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…

Swift, London

Swift is a game of two halves. If, like me, you like to guarantee yourself a seat in a cosy little spot for a cocktail, then the downstairs bar is for you, where reservations are a must. Opulently decorated in rich, dark shades, the downstairs bar is an ideal underground hangout to bed in for…

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…