This was initially supposed to be a post on things to do in Mallorca but to be totally honest, all we did was laze by the pool during the day and then wander around Palma in the evenings. So a lot of sleeping and eating mainly! Sometimes those are exactly the type of vacations you need. We came back to London utterly refreshed and ready to face the gloomy grey weather after spending four perfectly sunny, relaxing days in Palma.

So here’s a list of places I’d recommend eating at:

The Olivar Food Market

This covered food market near Plaça España is a must-visit.

When I’ve been asked to recommend a wine bar in the past, the only place that used to come to mind was Vinoteca, a rather successful and popular wine bar that’s now popped up in various locations. However, I’m a bit indifferent to the food served there and tastings by the glass add up to quite a bit on your bill.

I’ve been quite excited to go to one of the Flavour Expat Supperclub events this March and April. Essentially a collaboration between 2 different supperclub every week – I loved the idea of it and got tickets for Italy vs Hakka China. Italy was represented by Rob of Backdoor Kitchen and Hakka China by Wen, founder of Edible Experiences – a website that showcases all the pop up events, supperclubs, cooking classes and food tours held in London.

I love going to supperclubs. It’s a great way to discover a new chef, eat some delicious food and meet new people outside your social circle. Last month, I attended a 'Scratch Supperclub' dinner in Marylebone hosted by Michelle, a lovely Australian ex-chef who’s been doing these events for a while. The dinner was 8 course menu with Moroccan influences (inspired by her recent trip to Morocco).

Pieds Nus was pretty much perfect.

Delicate little plates of food showing creativity and skill that introduced you to flavour combinations that you wouldn’t have thought worked so well like the scallop ceviche served with fennel and cucumber.

If I could, I would move to Seymour Place. There are so many great restaurants popping up in and around that area. And the best part is, they are not massively popular or trendy unlike most places you go to in Soho – so for the same quality of food or even better, there’s much less hassle making a reservation.

When I visited Naples, I had the best pizza ever. It was nothing like I had before – oozing fresh mozzarella and bubbling tomato sauce on top of a super thin crust with a few shards of basil strewn around. So utterly simple, delightful messy and totally delicious.

I’m happy to declare that pizza served up in Pizza Pilgrims came pretty close to that experience.

Despite walking past Galvin Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street plenty of times, I had never really given much thought to checking it out till I saw a sign outside proclaiming their set course menu: 3 courses for £20 !

I had heard of the Galvin name before; two brothers, both chefs, who’d, opened up a small collection of fine and fancy French restaurants. The restaurant on Baker Street with its casual bistro vibe was the first restaurant to be opened.

For my birthday, I was treated to dinner at Hakkasan, a Chinese restaurant in Fitzrovia. Crossing over the mayhem that is Tottenham court road and then going down a dodgy-looking lane that came to a dead end, the last thing I expected was to see the sleek and swanky entrance of Hakkasan.

Given it was my birthday treat – I certainly I wasn’t holding back and we decided to go for their £55 tasting menu which showcased all their signature dishes.

Le Vieux Comptoir is a muddle of a place. It initially opened as a French wine shop and then they expanded the downstairs area into a café with a charming courtyard and a delicatessen. We found it was a rather nice place to go for brunch in Marylebone. I liked how there were lot of French dishes you don’t normally see at other cafés like Oeufs Cocotte and I thought in time, it would provide some healthy competition to the massively popular Fromargerie next door.
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