Our resident food blogger, Luiz Hara is an Italian-Japanese Brazilian chef who made London home 20 years ago. He trained in Japanese cuisine in Tokyo and holds a Grande Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu cookery school.
Aside from writing reviews, recipes and more for his blog www.thelondonfoodie.co.uk, he also hosts supper clubs in his home in Islington.
Perfect steak and fine wine
How do you like your steak? With its signature 35-day aged USDA prime beef cooked to perfection at 1,300°C, The Palm London, Belgravia's classic American steakhouse ticks all the boxes. Its new 'American vs European' Wine Dinner series from June to August lets you taste wines side by side with each of the four courses offered and decide the best match. (www.thepalm.com/London).
Come over to my place
Fancy an evening of great food and conversation at my place? Whether Burmese, Persian or even Brazilian, London Supper Clubs offer a unique dining experience for those wanting to share a table with the locals. As a Japanese-Brazilian, Cordon Bleu-trained chef, I host Japanese and French Supper Clubs at my home in Islington N1, events are BYO and all are welcome (www.thelondonfoodie.co.uk/p/the-london-foodie-supper-club.html).
Mama knows best
Cucina Povera?! The tradition of using simple ingredients to prepare honest, flavoursome food is soon to become available, with or without your own Italian mama! If the sound of pappardelle with wild rabbit ragu or pizza fritta with fennel sausage and taleggio float your boat, head to Paesan - Cucina Povera at the corner of Exmouth Market from July (www.paesanlondon.com).
Get a taste of the streets
This summer I am heading to Street Feast, an outdoor Friday and Saturday evening event with great London street food taking place throughout June. Entry is free and there’s food of all styles and flavours to tempt you. Of note are former Fat Duck chef Ben Spalding's 'Stripped Back' four-course dinners with a glass of wine thrown in for a mere £27.50 and specialist indoor cocktail bar The Gin Store boasting a host of specialist gins (www.streetfeastlondon.com).
Michelin starred lunch - for £35
The Square's £35 set lunch menu is probably the most affordable 2-Michelin dining around. Phillip Howard has been heading this Mayfair institution since 1991 - his food is still so creative and some of the best I have tried in the capital (www.squarerestaurant.com/Home.aspx).
Do the Burger Shake
I don’t know about you, but I still find a really good burger very hard to beat. Shake Shack, the popular American ‘roadside’ burger joint, has come a long way from its 2004 opening as a hot dog cart in New York's Madison Square Park and is launching its first UK site in Covent Garden this July. Expect classics like the Shackburger, Smoke Shack, Shroom Burger and frozen custard, Shake Shack is set to take the London burger scene by storm this summer (www.shakeshack.com/location/london-covent-garden).