Galvin at the Athenaeum – Fine Dining in Style

We were recently very kindly invited by family-owned 5-star luxury hotel Athenaeum, whose list of current and former regulars includes Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, and Kim Kardashian, to try (for free) the fixed price £37.50 three-course deal (which includes unlimited dessert) at their restaurant Galvin at the Athenaeum , an offer we could not refuse, having previously heard many good things about this fine restaurant. The location on Piccadilly close to Hyde Park Corner, in a building previously owned by the famous Athenaeum private members club, which moved into nearby Pall Mall (and which has 52 Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former members), could not be better, and the old building has been perfectly refurbished with state of the art technology and plenty of original artwork everywhere. Galvin at The Athenaeum is under the supervision of Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. The two brothers, who […]

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The Yellow House, Bermondsey – our Review

We’ve just returned from our visit to The Yellow House Bar & Kitchen in Surrey Quays, South London (close to Bermondsey and Tower Bridge), ten minutes walk from Canada Water tube station across the gigantic car park. We typically would not have ventured so far off the beaten track (the only other reasons why we get out at Canada Water tube station is to visit Café East or to go shopping for travel and sports gear at the gigantic Decathlon super-store. We don’t mind the area, but Bermondsey, Tower Bridge, and London Bridge/Borough Market areas simply feel much more appealing and there are a few rough social housing estates not too far away from the many newly-built, pleasant residential buildings.    What brought us here then? The Barbarians and two of our friends were invited to check out an escape room experience nearby and felt like we should probably have […]

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Our favourite Korean in London: Kimchee

Ms B was born in Seoul and we regularly do Korean food, but as soon as we came across Kimchee in Holborn (they have another restaurant in St. Pancras) four or five years ago, Korean food means Kimchee more often than not. We love this place. I admittedly slightly more so than my wife, who prefers pure traditional cuisine, like her mom’s, over modern touch with a fair bit of Asian fusion. Like with most of the dozen places or so that are closest to our heart, we have not blogged about this restaurant yet. In Ms B’s mind, we should keep our few regular locals our secret. Today I went there on my own, following an appointment nearby. The service, as usual, was quick and friendly. We love the whole atmosphere, too. Quite elegant, but not overly so, warm, friendly, with a lot of light that contrasts nicely with […]

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Brunch at Coco Momo, Kensington

We have just returned from one of the best brunches we’ve recently had. Coco Momo in Kensington is an American restaurant. (It is no relation of Coco di Mama, an Italian themed chain, but has a sibling in Marylebone and is owned by Food & Fuel who also own ten other places in town.) We were seated at the outdoor seating area on the sidewalk, which was great for people-watching and, thanks to the limited car traffic, not too noisy.    After some deliberation, we opted for the matcha chia seed breakfast bowl (£5), the smoked salmon and avocado on sourdough toast, alfalfa, tomato, chilli, poached egg (£9.75), and the two free-range baked eggs, tomato, kale, sweet potato & halloumi (£9.25), one flat white (£2.75), one Americano (had to be done, right?) with milk (£2.55), one fruit & veg juice (ginger, beetroot, apple, £3.85) and one non-alcoholic Passionfruit Mojito £3.85. […]

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Restaurant Apulia, London – our Review

We’ve just returned from a visit to Apulia, an Italian restaurant right next to the beautiful Smithfield Market of London (we like to buy our meat there, when we find the energy to get up at 3am in the morning). We were just doing a quick stop to get some food on our way to the Barbican, where we were seeing the LA Philharmonic perform. Apulia is the southeasternmost region of Italy, known for its delicious dishes (usually the ones ending in ‘Pugliese’, unsurprisingly) and rich history, having first been colonised by Mycenaean Greeks. The Barbarians have been there several times over the years, and are great fans (can’t really remember the names of all the idyllic small villages.. very fond memories anyway; my first time there was at the age of 10 when my parents, my sister and I took a rather small car ferry from Brindisi to Corfu […]

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