Taco Bell review – whitewashed Mexican-ish fast food comes to Woolwich
★☆☆☆☆ / Mexican

Taco Bell review – whitewashed Mexican-ish fast food comes to Woolwich

For most British people, their only knowledge of Taco Bell will be from the infamous scenes in Sylvester Stallone’s mildly diverting 1993 sci-fi yarn Demolition Man. In the dystopian future setting of the film, Taco Bell is apparently the *only* restaurant left in the world following the ‘franchise wars of the 1990s’ (as Sandra Bullock’s character explains with a straight face) before inexplicably pivoting to fine dining.

While clearly meant as a cheap joke for American audiences of the time, Taco Bell – like many other fast food franchises – is really a transformational pivot of another kind. Continue reading

Tofu Vegan review – the plant-based Islington restaurant with age-old roots
★★★★☆ / Chinese / Vegetarian

Tofu Vegan review – the plant-based Islington restaurant with age-old roots

I come to praise Chinese mock meats, not to bury them Many people are wary and cautious of the new and different, especially food. Acceptance often comes gingerly, with the new arrival initially forced to adopt a more familiar guise. Chinese food in the UK is a case in point. For many decades, it bore … Continue reading