A Festive Feast at Ping Pong, Soho

Cuisine: Chinese Dim Sum
Price: £££
Overall Score: 3/5

Swank Factor: 3/5

The atmosphere at Ping Pong branches are always welcoming, from the decor and music, to the staff's relaxed approach. The subtle lighting and the minimalist black wooden furnishings also aid in creating a modern oriental atmosphere in the restaurant.

This informal feel is also present at the Ping Pong branch in Soho, so we headed there to try their recently launched new menu. Think of it as a pick and mix of your favourite steamed, baked, fried and griddles goodies that you can share amongst friends!

Chotto Matte, Soho

Cuisine: Nikkei - Peruvian/Japanese
Price: £££
Overall: 5/5

Swank Levels: 4/5

Chotto Matte has been hailed as the place foodies go to have fun. With promises of exceptional Nikkei cuisine alongside a buzzy party atmosphere, mostly fuelled by the loud modern eclectic music, this vast three storey restaurant is a party starter.

The Little Yellow Door, Notting Hill

Location: Notting Hill
Price: £££
Overall: 4/5
Swank Factor: 3/5

Last weekend I gathered a big group of friends and headed to The Ultimate Dinner Party at The Little Yellow Door.
Located just a few steps away from Notting Hill Gate station, we knocked on the yellow door and made our way up some steep steps to be greeted and welcomed into a quirky and intimate living room with long tables set for a feast.

Ceru, Cannon Street

Cuisine: Levantine
Price: £££
Overall: 4/5

Swank Factor: 3/5

Ceru and it's distinctive Eastern Mediterranean flavours has already made it’s previous pop-up restaurants a great success and their newest location is set in the financial heart of London.

Ceru’s food is vibrant and healthy and is best enjoyed when it is shared between friends, family, work colleagues or fellow bloggers, who were my company for a lovely evening meal!

The Meat Co, White City

Cuisine: South African Steak House
Price: £££
Swank Factor: 4/5
Overall: 5/5

The Meat Co bar area
I've been to Westfield London quite a few times which means I've walked by The Meat Co many times. Although there are quite a few nice parts to Westfield (especially the Village shops...hello Tiffany's) I never really thought of it as the type of place for really nice dining options. But out on the Southern Terrace you can find The Meat Co.

Celebrating Austria Day at Fischer’s

Cuisine: Viennese Cafe
Location: Marylebone
Price: £££
Swank Factor: 4/5

Overall: 4/5

Fischer’s is a beautiful cafe and restaurant located on Marylebone High Street. Their classic Viennese café menu runs from breakfast to morning coffee, through to lunch, mid-afternoon snacks and a full dinner service. But best of all, it is the perfect place to linger over a decadent and authentic Viennese coffee and cake and to celebrate Austria day, this is exactly what we did!

Grub Crawl, Brixton Village

As a total foodie, when I heard about the concept behind Grub Crawl, I just couldn’t wait to try it out!

The idea behind Grub Crawl is simple but enticing - you have your starter in one restaurant, main in another and, dessert in another, allowing you to try out three different restaurant in one go - #FoodieHeaven!
Grub Crawl is run by Hannah (of That Adventurer) and we met her one evening in Brixton earlier this month to start our foodie adventure.

MUGA, Soho

Cuisine: Japanese
Price: £££
Swank Factor: 2/5
Overall: 1/5

As a vegetarian, the dishes at Japanese restaurants have been mixed in my experience. For instance, Sake No Hana in Mayfair was an absolute treat and I found food to enjoy and who can say no to Blue Mondays at Yo Sushi with their scrummy Tofu Katsu Curry. I therefore approached my dinner at Muga with some hope yet hesitation.

The décor inside the central London restaurant is quite minimalist and the seating consists of benches and stools only. Many of these stools are around the kitchen so you can watch your meal being made in front of your eyes which can be a pro or con considering how much you are enjoying their creations.

Bunnychow, Soho

Cuisine: South Africa
Price: £££
Overall: 4/5

Veggie Bunny
Swank Factor:2/5

One reason I love London is for the variety of cuisines that can be found on its bustling streets. So when I heard of a new restaurant in Soho that was serving up a cuisine I hadn’t tried before -  South African Street Food - I had to give it a try!

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

Location: Fitzrovia
Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
Price: £££
Overall: 5/5 

Swank Factor: 5/5 

Michelin star-awarded Sketch is composed of two expansive floors made up of a variety of spaces that serve food throughout the day. The beautiful Gallery is one of these spaces where Afternoon Tea is served.