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  • sushiichikawa-3
    Japanese 1

    Sushi Ichikawa, Setagaya Tokyo

    Katsumi Ichikawa carries an interesting legacy, especially to Londoners, since you in the know, know him as apprentice to the great Mitsuhiro Araki. He worked for the sushi master for 4 years, including the year when Araki san won his 3 stars in 2011. Araki san would move his sushi ya, then located in the serene surburbia of Setagaya, to ultra-posh Ginza. ...

    On December 2, 2016 / By
  • hirayama-12
    Japanese 6

    Tokyo Wagyu Steak : Hirayama to Shima (and Kurogo)

    The next chapter in my quest for wagyu takes me back to Tokyo in the Fall of 2016, where colours are just beginning to show. This time round, I am in search of precision shimofuri and I am convinced I will find it between an Island 島 and a Mountain 山. From Nihombashi to Ginza. The Kevin Bacon that links Manabu Oshima ...

    On November 22, 2016 / By
  • tonta-3
    Japanese 1

    Tokyo Tonkatsu: Narikura x Tonta

    *DEC2017 Update : Narikura is bib gourmand in the 2017 Michelin guide for Tokyo. I caught up with my old boss in Tokyo last week and he told us about the Japanese fondness for shortening names. For instance the omnipresent corner shop Family Mart is locally referred to as Famima, Toshiba short for Tokyo Shibaura, Remote controller (rimoto kontorora) to rimokon and ...

    On November 18, 2016 / By
  • crownburchetts-14
    British 1

    The Crown Burchetts Green, Maidenhead

    Other meals: Feb 2017, Jan 2017, Oct 2016 Not many places have its food fully attributed to a single Chef, at least not outside Japan, but here at The Crown, this is uniquely the case. Step forth Simon Bonwick, Chef and owner of this humble pub in Burchetts Green, Maidenhead. He works alone in his kitchen, with an oven, a grill (that ...

    On October 31, 2016 / By
  • gauthier2016-5
    French 3

    Gauthier Soho 2016

    The civility starts right at the door after you buzz in, the closed door means that someone will give you a warm welcome, much like guests into their own homes. I used to frequent here a lot, have had wonderful meals and it has a special place in my heart. I haven’t been back in a couple of years, the reason most ...

    On October 28, 2016 / By
  • l1009126
    Modern Euro 0

    Bonhams Restaurant Oct 2016

    Other meals at Bonhams : Oct 16 , Sept 16 , June 16 , May16 , Mar16 , Dec15 , Oct15 I head back to Bonhams on a monthly basis now and this being my 12th visit. Bonhams is my firm favourite in London. One of the things I love about this place is the seasonality. Flip back to my old posts, ...

    On October 24, 2016 / By
  • petrus-1
    French 0

    Petrus London 2016

    My view of Big Sweary has softened, desensitised even, though it perhaps is because this styled TV persona has also mellowed over time. Cuddly Sweary now appearas to be the new Gordon Ramsay across the Atlantic. Every now and again when he shows flashes of his previous life in the kitchen, such as his lobster shelling demo on US masterchef, I’m reminded ...

    On October 17, 2016 / By
  • les110-3
    French 4

    Les 110 de Taillevent London (Updated)

    24OCT16 UPDATE: I visited a 2nd time for dinner, and yes, love this brasserie. Classic and fantastic value for money considering the kitchen’s ability. For 2nd meal, scroll past the initial review for notes and pictures. Taillevent is a revered institution in Paris opened by André Vrinat in 1946. It achieved 3 star status in 1973 and held on to them until ...

    On October 10, 2016 / By
  • hdr-1
    British 2

    Holborn Dining Room

    I remain a fan of our grand cafes in town, chiefly the Corbin & King stalwarts of Wolseley and its unbeatably reasonable cousin that is Brasserie Zedel. HDR’s lustrous retro galore is of a similar mould, albeit with a classic cuisine that’s closer to home than Vienna. And it is a massive restaurant that must take at least 100 covers (at a ...

    On October 6, 2016 / By
  • l1008673
    British 2

    Elystan Street

    I was left in a mini state of shock when I heard that he decided to sell The Square this year. Whilst I cannot claim to have eaten enough meals there to be a regular, I remain quite a fan of the great chef. Half of me understood it as a man who deserved a rewarding break after 25 years at the ...

    On September 26, 2016 / By
  • bonhamssept16-2
    Modern Euro 2

    Bonhams Restaurant Sept 2016

    Other meals at Bonhams : Oct 16 , Sept 16 , June 16 , May16 , Mar16 , Dec15 , Oct15 The guys are fresh from their summer break, fully recharged to tackle the new season. Becky (you are missed!) left earlier this year to tend to family and so Amy Boden (ex-Bibo, Pollen St, Square) steps in as Bonhams’ new restaurant ...

    On September 19, 2016 / By
  • l1008472
    Korean 0

    Palace, New Malden

    My weekend odysseys to K-town in New Malden continues to reward and surprise with all manner of delicious things. Most restaurants here are humble, homely and priced without the London premium. Palace is such an outfit, it is located further down the high street toward the fountain roundabout (near the swish Nandos), shielded by the shadow of a very big tree. For ...

    On September 15, 2016 / By
  • richardneat25-4
    French 1

    Pied à Terre 25 Years : Richard Neat Returns

    I went along to a special lunch at this stalwart restaurant which is currently celebrating its 25th year. An achievement for sure, so much has happened in that time, five head chefs, the restaurant had even endured a fire in its quarter century of history. David Moore, its founder, looked spirited and enthused during this service, as he welcomed punters in for ...

    On September 13, 2016 / By
  • NoodleHouse-2
    Malaysian 2

    Noodle House, Sutton

    I entertained a couple of old friends for the last Summer BBQ over the August bank holiday. They got married, recently moved to Sutton and told me about this little takeaway that does surprisingly good Malaysian. It’s a short bus ride from where I live, closer than Uncle Lim’s in Croydon (are they still there or Westfield teardown happening now? The quality ...

    On September 7, 2016 / By
  • Medlar2016-2
    British 1

    Medlar 2016 – 5 Years Strong

    Joe and David, Happy 5 years. Sorry it took me a while to raise a glass to you, but here it is. Cheers fellas! You know I’ve been a huge Medlar fan since day one, although there is an even bigger fan and that’s Kian. A fellow restaurant admirer who knows his beans and well worth the read. Only guy I know ...

    On August 30, 2016 / By
  • ledbury-3
    French 8

    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 has opened 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 ...

    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 1

    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