The Brown Cow | London

The Brown Cow
For some reason this amazing pub never made it onto OLBB. Probably because I went here before OLBB was founded and did unfortunately never come back until recently (because there was a lot to check out in between and I do not come in Fulham that often…) So well, just the kind of place that I love. It is an easy place. You’ll have a great ale at the bar while waiting for your brown wooden table with candles. The food is traditional pub food with some real good game dishes (the food is actually fantastic!). The interior is cozy but spacious. They have quite some tables and the pub is also open for brunch! 676 Fulham Road, London | +4420 7384 9559 | Tube; Parsons Green | £££ | Map | Website

Le Coq | London

Le Coq Islington
Love this little restaurant in Islington on walking distance from Highbury & Islington Station and right next to the BEST bar ever (Sawyer and Grey) In le Coq you pick a starter and as a main you’ll get the most amazing, juicy, free range roast chicken with sides of your choice… The interior is cozy with an open plan kitchen, small tables, industrial details and big windows overlooking St Paul’s Road. Perfect restaurant to go as an easy dinner during the week, with your parents when in the neighbourhood or with your romantic date. Probably wise to make a reservation on time if you are planning to go here in the weekend. On top of this they have a private dining room, do take away and office delivery and catering for large parties! 292-294 Saint Paul’s Road, London |+4420 7359 5055 | Tube; Highbury & Islington | £££ |  WebsiteMap

Cépage | London

Cepage Notting Hill
I am back on the road in our hood (and other ‘hoods’ so stay tuned) I am so excited about this new restaurant on Westbourne Park Road! It’s the perfect French little bistro. Small, cozy, good location, delicious food and great wine list. You’ll be served by French, eat French and feel French when here.

The restaurant does not come cheap and the dishes are small and to share. When we were dining here at the bar they told us they are focusing on small proper wine makers in France. So most wines here, you won’t be able to find in the shops in London and are really good. This makes it all more charming to me! Love the place and will definitely be back for more delicious French signature dishes and wine! 69 Westbourne Park road, London W2 5QH | +44203 602 8890 | Twitter: @cepagesWPR | Tube; Royal Oak or Ladbroke Grove | Map

CT Coffee & Coconuts | Amsterdam

CT Coffee and coconuts - Amsterdam - lunch
Now that I’m spending some time in Amsterdam as part of my maternity leave I finally have time to check out what’s new and fun in one of my favourite cities. CT’s is situated in an old twenties style cinema building so think extreme high ceilings, various floors and open plan everything.. A unique space. They did a really good job in making it feel relaxed with a natural look while still keeping it buzzing. Love the black & white photographs on the walls. Probably one of the reasons why it feels good is because it’s almost always busy – be prepared to wait in line for a table on the weekends. On the menu are fresh juices, smoothies, herbal teas, granola, coconut pancakes ( made from almond flour), different salads, a selection of bites and they do dinner too, all very delicious. Ceintuurbaan 282 | Tel: +31203541104 | Website | ££

Bobo Social | London

bobo-social-london-charlotte-street I really enjoyed this new burger place. It’s on the lovely Charlotte Street so perfect for after work dinner, and there are loads of good places to go for drinks before and after. You might think, oh another fancy burger place…. but the difference between most burger places and Bobo Social I think is that it felt like a cosy restaurant instead of something overly trendy where you end up queuing for longer than you end up sitting down for dinner. For starters, you CAN book, secondly the place feels a little like a home – cosy and with friendly waiters, and they serve good drinks (cocktails and wines) and even starters. I absolutely loved the Mushroom and Truffle burger with guacamole and red pepper salsa. They also do a Peanut Butter burger – haven’t tried this one yet so please do let me know if you have. I might have to come back for it. 95 Charlotte Street | Tube: Goodge Street | Tel: +44207 636 9310 | Website | ££

Mazi | Notting Hill, London

Greek restaurant Mazi London Notting HillAmazing food, atmosphere and service at this cool Greek restaurant just off Notting Hill Gate. I wish I had discovered it earlier! It reminded me of summer holidays in Greece with white walls and a simple light decor. We went on a Friday night when it started to get really busy at 7.30pm – glad we made reservations! The lovely Greek waiter suggested to order 2 jars to start with, 2 hot dishes and one signature dish to share between the 2 of us. And so we did. Absolutely loved the grilled aubergine spread which came with really nice bread and a smokey flavour. We also thought the feta tempura was great, to mix with meringue and lemon. The calamari main was special but not our favourite while the greek yoghurt mousse was the perfect end to our dinner. Foodies will enjoy this place. They also have a cute garden in the back. 12-14 Hillgate Street | Tube: Notting Hill Gate | Tel: +44(0)2072293794 | Website | ££

Blanchette | London

Blanchette
Personally I think that we will never get tired of these sort of places. Blanchette is a  super trouper cozy French restaurant in the middle of Soho. There is an urban feel to the interior; bare brick walls and funky lamps combined with a rustic, country French kind of atmosphere. The sharing dishes are simple and nice, the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic night out (candles, dimmed lights and at the moment a beautiful Christmas tree) and its not that hard to get a reservation but the restaurant is quite popular so you do have to book a week in advance for a Friday/Saturday night!
9 D’Arblay St, London |+20 7439 8100 | Tube: Oxford Circus / Tottenham Court Road | ££ | Website

Hamyard Hotel | London

High tea Hamyard Hotel London
I have always been more of an Afternoon Cocktails girl than one for Afternoon Tea but now that I’m pregnant it’s my new favourite thing. Especially at the Hamyard Hotel in Soho. This hotel is the newest opening by the Firmdale Group who are also behind the Covent Garden, Charlotte Street and Soho Hotels in London as well as the Crosby Street Hotel in NYC. All look really cool and colourful. I love how they have a lot of art mixed in too, I always see thing I want to copy for my own flat.. In my opinion the Hamyard one feels the most modern and a little more laid back. Their high tea is perfect including tea, many savoury snacks, cakes and scones for £18. Ps. when you make a reservation I would ask to sit in the orangery area, it’s a little more lively.  1 Ham Yard | Tel: +44(0)20 3642 2000 | Tube: Piccadilly Circus | Website | £££

Vagabond Wines | London

vagabond wines
What a place and what a concept this place is. So clever and simple. Basically, Vagabond is a wine bar in one of my favourite streets in London; Charlotte Street. Always buzzing and full of really nice places to have drinks or dinner. Only Vagabond is not a regular wine bar. The place has 100 wines on tap and you can choose to have a sample of wine  (25 ml), a glass (125ml) or a bottle (or box) to have there or take with you… It is a self serving bar so you basically get the samples out of dispensing machines on the wall with an oyster kind of top up card.
I love this concept because it makes you able to try a variety of really good wines while sitting in a buzzing bar in a great neighbourhood. While sipping, tasting and enjoying your glass you can also order some nibbles or a cheese platter. Clever thinking, no? 25 Charlotte Street, London | Mon-Thu 11:00-23:00 Fri-Sat 11:00 – 24:00 Sun 11:00-20:00 | +4420 3302 4044 | ££ | Website
Vagabond Wines

Chiltern Firehouse | London

Chiltern Firehouse London
The Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant and Hotel is owned by the people who are behind the famous LA Chateau Marmont Hotel so I guess celebs were always going to show up. From Lindsey Lohan, Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacy to David Beckham and the Delevigne sisters.. It’s made it almost impossible to get a table – thanks very much. Anyway, a few weeks ago I was finally able to check it out. I loved the vibe of the old Marylebone Firehouse Station. Both the courtyard area (lovely place for Sunday brunch in summer!) and the restaurant look so nice and felt really busy and buzzing. Great place for people watching. The chef is Nuno Mendes who worked at elBulli and lots of other prestige restaurants so I was expecting really great food. I got the Ceasar Salad which was nice but not amazing, next time I want to try the Crab Doughnuts – they looked so tasty. We had a little peek around the hotel and bar area and absolutely love their living/reading/party room, with a massive dj-set ready to go. I think I’m going to have to book a night at the hotel and pretend I live there one day. 1 Chiltern Street | Tube: Baker Street | Tel: +44(0)20 7073 7676 | Website | ££££