Restaurant Review | Hide

Mr Dabbous is back, and better than ever with his latest spot at 85 Piccadilly, Hide. This spot spreads its magic over three floors, aptly named ‘Below’, ‘Ground’ and ‘Above’. Below stealing the underground bar magic, Ground offering the far from classic ‘a la carte’ menu, and Above taking tasting menus to new heights.

With floor to ceiling windows flooding the place with light, an unrivalled design staircase and a partnership with Hedonism wines restricting your wine menu selection to a mere 6,500 bottles, this is an absolute must visit.

About


Hide is a restaurant and bar by Hedonism Wines and Ollie Dabbous.

Do Not Miss Dishes


1. Charcoal baked flatbread with ricotta made locally & crushed green herbs
2. Barbecued octopus, moscatel grapes, lovage & white miso
3. Warm acorn cake, smoked caramel & choice of liqueur; Cornish clotted cream

Do Not Miss Drinks


Make sure to get there at least 30mins early to enjoy a drink ‘Below’ – whilst the food might be a showstopper, the drinks certainly give it a run for its money.
1. Summer Solstice
2. The Fallen Madonna
3. Chuckleberry Fizz

Cost


Okay, so it’s not cheap, you’re looking at main course setting you back anywhere from £22 to £32, and cocktails are certainly at the pricier end of £16/£18. However, if you’re looking for a treat or want to spoil yourself rotten, it’s an absolute must.

Where


85 Picadilly

Nearest Transport


Green Park

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Restaurant Review | Kiln

From an all-time favourite of mine, Smoking Goat (if you’ve not been – you’re seriously missing out), comes Kiln! In typical Soho-style it’s in a tiny jaunt.. dive-bar style would be doing it a mis-justice, but it’s not far off. They’ve brought Thai food to a new level, cooking it over grills, in fire-pots and with hell-a lotta flavour. Be prepared for the chilli kick – but don’t let that put you off, they’ve got a pallet cleanser to sort you right out too.

About


Kiln: Thai BBQ in the heart of Soho

Do Not Miss Dishes


1. Wild Ginger & Shortrib Curry from Burma
2. Aged Lamb & Cumin Skewer
3. Five Spice Duck & O al with Aged Soy

Do Not Miss Drinks


Whilst the food is a show-stopper at Kiln, the drinks menu does it’s best to not disappoint. It’s reasonably priced with cocktails coming in at £6 and a great choice of natural wines.
1. Young Ginger Margarita
2. Green Peppercorn Daiquiri
3. Rhubarb & Vodka Shrub

Cost


Drinks are a winner at Kiln, from £6 cocktails, £5 glasses of wine and one of the few places in London still left selling a G&T for a fiver! But the real deal comes with the food. It’s a sharing-plate style vibe, so order it all (okay maybe not all of it), but with prices peaking at £9 a dish there’s no reason not to indulge!

Where


58 Brewer Street, Soho W1F 9TL

Nearest Transport


Piccadilly Circus

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Restaurant Review | Roka

So you’re looking for Japanese in London? – look no further! I think you’ll struggle to find anything that even comes close to Roka restaurant, the month on month waiting lists will vouch for me on that. Okay, it’s a little pricey but don’t let that put you off. It’s sublime, from the atmosphere to the food to the cocktail menu, it’s one for the bucket list.

About


Following the enormous success of sister restaurant Zuma, Rainer Becker quickly recognised the huge demand for exquisite Japanese food in London and opened ROKA Charlotte Street in 2004, followed by Roka Canary Wharf in 2009 and Mayfair and Aldwych in 2014.

Do Not Miss Dishes


EVERYTHING – no but seriously. I’ve not been disappointed by one dish at Roka.
1. Miso Black Cod
2. Yellowtail Sashimi with Yuzu-Truffle Dressing
3. Black Cod, Crab & Crayfish Dumplings.

Do Not Miss Drinks


My last visit to Roka Aldwych consisted of indulging in approximately 99% of the cocktail menu – so I’d back myself as being pretty well qualified in answering this one.
1. Edamame Fizz
2. Grapefruit & Chamomile Highball
3. Tokyo Decadence

Cost


So there’s no denying this place is not cheap – but for a birthday treat or a special occasion it’s definitely worth the cost. If you’re still paying back the student loan (I feel ya) then why not head to Shochu Lounge at Roka Charlotte Street and just try a couple of small plates with a cocktail to pair?

Where


Roka Charlotte Street – 37 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RR
Roka Mayfair – 30 N Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 6HP
Roka Aldwych – 71 Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN
Roka Canary Wharf – 4, Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5FW

Nearest Transport


Roka Charlotte Street – Goodge Street
Roka Mayfair – Bond Street
Roka Aldwych – Temple or Covent Garden
Roka Canary Wharf – Canary Wharf

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Restaurant Review | Little Bird

From the woman behind some other West London hotspots comes an eclectic Asian-Fusion tapas hotspot on Battersea Rise, Little Bird. With an abundance of restaurants in the area there was a minor fear these guys might struggle to standout being located at the top of the rise, but since its opening a few weeks ago, I’ve already ventured multiple times, and its been bustling every time – for the cocktail menu alone it’s worth it! Cliche as it may be.. these guys have not only spread their wings in the Battersea area.. but have absolutely soared to success!

About


Little Bird: Asian-Fusion Tapas in Battersea

Do Not Miss Dishes


Everything! I can honestly say we’ve ordered almost 100% of the dishes on the menu and nothing has disappointed. But if you’re struggling to choose.
1. Tuna Tataki with Pickled Ginger & Wasabi.
2. Salt & Pepper Chilli Squid
3. Halloumi, Pomegranate & Quinoa Salad

Do Not Miss Drinks


The cocktail menu is one of the best I’ve come across in London – try them all! (perhaps not all at once).
1. Watermelon Spritz Special
2. Baby Basil
3. Shiso Beautiful

Cost


Drinks range from £7 – £10 for cocktails, but get in there between 5pm – 7pm and you’ll bag yourself a Happy Hour deal. Dishes vary from £5 to £12, a really reasonable affair for EXCELLENT cuisine!

Where


1 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EG

Nearest Transport


Clapham Junction

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Restaurant Review | Sosharu

As a huge Jason Atherton fan I was eager to tick Sosharu of the bucket list – and so glad to say it did not disappoint! Whilst a little off the beaten track out by Farringdon, there’s’ some great bars nearby to grab a drink before hand. I headed to Oriole, an absolute winner from the guys who setup Nightjar. Their innovation is out of this world, and this speakeasy was the perfect way to start the evening. But now for the real deal — from the service, to the incredibly Japanese electronic toilets (you’ll be tempted to spend a fair share of your dining time down in the loos!!) there really was nothing to fault about this place, but head there for a special treat, it’s worth it.

About


Sosharu: Innovative Japanese small plates by the King of all things delicious – Jason Atherton.

Do Not Miss Dishes


Quite honestly, as with all Jason Atherton restaurants there’s very few dishes on the menu that won’t catch your eye, so suggesting just 3 is pretty tricky — but I’ll give it my best shot!
1. Salmon Sashimi (Sake)
2. Asian Pear & Avocado Salad, Tofu Dressing, Cucumber & Apple Jelly.
3. Smoked Octopus, Seaweed Salad. Japanese Cucumber & Yuzu.

Do Not Miss Drinks


I didn’t make it to the 7 Tales bar below the restaurant — but I’ve heard nothing but good things. However, there were more than enough delicious cocktails to spice up the meal!
1. Datsusoku – Abosolut Elyx, Martini Ambrato, Orange Bitters & Tonic
2. Seijaku – Gin, Sakura Cordial & Juniper
3. Rhubarb & Grapefruit Lemonade

Cost


Okay so anything with Atherton’s name on it comes at a cost, but it won’t complete break the bank. All plates are small plates and range in price, starting at around £7 and heading up to £28 (worth it for the Wagyu). Drinks are on par with London prices, with all signature cocktails coming in at the £10 mark.

Where


64 Turnmill St, London. EC1M 5RR

Nearest Transport


Farringdon

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