First Impressions – StreetXO London

Recently I’ve been letting Amen choose the restaurant without having me look at the menu. On some occasions, he’s done awful but he is getting better lol. I had no idea what StreetXO would be like or what the cuisine is, but I was willing to give it a go. The only thing he told…

Solo Excursion – Barrafina Dean Street

As will be obvious if you’ve read my previous posts on Barrafina Adeliade Street and Barrafina Drury Lane, I love Barrafina. And now I’ve finally dined at the Dean Street restaurant in Soho, which was the only Barrafina I hadn’t been to. As a refresher, Barrafina is a Michelin starred Spanish tapas restaurant with only…

First Impressions – Maze Grill Mayfair

For a while now, I’ve had it in mind to visit one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. He is Shiima’s favourite TV chef (she loves Kitchen Nightmares) and I really like him as well. We didn’t have the best of experiences at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal so we really weren’t in a rush to visit another…

First Impressions – Boa Fitzrovia

Bao is a tapas style Taiwanese restaurant with a focus on utterly delicious steamed fluffy bao buns. We’ve been aware of Bao for a while now, as last year we walked past the Fitzrovia restaurant on our way to Crazy Bear Fitzrovia but we were reminded of Bao when we took a different route to Oliver…

Solo Excursion – The Palomar

For months now I’ve been trying to convince Shiima to come with me to The Palomar. My pitch was that The Palomar is a Middle Eastern restaurant and Shiima is half Middle Eastern (Saudi). But that fell like a lead balloon once she looked at the menu. Because evidently Saudi food is VERY different from…

Solo Excursion – Dinings Marylebone

Dinings is a special Japanese tapas restaurant with locations in Marylebone, SW3, and Tel Aviv, with the restaurant on Harcourt Street in Marylebone being the original and “flagship” restaurant. To dine at Dinings is an experience that all lovers of sushi must try at least one. Every single dish I had was so really good…

Solo Excursion – Barrafina Drury Lane

So today, after my day was done, I suddenly decided to take a quick detour to Barrafina Drury Lane, which is in Covent Garden, and oh am I so pleased with myself. So much that I’m writing this post on my iPhone while still sat at Barrafina waiting for my last dish. If you want…

Barrafina Adelaide Street

Barrafina was always intended to be a solo excursions post because forever I couldn’t convince Shiima to come along with me as the menu looked scary to her haha! So, a couple weeks ago Shiima had Christmas dinner plans with her friends and I decided to take that opportunity to go on a solo excursion….

Street Feast | Hawker House | Part Two

This is the second of our series on amazing street food. First was Dinerama (have a read here if you missed it), which is one of the Street Feast locations, and this post is on another Street Feast location, Hawker House in Canada Water. Little update – Dalston Yard, the first street feast location we…

Sushi Samba

Sushi Samba is a renowned Peruvian, Brazilian, and Japanese fusion restaurant located on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower, minutes away from Liverpool Street Station. I first came across Sushi Samba somewhat suddenly – about five years ago I was invited for a New Years Eve dinner at Sushi Samba last minute, didn’t have…

First Impressions – Gymkhana

Gymkhana is a Michelin starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair. It’s one of the restaurants Shiima listed, after fairly exhaustive research, for us to try out. A few weeks ago, we had dinner at one of the restaurants on the list, Trishna, and we loved it, and that led us to move Gymkhana, which is a…

Novikov Asian

First I ever heard (read, in this case) of Novikov was from a piece by Jay Raynor, the Observer’s food critic. From what I can remember of the piece (yeah, I know, it’s 2016, I could just Google the article … but nahhh 😝), his sentiments were essentially that Novikov was a pretentious overpriced restaurant…