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  • newman arms-3
    British 0

    The Cornwall Project at Newman Arms

    This will be Matt Chatfield’s sixth year since he started bringing together a handful of Cornish producers to supply the London restaurant market, as well as taking over three pubs (this one, The Three Crowns and The Adam & Eve) in London as means to open up a steady stream of orders for those suppliers. It is a brilliant idea and is ...

    On February 18, 2016 / By
  • Frenchie Covent Garden
    French 0

    Frenchie Covent Garden

    Happy Chinese New Year! This year I would like to wish you 猴年大吉, 招财进宝, 和气生财, 恭喜发财. — The Frenchie has arrived in London, or more precisely, the Frenchie is back in London. He spent nearly a decade of his formative chef years cooking at The Savoy Grill, Mandarin Oriental and became head chef of Fifteen, where – as gastronomic folklore has it ...

    On February 8, 2016 / By
  • Goring-1
    British 0

    The Goring Dining Room

    The hotel was opened in 1910 by Otto R Goring and remains a family business today, itself a rarity. Situated just a stones’ throw from Buckingham Palace, it has a long association with the Royal family (and a royal warrant since 2013), Queen mum who was a regular, according to folklore, had particular affection for the food. The kitchen has kept Eggs ...

    On January 27, 2016 / By
  • The Ninth-1
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    The Ninth

    March 2016 Update: I have visited The Ninth another 4 times, and this is quickly becoming one of my favourite restaurants this year. The cooking is assured, and the menu is well-priced, especially during lunch. Some more pictures over on my instagram -> Flamed mackerel, Salt beef cheeks, Stuffed quail. —- Original post from 20 Jan 2016. This is Jun Tanaka’s first ...

    On January 20, 2016 / By
  • Pintxos-1
    Spanish 3

    Pintxos in San Sebastian

    There must be hundreds of pintxos bar found in Parte Vieja, the Old Town of San Sebastian. Pintxos are so much more than bar snacks, otherwise known as cocina en miniatura. I think it’s where Basque cuisine is actually being advanced. We didn’t have a bum snack, every thing we ate was brilliant. The standard of competition is really high. Beyond the ...

    On January 18, 2016 / By
  • Akelare-1
    Spanish 0

    Akelaŕe, San Sebastián

    Pedro Subijana was going to become a doctor but for reasons not known to the interwebs, he aborted his plans to study medicine and enrolled with the Madrid Hospitality School instead. A decision that would reward him greatly. He started his career in a local asador before joining the kitchens of a Pelota club in the nearby town of Hernani. From there, ...

    On January 8, 2016 / By
  • Lamorosa-10
    Italian 0


    And here we are in 2016. Are the January blues affecting you much or are you one of those capable of tackling every new year with renewed vitality? I’m definitely the former, already looking forward to the weekend to recover from the holiday season. I need comfort food. I recount a recent meal I had just before Christmas in Ravenscourt Park, a ...

    On January 5, 2016 / By
  • bonhams-1-2
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    Bonhams Restaurant : The Best of 2015

    Other meals at Bonhams : Oct 16 , Sept 16 , June 16 , May16 , Mar16 , Dec15 , Oct15 The best meals I ate in London this year are at this auctioneer’s little gem of a restaurant. You can tell how much I bloody loved it from my last blog post in which I was a total runaway froth-fest. I ...

    On December 23, 2015 / By
  • bar nestor-1-2
    Spanish 4

    Bar Nestor, San Sebastian

    A sense of achievement washed over me after I successfully placed my ‘pre-order’ for a slice of Nestor’s famous tortilla. They only make two of their fabled omelettes everyday, one at 1pm and the other at 8pm. Each about the size of a wheel of parmesan. “You’ll want two” Nestor, the owner whose moustache I recognise from the many photos of it ...

    On December 22, 2015 / By
  • Brasserie-Chavot-1
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    Brasserie Chavot (RELOCATING in 2016)

    [UPDATE : Immediately after uploading this, Ed told me this is closing down on 31st December. So visit before then!] I love the bombastic opulence about this restaurant. From the beautiful mosaic tiled floors, burgundy banquettes, swing music, fake chandeliers, antique-effect mirrors and dressed up waiters. This retro slickness is just the way brasseries should look and feel. And what’s not to ...

    On December 15, 2015 / By
  • L1001116
    Modern Euro 0


    I was reading this old interview of Tom Oldroyd where he mentioned about how he’d model his own restaurant after Bocca di Lupo, the same place he stinted before his tenure at Polpo. As is well known, Polpo was a runaway success and eventually Tom went on to open 7 (or so) restaurants with Russell Norman. After 6 years with Polpo, Tom ...

    On December 9, 2015 / By
  • L1000992
    British 1

    The Perfectionists’ Café

    I do like Terminal 2, it’s all shiny and expansive and Heston’s latest addition, gives me all the incentive to hunt for flights out from this terminal. I flew from this terminal twice this year and both times have had the opportunity to eat at this place. In search of Perfection (and TV show) was one of Heston’s earlier works and one ...

    On November 18, 2015 / By
  • Noble Rot-1
    Wine Bars 4

    Noble Rot Wine Bar & Restaurant

    This is utterly surreal. I’ve been buying wine from Robersons (same guys behind London Cru) for years now and it was there that I ‘discovered’ Noble Rot, displayed at the shop till. It was instant love with the mini-format wine magazine, with the early ones being smaller and monochrome. Just the smell of the dense paper was gorgeous. The magazine is started ...

    On November 15, 2015 / By
  • Shotgun-2
    American 3

    Shotgun BBQ

    I love Brad McDonald’s cooking. Gifted with a fantastic palate and exceptional cooking skills, he puts so much effort into apparently simple things and turns them into utterly deep experiences. The essence of soul food. The last time I went to Lockhart, I ate these gorgeous BBQ shortribs that had such a depth of smokiness, it caressed the senses till my body ...

    On November 9, 2015 / By
  • L1000134
    Korean 0

    Jin Go Gae

    After a long refurb (here’s our kitchen & wegner dining chairs), we finally moved into our new house earlier this year. I live very close to New Malden, home to the largest Korean community in Europe, and have spent the last summer exploring the many excellent Korean restaurants in the vicinity. And what luck. Korean food in K-town is proper good, it ...

    On November 5, 2015 / By
  • L1001002
    American 3

    Smack Lobster Roll

    I loved the original Smack deli in Binney Street because it was just a convenient place to eat cheap lobster. I love B&L too, but this is just so easy, and cheap. I’ve been back countless times, becoming a weekly routine to satiate the craving, so I really was shocked when I turned up one day to find the site was shut ...

    On November 2, 2015 / By
  • L1000195
    lists 0

    My Favourites, Fall 2015

    The last time I updated this page was way back in April 2012 – feels like a lifetime ago. The London restaurant scene continues to undergo rapid transformation, sadly some of my favourite haunts have left the game, but the good news is that lots of interesting new players have come into the picture. This year, I decided to streamline into a ...

    On October 30, 2015 / By
  • Sabi-W-1
    Japanese 2

    Sabi Omakase, Stavanger Norway

    DISCLAIMER: I was Sabi’s guest for this meal. Roger, Njaal and I are friends. I’ve frequented Stavanger for the last 6 years and have been amazed with the ever improving quality of restaurants here. Located in Rogaland county along the southern coast of Norway, the so-called Norwegian Riviera is lightly populated (circa 400,000) and is surrounded by the North Sea and a ...

    On October 28, 2015 / By