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  • 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. 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 number of fjords, making it the ...

    On October 28, 2015 / By
  • IMG_0481
    Modern Euro 2

    Bonhams Restaurant

    Other meals at Bonhams : Oct 16 , Sept 16 , June 16 , May16 , Mar16 , Dec15 , Oct15 I assume you’ve read Jay’s love letter, in which he described his glorious meal at this restaurant. A Michelin star soon followed, as Bonhams has been included for the 2016 red guide. Not too shabby for the 32 year old Tom ...

    On October 22, 2015 / By
  • L1000720
    Spanish 2

    Lurra

    The makers of Donostia (the restaurant) – a major cog that has transfromed this nether-region of W1 into a minor gastronomic powerhouse – opens their second restaurant in London. Once again, owners Nemanji and Melody are expanding on their love for San Sebastián with their take on Basque charcoal and wood grills (otherwise known as Erretegias). Lurra is Land in the native ...

    On October 13, 2015 / By
  • L1000363
    British 2

    Medlar 2015

    Time to celebrate another year gone by, as it continues to make a map of my graying, grizzling, wrinkling face. I have two favourite restaurants in London that I make an effort to visit every so often. One is Cambio de Tercio – which I’ve been going to for 12 years – and the other is Medlar. Ever since my first meal ...

    On October 6, 2015 / By
  • L1000189
    Portuguese 2

    Taberna do Mercardo

    What can I tell you about Nuno Mendes that you don’t already know? He has come a long way since his Bacchus days and his restaurants are an integral part of the fabric of London gastronomy today. His latest voyage takes him to Spitalfields Markets with a totally down to earth setting that could not be further away from the glitz of ...

    On July 31, 2015 / By
  • L1009648
    American 0

    Dip & Flip

    I very recently moved to South West London and have suddenly discovered the Bossam oasis that is New Malden. Dip & Flip has also recently moved into the area with the opening of their Wimbledon outpost. This follows the success of the Clapham shop – opened in 2013 – built on gravy lathered burgers. I do like burgers and clearly there is ...

    On July 23, 2015 / By
  • L1000276
    British 1

    Quality Chop House

    I’m doing things in reverse which is sometimes a good thing. Some restaurants do dip in quality after the initial opening buzz dies down, but those that hang around do get better with sharper recipes and evolutionary innovation (Did I just write an oxymoron?). This re-opening of a free house – in some form or other for the last 140 years – ...

    On July 20, 2015 / By
  • LeChabanais-2
    French 3

    Le Chabanais (CLOSED)

    10.30pm. Out from Goncourt station to Le Chateaubriand, the coolest bistro in Paris. The mysterious appeal of the quintessential modern bistro. It has those lived-in, well-maintained features from before Inaki’s time like those mosaic tiled floors, wood panels, yellowing white walls taking on a patina that only time could have gifted. Le Chateaubriand has the best atmosphere of any restaurant (not ever, ...

    On June 30, 2015 / By
  • SocialWine-1
    Wine Bars 2

    Social Wine and Tapas

    So here we are at Jason Atherton’s next in his vastly expanding campaign for global dominance. This would be number 19 or 20 since 2011, I think? You already know about his trail blazing from his Maze days, through to Pollen Street, the diffusion Socials and the opulent Berners Tavern. This wine and tapas bar is his most social of the Socials ...

    On June 24, 2015 / By
  • L1009961
    Japanese 4

    Engawa

    Yes, Wagyu is back in Britain, but at what price and what sort of quality? Skepticism was the immediate reaction to Engawa’s Kobe beef claims. A regular misnomer claimed by some restaurants to generally describe fatty beef of questionable provenance. But this is apparently the real deal; Their entire menu fashioned around those famous Tajima black cattle from the South of Japan. ...

    On June 15, 2015 / By
  • L1000960
    Chinese 6

    Bao Soho

    Get ready to queue up again.. What a fairy tale success story this has been! No doubt, you will have followed the entrepreneurial trio’s humble starts from their KERB days, then through to their growth at Netil market with a cosy, steamy clean-cut wooden six seater hut last year ; and finally now as proper bricks and mortar in Soho. They chose ...

    On May 11, 2015 / By
  • L1000918
    Modern Euro 6

    Portland

    LondonEater in HD. It might take longer to load (sorry) but these are purer visuals (no sidebars). So what’d you reckon? Can you believe these are from Leica glass made in the 1950s ? Can you spot which are from the iPhone6 ? So I decided to go HD on Portland, because I think this is it. Portland is legit. I suppose ...

    On March 15, 2015 / By
  • L1000717
    Chinese 2

    HKK CNY 2015

    DISCLAIMER : RESTAURANT INVITATION. I DID NOT PAY FOR THIS MEAL. A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Hakkasan’s marketing peeps for an invite to try their 2015 Chinese New Year Menu at Chef Tong’s HKK in the city. And since it’s a Hakkasan restaurant – it is quite hard to say no to. The savvy restaurant lover you ...

    On February 20, 2015 / By