Dim Sum Dinner at Ping Pong, Waterloo.

Ping Pong is a lively group of restaurants serving fresh Dim Sum, cocktails and elegant Chinese teas. They’ve got nine locations in London and last week we a group of 10 went for drinks at their Southbank restaurant, with 5 of us staying for dinner. We were celebrating the return of Hattie – our super yacht extraordinaire who’d been living on a boat in Croatia for two years cooking for wealthy Russians. Here’s what we made of Ping Pong…

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Kimchee, Holborn – fast Korean food

I often see queue’s out of the door at the un-bookable Kimchee, where you’ll find an army of chefs preparing crowd-pleasing Korean dishes in an enormous open kitchen which sits alongside a huge airy dining room. Last week I got a Korean craving and swung by Kimchee with a good friend.

kimchee korean restaurant central london cheap

kimchee korean restaurant central london cheap

kimchee korean restaurant central london cheap

kimchee korean restaurant central london cheap

kimchee korean restaurant central london cheap

kimchee korean restaurant central london cheap

kimchee korean restaurant central london cheap

kimchee korean restaurant central london cheap

kimchee korean restaurant central london cheap

kimchee korean restaurant central london cheap

Yes I would absolutely go back whether on business, a date or joyfully flying solo #GOKIMCHEE

x The London Whistler x

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Dinner at Black and Blue, Wigmore Street

Last Tuesday night I had 45 minutes to find a restaurant to suit:

  • A hungry South African who needed to stay within 200 meters of Oxford Street
  • A very strict no-carb eater & meat connoisseur
  • A flustered lawyer who’s tired of complicated restaurants, and
  • A part-time vegetarian.

Black & Blue on Wigmore Street stepped up to the challenge and succeeded. Here it is in pictures…

Black and blue steak restaurant oxford circus wigmore street

Black and blue steak restaurant oxford circus wigmore street

Black and blue steak restaurant oxford circus wigmore street

Black and blue steak restaurant oxford circus wigmore street

Black and blue steak restaurant oxford circus wigmore street

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Black and blue steak restaurant oxford circus wigmore street

Black and blue steak restaurant oxford circus wigmore street

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With six locations and counting there’s plenty of cow to go around. Personally it’s not for me, there’s only so much goats cheese and iceberg you can eat.

x The London Whistler x 

90-92 WIGMORE STREET LONDON W1U 3RD

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Colbert Chelsea – brunch for four

Colbert offers customers brunch dishes like Eggs Benedict or a full English breakfast from 8am all the way through to 11pm – this brings me much happiness.

Coming across any restaurant talent in Sloane Square is a challenge but if you can get a table at the terribly busy Colbert, you’ll be ok – it ticks every box. This weekend I went for a casual, delicious brunch with three girl friends and a dog called Snoop.

Colbert chelsea brunch lunch dinner menu

Colbert chelsea brunch lunch dinner menu

Colbert chelsea brunch lunch dinner menu

colbert chelsea brunch wine bar

colbert chelsea menu brunch lunch dinner

Colbert chelsea brunch lunch dinner menu

Colbert chelsea brunch lunch dinner menu

Colbert chelsea brunch lunch dinner menu

Colbert chelsea brunch lunch dinner menu

Would I recommend it: Yes if you need french staples, good service in a smart casual setting. No if you’re going to be snooty about not literally being transported into the middle of Paris, as many London diners expect these days.

x The London Whistler x

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‘Bite’ – the newest addition to London’s street food markets

There’s a new food market on the block especially for hungry east-end city folk. Although this one may be smaller than the likes of Borough and Spitalfields… it packs a powerful selection of food & flavour. You can’t beat it for a decent Friday lunch.

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Attended by some of London’s best street food vendors, ‘Bite’ street food market welcomes a range of independent street food stalls, live music and a pop-up bar – bringing eats and beats to historic Chrisp Street on the last Friday of each month from 11am-3pm. Sept has just taken place proving very popular and the next one is 24th Oct – make note.

Chrisp Street in Poplar, East London has hosted a market selling household goods, clothes, fruit and vegetables and everything in-between since the early 1950s. It’s the perfect spot for Bite to give a platform to the burgeoning food talent in East London.

Street food market London canary wharf

The food on offer is superb from Lousianna style gumbo and cornbread, to grilled marinated meat, Lebanese wraps, Chinese, Thai and Malaysian pancakes, pulled pork sandwiches and homemade mini brioche, ox cheek, and pulled lamb – some of which start from just £1.50. There’s literally something from every corner of the world.

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Bite is located opposite All Saints station, just a four-minute walk away from Canary Wharf on the DLR – well worth a visit to spruce up your Friday! Great work Bite.

Street food market London canary wharf

x The London Whistler x

Find out more www.bitestreetfood.com and follow them @bitestreetfood