Lima Floral – Covent Garden, London

Can you book? Yes
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Price paid per person: £40

A few years ago I went to the restaurant that occupied what is now the Lima Floral site. The food was very good but the lack of other people and atmosphere was disappointing. Oddly enough, years later something similar can be said of Lima Floral. Is it the fact that it’s on a cobbled side road and doesn’t get much passing trade? Or is it just timing, and had I gone a significant amount of time after Christmas it would have been heaving? Continue reading


Chotto Matte – Soho, London

Chotto Matte is the sort of restaurant where you’re asked by your waitress, “have you been to Chotto Matte before? No? Would you like me to explain the concept?” I must admit I find this ever so slightly pretentious. It’s 7.30pm on a Tuesday night, I had lunch 7 hours ago and I’m quite peckish, surely the concept is just pick something you like the look of, hopefully enjoy your food and your dinner company, and be on your way. Nevertheless, there is a concept at Chotto Matte, a sharing concept. Don’t get me wrong readers, I’m always up for sharing so you get to try more than one dish, but is it really necessary to call it a concept.. Continue reading