Queue watch: Spinach & Agushi
spinach-agushi-queueThe best smell and often the biggest queue on Exmouth Market can be found at the Ghanaian inspired street food stall of Spinach & Agushi where half a dozen big steel pans are filled with a variety of tempting hot stews, one of which is coincidentally called spinach & agushi. → Read more

Opening: Barburrito Holborn
Everyone knows about Manchester’s proud history in music, culture, industry and football but few will be aware that one of the most significant events in UK food history occurred in Manchester in December 2005. → Read more

Queue watch: The Quality Chop Shop
Just four stood in a queue for the Friday sandwich at The Quality Chop's new butchers shop but these were four discerning people who had spotted the sign in the window and a smartly attired sandwich chef, considered the trendy meat focussed restaurant of the same name next door, watched the butchers diligently hacking away with cleavers and wisely concluded that this was bound to be good. → Read more

Opening: Holborn Dining Room
Seats are important in a grand brasserie. Do you take the leather banquette with tweed detailing side of the table where one can stretch out after a fine meal, admire the art deco ceiling, hold the stomach and sigh 'blimey that was good, and not too expensive' or look enviously from the elegant but wooden brasserie chair opposite while thinking about restaurant markups? → Read more

Opening: On The Bab
Ten people waiting impatiently outside for a table, the man sat at the wall counter attacking a hot pan of food and the reassuring weight of the takeaway bag all indicated a successful meal was about to be had from On The Bab in Shoreditch. → Read more

The Modern Pantry’s Pantry is good
If you’re launching a new restaurant and the lights are on, doors open, menu in the window, people eating at tables and no outward signs saying go away, then you’re open for business. It's a basic premise which can get lost in the soft launch/invite only/we’re just getting started/how does the oven work?/please don’t review us period and the latest upstart to decline entry is the impressive looking Holborn Dining Room. → Read more