Here are my gluten-free restaurant reviews – mostly in London, but anywhere that I find absolutely delicious. Any meals that have been comp’ed have been specified – and I always give my honest opinion – there’s nothing worse than a shoddy meal!

Town, Kaimuki

One of my favourite meals I had when I was last in Hawaii was at Town, in Kaimuki.

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“Local first, organic where possible, and with aloha always” – their menu focuses on local ingredients and flavours with Italian influences.

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Six of us split everything family-style, and I’d definitely recommend going that route, cause you’ll want to try a bit of everything.

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The pate was one of my favourites, and like everything I tried at Town was simple, but crafted perfectly. You really can’t go wrong with fresh ingredients, and there is clearly a lot of thought behind each ingredient and dish.

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The chicken leg with aioli, freekeh, fennel and tatsoi was another favourite – I loved the combination of flavours and cuisines, which is quite Hawaiian in itself.

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I don’t usually have a sweet tooth, but I couldn’t resist the apple banana cream pie. I absolutely love apple bananas, and this was so creamy, but not too overpowering as I can find banoffee pie to be sometimes – it had a cleaner flavour, and was seriously incredible.

The neighbourhood is also further out from the bustling tourist area of Waikiki, so there weren’t as many tourists there which made for a really nice meal out.

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Town, Kaimuki, 3435 Waialae Ave # 104, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA.

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Bottomless Brunch at Tootoomoo

I love bottomless brunch.

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But there’s only so much enthusiasm you can muster up for poached eggs and avocado on toast (again) with a couple of watery mimosas. So when I was invited along to try Tootoomoo’s offering, I was pretty excited – Pan-Asian tapas is exactly what I crave on a hangover, so I dragged along a close friend (also similarly hungover) to check it out.

We popped into the Islington branch of Tootoomoo for their Bottomless Brunch offering, which is £35 a head for 1.5 hours, or £45 per person for 2 hours with drinks. You can get unlimited drinks and food between 12-6pm, and pretty much get your pick of the menu – a wide range of Asian tapas.

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We started off with a jug of the Elderflower Tootoomoo, a gin, elderflower and mint cocktail before ordering our first round of dishes – wanton soup, chicken gyoza, salmon sashimi and soft shell crab tempura.

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All the food was delicious, although the soft shell crab was a particular highlight – the only downside being that there was only one waitress who seemed to be rushed off of her feet, so there was a little bit of a wait.

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Despite the slight wait, the brunch was extremely good value, and really delicious. Once we polished off our gin, we moved onto the passionfruit caipirinha which was also really good, along with an order of BBQ Pork Ribs, vegetable potstickers and spring rolls.

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All in all, I thought that the bottomless brunch at Tootoomoo was fantastic value for the quality and the quantity of food. The only thing I would hope is that they hire more staff for the weekend – especially around 1pm when it gets a little busy!

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The Kitty Hawk

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I find Finsbury Square a bit of a funny one when it comes to restaurant recommendations – particularly when it comes to recommending somewhere that isn’t just a Pret, or isn’t too casual. If I want a meal that comes with nice wine, I’d usually head a little further east, away from the usual pizzerias. I found The Kitty Hawk to have a really nice atmosphere – the decor was spot on, and the service was really fantastic.

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We popped in on a Thursday evening, and the bar upstairs was heaving. We were based on the lower ground, which was thankfully a lot quieter, and we were really taken care of extremely well by the staff.

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I opted for one of their West Country steaks, served rare, which came with chips cooked in beef dripping. I also ordered the chimichurri sauce –  if you are a coriander fan, I’d definitely recommend it.

My date opted for the steak tartare – one of my absolute favourites.

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I don’t usually go for desserts, but I really couldn’t resist the warm winter crumble – the almonds in the crumble topped with the creme anglaise was seriously good. My date opted for the tarte tatin, which looked stunning.

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I really enjoyed my meal at The Kitty Hawk, and would highly recommend it as a nice place to take business clients to – our meal, along with a couple of glasses of wine each set us back just over £80, so it’s not somewhere I’d pop in for a quick bite! However, the wine was delicious, the service excellent, and the location perfect, and has a nice atmosphere too.

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The Kona Brewing Company

Moving house is really hard. I’ve recently moved across London and I thought that was incredibly stressful. Three months ago, after years of mentioning it wistfully, my mom finally made the big decision to leave New York.

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This is where she lives now – pretty much as close to paradise as you can get. She needed an extra pair of hands to help her with the move, so of course I selflessly volunteered to help. Even though she hasn’t technically left the country, moving to Hawaii from New York is stressful (especially when there are pets involved). I’m incredibly proud of her, and think its the perfect move for someone as obsessed with scuba diving as she is.

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We spent a lot of time at the Kona Brewing Company, which is our local when we are over there. The service is absolutely incredible, the beers and ales are brewed on the Big Island, and all the food is delicious.

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We usually tend to go for the ahi tuna tartare – rice, topped with salmon and avocado – unless there is something spectacular on the specials.

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The cocktails are also great, and while we seemed to go when it was slightly overcast, on good days there’s a lovely atmosphere. Does anyone else get hungrier when they’re eating next to open water?

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One of the specials that I really enjoyed were the beef kimchi tacos. If they have them, definitelgo for them – crunchy, tangy, spicy, it all works incredibly well.

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We kept going back again and again, and I’m sure we will do for a while – I can’t wait for the next time I’m back!

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Roux at Parliament Square with FujiFilm Instax

I started blogging as an outlet for a few of my interests, photography being one of them.

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As much as I love the convenience of digital photography, there is something so wonderful about film – the uncertainty and excitement when watching the image develop is something that really can’t be replaced. I was given a FujiFilm Instax camera last Christmas, and over the past year have captured so many amazing memories and experiences.

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The FujiFilm team sent me another one this year to create some new memories with, in order to create a #ChristmasToRemember, which I took out for a spin at Roux at Parliament Square.

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I love a good tasting menu, so I was extremely excited about Roux at Parliament Square, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed!

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My meal was booked through Virgin Experience Days, and was such fantastic value. We started the evening off with champagne cocktails and some delicious amuse bouche – truffle grilled cheese and a spiced rice cracker with goat’s cheese.

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The first course was slow cooked beetroot, Innes goat’s cheese, toasted seeds and lovage. You really can’t beat beetroot and goat’s cheese, and this was presented beautifully – I loved the combination of beetroot varieties in the dish.

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The next course was a roast Scottish langoustine and prawn tortellini with coastal vegetables, served with a consomme. I love a theatrical course, and this was as delicious as it looked – a very juicy mouthful.

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The next course was one I was extremely excited for, but didn’t quite meet expectations. The carbonara of squid, smoked bacon and confit egg yolk had a very strange texture, which was disappointing as I loved the concept.

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The roast wild sea bass with red wine braised salsify, chicken wings and mushrooms more than made up for it – this was one of my favourite courses, and was absolutely stunning.

At this point I was unbelievably stuffed, but we still had a little way to go – Herdwick lamb, smoked aubergine, Isle of Wight tomatoes and gem lettuce was up next. I love braised lettuce, and the lamb was really tender.

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The lamb was followed by the first dessert course – Mead poached pear with lavender honey, chamomile, and pistachio.

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The final dessert course (if you don’t count the petits fours which I was way too full for) was Manjari chocolate with hazelnuts and creme fraiche. Very rich, but utterly delicious.

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All in all I had a wonderful evening – definitely an evening to remember. I’ll be creating a lot more memories with my Instax this year, and for all of you celebrating I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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