The Cavendish – Launch Review

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The Cavendish – Classics with El Bulli Flare: It takes courage to open your doors to reviews during a soft opening. In the days when I worked for Kennedy Brookes the soft launch was initially for staff, then for ‘friends’ in the form of shareholders and regulars. It certainly wasn’t for anyone who might write […]

Dinner at Plateau – Canary Wharf

Grouse at Plateau

Plateau Review Guest Feature by Natalie York: Heading up to Plateau in Canary Wharf its hard not to feel a little overwhelmed, sitting at the top of Canada Place with its own private lift to ferry diners in the most glamourous surroundings, the restaurant looks over to One Canada Square Tower. The skyline certainly is […]

Frescobaldi, Mayfair London

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Ristorante Frescobaldi Mayfair – Review: A sense of history means different things in different places. In Italy the Frescobaldi family have been making winemakers since 1308; in a rather smart move they traded wine for art with Michelangelo and were even financiers to Henry VIII. In more recent times as well as being one of Italy’s great […]

Vapiano Soho – A Simple Concept for Fresh Food

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Lunch at Vapiano Soho: I wasn’t entirely certain that I would be ‘target market’ for Vapiano Soho.  A pasta and pizza restaurant that is part of a German group sounded just a little unlikely.  So, I dragged my 19 yr old God Daughter out for lunch, confident that if it wasn’t right for me, it […]

The New Angel

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The New Angel in Notting Hill – Laurent-Perrier Champagne Tasting There are events that it would seem churlish to turn down and a last minute invite to a tasting menu matched to Laurent-Perrier champagne is just that sort. As it happens, my diary was free, I have a new, probably unsustainable plan to only accept […]

Benihana and an introduction to Wagyu

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Benihana Review: Guest post by Natalie York Whilst Wagyu Beef has been available for a while now from American and European producers (there’s even a herd in Scotland) this elite Japanese Beef has not actually been exported from Japan itself for 13 years. I was aware earlier this year of the lifting of the ban […]

Assado – Portuguese Goan Cuisine in Waterloo

Assado Goan Fish Curry

Exploring Colonial Influences in Indian Food – Assado: While fusion cuisine is all the rage, we tend to ignore the fact that every cuisine in the world has some elements of historic ‘borrowing’.  Just as language reflects a country’s heritage through borrowed words and sentence structures, national dishes are seldom free of international influences. Over […]

Ethos, Oxford Street – Review

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Vegetables are the new Black – A Review of Ethos: Nestling behind Oxford St in chi-chi Fitzrovia sits Ethos, a  new vegetarian restaurant with a global outlook. Vegetables are the new black at the moment with French super-chef Alain Ducasse ditching meat in his flagship Paris joint and the international success  of Yoram Ottolenghi’s food […]

The Bunk Inn – Thatcham

Upham Beers

A Day in the Country – The Bunk Inn, Curridge, Thatcham: While it’s fabulous to travel overseas, visiting places like India and Sri Lanka, sometimes I yearn for a bit of British countryside.  The recently refurbished Bunk Inn, part of the Upham Brewery Group, sounded perfect after a month away.  A bit of real England. […]

The Upper Deck – Hispaniola

The Hispaniola

Dining on the Upper Deck – Autumn Menu Launch It’s always fun to be invited to try a new seasonal menu.  Even more fun when the venue is the stunning Hispaniola, moored up on Embankment opposite the London Eye It’s a genuinely romantic setting.  And, luckily the preview was on a fine evening, when we […]

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