Smoking Goat, Shoreditch High Street, London

I spent a lot of time in East London whilst I was back in the UK; with covid restrictions and most people still working from home, it was a great chance to enjoy one of my old stomping grounds without the usual crowds. Smoking Goat initially opened as a Thai BBQ and dive-bar in Soho…

Darjeeling Express, Covent Garden, London.

Asma Khan is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most impressive restaurateurs and I was extremely excited to FINALLY be able to eat at her Covent Garden restaurant, Darjeeling Express, back in September shortly before I returned to Asia. Whilst their evening menu is a set tasting menu, lunch is an A La Carte affair known…

“My First Sushi” GUEST POST – Benjamin Vallance (Aged 10)

One of my favourite blogs is “1 dish 4 the road” by Aaron Vallance and when he mentioned on Twitter that his 10 year old son Ben had submitted his fist ever piece of food writing to a food writing competition, I offered to pay Ben his first writers commission ($5) in order to publish…

The Silver Cup, Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Life has a funny way of coming full circle, so it is perhaps unsurprising that whilst I was back in the UK I spent a couple of months working for the son of the lady who gave me my start in the hospitality business at Harpendens fabled “Billys Bar & restaurant” back in 1998. Landlord…