the English language. But this has also blinded us, … Continue reading

Ruby’s Bar & Lounge - JustOpenedLondon.Com

Ruby’s Bar & Lounge - JustOpenedLondon.Com


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Ruby’s Bar & Lounge: a cocktail bar with Vietnamese food and live entertainment opens next to beloved Ruby's in Dalston

Sze Ngan Chye, Petaling Street

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Sze Ngan Chye, Petaling Street – would you consider this stall as street food or non street food? Technically, it is street food because the stall is on the street. I pose the non street food side of this stall because there is no seating area for you to consume the purchase, immediate consumption is just messy and troublesome to eat while walking around and it’s the kind of food that needs other side dishes such as rice or vegetables to make it a complete meal. So, what would you say, street food, or not street food? Sze Ngan Chye […]

Ugly Dumpling: Combining Asian home-made recipes with innovative western ingredients

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Considering the enduring popularity of Asian food on the London dining scene, it is somewhat of a surprise not to see more dumpling restaurants appearing on our high streets and markets. However, the appearance of Ugly Dumplings on the culinary … Continue reading

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Sozai Cookery School: Be a master chef of Japanese cuisine

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Most people have a soft spot for Japanese cuisine, whether it is the freshness of the food or the exquisite presentation of the dishes. There is no better place to learn the art of preparing Japanese dishes than at Sozai … Continue reading

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WE ARE NOW DOING DELIVERY!

by Taydo @

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! To our lovely customers that have been asking if we do delivery .. WE NOW DO! In time for the cold weather, we have teamed up with UBER EATS, to provide you with our awesome Vietnamese food to get it delivered to you quickly! Download the app or visit https://ubereats.com and type […]

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Herman ze German, Fitzrovia: ja, das ist wunderbar!

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There might be plenty of venues in London offering exotic hot dog recipes, but where does one go for authentic German sausages? Most Londoners might struggle to think of even one restaurant that offers this; however you no longer need … Continue reading

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Enjoy the stripped back elegance of the tasting menu at Anglo, Farringdon

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Tasting menus are every food lover’s dream but they can be very stale and soulless affairs in pompous dining rooms. Luckily the founder of Anglo, Mark Jarvis has delivered one of the most understated and accessible tasting menus around. He … Continue reading

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The best and worst banh mi in London – Vietnamese sandwiches review

The best and worst banh mi in London – Vietnamese sandwiches review


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26 eateries, 66 sandwiches, one verdict Updated 26/2/14 – tweaked Bun Cha review, added a missing photo and added reviews of Chao Kitchen and Chao!Now Updated 05/3/14 – added review of …

Minnow: One to watch in the giant Clapham pond

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Clapham is an area I frequent often and one of the reasons is the high density of top quality restaurants on offer, in particular, the Old Town area. Minnow is one of those restaurants, you could easily walk past without … Continue reading

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ANNOUNCEMENT: TAY DO CAFE WILL BE CLOSED

by Taydo @

Apologies to our customers old and new, Tay Do Cafe will be closed for a short period between the 28th January – 12th February, as the owners will be in Vietnam during those dates. We apologise for the inconvenience, however, Tay Do Restaurant will still be opened as normal. All bookings between those dates in […]

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Get your daily dose of Chicken from WingsEggs

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

  Londoners love a great simple concept restaurant: think bubbledogs, burger & lobster or the raft of ramen bars opening recently. WingsEggs in Fulham is one to add on to this exciting list. It’s a casual relaxed eatery that doesn’t … Continue reading

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Vicino: the trattoria serving honest, unpretentious and genuine Italian cooking

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

We are huge fans of restaurants that serve the local community with authentic, well-sourced food in a relaxed environment, somewhere you would happily visit on a regular basis when you don’t feel like cooking at home. Vicino, is one such … Continue reading

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Hanoi Cafe

Hanoi Cafe


Hanoi Cafe

Vietnamese cafe on Kingsland Road, Shoreditch. Serving homestyle and street-food inspired Vietnamese food since 2000.

A smorgasbord of meatilicious delights at Bodean’s BBQ Covent Garden

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Huge credit must go to the marketing team behind Bodean’s BBQ for being as upfront as possible about the meat-laden nature of their restaurants. You can’t be anymore forthright than having a pink pig as your corporate logo with the … Continue reading

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Experience the Mediterranean at the Life Goddess, greek experimental divine

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Kingly Court in Soho is rapidly turning into a must-go area for all self-respecting food lovers. The first floor used to be for boutique clothing shops, but has been overtaken by an array of exciting dining choices. Life Goddess, greek … Continue reading

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Admire the steam punk beauty of Flora Indica in Earl’s Court

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you are looking for a classy yet quirky restaurant, Flora Indica is one to consider that delivers on both fronts. Firstly you have to understand it is a modern British cuisine restaurant with Indian influences. It is inspired by … Continue reading

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Exotic flavours in abundance at Caraway Lounge, Romford

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There are a disproportionately high number of Indian restaurants in East London, which makes the task of identifying the wheat from the chaff are mindboggling affair. For the lucky residents in Romford, they should make a beeline for Caraway Lounge. … Continue reading

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It’s back to black at Pizzicotto, High Street Kensington

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

You know a restaurant must be doing something right if it’s still full on a Sunday night at 21:30, which was the case on a recent visit to Pizzicotto at High Street Kensington. What is the reason for its popularity … Continue reading

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A Japanese drinking den that is a cut above the rest at Kiri, Mayfair

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Izakaya are popular drinking establishments in Japan; however the food plays a much more important role than your typical everyday bar. Kiri in Mayfair is advertised as an izakaya establishment and rightfully you should be sampling their well-balanced food menu … Continue reading

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Fabulous British Dishes and Stylish Cocktails in Shoreditch

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

Named like a 70s soft rock band and serving up an array of fabulous British dishes from land and sea, The Jones Family Project is making fine use of a prime location at 78 Great Eastern Street. This brasserie with bells … Continue reading

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Judy Joo’s Jinjuu is a jubilant joy

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There’s been a quiet revolution going on in the Carnaby Street area in the last few years with a host of hip restaurant openings. One such restaurant bringing exotic flavours to the area is Jinjuu, the brainchild of celebrity chef, … Continue reading

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Duddell’s review – heavenly Chinese cooking in a London Bridge church

Duddell’s review – heavenly Chinese cooking in a London Bridge church

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Hong Kong jewel glistens in the shadow of the Shard It’s very easy to take things for granted and Cantonese food is one of those things. London has been fortunate enough to benefit from some respectable and credible Cantonese cooking for several years now. And yet this venerable style of cooking has fallen out of … Continue reading

Cha Chaan Teng, Holborn

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Cha Chaan Teng, Holborn – opened only twelve weeks ago, it seemed like Cha Chaan Teng had been around for much longer than that; probably because this is not the first time I have heard about the owner of Cha Chaan Teng, Jeremy Pang, he was also the founder of School of Wok and ambassador of the British Chinese Food Culture. ‘Cha chaan teng’ is a typical Hong Kong diner. These bustling ‘cha chaan tengs’ in Hong Kong serve local comfort food as well as guilty pleasure food to satisfy in between meals food craving. They are also the hangout […]

Leman Street Tavern: Another quality-assured offering from the Geronimo Inns

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The Geronimo Inns are rapidly developing a reputation for delivering high quality gastropubs. From the Builders Arms in Chelsea to the Bull in Westfield, they are all renowned for attentive service, exciting food offerings and comfortable settings. Their latest offering, … Continue reading

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Plaquemine Lock review – Creole and Cajun pub food on the Regent’s Canal

Plaquemine Lock review – Creole and Cajun pub food on the Regent’s Canal

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

The gastropub cousin to Bocca di Lupo Most new restaurants launch in a blaze of publicity glory with press releases spamming inboxes, repetitively woolly social media chatter, oversubscribed launch parties, a Ryanair-style rush for reservations and fawning coverage from all the usual suspects. Plaquemine Lock, the new gastropub from one of the bods behind Soho’s … Continue reading

Thai Silk in Waterloo: All the Thai classics you want and more

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you haven’t discovered the hidden gem behind Waterloo station that is Isabella Street, you should get out your google map right away. The range of restaurants and bars are ever popular especially in the summer months with their packed … Continue reading

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Why Dalston is the coolest place in Britain

Why Dalston is the coolest place in Britain


Movebubble - Doing it for renters

Everyone wondered if the cool kids would move out after Dalston was officially declared to be the coolest place in Britain. Luckily, they're still there!

Redefining our perception of Caribbean cuisine at Cottons, Notting Hill

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If your perception of Caribbean food is casual street food such as jerk chicken served in a beach shack, you will be in for a severe culture shock when you visit Cottons, Notting Hill. If anyone, ever thought about opening … Continue reading

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Nikkei Style Sunday Brunching

by Frances O'Brien @ Townfish

Within recent years, London has seen a new wave of restaurants fusing together Japanese and Peruvian ingredients, otherwise known as Nikkei cuisine. After delving into the origins of this culinary phenomenon, it was discovered that Peru has one of the … Continue reading

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Alexandrie: Fine dining Egyptian style in the heart of Kensington

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

When you think of Egyptian cuisine, fine dining doesn’t necessarily spring immediately to mind, but a visit to the aptly named Alexandrie restaurant in Kensington might change your perception of what this little-known cuisine can offer. The decor is very … Continue reading

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A masterclass in perfection at Gaucho Hampstead

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It is easy to be critical when you are spending vast sums of money dining out: the service, the food or the decor, there is generally something that is not to everyone’s liking. Gaucho Hampstead is one of those rare … Continue reading

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Steam & Rye – a Whirlwind of Entertainment with a side of Fries

by Justina Terese @ Townfish

Steam and Rye’s website describes the bar and restaurant as being an ‘American dream on British soil’, with its design offering an ‘over-whelming assault on the senses’. This is no exaggeration, I can officially and confidently confirm it is all 100% … Continue reading

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La Belle Assiette x Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

La Belle Assiette with Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne – I always knew drinking champagne throughout the meal can be as good as wine, can be but it’s great to have the endorsement from the reputable man himself, Douglas Blyde (gastronomy consultant and writer)! Champagne is classy on it’s own, but even better when smartly paired up with food. And when it is Nicolas Feuillatte champagne that you’re serving I’m sure you’ll want to be your own dinner party guest. If you do, let me introduce the service of La Belle Assiette to you. La Belle Assiette provides a complete catering service […]

Veneta in St James’s: Another jewel in the Salt Yard group empire

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The wonderful team at Salt Yard group does seem to have the midas touch these days. The fifth addition to their group, Veneta is a sparkling addition to the new array of modern restaurants opening in St James’s. Who can … Continue reading

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An oasis of calm at Muriel’s Kitchen in Soho

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Walking into Muriel’s Kitchen around noon on a weekend, you might be surprised to see a vibrant, full restaurant filled with locals, tourists, dating couples or even people walking on their laptops. You might think Soho is only famous for … Continue reading

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A Guide to London’s Best Street Food Stalls

by Shabby Katchadourian @ Townfish

A few years on and the street food revolution shows no sign of dismantling the barricades… In fact, each passing month recruits more comrades, eager to join the fight to prove London is not the culinary sinkhole it was once … Continue reading

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Chi Kitchen: Jack of all trades, master of all

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

When you visit a restaurant that is self-proclaimed ‘pan-asian’, your first thoughts might be how likely it would be for the restaurant to perfect the culinary complexities of the vast variety in cooking styles of Asian countries. In the case … Continue reading

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Little Bay Restaurant: An Operatic European Dining Experience in Farringdon

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

Little Bay is one of those places that just becomes dear to the heart of those who stumble across its warm embrace, managing to combine the three things that are starting to, sadly, disappear across the landscape of our food … Continue reading

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Brace yourself for a visual feast at 100 Kensington at The Exhibitionist Hotel

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There are times when you visit a restaurant, you end up receiving more than just a culinary surprise. This was very much the case in point on our recent visit to 100 Kensington. It is situated at The Exhibitionist hotel, … Continue reading

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Inamo: Technology still reigns supreme at their new Covent Garden branch

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The Asian fusion restaurant group that first launched in Soho in 2008 is still going strong with the latest branch of Inamo in Covent Garden with their groundbreaking interactive table ordering technology. At their recent launch event, it was clear that their … Continue reading

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MUGA: Authentic Japanese Ramen in London’s Theatre District

by Justina Terese @ Townfish

An exciting new restaurant has opened in the heart of the London’s West End, guaranteed to give lovers of Japanese food a new hotspot to get their fix. With the catchy name MUGA, this authentic dining spot serves the best of … Continue reading

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Accept no substitutes, when you can get the real deal at Mestizo, Euston

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Amidst the plethora of burrito eateries and tex-mex restaurants in London, it is easy to lose sight of what Mexican cuisine is all about. Thankfully there are restaurants like Mestizo, which are run by Mexicans from the kitchen to the … Continue reading

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Westminster Kitchen: Another success story from restauranter Ibrahim Dogus

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you have walked past the site of Westminster Kitchen on the Southbank, you will know it has been an incredibly quiet sushi restaurant for a number of years. It is in close proximity to numerous hotels and the tourist … Continue reading

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Voodoo Ray’s

Voodoo Ray’s

by boredoffood @ Bored of Food

5 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB 020 7254 2273 @voodoo_rays http://dalstonsuperstore.com/features/voodoo-rays Through friends I’d been alerted to this joint via the Charlie Porter blogsite. Joint is the only way to refer to this joint – they serve up a pretty special slice of fine American Pizza, but with a little twist provided by the […]

London’s Best Farm Markets

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

We’ve brought you some of the markets in London to explore – street food markets, all other types of food markets and the more general kind. But did you know how many farmers’ markets there are in the capital? Perhaps … Continue reading

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A showcase of Finnish innovation at The Harcourt, Marylebone

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

We went along to a showcase of Finnish brands organised by the brilliant team from the British-Finnish Chamber of Commerce and it was certainly an eye-opener to discover so many progressive Finnish food and drink brands on the market. The … Continue reading

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Celebrate the culinary delights of the Mediterranean and South America at Monmouth Kitchen in Covent Garden

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The concept at Monmouth Kitchen is surprisingly unusual where Italian and contemporary Peruvian cuisine are equally celebrated instead of the fusion cuisine you might see at other hotel restaurants. The seven dials location is ideal for Covent Garden shoppers looking … Continue reading

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Florentine: A hidden gem waiting to be discovered in Lambeth North

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The words ‘hidden gem’ are some of the most used in restaurant reviews, but I’ve waited this long to follow the crowd because it is simply the most fitting way of describing Florentine. If you have ever been to the … Continue reading

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This Richmond Restaurant Has Cosiness Down To An Art

This Richmond Restaurant Has Cosiness Down To An Art

by Lydia Manch @ Londonist

Make sure you get a table near the fireplace.

Ping Coombes Malaysian Breakfast Club @ Chi Kitchen, Debenhams Oxford Street

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

I say the next few words with modesty, Malaysian champions in breakfast. With the choices one gets from steaming dim sum to flipping rotis with curry and the fragrant coconut milk rice, it is no wonder why that, when I get a leisurely morning, I have more than one breakfast session. It is also no wonder why I pause and hesitate every time someone asked me what is a Malaysian breakfast. I spend the next ten minutes naming the breakfast dishes to them, going into great detail of the dish if I notice my audience has a puzzled look, until […]

Classic British Restaurant & Cocktail Bar in Dalston

by Shabby Katchadourian @ Townfish

Trip Space, a multi-functional cultural space beneath the railway arches of Haggerston have played host to a seriously eclectic array of events and activities covering everything from Contemporary Choreography and Acro Yoga through to Contact Improvisation though to my knowledge, … Continue reading

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Benito’s Hat: Riding the Mexican wave of success

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If there is a market on the London food scene that is over-saturated, it surely must be the burrito restaurants that populate all corners of our city. We went to check out Benito’s Hat in Covent Garden to discover why … Continue reading

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Pho Mile

Pho Mile


EatingEast

Looking for a Vietnamese meal in London? Well, you would be silly not to start your search at the brilliantly named, Pho Mile, a stretch of 10+ Vietnamese restaurants a stones throw from Hoxton sta…

Salvation In Noodles | Sinful Vietnamese Noodle Shack in Dalston, London

by kaveyeats @ Kavey Eats

This little Vietnamese noodle restaurant has been serving simple, tasty Vietnamese noodle dishes to Dalston residents (and anyone willing to travel) for nearly three years; indeed in the time it’s taken me to finally make my way there, founder Colin Tu has launched another Vietnamese restaurant, MAM, in Nottinghill and a second branch of Salvation... Read more »

Yosma, Baker Street

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Yosma, Baker Street – I jumped at the chance of dining in Yosma, a new Turkish restaurant in Baker Street, because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Middle Eastern flavours at Black Axe Mangal and Oklava. Both these restaurants are similar in that dishes are suitable for sharing, but differ in the style of presentation. Another similarity that they both have very impressive looking ovens which capture and command the attention of a keen cook, I am sure, as one walks in. I know it is crazy, but if I could have an oven like that at home, I imagine all the amazing […]

House of Godo: an authentic Italian takeaway experience

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

When you think of the words: Italian takeaway, 99% of you will be thinking pizza and it is often the poor quality ones which will offer you a free bottle of coke to hide the taste of their inferior ingredients. … Continue reading

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Chotto Matte, Soho

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Chotto Matte, Soho – Despite the upcoming trendy foodie eats around London, Soho still stays as one of my main dining scenes to explore. A quick unfussy sandwich or a slurpy bowl of noodles, a cheap grub or a pit stop cocktail, a fancy matcha dessert or an anticipated coffee, it’s Soho. But, brunch? I hummed and thought. Probably, there is that one that we all knew and never talk about but I was introduced to Chotto Matte’s Weekend Brunch one weekend, and I am certainly going to talk about it. Chotto Matte is known for it’s Nikkei cuisine. This […]

Old school charms on offer at Gatti’s Italian restaurant in Moorgate

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

In the ever-changing world of the London restaurant scene, it is somewhat comforting to enter an old-school restaurant, where crisp table cloths, polished cutlery and sparkling glasses are still the order of the day. Gatti’s restaurant and wine bar hasn’t … Continue reading

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Where To Eat And Drink In… Camden

Where To Eat And Drink In… Camden

by Ben Norum @ Londonist

The area's best lunches, restaurants, pubs and bars.

Make your food sing like an Italian Soprano at Valentina Fine Foods

by Justina Terese @ Townfish

Whether you are a regular visitor to Italy, or just have a passion for Italian food and cooking, it’s common knowledge what makes the famous cuisine so good is the quality of ingredients. Forget buying pasta from Sainsbury’s, if you … Continue reading

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Pizza Union: The Romans are coming to Kings Cross

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

King’s Cross is fast becoming a mecca for foodies to congregate around, from fine dining restaurants to casual eateries, the area has it all. I was tasked to investigate the second restaurant opening of Pizza Union; the Spitafields branch has … Continue reading

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BúnBúnBún in Dalston > TownFish

BúnBúnBún in Dalston > TownFish


Townfish

Bún with the accent is rice vermicelli, which is omnipresent in most Vietnamese dishes.

Move back in time at The Medieval Banquet

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

How times have changed since the days of Henry VIII, expertly prepared cuisine just isn’t sufficient for the refined British palate. They expect to be royally entertained, they see food as theatre; so it was with some irony we were dispatched … Continue reading

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Travel the world, meatball fans at Curveball, Balham

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

When Ed Balls Day comes around again, we know there is only one place to celebrate this great occasion, Curveball in Balham. There are more balls in this cosy restaurant than probably the whole of the House of Commons. The … Continue reading

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El Pirata of Mayfair: they just don’t make restaurants like this anymore

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

I rarely reference other diners in my restaurant reviews, but on our recent visit, there was a staff party for InStyle magazine, veteran rocker, Bryan May was dining in one corner of the room and there were no empty tables … Continue reading

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Sutton and Sons- Fish, Chips and Perfection in Stoke Newington

by Shabby Katchadourian @ Townfish

This is London… of course there’s plenty more fish (and chip shops) in the sea but… very few even come close to Stoke Newington’s ‘Sutton and Sons’- a blissful exercise in perfect batter and classic seafood dishes. The fish here … Continue reading

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Bet on a surefire winner at The Fellow of King’s Cross

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The line is ever-blurring between a gastropub and a restaurant in terms of the quality of their food offerings. Case in point is the recently refurbished The Fellow of King’s Cross with their well executed contemporary British menu. Not so … Continue reading

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Gilly’s Fry Bar review – the chippy that wants to be a tempura restaurant

Gilly’s Fry Bar review – the chippy that wants to be a tempura restaurant

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Finsbury Park doesn’t need more battered fried food I have a confession to make. It’s a deeply unpopular, long-held opinion that will not endear me to many of you. It’ll be even more controversial than the time I disparaged chicken, dismissing it as a soulless meat fit only for children and invalids. I don’t like … Continue reading

Brand New Mobile Friendly Website

by Mien Tay @ Mien Tay Restaurants

Hello and welcome to our brand new mobile friendly, responsive website. We will also have a new updated food and wine menu for you soon. We hope you like the new website, please do let us know if you have any suggestions or feedback.

Award winning Indian Fusion at Camden’s Namaaste Kitchen

by Justina Terese @ Townfish

There probably aren’t many Londoners who haven’t eaten an outstanding number of curries, or regularly visited an Indian restaurant. Every area has its local, most people have a favourite dish – chicken buhna, spicy lamb, poppadums with lime pickle and … Continue reading

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Begin the stampede now to Putney’s latest independent brasserie, Jules

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

When I read that a new brasserie, Jules was opening in Putney which is independent and accessible, it was a cause for celebration at Townfish HQ. We try to champion reasonably-priced restaurants and independent companies where possible. Although, the owner … Continue reading

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Kurobuta Marble Arch delivers top-notch Japanese sharing plates in a bustling environment

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Kurobuta might be Tony Blair’s local Japanese being in close proximity to Connaught Square. Luckily for Mr Blair, he has one of the tastiest Japanese restaurant near his residence. Kurobuta is the brainchild of Scott Hallsworth, who is the ex-head … Continue reading

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The Greek Larder: Food from the Godfather of Greek cuisine in London

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Most people might not have heard of Theodore Kyriakou, but he has done more than anyone else to bring modern Greek cuisine to forefront of Londoners minds when he opened The Real Greek at Hoxton Square before expanding it to … Continue reading

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Islington Boat Club with Chef Ronnie and WeFiFo

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Whenever I review a supperclub, I feel that I’m speaking from both sides of the fence; as a host and as a diner. As a host, I love to feed and bring people round the table with good food. For the latter, I want to learn and be inspired by new flavours. Either way, I get to enjoy and eat! I was invited to attend Chef Ronnie’s chicken curry night with WeFiFo at the Islington Boat Club and I accepted with enthusiasm only because of the uniqueness of the venue. Chicken curry sounded a little, too normal. But I was […]

Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò

Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò

by boredoffood @ Bored of Food

Blogs it seems are highly conducive to side projects. I’ve had this little feature in mind for a while as I’ve been obsessed with this dish for at least two years. Living around East London as I do, I eat regularly around ‘Little Vietnam’ (north of Old Street as far as the Geffrye Museum on […]

The Holy Birds in Spitalfields: A poultry restaurant fit for the President of the United States

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

You might suspect if President Trump was visiting London, his first port of call might be The Holy Birds instead of Buckingham Palace. We all know his well-known love of chicken and he would feel right at home amongst the … Continue reading

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Savour classic French dishes from Raymond Blanc at Brasserie Blanc Southbank

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

If you observe photos of famous chef, Raymond Blanc, most of them have a giant smile radiating from Monsieur Blanc. It is this joy and passion that is evident in the restaurants that he owns from the decor to the … Continue reading

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It’s a classy culinary encounter at Galley, Islington

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Upper Street, Islington must have one of the highest restaurant density per square mile in London, so it really is making a statement to say Galley is one of the brightest new stars to shine on this populated stretch of … Continue reading

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Visit Bridget Jones’ local at The Globe Tavern, Borough Market

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It is easy to miss the restaurant part of The Globe Tavern, when you stroll into the action-packed area of Borough Market, you immediately notice a multitude of city workers crowded on the pavements and around the bar on the … Continue reading

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Party like there’s no tomorrow at The 90s Brunch

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

For those nostalgic for the 1990s, thank god for The 90’s Brunch. It is a pop-up Sunday brunch party that is monthly and changes venue every time. It revolves around your favourite tunes from the 90s along with great food, … Continue reading

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Haché Shoreditch: Gourmet Burgers with Global Garnishes

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

If you have been lucky enough to visit any of the Haché restaurants in Shoreditch, Chelsea, Camden or Clapham, you will know that this is no regular burger joint. As well as a candle-lit interior, the restaurant boasts a menu that … Continue reading

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The Duke of Sussex wins the battle of Waterloo

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

With the launch of Southbank Place in a few years’ time, Waterloo is the place to look out for in terms of being a destination of choice for restaurant diners. The area already hosts extremely popular and successful gastropubs like … Continue reading

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Opso: It’s no Greek tragedy on Paddington Street, Marylebone

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

In the cut throat world of the London dining scene, if you don’t evolve quickly, you rapidly become another tragic extinction story. When Opso opened in 2014 with much fanfare, some hardened food critics didn’t give the venue the best of reviews. … Continue reading

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Little Havana, Camden

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Little Havana, Camden – With LovePopUps London, we went for a Cuban meal this week in Little Havana. Little Havana has a happy influence characterised by its the bright and colourful interiors. I have never been introduced to Cuban food but given its geographical location and historical past, its got to have an extent of Spanish influence. I like the style of a family-like restaurant that Little Havana potrays in Little Havana. I can almost see the corner table being occupied by the members Little Havana’s family (and chatty neighbours), fussing over some trivial matters while preparing those essential ingredients […]

Roast Restaurant: Get Your Roast in Borough Market

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

It is the perfect time of the year to be talking about roasts. Admittedly, roasts are pretty good all year round, but, especially during the winter, they are a must for seeing us all through until the spring. Located in … Continue reading

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Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Baker Street

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Baker Street – we hardly ever dine out on Sunday roast and hence it was even more surprising that we went for Mr L’s birthday treat. The restaurant front did not look anything special. With curtains drawn, advertising board nonchalantly scribbling the specials, small coffee tables that looked they had to be there because someone said so and a small entrance door, Galvin’s in Baker Street looked like another tourist trap restaurant. But then when I enter the door and saw what I saw, I knew I was wrong. The buzz of Sunday crowd of families […]

Journey into the Amazon with Pisqu’s head chef, William Ortiz

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It is fascinating to create a ‘family tree’ for chefs in the London restaurant scene, because everyone seems to be connected with everyone else. You might think the name William Ortiz sounds familiar, that is because the head chef of … Continue reading

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Bluebird: the iconic Chelsea venue is flying high again

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It only seems like yesterday the famous Chelsea complex, Bluebird opened but in fact it has been around for over 20 years now. It was unsurprising, they decided to close their restaurant recently for a significant £2 million refurbishment. We … Continue reading

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Dalston Rioters Gone Wild in Hackney, Using Death of Rashman Charles as an Excuse

by Remi Makinde @ Hackney Hive

Dalston right now, probs stay away if you’re near pic.twitter.com/1fklh9c3A5 — Louise Donovan (@louisedonovan_) July 28, 2017 Please follow us on twitter for live updates. More to follow.

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Ojingeojeot (Fermented Salty Squid)

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

I was a little dubious about fermenting squid because seafood can make one really ill if not done properly. I pondered long and hard about it but decided to take a calculated risk and make it. I quickly read through the rest of the ingredients and method then, after watching Maangchi’s You Tube video, made sure I had not missed anything, and went straight to the kitchen to prepare my squid for my first Ojingeojeot. And so, this blogpost had to pause for a month. So, after the month it was time to make this dish. I nearly threw the […]

Discover the real origins of the gourmet sandwich at Cafe Mish in Mayfair

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

At Cafe Mish, they have a sign proudly proclaiming the Earl of Sandwich didn’t “invent” the sandwich, it was created many centuries ago in the Middle East. For a food lover, this was akin to telling me Santa Claus isn’t … Continue reading

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Primavera: A sparkling gem on a quiet stretch of New King’s Road

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There are fantastic shops, galleries and restaurants on the King’s Road, but by the time you get to the Parsons Green section of New King’s Road, there is generally not a lot going on. However, one place well worth visiting … Continue reading

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L’Eto Caffe: A visual cornucopia for the King’s Road jet setters

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

There are a multitude of captivating window displays along the King’s Road but it takes iron will and determination to not pause and salivate at L’Eto Caffe‘s mouthwatering food display. Using floor to ceiling windows, they have very strategically placed … Continue reading

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It’s all about the gentrified Sunday roast lunches at The Commercial, Herne Hill

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The remarkable thing about a restaurant reviewer is visiting parts of London, you would normally never encroach. If you didn’t know Herne Hill was well into the gentrification process, you need to look no further than walking out from the … Continue reading

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Bombay Brasserie: How to stay at the top of your game

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Restaurateurs in London would do well to pay Bombay Brasserie a visit and get a masterclass in restaurant longevity. They have been established since 1982 and a recent visit confirmed they are still one of the leading lights of the … Continue reading

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Lazeez Lebanese Tapas: Bringing downtown Beirut to the heart of the West End

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It is somewhat intimating and exhilarating when you meet Lebanese restaurateur Emilio Malik, who owns Lazeez. There are few restaurant owners who can match his passion for the catering business and it is a fascinating insight into the development of … Continue reading

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Tate Modern, Southwark

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Tate Modern Restaurant, Southwark – firstly, I agree that it is hardly a place to go to for food but if you are a mum who is trying to instil culture into your child, this cafe is a good choice for children, families or large groups of people. It turned out to be more than that. A table mat that you can colour on and it is not just for the kids. Adults can enjoy too! fish and chips – a good plate and decent size, and I have never loved mushy peas that much before. Shame it was not […]

Homemade tapas dishes expertly executed at Cigala, Bloomsbury

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Cigala isn’t in one of the flashiest parts of town; Bloomsbury has always been more discreet and serious, housing numerous legal and publishing firms. This fits in with the general style of the restaurant, they offer informal, relaxed tapas style … Continue reading

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Talli Joe: The standard-bearer for modern Indian cuisine

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

“Talli” means a happy state of intoxication or what you and I call “tipsy”. It really shows how far Indian cuisine has evolved in London when they can place the focus of the restaurant name on inebriation. Then again, when … Continue reading

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Bao, Fitzrovia

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Bao, Fitzrovia – the only solution to beating the crowd in a non-reservation restaurant is to go early. I could not forsee myself having dinner as early as 17:30 hours and to queue for 90 minutes like I did before. We went for lunch. With babies, push chairs and the girls. Luckily, Cassie could sneak out for lunch. I was there earlier than I expected and was gladly surprised to be first in line. So excited, I insta-ed, tweeted and Facebook-ed it! Within minutes, I received numerous congratulatory comments  followed by their curiosity as to what I thought about the […]

Made of Dough: A new rising star on the London street food scene

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

By now, you might have worked out the successful formula for launching a successful street food business: have young, impossibly presentable and hospitable owners, have a simple selection of products using the finest ingredients and have a secret killer recipe … Continue reading

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The Localist, Farringdon: A neighbourhood restaurant fit for any community

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Walking around Farringdon, I do often wonder how many people live in the area, which I’ve always thought of as more of a hub for commercial offices. However, having a look at The Localist website, they do say the area … Continue reading

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108 Brasserie: When you need good, simple and honest food

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Having strolled past the elegant and refined exterior of 108 Brasserie on numerous occasions in Marylebone; I finally managed to book myself in to the restaurant to satiate my curiosity. The exterior has that upscale, discreet look with protective vegetation … Continue reading

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Experience Sunday brunches with a difference at Cinnamon Soho

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

For those keen to experience a taste of exoticism for their Sunday brunch, Cinnamon Soho is well worth a visit, especially if you time it well to match with your Sunday shopping plans. The restaurant is overseen by award-winning executive … Continue reading

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Zuma: A restaurant that truly stands the test of time

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

The popularity of restaurants in London do vary as much as movements on the stock market, very few of them truly stand the test of time. Zuma is one of those rare beasts in the brutally competitive world of the … Continue reading

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Wright Brothers Soho: a seafood paradise for shellfish aficionados

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Wright Brothers Soho is a must-visit restaurant for all seafood lovers. Apart from owning restaurants, Wright Brothers are wholesale suppliers to over 200 of the city’s finest restaurants. From their early, humble days in 2002 when they started, they’ve grown … Continue reading

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Social Discovery in London – TownFish

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

Allow us to introduce ourselves, the TownFish Team have spent the last few months helping local people find new and popular London restaurants, bars, shops, hangouts, and anything else you can think of by using Twitter and Facebook. Social discovery is … Continue reading

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Supperclub Mensa an Italian Feast with Camilya @ Victoria Park

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Supperclub dining has a special place in my heart. People come together for the meal because of one thing in common – a love of food. You’ll get a table of strangers dining together but there is never an awkward moment because it is almost always filled with conversation revolving around food. Not surprising, right? I attended Camilya’s Supperclub Mensa as a guest being part of the LovePopUps London community. I love feeding and being fed, and being an adventurous soul I won myself a spot in Camilya’s Supperclub Mensa. Camilya’s serves a five course Italian seafood menu. Her slight […]

Eaton Square Restaurant and Cocktail Bar- Flavours of the Mediterranean in the heart of Belgravia

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

Deep in the swankiest heart of the Grosvenor’s Belgravia lies Eaton Square. Once home to Neville Chamberlain, Vivien Leigh and the address of the fictional Bellamy family in ‘Upstairs Downstairs’, it is now known for something altogether more exotic- its … Continue reading

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Cottons, Vauxhall – Rum Masterclass

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Cottons, Vauxhall – I felt a little shy accepting the invitation from LovePopUps London for another Cottons review. It was just this summer that we had visited the then newly opened Cottons Rhum Shack in Shoreditch, but now we are back at their new branch in Vauxhall. Cottons Vauxhall is the fourth addition to the Cottons Rhum Shack chain bringing Caribbean food to West London. We sampled a range of starters. Food was spicy. Portion sizes seemed slightly on the small side compared to the Shoreditch branch we had visited. Unanimous thumbs up for the deep fried calamari. Abundant of warmth […]

Hoppers review – Sri Lankan restaurant sequel finally takes reservations in Marylebone

Hoppers review – Sri Lankan restaurant sequel finally takes reservations in Marylebone

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Oxford Street’s eating options get a kick in the pants The little patch of shops and restaurants adjacent to Selfridges known as St. Christopher’s Place used to be one of London’s dining out black spots. Full of tourist traps fronted by touts wielding laminated menus either the length of the Bible or full of badly … Continue reading

Seafood lovers rejoice at the poke bar, Black Roe in Mayfair

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Poke bars have been all the rage in the last few years with numerous casual versions opening in the West End. However, very few offer a premium experience; the one that really stands out is Black Roe in Mayfair. That … Continue reading

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Boulestin Restaurant: French Dining in the Heart of Piccadilly

by TownFish Team @ Townfish

The original Boulestin Restaurant was opened by the world-renowned French Chef Marcel Boulestin in the mid-1920s. Situated in Covent Garden, it was said to have been one of the most expensive restaurants of its time in the English capital, not … Continue reading

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Korean feast with Maangchi

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Japchae was the only Korean food that I knew and cooked, and that was that. I didn’t understand the fascination of Korean food. I once snubbed it saying that it was substandard Chinese cooking. I was young and stupid. Maangchi’s series of Korean home cooking have radically changed my perception. Her cooking videos on You Tube were such an inspiration that I wanted to create a Korean feast at home. So, over the past few weeks our household was filled with wonderful dishes of Korean dishes. Fridge was, and still is, filled with the variation of kimchi, fermented squid and […]

Magpie review – Modernist food served ‘Dim Sum’-style in Mayfair

Magpie review – Modernist food served ‘Dim Sum’-style in Mayfair

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

The Pidgin sequel takes flight but doesn’t quite soar I once wrote that it’s rare for a restaurant to relocate inwards from the suburbs to the centre of town, rather than other way around. Recent events are proving me wrong, showing that such a move (or sprouting a second branch closer to the centre of … Continue reading

It is all about the pizza, pies and cider at the Stable Whitechapel

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Locally sourced ingredients are buzzwords that are omnipresent in most restaurant menus these days. However, at the Stable, they take this concept very seriously. There are 13 branches so far but they still aim to source the ingredients locally to … Continue reading

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Could This Be The Most Beautiful Restaurant In London?

by Alex Landon @ Secret London

sketch serves Michelin-starred food in absolutely breathtaking surroundings. A magical forest. Chairs wearing ballet shoes. Hot pink sofas as far as the eye can see. If a restaurant had just one of these things, we’d be pretty intrigued right now. But when that place has all of these things, and a Mayfair postcode to boot, we’re practically straining […]

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Comptoir Gascon: Fine French Food in Farringdon

by Matt @ Townfish

Comptoir Gascon is located on London’s Charterhouse Street (EC1) in Farringdon, famed for its plethora of fine gastro-pubs and one of the city’s most renowned nightclubs, Fabric. Founded in 2001 as a deli-bakery, opposite the renowned Smithfields Meat Market, it … Continue reading

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Council closes down Loong Kee Vietnamese Restaurant on Kingsland Road - Hackney Hive

Council closes down Loong Kee Vietnamese Restaurant on Kingsland Road - Hackney Hive


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Share this on WhatsApp     Vietnamese restaurant, Loong Kee, 134G-F Kingsland Road, was closed down by Hackney Council on Friday 12 April. At Stratford Magistrates Court on Tuesday 16 April, District Judge Hamilton upheld the Council’s decision to close the building after a customer complained of seeing a cockroach whilst dining. He agreed that …

The joys of vegetarian dining at Tibits Bankside

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

I must admit whilst I don’t suffer from lachanophobia, the thought of going to a restaurant solely offering vegetarian food can appear daunting at times. However, Tibits Bankside is one of those modern restaurants that have managed to make vegetarian … Continue reading

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Cottons Rhumshack, Shoreditch

by Vi Vian @ Vi Vian's Food Blog

Cottons Rhumshack, Shoreditch – The last time I walked down Curtain Road, I could hardly remember the names of the shops. But when I tried to rummage the storage in my brain I recalled that there were hardly any places open. What brought me back on a week night, few days ago, was an invitation from LovePopUpsLondon. We were going to try Carribean food in a newly opened restaurant, Cottons Rhumshack. So, as I walked down Curtain Road that evening the street suddenly registered as a place worth remembering. The presence of popular restaurants such as Sagardi, Brindisa and Flat […]

Ping Pong Shepherds Bush – Bite-sized Fun

by Justina Terese @ Townfish

Ping Pong’s award winning contemporary group of restaurants has launched their latest instalment in the busy shopping district of Westfield’s Shepherds Bush. The star-studded event presented a visual spectacular of Chinese ribbon dancers, cocktails on tap, hands-on dim sum classes … Continue reading

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A Fictional Food Affair at The Fable

by Frances O'Brien @ Townfish

A short fictional story, often featuring mythical creatures and plants is how you would best describe a fable. The Fable restaurant in Farringdon stays true to its origins online where it’s described as being ‘inspired by the fantasy world of … Continue reading

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Food for thought at Jenius Social, Islington

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

With the plethora of dining options in Islington, there is a certain doubt in my mind whether Islingtonites actually cook much at their own homes. Perhaps that is why organisations like Jenius Social are ever popular in the area, as … Continue reading

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Aviary: There is no holding back this Phoenix at Finsbury Square

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

Rooftop restaurants and terrace bars are popping up at an alarmingly fast rate these days; even with the chilly weather, there is something particularly alluring about staring into the magnificent London skyline. The latest addition is Aviary which is on … Continue reading

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Marquis of Wellington: London’s very first street food pub on the famous Bermondsey Beer Mile

by Baldwin Ho @ Townfish

It’s fascinating to observe the difference in a particular street when you visit at different times of the day. Our visit to  Marquis of Wellington was on a wintry weekday night. It is in close proximity to many council estates and … Continue reading

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