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Restaurant Review – Tibits

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    By Dennis Mooney – Executive Editor You can, it is said, take a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. As a committed carnivore, I’ve always felt roughly the same way about vegetarian food. My only experience of specifically herbivorous consumption, did nothing to dispel this illusion; a falafel pitta from the Leeds Fest veggie van – the closest source of nourishment to my campsite –…

BIANCO 43 – Restaurant Review

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BY Dorothy Wong Pizza as we currently know it is said to have originated from Naples, and the Margherita, reflecting the Italian flag’s red, white and green, said to be named in honour of Margaret of Savoy. The original dough can be traced back to Rome, Greece, and Egypt, and today travels around the world championed in different interpretations.   At the launch of Bianco 43 in Trafalgar Square, there…

Home Brewed 101

Home Brewed 101

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BY NERAJ THANGARAJAH Undoubtedly, you, the coffee addict, have already failed at your new year’s attempt to have “less coffee”, despite your resolute. It’s never too late to have a new one, and this year, get into the act of brewing coffee at home. Whatever excuse you and that 9 o’clock class can make, home brewed coffee will save you time and money spent waiting in line for (often overpriced,…

FRENCH? MUSCLE IN AT MUSSEL MEN.

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By Dennis Mooney – Executive Editor Who was it that first saw a mussel, clinging determinedly to a seaside rock and thought ‘mmm, lunch’? I’m willing to bet Francs to Frog’s Legs it was a Frenchman. They just reek of Gallic insouciance and philosophical ambivalence; am I alive? Can you eat me? Do I care? Like Frenchmen, they also work best with white wine and onions. French food in London…

BBC Good Food Show – review

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By Dorothy Wong – Food Editor Gather round, gather round. It’s a bustling market scene in Olympia, London.The BBC Good Food Show is in full swing and over 200 exhibitors are hawking their wares. Live demonstrations from the likes of James Martin, Mary Berry and winners of the Great British Bake-off and MasterChef look exciting. So should you go? Read on to decide if it’s bang for your buck. PRODUCER’S…

Grillshack – review

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By ALEX TEASDALE Has anyone noticed the omnipresence of trendy burger joints recently? They’re everywhere. A theory going around suggests we all love them so much because they give us the taste of luxury no longer affordable in post-recession Britain. Now that we’re all poor students, spending ten pounds on a burger gives us the sense of indulgence that in the 2007 was only available at Ramsay’s or Roux’s latest…

Benito’s Hat – review

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By NERAJ THANGARAJAH It’s not difficult to find a burrito in London these days. What was once quite a novel experience is now a little out of the ordinary for most people. However, Benito’s Hat (BH) is indeed out of the ordinary, and for good reasons too. Having existed for close to five years now with the scope to expand even further, this pseudo-chain of Burrito restaurants easily boasts one…

KimcheeToGo – review

KimcheeToGo – review

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by KIRSTY KENNEY In 2011, Kimchee opened its doors and brought the ‘authentic Korean experience’ to Holborn. Two years on, people still queue up for a table, and in an effort to expand, Kimchee have come up with a new concept—KimcheeToGo. Recently opened, this lunchtime branch boasts a prime location on New Oxford Street, seconds away from Tottenham Court Road Station. The décor is what Kimchee describes as traditional: ceramics…

Shake Shack – review

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All Hail Shake Shack by NERAJ THANGARAJAH Founded in Madison Square Park, New York City in 2004, this ‘roadside’ burger joint has almost become a tourist destination in itself for visitors to Manhattan. I was fortunate enough to visit the place last summer during my very brief two-day stay in New York and subsequently spent the rest of the summer in awe of the place—forget the Empire State Building or…

Tommi’s Burger Joint – review

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By NERAJ THANGARAJAH Even casual visitors of London will have noticed the masses of burger joints that have opened up recently (and are still being opened). Walk around any part of the capital and you’ll be spoilt for choice. Some places are pretty average but we’ll start with one of the best burger joints in town, Tommi’s Burger Joint, which has just recently re-opened on Thayer Street. What sets Tommi’s…