No, I’m not using expletives for the sake of it! This quirkily named restaurant by renowned Indian chef Pratap Chahal (previously of Cinnamon Club, Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen and Galvin Bistrot) and restaurateur Vic Singh is the newest entrant on the Soho restaurant scene. The concept behind Flavour Bastard is “anything but authentic” – it’s all about different flavours, cuisines and cultures all served up on … Continue reading Flavour Bastard, anyone?
No walk-ins allowed! You need to first crack the secret code to get into these trendy watering holes… The Vault Squirreled away under London’s oldest whisky den in Soho is The Vault – the secret entrance being behind a bookcase at the end of the shop. Serving a host of fantastic whisky cocktails in a no-frills environment, here you can even pet the house dog … Continue reading Top secret bars in London
Watchout! London-inspired gastropub London Taxi has zoomed into the city’s gastronomy. While it might be pegged as a ‘gastropub’, under the guidance of chef Nagraj Bhat (who has worked at the Michelin starred The Waterside Inn in London and served the likes of Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger) the food here is definitely a notch above. The bar boasts mean concoctions by India’s first female … Continue reading London fare in the heart of Mumbai
Set in a Grade II listed former Victorian school chapel in the heart of London, this Michelin star restaurant is part of the Galvin brothers’ collection. Galvin La Chapelle is truly a destination restaurant not often mentioned on the London circuit, but it’s a hidden gem. Interiors The cathedral-like setting is what makes this restaurant stand out. The high ceilings revealing the roof joists, the … Continue reading Michelin star restaurant in a chapel
Having been to the Kensington Ivy, I was excited to visit its sister outpost in Soho. The Ivy is branching out in various locations across London, and what makes this venue special is that it incorporates Soho’s party vibe by having a DJ on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, giving the place a fun edge. Interiors The 7,500 square foot space has a restaurant, bar area, … Continue reading Does The Ivy live up to the hype?
The latest entrant in the ever-expanding dining out scene in Mumbai is Hispanic hot-spot, Luca. It’s a first of its kind in the city, promising a range of Mexican, Caribbean and South American delights with a well-stocked bar. Interiors A life-size painting of Frida Kahlo taking a drag greets you at the entrance, setting the mood for its bohemian interiors. Bright orange walls, Aztec design … Continue reading Hispanic cuisine and Caribbean beats
Les 110 de Taillevent is the Gardinier family’s sleek London outpost of the revered two star Michelin restaurant in Paris. ‘110 wines by the glass’ as the name translates is their speciality, making this a vino lover’s paradise. Interiors Designed by the legendary Pierre-Yves Rochon, the restaurant exudes a warm and chic brasserie style décor emphasising rich earthy tones much like the wines being served. Beautiful … Continue reading A Michelin starred French brasserie