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 – Nobu Shoreditch

Shiima and I absolutely love Nobu. We’ve had dinner at Nobu Berkeley Street on several occasions, celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, Eid, and New Year’s Eve. That ought to tell you something about Nobu … it’s a restaurant reserved for special occasions, and they know it. Nobu is a renowned international Japanese and Peruvian restaurant. Recently, when…

Sexy Fish

Last Sunday we made a last minute dinner reservation to celebrate Eid – we hope all that celebrate Eid had a lovely day! I booked Sexy Fish a couple days before and they were quite a few available times, so despite what everyone says that its quite difficult to get a booking, its not always…

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…

First Impressions – Sakagura

Sakagura is morden Japanese restaurant off Regent Street that prides itself in serving “Washoku”, which is essentially traditional Japanese food – lots of sushi and miso dishes. I came across Sakagura last year while searching for restaurants to go on a solo excursion. The menu looked rather promising with quite a few chicken dishes, so…

Aqua Kyoto

Aqua Kyoto is the Japanese half of the Aqua restaurants in Soho, approaching Carnaby Street. The other restaurant on the same floor is Aqua Nueva, which is a Spanish restaurant. Both restaurants have pretty cool adjoining bars and rooftop terraces, all of which I recommend, but as you’d expect this post is only about the…

First Impressions – Sosharu

I came across Sosharu late last year when searching for restaurants to go on a solo excursion (I eventually decided on Barrafina). I looked through the menu and saw a fair few chicken dishes, so I decided it was best to go with Shiima. Sosharu is a modern Japanese restaurant, a minute walk from Farringdon…

Gilgamesh

This post isn’t exactly a first impressions post, but it’s as close to one as we’ll get because we’d been to Gilgamesh a couple years back. For me, distance made the heart grow fonder as my memories of my Gilgamesh got better with every passing weekend that I suggested to Shiima that we go back…

Solo Excursion – Roka Mayfair

Shiima’s away in Budapest, so I took the opportunity for another solo excursion. This time I chose Roka, a modern Japanese restaurant focused on dishes from the robata grill. I’d heard of Roka countless times, first Shiima suggested it as a restaurant I’d love but she wouldn’t because there aren’t many chicken dishes (to be…

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…

Solo Excursion – Sake No Hana

So this will be the first in a rare series of posts we’ll write, where one of us goes solo to a restaurant. To be fair, it’ll mostly be me, Amen, writing these, because its an opportunity for me to go to fish intensive – in other words, sushi – restaurants that serve little to…

First Impressions – Crazy Bear Restaurant

The Crazy Bear in Fitzrovia is a place I’ve always wanted to go. Years ago, I was enthralled by pictures of the bar I saw online and I really wanted to go. Yes, I don’t drink, but I like bars, love the atmosphere lol. I didn’t end up going though. But years later, while restaurant…