Barrafina (Adelaide St): where the sister (restaurant) struts off her stuff

I have mad love for Barrafina on Frith Street but the long queues can be quite off-putting. Admittedly, the food is worth the wait but sometimes a growling stomach can unleash a hangry potty mind. So when they set up a second restaurant on Adelaide Street (which is a stone’s…

View Post

Ember Yard: where good food brings all the girls to the… uh, yard (and damn right, it’s better)

Ember Yard is the fourth restaurant under the Salt Yard Group’s umbrella of Spanish-Italian tapas joints. We used to frequent Salt Yard back in the day when our office was just a stone’s throw away from Noho (and Soho), and now Opera Tavern since moving to Covent Garden. I’ve yet to visit Dehesa, though. My friend…

View Post

Bilbao Berria London: where the interiors are better than the tapas

Created by three Spanish friends in 1999, Bilbao Berria has expanded into London with the aim of showcasing Basque cuisine, eating particularly via pintxos (food served in skewers) and tapas (aka food served on plates). Tucked in the lower end of Regent Street, the chain’s first international restaurant is fronted…

View Post

Paella and Oysters at Borough Market

There are so many things to try in Borough Market but there are really just two things I like eating there: paella and oysters. First, Cafe Brood for paella. Borough Market can feel like a labyrinth of food stalls so as to not confuse you, it’s the one in Dragon Court next to…

View Post

Barrafina: where tapas are worth the wait

My last trip to Barrafina was a hump day lunch threesome with a visiting Spanish friend and her husband eons ago. They both have impeccable taste for tapas and told me this was their favourite restaurant in Soho. I told them I’d come, except it had to be a quickie…

View Post