Lotus of Siam – the Northern Thai Oasis Del Mar

Chef Saipin Chutima and husband Bill Chutima took over the Lotus of Siam in 1999 and quickly became the reigning authority of Thai food in Las Vegas. Not just ordinary Thai food though, but Northern style which has been passed down through multiple generations. It was about…

Wild Ginger – Midtown NYC – An Asian blend

Sometimes when you’re hunger-over, jet-lagged or feeling work-shy about getting your next meal and need something on your doorstep which is half decent then Wild Ginger may be just what you need. It was hitting the chord for me whilst my hotel was based close…

A typical Fat Friday for Grubstance

We all work, train, diet and party hard during the week so why not bring in the weekend with some filthy treats? The brief is simple, find the filthiest, low-brow yet delicious food for your Fat Friday. I’ll kick off here with some ideas and…

The Begging Bowl – Review (Peckham) Begging me to come to South London?

I’ve become a Thai food seeking missile after eating in the likes of Smoking Goat and Som Saa (a pop-up seeking a new residency). I blame Seb Holmes who was a former sous chef at The Begging Bowl, head chef at the Smoking Goat and of course he cooked alongside Andy Oliver at Som…

Simply Thai – Review (Teddington)

Simply Thai caught my attention thanks to big sweary Gordon’s F Word. I was endeared by chef/owner Patria Weerapan’s story immediately, having been over from Thailand 40 years ago, never married, cooks all the food herself, works 7 days a week with 5 hours sleep each night. Now that’s…

Smoking Goat – Review (Soho London)

I would describe the Smoking Goat as a dive bar personified with a twist – decor rough & ready, walls olive green, atmosphere buzzy; hued with sweet chestnut and oak cast timber barbecue smoke. It’s quite intimate with a section that seats about 10 diners elbow to…