Foliage, A joy to behold, restaurant review, Franschoek

Back in November, when we booked our flights to Cape Town, my first task was to book some amazing places to eat.  Top of my list was Test Kitchen, No.50 on the World’s Best List but that was not to be.  After spending time in Cape Town, Fi and I headed to Franschoekk, one of South Africa’s wine regions. As much as I love wine, I was mostly excited about eating and there are some incredible choices … Continue reading Foliage, A joy to behold, restaurant review, Franschoek

Sapling London, new growth shows real promise, restaurant review

If you were simply to read about the ethos behind Sapling, without meeting owner Bob Ritchie, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s some hipster bullshit, even more so when you discover he left a successful career in hedge funds to open Sapling, a project two years in the making. So, allow me to assure you, it’s not. Ritchie grew up on a farm in Ayrshire and is about … Continue reading Sapling London, new growth shows real promise, restaurant review

Brat, London, those smoked potatoes , restaurant review

If you are someone who enjoys suspense, let me tell you right now,this is not the review for you. It would be impossible for me not to tell you immediately that I adore Brat. I love the space, I love the service, the wine and, of course, the food, and those potatoes, but more of those later. Just a week or so ago, Brat was the proud recipient of a coveted Michelin star, so … Continue reading Brat, London, those smoked potatoes , restaurant review

Bright, long may they shine, restaurant review, London

There is something reassuring about seeing one of the world’s greatest chefs leaving the restaurant you’re about to walk into, looking happy. Just think, had any of the four buses I waited for been on time,  I’d have missed Pierre Koffman and Richard Vines, so thanks TfL. The restaurant in question is Bright, opened in May, by the team behind P. Franco, where I was meeting NC for a much anticipated dinner. I … Continue reading Bright, long may they shine, restaurant review, London

The Yeatman, Porto, restaurant review

I am, currently, in a very happy place, not literally but mentally. Last night, NN and I had a truly spectacular, joyful, mind blowing meal, at the two Michelin starred restaurant at the Yeatman Hotel in Porto; well, technically, it’s in Gaia which overlooks Porto.Literally, I am sitting in Burger King, in the airport,  because I refuse to spend €7 on a dry, scabby sandwich. While I might be willing to part with vast sums … Continue reading The Yeatman, Porto, restaurant review

Hawksmoor, summer menu, London, restaurant review

It had been a particularly and unexpectedly, shitty week for little E. She was in need of some TLC or, in this case, some S&T. So, when I was unexpectedly able to move my Saturday lunch plans and an email from Hawksmoor landed in my inbox,  it felt like it was meant to be. Hawksmoor,  for all its dark, sexy, sultry vibes, is not where I would choose to hang … Continue reading Hawksmoor, summer menu, London, restaurant review

St Leonards, Fire & Ice, Restaurant review, London

I always get excited about new openings, even more so when they are within walking distance of home. So, living where I do, I spend a lot of time excited. Combine this with a first date and I’m practically unbearable.  Oh no, not that kind of first date, don’t be ridiculous, this is me we are talking about after all. This is a first lady date with the fabulous NC who I … Continue reading St Leonards, Fire & Ice, Restaurant review, London