Archive For The “Restaurants” Category

Caxton Bar at St Ermin’s

Caxton Bar at St Ermin’s

This is undoubtedly one of the most noteworthy hotels in London. St Ermin’s welcomes guests with iconic architecture and unique ambiance (read more about the hotel here). It has other advantages too: The Caxton Grill (read my review here) and its associated bar. That is a convivial space with not only drinks but a lot…

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Wagamama – you gotta hand it to them

Wagamama – you gotta hand it to them

I have visited Wagamama in Richmond a few times now and it does still tick those casual eating boxes for me. The word wagamama is Japanese for “naughty child” but don’t expect walls covered in crayon drawings – although Wagamama is indeed child-friendly. It was 1992 when they opened the first Wagamama in London’s Bloomsbury….

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Me and Mes Amis in Maastricht

Me and Mes Amis in Maastricht

I have said it before, and I will say it yet again – The Netherlands has amazing food! It’s not all gin and cheese, although both are very good. There is a wealth of dining opportunities in this country so why do we overlook such gastronomic treasures? I have no idea, but I think Mes…

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The Bisschopsmolen and a Pie

The Bisschopsmolen and a Pie

Nestled in the historic streets of Maastricht is the Bisschopsmolen or, in English, the Bishop’s Mill. It truly was once a mill and its reputation grinds on in the guise of its bakery and restaurant. The mill was built in the 7th century and has had different roles since its construction. In the 11th century…

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Davy’s Tappit Hen

Davy’s Tappit Hen

Davy’s Tappit Hen? Sounds like a chicken-shaped friend of a lad called Davy. But it is in fact a cosy wine bar, and Davy’s Tappit Hen is one of the celebrated venues of a fifth-generation wine merchant. Wine has been the business of Davy’s since 1870 and they still choose and import their own wines….

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Discovering the Orient

Discovering the Orient

Chinatown in Soho London throngs with tourists and locals every day of the week. This isn’t, however, the first Chinatown in London. The original Chinese area was in the East end of the capital in Limehouse. That run-down neighbourhood suffered severe bombing during the Second World War, forcing many Chinese to find another home. The…

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Outrigger with Passion

Outrigger with Passion

Outrigger Beach Resort in Mauritius is an oasis of luxury with plenty to do. Food is always a big part of any trip and Outrigger offers a wealth of options. The high-end dining venue is The Plantation Club with its colonial architecture. There is the intimate dining room as well as a verandah and paved…

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George & Dragon Restaurant

George & Dragon Restaurant

The George and Dragon Hotel and Restaurant is nestled in the heart of the National Trust village of West Wycombe. It’s easily reached from central London and is an Instagrammer’s dream. This is a quaint 17th century coaching inn and has a prominent place on this picturesque high street. This charming and cottagey restaurant has…

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Il Gallo d’Oro – Madeira

Il Gallo d’Oro – Madeira

I have mixed feelings about Michelin-star restaurants. Yes, they can be striking and obviously the food will be memorable, but sometimes they lack soul and continuity. One has the sense that they might be trying too hard to keep that glittering accolade, at the expense of their guests. Il Gallo d’Oro Madeira has changed my…

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Gilbey’s isn’t an Eton Mess

Gilbey’s isn’t an Eton Mess

Gilbey’s is a restaurant with rooms. Gilbey’s is a brasserie with beds. Gilbey’s is a rather good spot for dinner, even if one isn’t laying one’s head in the upstairs quarters later. This is a smart/casual restaurant with a quaint façade, cosy interior, and sporting stylish design elements. The menu is constantly changing so one…

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Kahani – Sloane Square

Kahani – Sloane Square

This was bound to be good. I knew the chef, Peter Joseph from a Michelin-star Indian restaurant, so I was expecting good things. The location held the promise of a smart venue. But I wasn’t prepared for the culinary joy and polished style of Kahani, near Sloane Square. This high-end Indian restaurant is in a…

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Mercado Market Dining – Outrigger Mauritius

Mercado Market Dining – Outrigger Mauritius

It’s true! I am an unashamed fan of high-end resorts worldwide. I enjoy comfort, amenity and, of course, food. Outrigger Beach Resort and Spa has all of that, and Mercado Market Dining tempts three times each day. This is a casual buffet restaurant located in a replica of a Mauritian sugar factory. It boasts high…

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Madeira restaurants – two gastronomic halves of Funchal

Madeira restaurants – two gastronomic halves of Funchal

What a wonderful island! Funchal in Madeira offers a great climate, history, creditable wines and superb food. There is a wealth of eating opportunities to cater for every taste, pocket and time of day. There are cosy bakeries, shelves groaning with both sweet and savoury treats for breakfast and late morning snacking. Bars and cafés…

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POTUS Bar and Restaurant at Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment

POTUS Bar and Restaurant at Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment

Well, perhaps this is lucky timing for a review of a restaurant called POTUS! President Trump has been visiting London and POTUS Bar and Restaurant at Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment is just a stone’s throw from the new American Embassy. Perhaps Mr Trump will pop in to sample some solid American fare before…

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Madeira Quinta da Casa Branca Dining

Madeira Quinta da Casa Branca Dining

Funchal in Madeira is one of my favourite cities and Quinta da Casa Branca has one of my favourite restaurants. That is surely a recipe for delicious contentment and a very happy reviewer. I have not actually stayed at Quinta da Casa Branca but dream of doing so. It is perhaps one of the most…

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Outrigger Phuket Executive Chef Roberto Conrad

Outrigger Phuket Executive Chef Roberto Conrad

Outrigger Phuket is perhaps one of the friendliest luxury resorts one would hope to find. It combines both Thai hospitality and style. But food is often the cornerstone of any good vacation, and Outrigger Phuket Executive Chef Roberto Conrad ensures guests don’t go home disappointed. Tastes are diverse yet Chef Roberto has skilfully presented an…

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Kanada-Ya Panton Street – Haymarket

Kanada-Ya Panton Street – Haymarket

This is my second visit to this small but perfectly appointed chain of Japanese cafés. Kanada-Ya presents a casual den for those who love noodles. You can read my first article here …and it’s glowing. https://www.mostlyfood.co.uk/index.php/kanada-ya-or-how-i-found-my-noodle/ Specialising in authentic Tonkotsu ramen, the brand was founded by Kanada Kazuhiro in Yukuhashi, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, in 2009. …

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The Moorcock Inn at Norland Moor

The Moorcock Inn at Norland Moor

It’s some kind of prejudice, I guess. It’s just that I didn’t expect to discover such a restaurant in a spot that seemed so difficult to find by car. One could easily miss this rather isolated inn (OK, so I come from London) which might be mistaken for a cosy cottage with its own car…

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Holdsworth House – dining

Holdsworth House – dining

Holdsworth House Hotel is found along a rather anonymous road halfway between Leeds and Manchester, and not far from Halifax. It makes the ideal base for visiting Yorkshire’s Brontë Country and Calderdale’s beautiful and dramatic hills and moors. It’s a stone’s throw from the Lake District, one of Britain’s best-loved regions. This is one of…

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Voyager 47 Club Lounge – Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

Voyager 47 Club Lounge – Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

This white and golden-thatched bungalow stands separated from the main body of the hotel and on the edge of the lagoon. It can be accessed only by guests of the Club Rooms, One-Bedroom Suites and Two-Bedroom Villas. Those superb accommodations are enhanced still further by the addition of the Voyager 47 Club Lounge to the…

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