All posts tagged: Covent Garden

Carluccio’s Launches Spring/Summer Menu

Where Carluccio’s, Garrick Street, London What The infamous Italian restaurant chain, Carluccio’s, has launched a new spring / summer menu so I was invited along to the Garrick Street restaurant, near Covent Garden, to celebrate. Experience It was a sunny afternoon at the beginning of spring when I made my way to meet my friend Alice outside Carluccio’s. Sun seekers had already filled the outdoor tables, sipping on ice cold white wine, enjoying the hottest day of the year. We were lead up a grand, spiral staircase which lead to a private dining room, and presented with an offering of a prosecco cocktail – yes please. The prosecco was lightly quenched with limonchello and made an uncomfortably warm girl instantly revived. The Garrick Street Carluccio’s is housed inside an historic London building with tall ceilings and whiter-than-white painted walls. It hosts a bar and dining area over two floors, along with a private dining room and of course the infamous Carluccio’s deli. In the far corner were the guys from Peroni working their magic shaking …

Mega Friday Night Fun at Earlham Street Clubhouse

It’s Friday night and I’m meeting an old work colleague (and awesome friend) for dinner and drinks. Where to go? Should we opt for a nice restaurant with a laid back vibe, a cosy pub or even a nice bar? No. Let’s try something a bit different and tear it up at a Covent Garden pizza and cocktail bar. That’s exactly what we did last Friday. We were a little worried at first as we walked through the door, faced with music blaring out of the speakers and loud voices, but our fears about not being able to have our much needed catch up soon disappeared. Everything about Earlham Street Clubhouse screams fun, from the greeting by the doorman to the name of the pizzas and cocktails, the music and the extremely happy, cool and laid back waiters. By the time we had finished the last mouthful, the tables of people behind us were up dancing on the floor next to us. We thought it would be rude not to so as soon as we …

Flesh & Buns, Covent Garden

In association with match.com London is a great city for dating. I can guarantee that no matter how hard you try, you will never be stuck for an idea, particularly when it comes to dining out. Personally I always prefer a casual dining experience when it comes to dating as I find stuffy service awkward at the best of times and I would say the best areas in London for this are Soho and Covent Garden, the Kings of casual dining. My newest date spot is Flesh & Buns, which I visited last week with my mum. Yes, I know that it technically wasn’t a date, but the thought about it being a great date venue was in the back of my mind throughout the meal. Flesh & Buns is the second restaurant by the guys behind Bone Daddies in Soho and is situated just off Covent Garden’s busy Neal Street. The basement restaurant screams cool from the minute you set eyes and ears on it as the unmistakable logo protrudes off the side of …

Five Guys, Covent Garden

Us Brits love a queue. It’s just as well, as every good no bookings cheap eat restaurant seems to have one. I am not a massive fan, though. I would rather not spend an hour of my life salivating and unable to concentrate on anything else other than getting inside and sliding my order in quick, sharp. Whenever I see a queue, I’ll recoil and either visit another day, or go back outside of peak hours. I visited Five Guys a couple of weeks ago. I had seen the queue many times as I walked past but never plucked up the courage to join it. But I did and was prepared to let misery take control. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when after just five minutes, we were in. What I didn’t realise was there there is a huge seating area downstairs and it’s not exactly the kind of place you will sit and lounge around for hours, so I imagine the turnover is quite high. The concept is simple – choose your burger (hamburger, …

Belgo Lobsterfest Starts Today! #Lobzilla

Last night I attended the launch of the annual Belgo Lobsterfest (#lobzilla) at Belgo Centraal in Covent Garden. We were treated to a lobster preparation demonstration by Muir Picken, Executive Chef, before feasting on lobster cocktail to start, followed by Lobzilla (whole grillied lobster, French fries, aioli and salad) for main. I wasn’t drinking but the rest of the guests looked more than impressed with the wide selection of beers that Belgo’s resident Master of Beer, Skender Ramadani, was recommending from the brand new Beer Bible (which includes a range of over 50 Belgian beers!) Kicking off today, Belgo’s Lobsterfest will run until the end of August with limited edition menu featuring three lobster based dishes. For the first time, Belgo has teamed up with the Padstow based National Lobster Hatchery, to support their “Buy One Set One Free” initiative and will donate £1 from each dish sold to  the campaign. Their work helps to conserve vulnerable lobster populations, preserve marine biodiversity and safeguard our fishing and seafood industry. The Limited Edition dishes are: • …

Kopapa

The Providores is a great place to go on a lazy Sunday for a pot of tea and a read of the papers. I have never eaten in the restaurant but I’m told that the food is brilliant. Peter Gordon, fusian chef extraordinaire has just opened a brand new sister restaurant in Seven Dials called Kopapa. I went with a couple of friends on Monday evening for a few plates from the Tapas menu and a few glasses of wine. A couple of us arrived at 6.30 and had a glass of bubbly and a bowl of Edamame while we waited. My initial thought was that the Edamame was double the price it should have been, or at least the bowl should have been twice the size. At £4.80, the profit margin must be huge! When our friend arrived, we perused the menu and decided on 6 dishes. I have never been much of a fan of Tapas because I think it gives restaurants an excuse to charge £7 for 1/3 of what you’d get …

Dishoom, Covent Garden

Until 3 years ago, I always tried to steer clear of Indian food. I had a very bad take away experience when I was a child, which left me scarred and it wasn’t until I moved to London that I realised that there was more to Indian food than my local take away that we used to get every Friday evening. My favourite curry house is one near where I live in Wembley called Karahi King. I have yet to write a review of it but you can see a great one here. I banged on about it enough to entice Carly and her boyfriend, The Peanut Gallery to travel all the way out here. Apart from Moti Mahal, which is fantastic but slightly too expensive to warrant regular visits, I haven’t had the pleasure of a well priced decent Indian meal in Central London, until last week. The new restaurant on the block is Dishoom, which bases itself on a traditional Bombay cafe. Their menu runs throughout the day with breakfast items such as …