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Adam Handling at Caxton

Arabica Bar and Kitchen - Borough Market

Balans Soho Society - Kensington

Balans Soho Society - Seven Dials

The Balcon, London

Bel & The Dragon - Godalming

Bird of Smithfield

Blas at Twr y Felin Hotel

Blauw - The Hague

Brooklands Hotel for Dinner

Bunny Chow Soho

Canela Café at Seven Dials

CAU Kingston

Côte - Dinner in Kingston

Counter Vauxhall Arches

Counter Vauxhall Arches – Brunch

The Crown Restaurant at Woodbridge

Dirty Bones - Kensington

Donna Margherita

Eneko at One Aldwych

Eneko at One Aldwych - Sunday Brunch

Flat Iron - Beak Street

Forman’s Restaurant

Forty Dean Street

The Garden House Restaurant, Beaverbrook

Gillray’s at County Hall

Hanger SW6

Hawkers Bar and Brasserie

Kettner’s - Soho

Le Garrick - Covent Garden

Le Garrick – Steak with je ne sais quoi

Le Menar - Fitzrovia

Luton Hoo - Champagne Taittinger

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor

The Mayfair Chippy

The Meat Co, Westfield, Shepherds Bush

Mele e Pere

Mele e Pere – a steak in Soho

Mestizo

The Montague Hotel – best après-skiing in London

Olive Tree - Southampton

One Aldwych - Trolley in the Lobby - Bar

OXBO - Hilton Bankside

OXBO for Saturday Brunch

Patty and Bun – Old Compton Street

Restaurant De Jong

The Rib Room - Knightsbridge

Savini at Criterion

Savini at Criterion - Afternoon Tea

Sticky Fingers - with Benny

Stuzzico in London’s village

The Strand Dining Rooms

The Swan at the Globe

The Talbot for fine dining

Hotel TerraVina Dining


Anise Bar at Devonshire Square

Benares for dinner

Bó Drake – Greek Street

Bombay Brasserie – Cool and contemporary

Cinnamon Club - Wine & Spice Series 2015

Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen

Den Udon – Kings Cross

Dishoom Kings Cross

Gaylord

Gymkhana

Ichiryu Hakata Udon House

Ippudo

Jamavar Mayfair

Lotus – Charing Cross Road

Kanada-Ya

Kurobuta Marble Arch for Sunday Brunch

Mango Tree

OKA – Kingly Court

Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour

Patara Berners Street

Patara Knightsbridge

Roka Brunch – Aldwych

Romulo Café London

Shoryu Ramen – Soho

Sindhu by Atul Kochhar

Talli Joe

Zaika


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The Crown Restaurant at Woodbridge

crown woodbridge chocolate Restaurant review: Head Chef Darran Hazelton is wedded to fresh local produce. Not just for the sake of it: it’s just that there is truly so much here to excite any professional cook or discerning diner. There is seafood from the Suffolk coast, and some of the best meat in the UK comes courtesy of local farms... Read More

Eneko at One Aldwych for Sunday Brunch

eneko tomatoes Sunday Brunch review: It’s a relaxed and informal setting for a Sunday Brunch from Chef Edurne who has been instrumental in creating the menu and is in charge of the London kitchen. Most of the dishes here won’t be familiar to the untutored so, for the first Brunch at least, order the tasting menu... Read More

Afternoon Tea at Savini at Criterion

savini criterion sweet
Afternoon Tea review: Both afternoon tea and The Criterion are icons. The first is quintessentially British and the second a long-standing London destination for fine food, and one which has been frequented by the great and the good for around a century and a half... Read More

Hawkers Bar and Brasserie – finer dining in Kingston

hawkers bloody mary
Restaurant review: There is an open kitchen here with the head chef Darren Edwards very much to the fore. The menu is well-crafted with classic British Brasserie fare, and the bar menu is also creditable. Crispy whitebait is outstanding and the portions of this and the other menu items are generous... Read More

Blas at Twr y Felin Hotel

blas Restaurant review: A fine hotel and one with a fascinating restaurant. It’s called Blas which means ‘taste’ in Welsh. The untutored might be expecting an over-themed rustic eatery with accent of sheep and nuggets of coal and the like. Well, my dear blinkered reader, Wales has an amazing culinary bounty, heaps of style, and piles of aesthetic good taste, and here it is... Read More

Eneko at One Aldwych

Eneko
Restaurant review: Eneko opened in London last year and is a sibling of one of the Basque region’s most celebrated restaurants, Azurmendi, by Eneko Atxa, outside Bilbao. That has three Michelin stars and is listed on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants... Read More

The Garden House Restaurant, Beaverbrook

beaverbrook Restaurant review: Head Chef Kaz Suzuki was born in Japan and moved to New Zealand at the age of 14. He brings a unique flair to the Garden House Restaurant where he offers fresh and seasonal ingredients in both classic and innovative dishes... Read More

Trolley in the Lobby - Bar at One Aldwych

lobby bar Bar review: One Aldwych and its Lobby Bar occupy one of the most important Edwardian buildings in London. One doesn’t have to have a degree in architecture to be impressed by this hotel. One might remark that it has a hint of Paris about it and indeed it does... Read More

Savini of Milan – at home in London

Savini at Criterion Restaurant review: Discerning diners in Milan and the great and the good from the rest of the world will know of Savini. It will likely have been the venue for their international business meetings, smart lunches, family celebrations and perhaps a marriage proposal or two. It is, in short, a restaurant of impeccable pedigree and holding the best of culinary credentials... Read More

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor

Marco-Pierre-White-Windsor Restaurant review: Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill in Windsor couldn’t be better placed for locals and tourists alike. It can be found in one of the most beautiful Georgian buildings in Windsor at the Castle Hotel which is just opposite Sir Christopher Wren’s Windsor Guildhall. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s favourite homes... Read More

Jamavar comes to Mayfair

Jamavar Restaurant review: The original Jamavar opened in 2001 at The Leela Palace Bengaluru in India and was named among the World’s Top 10 Power Dining Spots by Forbes USA. Over the next few years it expanded to other internationally acclaimed Leela properties in New Delhi, Chennai, Goa and Mumbai. Jamavar London is the first overseas branch. The kitchen team is led by Executive Chef Rohit Ghai... Read More

The Montague Hotel – best après-skiing in London

Montague ski Bar review: Snow is an essential element to create that seasonal mood. Yes, we can buy a ticket to the Alps but a quicker and more cost-effective alternative might be a trip to the Montague Hotel’s very own Ski Lodge. You won’t need a passport to get to Montague Street near the British Museum... Read More

Champagne Taittinger at Luton Hoo

Luton Hoo Hotel review: Luton Hoo is arguably one of the finest examples of its genre. A stay laced with dinner and champagne was likely to be memorable, and indeed it was. Luton Hoo offers several wine dinners every year and they are understandably popular with regular visitors, those who are celebrating, and others who are interested in learning more about the best of wines... Read More

The Swan at the Globe

The Swan at the Globe Restaurant review: The Swan fits perfectly with the area. The small windows remind one of Dickensian homes, although I suspect this is all much newer. One mounts the stairs to the contemporary restaurant which at 6pm was filled with tourists... Read More

Hotel TerraVina Dining

Hotel TerraVina Dining
Restaurant review: Hotel TerraVina is a gem. It’s a well-appointed house – well, it seems like someone’s home (read the accommodation review here). A line of colourful wellies in the hall welcomes the arriving guests. The rooms are individually designed and the beds... Read More

Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour

Opium
Restaurant review: This isn’t a bar for the feeble of limb. It has a staircase more associated with a lighthouse than a drinking hole. The deep red walls and the perfume of incense sticks combine to present an expectation of something truly exotic at the top of those stairs... Read More

Donna Margherita

Donna Margherita Restaurant review: Donna Margherita is an Italian restaurant and wood-fired pizzeria, and it launched my restaurant reviewing career a few years back. This was one of my first review visits and I was taken by its intimate ambiance as well as its authentic Italian food. But would it be a case of ‘you can never go back’?... Read More

The Talbot for fine dining

The Talbot
Restaurant review: The Talbot has history. It’s typical of coaching inns all over the country and this one, in particular, has a story – well, probably many. It is said to have provided the venue for assignations between Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton in 1798... Read More

Balans Soho Society – Seven Dials

balans Restaurant review: I have had many a vibrant Brunch at Balans and I am drawn there for the Eggs in Hell – 2 eggs poached in a tomato chilli sauce with a sprinkle of parmesan, and Balans potatoes. It should be a signature dish... Read More

Anise Bar at Devonshire Square

anise Bar review: One might not have heard of Anise Bar but it’s likely the discerning diner will have heard of Cinnamon Kitchen by Vivek Singh. Perhaps one might not have heard of Devonshire Square but everyone has heard of the City of London. There are associations with India in the very fabric of the buildings here... Read More

Olive Tree Southampton

Olive Tree Southampton Restaurant review: This was my first visit to Southampton but finding good food wasn’t going to be a challenge: I had a recommendation! A French/Seafood restaurant called Olive Tree, on the popular Oxford Street, had a major refurbishment last January and now has a new inspired Head Chef called Todd Higgs... Read More

Salsa Verde from Olive Tree Southampton

Salsa Verde fron Oliver Tree Southampton
Recipe: By Head Chef Todd Higgs. Salsa Verde is a labour of love: all the herbs must be chopped by hand to achieve the best texture. Then simply add the mustard, olive oil and as many anchovies as suits your taste... Read More

Patty and Bun – Old Compton Street

Patty and Bun – Old Compton Street
Restaurant review: It’s a menu of burgers but don’t be a food snob: a burger is as good as its meat and the meal is as good as the burger and its garnishes. Trust me, you need to eat here, or you do if you are any stripe of burger aficionado... Read More

Canela Café at Seven Dials

Canela Café at Seven Dials Restaurant review: Canela Café is small and cosy. Its high ceiling and Victorian urban windows add character to this eatery. Its paintwork and marble-top tables and chandelier remind one of such places all over Europe, but the map on the wall points emphatically to Portugal!... Read More

Beresford’s at Balmer Lawn for a touch of Thai

Balmer Lawn lobster Recipe: Don’t miss a visit to Beresford’s, and Lobster Lemongrass Lime Leaf Risotto is a must-try. It has all the aromatic flavours of traditional Thai curries but without the heat. There is nothing to overpower the delicate taste of the seafood. If you can’t get to Beresford’s for a while then here is the recipe... Read More

The Meat Co, Westfield, Shepherds Bush

Meat co
Restaurant review: I live in West London and I can say with a degree of authority that a decade ago Shepherds Bush was, on a good day, seedy. But since it opened in 2008, Westfield shopping centre has transformed the area and the improvements continue, revitalising a whole neighbourhood... Read More

CAU Kingston

CAU 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... Read More

Mele e Pere for Vermouth with a Master

mele vermouth
Food & Drink review: Vermouth has been ubiquitous in and on cocktail bars since mixed drinks became popular more than a century ago, but many of us have no idea what it actually is, apart from being the bottle that stands at the back collecting dust... Read More

Hanger SW6

Hanger 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... Read More

Mele e Pere – a steak in Soho

Mele e Pere 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... Read More

Brunch Counter – Vauxhall Arches

Counter Vauxhall
Restaurant review: One could easily miss it! Counter truly is under the arches at Vauxhall station. Its entrance is understated but don’t pass by. This is worth a visit at any time of day. It has great character and is something of a Tardis... Read More

Romulo Café London

Romulo Restaurant review: This is a leafy corner of the capital. It’s not a neighbourhood of steel and glass. This is the preserve of people who actually live here and those who choose to visit this end of Kensington High Street to seek out a little charm and calm. Now there is a new draw... Read More

Stuzzico in London’s village

Stuzzico Restaurant review: Talk about London and it’s likely a conversation about financial hubs (yes, even now after Brexit), the bustle of Oxford Street, the draw of Theatreland and the Tower of London will ensue. But London is actually made up of villages which remain far more charming and welcoming than the thronging thoroughfares... Read More

Saturday Brunch at OXBO

oxbo Restaurant review: This isn’t my first visit to OXBO and it won’t be my last. Yes, dear reader, it’s a restaurant in a hotel but it has very individual and quirky charm, and food to appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. Its weekend Brunches and Roasts are becoming celebrated and visitors to London couldn’t find a better location... Read More

Forman’s Restaurant

Forman's Restaurant Restaurant review: London is moving east. There has been much investment in an area that already had good transport links. New building for both housing and commerce has revitalised local economies and indeed aspirations. H. Forman is best placed to enjoy the benefits of a rising population that appreciates tastes of the good life... Read More

Le Garrick – Steak with je ne sais quoi

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... Read More

Talli Joe

Talli Joe
Restaurant review: The name had me curious from the start. There is an explanation, however. Joe is a ‘regular Joe’ indicating a casual inclusiveness and he could be from anywhere and going anywhere. That just about sums up London. The restaurant describes the Talli element thus:... Read More

Gillray’s at County Hall

Gillrays
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’s also housed in an iconic London landmark... Read More

Benares for dinner

Benares for dinner Restaurant review: Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Benares serves Michelin-starred modern Indian cuisine and is famed for doing that. This is fine dining and gives other such restaurants a run for their culinary money, and that’s restaurants of any gastronomic persuasion... Read More

Sunday Brunch - Kurobuta Marble Arch

Kurobuta
Restaurant review: I confess, I had no idea what to expect. Yes, it was going to be Japanese. But a Sunday Brunch Buffet? In my admittedly somewhat limited experience, Japanese food comes in two varieties: first – casual noodles; second – etiquette-riddled kaiseki cuisine... Read More

Forty Dean Street

Forty Dean Street
Restaurant review: Soho, in general, has been famed for Chinese food, but there are great numbers of decent restaurants of other culinary persuasions these days. Forty Dean Street is the eponymous restaurant and it is Italian. I mean the sort of Italian that I remember from my childhood... Read More

The Mayfair Chippy

The Mayfair Chippy Restaurant review: Nothing better than traditional fish and chips. It’s nostalgic comfort food, at least if you are British. We all have memories of queueing up in a white-tiled shop with steamy windows, a high counter with glass jars of pickled gherkins and eggs, bottles of brown vinegar and salt shakers. For those who hail from beyond these shores that emporium of fried delights was called ‘the chippy’... Read More

Bó Drake – Greek Street

Bo Drake - Greek Street
Restaurant review: Bó Drake has an urban vibe with high stools at the bar, exposed brickwork and metal conduit. And it’s an impressive bar of around 10 metres with an iroko (African teak) wood counter. The shelves behind the bar give a hint to the cuisine (as if the restaurant name had not already)... Read More

The Balcon, London – classic perfection

Balcon Restaurant review: This truly memorable restaurant is set on Waterloo Place on the corner with Pall Mall. This wide thoroughfare is in fact an extension of Regent Street with all its smart shops. It’s a small area with a host of statues and monuments that honour heroes and statesmen of the British Empire and various wars... Read More

Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte

Relais de Venise L'Entrecote
Restaurant review: Ask many a dedicated food lover which dishes they crave, what their elected last meal might be, and they will almost universally state that it has to be unfussy and comforting, something like, say, steak and chips. Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte is... Read More

Arabica Bar and Kitchen – Borough Market

Arabica Restaurant review: Borough has been known for its food markets since as far back as the 11th century. First the stallholders were trading on old London Bridge, but then in the 13th century they were moved to what became Borough High Street. A market has been here ever since... Read More

Lotus – Fine Indian Dining

Lotus Restaurant review: The Charing Cross Road near Leicester Square Underground Station has not been famed for quality Indian restaurants. I confess I had never heard of Lotus but I arrived with high expectations as I had done my homework... Read More

Cinnamon Collection Masterclasses

cinnamon collection masterclass Restaurant Masterclass review: It seems a bit early for pondering Christmas presents but, trust me, it’s not. If you have a passionate food lover in your near vicinity you might want to ditch the summer holiday brochures for half an hour and consider a masterclass... Read More

Patara – Berners Street

Patara Berners Street
Restaurant review: Oxford Street is one of London’s retail arteries. It’s a ribbon of fashion outlets from the celebrated and well-established Selfridges to a flourishing number of stalls selling trashy T-shirts and even more dubious souvenirs. The world of both good and bad taste can be your oyster... Read More

Sindhu by Atul Kochhar, with Head Chef Gopal Krishnan

Sindhu by Atul Kochhar
Restaurant review: I first met Chef Gopalakrishnan when he was working at a Michelin-starred restaurant in London; a smart and charismatic young man who is known by his friends simply as Gopal. He was born in a small village called Sholingur in Tamil Nadu... Read More

OXBO – Hilton Bankside

OXBO
Restaurant review: The name intrigued me. It was either a reference to the bend in the River Thames at Bankside or an indication that this restaurant takes pride in its meat dishes. As it turned out it was both... Read More

Ichiryu Hakata Udon House

Ichiryu
Restaurant review: Ichiryu Hakata Udon House is from the same stable that brings you Japan Centre and the chain of Japanese restaurants, Shoryu. Ichiryu is a well-placed eatery on New Oxford Street, and even after just a couple of months it’s enjoying a loyal following... Read More

Dirty Bones Kensington for Brunch

Dirty Bones
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... Read More

Brunch at Balans Soho Society Kensington High Street

Brunch at Balans Soho Society Kensington
Restaurant review: I am not naturally an early-morning person. I am not naturally a morning person of any time classification, but I do love breakfast – as long as I am not cooking it. If you are going to go to the trouble of sitting down to a meal at that time of the day... Read More

Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen

Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen
Restaurant review: Located in the heart of London’s City square mile, Darbaar is rather conveniently situated. Not far from the travel hub of Liverpool Street Station and with ample parking just yards away this restaurant has a huge catchment area. It’s already popular for lunch... Read More

Bel & The Dragon Godalming

Bel 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... Read More

The Strand Dining Rooms

The Strand Dining Rooms
Restaurant review: Located on Trafalgar Square in the centre of London, The Strand Dining Rooms offer all-day dining in smart and inviting fashion.  The dining rooms are open for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre dinner and dinner. They have a focus on British cuisine... Read More

Bird of Smithfield

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... Read More

Mango Tree for Regional Thai Cuisine

mango tree
Restaurant review: The Mango Tree Thai restaurant is a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. A stone’s throw in this case isn’t estate agent speak for a couple of miles away. The Palace’s garden wall is just across the road... Read More

The Rib Room – for more than ribs

The Rib Room
Restaurant review: The Rib Room is the dining room at Jumeirah Carlton Tower, not too far from Harrods. Yes, it’s on the ground floor of a newish hotel building but this is a classy and classic restaurant that shouts quality... Read More

Côte – Dinner in Kingston

Cote - 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... Read More

Le Garrick – Covent Garden

Le Garrick
Restaurant review: Le Garrick restaurant and wine bar is conveniently located in the heart of Covent Garden in London’s West End. It’s a little gem and after just one visit has become my preferred restaurant, my dining establishment of choice... Read More

Roka Brunch – Aldwych

Roka Brunch
Restaurant review: Brunch is perhaps my favourite meal of the week. It isn’t a big, indigestible breakfast with the prospect of needing a nap by 10.30 (although I can be tempted by an English fry-up at almost any time)... Read More

Mele e Pere

Mele e Pere
Restaurant review: This is a little cracker of a restaurant and I am almost reluctant to publicise it any further for fear that the prices will go up and the chances of me getting a table will go down!... Read More

Gymkhana London

Gymkhana
Restaurant review: Gymkhana is an Indian word which originally referred to a meeting place. These days it tends to be an equestrian day event put on by posh pony clubs; but not in this case. Gymkhana in London does fit into the ‘meeting place’ category... Read More

Blauw for Rijsttafel in The Hague

Rijsttafel in The Hague
Restaurant review: I love The Netherlands and am an unashamed supporter. It’s an oft-disregarded tourist destination even though it’s easy to get to from London. Short breaks are more usually taken in Paris or Berlin. That’s a shame as Dutch cities offer history, architectural charm and delicious food... Read More

Sticky Fingers - Return with Benny

sticky Fingers – Return with Benny
Restaurant review: Kensington High Street is long on eating opportunities of every culinary hue but Sticky Fingers has endured and gained a loyal following of rib and burger aficionados, although I should say that I have also had an exceptional steak here... Read More

Bombay Brasserie – Cool and contemporary

Bombay Brasserie – Cool and contemporary
Restaurant review: Bombay Brasserie and Bar, Gloucester Road, South Kensington has been an A-lister for the great and the good as well as the just famous and now it has adopted a new, cool ivory-coloured persona in place of the Rajesque opulence it once flaunted... Read More

Gaylord in Mortimer Street

Gaylord in Mortimer Street
Restaurant review: This is one restaurant that I have visited and wondered why I had not done so long before now. Gaylord Restaurant was established in 1966 so I would have had plenty of time. Its location couldn’t be more convenient... Read More

Iconic Kettner’s of Soho

Iconic Kettner's of Soho
Restaurant review: Kettner’s, I used to feel, seemed somewhat out of place in this corner of the great metropolis. It’s a genteel establishment and that’s not for which this corner of town had once been noted. This old Soho had evolved from a bolt-hole for religious-refugee Huguenots... Read More

Jim De Jong – Say it with flowers …and cheese

De Jong
Restaurant review: Rotterdam is fast becoming known for food. It’s the Netherlands and it might be a bit of a cliché, but, yes there is cheese. Chef Jim De Jong was challenged to make a menu composed of Holland’s most iconic staple, and his creations were stunning... Read More

Patara Thai Restaurant Knightsbridge

Patara Restaurant review: There are few restaurants in Knightsbridge that don’t exude some kind of classy charm. It’s that kind of area. High-end residents and visitors looking for food to match... Read More

Counter Vauxhall Arches

The Vauxhall Arches Counter Restaurant review: So many of my reviews start with ‘Well, it was worth the long journey’ and stoically ‘It’s a bit off the beaten track’. This evening I had no need of such stoicism. Counter Vauxhall Arches is just by Vauxhall Station. That isn’t estate-agent speak for a bracing march away, not a healthy hike away but really just there... Read More

Brooklands Hotel for Dinner

brooklands Restaurant review: Brooklands is rather unique. It straddles contemporary design and the historic connections that its very name evokes. One might not be familiar with Brooklands Hotel but almost everybody will have heard of the Brooklands Racing Circuit... Read More

Wine & Spice Series 2015 at Cinnamon Club

Cinnamon club
Restaurant review: Executive Chef and CEO Vivek Singh is introducing a new series of exclusive wine dinners at both Cinnamon Club and its sister restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen. Diners will be introduced to wines that truly do address the very particular... Read More

Alexander McQueen at The Kensington Hotel

Alexander McQueen at The KensingtonRestaurant review: Well, perhaps not the man himself, but The Kensington Hotel is presenting a delightful afternoon tea that is inspired by the fashion designer who is the focus of an exhibition in London called Savage Beauty. Alexander McQueen was born in... Read More

Dishoom – Kings Cross

DishoomRestaurant review: Dishoom is the latest branch of the now well-established Old Irani Cafés of Bombay. They were originally opened last century by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran to India. In fact they have almost all disappeared from that city but have found new fame and followers in London. This new Dishoom at King’s Cross opened... Read More

Kanada-Ya (or how I found my noodle)

Kanada-YaRestaurant review: I have wanted to visit for a while. No, this isn’t a Michelin-starred restaurant. No, one isn’t dazzled by drifts of white linen tablecloths or the shine of silverware. It’s a café, or at least a café of the Japanese kind... Read More

Adam Handling – Asian Accents

Adam Handling – Asian AccentsRestaurant review: Adam Handling has been crowned 2014 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year. That’s no surprise. He is a young man who has already chalked up accolades and praise, and now he has his own name over a restaurant door – Adam Handling at Caxton. St Ermins is a hotel of character just around the corner... Read More

Flat Iron – Beak Street

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 around the corner and that was... Read More

Den Udon at Kings Cross

Den Udon at Kings Cross Restaurant review: Udon is a thick wheat-flour noodle with a chewy and soft texture. Restaurants offer noodles with excellent broths that would be too time-consuming to make at home. Udon is served hot as a noodle soup in its basic form, as kake udon, and that’s exactly what one finds at the top of the Den Udon menu... Read More

Le Menar, Fitzrovia

le Menar Restaurant review: Head Chef Vernon Samuels has high-end international credentials covering a good number of ethnic cuisines in some celebrated restaurants around the world. At Le Menar he paints with a North African culinary palate. He adapts and teases but never offends... Read More

Ramen Restaurant Ippudo opens in London

Ippudo Japanese Ramen Restaurant Restaurant review: The original Ippudo was founded in the Kyushu region of Japan in a district of the city of Fukuoka. It opened its doors in 1985, but this latest establishment is designed to be the flagship European restaurant of the group. Ippudo has over 120 restaurants serving... Read More

OKA Japanese Restaurant - Kingly Court

OKA Japanese Restaurant Restaurant review: OKA Robata Grill and Sushi is found on the 1st floor. It’s sister to OKA in Primrose Hill which has been so popular. It’s a small restaurant and the menu is described as pan-Asian although it has a distinct bias towards Japan... Read More

Bunny Chow Soho

Bunny Chow Soho Restaurant review: The name might not entice the uninitiated across the threshold, that’s true. One might suspect that it’s only salad on offer: well, that’s chow for rabbits, isn’t it? But on the other hand it could be a menu of dishes made out of bunnies... Read More

Shoryu Ramen - Soho

Shoryu Ramen – Soho Restaurant review: Shoryu Ramen launched in November 2012 and has already been recommended in the Michelin Guide of 2014 and 2015. It has fast become a small but reputable London chain. They specialise in, well, ramen of the Hakata tonkotsu style originating in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan’s southern island... Read More

The New Zaika

The New Zaika Restaurant review: It’s a Grade II listed former bank building which would be described as having “many original features, with a striking dining room” if you saw it in an estate agent’s window. It was built when Kensington was being developed in the 1850s. It’s smartly located in Kensington, opposite that corner of Hyde Park known as Kensington Gardens... Read More

Mestizo London

Mestizo Restaurant review: Mestizo has Mexican owners, chefs and staff. This isn’t an overly themed eatery: Mestizo has a few nods to its ethnic roots and the most visible is the bar, which on closer inspection one finds is stocked with the national beverage, Tequila: 260 different bottles at last count... Read More



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