ask Yannis about
ethnic food • fine dining • cocktail bars • cheap food • breakfast and brunch • comfort food • speakeasy
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a City lawyer specialising in white collar crime. You know Suits? Yeah well, unfortunately my job doesn't include private jets or stalking and harassing other lawyers during their lunch hours. But investigating fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering? Not sure things could get any more interesting than that! The hours can sometimes be long, but the work is never, ever boring.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Westworld, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Archer, Black Mirror, Firefly. And Brooklyn Nine Nine as my guilty pleasure.
Name some spots in London that are good for a Tinder date.
Swingers (No, it's not what you're thinking. This is actually a mini golf spot with cocktails and food stalls!); any of Street Feast's food markets; rock climbing at the Castle Climbing Centre; bottomless brunch at Senor Ceviche, and for an expensive option, gin-making at The Distillery.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Grana, Suitsupply, Loake, G-Star Raw, Allsaints, Topman, Asos.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in London and where did you get it?
I once ate a 750g bone-in porterhouse on my own at Goodman. It was everything I'd hoped for, but I was also rendered immobile for about 45 minutes afterwards and had the worst case of meat sweats ever. No regrets.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in London that you particularly like?
Disrepute. It's an extremely classy, Prohibition-themed bar with top notch service and equally fantastic cocktails. Not to mention, its technically a member's bar so its great to impress friends with!
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in London? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
The Shangri-La at the Shard. A night in their standard room was about £450 (and this was booked way in advance). It was absolutely glorious, from the pool on the 52nd floor overlooking the city to the amazing beds that you immediately pass out in.
What restaurant in London looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Tayyabs. A very dingy looking Pakistani restaurant, but with fantastic curries and a BYOB policy. Definitely a London legend. Even for spice heads, beware of the vindaloos!
What’s the one place you think is overrated in London?
Chiltern Firehouse. Everyone goes for the glitzy vibes and potential celebrity sightings, but the food is mediocre and extremely overpriced. AVOID.
Tomorrow’s your last day in London. How do you spend it?
Provided "tomorrow" is during summer, I'd head out with some friends to an outdoor food market, eat my way through, then head to a nearby park and chill in the sun with enough Pimm's to knock out a bear. Then, I'd pop into a nice spa for a quick massage (just cause I can), get changed and refreshed, hit up a sushi place for dinner, have more drinks at a cool bar like Cahoots, then go out clubbing and get absolutely smashed with my friends one last time.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Cape Town. You have the winelands of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch just a short Uber away, complete with beautiful vineyards and £2 (yes, £2!) wine tastings. It has all the adventure you could ask for, from abseiling down the side of Table Mountain, to paragliding off Lion's Head and of course shark cage diving off the coast. And then you top it all off with some fantastic and very, very reasonably priced food with the likes of Test Kitchen which was 22 on the list of the World's Top 50 Restaurants in 2016!