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KANG [at] londoneater [dot] com / twitter / instagram

I have been blogging about restaurants since 2008 and to date have served 33 million page views. I started this as a hobby to fill the downtime whilst on assignment in Wales. I slowed down considerably in 2013-2015 mainly to purchase and then to refurb our house. We finished it last year and adopted Porkchops from the Battersea home. This now leaves me some time to update this blog more regularly.

I keep this blog primarily because it helps me track what I’ve been fortunate enough to eat. I am mindful that you are my modest occasional readership and I apologise for putting you through the thousands of typos, factual errors and a totally unhindered word count. I continue to learn about food and ways to communicate ideas about it with each new post.

Gastronomy is vast, rooted in tradition, yet ever changing with the seasons, and it will take decades to experience its greatest examples. It fascinates me as I hope to be able to separate the timeless from trend, understand how palates change with age and why people react to it in such different ways.

My father was the original admirer of restaurants, through his own quest to taste the best from all over. He planned most of our family holidays around his hunt for the perfect steamed garoupa, convinced it is a matter of timing and the all important catch.

His love for food stems from his father’s life as a pastry chef and then restaurant owner in 1960s colonial Brunei. He spent most of his working life perfecting creme brulee and french toast in our tiny seaside town of Kuala Belait. Reasons why my dad still grins like a Cheshire cat whenever he comes across a decent egg based pudding.

I’m no judge merely an observer and mostly just somebody who loves to eat. I hope you find this blog useful and entertaining in equal measure.

PS: I really like wine too, here are my tasting notes over the years.

Kang.

51 Comments

  • Tim Malbon says: August 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Hi – I’m trying to get in touch to discuss a partnership opportunity – we’re working on a really exciting online community project for a very large UK based company. I’m working on the design and content. Do you have an email address so that I can send you some more info?

    Tim

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    • Gourmet Belly says: August 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      Loving your work Kang!

      My friend and I have just gone live on our blog too after talking about it for the last Errrr…6 months at least!

      http://www.gourmetbelly.wordpress.com.

      We are hoping to have half the impact LondonEater has had in inspiring foodies around the globe to be as passionate about eating as we are 🙂

      Bon Appetite!

      Gourmet Belly x

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      • Kang L. says: August 23, 2010 at 8:13 am

        Gourmet Belly – Ah, thank you! Such kind words, this is but a humble little corner of the internet 😀

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  • WDF says: September 22, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Hey, and thanks for your visit! Thumbs up for you here…http://wdfavour.successacademyonline.org
    Keep visiting…

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  • Douglas says: January 3, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    When you’re next in Selfridges, I recommend heading up to the 1st floor – to the ‘Obika’ Mozzarella Bar. They fly the white stuff in three times a week from Napoli.

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  • vivi says: January 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    hi, cant remember whether i replied last time. >_<
    but we would welcome a guest blogger. Hmm we thought maybe they could write about something like authentic taiwanese food. =)
    Thanks!

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  • adel says: February 19, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Hi there, great to see what is there to eat in London..
    you know, the seared scallops on your blog pic are absolutely gorgeous..i used to have scallops pics too on mine but decided that they weren’t cooked nicely..so out of the window.
    anyway, nice food blog you’ve here..will be checking by often 🙂

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  • Nicholas Lam says: April 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Kang,

    Thanks for visiting my site and dude, thanks for letting me know about yours! My mates and I rarely eat out in London but now, we may be tempted to spend whatever little cash we have on restaurants (Cheap ones!) reviewed on here. Will do a link exchange with you and look forward to reading through the posts here.

    Cheers!

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  • Stefan Lubo says: April 24, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Excellent blog – I too like great food, good company and take photographs, maybe we can work together. I am now following you on Twitter.
    Regards Stefan

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  • […] Kang, super restaurant blogger from LondonEater.com is sharing his most recent review with us! LondonEater is one of my favorite blogs and if ever you loose me, you’ll find me there. Kang, writes exquisitely and honestly about the culinary scene around London. Did I mention he takes mouthwatering photos as well? Check it out for yourself!  […]

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  • Michael Franks says: August 17, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I am bringing a group of LA Foodies to London next week -many dinners planned -any off the wall foodie experience not to be missed

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  • Kang L. says: August 17, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Michael – I did a Top 10 favourite eats last month, the post is here: http://londoneater.com/2009/07/23/my-london-restaurant-guide-in-july-2009/ This should be of some help to you 😀

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  • Kwan Hsiang says: April 23, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Awesome blog Ang Kang! Congrats You’re doing so well over there! this site gives me so much nostalgia about London!

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  • […] The London Eater is perhaps slightly highbrow in terms of the types of food it reviews and the audience it attracts but the writing style is one that speaks to me being casual yet sophisticated at the same time.  I identify with the blogger Kang who says, “I’m not a judge but merely a a spectator, a fan and mostly a food lover.” […]

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  • Ativak says: June 24, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Oh, I feel so hungry now.

    Thank you for making this blog! I live in the Ealing area and I finally know where the quality food is.. as I ashamedly don’t really go out to eat around there much. But now I will!

    Bye!

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  • Cookery School says: July 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Kang,

    I have sent you an email, please check and do let me know if you are interested.

    kind regards,

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  • Sophie says: October 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Kang,

    Firstly I love your blog. In fact, I was inspired to start my own blog after stumbling across the London Eater a year ago.

    I am currently using a Canon Ixus to take pictures but I’m thinking of purchasing an DSLR, what would you recommend as a good starter DSLR?

    Thanks

    Sophie @ Eat, Drink, Sleep, Shop, Love

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  • Kang L. says: October 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Sophie – Thanks for your kind words 😀 Try a Nikon D3000/5000 with a 35 f1.8DX lens 😀

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  • Floating Shelves says: December 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    i always visit food blogs because i always like to do some home cooked meals “*”

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  • Bruno says: December 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Hello, I’m a french home baker with a stall on saturdays @ Hampstead community market.
    I do classic french with flavour combination that people love, like a lemon/chocolate tart, salt butter caramel and walnut tart, savoury cakes (yes, cakes, not bread) like olive ham and gruyere, or chorizo and pepper, and savoury cheesecakes like smoked salmon lemon and dill, or red pepper and goat’s cheese, and more, like lavender truffles…
    Come and visit at the market for a taste of my products – i’d be happy to provide samples!

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  • Karl Man says: January 20, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Your food photos look great and really informative blog.

    What type of camera do you use and how do you get the focus of depth like when you zoom in?

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  • Haan Palcu-Chang says: February 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Hi. I have left a few comments on here before. My girlfriend and I are cooking in Copenhagen right now but have really been dying to come to London for a few days to eat. We work standard kitchen hours…that is to say we are always working. So we wouldn’t be in London for more than 2-3 and probably from Sunday-Tuesday.

    My question really is if you were to recommend a few restaurants for us to go to that are open on Sunday and Monday what would they be? My dream has been to go to St. John’s, any other suggestions? Thanks.

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  • Marianna says: May 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Cool site! Can’t wait to use it when I go to London in a couple of weeks : )

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  • Butterfly says: August 14, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Kang,

    I’ve been following you for awhile on Twitter, and absolutely love your blog.
    Your style and elegance comes across and adds a lovely dimension to food writing.
    Enjoying it immensely.

    Bon Appetit!
    Butterfly

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  • Scott Greenwald says: August 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Hi!

    I am a digital media planner in New York City and I work on the Patrón Spirits account. I am researching popular culinary sites in the London area and came across you. Can you tell me me how many uniques you have along with subscribers that would receive the newsletter? Thanks a lot!

    -Scott

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  • Malli says: November 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Love all you photos and writeup. I have a fairly small foog blog and love unique photos and cuisine!!

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  • Robert says: December 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Great website, very detailed reviews. The following blog is slightly less detailed, but witty and at times very insightful

    http://thegargantuangastronome.blogspot.com/

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  • Chris Hall says: January 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    hi there
    found your blog whilst trawling through the various review sites, looking at critic and customer reviews of our restaurant. Seems you’ve not been to SW London… We own a lovely family run Thai restaurant on Battersea Park Road, SW11, serving up probably some of the best Thai food you will get in London.

    Our restaurant is on the site of one of the first Thai restaurants opened in London, over 20 years ago, and we offer excellent food at a superb price, in a lovely atmosphere, with a brialliantly priced list of wines to satisfy anyones pocket and budget!

    Please do get in contact and would love you to come and visit the restaurant and try us out – you will not be disappointed!

    Chris Hall
    Manager/Owner

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  • Matthew Mantyla says: February 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hi,
    I visited your site and would like to connect regarding nSphere syndicating your content. We are interested in syndicating your content into our network. There’s no cost for this, we ask you to place a module on your site that reads your content and syndicates it into our network of millions of users. You only need to place a simple html code on your site. I have the code, but I would like to speak or email with you first.

    This module acts as search tool for your users as well. Can you email me, call me, or send me your number and a good day/time to connect please?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Director of Media Integration

    T: 617 933 7530
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    mmantyla@nsphere.net

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  • Fallonista says: April 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I love your blog! I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award http://www.bibleforfashion.com/?p=5304

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  • tinkertailorsoldierspy says: July 13, 2012 at 12:58 am

    London Eater. Your home is is a lovely blog…..

    Sharing.

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  • Elf says: November 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Hey, love your new look home page. The photos are so attractive that I want to try them all!

    The colours and layout are all very attractive and gives a modern clean simple but yet sophiscated professional look. Am very very impressed!

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  • James Humber says: January 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Kang
    I don’t think you have yet featured Tony’s Cafe, on Battersea’s Northcote Road on your lovely website. It’s a wonderful place, a true throwback to when what is now called ‘Nappy Valley’ was an edgy market town, with gangs of roaming skinheads looking for trouble mixing with visitors to the busy fruit and veg markets. Nowadays, millionaire bankers sit alongside the retired market traders, enjoying Tony’s indefatigable good-spirits and warm welcome, and his delicious ‘proper cafe’ food. I thought I’d let you know that Tony has informed me he will be shutting up shop at some point this month, as his business is no longer viable. So in case you want to get down there and enjoy Tony’s legendary hospitality before he wipes down the Formica tables one last time, I thought I’d let you know. Lots of us who are regulars or live in the area are very sad about the closure.
    His address is 74 Northcote Road, SW11 6QL.
    Best wishes,
    James Humber

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  • Bronson says: January 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Congrats on the mention for Best London Blogs, it’s via that search that I found your website – definitely adding this to my London feeds for food & restaurant info.

    Wishing you a wonderful & fruitful gastronomic journey in 2013.

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  • Kate Chamberlain says: February 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Hi there

    Hope you are well.

    Just thought I’d get in touch from the London Tea Company to see if you’d like to sample and review any of our products? We’re currently coming up to Fairtrade Fortnight so it’d also be good to get a mention on your blog perhaps with our competition.

    We’re a luxury product currently supplying to Selfridges, Partridges as well as glamorous hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants. We’re also going to be a part of two Foodie Festivals this summer in Hampton Court Palace and Clapham Common.

    Best wishes,

    Kate

    London Tea Company
    http://www.londontea.co.uk
    T: 020 7802 3250
    E: kate@londontea.co.uk

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  • Tina Jui says: October 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I just moved to London and found your blog as I was trying to find a good restaurant to go for my husband’s birthday! I recently started my own food blog, so wanted to say thanks for listing out some of the good books on copywriting that you’ve come across. Really helpful information!

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  • Rebecca Duke says: October 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Kang, Your blog’s very inspirational and I always check it out. You were a bit harsh on Story, tho’ I loved it!
    Anyway, thanks so much for the tips on blogging, I’m a photographer too but have wanted to write a blog for ages. I’ve finally found the courage after reading your story on here and the brilliant ‘Can I change Your MInd’ by Lindsay Camp, so I wanted to thank you….take care!

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  • Urban Massage says: March 19, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Your blog makes me feel extremely hungry 😀 so many nice food!

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  • Mai Nguyen says: March 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I like most of the Chinese fusion restaurants in London that Kang L. visited. They are highly well crafted original and traditional Chinese food to a perfect sophisticated western taste with a touch of modern art. Especially the food is very exquisite that does not need to use endangered species animals( like shark fin, bird nest………) to satisfy the palate as traditional Chinese food is.

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  • Marc says: April 3, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Please could you contact me regarding a new menu launch and blogging opportunities

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  • Francesca Scaltritti says: April 27, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Hi good afternoon,
    i’m Francesca marketing analyst and my clients would like to invite you in their new ice cream place in Tottenham court road in London and show to you the laboratory where daily they are doing ice cream and pastry.
    please don’t hesitate to contact me for set up a date and feel free to bring a guest.

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  • Tristan Hanks says: May 16, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Kang

    Love your site – do you take submissions?

    Thanks

    Tristan

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  • Ana Miranda says: May 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Kang,
    Just getting in touch from The Tartelettes (instagram.com/thetartelettes) in case you ever decide to do a feature on the best places to eat cake.
    We normally trade at the West Norwood Feast in West Norwood (South East London) and various other festival fairs. We do the most delicious and eye-catching cakes, and would love for you too try it. If you ever around these areas come and check us out. Ana and Abbie a.k.a The Tartelettes.
    All the best.

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  • Lesley Pittaway says: May 27, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I somehow never read this page! (Slow day in the office means I am trawling through back posts and reading afresh). I am quite certain you have already gathered – but totally your biggest fan!! 🙂 xx

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    • Kang L. says: May 30, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Lesley – I am very very glad to hear that you enjoy my stuff ! Very humbling and hope you continue to find my blog entertaining in months/years to come.

      Kang.

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  • Alan Spedding says: August 31, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Always stopping to have a wee nosey at your fantastic photos Kang. I`ve been a fan since your Fat Duck post a few years ago and always look up to you as one of the best photographers and bloggers out there. Keep up the good work and the great write ups. Cheers.

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  • MELODY says: September 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Kang, i’m travelling to London this winter and found your blog so incredible helpful! And the same time, i personally think you are the food blogger with the best photography i have seen so far. I am thinking of buying a DSLR recently, may i know which gear and lens are you using? Wish i’m not offensive, you can also reply me to my email. Thanks a lot! Keep it up!

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    • Kang L. says: September 15, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Hello Melody – Glad to hear you enjoy the blog! Sure thing, I use a Leica M240-P with a Leica 50mm Dual Range Summicron lens.

      best,
      Kang

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  • Frank says: September 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Hi Kang,

    Been watching your reviews & pictures and you have a lovely approach to it. How can we get in touch for you to pop in at our Izakaya?

    Thanks

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  • Anna Chadwick says: November 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Kang,

    We’re huge fans of your blog London Eater and particularly liked your recent Gauthier Soho review!

    We’d love to invite you and a friend to come and sample this year’s Amba Hotel Charing Cross festive afternoon tea and review it on your blog.

    Amba Hotel Charing Cross is a 4* hotel, located on the Strand, just a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and has been a haven in the heart of London for 150 years. Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building, the hotel combines the heritage of a 150-year-old hotel with the authentic service, comforts and the seamless tech that today’s traveller needs. It has all the global icons like Covent Garden, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square just moments from the hotel and train on the doorstep. Amba Hotel Charing Cross has 239 stylish bedrooms, 9 exquisite meeting and event rooms including The Ballroom and The Terrace, an all-day dining room overlooking the Strand.

    The Afternoon Tea offer includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, sandwiches, scones, cakes – the whole works! We’d love for you to book in with us for one afternoon with a friend between now and 2nd December as the offer is going live on the website today.

    We thought it would be a brilliant fit for London Eater and would love to see you there.

    If you could RSVP asap and let me know if you’re keen that would be fantastic 

    Very best wishes,
    Anna

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