Coda Dessert Bar (Berlin)

After a brief hiatus to deal with the less appealing aspects of student life (exams), Sym's Big Day Out is back with a special review from Berlin! Known for being at the cutting edge of, well, pretty much everything, it's no surprise that Berlin has its fair share of innovative and creative food concepts. As … Continue reading Coda Dessert Bar (Berlin)



The concept of excessive consumption of American-inspired, barbecued meat is hardly a novel one, these days. The likes of Red's True BBQ (originating in Leeds and spreading out to Manchester and, more recently, Shoreditch) and Bodean's (a safe bet in London) have prospered greatly as a result of our insatiable approach towards all things smoky and meaty. Though few carnivores … Continue reading Smokestak

Hummus Bros (Holborn)

Since beginning this blog, I've too often drifted away from the core idea: reviewing food that's affordable - on a regular basis - for students in London. I'm confident that this post is a step back in the right direction, and it will also be of appropriate reading for those enduring a self-righteous January health … Continue reading Hummus Bros (Holborn)

Yauatcha (Soho)

As my inamo review showed, my discovery of East Asian food is still very much in its infancy. In an attempt to flourish in my understanding of such food, I soon found myself in Yauatcha's Soho restaurant, in pursuit of of a variety of dim sum dishes on a student budget. Those familiar with London's restaurant scene … Continue reading Yauatcha (Soho)

La Chapelle

The Galvin brothers teamed up over 10 years ago, with a view to opening a number of restaurants, each providing the best food in its given cuisine. These include: Windows, on the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton, which champions elegant, contemporary French food; and, La Chapelle, which focuses more on traditional, familiar French fare. I've … Continue reading La Chapelle


Marcus is the flagship restaurant of the eponymous chef, Marcus Wareing. Wareing learned the tricks of the trade from Gordon Ramsay, and has gained public attention as, among other things, a judge on Masterchef: The Professionals. These notable endeavours have not, however, led to him taking his eye off the ball: the jewel in his crown … Continue reading Marcus

Tramshed (Mark Hix) – Review

Tramshed is Mark Hix's contribution to Shoreditch, with the simple aim of delivering chicken and steak in an elegant manner. Indeed, the Damien Hirst installation, Cock and Bull, in the centre of the restaurant means that it is hard for any diner to forget the purpose of this converted electricity generation station. The previous sentence perhaps … Continue reading Tramshed (Mark Hix) – Review