Cuisine: Indian Street Food Price: £££ Overall: 5/5
Swank Levels: 4/5
Newly opened Chai Ki has a menu inspired by south India’s roadside drinking dens and street food. This sister venue to Roti Chai in Marylebone is a spacious all-day Indian restaurant and toddy shop bar, with industrial chic décor composed of steel ducting pipes, high ceiling, concrete walls and hanging lights all combined with a bright colour palate to make an extremely inviting restaurant space.
Unlike many of the high-end glossy patisseries and bakeries in central London, Cake Me Baby has soul.
This colourful and creative café and bakery combines the best of French patisserie with North American cake craft, to create truly individual and bespoke cakes. Founder Alessandra ‘Al’ Estrada has worked for the likes of Laudree, J Sheekey’s and Alain Ducasse, has managed to forge her own exciting designed cakes from her strict French training.
Location: City of London Price: £££ Cuisine: Moroccan Overall:4/5
Top floor of The Gherkin
Swank Factor: 5/5
Rising 180 metres above the city, Searcys is the UK's highest Private Members’ Club.
However for a short period of time Searcys is opening their doors to the general public and allowing us common folk to experience their summer pop-up. Located on the top floor of The Gherkin and providing impressive 360 degree views of the capital, Searcys has created a stunning Moroccan Sky Riad.
The interior of Fifty9 is sophisticated chic with oakwood furnishings and quirky light fixtures. It has a mixture of high stools and comfortable leather seating. Fifty9 also has a club downstairs and on Friday nights if you're looking to have a classy night out in the city but without the pressure of dressing to the nines this would be the place to go.
Location: Fitzrovia Price:£££ Cuisine: French Overall: 3/5
Entrance of Villandry
Swank Factor: 3/5
Villandry on Great Portland Street is a beautifully large, light and airy space. The restaurant is actually composed of different sections including a take away counter/store, bar area, and dining space towards the end of the restaurant. There is also beautiful display of flowers by the entrance created by their in-house florists Moyses Stevens.
Swank Factor: 3.5/5
Located opposite Harrod’s on Brompton Road, Mamounia Lounge Knightsbridge promises Middle Eastern culinary delights, inspired cocktails, an outdoor shisha lounge and entertainment too.
Mamounia has an Arabic themed décor reflected in the patterns and mosaics. This is paired with a baroque style best demonstrated by the enormous chandeliers and red velvet drape spread across the restaurant space. This makes an interesting contrast as Mamounia isn't trying to recreate a Moroccan styled restaurant, instead it is aiming for an eclectic mix.
Belgo Soho has only been open a couple weeks, but they are certainly not a new family of restaurants. The original location opened in Chalk Farm in 1992 and they have a few restaurants spread throughout the city.
Cuisine: Latin American Street Food Price:£££ Overall: 2/5
Swank Factor: 3/5
Welcome to Latin America, well as much of it as you're going get in Zone 2. Vibrant and bold furnishings with an outdoor patio seating area, Mendoza Square is located directly adjacent to the train station and amidst the buzzing area of Clapham North.
To add to the whole cool and quirky theme of the restaurant the menus here are cleverly disguised as newspapers!
After sixteen successful years Vinopolis will sadly close its doors for good at end of this year. Guest writer @VeggieEastLnd went to top-up on her sake knowledge before it's too late!
Vinopolis has been on my radar for a while but I had not made the effort to visit until I was invited to a special Sake Masterclass one evening.
Opened in 1999 under the arches of London Bridge, Vinopolis is a treasure for those interested in wine and spirits. It sports five bars and restaurants along with its vast shop and unique wine tasting experiences.
Cuisine: North Indian Price: £££ Swank Factor: 5/5
I love nothing better than a good high-end Indian restaurant, which meant I was very excited about visiting Moti Mahal, a restaurant which has been top of my list for a while!
The original Moti Mahal was founded in Delhi more than four decades ago in 1959 and the London branch is celebrating it’s well-deserved 10th anniversary. With Delhi-born Anirudh Arora at the helm since the start, Moti Mahal focuses on the cuisine inspired by the cities on the Grand Trunk Road in India. This means the cuisine is not limited to one region in India, instead it celebrates dishes enjoyed by Emperors and Royalty, as well as recipes that have live as well as recipes that have lived in family kitchens for generations.