Archive For The “N American” Category

Smith & Wollensky for Breakfast…for everybody

Smith & Wollensky for Breakfast…for everybody

I was already an unashamed admirer of this classic steakhouse. Smith & Wollensky ticks all the gastronomic boxes for me, and with decor to bring joy to the very soul of this reviewer of ‘a certain age’. Yes, I appreciate quality, but it must be unintimidating. Yes, I want classic service, but it must be…

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JW Steakhouse for Lunch – restaurant review

JW Steakhouse for Lunch – restaurant review

Yes, Park Lane is swanky and fringed with outstanding hotels, and all of them are celebrated and worthy. One of the most popular is Grosvenor House with its impressive function rooms and public spaces that are worth another look after a recent refurbishment. But it also has a host of dining options, including JW Steakhouse…

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Smith and Wollensky London – review

Smith and Wollensky London – review

Anyone who has had a trip to the States might recognise the name of this restaurant – or more accurately, recognise the ‘names’ of this restaurant. They don’t allude to mythical partners who might have opened the restaurant, but rather to a couple of names picked at random from a Manhattan phone directory! Smith and…

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Stagolee’s – restaurant review

Stagolee’s – restaurant review

Stagolee’s is an American restaurant and we have plenty of those in the UK, ranging from dubious to excellent in quality. But Stagolee’s is unlike all those other US-inspired eateries. This spot will introduce the diner to a different face of American food but a truly authentic one, and you’ll likely not find these vibrant…

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Jackson and Rye Richmond – restaurant review

Jackson and Rye Richmond – restaurant review

Peanut Butter Fudge S’mores was a sweet star What a view! There can be few places more picturesque than the bank of the River Thames by the 18th century Richmond Bridge. It’s beautiful at any time but on a summer’s evening it’s memorable. A seat at Jackson and Rye will give you the best spot….

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Patty and Bun, Old Compton Street – restaurant review

Patty and Bun, Old Compton Street – restaurant review

Soho in general and this street in particular became the refuge of Huguenots, French Protestants who fled to England in the early 1680s. The street was named after Henry Compton who raised funds for a local parish church which eventually became St Anne’s Church. Now there is The Patty and Bun at No.18! By the…

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Dirty Bones Kensington for Brunch – restaurant review

Dirty Bones Kensington for Brunch – restaurant review

It’s raining in Kensington and we are hungry for brunch. Yes, that convivial meal twixt brekkie and weekend dinner that allows for a broad menu over which to pore. Kensington is posh and I would venture to say that Dirty Bones has the only entrance in the area that resembles that of an iffy dive…

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Sticky Fingers – Return with Benny – restaurant review

Sticky Fingers – Return with Benny – restaurant review

One is spoilt for restaurants in London. High-end Michelin-starred, white-tableclothed establishments abound. There are exotic and periodically good curry houses. There are trending trucks offering all manner of international fare. And then there are those enduring restaurants that specialise in meat. Think of some prime beef served with an array of vegetables, and there could…

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Sticky Fingers, Kensington – restaurant review

Sticky Fingers, Kensington – restaurant review

Kensington High Street is smart. There is the usual complement of restaurants in the area and they range from the expected Lebanese to the trendy European casual restaurants; but this is a wealthy neighbourhood so there are eateries here that might demand a second mortgage. One would expect to pay a premium for a meal…

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Porky’s BBQ at Bankside – restaurant review

Porky’s BBQ at Bankside – restaurant review

I guess the name says it all. BBQ is what Porky’s offers, but this is the real thing rather than the chain variety, which has more to do with fast food; the traditional (Memphis) barbecue on which Porky’s is modelled is rather on the slow side …like 18 hours slow. Joy and Simon Brigg were…

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Big Easy, Chelsea – restaurant review

Big Easy, Chelsea – restaurant review

There is a little piece of London that will remain forever America. No, it’s not the US Embassy. It’s the award-winning Big Easy, which is an institution where you will be a lot more welcome, and staff are even polite! This casual restaurant is modelled on those American Gulf Coast crabshacks. That might not mean…

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Ed’s Easy Diner, Euston Station – restaurant review

Ed’s Easy Diner, Euston Station – restaurant review

Ed’s Easy Diner is a small chain of classic American diners. It was founded in November 1987 in London by Barry Margolis. It was the first of its kind in the UK when the first Ed’s opened its doors in Soho. Over the last couple of decades Ed’s Easy Diner has become a landmark and…

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Planet Hollywood, Haymarket, London – review

Planet Hollywood, Haymarket, London – review

‘OK, so review London’s Planet Hollywood.’ ‘Yes, but I’m a serious restaurant reviewer.’ ‘Go on, you might like it.’ …That’s the conversation I had with myself and I am glad to say I was right. I did like it. I am not normally a lover of fast food and I wasn’t sure that I’d be…

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