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Som Saa Thai Pop-Up, London


Years back when pop-up restaurants literally “popped up”, we awarded our fictitious ‘Elldrew Loves’ restaurant crown to Dishoom, who brought the old Irani cafe style and flavours of Bombay to London with their first restaurant opening in 2010. Dishoom came to Elldrew’s attention with their pop-up at The Dishoom Chowpatty Beach Bar on the Southbank during the summer of 2011. That day was imprinted on us as we sat Thames side eating in silence, eyes nearly popping out of our heads, as we experienced the flavours of India in a way never experienced before. Their creative cooking and mastery of ingredients has not only tantilised our taste buds since but, to this day, has remained our favourite Indian restaurant…what these guys achieve, serving up traditional food in a modern era, is pure artistry. So whilst Dishoom holds onto the crown for Indian cuisine, we feel it’s time to branch out and add another restaurant to the ‘Elldrew Loves’ Club, Som Saa Thai.

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Busaba Eathai

For a London restaurant chain serving modern Thai food, Busaba does it really well. It has been around for over 15 years, with 12 venues, and was conceived by the famous chef Alan Yau.

It’s a perfect spot for lunch or dinner. The salt and pepper calamari is delicious, the Lab (or Larb as we know it) Salad also packed a punch with flavours and chilli – there was some sweating and possibly a runaway tear – but both worked perfectly with the classic satay chicken (actually one of the best peanut sauces around) and smoked chicken vermicelli noodles. We will be back soon!  


A Bathroom Fit For a King


Here at Planet Elldrew we are 3, or so, years behind an almost entire renovation of what was then our new house. After purchase we changed everything except the bathroom as its current simple style fitted in with our overall design plans, so it just needed a fresh lick of paint at the time.

For the house’s 3rd birthday, and a little treat to ourselves, we decided to finally freshen up that main bathroom. Bathrooms and kitchens are never easy to get right – we spent so much time creating a stylish kitchen that worked with our limited space that we wanted something contemporary for the bathroom, that maintained the masculine aesthetics we have running throughout the rest of the house…the focal point being to create a room that wouldn’t date too quickly (or that we’d become bored of within a week)!

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Vintage Salt, Selfridge’s Rooftop

For those who religiously follow us on Twitter, you will have been bombarded by photos and post updates during our lunch at Vintage Salt; the newest restaurant to take over the rooftop area of Selfridge’s department store in central London.


Designed with a seaside restaurant ‘all things nautical’ theme in mind, and a menu to complement, Elldrew popped in for a late lunch and was totally blown away by the sights and flavours…so much so we’ve paused to give Vintage Salt  it’s own blog post.

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UK Breaks Pt.2: Pennyhill Park



A couple of months after Cowley we took the opportunity of a bank holiday to visit Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa in Surrey, about an hour outside of London. Home to the English Rugby training grounds and regularly commended in the ‘Good Spa Guide’, we thought we’d add it to our list of places we’d visited.

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Yauatcha, Soho

Whenever Elldrew are asked for the best dim sum in London we have to recommend the Michelin-starred teahouse Yauatcha, located in the heart of Soho. In it’s 10th year, we’ve been sampling it’s delights since opening and we have no plans on going anywhere else soon.

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NW3 Bar & Kitchen, London

Empty Chairs at Empty tables: Part 1

Alas, not a review of Les Miserables nor the song from the show, instead a review of two recent dining experiences at two rather lovely restaurants, but sadly, both were somewhat deserted hence the title of our latest two-part blog.

Our first review focuses on NW3 Bar & Kitchen.


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Festive Restaurant Feasting, London Style


Here at Planet Elldrew our 2014 Christmas break seemed to comprise mostly of eating in some of London’s finest restaurants, in the company of friends and relatives from both home and overseas. This is probably similar to most people’s break but in the interest of avoiding the topic of diets or New Year’s resolutions, we thought it far more fun to share our favourite dining experiences of the festive season.

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