Category Archive: Restaurant Reviews

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Review: Kachori, Elephant & Castle

There are two demons inside me. One of them was saying “hey, wow, this new area around the back of Elephant & Castle is looking pretty cool now… nice urban park, handful of hip street food options, couple of sharp looking pubs, couple of glossy modern restaurants.” The other was saying “yeah, but where exactly …

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Review: Pivot, Covent Garden

It’s always useful to know about good casual dining options near Covent Garden. So we stopped in post-ROH for a meal at Pivot early Sunday evening. Maybe we didn’t catch them at their best? The decor is “down-at-heel central London pub with unironic UK pop culture wall art for tourists” which may be very deliberate …

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Review: Lao Cafe, Covent Garden

My only brush with Laos up to now was three nights in Luang Prabang as part of a trip down the Mekong a few years ago. I remember the food as very fiery, strong on herbs, not using coconut milk and fairly distinct from neighbouring countries. I also remember wandering around the market and finding …

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Review: Ploussard, Clapham Junction

Ploussard is a new small-plates-and-natural-wine joint a few minutes from Clapham Junction at the foot of Northcote Road. This is obviously the classic hipster combination and of course there’s negroni on the menu and lots of natural wood on the walls, while the floor is distressed painted concrete. You get the vibe. We picked five …

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Review: Thomas, Cardiff

I’m writing this review a bit late, really. It’s a good couple of weeks since we ate at Thomas – Tom Simmon’s Cardiff restaurant – and I didn’t take notes at the time. But! It was too good a meal not to record, so here are just a few thoughts and recollections… It’s got a …

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