Posts Tagged “steak”

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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Blackhouse restaurant review

Blackhouse restaurant review

It’s not surprising that we were invited here to enjoy a meal with meat as the show-piece. This was Blackhouse Grill at 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 spot in other ways, too….

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Black Roe – restaurant review

Black Roe  – restaurant review

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, attracting visitors who want quality food and something a little unique. Pacific Rim cuisine is what’s offered here…

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The Happenstance on Paternoster Square – restaurant review

The Happenstance on Paternoster Square – restaurant review

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 most famous and most recognisable sights of London. Its dome has dominated the skyline for…

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor – restaurant review

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor – restaurant review

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 – restaurant review

Bird of Smithfield – restaurant review

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 – restaurant review

CAU Kingston – restaurant review

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, Fulham – restaurant review

Hanger SW6, Fulham – restaurant review

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 – restaurant review

Mele e Pere – a steak in Soho – restaurant review

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: Steak with je ne sais quoi – restaurant review

Le Garrick: Steak with je ne sais quoi – restaurant review

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 that very first visit. As I…

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Gillray’s at County Hall – restaurant review

Gillray’s at County Hall – restaurant review

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 also sits in an iconic London landmark. This imposing white Portland stone building looks across the River Thames to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. The chimes…

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Bel & The Dragon, Godalming – restaurant review

Bel & The Dragon, Godalming – restaurant review

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 – restaurant review

Côte – Dinner in Kingston – restaurant review

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 – restaurant review

Flat Iron, Beak Street – restaurant review

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, 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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Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte, Canary Wharf – restaurant review

Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte, Canary Wharf – restaurant review

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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JW Steakhouse at the Grosvenor House Hotel – review

JW Steakhouse at the Grosvenor House Hotel – review

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 – restaurant review

Black and Blue Classic Steaks – restaurant review

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, Chelsea – restaurant review

Penny Black for Dinner, Chelsea – restaurant review

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, Piccadilly – restaurant review

Bentley’s Grill, Piccadilly – restaurant review

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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