A couple of the greatest pleasures from blogging are the wonderful folks you meet and the experiences you may not have considered if the blogosphere hadn’t introduced them to you. Both coincided a couple of weeks ago when Emma invited me to join her along with Angie and Jen for lunch at Aqua Kyoto.

Located on the fifth floor of a building on Regent Street (its entrance is on Argyll Street) I would never have happened upon Aqua Kyoto by accident.

Its beautiful interior immediately made me feel I’d happened upon a hidden gem in the West End; this definitely isn’t a place you stumble across by accident. And meeting up with three fabulous bloggers isn’t something I get to do every day, so this lunchtime felt like an absolute treat.

We were there to try Aqua Kyoto’s Go Zen lunch menu which won me over instantly. Go Zen is a traditional Japanese meal which includes a selection of seasonal dishes. Aqua Kyoto’s Go Zen bento boxes included 12 meat, fish or vegetable dishes while their Shojin Ryori vegan selection is something that Buddhist monks in Japan are traditionally known for.

After the miso soup, which was very good, the Kyoto Go Zen bento boxes arrived and included wagyu beef, black cod, sushi and seasonal vegetables. To experience the vegan bento box, the four of us shared the Sohjin Go Zen. It’s difficult to say what I enjoyed the most because the whole meal was pure delight. Each dish was beautifully crafted and their flavours were both rich and satisfying.

Dessert was also very special. We had ordered the Chokoraito Delisu and Foresuto Froa between us for a taste and I enjoyed the surprising bursts of flavours from each dish. The Chokoraito Delisu involved smoked chocolate delice, sesame praline, kaki fruit, sorbet and ginger wafers while the Foresuto Froa was created from a ‘forest floor’ yuzu oba leaf cream, almond praline, chocolate and azuki bean paste with sour cherry sorbet.

Japan is a country I hope to visit one day but for now I could happily eat Japanese food all day. And as for the wonderful ladies I dined with, I could catch up with them every day too. So if you’re looking for something new to try Aqua Kyoto’s beautiful Go Zen bento boxes are quite special.

Aqua Kyoto, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB), London W1B 3BR

We were guests of Aqua Kyoto.

When I think about Chelsea various neighbourhood nooks spring to mind; from Sloane Square to ‘The Beach’, close-knit communities are dotted throughout the borough. One of my favourite spots is Walton Street which runs parallel to Brompton Road from just past Sloane Avenue and towards Knightsbridge.

Walton Street has changed quite a bit over the years but there are a few features that remain the same; The Enterprise Bar & Restaurant is one of them. I’ve always walked past this gastropub meaning to go in but the idea of ‘next time’ is something that springs to mind because there’s always tomorrow, isn’t there?

Then one day I was invited to review The Enterprise and when I read the email I realised that ‘tomorrow’ still hadn’t happened and like exhibitions I’ve missed or movies in the cinema I had missed too, it was so easy to take something that is so close by for granted.

And that certainly was the case for The Enterprise.

So the OH and I set a date without our little munchkin and we stepped inside a pub that was buzzing with locals.

With the lively atmosphere and the very welcoming staff, I felt we had come across a local gem.

For lunch we chose the main restaurant menu although by the looks of it, there were plenty of folks enjoying the set lunch menu which did make me wonder what I was missing out on. The hearty looking fish and chips seemed a very popular choice and I now feel like I need to try them.

Returning to our lunch à deux, the OH ordered The Enterprise’s classic tempura of calamari and courgette with a soy, ginger and honey dip which I wish I had ordered. A taster didn’t seem enough.

Instead I had the tuna carpaccio and niçoise salad which was light and delicate.


My starter was followed by the parma wrapped hake and spiced aubergine that came with a red pepper and chorizo purée which I enjoyed alongside french fries.

As for the OH, he ordered the Chicken Milanese that was served with spaghetti pomodoro, slow roasted tomatoes, rocket and parmesan.As for dessert, the OH couldn’t resist the treacle tart with rum mascarpone and raspberries and upon hearing his order I asked for the mini dessert and coffee, which arrived with a quarter slice of the tart and my espresso. I loved it!

Overall, the OH and I had a fantastic time and we both enjoyed our lunch. Meeting Robert, the owner, was also a delight. Every now and again I love indulging in the nostalgia of what Chelsea used to be like; and given The Enterprise has been here for so long, it certainly has stood the test of time. Next time I won’t leave it so long before I visit again and order the fish and chips.

The Enterprise, 35 Walton Street London, SW3 2HU

I would never in a million years have imagined that one day I would be writing a post on a vegan restaurant; the main reason is that I’m a bonafide carnivore who flirted with the idea of becoming a vegetarian in my teenage years. My mother put a stop to that quickly when she roasted a chicken after I broke the news to her.

Flash forward to many years later and one of the restaurants I am most excited about right now is a vegan restaurant called Wulf & Lamb, which is located on Pavilion Road. The secret to its appeal is in its name; the idea being that the wolf and the lamb can eat together. In essence, this restaurant’s plant-based menu is designed to appeal to both meat-eaters and vegans.

And it really does.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a bloggers evening at Wulf & Lamb. I had previously eaten here twice and was already a fan. So it was an absolute delight to have a reason to return so soon after my last visit.

As the (vegan) wine flowed very nicely, the dishes started coming out and soon I realised it was going to be a taster evening where we could try most of the dishes.

The night started with the spicy mango noodles with avocado, green beans, sugar snaps, cucumber, radishes and red pepper; laced with chilli, black sesame seeds, fresh coriander and mint.

Then came one of my favourite dishes, the green coconut curry with sweet potato mash, in-season vegetables, aromatic thai roots, spices and coconut cream, accompanied with jasmine rice. This dish is the perfect comfort food for the colder seasons; each mouthful is packed with the most wonderful flavours.

My other favourite choice from the menu is the chilli non carne which I had tried during the restaurant’s soft launch. This dish was probably tastier than any chilli con carne I have ever had and for the first time I even considered a diet without meat.

The sides were all great …

… and I was very convinced by the vegan mac ‘n’ cheese.

Wulf & Lamb also have two types of burgers: the Wulf Burger and the Spicy Veg Burger.

As the for the dessert menu, I absolutely love the tiramisu made from raw almond cream on a chocolate and nut base, topped with coffee meringue and a decadent brandy and vanilla cashew cream. But it’s the mango and passionfruit cheesecake that continues to wow me. Both are as great as each other yet I still can’t forget the impact the cheesecake made on me when I tried it for the first time. And for someone who is lactose intolerant it’s so great to finally find something I can really enjoy.

Wulf & Lamb is the most recent opening on Pavilion Road but it feels like it’s always belonged here. I have yet to try their oat milk coffee which I hear so much about and their breakfast bar always looks really good. This place is creating a buzz from morning to night and breakfast is definitely next on my list of things to do.

Wulf & Lamb, 243 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP

Salon Sloane has arrived on Pavilion Road and has settled in very well amongst its boutique neighbours. The team are friendly and the calibre of their work outstanding.

Recently I popped in to say hello to celebrity stylist Ivan who cut my hair a few weeks ago so I could ask him a few questions about Salon Sloane’s move from Holbein Place and to find out more about his expertise that makes him very much in demand. Ivan’s clients include Demi Moore and Uma Thurman when they are in London. 

  1. What is your hair styling background?

I am originally from Brazil, a country famed for amazing hair and this is where my passion began. I moved to London 18 years ago and began my styling career at Real Hair based in Chelsea; working with Belle Cannan and Josh Wood. I am lucky to have always worked with some of the most talented hair stylists in the world and here I learned my craft! I have been called a ‘celebrity’ stylist due to my clients but to me all my clients are celebrities and they should leave the salon feeling like one! 

  1. What are your favourite places in Chelsea?

I LOVE London, it is a diverse mix of people, culture, food, creatively and talent. My favourite place in all of London and where I am based is of course Chelsea. It is the ultimate edit of the best London has to offer; the insiders’ secret. Specifically, my favourite place is Pavilion Road and I can easily spend a day here. I start at KXU for a workout and breakfast, Salon Sloane for Hair, lunch at Granger or the new vegan restaurant Wulf and Lamb, then a spot of (window) shopping at Boutique 1 and all my daily grocery shopping at the selection of grocery, baker, butcher and cheese stores.

  1. What’s your favourite hairstyle to do?

I love any style that my client loves. This to me is the most rewarding part of my job. When my client loves the way they feel or look. For guys, increasingly they love ‘the no-colour colour’; an easy treatment that can take 5 years off in an undetectable way! For ladies a great cut and blow dry that will make them look and feel AMAZING.

  1. What experience does a Salon Sloane customer expect when they visit?

In a luxury salon like this you can experience a first-class experience, understated elegance, natural talent, a friendly and welcoming and ultimately fun experience. Whether you want to have a chat or if you just want to relax and enjoy your experience, you can do so with the knowledge that you will have some of the world’s leading hair talent all under one stylish roof. Renowned stylists, colourists and new generation talent will all make your hair look and feel the very best.

  1. Do you have any hair tips to share? What are the latest trends?

Healthy looking hair whether that be in a beachy blow or a glamourous Anna Wintour style crop; it has to look and feel healthy.   

Salon Sloane, 186 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, London, SW1 2BF

I’m sitting in a cosy lounge in my gym and the plan after I write this post is to head downstairs for a swim, a dip in the jacuzzi and some time in the steam room. After the last week of struggling with a horrible cold, I’m looking forward to unwinding. But as I think about all the heat that awaits me I can’t ignore the fact that freezing in Chelsea is trending.

Take KXU’s cryotherapy chamber; one of only a few in London. For those who have yet to discover this experience, a cryotherapy session involves being taken to -90 celsius. And after just a few minutes inside the chamber, the benefits include aiding muscle recovery, pain relief and boosting the body’s metabolic rate. There are other health benefits related to cryotherapy and plenty more reasons why sports stars are using this treatment to reduce injuries, help sleep and increase energy.

Another treatment that is becoming increasingly popular is Coolsculpting; the fat-freezing procedure that reduces body fat in a non-surgical way. It all stemmed from a discovery in the 1970s when scientists linked the dimples inside the cheeks of children who liked ice lollies to the idea that ‘excessive exposure to cold could reduce fat cells naturally and eliminate them from the body’.

A few weeks ago I saw this treatment, which is available at KX Private Members Health Club and Mallucci London, being demo’d at Claridges. And I can see Coolsculpting increasing in popularity because it is non-invasive. There are no scalpels or scars that come with this treatment; and from what I’ve seen the results are very impressive.

This winter I’ll be heading to the slopes for the first time in many many years. Normally I love a hot climate, sandy beaches and calm sea. But perhaps this freezing trend is about to become real. KXU is a pay-as-you-go gym with treatment rooms and a restaurant; so it’ll be very easy to find out sooner or later.

KXU, 241 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP; KX, 151 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London SW3 3AL; Mallucci London, 13 Crescent Place, Chelsea, London SW3 2EA

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