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And now for something completely different…

I would like to tell you about this restaurant I visited last Saturday: Gail’s kitchen in Bloomsbury, off Tottenham Court Road.

As you can guess from the name, it shares the same owners as Gail’s bakeries, but it offers a different concept: a variety of small dishes to share. Perfect for a lunch or a light (depending on how many little dishes you have) dinner.

We found it by surprise on our way to visit Habitat/Heal’s and it was like coming across the perfect little oasis amidst the ubiquitous Pret, Cafe Nero et al. It was calm, comfortable, beautifully decorated, with attentive service and, the most important, innovative and tasty food. We only sampled 4 or 5 dishes but wish we could have tried many more (and one day we will, we will…).

Here a few pictures of the place and the dishes we tried…

Stoneground polenta chips with fresh tomato salsa & sour cream

Burnt aubergine & goat’s cheese ravioli with shaved fennel & butter

Sticky chicken with roast garlic, heritage carrots & almonds

Pizza bianca with slow roast tomato, fennel salami, mozzarella & pistou

There was also an a-m-a-z-i-n-g brown sourdough & raspberry ripple ice cream, which I forgot to photograph.

The bottom line: if you find yourself hungry and around Tottenham Court Road/ Bloomsbury area, head to Gail’s Kitchen.