Posts Tagged “steak”

Blackhouse restaurant review

Blackhouse restaurant review

The Blackhouse Grill on the Market at Smithfield It’s not surprising that we were invited here to enjoy a meal with meat as the showpiece. This was Smithfield, after all! Smithfield’s meat market dates from the 10th century, and is now London’s only remaining wholesale market in continuous use since medieval times. It’s a bloody…

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Black Roe – Poke and more

Black Roe – Poke and more

Octopus Aioli with chilli salsa and coriander was the best dish of cephalopod I have had in ages Black Roe is tucked away in a side street in the heart of Mayfair. It couldn’t be better located for transport and diners. This is a neighbourhood with plenty of restaurants but it is making its mark,…

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The Happenstance on Paternoster Square

The Happenstance on Paternoster Square

The food menu is varied and eclectic, and appealing to the demographic of the City Paternoster Square is a striking corner of the City and owned by the Mitsubishi Estate Company. It is, however, quintessentially English with its location on the left-hand side of the mighty St Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the…

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor

Marco Pierre White has long been considered the wild child of the culinary scene, although he actually seems like a rather charming character in interview these days. For those who don’t hail from these shores, Marco is a celebrated British chef, restaurateur, and television personality, and was perhaps the first British celebrity chef; he was,…

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Bird of Smithfield

Bird of Smithfield

Sounds like a family butchers which might have been trading for a brace of centuries. It is, in fact, a newish restaurant but right next to Smithfield Market, which has a much longer history. Smithfield Market or, more officially, London Central Markets, is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the…

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CAU Kingston

CAU Kingston

People say it’s all about location. That’s probably true, as there is no finer spot than CAU in Kingston on a hot summer evening. Sitting outside with just a footpath between the diner and the Thames, one can bask in warm contentment, lifting a glass and the silverware being the only exertions. The team behind…

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Hanger SW6

Hanger SW6

Fulham is trendy these days, but it wasn’t always such a sought-after address. In 879 Danish invaders had a winter break at Fulham and Hammersmith. Fulham during the 18th century had a reputation of debauchery, prostitution and gambling. My grandfather lived in Fulham at the start of the 20th century and he was a part-time…

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Mele e Pere – a steak in Soho

Mele e Pere – a steak in Soho

Mele e Pere opened in the heart of Soho in February 2012, but that neighbourhood dates back centuries. In the Middle Ages, what is now Soho was known as St Giles Field, land belonging to the Convent of Abingdon, with its leper hospital. In 1536, the land was taken by Henry VIII as a royal…

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Le Garrick

Le Garrick

Steak with je ne sais quoi Le Garrick restaurant and wine bar is conveniently located in the heart of Covent Garden in London’s West End. I am no stranger here even though this neighbourhood has a wealth of restaurants of every culinary hue. It’s a timeless treasure and became one of my favourite restaurants after…

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Gillray’s at County Hall review

Gillray’s at County Hall review

London landmark As with any building, and as any estate agent worth his clip-board will tell you, it’s all about location. Gillray’s must have one of the best, and it’s also housed in an iconic London landmark. This imposing white Portland stone building looks across the River Thames to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament….

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Bel & The Dragon Godalming

Bel & The Dragon Godalming

The town of Godalming is situated in the countryside in southern England but not far from London. Its narrow streets are lined with many historic buildings. It’s a town with history. The name means “of the clan of Godhelm”, and the Saxon settlement of Godalming was first recorded in the will of King Alfred the…

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Côte – Dinner in Kingston

Côte – Dinner in Kingston

This is a lovely spot on the River Thames and well patronised by shoppers during the day and socialisers in the evening. But despite its modern façade, Kingston has history and how a lote of restaurants such as Côte. It belonged to the king in Saxon times, as its name suggests, and was the earliest…

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Flat Iron – Beak Street

Flat Iron – Beak Street

The second Flat Iron opened last July. This could be the start of something big, or at least lots of little somethings if the size of the Beak Street branch is anything to go by. Flat Iron fits perfectly into its environment. The area has long been trendy, bohemian and edgy. Carnaby Street is just…

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Sticky Fingers review

Sticky Fingers 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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Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte

Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte

We are spoilt for choice in London, and indeed in many cities. We can chance a fishy Japanese breakfast, indulge in lavish Italian lunches, feast at eventide on exotic Indian fare, and feed our need for iffy kebabs in the wee small hours. Every restaurant, café and street cart offers extensive menus showcasing its particular…

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Campfire Cuisine – Grosvenor House Hotel

Campfire Cuisine – Grosvenor House Hotel

The restaurant is as big as the portions for which it is famed. JW Steakhouse at Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane is characterful. Those visiting for lunch will appreciate views over sunny (if one is lucky) Hyde Park. Night brings a city ambiance of passing headlights and restaurant low-lights. It’s difficult to make a…

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Black and Blue Classic Steaks

Black and Blue Classic Steaks

It’s been a while since I had a steak. My dining companions will very often choose a hunk of meat, where I’ll go for a rather exotic or cheffy entrée. But I do periodically crave a good steak. It’s almost a comfort food. High-end admittedly but comforting nevertheless. Black and Blue does it well. All…

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Penny Black for Dinner

Penny Black for Dinner

The Fulham Road isn’t my usual hunting ground, although it’s well served by public transport and easily accessible, but after my recent dining experience I may well become a habitué of that neighbourhood. Penny Black sits at number 212 as a tastefully understated icon of real British Food, and is unique in several regards. The…

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Bentley’s Grill

Bentley’s Grill

A restaurant anywhere that has endured for 94 years or so must be worth visiting. A restaurant of that vintage in London should have statues erected and probably have its own anthem. Not sure what that might be, but perhaps “When Irish eyes are smiling.” Bentley’s welcomed its first guests in 1916. One commiserates with…

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The Five Tuns – Terminal 5

The Five Tuns – Terminal 5

Yes, dear reader, I travel and I expect you, too, will have that delight from time to time. When one flies there are invariably tedious hours to fill while one waits for the plane which is still most likely stuck in JFK or Johannesburg. If you are lucky then you’ll be marooned in an airport…

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