Pretty pink perfection – Sketch The Gallery, Mayfair

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


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Raw Filipino small plates & artisan ice cream – Kinilaw & Buko, Hoxton

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


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Japanese/Peruvian sharing dishes & Pisco’s on demand – Flesh & Buns, Fitzrovia


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


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