Lisa C

Lisa C
Lisa is very much the culinary brains behind LondonPiggy. She grew up in north London and her love of food is matched by her passion for travel. She's already visited every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. C She's currently working on an exciting new project, visit

The Lockhart

Shrimp & grits

An awful lot has been written about The Lockhart in recent weeks and we couldn’t help but notice that it’s been almost universally positive. I’d understand you being sceptical about yet another restaurant serving up southern US food. They really are becoming ten-a-penny. Thankfully though, The Lockhart is different. It’s more exciting. It’s just better. They’ve been open since last ...

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Bibigo, Soho


What with Korean being the latest Asian food fad and all that, more and more restaurants have started to spring up serving this long underrated cuisine. Having been avid fans of Korean food for a number of years, we were keen to try this place after it was recommended by a Korean colleague. We were initially apprehensive about eating here ...

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Recipe test: Black forest gateau

The finished article

This recipe is from Felicity Cloake’s ‘perfect’ column. Black Forest Gateau reminds me of childhood birthdays, when my parents used to buy a frozen one every year from the local Cash & Carry. This one tastes a lot better, believe me. Ingredients  (Serves 8-10) For the pastry layer (if using) 60g plain flour 5g cocoa powder 25g caster sugar 40g ...

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Piggy’s Bakewell Tart


This is a bit of a mish-mash of recipes. I’ve used Ottolenghi’s recipe for sweet pastry and Felicity Cloake’s recipe for the filling. The culmination of both was a success, if a lemony one. I should have omitted the lemon zest from the tart filling as there was some in the pastry too. This makes double the pastry quantity needed ...

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Sticks n Sushi

Grilled scallop with tobiko,  spring onion, lime & unagi sauce (£6.20 for 2 pieces)

It’s probably the best sushi in Denmark (and Covent Garden) Denmark is punching well above its weight just now. With TV shows like The Killing attracting a cult following and the likes of Noma serving up some of the most innovative food around, it’s little wonder that Copenhagen is developing a reputation as one of the happiest places in the ...

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The Black Swan, Oldstead, North Yorkshire – Revisited

Ox tongue

For us, Christmas in North Yorkshire could only mean one thing, another self-indulgent lunch at The Black Swan. It had a lot in common with our trip there last year; the weather was terrible and the meal was satisfying. Since our last visit (scroll down for review), there have been a few changes up there. Tommy Banks has taken over from ...

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Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs


If you’re under the impression that Bubbledogs is all about fizz, hipsters and hot dogs, then think again. Okay… it’s partly that but behind the curtain at the back of the building lies Kitchen Table, and it’s bloody good. Tasting menus can sometimes be a bit of a risk, none more so than ones like this where each dish is ...

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Min Jiang – Go for the duck

Beijing duck

Speaking from experience, high-end Chinese dining in the UK can be a bit of a minefield. I’ve often found that it’s not worth the extra cash but lately the game has been upped, so to speak. Min Jiang is one of a new breed of restaurants that have sprung up over the last few years that are helping to drive ...

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Sushi Tetsu

Salmon roe warship

Can a restaurant that’s so hard to get into really live up to its own hype? We say a resounding ‘yes’. Tucked away down an unassuming little Clerkenwell alley is Sushi Tetsu. It’s a traditional Japanese sushi bar, run by chef Toru Takahashi and his wife Harumi.  He previously worked as a sushi chef at Nobu for seven years and ...

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Brasserie Chavot (Now Closed)


There are always a few surprises when a new Michelin Guide is released. This time around I have to admit I wasn’t expecting Brasserie Chavot to be awarded a star, but I’m not sure why because they have all the credentials. Executive chef/owner Eric Chavot previously held two stars at Capital and top critics like Jay Rayner and Giles Coren ...

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