‘Suzu’ means ‘long and healthy life’, a mantra Makiko Sano swears by. Suzu Sushi owner Makiko’s aim is to share with others her love for superfood ingredients and top tips for eating well by inviting novices to make delicious, healthy sushi with her. With a portfolio that includes running the Selfridges sashimi counter and supplying the sushi to Buckingham Palace, Makiko Sano knows her sushi.
‘Just to let you know, we’ve run out of ants. We do however have mealworms instead.’ I tried to stop myself giggling like a maniac, but to no avail. ‘Did you hear what she just said!!?’ I asked my lunch companion incredulously. He nodded slowly and appeared to be turning a little green. With a mouth-watering menu of ethically sourced meats like zebra, wildebeest and crocodile, Archipelago explores the exotic, serving up a sensory dining experience from across the globe with few surprises along the way…
With floor to ceiling windows giving diners a light and spacious environment in which to enjoy their food, Quartier Restaurant’s clean and crisp décor gives it a contemporary, high end feel. Set within the stylish sanctuary that is the Eight Member’s Club penthouse, the restaurant is surrounded by a leafy green terrace, providing the option of al fresco dining for those wishing to enjoy the great outdoors.
On a strip of the Thames known as ‘the Mayfair of the river’, waterside dining takes on a whole new meaning at The Yacht London. The 1927 luxury steam yacht is moored just a minute’s walk from Temple station and offers discerning diners the best of British & continental cuisine, in a rather unusual setting. Visited by Queen Elizabeth herself, The Yacht has received a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence and over 150 rave reviews (I like to think that at least one of these is written by Her Majesty….).With a love for any out of the ordinary dining experience, I made my way down the gangway for a late lunch. If it was good enough for Her Royal Highness, I thought I’d better check it out.
In large converted pub on Bethnal Green Road, just a minute’s walk from Shoreditch High Street station is Les Trois Garcons. The eponymous ‘garcons’ (or ‘three guys’), moved to the pub in 1996 and finding it to be the epitome of Englishness, decided to open a restaurant on the ground floor four years later. With a delectable menu of modern French cuisine, the restaurant fast became the talk of the town and has been catering to the palettes of culinary conscious Londoners, artists and celebrities ever since.