Marcel & Sons: Mauritian Comfort Food

The Artworks is a little complex of offices and bars tucked away in an unsavoury part of Elephant & Castle (as if there is another part..) It’s part of the shipping container trend that’s surfaced of late, following Boxpark but predating Pop Brixton, and is part of the long overdue regeneration of the whole area. Saying that, if The Artworks is a preview of what E&C will be like when it’s finished, I’d be pretty happy to live there (£600,000 1-bed flats aside).

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Quaglino’s and Giovanni’s Gin Garden

Everyone likes a gin garden, and the one that’s popped up in Mayfair’s Quaglino’s is blooming marvellous (sorry). Full of beautiful flora and fauna it takes over the central bar in the impressive dining room giving it a summery and other-worldly feel, and is the first and pretty much only thing you notice.

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Butternut Squash Dauphinoise

Potatoes. Cream. Garlic. Slow-cooked comforting gorgeousness. What’s not to love? Dauphinoise is one of my favourite dishes ever, i adore it with steak, sausages. It’s the ideal side dish, adding rich creaminess to juicy meat and making everything on the plate super-indulgent. I know it’s still technically summer but following a crappy day last week I had a craving, but decided to experiment (read: tried to kid myself that this version is healthier). Enter butternut squash dauphinoise.

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The best chops at Blacklock Soho

Meat. It’s all about meat. Not life (well, sometimes) but in this unassuming basement on the Piccadilly side of Soho it is most definitely all about meat. I remember when Blacklock launched early this year, to a flurry of social media activity from the most respected food bloggers and Instagram stars. Although the hype has died down (a bit, not completely) they’re still always busy and for good reason. I’ve been a few times and this is a kind of mash-up of the various visits.

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A total veg-fest

Following a fortnight in Italy, a boozy week and then even boozier weekend at the Standon Calling festival where all I ate was pancakes, ribs and curry, as delicious as all of that was I was seriously in need of some veggie time yesterday. Good job then that my day job required a visit to luxury fruiterers Mash, at their brand spanking new warehouse in West London.


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