NAME: Sketch – The Gallery
WHAT IS IT?: The much Instagrammed perfectly pink dining room in the multi-venue Sketch townhouse, with food as imaginative as its decor.
MY PICKS: Duck breast (£38.00), Tchouki (£11.00)
CAN I TAKE MY VEGAN FRIEND?: Yes – the menu clearly indicates the vegan options, although there aren’t many (2 starters and 2 mains – no desserts!). It’s worth noting that we found Sketch Gallery pretty inflexible in altering dishes. Nonetheless, I guarantee they’ll enjoy the experience.
HOW MUCH DID WE SPEND?: £535.26 between 6 including alcohol (before discounts and service charge)
WHERE IS IT?: 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG
CLOSEST TUBE: Oxford Circus/Bond Street
NAME: Kinilaw & Buko
WHAT IS IT?: A modern take on Filipino cuisine and experimental artisan ice cream.
MY PICKS: Mustasa Cradled Duck Egg Kinilaw (£5.50), Kilawin Coconut Fire Kinilaw (£7.00), Pop Star Buko (£3.00/£5.00)
CAN I TAKE MY VEGAN FRIEND?: Definitely! With two vegan kinilaw choices, sweet potato seasoned rice and three vegan buko choices, they’ll be well fed.
HOW MUCH DID WE SPEND?: £130.00 between 3 including alcohol (before discounts and service charge)
WHERE IS IT?: 104 Hoxton St, London, N1 6SG
CLOSEST TUBE: Hoxton/Old Street
NAME: Flesh & Buns
WHAT IS IT?: The second branch of the popular Izakaya restaurant from the people behind Bone Daddies. A bit bigger, a bit more Peruvian and with Pisco’s on demand.
MY PICKS: Crisp Piglet Belly (£15.20), Wagyu Rump Steak (£28.00)
CAN I TAKE MY VEGAN FRIEND?: Yes – but only if they don’t mind their food sharing a grill with non-vegan ingredients, otherwise they’ll be stuck with steamed rice!
HOW MUCH DID WE SPEND?: £320.70 between 8 including alcohol (before discounts and service charge)
WHERE IS IT?: 32 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LR
CLOSEST TUBE: Goodge Street/Tottenham Court Road
I’m a London based professional – but while I have a serious job, I’m not a serious person! I love to write, and take photos (of things usually rather than of myself!), and travel, and eat.
There will likely be a large proportion of posts about Japanese or Italian food. Oh, and probably too many about Disneyland.
I’ve named the blog Lissa Loves… for a reason – it’s a positive place for me to write about my experiences, my travels and my recommendations. I won’t be reviewing just for the sake of reviewing.
Random things I love: sushi, Japanese anything, Disney, novelty cocktails, novelty shaped food, gin, horror movies, heavy metal, pizza, black, Sailor Moon, French bulldogs, tattoos, fine dining, street food, festivals, afternoon tea…
For any questions, collaborations or just to say hello, please do get in touch! I’d love to hear from you.