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  • ledbury-3
    French 3

    The Ledbury 2016

    Phil Howard is very present on my mind these days. He’s one of my favourite chefs and he’s very close to opening at Elystan Street (the old Tom Aikens site). Last I checked, he remains a stakeholder in his protege’s celebrated West London restaurant. Sometimes I still think of The Ledbury as the little brother to The Square (Platts-Martin and similar decor ...

    On August 25, 2016 / By
  • Marksman2-14
    British 1

    Marksman (Updated)

    UPDATED 22AUG2016 : I made a 2nd visit a week after I wrote this. Pictures of the 2nd meal is appended at the end of this original post. 1st Meal, 12th August 2016 Here I am showing some love for Tom Harris and Jon Rotherham’s joint effort as chef-owners. It has already been wholeheartedly welcomed by you savvy restaurant admirers, and this ...

    On August 16, 2016 / By
  • Eneko-1
    Spanish 0

    Eneko at One Aldwych

    Aside from Clare Smyth’s solo debut (slipped to 2017) and Phil Howard’s takeover of Elystan Street slated for the fall, this is the opening that I am most excited about this year. As you well know, Azurmendi is currently floating on cloud nine. Top spot in OAD Europe last year, 2nd this year to Mr Passard who is celebrating Year 30 at ...

    On August 11, 2016 / By
  • brunswickHouse-1
    British 0

    Brunswick House

    I am certain that I sat on those chairs at Le Chabanais last year. Walnut on brass legs, a modern spin on the classic Windsor Chair by two American designers, they are wonderfully solid things to look at and sit on. Likely the only thing missed when Chabanais eventually shuttered according to general consensus (I am in the minority of those who ...

    On August 8, 2016 / By
  • shawarma bar-3
    Middle Eastern 2

    Shawarma Bar (by Berber&Q)

    Menus : Food / Drink Josh Katz is a Londoner through and through, somebody who has taken the long road to fulfill his true passion of cooking good food. Not many chefs have a capacity for generosity like Josh, fella’s got a big heart for sure, and his cooking reflects his personality. Bursting with colour and celebration, rounded off with freshness and ...

    On August 2, 2016 / By
  • L1006272-2
    Italian 0

    L’Inconnu, Paris

    [ Pictures of the menus: Dinner, Drinks ] This rather mysterious outfit in the 7th arrondissement in the left bank has left me completely enchanted. After I returned to London, I felt a jot of pride as if I’d uncovered something over there. Of course I had not. I read it on Chihiro Matsui’s exemplary blog and thought it would be a ...

    On July 29, 2016 / By
  • Hedone2016-19
    Modern Euro 1

    Hedone 2016 <---> 2015

    Happy 5 years to Mikael, Aurelie and team. Since last fall, Hedone have re-jigged their seating plan, shrinking to 22 covers to concentrate their output. There is minimal change to the interiors, but the roomier feel between tables suits better I think. So I took in a carte blanche from mid-July 2016, this being the fifth meal with Mikael at the pass. ...

    On July 17, 2016 / By
  • arpegejun16-1
    French 0

    L’Arpege, Paris : June 2016

    Other meals : March 2016 I returned to Arpege for another lunch in early June 2016 during the week of the Euros launch. If you remember this was also the week of the floods and this sure did affect the output of Passard’s farms. So much so, that they barely had enough for the day’s service and not enough to make juice ...

    On July 13, 2016 / By
  • LC-2
    Portuguese 0

    L.C. at Climpson’s Arch

    Climpson’s Arch has been fertile ground for future restaurateurs to prototype their business model before meeting the embrace of their investors-to-be. And you are clearly responding to these delicious propositions, voting with your wallets, what with the soaring success of its alumni including Dave Pynt’s Burnt Enz (now Burnt Ends in Singapore, with a spot on that list which shall remained unnamed), ...

    On July 11, 2016 / By
  • BonhamsJun16-2
    Modern Euro 0

    Bonhams June 2016

    Other meals at Bonhams : May16 , Mar16 , Dec15 , Oct15 [PDF of June 16 Carte Blanche Menu] You already know how much I love Tom Kemble’s cooking and the story has not changed. Bonhams is still as fantastic as ever, these guys continue to polish their very skillful and subtle cuisine. This is my 7th meal now and each has ...

    On July 7, 2016 / By
  • 40Malt-1
    British 1

    40 Maltby Street (Updated with ham)

    [UPDATED : I included my 2nd meal in this post. Scroll past the 1st meal to see it. The ham, oh gosh…] Shh…! Don’t tell anyone, this place is soooo good. What do you mean you’re already a regular?! I finally found the time to stumble into this much celebrated wine bar, located under the Railway arches in Bermondsey. The street market ...

    On July 4, 2016 / By
  • ellory-1
    British 2

    Ellory

    And finally I make it to Ellory. My brother made the extra effort even to join me for lunch, taking the long road from Swindon, because I was totally hyped up about the folk behind this gorgeous outfit. This part you likely already know (and therefore can safely continue scrolling) as Ellory is opened by Matthew Young (ex-head chef of the beloved ...

    On July 1, 2016 / By
  • Salut-1
    Modern Euro 2

    Salut!

    After reading TO‘s five star review of this restaurant, I decided to venture out in search of something small and beautiful yet again, this time to North London. Islington as you know is already laden with gems. Great Italian, fantastic fish and chips, my favourite wine shop is here, awesome Chinese, rock & roll kebabs and you know I still think the ...

    On June 27, 2016 / By
  • Astrance-5
    French 4

    L’Astrance, Paris

    I gave it exactly 2 months and rang the moment the lines opened at 9am (over here). Table for 3, 1st Thursday of June, the year 2016. It is a tiny, tiny restaurant, 25 covers and nothing of the incredulous luxury of stereotypical three star temples. In fact there are many things about Astrance that is curiously dissimilar to its peers, it ...

    On June 21, 2016 / By
  • Neigedete-7
    French 0

    Neige d’été, Paris

    If you are romantic like me, then you also will appreciate the poetic nature of this restaurant’s being and start by asking what is Summer Snow? It could be unfinished haiku, but pay attention to the restaurant’s signage, not unlike Astrance, and you will see the outline of a flower emerge. To be precise, it is a white rose with a soft ...

    On June 13, 2016 / By
  • BlandfordComptoir-1
    Wine Bars 2

    Blandford Comptoir

    I first went to 28-50 in Fetter Lane 6 years ago and have since enjoyed returning to the Marlyebone and Maddox Street branches. I like the 75ml measures, the ever changing themes, eventually coravin for rarer things. I have always loved Paul Walsh’s food in those days (now with City Social and fully deserving his michelin star) and have always thought 28-50 ...

    On June 7, 2016 / By
  • Taka-2
    Japanese 0

    Taka by Sushi Saito, KL

    [ TL:DR Taka is good but Honten is obviously better. Saito san himself will be in KL for 1 day only in August this year. Best to call to check, if you want to catch him… ] What was once was part of the mystique of uncovering hidden gems in random basements in Ginza has today exploded on to social media’s global ...

    On June 3, 2016 / By
  • CambioDeTercio-1
    Spanish 1

    Cambio de Tercio May 2016

    Coming here is like coming home, my first visit was 2003 and predates my bloggero shindig, during which they were a group of two, Cambio de Tercio and Tendido Cero across the road. This is my longest relationship with any restaurant in London. I am a loyal kind and I enjoy (re)writing about them (as you have gathered if you read me) ...

    On May 31, 2016 / By