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  • MADD: The Soho hangout devoted to mangos

      If you don’t like mangos, stop reading now. Any fans of kitschy sugary treats should stay on the page. Concept café-bar, MADD (the clue’s in the name) is a neon south east Asian inspired haven of sugar-highs and fruity cocktails. Fluoro mannequins – a yellow man ...
  • Singletons unite: it's Black Day

    Didn’t do well for cards on Valentine’s Day, but frankly couldn’t care less? Celebrate glorious singledom on Black Day. Yes, it sounds ominous. But if couples can celebrate smugly on V Day, then single people can be equally smug on Black Day at Holborn restaurant Kimchee. But fir...
  • The Drift: one seventiestastic flambé menu

    I’m not really down with this big seventies revival that’s going on at the moment (bell-bottomed jumpsuits aren’t flattering, nor are ABBA beards) so I was always going to be sceptical about the art of flambé. But then came the flames. Fire seems to, er, ignite (sorry) a ch...
  • Inamo: your embarrassing photos on the table, while you eat

    Pan-Asian restaurant Inamo has already won hungry techies’ hearts with its interactive tablecloths that let diners order meals electronically.   And one guy won his girlfriend’s heart with the help of the restaurant’s impressive tables – by using them to propose. She ...
  • Valentine’s Day without the cringe factor

    Terrified by the idea of spending V-Day gazing at each other over a wilting rose, surrounded by other couples eating the same greasy £12.50 Chinese set menu? Don’t resign yourself to the confines of your home just yet – I’ve picked out some more exciting London venues to hit ...
  • The Pudding Parlour

    Breaking the taboo of ordering just dessert and threatening to make main courses defunct all over London is the decadently sweet Pudding Parlour.   Yes, I could be writing about detoxes and “shedding the Christmas weight”. But, really all we all want right now is pudding. So ...
  • Festive food in London: lumps of coal and a Christmas pizza

    Feeling festive but not up for a turkey dinner? Christmas food in London isn’t just about chowing down on a roast topped with pigs in blankets. Try these two festive foodie offerings. Fire & Stone’s Christmas PizzaA fusion of two culinary institutions – the pizza and the Christmas...
  • Two Christmas cocktails and a hangover cure

    I’ve been scoping out London’s bars to bring you, lovely readers, some festive cocktail recipes (tough, but someone has to do it), plus a slightly off-the-wall post-party cocktail that professes to cure even the worst of Christmas hangovers.   First up is the berrylicious Santa Co...
  • The mighty naanwich

    Baguettes, wraps, flatbreads, bagels… In London you can pick up sandwiches made in myriad ways. But I’ve found somewhere that makes sarnies out of naan. Yes, naan.   Known by curry lovers as the naanwich, this Indian slant on the Great British midday meal is both a confusing conc...
  • A Christmas dinner with plenty of spice

    The concept that has most recently been blowing my mind is Dishoom’s Indian take on a traditional Christmas dinner. The concept seemed so unimaginable, I had to go and see what all the fuss was about.   After we’re welcomed with a warming Winter Pimms, we are served some moderatel...
  • Free food Friday... yes please

    Boris Johnson dishing out bowls of curry – of course it’s an unashamed publicity stunt, but it is free food.   In a deliciously humbling Tory-public role-reversal, the blonde-haired buffoon will serve curry to the first person to turn up at Trafalgar Square for this foodie event. ...
  • Burlesque afternoon tea anyone?

    When you’re having an afternoon tea, you really don’t expect a half-naked burlesque dancer to come and wave a feather duster in your face. But that’s exactly what happens when I’m half-way through my smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwich. Then again, I am at Vol...
  • London's underground food heaven

    Breast milk ice cream, powdered asparagus made for snorting, anything made by Heston Blumenthal… London has a lot of bizarre foodie offerings to lay claim to. And being a lively, fun kind of capital, London wouldn’t be London if it didn’t play with its food.   My favourite ...