Oh La la! Le Restaurant de Paul at Tower 42


Le Restaurant de Paul at Tower 42: The City of London is a bit of a mystery to me, I’ve never worked in that part of town, when I did work centrally it was in the West End, and so any chance to get to know it better is always welcome. It certainly used to […]

Loch Fyne, Gluten Free Menu As Standard

Loch Fyne Seafood Bar and Grill

Loch Fyne Seafood Restaurant, Henley upon Thames: Loch Fyne is one of those small restaurant chains that always seem to offer great distinctive food in good surroundings. It’s a place you can take your friends or your family and have a great time. But what if they are gluten intolerant? Well now Loch Fyne offers […]

Fine Dining Chinese Style at HKK London

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An Eight Course Tasting Menu at HKK London with Square Meal: One of those unmissable events, I was on a press trip around Bath and Stonehenge but cut my visit to the West Country short to come home by train so I could experience the ‘bespoke Cantonese fine dining’ of Michelin Starred HKK.  Perhaps it […]

Barbecoa – Cathedrals, Fire and Food at St Pauls

Barbecoa St Pauls

Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa Celebrates a Fifth Birthday: Recently back from Kentucky and South Carolina, I was intrigued by the invitation to review Barbecoa, the UK’s first Barbecue Steakhouse.  And, despite having loitered around St Paul’s on many occasions, amazed that I’d never actually noticed One New Change, home to the restaurant and some rather smart […]

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea – Sanderson London

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Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson London: Although there are a few variations on the ‘Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea’ going round London, the one that perhaps caught the public imagination was the original version at Sanderson London.  Despite sometimes feeling as if I’ve eaten every possible afternoon tea in London, I somehow managed to miss […]

Bouillabaisse Mayfair Review

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Bouillabaisse – Coastal Cuisine in the heart of Mayfair: Finding a niche in the crowded London restaurant market is quite a challenge.  Picking a style of cuisine, whether that be street food, fine dining or a regionally based concept allows for relatively simple sourcing and a kitchen that can be staffed with specialists.  By comparison, […]

A Rapeseed Feast at Hixter Bankside

Hixter cod

Hillfarm Rapeseed Oil Lunch at Hixter: Growing up in Norfolk, I was all too aware of rapeseed.  My mother, who came from a farming family in Somerset, hated the vast fields of bright yellow flowers which puncuated the countryside.  For her, rapeseed was the root of all evils – or at the very least, the […]

Boneyard Shoreditch High Street E1

Boneyard Interior

American Dining at Boneyard Shoreditch: Joining Pump Shoreditch (a food market on the site of an old petrol station) is this American-inspired diner, the latest venture from Robert Newmark (of Beach Blanket Babylon and West Thirty Six fame) The overarching theme of this restaurant is a throwback to a typical Route 66 / Dirty Dancing […]

Muga – Ramen in Piccadilly

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In search of the ultimate Ramen – Muga: As winter draws in, the idea of a steaming bowl of ramen really appeals.  Perhaps it is a reflection on my first ever ramen experience, one bitterly cold lunchtime at Bone Daddies.  I’m not an expert and I can’t pretend to really understand the variations of soup […]

Barrafina Drury Lane – Review:

Barrafina Prawn

Tapas in Covent Garden – Barrafina without the queue: I’m ashamed to say that Barrafina has passed me by till now.  Not deliberately, I’ve intended to go for a while, but I don’t like queues and if I’m honest I generally prefer sitting at a table to sitting at a bar.  So, on occasions when […]