Sake Masterclass at Vinopolis

After sixteen successful years Vinopolis will sadly close its doors for good at end of this year. Guest writer @VeggieEastLnd went to top-up on her sake knowledge before it's too late! 

Vinopolis has been on my radar for a while but I had not made the effort to visit until I was invited to a special Sake Masterclass one evening.
Opened in 1999 under the arches of London Bridge, Vinopolis is a treasure for those interested in wine and spirits. It sports five bars and restaurants along with its vast shop and unique wine tasting experiences.

Moti Mahal, Covent Garden

Cuisine: North Indian
Price: £££
Swank Factor: 5/5

I love nothing better than a good high-end Indian restaurant, which meant I was very excited about visiting Moti Mahal, a restaurant which has been top of my list for a while!

The original Moti Mahal was founded in Delhi more than four decades ago in 1959 and the London branch is celebrating it’s well-deserved 10th anniversary. With Delhi-born Anirudh Arora at the helm since the start, Moti Mahal focuses on the cuisine inspired by the cities on the Grand Trunk Road in India. This means the cuisine is not limited to one region in India, instead it celebrates dishes enjoyed by Emperors and Royalty, as well as recipes that have live as well as recipes that have lived in family kitchens for generations.

Joe Allen, Covent Garden

Cuisine: American
Price: £££
Overall: 4.5/5

Reviewed by Guest Writer @VeggieEatsLnd

Swank Factor: 3/5

You have probably walked past Joe Allen a dozen times if you are regular visitor to Covent Garden. Entirely inconspicuous, you would have no clue what sort of restaurant lies behind the front door.

As I entered and descended the stairs to the basement, fearing a dingy set up lacking atmosphere, I was delighted to see the opposite. A long vintage looking bar stretching the length of the room, crisp white tablecloths adorning each table and a pianist lit only by candlelight made me feel like I had stepped back in time and I loved it.

Three Little Birds, Clerkenwell

Cuisine: Australian
Price: £££
Overall: 4/5

Swank Factor: 3/5

Two weeks before our visit, this charming pop-up arrived on the scene. Three Little Birds is located short walk away from the hustle and bustle of Chancery Lane and is the latest installment from A Taste Pop Ups.  

Three Little Birds is an endearing mixture of shabby chic and elegance with it's mis-matched cutlery and simple interior creating a homely feel, teamed with a classic atmosphere of fine-dining.

The Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

Location: Kensal Green
Cuisine: British
Price: £££
Overall: 4/5

Reviewed by guest writer @AYankInBlighty

The Paradise bar area
Swank Factor: 4/5

Last Christmas there was an American Expat gathering at The Paradise. The bar staff even had egg nog ready for the group of homesick expats. On that occasion I didn’t stay very long, but while I was there I noticed a room off the main bar that was hosting a Christmas dinner party. The group were seated around a long table with huge candelabras and looked like they were having a blast. After seeing that party I knew I wanted to return and give the food a try!

Jar Kitchen, Covent Garden

Cuisine: British
Price: £££
Overall: 3.5/5

Review by guest writer @VeggieEatsLnd

Swank Levels: 3/5

Located in the Covent Garden area, The Jar Kitchen prides itself on delivering locally sourced produce and fresh ingredients to its customers. A bright and airy yet intimate room on the ground floor, jars of all shapes and sizes can be spotted on the walls and tables. This gives the restaurant a kitsch, modern feel whilst also displaying their passion for sustainability.

Jamie’s Italian, Piccadilly Circus

Cuisine: Italian
Price: £££
Overall: 3/5

Reviewed by @AYankInBlighty

Exterior of restaurant
Swank Factor: 3/5

I’ve been to Jamie’s Italian before, the one over in Covent Garden. In fact it was one of the first chain restaurants I remember eating at after I moved to the UK. 

Champagne Brunch at Salmontini

Cuisine: European
Location: Belgravia
Price: £££
Overall: 5/5

Swank Levels: 5/5

Salmontini is a slick and elegant restaurant made up of a glistening bar area, laid-back lounge and tranquil dining space. This beautiful restaurant signals decadent dining from all angles with its lush location on Pont Street to it the luxury ingredients on the menu.

Celebrate our 5th Birthday with us!

To celebrate 5 years of restlessly reviewing restaurants we are giving away dinner for two at some of London’s swankiest restaurants! Submit your details below to win!

We can’t believe it’s already been 5 years since Her Favourite Food was set up as a humble blog with grand ambitions, and now that we've reached this landmark we wanted to include our readers in our celebrations!

To mark this momentous occasion we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite London restaurants, including Inamo, Moti MahalCeru and La Muse and are giving away dinner for two at one of these top restaurants!


Orso, Covent Garden

Cuisine: Italian
Price: £££
Overall: 3.5/5

Reviewed by guest writer @VeggieEatsLondon

Swank: 3.5/5

One of the best places to find a variety of food in London is Covent Garden. Awash with restaurants and deals, it is hard to decide where to eat in Theatreland and the surrounding areas. Orso is a fully established restaurant and has been welcoming customers into its 1950s Milanese style basement restaurant for 30 years this year. Formerly an orchid warehouse, the soft lighting, white tablecloths and relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere is a welcome haven from the madness of Covent Garden.