Toomai, West Hampstead

Whenever a new restaurant opens in West Hampstead it causes a bit of a stir (perhaps because this is a neighbourhood full of food lovers!), and most recently this was Toomai on West End Lane (a couple of doors up from the Thameslink station). A pan-Asian restaurant serving ‘street food’ style dishes, Toomai’s most obvious…

One Sixty, West Hampstead

One Sixty, why have you let me down?! There was so much hype when this American style smokehouse opened that I was extremely excited to visit. In fact there were even reports in the press that the restaurant marked a turning point for West Hampstead, and it was said to be becoming ‘the next Marylebone…

Bubbledogs, Fitzrovia

Having read so much about it on various social media channels, I was incredibly excited to visit Bubbledogs last week with the lovely blogger SJ & the City. First things first: you have to get there early! Ideally straight after work like we did, as when we left there was a very long queue weaving…

Sunday Lunch at St Michael’s Manor

We were looking online for a restaurant in South Hertfordshire for my mother’s birthday and stumbled across St Michael’s Manor Hotel in St Albans, with it’s Lake Restaurant, and quickly decided this would be the perfect location. It is a traditional hotel (apparently the building dates back more than 500 years) with a contemporary feel,…

Burger and Lobster

This is a restaurant where you know what you’re going to eat before you arrive. To choose the burger rather than the lobster (they are both priced at £20) would be slightly crazy, in my opinion, so of course I had the lobster. You can choose to have your lobster grilled, poached or to have…

Ladudu, West Hampstead

Ladudu is a small Vietnamese cafe and restaurant on West End Lane, owned by executive chef Teresa Le. It seems to be busy at most times of day, presumably due to the relaxed atmosphere and different types of seating, making it as suitable for coffee and cake as for a three course meal. We popped…

Mamacita, West Hampstead

Mamacita is a New Mexican restaurant in West Hampstead with a great atmosphere and it has already become very popular. I have heard that it’s brunch is well worth going for, but popped in for dinner on this occasion. The restaurant is full of brightly coloured tables and chairs and was very busy for a…