Gyoza Bar

Meal courtesy of Gyoza Bar Written by me! When a restaurant is talking bao, ramen, gyoza and dumplings this obviously calls for a party. JT and P joined me at Gyoza Bar to try a variety of what they had to offer. Gyoza Bar is a relatively new addition to the West End scene, and…

Amanzi Tea

History and background: Drinks courtesy of Amanzi Tea.  With over 150 different types of loose-leaf tea, Amanzi Tea hosts one of the widest range of premium quality unique blends in London. Amanzi offers a range of white, black, green and exotic teas. Matcha latte and Matcha frappes also highlight the menu, a range from super-detoxing…

Biju Bubble Tea Room

History and background: Drinks courtesy of Biju Bubble Tea. For those who know me, you would remember when I would fanatically queue up for Chatime weekly due to consistent cravings for some Milk tea… those days were long gone once I found out how unhealthy those drinks really were. By word of mouth however, friends…

ASSA

History and Background: A little history on the internet on ASSA while I’ve researched where I can, it has been around since at least since 2008 with 2 branches, one on Giles Street, and the other, Romilly Street (near Kyoto). Giles Street branch has since closed down due to the renovation works ongoing at Tottenham…

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…

Kopapa

History and Background: Kopapa was one of those places that kept popping up on my Instagram feed, and having never had food from New Zealand, I took the opportunity to stop by. To keep it short, it’s an innovative, fusion style restaurant located just by Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Menu changes continuously, but some things…

Tokyo Diner

History and Background: Tokyo Diner’s motto: Please come again, and bring your friends Set over three floors, the narrow but central establishment can be found opposite an ‘award winning gay bar’ (I don’t even know what the bar is called, but that’s what it says plastered all over its exterior.) Tokyo Diner has been open…

Babaji Pide

History and Background: With Hakkasan (1 Michelin), Yautcha (1 Michelin), Sake No Hana, Busaba Ethai, Wagamama, Princi and a few other eateries under his belt, its fair to say that Alan Yau is no stranger to the restaurant scene. (Please see Princi (Desserts) review here). He was awarded an OBE for his contribution to the…

Kyoto Sushi

History and Background: Whilst there’s not much I can find about its owners, Kyoto is known for excellent quality and value for money. This restaurant can easily be missed when you’re passing by Romilly Street. Its plain external decor acts a facade to the intimate and homely interior. The food is predominantly Japanese, but there…

Gelupo

History and Background: Opened in 2010. Owned by the same person who runs Bocca Di Lupo across the road, is a gelateria that claims to be London’s finest. Jacob Kennedy uses Italian and British ingredients to produce the creamiest, most dense ice-cream you can encounter in London. As one of the youngest chefs in the…

Amorino

History and Background: We all know Amorino. We’ve all been. 58 shops across the globe, 7 in Germany, 4 in the UK, 2 in London. Founded in 2002 by Benassi and Sereni. I can go on about its history etc. but it would bore you. What I can say is that they do ice cream macarons, waffles, crepes,…

Barrafina *

  History and Background: Around since 2007, Barrafina was one of the newly awarded Michelin star restaurants in September 2014. Unconventional, there aren’t many Spanish tapas bars around with a Michelin star rating, and despite what you might think, a restaurant awarded with a Michelin star rating isn’t a decision factor for me at all…