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  • Anglo-1
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    Anglo (Updated)

    2nd Visit – November 2016 (scroll down for 1st visit) I really enjoyed my second visit here, things have moved up and up. Nick Gilkinson tuned his FOH team like clockwork, meanwhile Mark Jarvis and Jack Cashmore are delivering their clean cooking with more precision, confidence and more complexity -fantastic ingredient pairings- whilst maintaining the simplicity. All this at an incredible price ...

    On December 19, 2016 / By
  • abysse-3
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    Abysse, Aoyama Tokyo

    I love Paris’ Japanese-run French restaurants (chiefly Neige d’ete), a melding of two heavyweight cuisines which seem perfect together. Both heavily codified, both with schools of gastronomy that seek a similar sort of perfection, in terms of product selection and cooking technique to draw out luxury in terms of soft texture and max taste. This cross pollination is something that people love; ...

    On December 14, 2016 / By
  • sushiya-3
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    Sushiya, Ginza Tokyo

    Isn’t he just the minimalist. Sushi ya or Sushi house/restaurant (すし 家) is one which has built up a quite the following since it opened in 2012. The Itamae fronting this is Takao Ishiyama, barely 30, who has been widely lauded for his potential as the future of Ginza Edomae. His popularity is partly due to his 2 year stint with the ...

    On December 9, 2016 / By
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    The Crown Burchetts Green, Maidenhead

    MAR17 NOTE: Prices have gone up by quite some margin since I visited. Best to call ahead to check, especially if you want to do the Menu Choisi. 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 ...

    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