This week brought a full house of dining and drinking treats, with nary a dud in sight. A trip to Marylebone newcomer Twist at Crawford proved that it’s not only the Salt Yard Group (the brains behind Dehesa et al) who can nail the concept of border-hopping Spanish/Italian tapas. There wasn’t a single thing about this lovely restaurant that we didn’t like: every dish, from knobbly fettuccine with mushroom and truffle sauce to sweet prawns counterpointed by an earthy Jerusalem artichoke purée, showed real talent from the kitchen.
Then it was over to W8 for a recce of the long-awaited relaunch of Indian kingpin Zaika, which is back in its original – and impressive – Kensington High Street location (a former bank). New chef Sanjay Gour didn’t disappoint, with creatively updated versions of traditional Indian dishes that more than live up to their plush surroundings… and large price tag.
And finally to Stoke Newington for a nightcap at 125 Church Street, a bar that looks and feels right for a neighbourhood that is becoming more and more hipster with each new drinking den that opens. Never mind that it follows the tried-and-tested formula of most new bars these days with bare brick, filament bulbs, and… you get the picture. The main thing is that the drinks hit the spot – particularly the craft beer selection. The toasties are worth your time, too.