If you want a bite to eat or a few drinks...
64 Grafton Way, Bloomsbury, London W1T 5DN
Younger sister to its Shoreditch branch (Oklava) this modern twist on traditional Turkish fayre ticks all the boxes and can be found just around the corner from Warren Street tube.
This stylish, comfortable and intimate venue is the ideal setting to enjoy great food prepared exceptionally well and bursting with traditional and modern flavours, with a menu apparently inspired by dishes from the city of Kayseri with the ‘a’ dropped out in order to show that Kyseri offers up Turkish dishes with a twist!
With a wide but not overwhelming selection of small plates to share (if that’s how you roll) including succulent meat dishes including lamb skewers, marinated beef with sour cherry manti and slow cooked short rib, the spiced monk fish dish was outstanding with the potato and pastirma and the Seeded sumac bread
Accompanying everything really well, all in all it was a delicious and mouth-watering selection, oh and the Prosecco went down really well with it all too, really well! And if you have any room for dessert then try the sweet-sweet honey ice cream
With an interesting wine list from producers in both Turkey and the Middle East, if you like something a bit different then you will enjoy trying them out.
This supercool, hip little Turkish delight will not disappoint, it’s a hot ticket at the moment so please book in advance to avoid any disappointment or taste bud deprivation.
Recommended by www.Ificould.co.uk
10 Greek Street, London W1D 4DH
Adorable, petite Soho restaurant that’s low key in design but high key with its International wine list and Western European cuisine.
Unfortunately you are unable to reserve a table in the evening (due to the size of the place) but you can reserve a table for lunch and all day on Sundays but if you do have to wait, then it’s well worth it.
The eclectic menus change daily so check out that specials board, with dishes sourced in the UK and intricately prepared that will please both the meat eaters and veggies.
Choose form full sized plate selections to a combination of small plates (Tapas style) that’s what we did, as we couldn’t choose what to have, it all looked and sounded lovely and it was.
The crispy squid dish was light and tasty, salted Padrón peppers were simplistically fresh, the Butternut Squash Risotto was sublime, the ‘crunchy’ hipsi cabbage dish (recommended) was just gorgeous and the fish of the day just melted in the mouth (Lemon Sole).
A really lovely breath of fresh air, right in the heart of Soho, feels like a true neighbourhood find, great (and really helpful) staff, affordable prices (for top quality dishes) and a slight feels of a west side NYC eatery.
Now one of our favourites in Soho!
70 Atlantic Road, Brixton, London SW9 8PX
Chock full (and we mean chock full!) of delicious craft beers and wonderful ciders, this cool and vibrant indie bottle shop and bar situated in central Brixton is great fun and a must for all lovers of the ever-growing craft beer craze and it even has a cool garden space out back.
Choose (if you can!) from a very wide selection top-notch ales and craft beers, in creative designer bottles or on-tap, there are way too many to mention by name but we are sure you will have fun trying them all! with over 350 brands of Beers & Ciders to choose from (including 6 On-Tap) 7 delicious Gins & Bourbons you’re in for a very good time!
Apparently they also host ‘food-pairing tutorials, ‘meet the brewer’ nights and themed tasting events’ so get yourself down to Ghost Whale and start experimenting, you will never get bored here!
27 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 5RN
Sarona LDN, slightly understated in its exterior appearance but by no means is the food options or the interior surroundings.
Set in the heart of Clerkenwell, Sarona knows exactly what it wants to do and it does it well. Inspired by the street food of Tel Aviv this thread runs through everything that is on offer (and apparently named after one of the city’s busiest neighbourhoods)
The interiors are stylish and relaxed and add to the ambiance of your eating experience, with cool painted brick walls, designer industrial lighting fittings and a lovely high and open deep skylight feature that opens up the back of the venue beautifully.
The Middle Eastern inspired choice of mezze dishes was abundant and there was plenty of really good dishes to choice from, I think we eventually tasted them!
Everything was delicious from the home made hummus, the heritage tomato salads topped with Palestinian feta cheese, the stunning roasted chargrilled cauliflower, all of the tasty fish dishes (seabass and the smoky prawn kebabs) and the freshly baked soft pita breads, we were happy, we were stuffed and we had tahini ice cream for dessert! Yum!
Oh and a really great selection of drinks too! From the cool central bar that you can’t miss! From classic cocktails, a wide selection of world wines including Israeli growers and a selection of both Lebanese and Israeli craft beers you will be sorted, a lovely dinner in a lovely venue.
7 Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0DY
Really cool little retro inspired pub tucked away in the corner of Clerkenwell close but very easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled!
The Three Kings is much more laid back than its counterparts all very nearby, subtle in its vibe but unique in its interior with the said pubs name bringing together three very famous and exception Kings (debatable!) comprising of Elvis, Henry VIII and King Kong (there’s even a painting in side combining all three!).
The interior is wonderfully eccentric with all of its walls lined with what looks like old copies of music rags and object art dotted all over, from a giant rhino's head to a classic old school jukebox
A great quirky little pub that epitomises the British sense of humour all wrapped up in a classic pass time, the pub!! Go for a drink, you will really like it!