Padella

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In the lead up to our move from Hong Kong to London, naturally I started keeping a lookout on Instagram for exciting London restaurants I needed to follow and add to my list of places to try. One such restaurant that enticed me with its beautiful pasta photos was Padella, right beside Borough Market. Can you imagine the excitement when I realised that this just happened to be a three-minute walk from our temporary abode? Padella is all about pasta, ...
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El Pastor

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Aside from trying to find a place to live and get ready for the arrival of our small human, one of our most crucial priorities upon moving to London was, naturally, to find a good Mexican restaurant. El Pastor, located just beside Borough Market, is the first contender. Tucked under one of the railway arches, El Pastor is a casual street food joint, and its interiors reflect exactly this, through the use of bare bricks, corrugated metal, neon signage and ...
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Hoppers

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As you may have read in my most recent post, I have just made the move from Hong Kong to England and, although we are still yet to find a permanent abode, the hunt for good restaurants in London has, of course, already begun! You might have expected me to start my London restaurant reviews with a typical English pub, but, instead, I am starting with a review of a lovely Sri Lankan restaurant called Hoppers. Having been to Sri ...
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After almost eight years in Hong Kong, the time has come to leave this amazing place and relocate to London. So, it is with a very heavy heart that I must say goodbye to Hong Kong’s delicious restaurants and see what restaurants London has to offer. Many have asked me what I plan to do with The Dim Sum Diaries; if I will sell it, or change its name to make it more relevant to London. Well, I plan to ...
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Samsen

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As I have no doubt mentioned before, Thai food is definitely one of my favourite cuisines that packs flavour into every bite, whilst still seeming somewhat healthy. A couple of years ago, former Chachawan chef Adam Cliff decided to go his own way and open his own Thai street food concept, Samsen. If you’ve been to Chachawan, you’ll have experienced a different kind of Thai food not quite like any other Thai restaurant in Hong Kong. Although, naturally, Chef Adam ...
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If you read my recent post about my hunt for the best cookies in Hong Kong, you’ll know that I am quite partial to a cookie or three. Coincidentally, around the same time that I was going through my strongest cookie cravings, I was contacted by Anaïs Beloubad, who was just about to launch her very own cookie company, LALLA. With Moroccan, French and Italian roots, Anaïs grew up learning to cook from her two grandmothers, who taught her all ...
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Uwe

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When a chef names a restaurant after himself, you might imagine him to be incredibly arrogant and disagreeable. If you’ve met Chef Uwe Opocensky, however, who opened his eponymous restaurant Uwe late last year, you’d know that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Having trained alongside Chef Uwe in Crossfit classes over the past few years, I know that he’s certainly strong and determined, but also incredibly friendly, approachable and down to earth. Outside of the gym, he is also ...
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Food trends can come and go, but a classic steakhouse is one type of restaurant that will never go out of fashion. The latest carnivores’ paradise to open in Hong Kong is Steak on Elgin, which, as its name suggests, serves steak on Soho’s Elgin Street. Taking over the small, intimate space that was once TATE, Steak on Elgin is an elegant, yet understated space that doesn’t need enormous street signage to announce its arrival. In fact, all you’ll see ...
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One of the most anticipated Hong Kong restaurant openings of 2018 is British celebrity chef Theo Randall’s revamp of the InterContinental Grand Stanford’s The Mistral, now named Theo Mistral by Theo Randall. Theo Randall is best known for his tenure at London’s The River Café, as well as his eponymous restaurant within London’s InterContinental Hotel. Aside from the elegant revamp of the restaurant’s interior, Chef Randall has brought to Theo Mistral his signature style of simple and contemporary Italian cuisine, ...
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Black Sheep Restaurants are known for creating winning concepts that keep people going back to their restaurants again and again. The group's 15th restaurant in Hong Kong, which opened towards the end of last year, is New Punjab Club, which celebrates the cuisine of the Pakistani and Indian areas of Punjab, from where co-owner Syed Assim Hussain himself hails. Hong Kong is not short of Indian restaurants, but this isn’t your average Indian restaurant. Perhaps this is why it isn’t easy ...
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