Blog bites: What we're reading

blog bitesLooking for dining inspiration? Here’s our round-up of recent reviews, news bites and more from some of our favourite food bloggers, twitterers and restaurant experts.

A Southern Belle in London paid a visit to Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar, the Covent Garden restaurant formerly known as Navajo Joe.

On Tamarind & Thyme, Su-Lin wrote about her birthday dinner at Bocca di Lupo, a buzzy Italian restaurant on Soho’s Archer Street. The primi dishes are especially good here and Su-Lin loved the deftly fried squid and linguine with ‘the sweetest tomatoes and very savoury crab meat scattered through’. Seats at Bocca fill up fast so book ahead for a night of Italian indulgence.

Kavey Eats enjoyed a visit to Alan Yau’s Islington eatery, Naamyaa Café, and raved about the daily special. “Fried Eggs with Chilli Jam were incredible. The eggs cooked perfectly so that the yolk was a viscous pool of golden liquid, the white was set but not rubbery, with a lovely crisp “skin” from being briefly deep fried. The chilli jam was a deeply savoury mush with a welcome fishy umami note; so intense and so good I would order it on its own.”

In Brighton, The Graphic Foodie saw great potential in GB1, the smart seafood restaurant at The Grand Hotel. “My skate wing with samphire was beautifully cooked…I think with a little more refinement and tweak here and there could be a fantastic destination restaurant for the hotel.” It seems toptable diners agree; the restaurant has been getting great reviews recently.

Hot Dinners have the scoop on Jason Atherton’s latest venture, Berners Tavern, which opens at the EDITION Hotel in Fitzrovia this September. According to Atherton, the contemporary British menu ‘will be simple yet elegant, using the best of British ingredients and change of seasons.’

And finally, our friends at london-eating posted a handy list of restaurants and cafes that serve afternoon tea for under £20. The £17 tea at Dean Street Townhouse sounds like a Soho bargain!