An Amazing Dinner at the Lovely Il-Horza, Valletta

During our recent visit to the beautiful Knights Templar island of Malta, Charlie Bone, the chef and owner of Il-Horza, invited us to visit his tiny but highly regarded restaurant. We asked the cab driver to drop us off some distance from the venue and enjoyed the short stroll across the pompous squares and through crooked alleyways of Valletta, Malta’s capital. We were offered to choose between the more elegant, slightly more spacious ground floor room, and the more rustic, basic, but very cosy basement, which is just a few steps down the stairs from the entrance. We chose a table in the basement, because we loved the ambience.    After short deliberation, we opted for bone marrow (€9) and the chef’s daily selection of Antipasti (€9) as our starters. As main Ms B chose local fish of the day (sea bream, €23.50), and I couldn’t resist the ribeye of […]

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Fera, Claridge’s – Fine Dining in Mayfair

We have just returned from our lunch at Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s , whose kitchen has been headed by Australian chef Matt Starling since February 2017. Fera focuses on British cuisine. We had been having meals at Claridge’s in the past, when it was called “Gordon Ramsey at Claridge’s” and when it was labelled London’s most overpriced, overrated restaurant. However, Ms B, my wife, found out that instead of charging you £300+ for a meal for two with wine, like in the olden days, there was now a surprisingly acceptable lunch deal on offer: three courses and a glass of champagne or gin and tonic for £42 per person. For an additional £10 you can add their signature snacks (we didn’t, because we weren’t that hungry). There is an undeniable wow effect when you enter the dining room through a curtain-lined entrance which leads to a rotunda, where the room […]

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Lock’d, London – Escape Room Experience

Lock’d invited Ms B, me, and two of our friends today to try out one of their escape room experiences. I have to admit that I mainly went along, because Ms B and her friends were absolutely convinced that escape rooms are brilliant. My 30th birthday is quite a few years back, I consider myself a pretty level-headed person, and I’m not a natural when it comes to being locked up with other people in a room in a stress situation, having to solve a puzzle within 60 minutes in order to be allowed back to join the living out there. I watch Sherlock Holmes movies to be distracted, to switch my mind off, to loosely ponder how someone with a funny face like Cumberbatch managed to become a world-famous actor and hottie with the ladies, and to relax, not to help the detective solve his crimes (I’m not a […]

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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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