Zuka, Rio de Janeiro

In a city like Rio de Janeiro, where one is often told to ‘be vigilant’ when it comes to looking after your own safety, it’s refreshing to visit a part of the city that feels like more of a safe haven. I’m by no means encouraging anyone to drop their guard, as unfortunately crime levels…

Veneta, London

The Salt Yard group restaurants are firm favourites. The likes of Ember Yard and the Opera Tavern are well-known, hugely likeable restaurants with excellent tapas menus and their own distinct personalities. And with such a reputation to follow, we have high hopes for their latest addition, Veneta. A restaurant in a modern building in central…

Blacklock, London

Walking down into Blacklock on such a sunny day was a little disconcerting. The thought of missing out on all that sunlight whilst dining on heavy ‘winter’ food in a cellar wasn’t exactly the ideal. But the high ceilings and spacious feel of the restaurant interior make it feel as open and inviting as though…

Aster, London

Victoria is a bit of a mess at the minute. If the endless construction works that have plagued the area around the station for years aren’t enough, the food and drink scene is practically nonexistent. And with the high (very high) footfall in the area, I’ve often wondered why this is the case. But, rejoice,…

Pharmacy 2, London

I highly doubt you would ever stumble across Pharmacy 2. Nestled away in the heart of Lambeth between Vauxhall and Waterloo is Newport Street Gallery, situated on a lesser traversed street beside the railway line. The gallery itself is beautiful, and well worth a visit, but we’re here for the food (and we certainly are)…

The Little Taperia, London

Good things come in small packages. So they say. Though this classic idiom is one that is all too often shrouded in insecurity and doubt. One place, however, that you should never have any doubts about is The Little Taperia. The Little Bar (slightly littler, just as great) was the first bijou venture by Madeline…

Industry Standard, Berlin

The walk up from Kreuzberg to find Industry Standard was definitely enough to work up an appetite. After a long stroll up Urbanstraße and then along (the slightly unnerving) Sonnenalle, I begin to wonder where on earth this in new restaurant might be. I’m told Neukölln is the up-and-coming part of town – “Like Shoreditch,…

Silo Coffee, Berlin

Silo Coffee is somewhat of an institution in Berlin. “Where’s good for brunch?” I repeatedly asked anyone who had visited (and cared to listen). “Silo,” to those in the know, tended to be the preferred response. I soon found out it was for good reason. Inspired by breakfast down under, Silo does classic Aussie brunching at…

Hallesches Haus, Berlin

There’s something reassuringly nostalgic about walking through a shop to get to a cafe. Like when your mum used to march you through House of Fraser just to get a tepid machine-dripped cappuccino from Cafe Zest. But House of Fraser this certainly is not – this is a very different kind of Haus… Hallesches Haus…

Commonground, Berlin

“Berlin is great for so many things, just not the food.” This is what I was pretty much told previous to my most recent trip. Well, I’m pleased to say, they were wrong.  True, you do need to know where you’re going. It’s not one of those cities where you can casually stumble across that…

Pike & Pine, Brighton

Kemptown in Brighton is traditionally known as the slightly more bohemian, less upmarket end of town – though always charming, all the same! But if Matt Gillan’s smart new venture Pike & Pine is anything to go by, it seems little old Kemptown may be well on its way to sharpening up its image.  The…

Barber & Parlour, London

As soon as I walk into Barber & Parlour, I realise it’s not your average cafe. It’s more. It’s actually a cafe-cum-shop-cum-cinema-cum-hairdresser’s-cum-nail salon(-cum-barber-cum-parlour… I mean, I should have known). I find myself smiling and thinking: Only in Shoreditch. The huge corner building, set over three floors, is not just home to a quirky laid back…