Anita Pati

Anita Pati

Anita Pati grew up scoffing her mum's superb Indian cooking while learning few of the requisite skills herself. Now a freelance journalist, her love of food and flavour mixed with her critical eye make for a writing romance. From Eritrean caffs to jars of shrimp-infused chilli oil, if it has punch, Anita is somewhere in the vicinity.

  • Plate Restaurant

    Tuesday July 3rd, 2018

    The official launch of Plate this summer in London's Hoxton marks an extended soft launch period of Arnaud Stevens’ first restaurant: Plate in Shoreditch.

  • Launch of Chokhi Dhani, Battersea

    Saturday April 14th, 2018

    Professor Green and Pixie Lott helped launch the opening of Rajasthani restaurant Chokhi Dhani on Thursday 12 April in Battersea

  • Tabun Kitchen Soho

    Wednesday November 22nd, 2017

    Fancy sampling a bit of what Joseph and Mary once might have eaten this Christmas? Yes – THAT Joseph and Mary! The relaunched Palestinian Tabun Kitchen in Soho will be offering just that on their festive menu along with a new cocktail list. 

  • Sakonis Hatch End

    Sunday September 3rd, 2017

    As the zeitgeist noses out new Indian cuisines, could Gujurati be next? Vegetarian Indian restaurant Sakonis thinks so.

  • Holi in the City at Cinnamon Kitchen

    Thursday March 9th, 2017

    Anita gets painted every colour of the rainbow as Holi hits London

  • Around Britain on the Caribbean Princess

    Friday July 22nd, 2016

    Land lubber Anita takes in a trip where the food is full on and you’re never far from land as you circle the British Isles

  • Sea spaghetti and lizard leaves in Falmouth

    Tuesday May 17th, 2016

    Anita heads down to the West Country to meet the owners and restorers of a manor house into a boutique hotel.

  • The World is Charlie's Oyster

    Tuesday May 10th, 2016

    Anita meets the grandson of the man who gave us Oyster Sauce. And tries some new sauces.

  • Trinity London

    Monday November 2nd, 2015

    Byatt has reopened his South London restaurant with revamped interior, al-fresco piazza and new 2nd Floor restaurant - ‘Upstairs’. Downstairs oozes ease, its operations a well-oiled machine.

  • Kicking off National Curry Week with Mallika Basu and Tilda Rice

    Saturday October 17th, 2015

    Avoiding setting herself on fire, Anita meets food writer and cook Malika Basu to make dishes with Tilda and gets a great recipe too.

  • Rudie’s, Dalston

    Saturday October 17th, 2015

    Rudie’s may have been named after Jamaican rude boys and girls but it’s anything but. This smart, new Jamaican restaurant and rum bar in London’s Dalston is polite and sophisticated 

  • Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street

    Saturday September 26th, 2015

    I went in sceptical. But we were mighty impressed by the quality of dinner for the relative prices: BB does have a reputation to maintain of course but you don’t HAVE to be a City banker to afford it here. 

  • Mother Clucker take over the Cat&Mutton

    Friday September 11th, 2015

    I’ve always liked the pub itself – ranged across three floors; old-fashioned with oak paneling and Chesterfields, and dark. Plus I love fried chicken, particularly the Colonel’s hot wings and I’m not ashamed. So I was right at it.

  • The May Malaga Gastronomic Festival - a better take on tapas

    Saturday May 30th, 2015

    While some parts of Spain coudn't be a bigger magnet for foodies, San Sebastian anyone? Other parts undeservedly languish.Anita Pati flies out to see why we should make a bit more of Malaga

  • Joe's Southern Kitchen

    Monday May 18th, 2015

    Seems Kentish Town in North London is still riddled with crime; despite being home to food critics such as Giles Coren, gentrification has been a horse-drawn carriage. And new restaurant Joe’s Southern Kitchen just by the tube station is feeling it.

  • The break out of Yeni Raki with Ms Marmite Lover

    Saturday May 2nd, 2015

    Keen to shed its Turkish high street restaurant image, Yeni Raki has decided to resurrect the anima of the aniseed spirit. The distiller is refreshing the public’s perception of this ancient drink by holding a series of events and competitions to show people how it’s not as harsh as traditional rakis, and can be drunk slowly the entire duration of a meal. It’s 45% proof so don’t be fooled by its blunt hit. And it tops up particularly well in cocktails, especially with an almondy, orangey orgeat in a Mauresque cocktail.

  • The elegant art of sushi making

    Thursday January 22nd, 2015

    Scared of sushi? It's the cookery challenge few want to take up, but as Anita discovered when Yuki Gomi is your sensei master then rolling the rice is not as hard as it seems. Just don't forget your hairdryer.

  • Merci Marie

    Monday December 1st, 2014

    The Friday we visited, the room was cosy and candlelit, decorated with white drapes from the ceiling and wall projections of ariel worldscapes: deserts, mountain ranges, industrial urbanesques. Fittingly, the music was world/ambient with some cute Mississippi jazz thrown in.

  • Ramusake

    Friday November 7th, 2014

    Set to hobnob the superwealthy, Ramusake has just launched as a late-night members’ restaurant and club. Anita gets a taste of the high life

  • Hackney Pearl, London

    Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

    Like its name, the Hackney Pearl is a welcome jewel hidden in the damp folds of canalside Hackney. The café bar blazes with warmth in an industrial landscape slowly being pollinated by Dalston’s hipsters from down the roa