July 9, 2013

Slightly Peckish: Bincho Yakitori (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

Yakitori is the perfect food: delicious, dainty morsels that come in a variety of ingredients and flavours which you keep eating and ordering on repeat. And on skewers. What is it about skewers that enhances the taste of grilled meat and veg a thousandfold? Bincho has been a firm favourite amongst Londoners since it opened […]

March 19, 2013

Slightly Peckish: London Ramen Wars – Tonkotsu (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

London Ramen Wars Part I: Ittenbari The second ramen bar that opened in London close on the heels of Ittenbari is Tonkotsu located in the middle of Soho. Run by the team behind Tsuru Sushi whose pop-up ramen event I attended last year, Tonkotsu is a stylish and modern ramen-ya serving tonkotsu ramen as its […]

March 6, 2013

Skankynavia: Londinium Leisures

by Anders Arhoj

I used to loathe this city when I lived here. That was back in 1998 and I was poor as a peasant poofter pigeon. I went looking for the hip & happening 1990’s London which I’d always dreamt about while listening to BritPop all through high school — the city of Blur, Oasis, Suede, Elastica […]

February 26, 2013

Slightly Peckish: London Ramen Wars – Ittenbari (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

London is currently undergoing a ramen boom. In the past year alone, five new ramen bars are opening its doors to a public clamouring for some hearty B-kyu Japanese grub. It’s a ramen war, baby. Compared to what was available before, these are serious noodle bars with a tight focus on all the accoutrements that […]

February 12, 2013

Slightly Peckish: Dishoom, A Traditional Bombay Café (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

Although I’ve been writing for Umami Mart for almost three years, I have yet to meet any of my fellow writers as most of them live across the Pond. But a few weeks ago I received a lovely surprising. Anders, a Danish designer who writes the Skankynavia column for UM and was crucial in designing […]

December 25, 2012

Slightly Peckish: Roganic (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

It’s not very often I go to fancypants restaurants but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the excitement and taste sensations that often accompany these forays into high end dining. I love them and I wish my pockets were deeper. For Christmas this year, we went to Roganic, the two year pop-up restaurant that’s been […]

November 13, 2012

Slightly Peckish: Chirashizushi at Sakana-tei (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

I always thought chirashizushi was the large, family-friendly tub of vinegared sushi rice studded with a variety of colourful ingredients such as shiitake, cooked seafood, and what ever else you like — all sprinkled with thinly sliced Japanese omelette and cucumber. My mother would often make it at home and it was an easy way […]

October 23, 2012

Slightly Peckish: Pâtisserie Deux Amis (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

Hello all, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? It’s been a hectic year and my food mojo has done a runner. However, I’ve come to realise that it’s the little things, the comforting things, that make you appreciate what you have. And seeing what Kayoko and Yoko, together with their friends, have done with Umami […]

December 6, 2011

Slightly Peckish: Tsuru Ramen (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

Aaaah, one of the things I really miss in London is a good bowl of ramen. Now that we’ve got a brilliant udon-ya for keeps, the next big thing will hopefully be ramen. Unlike in the States, we only have a couple of restaurants offering old school ramen which are alright. But considering there is […]

November 8, 2011

Slightly Peckish: Singapore Char Kway Teow from Cha Cha Moon (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

One of my favourite foods is South East Asian cuisine. I confess I wasn’t much of a fan of noodles when I was a child living in Bangkok (I know, what was I thinking?), preferring fried rice over anything else. That’s practically all I ate as apparently I was a fussy eater. My sister, on […]