Beautiful basics: Carrots

Between June and August in the UK is when we can pick up the slightly sweeter new season crop, but we’re lucky enough to be able to grow this reliable staple almost all year round. Just look at them 😍 Making the most of beautiful basics this weekend with these gorgeous carrots, with toasted cumin seeds,…

Review : Bocconcino, Mayfair

Being a lover of food, by default, makes me a lover of Italy. Whether you’re in a fancy five-star ristorante or a local, family run trattoria, you’re bound to rub your tummy in satisfaction afterwards. I’ve been lucky enough to eat my way from Piedmont to Naples on a food trip (in a 1950s Alfa…

Review : Booma, Brixton

Fridays. They’re made for relaxing and unwinding, sharing tales of the week with friends and celebrating successes with a well earned drink. And what goes best with all that? Yep, Indian food. So, last Friday, I headed out to try Booma, the new partner in crime and neighbour of the Crown & Anchor pub on…

Review : Etta’s Seafood Kitchen

Everything’s changing. I realise, having only made the move from Bradford to Brixton four years ago, that I don’t have full rights to comment on the long-term evolution those born here are seeing and that’s certainly not my intention. But even in the short space of time I’ve lived here, the amount of new is…

Review : First Aid Box, Herne Hill

Themes are like Marmite – usually you love or you hate them. But I fail to see how anyone could not love the medicinal-theming of cafe-cum-bar-cum-restaurant First Aid Box, up in Herne Hill.

Review : Okan Ramen, Brixton

Okan, a restaurant inspired by the street food of Osaka in Japan, has recently opened its’ second Brixton venture on Coldharbour Lane. The original is nestled inside Brixton Village and focusses on popular Japanese street food dish okonomiyaki – a savoury pancake which comes with a huge variety of ingredients and toppings. Owner Moto describes…

Review : Supper, SW delivery

South West London has a new takeaway option that’s good for you. Supper was founded in 2014 by CEO Duncan Scott whose mission is to “give more people the opportunity to eat healthy, good quality and freshly home-cooked food with the convenience of it being delivered to the door, hot and ready to enjoy”. Essentially it means…

Review : Blue Jay, Brixton

The most promising early indicator of a good restaurant is a simple and seasonal menu. And in the spring, simple cooking can shine its brightest. With the best lamb of the year and some of the tastiest, ripest greens, chefs can be confident in their ingredients with no need to overcomplicate. The result, if done…

Review : Trinity Arms, Brixton

It’s a bit of a roller-coaster out there at the moment – one day you excitedly pack away your ‘big coat’ as you see the bright spring sunshine peeking into your life, the next you realise you’ve been conned whilst you shiver your way to the bus stop. I hate to be the bearer of…

Review : Naughty Piglets, Brixton

Once upon a time, French-born Margaux came to London to study wine, met Joe Sharratt, Head Chef at Trinity in Clapham, they got married and started up a restaurant where they could combine their passions. What better way to start a new business venture, than with a love story? But that’s just one of the…

Review : Chip Shop, Brixton

[Written for the Brixton Bugle] Growing up, Friday tradition was fish and chips. We’d jump in the car after school and drive straight to the chippy. Fish, chips (with scraps, always), mushy peas and curry sauce four ways. Then we’d take them home and me, mum, dad and my sister would eat them out of…

Review : VegBar, Tulse Hill

[Written for the Brixton Bugle] I can’t deny being a meat eater and loving it. The draw for me usually comes in the intensity of the flavour that you miss with a vegetarian or vegan diet. And there’s actual science to back that up since flavour molecules react to fat, which seafood and meat naturally…