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Hovarda – London

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Soho seems to be the new hot spot for fine dining with the foodies flocking to Rupert Street for the latest hot spot, Hovarda. Nestled between Soho and Chinatown the new opening from the restaurant group behind eateries Yosma and Frescobaldi have opened their latest with dishes inspired by countries of the Aegean Sea. To be more specific the culinary delights of Turkey and Greece, but no shawarma or pitta bread in sight, instead a fresh and delicious menu with a focus on sea food, all fresh off the grill.

Upon entering you will be met by a luxurious for unpretentious setting, with a spacious restaurant on the ground floor with an open plan kitchen and grills and first floor cocktail bar, designed by architect Lázaro Rosa‐Violan.

The menu was created by Turkish chef Hus Vedat and features plenty of fare from the Aegean region so there’s plenty of fresh seafood and a daily changing menu filled with fresh catches from the British seas.

Used in both Turkish and Greek the word ‘Horvada’ refers to “a generous host with a free spirit” and that’s certainly the case with the menu on offer, with a contemporary take on traditional dishes from the region.

Designed to share meze options include raw, hot and cold options, with our favourite being the Octopus, which comes with a grape and tomato relish.  The sea bass ceviche was another highlight, which comes simply prepared with tomato, avocado and red onion but is plentiful in flavour.

Next up the menu is divided simply into land (meat and vegetables) and sea (fish and shellfish) options as a larger main.  We opted for the latter trying out the Langoustines which were generous in size and flavour and went for the equally delicious oven roasted potatoes as a side.  The helpful waiter is on hand to help you navigate through the menu if you’re not too familiar with the cuisine and there are plenty of drink options to keep you going.

Next time you hit up Soho, Hovarda is a must. If you fancy some music to accompany your evening check out their rotating schedule of live music performers, with many musicians from Turkey and Greece, a perfect soundtrack for your drink.

Hovarda
36 – 40 Rupert Street
London
W1D 6DW

For more information on Hovarda and other restaurants on Rupert Street and Soho please visit thisissoho.co.uk

 

Buddha Bar – London

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Located a stone’s throw from the famous Harrods department store in London’s Knightsbridge district is one of the capital’s most lively sushi restaurants, Buddha Bar.

The restaurant serving and extensive  dinner, brunch and afternoon tea menu along with vast bar options, with top notch mixologists prepare delicious cocktails. 

The split level restaurant offers pan-Asian cuisine, though its sushi options are its highlight. Dinner is a must with a huge selection of handmade sushi and sashimi. The fresh fish selection includes Blackened Cod and Roasted Chilean Seabass or alternatively the Wagyu beef fillet with truffle butter is the ultimate treat. All dishes are delivered to the highest standard and expertly cooked with an Asian twist by the team of chefs lead by Ravi Vydya.

On a recent visit we were able to try some of the dishes ourselves.  Designed to be a sharing experience we opted for a few dishes to get a feel for the menu with the guidance of the very helpful and friendly waitress.

To kick things off we opted for the , Chilli salt crispy baby squid , Rock shrimp  and the restaurant’s signature Buddha-Bar chicken salad.  The rock shrimp is served with a tasty creamy sauce and were perfectly cooked, crispy batter exterior with a soft flesh inside.

For mains we opted a selection of different sushi and sashimi, including the spicy tuna and salmon, the sushi rolls came beautifully presented, a feast for the eyes as well a the palette. The fish was fresh and rice delicious.

The more adventurous rolls include the spider, soft shell crab which was a highlight, a full roll with light and crispy crab.  We also opted for another signature dish, the Buddha-Bar roll, mixed sashimi wrapped in cucumber with a creamy sesame sauce

Alongside food Buddha Bar  is knows for its comprehensive cocktail selection which we also got to try, each priced from £15.

Favourites include the Blue Knightsbridge – Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Diplomatico reserve, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, peach bitters and angostura bitters. The mix was fresh and strong with the ht of ginger making it very memorable.   Another favourite was the Bubble Wap – a strawberry & raspberry puree, rose liquor, elderflower liquor, touch of Belvedere vodka and topped up with Champagne, a refreshing and strong option.

Dinner was a truly wonderful experience with every  dish a delicious experience, the restaurant is winner of the Best Restaurant Bar at London Club & Bar Awards in both 2014, 2015 and 2016, this shows in the high quality food and great friendly service.  Atmosphere is offered in heaps and bounds with live music entertainment available during the weekend, a perfect venue to take friends and loved ones, a must visit.


Buddha Bar & Restaurant
145 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7PA
http://buddhabarlondon.com

28°-50° Maddox Street – London

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Taking its name from the latitudes within which most of the world’s vineyards are located, 28°-50° Wine Workshop and Kitchen has been serving up a delicious menu on London’s Maddox Street since 2013.

28°-50° Maddox Street has one of the most unique wine lists in London, featuring a range of over 30 traditional and eclectic red and white wines available by the glass, carafe or bottle along with a modern European seasonal menu.

The restaurant is set over 2 floors with the main floor housing its Champagne bar, offering 25 different varieties.  Downstairs guests are treated to an open kitchen and wine display Both levels have seating for 50 covers and there is additional outdoor space with terraces to the front and rear for those who wish to eat al fresco during the warmer months.

The menu, created by Executive Chef Justin Leclair, together with Aggi Sverrisson, offers simple, seasonal modern European food which changes seasonally. On a recent visit we were able to try their dinner offerings.

To kick things off we went for the Seafood platter (£55), designed to share the large dish come with 1⁄2 a Lobster, 300g mussels, 6 Blackwater, 6 prawns, 300g clams, crab salad, lemon and shallot vinegar all beautiful presented in an iced platter. The prawns were a highlight perfectly paired with the shallot vinegar and a sprinkle of lemon juice. 

The mains options were all appetising but we ended up going with the Scottish ribeye weighing 220g (£19.99), the 28 day aged steak comes with béarnaise sauce, we also opted for the skinny fries (£3.95) from the sides selections. The steak was ordered medium rare and it came perfectly cooked with the  béarnaise sauce being rich and delicious.

We made room for dessert and opted for the Eton mess (£6) which comes with strawberries and raspberry sorbet. The meringue was crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside, a delight.

We had a bottle of the 2008 Rioja Reserva Spanish red wine (£30) , which was recommended by the friendly waitress and was an absolute treat.

28°-50° Maddox Street is highly recommended, an unpretentious yet stylish restaurant with a delicious European menu matched by it’s equally tasty wine selection and friendly staff.  A must visit.

28°-50°
17-19 MADDOX STREET
MAYFAIR
W1S 2QH

www.2850.co.uk

Fenchurch Restaurant- Sky Garden London

Located on top of London’s famous ‘walkie talkie’ building, Fenchurch is the capital’s must visit for a meal with a view… and a tasty menu.

Located on the top level of the sky scrapper the restaurant offers dinners magnificent views of the city landscape, a perfect setting for either lunch or dinner.  On a recent Saturday visit for lunch we got to experience the restaurant for ourselves.

Upon entering the building you will be met with a security check, not the usual for a restaurant but the effort is worth it once the elevator doors open onto the top floor. Hereto will be met with London’s ‘Garden in the sky’ or as it is known Sky Garden, offering a lush green space nestled into an urban skyscraper. After a few minutes exploring the multi tiered garden and taking in the magnificent city views we headed to the even higher level7 were Fenchurch is located.

The warm hostess greeted up and sat in the far end, a table with dunning views over the city.  It was quite busy, with the sun making an early appearance so the restaurant was buzzing. The menu specialises in seafood with a European touch, but mainly sticks to classic and loved dishes.

To kick things off I opted for the sea trout (£12.50) to start, which comes with broccoli, anchovy and black olive, the dish was delicious and light, a highly recommended pick.

For my main I decided to move away from the seafood options and opt for my favourite meat, pork, with the Iberico pork (£28.50) that comes served with hispi cabbage, black pudding, apple and sage. Though black pudding, seemed like an odd combination it proved to be a successful one, alongside this I opted for a side of chips which were another highlight.

If you still have room for it then dessert is not to be missed. The desert selections small but covers all bases, after mulling it over I went for the strawberry cheesecake (£10.50), classic and very satisfying, with the cheese layer light and delicate on the palette.

At the waiter;s recommendation we accompanied our meal with the Rioja Reserva, Ondarre, Rioja, 2011 (£39.50), a red wine full of flavour and deep hues than went terrifically with our menu.

Located a short walk from Liverpool Street Station, Fenchurch is a highly recommended busy, with a delicious menu match by spectacular setting with breath taking city views.

Fenchurch Restaurant
1 Sky Garden Walk,
London
EC3M 8AF

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Roast Restaurant – London

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Nestled within the world famous Borough Market is one of London’s foodie treasures, Roast. Offering a delicious menu of British fare to Londoners since opening its doors back n 2005.  In its 12 years of business the restaurant has garnered acclaim across the UK, including a rosette in the AA guide, for its take on traditional  British dishes, headed up by chef Stuart Cauldwell.

We got a chance to visit ourselves on a recent weekend trip, though a London highlight Borough market can be super busy at weekends with tourists flooding in, however we were pleasantly surprised that while right in the centre of the hustle and bustle of it all Roast is away from the noise and crowds.  Split over two floors (it even has a lift for easier access) the restaurant is spacious with crisp white decor and huge windows filling the room up with light. Roast gives diners picturesque views of  St Pauls and The Shard, two of the capital’s most recognisable landmarks.  As it was a Sunday live music also played, providing a beautiful soundtrack to accompany your meal.

The menu is full of traditional British dishes and many of the ingredients come from Borough market itself.

We popped in for lunch and started with the Chorizo Scotch egg with piccalilli (£8.50), a hearty choice full of flavour and the chorizo adding that kick to the English staple.

With it being a Sunday we opted for the traditional roast beef as our main, which comprised of 48-Day dry aged roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding, rosemary roasties and horseradish cream (£35) and an extra side of mashed potatoes (£4). We requested the beef medium rare and it was cooked to perfection and generously sized, with the large home made Yorkshire pudding crispy on the outside and fluffy inside, a highlight.

If you still have room and have a sweet tooth then we’d recommend the Bramley apple and blackberry crumble, another Brit classic, this ones comes with almonds and English vanilla custard (£7).

As well as the food Roast offers a comprehensive menu of drinks and cocktails, a favourite was the Hard Vanilla (£10) , the cocktails mixes Buffalo Trace, Amaretto, vanilla ice cream and Hakushu 12, lemon juice, cherry juice,  egg white and ground cinnamon  for a refreshing sweet concoction.

So for Londoners and visitors alike we highly recommend Roast, the perfect location for a new take on classic dishes.

ROAST
The Floral Hall,
Stoney St,
London
SE1 1TL

www.roast-restaurant.com

Heliot Steak House – London

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Being housed within the Hippodrome Casino may not sound like the ideal venue for a high end restaurant but Heliot Steak House certainly comes highly recommended – being judged the “Best Steak Restaurant in London” by the customers of Bookatable last year.

The 150 seater restaurant is located inside the casino in Leicester Square, perched on the balcony overlooking the main room in the casino, perfect for a pot of people watching.  The Hippodrome  itself has become a premiere entertainment destination with drinking, dining, live entertainment and gaming all under one roof.

We recently visited the restaurant to sample their dinner menu, which was created by Head Chef Ioannis Grammenos and his team.

We were sat down at an ordered a gin and tonic to get us settled, the place has a very comprehensive section of drinks available.

The  menu is small but features plenty of classic dishes for you to choose from.

With starters I opted for the smoked salmon (£8), which comes with green apple, mint salad and sour cream, the fish was delicious and perfectly accompanied by the mint salad and sour cream.

As the name suggests the restaurant’s real strength is its steaks,  boasting USDA prime steaks, all aged for between four and six weeks to develop tenderness and flavour, less than 2% receives the USDA certification.

The steak menu is split up into 3 sections depending on size small (200g), medium 250-350g) and large (500-650g) each with different varieties of cuts.  I opted for the medium rib eye (£20)   – ordered medium rare. with a lobster tail on top (£8) and a side of triple cooked chips (£3). The steak was well cooked, with a brown outer and pink centre with a Chimichurri  to accompany, the lobster tail added a luxurious touch and the chips were a highlight, crispy and delicious.

Though quite full after the steak we decided to give the dessert menu a try – we went for the chocolate torte (£6.50) made from dark chocolate it was very rich but not sickly, a sweet ending to an enjoyable meal.

Heliot Steak House was surprisingly good, don’t be deterred by its tourist trap location for inside you will find a very good restaurant and at a good price point. So pay them a visit.

Heliot Steak House
The Hippodrome casino,
14 Cranbourn St,
London
WC2H 7JH

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K10 Appold St – London

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The latest eatery in the city in the newest branch of K10, the 70 seater Japanese eatery in London’s Appold Street (a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street) offers diners the  ‘kaiten’ (conveyor belt) dining experience.

Lovers of Japanese cuisine and those for whom it’s a delicious new adventure can choose from light and lovely fresh sushi, sashimi and salads, as well as a range of deliciously satisfying and flavoursome hot dishes, including chicken and salmon katsu curries, teriyakis and  tempura.

The restaurant offers bar seating as well as tables all with conveyor belt facility to easily pick up any dish that takes your fancy, perfect for a quick lunch f you’re working in the area of for a more leisurely dining experience come the evening. If you’re in an hurry then the restaurant also offers take away options.

Made from fresh, high quality ingredients dishes on offer include Maki, Nigiri and Sashimi sushi options or oder off the menu for hot dishing including the delicious chilli baby squid and curries.  The salon and rice was a particular highlight, great washed down with a beer from the extensive drinks option.

Traditional Japanese dessert options are available to satisfy your sweet tooth as well as cut fruit if you fancy a lighter option.  Prices for dishes on the conveyer belt start from the £2 mark with dishes coloured by price to keep track of your bill.

So next time you’re in the city visit K10 for a high quality take on the Conveyer belt Japanese experience.

K10
3 Appold Street, London EC2A 2AF

www.k10.com

 

Cinnamon Soho

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Cinnamon Soho is the third restaurant by Vivek Singh located in London’s West End, a stone’s throw from the cobbles of Carnaby Street, sealing Soho’s growing reputation as London’s favourite foodie hot spot. This time, Viviek has loosened his style in favour of comfort food classics and sharing plates. It has been over 10 years since Vivek has helped to define the term ‘Modern Indian Cuisine’ and the Anglo- Indian menu at CinnamonSoho has set new standards and broken new boundaries.

Its all-day menu boasts a distinct Anglo-Indian twist with dishes including the now-famous Bangla-Scotch Egg and the Raganjosh Shepherds pie.

Since its opening the restaurant has been met with great success, in 2012 and 2014 Cinnamon Soho won ‘Best Menu’ at the London Restaurant Festival Awards; his famous Bangla Scotch egg was included in ‘The 100 Best Small Dishes in London 2012’ category by Time Out; and his popular dish of Lambs’ brains was awarded 2nd runner up from Best In Taste of London. Head Chef Ramachandran Raju – who has worked under the Cinnamon umbrella for over a decade – also won the Ethnic Chef Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs  Awards 2014.

We recently paid a visit to try out its dinner service on a rainy London evening. Cinnamon Soho specialises in smaller tapas style dishes, ideal for sharing among friends making it a great light option. Larger mains are also available.

To start the mean I went for the Slow Braised Pork Belly (£7), the delicious pork belly chunks come glazed in honey and chilli for that extra kick. The pork was tender and tasty, and large enough to share.

Next up I opted for the grilled King Prawns (£17) with a side of black lentils (£4.00) and potato paratha flatbread (£3.50). The dish comprises of 3 large prawn in a rich coconut sauce alongside some white ride. The prawn were tender and flavoursome with the coconut sauce mixing great with the rice and texture of the prawns.

The real highlight were the black lentils, which are simmered for 24 hours, the lentils are delicious and my only comment would be that they came as a larger portion! The potato paratha flatbread made for a great dipping companion.

To finish things off I opted for the Shrikhand Cheesecake (£6) for dessert, the cake comes deconstructed with a piece of shortbread topped with a scoop of cream cheese mixture. The dessert is a bit on the small side but light, a tasty end to a delicious meal.

Alongside its main food menu, Cinnamon Soho offers a large selection of drinks, from wines, Champagne and cocktails. Cocktails are priced from £8 and our recommendation would be the Burning with Passion – vodka over proof rum, orange juice, passion fruit and strawberry puree, a refreshing and tasty mixture.
So next time you’re in Soho, Cinnamon is a must visit.

For more information www.cinnamonsoho.com

Chamberlain’s – London

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Since opening in 2001 Chamberlain’s has become the must visit spot for those in the city wishing to experience the best seafood the British shores have to offer.

Executive chef Andrew Jones is classically trained: Claridge’s, The Westbury and a stint at the famous three Michelin-starred Michel Bras in France. He is also one of fewer than 30 chefs worldwide eligible to use the title ‘Roux Scholar’. The menu is filled with seafood staples as well as a changing selection of seasonal dishes.

Located in the world famous Leadenhall Market, Chamberlain’s is housed in a beautiful listed Victorian building with an original restored facade and stylish contemporary interiors.

To begin our meal we were given a selection or fresh artisanal breads with butter which came beautifully presented and prepared us for the feast that was to come.

The menu is comprehensive with the vast dishes revolving around fine seafood though a few vegetarian and meat dishes do feature. For my started I opted for the Lobster Bisque (£9.75) the dish is completed when the waiter poured over the bisque soup which fills the room with its fragrant Armagnac scent. The dish appears on the small side but it makes up for this in flabour and is a great light option to start your meal. The soup is thick and a rich orange in colour, it was a delight.

Main options included Lemon and Dover sole, Sea Bass and Skate but I opted for the deliciously sounding Butter Poached Scottish Lobster (£38). The dish lived up to its salivating name, the lobster came garnished with mousseline potato, Heritage carrots, morel and lobster vinaigrette. The combination of the different ingredients worked perfectly with the vinaigrette giving the ingredients that extra kick. The lobsters are perfectly sized for a satisfying meal.

Though quite full we still made room for dessert, with the Cherry & Valrhona Chocolate Cheesecake (£7.50) taking our fancy. The dessert comes beautifully presented in a large plate adorned with fresh cut strawberries, chocolate sauce,icing sugar and event flower petals for a creation that not only satisfies but is a feast for the eyes.  The cheesecake is rich but light, with a deep chocolate base and tangy cheese filling. A tasty sweet treat to end a highly satisfying and delicious meal.

Chamberlain’s
23-25 Leadenhall Market
London
EC3V 1LR

www.chamberlainsoflondon.com

 

HKK Restaurant – London

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If I had a superpower for the day, I’d no longer want to go flying. Instead, I’d like to get into the marvellous mind of Chef Tong Chee Hwee – master chef of Hakkasan Group and the man behind the Michelin star awarded to HKK within months of its opening.

HKK’s menu is thematic as the restaurant’s concept is that of a banquet style that offers tasting menus comprising of around 8 – 15 courses. And it’s for that reason, the wondrous genius of Chef Tong’s ever-creative imagination keeps this restaurant a leap ahead in London’s current restaurant boom era.

Some of the recent offerings were in celebration of Chinese new year, in which the intricately designed menu took diners on a culinary journey through China by interpreting key ingredients native to eight different provinces of China. Most notable was the incredibly aromatic Peking (Beijing) duck whereby an ancient cherry wood roasting technique was used, taking up to two days to achieve it’s tenderness and delicate crispy skin. Not to mention the coastal Zhejiang province’s staple Wagyu beef, braised in soy and a rich Merlot that sang “March of the Volunteers” to my unknowing palate.

Highlights from the culinary journey menu have spilled over onto this months new line up. It’s great to see they’ve kept on the aforementioned Peking duck and also the Dim Sum trilogy – a trinity of unique dumplings, prepared and cooked in various ways including a puff pastry styled casing. This month also sees the Wagyu beef seared and cooked in a unique coffee barbecue sauce.

If it’s a true dining experience you are after then HKK is your destination. Besides the food, its elegant and slick interiored dining room draped in string curtains, textured walls and subtle lighting will have you wondering why in God’s name you ever bothered going to your local all-you-can-eat buffet.

Tasting menus range from £48 – £98 per person (+ optional £38 wine pairing). For more information visit: www.hkklondon.com

Words by: Kristina Karima, Founder of food site www.aplatehalffull.com