1+1=3 at London’s new Electric Diner


A single cheeseburger at the Electric Diner contains two patties; a double cheeseburger, three patties.

Crispy fries “au cheval” with Mornay sauce

The George Osborne arithmetic is a Christmas gift to London from Brendan Sodikoff, chef/owner of Chicago’s Au Cheval diner. (Au cheval is French for “on horseback” or, in food parlance, “with an egg on top”.)

In late September, Matt Duckor, posting on Bon Appétit magazine’s blog, rated the single cheeseburger with two patties at Sodikoff’s year-old designer diner as the best in America.

The Soho House group of restaurants and hotels took inspiration from – and then a partnership with – Sodikoff when it transformed the Electric Brasserie, beside the historic Electric Cinema in London’s Notting Hill, into the ElectricDiner, which opened on Monday. [Read more…]

A Rosetta By Any Other Name…

Rosette – Neapolitan pizza "roses"
Saporitalia, London

Saporitalia, 222 Portobello Road, London W11 1LJ (see map)

Great Coffee in West London? Somebody Pinch Me.

Prufrock at Woodhouse

Jeremy Challender and Gwilym Davies do not, as a general rule, wear £200 jeans but they seem to like pulling espressos in shops that sell them. The baristas behind Prufrock Coffee have parked an espresso machine just inside the shop window of Woodhouse, a designer menswear boutique at 189 Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill, West London (see map).  Their other in-store espresso bar is in East London at the Shoreditch designer menswear boutique Present. [Read more…]

A London chippy off the old block

george periccos handsGeorge Periccos fish barGeorge Periccos and cod

In my sometimes uphill search for great London chippies, George’s Portobello Fish Bar in Notting Hill had the appearance of a dead cert. [Read more…]