Food Matters

Food Matters
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Square Mile Dining At The Happenstance

Are you looking for somewhere fabulous to eat and drink in the Square Mile? Well look no further than The Happenstance, this glamorous joint in the heart of St Paul's is the latest venture from the Drake & Morgan collection who bought us popular eateries The Anthologist and The Parlour amongst others. Everything here is done to delight and small quirky touches such as an in house florist and fresh herbs throughout set this eatery apart from the stereotypes of eating in The City.

Open daily from as early as 7.30am, The Happenstance is the perfect destination for a spot of morning breakfast or for an informal lunch or dinner in the open plan dining space. The entrance of the restaurant leads guests straight into the stylish lounge bar. High ceilings and Chandeliers adorn the bar which is complete with plush low sling seating for those wanting to do post-work cocktails.

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Posh Pizza at The Mayfair Pizza Company

For years now I have been secretly visiting various chains in shame seeking a good bit of pizza heaven but alas, it seems our prayers have been answered and at last us posh pizza loving folk have found a place we can call home.

The Mayfair Pizza Company, a stylish pizzeria proudly sat in the uber trendy Lancashire Court right in the heart of London's Mayfair. Bringing a slice of glamour to the pizza scene, this haunt serves a whole feast of imaginative pizzas using the finest ingredients alongside an equally tempting menu of grills and Italian dishes.

This parlour has become a regular favourite for the after work crowd and more recently for that first date – think understated luxury, a basic concept, made fabulous and this is the result. Make the most of the antipasti here, it's a great alternative to a starter and they offer the choice of a meat, cheese or vegetable platter to share (and yes people often order all three).

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Pub Delights At the Princess Of Wales

Nothing beats a good old English pub and The Princess of Wales is a rather splendid example of one. Proudly sat on the outskirts of Blackheath common, this pub has been recently revamped and now boasts a gorgeous interior, large outdoor garden and a gastro style menu of British classics.

I'd suggest coming on a Sunday and making a day of being in Blackheath if coming in from Central London – the surrounding area of Blackheath Village is a great place for a spot of shopping and the large fields are also a treat as the warmer weather approaches.

As the name may suggest, the walls in this great pub are adorned with a collection of pictures of Her Majesty, back in her heydey and this complements the dark olive walls and plush purple booth seating. The pub is also purpose built for all weathers, a wintery snug keeps guests cosy in the colder months whilst the conservatory and al fresco area make for a fine summer's day.

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The World's End Market

You’d be forgiven for thinking that from the outside, World’s End Market looks like an old fashioned pub and perhaps this is the main pinnacle of its instant charm. Make it through the front door and you’ll be surprised to learn that this is actually a rather trendy restaurant and late night bar with a modern and quirky feel. As the name may suggest, World’s End Market serves up a flavoursome selection of dishes and sources all of it’s fresh ingredients from local produce.

A culinary first for the hip end of the King’s Road, the food here is simplistic to really savour the good quality of meat and fish on offer, nothing is prepared beforehand and this is reflected in the freshness of the dishes. Colchester Oysters seem to be the favoured choice of appetiser here and rightfully so as they come served with the restaurant’s delicious market sauce to really create an appetite for what’s to come.

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Japanese Junk Food At Kurobuta

Kurobuta is perhaps one of the most addictive phenomenons on the London dining scene at the moment, it's no surprise that Scott Hallsworth now has two permanent locations following the success of his original pop up.

Kendal Street in the heart of Marylebone is the second restaurant by the same group wit the first opening in Chelsea's Kings Road. Offering a concept of Japanese Junk Food, the Kendal Street branch has a relaxed and informal feel to it and was designed by the legendary Salon Edesia. The large space has wooden tables that can fit up to 60 diners and a large bar area to chill out with cocktails, in the summertime, Kurobuta also has a large outdoor offering al fresco dining for up to 20.

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Bocconcino Opens In Mayfair

Berkeley Street has recently become overcrowded with Modern Japanese restaurants and is now renowned for being of London's most expensive streets to dine on, the resolution to this problem is the arrival of the highly anticipated Bocconcino.

This stunning restaurant is spanned over two floors and offers modern authentic Italian cuisine combined with chic interiors at reasonable prices – genius. Opened by established restaurateur Michael Gokhner, Bocconcino has an exciting menu which takes inspiration from the flavours he experienced whilst out in Northern Tuscany.

Expect an array of Pizzas, Pastas and meats all expertly prepared by master chefs. Signature dishes include Veal Milanese and Black Ink Spaghetti with Calamari, I'd recommend the Burrata to start and be sure to save room for one of the delectable desserts on offer.

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Lobster Delights At Lobster Kitchen

The popularity of Lobster amongst Londoners has recently gone from strength to strength and one of the newest hotspots on the scene is Lobster Kitchen. Discreetly hidden away on Fitzrovia's Great Russell Street, this intimate seaside-styled shack offers a selection Lobster rolls, crustaceans and different sides for the Lobster connoisseur in us.

The concept of the Lobster Kitchen comes from New England where co-founders Abigail Tan and Valeria Cinaglia found many Lobster shacks along the coasts of Maine. Taking a slightly more informal approach to the art of eating Lobster, the layout of the restaurant is that diners can sit on large sharing tables and they don't take reservations, over lunchtime it can become quite busy so bare this in mind.

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All Day Dining At The Cavendish

Award winning chef Alfonso Lillo Fas has recently opened The Cavendish, a modern European restaurant in the heart of Marylebone. Trained under the masterful eye Pablo Montoro, Alfonso has won various awards including The Best Tapa Dish at the 2002 Championship in Alicante and has now brought his famed cuisine to The Cavendish.

Designed by Concorde Interior Design, The Cavendish takes the style of a 1940’s gentleman’s club, this old school glamour is presented over two floors, with the main restaurant on the top floor overlooking Marylebone. Spoilt for choice, guests at The Cavendish have a choice of three bars, the main bar is downstairs and a further two can be found upstairs, a resident DJ also plays music in the evenings giving quite a lively energy to the main bar.

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Nozomi's New Look

Nozomi is already well established in it’s own right and has a reputation for attracting the international jet set elite, now, the restaurant and bar has launched a new look for 2015 marking it’s 10 year anniversary. Taking inspiration from the 1920’s, Nozomi’s interior reflects upon an art deco theme and niche touches include metallic walls and luxurious leather banquettes.

The bar has also undergone a transformation and the front of house cocktail bar now features bespoke silver leather seating and a black granite counter, those that don’t wish to dine at Nozomi (although I have to say, you really should!) are welcome for drinks only and the bar boasts top DJ’s at the weekend.

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High End Japanese Dining At Kouzu

Kouzu is the latest edition to the expanding portfolio of high end restaurants that have recently popped up in London's Belgravia. The highly anticipated Japanese eatery is the brainchild of Kyoichi Kai from Zuma and Kyubi who previously headed The Arts Club. The restaurant offers stylish surroundings and has the concept of serving Japanese food in the form of art. Housed in a Grade Two listed building, Kouzu oozes class and sophistication from the moment you walk in and this is reflected in the elegant décor and immaculate staff. Taking his 30 years of experience, Kyoichi Kai has created a menu of contemporary Japanese dishes with specials including Roasted Black Cod and Duck Breast Sansho alongside a wide selection of Sushi and Sashimi. The entire kitchen staff are Japanese which adds to the authentic appeal of Kouzu, set over two floors, it also boasts a floating sushi bar on the mezzanine level.