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Flat Iron: ‘Best in class’ – restaurant review

Flat Iron Butcher's Diagram

The back of the menu, showing all the different cuts of beef.

The Flat Iron made its way onto my list of “places to eat” easily. The restaurant was recommended to me by my Dad – who over the course of his brief stay now knows better places to eat in London than me – via a Chinese website promoting the best value London eats, and in reviews closer to home it ranks among the top places to eat for steak-lovers in London. A fine reputation among both local and foreign diners was all it took, plus a special occasion to justify yet another dining-out night. Continue reading

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Bunnychow: ‘Un-dainty and nothing special taste-wise’ – restaurant review

Bunnychow

(below) Durban and (above) Chakalaka bunnies

Not the cute, long-eared kind but the hot, tubby kind. Yes, I’m talking about bunny chow. I don’t know how ‘bunny’ comes into it, but bunny chow (or ‘bunny’ for short) is as South African as Chicken Tikka Masala is British, and nothing to do with rabbits. Bunny chow was created by Indian immigrants living in Durban in the 1940s, as the poster on the toilet door of the eponymous fast food restaurant Bunnychow informed me.  It consists of a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread, filled with curry, and topped with a bread lid. The bread loaf is smaller than your average loaf, but still big enough for it to be common for two people to share a single bunny. Though we only found this out after we had ordered one bunny each!

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The White Rabbit: ‘Tasty but unimaginative and disorganised’ – restaurant review

The White Rabbit pub

Margherita Pizza and Mad Hatter Calzone at a gourmet pizza pub

Last term I was recommended pizza from The White Rabbit pub by a friend. I had walked past it on many occasions, and observed its boast of serving “gourmet artisan pizza”, but not being a fan of pub grub, had passed the opportunities to eat there. But now here was a recommendation, and my interest was piqued. Continue reading

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Tënu: ‘Not a Finnish fairytale’ – restaurant review

Tënu

A Finnish pop-up restaurant

On the last weekend before Christmas last year, I dined at Tënu, a Finnish pop-up restaurant. Opened by restauranteur and culinary designer Antto Melasniemi and Klaus Haapaniemi, its short December run in London corresponded with daily Twitter updates of the Tënu myth, the inspiration behind the restaurant. Enticed by the cuisine, which I had never eaten before, and media hype, I set about selling its tasting menu to my friends. It cost £49.50 per person as opposed to £49.50 for courses to be shared as I had thought, based on the advice on the Tënu website. Continue reading

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Tincan: ‘Elevated the humble tin to à la carte status’ – restaurant review

Tincan

A pop-up tapas restaurant serving gourmet tinned seafood

The Tincan pop-up tapas restaurant in Soho is unmistakable from afar. Rows of colourful tins give a metallic glow from their mounts on the smooth black walls, attracting passers-by in from the dark night. The decor is minimalistic – as clean and stylish as the serving of the food itself. Continue reading