Food Matters

Food Matters
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All Day Dining At B by Bistro

Bistro by Shot is the latest all day dining venue to open in the charming area of Parsons Green. Offering a menu of French and Italian styled food, the restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and seats up to 40 diners.

Guests can expect a chilled out vibe at Bistro by Shot, it's unpretentious atmosphere and cool interiors make it feel rather cosy and it's perfect for grabbing a casual meal in a stylish yet relaxed setting. The restaurant also boasts an outdoor area for Al Fresco dining during the summer months, the heated area has a retractable roof for when the sun shines.

Head chef Fabrice Meier has created seasonally changing menus served throughout the day. Breakfast classics and smoothies are served for breakfast daily and they serve a set lunch menu which proves quiet popular with local workers.

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The Walmer Castle

The Walmer Castle has become quite an institution in Notting Hill and has recently undergone a major revamp in a bid to keep up with its fashionable neighbours. Sat on the uber trendy Ledbury Road, The Walmer Castle is just a stone’s throw from the fabulous boutiques of Westbourne Grove.

Attracting a mixed set of locals and those visiting the nearby markets, the pub is best known for its alfresco area. A prime place to be seen, the intimate area to the front of the pub has tables so guests can dine outdoors or simply share a drink as we reach high summer.

A charming interior throughout gives a real neighbourhood feel to The Walmer Castle, yellow seating against deep grey walls and old images of Notting Hill give an almost vintage vibe and this all adds to the character of the pub. Perhaps one of the best kept secrets here is its second bar upstairs, I usually sneak up there when I’m trying to hide from someone (normally only to epically fail when a mutual friend catches me).

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Kouzu's Private Dining

The latest offering from the star studded (and RussianMind favourite) Kouzu is it’s exclusive private dining concept. The chef’s table seats 7 guests and is accessed via it’s own VIP entrance for those that want the ultimate privacy and boasts direct views of the kitchen.

Since it’s opening in late November, Kouzu has also acquired the who’s who of the Japanese dining scene, think Kyoichi Kai of Zuma and Toshimasa Tanahashi of The Arts club and one can quickly understand how Kouzu has taken London by storm.

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Chinese Fine Dining at Mr Chow

Mr Chow is one of most celebrated restaurants in London's dining scene to date, originally established in 1968, the star studded restaurant originally opened on Valentine's Day. One of the first high end establishments to open, Mr Chow serves authentic Beijing cuisine and it's London flagship is in the heart of Knightsbridge.

Everything about Mr Chow exudes style, from the Josef Hoffman chairs to the opulent lighting and white marble floor. Taking a privileged location next to the Bulgari hotel and a stone's throw from One Hyde Park, Mr Chow attracts an elite clientèle from all over the world.

To mark it's 45 year anniversary, the Knightsbridge branch underwent a makeover and was reopened in 2013. The continued popularity of the Mr Chow brand has seen it open outposts globally in the likes of Beverley Hills, Miami and Malibu.

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Middle Eastern flavours at Mamounia Lounge

Mamounia Lounge is one of London’s finest Middle Eastern dining experiences. With two branches, in London’s Knightsbridge and a new refurbished flagship restaurant in Mayfair, Mamounia serves authentic Lebanese and Moroccan food in decadent surroundings.

Both restaurants offer live entertainment at the weekends, over in Mayfair; one can expect world-renowned DJ’s playing house, chillout and Middle Eastern vibes. The Mayfair branch has also become one of the area’s most popular destinations for cocktails as a result of its unique atmosphere and lavish heated shisha terrace. Live belly dancers perform Fridays and Saturdays over three shows throughout the night and they often encourage guests to take part in the fun.

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Karaoke and Pizza at Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga is a place quite like no other, bringing a slice of Italy to the heart of Battersea, the restaurant and bar has karaoke on most nights and serves authentic Italian cuisine.

Taking its inspiration from New York’s Little Italy, Bunga Bunga showcases Italian culture in a fun and lighthearted way. Throughout the evening, guests can expect the staff to spontaneously break into dance and this adds to the buzzing atmosphere of the venue.

Attracting a mixed set of locals and Sloaneys from across the river, Bunga Bunga has become a destination for large groups and proves very popular with office and birthday parties. Set over two floors, the main restaurant and stage are on the ground floor with an intimate private dining space upstairs.

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Cau Comes To London

Cau is the sister of the popular Gaucho group of restaurants and has 10 locations across the UK, The latest addition, is the group's first steakhouse in Central London. Sat proudly against the picturesque backdrop of St Katharine’s Dock, the restaurant opened it's doors in April and serves a menu of Argentinian food in a contemporary setting.

Taking inspiration from Buenos Aires, Cau's unique concept has become part of the group's DNA. Design aspects include plush booth seating and imagery of grass and blue skies adorn the walls giving a somewhat fresh and summery approach in comparison to some of the steakhouse stereotypes. The St Katharine’s Dock location seats up to 160 diners and during the summer months will open up on to the dockside for chilled al fresco dining amongst the fabulous boats.

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Thai Fine Dining at Patara

With branches in Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Fulham and Soho, the Patara has become established as one of capital''s finest restaurant groups. For the past twenty five years, Patara has been serving up it's renowned Thai cuisine and the first branch in Fulham dates back as far as 1990. Since then, the success of the group has seen it's outposts pop up in some of London's most desirable streets, the elegant Beauchamp Place and trendy Maddox Street to name a few.

Designed to reflect understated style, each branch of Patara is decorated using muted tones of dark browns and neutrals. Red seating adds a splash of vibrancy and discreet tea lights softly illuminate the walls, this combined with miniature Buddhist temples gives a sensual and spiritual charm to the restaurants.

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Raising The Steaks at M

M is a new and innovative project by Martin Williams conveniently located in the upmarket area of London's financial district. Taking centre stage on Threadneedle Street, the concept space boasts two restaurants, a wine bar and a swanky cocktail lounge.

From the moment one walks in, M exudes a sense of sophistication, rich golds, tones of blues and blacks give a very modern and chic feel to the restaurant throughout. State of the art furniture combined with contemporary artworks really add a wow factor to M making it the perfect place to go if you're looking to impress.

M is home to two restaurants, Raw and Grill, both headed by Jarad McCarroll (formerly of Chiltern Firehouse) each offers a unique concept and style of cuisine. Diners at Raw can expect a slightly more informal atmosphere with large sharing plates and high stalls.

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Tastes Of The World at Trader Vic's

Trader Vic's has sat proudly as the gem of London's Park Lane Hilton since 1963 and has recently been remodelled adding a new dimension to the treasured classic. Originally one of the first Asian fusion dining restaurants, the group now boasts 17 locations worldwide spanning across the US, Middle East and Europe.

The unique concept of Trader Vic's of offering contemporary dishes from around the world alongside modern Chinese cuisine means there really is something to cater for all tastes.

The swanky London location is accessed through a separate entrance of it's own adjacent to the hotel which leads down to the tropical paradise. The space consists of a relaxed lounge bar for cocktails, the main restaurant and a long bar towards the back which doubles up as a dance floor for late night partying.