Jay Rayner in The Observer keeps things on The Straight and Narrow, a piano bar and restaurant in east London’s Docklands… “Food and music are meant to go together. Jazz, which is what I have spent most of my adult life at the keyboard wrestling with, was born in restaurants like this. “The Straight and Narrow has […]

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  It may be as massive as an ‘airship hangar’ but Bang Bang Oriental – an Asian food hall in Collindale – still offers some great eats, according to The Observer’s Jay Rayner “Top tip: set up camp at a table as close to the middle of the room as possible, or you’ll end up walking […]

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Ikoyi, an upmarket new restaurant showcasing the cuisine of West Africa, is to open in July in the new St James’s Market just south of Piccadilly Circus. It is a joint venture from school friends Iré Hassan-Odukale (pictured left), who was born in Ikoye, a cosmopolitan area of Lagos in Nigeria, and chef Jeremy Chan (right), whose […]

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The Duck & Waffle 24-hour high-rise restaurant in the City is launching a more casual spin-off, Duck & Waffle Local, in the new St James’s Market development behind Piccadilly Circus on May 3. The new branch is designed to be “fast and accessible”, with customers ordering at a counter overlooking the kitchen before being shown […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed The Holy Birds in Shoreditch, which serves duck, goose and guinea fowl, “but mostly, to be honest, chicken“. The quality of the poultry was not to be questioned, but he was far from impressed by the cooking. “Sure, the skin is dark, but only in places. Elsewhere it’s soft and floppy. […]

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One of the most enduring success stories of the NYC fine dining landscape is set to beam down into St James’s for the first time next week. A celebration of all things Scandi, Aquavit’s timing is impeccable given the growing appetite for Nordic-inspired concepts. The London branch is to be “with a more relaxed setting […]

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Veneta, a Venice-inspired restaurant from the Salt Yard group, will be the first food venue to launch in the £400million St James’s Market development behind Piccadilly Circus when it opens its doors on Monday October 24. It will be the fifth establishment in chef Ben Tish’s 10-year-old Salt Yard group, which is headed by a Fitzrovia flagship praised […]

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The folks behind London’s Salt Yard Group (Opera Tavern, Salt Yard, Dehesa, Ember Yard) are the latest restaurateurs to snap up a space in Haymarket’s upcoming St James’s Market development. Venetian-inspired restaurant Veneta will sit alongside venues from Duck & Waffle and NYC’s Nordic fine dining establishment Aquavit. Veneta will boast 110-covers, combining classic bar-counter seating, […]

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This winter, Manhattan’s perennially popular Nordic fine dining restaurant Aquavit (est. 1987), with an emphasis on tasting and prix fixe menus, will open a London outpost in Haymarket’s new St James’s Market development. It has been brought to the UK by Philip Hamilton, CEO and founder of Aquavit London, and will offer all-day dining, showcasing the contemporary Nordic […]

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