Dinner at Race Lane, East Hampton, New York

Last week we managed a quick trip to East Hampton and as it was all very last-minute, we didn’t have a dinner reservation. So I scrabbled around on Friday eve on OpenTable (you got to love them) and found Race Lane.

Race Lane, East HamptonImage: Race Lane

It looked cool, the reviews were good – so we hopped on it. And we managed to get a table in the backyard which is really pretty. A top tip is the bar in the yard looked the perfect place to have a post-beach cocktail.

The food was really good  – my faves were the lobster mac and cheese and the chocolate bread pudding. Yum!

So if you are looking for a relaxed spot for some dinner or a cocktail head here.

A Parisian Weekend: Part 2 – Dinner at Chez Janou

I was looking for a stylish French bistro for our Friday night out. It had to be cute, be in the right part of town (Marais cool – but closer to edgier parts) and have a fabulous friendly vibe. With amazing French food. Enter Chez Janou!

Chez Janou, Paris
The outside of the restaurant is super cute with a green and white awning. You are greeted by a crowd of happy drinkers who are outside sharing a few drinks while waiting for a table. Push your way inside and you find a half-moon bar crowded with people.

Chez Janou, Paris

The restaurant tables are all hidden behind the bar façade. Chez Janou is a perfect small restaurant with tables not to close together but close enough to chat to your new friends if you need to. We did.

The food was delicious – with a hit of sunshine from Provence – think gambas in pastis while drinking rose wine. And the best way to finish off is with their famous chocolate mousse.

Go here and enjoy the super Paris vibe. And check out their cool mini film on Chez Janou.

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Navy Beach Restaurant, Montauk

Navy Beach Restaurant, Montauk

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means the official start of the US summer and time for New Yorkers to start heading to the Hamptons for the weekend.

Last year we headed further east to Montauk located at the tip of South Fork Peninsula of Long Island. At the end of an amazing 3 hour train journey we found the perfect place – like a hot Cornwall with beautiful countryside, stunning beaches, surfers, pool parties and cool restaurants.

One of these restaurants, called Navy Beach was a cycle ride away from our hotel. Hidden away on its own beach (of the same name) this fabulous restaurant is the perfect place to while away the evening sipping cocktails and eating local clam & corn chowder, mussels and cerviche.

Sitting on this beach, feels like you have discovered a tiny part of the South of France mixed with Ibiza (the quiet cool bit). So head here to see the sunset and enjoy the beauty of the place.

For bookings visit the Navy Beach restaurant.

Image courtesy of Navy Beach

Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, Nolita, New York

Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, Nolita, New York

So I cycled past this place a few Sundays ago and then was lucky enough to go back with a friend last week.

And what a fantastic place. Firstly I LOVE the interior! Whoever thought of placing a kombi camper in a taco restaurant deserves an award. Kombi campers exude happiness in my eyes and I’ve loved them since my friends and I decided to travel Europe in one after college (we didn’t!).

So anyway back to Tacombi. You sit at a table (shared or not) surrounded by boxes of beer and then eat some great tacos. I had the crispy ensenada fish taco and a beef picadillo – both were amazing.  All washed down with a Bohemia beer or two.

Three things -1. You must go here the food and decor are fantastic. 2. I noticed they did a breakfast menu – I will be back. And 3. Be sparing on the green yoghurt looking sauce on the table (it’s REALLY hot!).

Finally it’s really good value. What’s not to love! To see more visit Tacombi.

Image copyright Chris Goldberg

The Dutch, W South Beach, Miami

The Dutch, W South Beach, MiamiIf you are hanging out in Miami Beach this weekend, drop by The Dutch for some easy American fare and cool dining. Created by New York’s Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom (of The Dutch NYC fame) and long-time Miami locals Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo, the restaurant is housed in the ever-hip W South Beach.

The Dutch, W South Beach, MiamiOn our visit we had oysters and the corvina ceviche with celery and fresno chili which was a fave dish. And it goes without saying we enjoyed some great cocktails. For some reason Whiskey Sours – they were good.

The space was designed by the Meyer Davis studio, known for creating epic spaces for Oscar de la Renta’s boutiques and fine dining establishments such as Nobu South Hampton.

Top tip – after dinner take your drinks out to the pool to chill out.

For more information visit The Dutch.

Pictures courtesy of The Dutch

The Hampshire Hog, Hammersmith

The Hampshire HogI am excited to check out The Hampshire Hog Pub + Pantry tonight in Hammersmith for some fun summer style drinks. The hog is the new gastro pub by those great guys Abigail Osborne and Tamsin Olivier who used to run The Engineer in Primrose Hill. The Engineer was the scene of many Sunday roasts which sadly closed when the lease ran out last year. Anyway onwards and upwards as Abigail and Tamsin have now opened the hog in Hammersmith to great acclaim. Nice one guys!

The hog promises delicious drinks, dinner, brunch and Sunday lunch. Plus a craft club where you can make a necklace out of a tie! What’s not to like! Perfect for a summer style weekend.

For more information see The Hampshire Hog.

Martin Creed Creates a Masterpiece at Sketch

Sketch, Martin Creed InstallationEveryone who knows London, recognises Sketch is the establishment of cool. It’s a place to hang out for delicious cocktails, to dine in the amazing Gallery restaurant or eat cake and coffee with friends. Most of all it’s a place where design / art / food go hand in hand happily. So it’s no surprise that this iconic destination, created in 2002 by Mourad Mazouz is celebrating it’s 10 birthday in style.

To do this, Sketch has teamed up with artist and Turner-prize winner, Martin Creed to create an extremely cool art installation.  In essence, Martin Creed has taken the Gallery restaurant space and created a functional yet decorative installation. These latest works are titled No 1347 and No. 1343.

In the gallery space, large-scale colourful paint patterns adorn the walls, which vibrate and dominate the room. There is an incredible marble floor with every type of available marble included (96) – to create an even more visual effect.

Then there is the furniture and restaurant necessities, which have been chosen to ensure every object is different. So each plate, glass, spoon etc has an individual design with a mixture of mass-produced and handcrafted, modern and antique items. An example of the chairs include these exceptional designs by Ligne Roset.

Ligne Roset Facett Dining ChairLigne Roset, La Pliee ChairLigne Roset, Saint James ChairLigne Roset Guggen ChairLigne Roset TV ChairLigne Roset Curule

So go to be amazed and enjoy this space as a gallery installation but also an incredible restaurant. Happy birthday Sketch!

For more information visit Sketch.