80 Tastes at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel

History and background: Event courtesy of Zomato Along with 9 other bloggers, (to name a few, I had the lovely chance to meet – Miho from wandertowander, Radio and TV presenter @Anushka_Arora, Jaklien from passportandtoothbrush, Jo from 60before30, Chef and blogger Rosie from alittlelusciousness) together, we had the opportunity to take a first look at…

HKK

Background and history: awarded a Michelin star in September 2013 HKK boasts a compelling dining experience from traditional Chinese dishes to high-end quality courses of fine calibre. Opened in 2012, it was the latest of the Hakkasan Group but was very quick to impress, with its culinary string of tasting courses. Differentiating itself from the…

[TKY] Tonkatsu Shotaro

Background and Taste: I do have an abundance of Japanese posts on my blog, and this won’t be the last one. Having taken up Japanese more seriously with an aim to become fluent, my 6 day trip to Japan last December will be the first of many! So Midori recommended Tonkatsu Shotaro, an easy find…

Flesh & Buns (desserts only)

See the full meal review on Flesh and Buns here. Once I saw the Kinako doughnuts on the menu I knew I had to return and try, I’m not a fan of doughnuts but anything to do with roasted soybean (kinako)….I’m there. Below is a breakdown of the desserts you can get at F&B, (less…

Ikeda

History and Background: Along with Kikuchi, Ikeda is one of eatwithsteph’s favourite Japanese restaurants – for when payday comes that is. A small but elegant restaurant with a tranquil backdrop, Ikeda has served fine Japanese food since 1978. Food and setting have often been described as exquisite and exclusive, and being near the Japanese Embassy…

Gelatorino

History and Background: Gelatorino knows how to keep high quality gelato fresh by having them scooped straight from pozzettis (lidded steel tubs). Centrally located, at the heart of West End, with some of the top theatres within walking distance, Gelatorino pulls people in with their signature gelatos such as the coffee-flavoured ‘Breakfast in Turin‘ and…

Shackfuyu (Desserts only)

History and Background: (I’ve talked about Flesh and Buns which is also under Ross Shonhan here) It was first introduced as a Bone Daddies pop-up meaning that its not here to stay for long (12 months in fact), with the name of the restaurant deriving from ‘Shack’, I guess, meaning a ‘Shack’ and fuyu which…

Arirang

History and Background: The restaurant is named after the word Arirang, which derives from a Korean traditional folk song. Opened in 1975 as the first Korean restaurant in the UK (as they said ‘ the UK’, I assume this also means that Arirang preexists before the collective group of Korean restaurants in New Malden). A…

Monocle Cafe

History and Background: So it’s not a restaurant – but hey, who says I can’t blog it?  The Monocle Cafe actually serves some proper meals, so I’m wary that since I haven’t tried any, I can’t give an overall opinion of what food is like here. They have a great selection of Japanese delights, like…