Rigo, Fulham

Fulham is in need of some destination restaurants and Rigo has filled the gap in this area’s culinary offering. This small and smart new restaurant is found on the quieter end of the New King’s Road and is certainly not showy from the exterior, but inside chef Gonzalo Luzarraga’s menu is surprising and thrilling in equal measure.

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When we arrived for our early evening meal the restaurant was empty and we had the staff’s attention all to ourselves. The staff are eager to please and are obviously proud of this new eatery as they speak passionately about the food and wine on offer.

In the evening the menus are made up of smaller taster dishes, there is the choice of the Signature £78 pp Tasting menu or the A la carte where you can choose 5 courses for £56 pp. For a lighter meal visit Rigo at lunchtime when they offer 2 or 3 course menu for £22 / £28.

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Our meal began with a collection of snacks, each beautifully assembled and the perfect bite-size. Simply named Rose, Mortadella and Tripe I wasn’t sure what to expect… each bite was exquisite, tiny collections of unusual ingredients cooked and presented perfectly. I was quite proud of myself for enjoying the tripe so much, a crunchy crisped up canape topped with homemade aioli. Soon after our snacks came the freshly made sourdough bread and anchovy butter.

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Rigo is loosely speaking an Italian restaurant, although Gonzalo draws on many influences from his experiences round the world and I soon forgot about the Italian theme. One of the my favourite courses was one of the simplest, a vibrant tomato tart with verbena extract. It was a fresh and fruity taste of summer.

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Other memorable courses included an outstanding beef tartare with truffle which was delicately prepared but delivered a massive punch of flavour, and 7 year aged riso Acquerello with black garlic and lardo which was a comforting and luxuriously rich dish.

For dessert we tried the porcini mushroom creme brulee with caramelised popcorn and black sesame. It took a few mouthfuls to adjust to the savoury-sweet flavour but the combination of textures and tastes worked. Our fresh mint tea was accompanied by decadent chocolate truffles.

Rigo is an exciting new addition to the Fulham dining scene. Foodies will enjoy an evening here with chef Gonzalo treating you to his finest inventions. But those who can’t manage a 7-course dinner should visit at lunchtime when you can sample the brilliant food for a snip of the price.

More information and book a table at Rigo here.

Brunch at The Lanesborough

Fresh from its recent renovation the Lanesborough is one of the most iconic and exquisite hotels in London. I loved the lunch I had at their Michelin-starred restaurant, Celeste, so when they started serving weekend brunch I was the first in line to try it out.

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The dining room is a masterpiece of design, decorated in a pretty shade of baby blue and filled with antique furniture and ornaments. The generously spaced tables are topped with neat white tableclothes and dainty cutlery. A large glass domed ceiling lets in plenty of natural light which illuminates the tables below and adds a sense of endless space.

We arrived early for brunch, just as hotel guests were finishing their last crumbs of breakfast, and had the opportunity to admire the great room empty, noticing every gorgeous detail.

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The brunch menu has something for everyone… from breakfast classics to Sunday lunch treats. We opted for the breakfast end of the spectrum, ordering Eggs Benedict and Smashed Avocado on toast with poached eggs. It seemed almost rude not to try the famous Lanesborough pancakes so we had some of those too, oh and some fresh red fruits for added nutrition!

Every dish was carefully assembled and presented so beautifully that it seemed a shame to delve in and ruin the beautiful dishes. The Eggs Benedict were rich and indulgent, perfectly orange-yolked eggs oozed and the hollandaise sauce was wonderfully creamy and well-seasoned. Pancakes were, unsurprisingly, the real star of the table though, fluffy and light thick pancakes topped with seasonal berries and maple syrup.

The Lanesborough also excel at the simple things… good pastries and freshly squeezed juices. Though there was a little room for improvement on the coffee making skills.

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After a long leisurely walk in Hyde Park head for an indulgent brunch at The Lanesborough… I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning in London.

More information and book a table for brunch at The Lanesborough here.

Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

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 The Mamilla Hotel is part of a group of five hotels (with other properties in London, Paris and Amsterdam). When I walked into the grand contemporary lobby I immediately felt that this hotel welcomes a large international crowd, and the sleek design would particularly appeal to younger, creative guests. The building has been designed by the Italian architect Piero Lissoni and carefully blends the the historic charm of the area with modern design and features. The name Mamilla means “I believe in God”.

There are 194 rooms in total which makes this hotel a good option for smaller group trips travelling to experience Jerusalem. It is also lovely for couples visiting Jerusalem for the weekend or families on holiday here. We were very at home in our lovely Executive bedroom, which was decorated in muted shades of beige and maroon and had simple but classy furniture. All the materials were natural and gave a sophisticated look to the room.

 The amazing Akasha spa is reason alone to visit the Mamilla Hotel. This huge retreat has won numerous awards and was named one of the top 9 spas in the world by Conde Nast. Along with a heated indoor pool and sundeck there is a computerised meditation room, 7 treatment rooms, a gym and spinning room. Yoga sessions and personal trainers are available to book and there is a wide variety of treatments to choose from. The spa gets busy with both hotel guests and locals who come to escape the hot busy city and enjoy a moment of calm.

The Mamilla Hotel provided the perfect home for our short stay in Jerusalem, a modern and luxurious contrast to the beautiful old city.

More information and book a stay at the Mamilla Hotel here.