June 3rd, 2013
At the far east end of Hackney rd, sits a beautiful building from 1910 known as the Townhall Hotel. Inside this hotel you will find an elegant bar, restaurant and plenty of designer rooms. This is the place where you will find Viajante and the Corner Room, owned and run by chef Nuno Mendes.
Down on the left is Viajante, one of London’s reputable fine-diners. However, if like me your more about good food without the fine dining i’d highly suggest the Corner Room. To get there you need to walk through most of the building letting you get a good look at the place. The designers here have done some good work, with quirky little touches that add an eclectic feel to the stunning ‘art deco’ hotel.
Upstairs and to the right sits the Corner Room. Perfect in size for an informal, enjoyable and relaxed dining room the area is dressed in timber and soft lighting. The menu is simple, with only a few selections for each course and a small description such as the Cod with “Portuguese” XO & coriander porridge. However upon speaking to a waiter (or tasting these dishes) you’ll realize that the Corner Room is anything but simple. I’d say more humble. Each dish we tasted was creatively and perfectly put together, both visually and to taste. The Front of house team were professional and friendly and everyone in the room seemed to have caught upon the relaxed and enjoyable vibes.
With prices that won’t badly set you back, Corner Room doesn’t need to be saved for a special occasion (although it is) and if your experience is anything like ours, you’ll be sitting at the table trying to arrange a time you can come back next week.
Pariot Square, Bethnal Green, London. U.K.
June 3rd, 2013
After a little break in the sun getting my Vitamin D levels back up to an adequate level, Consuming Design is back. And as I prepare for yet another winter, you can expect some changes, new idea’s and lots of new photographs. Stay tuned.
April 7th, 2013
La Bouche / Monmouth Coffee / Borough Markets / London Beer / Borough Markets / Exmouth Market / Family dinenr – Neals Yard Dairy / Housing commission / Mushroom sandwich – Broadway market / Brawn / The Marksman / Jones Dairy / Spitafields jam donoughts / Soho (central London) / Chef Joel Humphries / Housing commission / Queen of Hoxton / Allpress / London Fields / Hurwundeki / Printers & Stationers / London Bridge / Hawkesmoore Spitafields / Liverpool st station / Lounge lover / Market Cafe / East London
March 31st, 2013
Lardo is what every good neighbour should be, humble and honest. With fresh ingredients that are put together in a simple, Italian kind of way. There isn’t much you could fault with the goods here. The service has that casual but very professional thing down to a tee and the chefs in the open kitchen carry through the relaxed but skilled vibe.
Being fairly small and very popular this little restaurant will normally fill up fast so either make a booking or try your luck. Bar seats allow you to watch over the kitchen whilst enjoying your antipasti, pizza or pasta. The wine selection is mainly Italian with a few delicious Spanish chucked in the mix (such as “The Flower and the Bee” or the “Vina Zorzal Graciano”). So wether coming from the neighborhood or making a special trip, Lardo will be sure to impress and make you feel instantly at home.
197-205 Richmond Rd, Hackney, London U.K.
March 21st, 2013
These photo’s don’t give much away . . . but neither does the place. They do however give a sense of the mystery, drama and details that makes ECC so special. Located behind an unassuming door in the middle of Chinatown, ECC would be one of my favourite places in London for a cocktail.
The second offering after ECC Paris, the London branch is just as chic and alluring. Tin roof tiles, flamingo wallpaper and teapot lights are just a few of the things that give this place it’s quirky charm. Cocktails are some of the best i’ve had, expertly and creatively put together and served in beautiful glasses by beautiful bar staff. . . don’t know if you could ask for much more. Make sure you plan ahead and book a spot or go early on a quieter night as this small three leveled cocktail club is always in demand.
13A Gerard st, Chinatown, London. UK
March 11th, 2013
The latest restaurant from British Chef Mark Hix is the Shoreditch based Tramshed. The concept is simple, chicken or steak? And if there’s any need to be reminded of this, just one look at the oversized Damien Hirst artwork and you’ll quickly be reminded about what your being served.
The restaurant is big and pretty much always buzzing, with staff and customers filling the restaurant with a fun and delicious vibe. If your after a quick and easy meal with good produce, drinks and service. . . Tramshed is the perfect solution to any decision difficulties.
32 Rivington st, London. U.K.
March 3rd, 2013
There’s something special about Jamie Oliver. I like the way he brings a sincere rustic charm to all that he does. The Jamie’s Italian in Cambridge has to be one of the best out of his widespread chain of restaurants. Perhaps it’s the old world city and it’s cobbled streets or the beautiful historic building in which it sits, but this restaurant has a charm and sensibility all of its own.
The bar which sits along the window lined street side of the restaurant and has been tastefully designed – parquetry flooring, Tom Dixon lights, hits of fuschia and green and a very decent wall of liqour. If wanting a quick and casual lunch you can request to stay in the bar and choose from the same menu as the restaurant, but that would mean missing out on the beauty and drama of the main dining room.
With a huge, high dome, aged mirrors and plenty of columns, this room will fill you with wonderment with it’s grandeur. As with all the other restaurants service is casual but professional, you waiter will have you laughing but still ensure your not waiting long for anything you need. The menu is simple and classic Italian dishes using the best of locally sourced produce.
Jamie’s Italian is unpretentious, enticing and very enjoyable. If you can’t get to Cambridge, I’m sure there’s one just around the corner from you, and I’m sure it’ worth the visit, wether to check out a beautiful interior, drink Italian prosecco or eat the biggest green olives you’ve ever seen.
The Old Library, Wheeler Street, Cambridge. U.K.
February 23rd, 2013
Beach Without Sand / Cafe Relish / Norfolk Pine / Jo & Willy’s Depot / Miss King / la piadana / Room 10 / Room 10 / The Duke / The Newport Arms / Moshi Moshi / Bilgola Beach sunset / Miss King / Mr Goodchild / Hugo’s Pizza / Manly Ferry
Please email for any of these or more Sydney recommendations!
February 17th, 2013
Only after visiting Manly Wines a couple of times did I truly appreciate what these guys offer. Service is great, laid back and knowledgeable. The wine list is very approachable and has some unusual and very interesting wines (as it should). The food is simple, fresh and easy going. The location is second to none. And the décor is bright, cheerful and quirky.
The last experience I had at Manly Wines was faultless, the sun was shining the wine was crisp cold, service was attentive and the afternoon was magical.
Manly Wines makes a perfect lunch spot! Whether a tourist or a local I’d say it’s one of the best stops in the Manly restaurant/bar circuit. And if you’ve got a soft spot for graphic design and imagery these guys do a great job at that too! Check out their website for more!
8-13 South Steyne, Manly, Sydney. AUS
February 9th, 2013
Driving to The Boathouse you feel like your heading to the end of the earth, but once you’ll get there you’ll find your actually in paradise. Set on the Pittwater side of Palm Beach the friendly, colourful and enchanting Boathouse will capture you for hours.
With a short seaside inspired food and wine list, it’ll be easy to make your choice and the staff at the counters will only serve to enhance your dining experience. Grab a seat inside in the cool interior filled with flowers, wood, and lolly jars or head outside onto the water surrounded patio.
Tables are all quite large, so chances are you’ll probably end up sitting next to, and talking to other people, which is often the case on the Northern Beaches.
Given the off the road location this can feel like quite a little local find, however come here on any day during summer and you could be waiting hours for a table alone . . . can’t say it’s a bad place to be waiting though.
Barrenjoey Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach, NSW. AUS