A Foodie’s Journal Eats London’s Journey #7

Lawyer by day, foodie by night. You’ve already met Ash from Eatslondon.com, and know that he shares with us the most delicious restaurants that are a must try. His website Eatslondon.com is dedicated to food reviews from the food capital of the world, (London) and here he is today sharing his secret with us.

March go to restaurants : Most foodies will have noticed over the last couple of years that various incarnations of the famed Ivy restaurant have popped up across London (and further afield too) in the form of Brasseries, Grills and Cafés, and though some believe this has detracted from the once lauded, exclusive ‘see or be seen’ restaurant in Covent Garden’s West Street, I am of the view that this has been a smart and altogether triumphant diversification of the brand, producing quality restaurants in a number of well heeled neighbourhoods and smart corners of central London. The most recent opening in the group is in Soho (The Ivy Soho Brasserie) and it’s probably my favourite one yet. The food is much like the others, though it has an altogether more Soho vibe and clientele (including a live DJ). If you want great service, hearty big-portioned food and a buzzy atmosphere in the West End that doesn’t have to break the bank, look no further.

One of my favourite little restaurants that no one seems to know or even notice is Tom Oldroyd’s (formerly of Polpo) eponymous restaurant Oldroyd, in Islington’s Upper street. In fact for its first year it didn’t even have its name on the canopy outside so it’s no wonder most people walked passed it without noticing it. I’m almost reluctant to shout publicly about how much I adore this restaurant as it’s got no more than about 20 covers and I really don’t want to have to fight anyone for a table. The restaurant describes itself as European. It offers a daily changing menu built around seasonal British ingredients and diners are encouraged to share small plates. The below collage is a small sample of some of the tasty delights on offer (the day I went most recently at least!), which included gnocchi with perigold truffle and berkswell, a whole grilled quail with fennel and salsa romesco and Finnish caviar, brown shrimp and clam tagliatelle. Delish.

New Italian restaurant from Steve Parle, in that slightly awkward no man’s land between Old Street and Clerkenwell is Palatino, focusing on the food of Rome. The dining room is a very cool, trendy space (think industrial) that would be great for a function. The food is confident, simple and well made though didn’t set the world on fire. I enjoyed the tonarelli cache e pepe and the onglet steak with salsa rossa piccante on my visit, though all the food around me looked equally appealing. I did enjoy my experience though I’d sooner go back to Parle’s previous restaurant in the same area, Sardine, for something a little more unusual.

A huge thank you to Ashley and don’t forget to check out his website, Eatslondon.com.

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