Where To Eat & Drink In London This Week: Scotch Eggs, Raw Fish & Bubbly Brunches

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1 | For Dinner: Jikoni

Taking inspiration from British, Asian, African and Middle Eastern cuisines, cook, food writer and presenter Ravinder Bhogal's first restaurant is, most importantly, a place to come and enjoy yourself. Located as it is round the corner from the Chiltern Firehouse and surrounded by upmarket, trendy eateries, not only does Jikoni (which means 'kitchen' in Swahili) fit in like a dream as a chic little bolt hole, but it adds a bit more of a relaxed, homey vibe that you won't so easily find near there; think giant cushions along the walls for a Moroccan feel, or giant jars of pickling chilies on top of the bar that the barmen will let you smell before sampling the spicy vodka martini they'll make out of them.

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Food ranges from a comforting Keralan fish curry (done with lobster for a bit of extra decadence) to a majestic poussin roasted in rich spices that's based on Ravinder's own memories of reading tales of Arabian nights And then to the Sloppy Joe done with curried mutton on brioche with pickled onion and chutney - all sorts of ideas going on there! Eclectic is definitely the word for this place. But those larger plates are only if you can make it past the list of starters and, most notably, the various Scotch eggs. Finish up with the banana cake, and a teensy weensy Madeleine never hurt anyone, right?

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19-21 Blandford Street, London, W1U 3DH; jikonilondon.com

2 | For Lunch on the Go: Island Poke

You ought to know what poké is by now: Hawaiian-style raw fish done in vibrant salad form. Good for anyone who likes sashimi but also craves some livelier flavours alongside. And Soho can now boast a top quality destination, thanks to the guys behind Island Poké – these guys (one of whom was born in California and first tried poké aged nine in Maui) genuinely know what they're talking about, and have spent years doing pop-ups that source the finest quality fish. And it shows. Build you own bowl, starting with slaw, rice or leaves, then choose your fish, your dressing, salsa and any extra toppings, like the spicy macadamia nuts or the crispy shallots. Healthy lunches just got way, way better.

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8 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PQ; islandpoke.co.uk

3 | For Brunch: Plum & Spilt Milk

This stylish restaurant is one of King's Cross's greatest secrets. On the first floor of the noticeable Great Northern Hotel, it boasts old-school glamour, swish service and excellent banquettes. And now the Saturday brunch menu positively encourages lunchtime bubbles with a set menu of £65 for two people, which will get you a dish each and a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne, and then coffee. Mark Sargeant's dishes are all British in style, with a Dorset lobster benedict that sells out super fast, eggy bread done on brioche with caramel and bananas for those with a sweeter tooth, and haggis with a fried duck egg for those who take brunch to the max. Even their vegetarian option of panko-crumbed egg, with courgette and purple sprouting broccoli delivers on flavour, with the added crunch of the hazelnut dressing. You're safe with anything on the menu, so get yourself down there for a culinary weekend treat.

Great Northern Hotel, King's Cross St Pancras Sataion, Pancras Road, London, N1C 4TB; plumandspiltmilk.com

4 | For Pizza Time: The Dead Mex

The Tex-Mex street food duo behind Breddos Tacos will soon be opening their first permanent site. But in the meantime, they have teamed up with Hackney favourite, Yard Sale Pizza for one week only, to celebrate the famous Mexican Day of the Dead in pizza form. What could be better? This special variation will include slow smoked pigs cheeks, roasted pineapple, red and green salsas, and some picked red onion, all on top of a stone-baked base. Both Yard Sale and Breddos have serious followings, so make sure you get in there fast; the Dead Mex will be available at both of Yard Sale's sites (in Clapton, and Finsbury Park) and if you can't quite manage a night out, they do indeed deliver.

Until 2nd November; yardsalepizzza.com

5 | For a Foodie Festival: The Epicurean

If you like wine, and you like beer, and indeed any sort of spirit, oh and food too, then perhaps you might like to mosy down to the Truman Brewery where you will find every sort of maker and seller of these fine things in life housed under one roof. You can taste to your hearts delight and if there's anything that really tickles your fancy, you can turn this into a retail therapy session while you're at it. Running until the end of Saturday, tickets are still available and there will be music and fun times galore.

91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR; epicurean.online 

6 | For some Old School Glamour: Oysters at the Savoy

Decadence at its best is simple: take the bar of beautiful, historic hotel, add some delicious oysters and throw in a perfect Martini (or two). That's the deal at the Savoy, anyhow, and if you're looking for a laid-back night of sophistication, we certainly recommend it.

The West Jersey Rock oysters come in a curved silver box (with some homemade vinaigrettes and - of course - tabasco) and are as fresh as you'd expect from an institution synonymous with quality. The American Bar Caviar Martinii is crisp, cold and classic with a cunning twist. Together? Simply divine, and at £60 per person a very reasonable way to taste the high life, too.

fairmont.com/savoy-london