In English films, when a punch is landed, the sound effect is said to be ‘kapow!’ In Bollywood films, the same act is accompanied by the onomatopoeic word ‘dishoom!’ As soon as I knew that this was how Dishoom in Covent Garden got its name, it was even more of a reason to go there. Dishoom is based on the Bombay cafés of the 1960s, a trend of all day cafés made popular by Persian immigrants in what was then ...
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After a culture-filled day out in London, we were eager to find somewhere to eat near the Threesixty Theatre in South Ken. Having never been, I was told I must try Da Mario on Gloucester Road. The minute we entered from the cold July drizzle (a clear reminder of why I left England in the first place), we felt at home; it was warm, it was cosy and the incredibly friendly waiters treated us as if they’d known us forever. ...
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Chicha

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Peruvian food is considered to be one of the world’s best cuisines. When I was 11 years old, I had the fortune of living in Lima for a year. Even though this was during The Fussy Days, I still adored Peruvian food and almost jumped for joy when I heard that Hong Kong was about to get its very own Peruvian restaurant. Owned by Concept Creations, the group behind ever-popular Tapeo and Frites, Chicha has already created quite a following, ...
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Blue Butcher is probably the most talked about restaurant in town right now. Ever since I heard about it opening its discreet doors between Press Room and Classified on Hollywood Road, I have been desperate to get there. However, the mixed reviews and accounts of terrible service and over-priced food did make me somewhat reluctant to go until its problems had been fixed. Without being able to wait any longer, I gave it a month and put it to the ...
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** THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED ** In case there aren’t already enough Italian restaurants on Elgin Street, Staunton’s Group has just opened up another, taking over the huge space left empty by Fat Angelo’s. However, Nico’s isn’t just another generic Italian restaurant; it’s a spuntino bar and restaurant, serving delights from southern Italy. What’s a spuntino bar, you ask? It’s a casual eatery that serves snack-sized portions perfect for sharing whilst enjoying a few glasses of wine.  This, for me, ...
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IR1968

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My favourite kind of places are the ones that take you completely by surprise. The kind where you arrive with no expectations whatsoever, yet you are immediately wowed by the ambience, the service and, most importantly, the food. This can certainly be said about IR1968. I had heard that the family-run restaurant, which first opened in 1968 (hence the name), had moved to L Place, yet foolishly, although I work just around the corner, I had not yet been to ...
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When I lived in Parma a few years ago, I was in foodie heaven. The fresh pastas, the Parma ham, the huge wheels of Parmesan; it was amazing. There was one dish in particular that I just could not get enough of: the piadina. Not to be confused with a wheat tortilla, a piadina is a thin Italian flatbread native to the Emilia-Romagna region (that which includes Parma), which can be stuffed with cheese, cold cuts, vegetables, you name it. ...
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There is no denying that, as much as we love this city, all the running around and having lunch and dinner out most days (or maybe I’m just speaking for myself!) can start to take its toll on our bodies. I obviously love my food and eating out is part of what I do, but even my body gets tired of the amount of nasties I’m consuming every day. Thankfully Grassroots Pantry, a lovely new café serving wholesome, organic food ...
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Brickhouse

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Mexican is the flavour of the moment across Hong Kong. After complaints that there were no good tacos in the city, taco shops popped up everywhere, adding to the throng of pretty average Tex-Mex restaurants. When word got out that new kid on the block Brickhouse would be opening as yet another Mexican resto, I was excited, but I can’t say I expected grand things. Boy, was I wrong. As we know already from many of Hong Kong’s hidden gems, ...
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Update: Pizzeria Pubblico has now closed in Tsun Wing Lane and moved all operations to Linguini Fini in The L Place, where you can still order pizzas to take away. Back in the Fussy Days (for it could be said that I used to be the world’s fussiest eater), I absolutely loathed pizza. Whenever my brother insisted on going to Pizza Hut, I would, at the age of seven, buy some chicken nuggets (or whatever it is Burger King calls ...
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