My new favourite spot in East London. Hidden away upstairs in the imposing, deco-style Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, is the less formal sister to the michelin starred restaurant downstairs, Viajante. Dishes, or perhaps creations is a better word, include prawn porridge, iberico pork with bitter leaves and winter relish and chocolate pasta with watercress. I’m not really a fan of experimental for experimental’s sake but head chef Nuno Mendes manages to create really thought-provoking and inventive food that’s still amazingly tasty and seasonal. Fine gastronomy without the stuffy white tablecloths: my kind of place.
Cavalière, South of France
The best thing about Provence (apart from the gorgeous weather & scenery…) is the fabulous Mediterranean produce. One of my favourite lunches: tomato, red onion and avocado salsa with lots of smelly French cheeses and a pain aux céréales all fresh from the local Monday morning market. Simple mais délicieux!
If you’re not a Sex and the City fan this won’t mean much to you, but if you’re a fanatic like me - you’ll know exactly what this is: the restaurant where Carrie meets Aleksandr Petrovsky’s ex-wife for lunch in the final episode. The restaurant is called Kong, and has become a Paris institution since the TV series. It might not have the best food in Paris, it might not have the best cocktails in Paris, but when you walk in and see that sweeping view of Pont Neuf and those kooky Japanese chairs - you know you’re in Carrie’s chic, Manolo Blahnik trodden Paris. Just add Manhattan.