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…

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,…

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,…

Dean Street Townhouse, London

The row of green umbrellas and white circular tables that line the front of this imposing, unmarked building are well known amongst those who often walk Soho’s streets. But what exactly is beyond the intriguing frontage that makes Dean Street Townhouse so iconic? A traditionally designed, old school place given a sense of grandeur from…

Frenchie, London

French food needn’t be all onion soup and coq au vin. I mean, let’s be honest, British food isn’t all roast beef and fish & chips, so why would the assumption be the same anywhere else? Try Frenchie in Covent Garden, and your opinion on our closet continental comrades’ dishes may well be changed. From…

Bloc, Holmfirth

For a small town with a plethora of modern bars and restaurants at its heart, you’d have expected a coffee spot that can serve a mean flat white to have sprung up before now. Welcome onto the Holmfirth food & drink scene, Bloc. Taking the onus from its surroundings (a previously atypical looking glass, well,…

Common, Brighton

I can’t think of many UK towns or cities outside of London, where you can find little pockets of cute independent restaurants and cafes, except for Brighton. It’s isn’t called London-by-the-sea for nothing. And if it wasn’t for the squarking gulls overhead and the breathable seaside air, I’d think I was right back in south…

Borkonyha, Budapest

Michelin starred dining doesn’t always have to cost a small fortune. Well, that is, not in Hungary anyway. One of the few establishments in the country’s capital to receive the accolade, Borkonyha is also possibly the most laid-back of them all. Fine dining is all too often seen to be white tablecloths, polished silverware and stuffy…

Plot, London

Broadway market in Tooting hasn’t really had much to shout about until now. Enter Plot, and suddenly one of the largest covered markets in London is well on the way to changing its image forever. Whilst its slightly smaller neighbour Tooting Market (not the same place, as is a common misconception) has seen a gradual…