Aquavit‘s much anticipated launch finally arrives tomorrow and London officially has a new gem to add to it’s Scandinavian restaurant collection. As a Swede, I had been patiently waiting for this opening since mid year and had very high expectations!
Aquavit has two additional fine dining branches, one in Tokyo and the original one in New York which holds 2 Michelin Stars. The London St James branch is labelled as contemporary Nordic dining but I’d actually call it fine dining. Not only because of the quality of the food but also the interior. The design is beautiful with very high ceilings, large pieces of artwork on the walls and warm wooden décor throughout.
Santa Maria Del Sur is a cosy little Argentinian restaurant in Battersea which celebrates its 10th birthday this week!
I was invited here for a media get together a little while back and really enjoyed the restaurant. I have such great memories from South America and I always love trying restaurants here in London that remind me of those good times. The exterior of Santa Maria Del Sur is quite subtle but as soon as you step inside, you can feel the South American vibe as you’re surrounded by dark wooden decor. I like that the restaurant has remained authentic throughout the years and it doesn’t have a chain-restaurant atmosphere.
Frescobaldi is quickly becoming one of my favourite restaurants here in London. If you saw my post on the winemakers dinner, you’ll know why. One glance at the interior and you may find yourself in love as well. Right off Regent Street hides this beautiful Italian restaurant which has now started welcoming pop ups from around the world.
Last month they welcomed Aman Da Bravo from Istanbul. Aman Da Bravo puts a twist on traditional Turkish dishes and keeps the menu pretty simple yet innovative. Their menu changes seasonally but for the September pop up, we got to try to below dishes.
Barbecoa is Jamie Oliver’s steak restaurant, based in St Paul’s in the One New Change shopping centre. When you hear Jamie Oliver’s name on any restaurant, your expectations are automatically set pretty high. I was pleasantly surprised by the interior and swankiness of the restaurant given that its in a mall. The restaurant is located on the 2nd floor with some areas of it overlooking the beautiful St Paul’s cathedral, make sure you request for such a table!
Sheraton Park Lane was one of the 4 hotels I got to visit during Afternoon Tea Week with Starwood hotels. After an Instagram vote, you guys wanted a full review of the pretty Dalmatian Tea so I went back for another visit on a surprisingly sunny Sunday afternoon.
Sheraton Park Lane is a dog friendly hotel that celebrated the 55 year anniversary of the 101 Dalmatians movie release by creating the Dotted Dalmatian Tea. The tea is served in their beautiful Palm Court lounge with dimmed lights, comfortable furniture and a harp playing in the background. Its really one of those places that makes you feel at home and relaxed as soon as you walk in.