Nadia Alkahzrajie

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Formerly an agency copywriter for Senior King, in 2006 I graduated from the writer’s MA at Manchester University directed by Martin Amis. Subsequently I set up as a freelancer, specialising in, amongst other things, offshore wealth management. I’ve also ghost-written in many different voices, putting thoughts into words for performers, designers and corporate CEO’s.  Writing about food in my own voice helps me to keep (relatively) sane. 

  • Norton House Hotel & Spa

    Sunday November 3rd, 2019

    Norton House serves up tempting brasserie fare in the woods of Ingliston with a state of the art spa and a dash of mystery.

  • Put a Pin In It, The Little Chartroom

    Friday October 25th, 2019

    Berries from the hedgerows and fungus from the woods - The Little Chartroom is the modest 18-cover restaurant that's put Edinburgh's Albert Place on the map.

  • Nouvelle Scouse at Ropewalks, Liverpool

    Monday November 27th, 2017

    It was traditionally made with fatty scraps and crumbled ship's biscuits, Foodepedia discovers what Liverpool scouse tastes like in 2017.

  • Nouvelle Scouse at Ropewalks, Liverpool

    Sunday November 26th, 2017

    It was traditionally made with fatty scraps and crumbled ship's biscuits, Foodepedia discovers what Liverpool scouse tastes like in 2017.

  • Another Successful Take-off at Le Brasserie, London Sofitel Gatwick

    Friday August 12th, 2016

    Nadia follows the light to the end of the tunnel and finds a nice bit of pork belly for her dinner.

  • The Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar

    Thursday December 24th, 2015

    The Elphinstone Hotel is all corridors and corners, an intriguing puzzle of a building fitted up over 300 years. Offering old school favourites pimped with fine Scottish fare, Nadia eats luxury fish pie and enjoys the tropical fish tank.

  • Oh Come, All Ye Faithfull: The Horseshoe Inn, Eddleston

    Monday December 14th, 2015

    Three hundred wines, six courses and a truffle stuffed cheese, the Horseshoe doesn’t do things by halves.

  • Under a Winter Sky: A Citybreak in Edinburgh at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

    Thursday December 10th, 2015

    Acanthus arrives in Edinburgh: Abandoning Arthur's seat Nadia gets a taste for Viking cheese and the good life.

  • Le Bol de Saigon, Marrakech

    Friday October 9th, 2015

    What fascinates me about Mr. S’s cigarette is that it’s never less than ¾” in length. Is it a real cigarette? Does he smoke ¼ of an inch then light a new one? It’s a mystery that presents itself on each of my three visits to Le Bol de Saigon, where Mr. S takes our order on the tiny roadside terrace before retiring inside with his cigarette and large glass of red wine.

    Bd Abdelkrim Khattabi, Marrakech, Morocco

  • Wine and Peace at Stansted's New Escape Lounge

    Monday October 5th, 2015

    After approximately forty minutes of witnessing a small child (not mine) karate chopping the air in front of my face before kicking up a royal stink when his demands for sweeties were denied I'm ready to administer the Ritalin myself. Thankfully the Escape Lounge offers a timely getaway.

  • La Brasserie at Sofitel, Gatwick Airport

    Sunday November 23rd, 2014

    Stuck in a hotel an evening before flying, Nadia Alkahzrajie finds that the Sofitel Gatwick is a restaurant that has wings.

  • Le Café

    Saturday November 8th, 2014

    On my last visit to the Sofitel, Gatwick Airport I sampled classical French fine dining at La Brasserie, a delicious but deceptively rich meal that left me feeling like I might prevent the plane from taking off the next morning. This time, en route to my Greek Island getaway, the ever-helpful Holiday Extras crew have booked me into Le Café, where I get to sample the delights of Parisian street food in the hotel’s airy atrium. 

  • All Aboard Grand Hotel Timeo by Orient Express

    Tuesday October 29th, 2013

    Nadia Alkahzrajie dines in the shaddow of Mount Etna at the Grand Hotel Timeo.

  • Isle of Man Food Festival

    Monday October 14th, 2013

    Isle of Plenty: Nadia Alkahzrajie goes in search of what’s right on her doorstep at the Isle of Man Food Festival.

  • Trattoria La Cambusa Review

    Monday September 23rd, 2013

    Nadia Alkahzrajie takes in the sights and sounds of Palermo's Piazza Marina and reviews La Cambusa.

  • Ruta del Veleta Spain

    Sunday June 16th, 2013

    Looking for a meal that isn't a rip off or worse, in recession hit Grenada in Spain, Nadia finally finds somewhere that's not a disappointment

  • The Macdonald Townhouse Hotel, Manchester

    Thursday December 20th, 2012

    The Macdonald Townhouse Hotel sits on the corner of Portland and Princess Street; tall and elegant with the kind of soaring gothic windows that suggests an architect with pious leanings, the Macdonald is the understated antithesis of those 21st century hotel blocks that resemble a giant Rubik’s cube.

  • Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

    Friday March 16th, 2012

    Like no other jilted capital Istanbul engulfs visitors with its razzled charms, the musk of rose petal tinged with rancid fish-heads the prelude to your renewed affections. Important things have happened in this city of minarets; here the past isn’t so much a passive resident but a restless dervish whirling down the backstreets off Taxsim square, where men smoke the hookah and sip coffee as thick and loamy as compost.

  • Glacé à la Moutarde: Are You Taking the Pistou?

    Wednesday December 14th, 2011

    Hot on the heels of his ‘straight from the freezer’ biscuit dough comes Heston Blumenthal’s new ice-cream for Waitrose. We’re probably all familiar with Heston’s jiggery pokery that gave us classics like bacon and egg ice-cream, but how do his haute creations translate to the mass market? The answer is rather emphatically, they don’t.

  • Patara Thai, Soho

    Saturday November 19th, 2011

    If you like Thai food then you’ll love Patara and if you don’t then I’d give it a shot anyway because you might just change your mind. It’s a good-looking venue and a great place to meet up with friends for some relaxing indulgence and a few bottles of lovely Singha beer – service is assured and the food demonstrates enough skill to put it head and shoulders above much of the competition