Insatiable Magpie

All the trimmings.

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Dark Sugars  | £££££ | ★★★★☆ |  141 Brick Ln, Tower Hamlets, E1 6SB
Hand dusted truffles. You don’t need a sweet tooth for these. Chilli, gin & lime, overdose, ginger & honey… Definitely going back to sample the liquid sea salt and caramel…
Bar Americain | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood St, Soho, W1F 7ED 
It may be a little costly in here but my God, the cocktails. The French Aperitif in particular. I could drink this all day long.
Baiwei | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | 8 Little Newport Street, China Town, WC2H 7JJ
The food is delicious. The portion sizes are pretty admirable. And the atmosphere (especially upstairs) is just right for this sort of place. Love it. Coming back again for these pig’s trotters and frozen tofu. Yum!
Chinatown Bakery | £££££ | ★★★☆☆ | 7 Newport Pl, Chinatown, WC2H 7JR
Cave of wonders; so many different baos that I never knew existed. and for aonly £1-2, definitely coming back for further samples.
City Spice | £££££ | ★★★☆☆ | 138 Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets, E1 6RU
With the right discounts, this place is not half bad at all! Palong sag, lamb jalfrezi, dhal masalder and the rest.
Young Cheng | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | 76 Shaftesbury Ave, China Town, W1D
Roast duck, roast pork, veg and fried noodles for >£6. I’ve probably been here about 100-150 times. Still the best cheap eat in London for me.
The London Particular | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | 399 New Cross Road, New Cross, SE14 6LA
The Particular Brunch bowl; a delicious mix of well-sourced ingredients. What more could you want? (Other than another few slices of sourdough. Yum.)That garlic roast mushroom by the way. Game changer.
The Dartmouth Arms | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | 7 Dartmouth Rd, Forest Hill, SE23 3HN
Easy drinks. Nice atmosphere. Next to the station. Lovely.
Caffe Concerto | £££££ | ★★★☆☆ | 29-31 Piccadilly, W1J 0LF
Huge portions and sugar overload. Creamy and quite delicious actually.
HomecookingMy first ever Iberico Jamon. 11kg of pure beauty. Slightly concerned how it will fit into my jamonera.
Cafe TPT | £££££ | ★★★☆☆ | 21 Wardour St, Chinatown, London W1D 6PN
Tiny little cafe with a cheap, predominantly Cantonese menu. It’s hard to go wrong with duck and rice. And it’s only £2.80 for a (not even half bad) glass of wine. 
Pho | £££££ | ★★★☆☆ | 39 Upper St, Islington, N1 0PN
Beef brisket and rare steak pho. Tasty but I prefer it in the atmosphere of a good ol’ Vietnamese canteen.
Road House | £££££ | ★★★☆☆ | 35 The Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2E 8BE
The American diner wasn’t exactly great (imagine Wetherspoons, despite the beautiful oozing Camembert) but good atmosphere and mix of cheesey/garage music. Not too packed for a Friday night. If you’re a girl, watch out for those pesky predators.
Cellar Door | £££££ | ★★★☆☆ | 0 Aldwych, Covent Garden, WC2E 7DN
An intimate little bar, based in a former disused public toilet with a lovely atmosphere if not too packed. £15/6 for two white wine spritzers though. Bit much. The actual toilets themselves are worth investigating though…
Beatroot | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | 92 Berwick St, Soho, W1F 0QD
Nothing better than a big box of veggie food to sort you out. Including lasagne, lentil dal, coleslaw, broccoli with sesame seeds, roasted veg and a sausage roll.