Into the Lockdown... Saturday, November 07th, 2020
This week I review Silver Birch and return to Benares and Zafferano
Into the Lockdown... Saturday, November 07th, 2020
This week I review Silver Birch and return to Benares and Zafferano
A Tale of Two Chakras Saturday, October 03rd, 2020
I try both Chakra branches and return to The Crown at Burchetts Green.
Two days in the Cotswolds Saturday, September 26th, 2020
This week I return to Whatley Manor and The Brilliant.
From Richmond to the Ritz Saturday, September 05th, 2020
I return to Chatora and The Ritz
Top Indian Food in outer London Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
This week I return to Dastaan
Restaurants Reopening Soon Saturday, July 04th, 2020
Restaurants to Reopen Soon
From Richmond to Worcester Park Saturday, March 21st, 2020
This week (last week was when I actually went) I review Colombo Kitchen and Chatora and return to The Dysart Arms
The Treehouses of Regent Street Saturday, February 29th, 2020
This week I review Madera and reopened Gymkhana and return to Hakkasan Mayfair.
From Marylebone to Fulham Saturday, January 18th, 2020
This week I review 1947 and revisit The Harwood Arms
A Week in Bangalore Saturday, December 14th, 2019
This week I review Karavalli, Le Cirque Signature and Jamavar in Bangalore.
From Piccadilly to Westfield Saturday, November 02nd, 2019
This week I review Copper Chimney and return to The Ritz.
From Chelsea to Hounslow Saturday, October 26th, 2019
This week I review The African Queen and The Sea The Sea
Frome Ewell to Belgravia Saturday, October 12th, 2019
This week I review Siren and return to Dastaan
From Egham to Mayfair Saturday, October 05th, 2019
This week I review The Tudor Room at Great Fosters, the new chef at Benares and return to The Ritz.
From Mayfair to Nine Elms Saturday, September 07th, 2019
This week I review Darby’s and the new Wild Honey and return to Indian Accent.
A Cosy New Restaurant Saturday, August 17th, 2019
This week I review Gezzelig and return to Jamavar.
High end Paella Comes to London Saturday, July 27th, 2019
This week I review Lucknow 49 and Arros QD and return to The Ritz.
To the Wilds of Essex Saturday, July 06th, 2019
This week I review 104 and Flitch of Bacon, and return to Haandi
Visiting Dubrovnik Saturday, June 08th, 2019
This week I review Proto and Restaurant Dubrovnik in Croatia
Washington Saturday, May 25th, 2019
This week I review The Inn at Little Washington, Pineapple and Pearls, minibar, Il Canale, Kinship, 2 Amys, Rasika and Bombay Club
Roe to Perdition Saturday, May 11th, 2019
I return to l'Amorosa and The Brilliant and attend a caviar tasting.
From Richmond to Northfields Saturday, April 13th, 2019
This week I return to the Bingham and review Patri.
From Brook Green to Burchetts Green Saturday, March 30th, 2019
This week I review Pentolina and Kanishka and return to The Crown at Burchetts Green
From Marlow to Baker Street Saturday, March 09th, 2019
This week I review the Coach in Marlow and Ooty in Baker Street.
From Golders Green to Wembley Saturday, March 02nd, 2019
This week I review KoolCha and Cafe Japan, and reflect on the 2019 Michelin guide to Germany
From Richmond to Haymarket Saturday, February 02nd, 2019
This week I review Farzi Café and the new chef at the Petersham hotel.
Relaxing in Goa Saturday, January 19th, 2019
I return to Jamavar in Goa
High End Restaurant Openings and Re-Openings Saturday, January 12th, 2019
This week I review Imperial Treasure and the newly reopened Tamarind
New Year Dining Saturday, January 05th, 2019
This week I review Hankies at the Montcalm and return to Hunan and Hakkasan
Coming up to Christmas Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
This week I return to Beck at Browns, La Buvette and The Brilliant
Full Circle at Kyms Saturday, November 10th, 2018
This week I review Kyms and The Curry Room, and return to The Watermans Arms.
The Old and the New Saturday, October 20th, 2018
This week I review Kahani and return to La Trompette and Cambio de Tercio
Returning to London Saturday, October 13th, 2018
This week I try out the new chef at The Greenhouse and return to The Ritz and Dastaan
Visiting Kyoto Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
I review Iida, Aca and Chimera and return to Mughal.
Dining in The Lake District Saturday, September 15th, 2018
This week I review Forest Side and the new kitchen regime at The Samling, and in London I review Aquavit and The Narrow, and return to Indian Accent and Clarke's.
Back in London Saturday, September 08th, 2018
This week I review Titu, Pure Indian Cooing and Brat and return to Tangawizi
The Pinnacle of Dining Saturday, August 04th, 2018
This week I review 3 stars St Hubertus and Le Calandre, and back in the UK go to Chapati Club and The Crown at Burchetts Green
Clocking Inn Saturday, May 19th, 2018
This week I review Dip In Brilliant and The Clock House and return to Noize and The Ritz.
Roganic Returns Saturday, May 05th, 2018
This week I review Roganic and return to The Ritz, The Empress and The Brilliant
Braving the Hipsters Saturday, March 17th, 2018
This week I review Londrino and Nuala and return to Indian Accent
Singapore - Garden City Saturday, February 24th, 2018
This week I review Joel Robuchon, Les Amis, Song of india, National Kitchen and Shisen Hanten
New Year dining and an interval Saturday, January 06th, 2018
This week I review Duddels and Antica and return to Dastaan, Indian Accent and The Ritz
Christmas Dining Saturday, December 30th, 2017
This week I try the new team at The Square, return to Hedone and enjoy Christmas lunch at Darbaar.
Indian Cuisine Accentuated Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
This week I try Indian Accent and return to Dysart, Parlour and l'Amorosa.
Hibiscus becomes Bombay Bustle Saturday, December 09th, 2017
This week I review Bombay Bustle and revisit Gauthier and The Duke of Sussex.
Lake Living in Udaipur Saturday, December 02nd, 2017
This week I review Sheesh Mahal, The Lake Palace, Royal Repast and Chandni in Udaipur and revisit Indian Accent in Delhi.
I Ketchup With The New Killer Tomato Saturday, November 18th, 2017
This week I ketchup with the new Killer Tomato on Portobello Road, and return to l’Amorosa, A. Wong, Royal China and Diwana Bhel Poori.
Tip Top Tapas Saturday, November 11th, 2017
This week I review Rambla and return to Darjeeling Express and Darbaar.
This Sportsman Life Saturday, November 04th, 2017
This week I review Pappa Roma and return to The Sportsman and Jamavar
From Kingston to Tower Hill via Mayfair Saturday, October 21st, 2017
This week I review Roz Ana, Ella Canta and Mei Ume
Visiting Guernsey Saturday, October 14th, 2017
This week I review Melur and try a trio of restaurants on Guernsey.
Crowning Glory Saturday, October 07th, 2017
This week I review Il Pampero, and return to The Crown at Burchetts Green, Jamavar and Hedone
New York State of Mind Saturday, September 16th, 2017
This week I review Cosme, Indian Accent, Le Coucou, Marea and Vaucluse.
Core Competence Saturday, August 19th, 2017
This week I review Core and Saponara and return to Gauthier and The Brilliant
Revisiting London Restaurants Saturday, July 29th, 2017
This week I return to The River Café, Dastaan, Madhus at the Sheraton and Hedone (again)
Interesting New Indian Restaurants in London Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
This week I review Gunpowder and Darjeeling Express, and return to Bonhams and Hedone.
Venturing Off the Tube Map Saturday, June 24th, 2017
This week I review The Red Lion and The Latymer and return to Typing Room and Swagat
Mixed fare in London Saturday, June 03rd, 2017
This week I review Baluchi and Radio Alice, and return to A. Wong, as well as revisiting The Watermans Arms, Jamavar and Amorosa.
Home Counties Gems Saturday, May 20th, 2017
This week I review The Oxford Blue, Dastaan and Bibendum.
Exploring Tokyo Saturday, May 06th, 2017
This week I review Pizza Studio Tomaki, Iwai, Tonkatsu Sugita, Moti, Sitafuku, Seirinkan, Esquisse and Takiya, and return to Sushi Saito.
The Food of Birmingham Saturday, March 25th, 2017
This week I review Purnell’s, Adam’s, Carters of Mosely, Lasan and Adil’s in Birmingham
A High Profile London Opening Saturday, March 18th, 2017
This week I review Dum, Ruben’s Bakehouse and Mere and return to Kitchen W8
A Pizza The Action Saturday, March 04th, 2017
This week I review l’Oro di Napoli and return to Santa Maria and Jamavar
Take your Pic Saturday, February 11th, 2017
This week I review La Dame de Pic and Kashmir and return to Ormer Mayfair
StreetXO comes to London Saturday, January 28th, 2017
This week I review StreetXO and Flora Indica and return to The Ritz
From London to Chessington Saturday, January 07th, 2017
This week I review Saffron Summer, and revisit La Trompette and Seven Park Place
A visit to Hyderabad Saturday, December 31st, 2016
I review Firdaus and return to Adaa at the Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad.
A week in London Saturday, December 24th, 2016
This week I review Jamavar and Zelmans Meats at Harvey Nichols… and return to Hedone and Umu.
London and beyond Saturday, December 03rd, 2016
This week I review Veeraswamy and the new team at Coworth Park , and return to Talli Joe and Bonhams
A Visit to Edinburgh Saturday, November 19th, 2016
This week I review Timberyard, Ondine, Mother India Café and The Scran and Scallie and return to Kitchin.
From Covent Garden to Bray Saturday, November 12th, 2016
This week I review Talli Joe and return to The Waterside Inn and Villa Geggiano.
From Calcutta to Barnes Saturday, October 29th, 2016
This week I review Calcutta Street and return to Noble Rot, Shikumen and The Olympic Studios
London Restaurants New and Old Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
This week I review Jikoni and return to l’Amorosa and El Pirata.
From Henley to The Harwood Saturday, September 17th, 2016
This week I review Sosharu and Hurley House and return to The Harwood Arms
Old Favourites Saturday, September 03rd, 2016
This week I review 197 Chiswick Fire Station and return to The Sportsman, Hedone and Darbaar
From Anglo to Angler Saturday, August 27th, 2016
This week I review Anglo and the new regime at Angler, and return to Amorosa and Madhu’s at The Sheraton.
Back in London Saturday, August 06th, 2016
This week I review Jia, the Chipping Forecast, Bernardis and the new Bao and revisit Tangawizi.
The Latest German 3 Star Restaurant Saturday, June 18th, 2016
This week I review Kevin Fehling’s The Table, Tor, Aglio e Olio and 6 Portland Road and return to the Brilliant
Tales of City Dining - San Francisco Saturday, June 04th, 2016
This week I review AL’s Place, Acquerello, State Bird Provisions and Campton Place
Out of The Woods Saturday, May 21st, 2016
This week I review the Woodford and return to Diwana Bhel Poori, Pizzicotto and Madhus at The Sheraton
Beyond Kaiseki - the Kyoto Dining Scene Saturday, May 07th, 2016
This week i explore a variety of Kyoto restaurants, from the kaiseki of Nakagihashi and Tempura Matsu through to tempura at Takesebune and Yoshikawa, the French food of l'Embellir, try three unfamiliar sushi styles, an Indian restaurant and visit a noodle shop that has been running since 1465.
New and Old Restaurants in London Saturday, April 16th, 2016
This week I review Il Portico and Urban Coterie and return to Benares and The Crown at Burchetts Green
Pitt Cue grows up Saturday, March 26th, 2016
This week I review the new Pitt Cue and Pizzicotto and return to Madhu’s at the Sheraton
Theo Randall Ten Years On Saturday, March 12th, 2016
This week I return to Theo Randall and return to Cambio de Tercio and Diwana Bhel Poori.
Returning home Saturday, March 05th, 2016
This week I review Paradise by Way of Kensal Rise (spoiler: Paradise it isn’t) and return to Darbaar and Koffmann’s.
A visit to Calcutta Saturday, February 27th, 2016
This week I visit Cakcutta (Kolkata) and viist a mix of local restaurants (Kewpie, Oh Calcutta) and more luxurious ones in tope hotels (Sonargaon, Peshawri, Dum Pukht)
Wine and Food in London Saturday, February 13th, 2016
This week I return to Bonhams, Taillevent 110 and The Brilliant
From Dim Sum to the Ritz Saturday, February 06th, 2016
This week I return to A Wong, Haandi and the Ritz
Park Chinois Revisited Saturday, January 09th, 2016
This week I revisit Park Chinois, The Bombay Brasserie, Quilon and the Watermans Arms.
Lunch in Paris Saturday, January 02nd, 2016
I visit Chez Ami Jean in Paris, review Tokimeite and Raunka Punjab Diyan, and return to Parlour and Hedone.
London Latest Saturday, December 26th, 2015
This week I review Park Chinois and Noble Rot, and return to Tarantella and Madhu’s at The Sheraton.
Revisiting Some Old Favourites Saturday, December 05th, 2015
This week I review “I, Robert “and return to Gaylord, Koffmann’s and The Fat Duck.
A Mix of the New and the Familiar Saturday, October 17th, 2015
This week I try The Hour Glass and Bouillabaise and return to l’Amorosa and The Cinnamon Club
Riverside Dining Saturday, October 10th, 2015
This week I visit The Boathouse in Henley-on-Thames and revisit Diwana Bhel Poori and The Olympic Studios
Come Into My Parlour Saturday, October 03rd, 2015
This week I try the new regime at The Goring and revisit Madhu’s, Gymkhana and Parlour
This Sportsman Life Saturday, August 29th, 2015
This week I return to The Sportsman, Tangawizi, Otto’s, Duke of Sussex and Hedone
From the sublime to the ridiculous Saturday, August 15th, 2015
This week I review Le Chabanais and Kadiri’s and return to Amorosa and Bonhams
Ambrosia in Paris Saturday, August 01st, 2015
This week I review Oslo Court and Chutney Mary and dine at a pair of three Michelin star restaurants
In and around London Saturday, July 25th, 2015
This week I revisit Drakes at Ripley, Sixty One, Bonhams, Diwana Bhel Poori and The Brilliant.
Virgin Territory Saturday, April 04th, 2015
This week I review Shumiken and Terra Vergine and return to Galvin at Windows and Diwana Bhel Poori
Nothing Left to Chance at The Chancery Saturday, March 14th, 2015
This week I try the food of the new chef at The Chancery and return to The Ritz, Tarantella and Madhus at The Sheraton
Some Regular Haunts Saturday, February 21st, 2015
This week I try the re-launched Anglesea Arms and return to Hedone, Diwana Bhel Poori and The Watermans Arms
A Variety of Cuisines Saturday, February 14th, 2015
This week I try Caphe Guests and return to Medlar and Roti Chai.
Some New Reviews, and Michelin France appears Friday, February 06th, 2015
This week I review The Truscott Arms, Monkey Temple, and The Portland.
A Tale of Two Curries Saturday, December 13th, 2014
This week I review Lahori Mehak, Pictures and the new Zaika, and revisit The Quality Chop House
Springing to Life Saturday, December 06th, 2014
This week I review Spring and Villa Geggiano and return to Hibiscus and The Brilliant
In Ghent Saturday, September 27th, 2014
I review Hof van Cleve , Pavilion, Chisou and Bombay Brasserie
In Bruges Saturday, September 06th, 2014
This week I revisit two of the trio of 3 stars in Belgium, Hertog Jan and De Karmeliet
In Rutland and London Saturday, July 26th, 2014
This week I return to Hambleton Hall, review Annayu and Beast, and return to Hedone.
Going Dutch Saturday, May 10th, 2014
This week I visit De Leest and Bord’eau in the Netherlands, and review Bird of Smithfield and One Kensington in London, as well returning to Hedone.
Dining in Delhi Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
I review Indian Accent, Bhukara, Dum Pukht, Le Cirque, Jamavr and Qube.
in Paris and London Saturday, March 15th, 2014
This week I review Lockhart and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, and revisit Trishna, Hedone, A Wong and Pierre Gagnaire
The Angela Hartnett empire expands Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
This week I review Café Murano and Madhus at The Sheraton, and return to Parlour and Sushi Tetsu
Putting on The Ritz Saturday, January 11th, 2014
This week I review Bob Bob Ricard and Pont Street and return to The Ritz and The Brilliant
A few London favourites Saturday, January 04th, 2014
This week I try Rasa in Dering Street and return to Cambio de Tercio, The Watermans Arms, Apsleys and Parlour
From the sublime to the ridiculous Saturday, December 21st, 2013
This week I review One Leicester Street, Lal Qila, Saporitalia and Story, and return to Madhus.
From Kew to Islington Saturday, December 14th, 2013
This week I review Smokehouse, Dalcha, Yashin Ocean House and Linnea, and return to Naamyaa and The Square.
The openings keep on coming in London Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
This week I review Keeper's House, the new Vinoteca in Chiswick, and return to Haandi, The Terrace on Holland Street and the Duke of Sussex.
High profile London openings Saturday, October 26th, 2013
This week I review Boulestin, Gymkhana, Cannizaro House, Union Street Cafe and Fish and Chip Shop
Five days, five cuisines Saturday, October 19th, 2013
This week I review Mari Vanna, Marianne and Tudkin and revisit Hedone and Gaylord
Navigating the London restaurant maze Saturday, October 05th, 2013
This week I try Atithi, The Perkin Reveller, Claude's Kitchen and Gillray’s, and return to Maze
Dining in Denia Saturday, September 21st, 2013
This week I try Quique Dacosta, and review The Fox and Grapes and Suzu and return to The Ritz and Madhus
Obscure restaurant surprises Saturday, September 07th, 2013
This week I try The Dysart Arms, Pizza Pilgrims and Gaylord and return to Tarantella.
From Apero to Apsleys Saturday, August 17th, 2013
This week I review Apero, and return to Apsleys and Swagat and Diwana Bhel Poori.
A new chef lifts Roux at Parliament Square Saturday, July 27th, 2013
This week I try Chakra and Swagat, the new chef at Roux Parliament Square, and return to La Trompette and Zuma
Ups and downs of London dining Saturday, July 13th, 2013
I review Northall and Hispania, and return to Tangawizi and The Waterman's Arms
Indian restaurants in London v India Friday, April 19th, 2013
This week I try Delhi Grill, Machaan and Zoilo
Bombay mix Saturday, April 13th, 2013
A week in Mumbai, from street food to smart restaurants
A trio of top meals at HKK Saturday, March 09th, 2013
This week I try Bincho Yakitori and return to HKK, The Brilliant and the Duke of Sussex
From Sketch to Gallery Friday, February 22nd, 2013
This week I try the Whitechapel Dining Rooms and Langans, and return to Sketch, Kitchen W8 and Diwana Bhel Poori.
A visit to Hyderabad Saturday, February 09th, 2013
This week I visit Hyderabad, and try Bo London
Nobu revisited Saturday, January 26th, 2013
This week I try Cinnamon Soho, Odin’s and A. Wong, and return to Nobu London
Alan Yau opens Naamyaa Saturday, January 12th, 2013
This week I try Naamyaa and Brick Oven, and return to Atelier Robuchon and Portes des Indes
Happy New Year! Saturday, December 29th, 2012
This week I try The Belgian Arms and revisit Cambio de Tercio and The Brilliant
I try some old stagers this week Saturday, December 01st, 2012
This week I try Ziani, Zayna, Barrica and Da Nang, and return to The Bombay Brasserie
Reviews and Michelin news Saturday, November 24th, 2012
This week I try Dragon Palace and return to Khans, Diwana Bhel Poori and the Hand and Flowers
This week includes an outing to Winchester Saturday, October 20th, 2012
This week I try The Black Rat, Hot Stuff, The Seafood Grill and The Goring, and return to Hedone.
London restaurants old and new Saturday, October 13th, 2012
This week I try The Table Cafe and return to the Wolseley, Shilpa and Apsleys
In search of good value eating in London Saturday, August 18th, 2012
This week I try Briciole and the Bombay Palace, The Ship and The Thatched house, and return to Roganic
In search of good value eating in London Saturday, August 18th, 2012
This week I try Briciole and the Bombay Palace, The Ship and The Thatched house, and return to Roganic
A new regime at The Greenhouse Saturday, June 02nd, 2012
This week I try the new regime at The Greenhouse, and revisit The Two Brothers, Rasa Maricham, Ragam and Hedone
Some old favourites, including The Ledbury Saturday, May 26th, 2012
This week I try The Ledbury, Medlar, Quaglino, The Roebuck and Tangawizi
Catching up in London Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Catching up in London
A week in Kobe, Osaka, Nara and Kyoto Saturday, April 14th, 2012
A week in Kobe, Osaka, Nara and Kyoto
This week includes new 3 star Hertog Jan Saturday, February 25th, 2012
This week I try Hertog Jan and Mele e Pere and return to The Admiral Codrington, The Bombay Brasserie and Trishna.
This week includes two new reviews of Thai restaurants Saturday, February 18th, 2012
This week I try the Heron and the new Blue Elephant, and return to Hedone, La Trompette, The Princess Victoria and The Brilliant.
Bangalore and Mysore Saturday, January 28th, 2012
A week in India
A Japanese Mayfair eatery opens in Chiswick Saturday, December 31st, 2011
This week I review Chisou W4 and #35 and return to The Ritz and The Brilliant
Three new reviews in London Saturday, December 17th, 2011
This week I try Roti Chai< Nipa and Granger and Co, and try the cooking of the new team at the Savoy River Room
A varied week, including a return to Hibiscus Saturday, November 26th, 2011
This week I try Potli, Alloro and the new Sands End, and return to The Modern Pantry and Hibiscus
The top restaurants of Madrid Saturday, November 12th, 2011
This week I try the top restaurants in Madrid
The Royal Oak delivers Saturday, November 05th, 2011
This week I try Cut and return to The Royal Oak, The Brilliant and the Prince of Wales
A busy week revisiting some old favourites Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
This week I try The Ivy and return to The Bull and Last, The Mall Tavern, Amaya and Bistro Bruno Loubet
3 star Michelin Arnsbourg revisited Saturday, October 01st, 2011
This week I revisit 3 star Arnsbourg, and try Malina and The Four Seasons
I venture to Newbury Saturday, September 24th, 2011
This week I try The Yew Tree, Regency Club and Bleeding Heart, and revisit Cambio de Tercio and Hedone
Pied a Terre after Shane Osborn Saturday, September 10th, 2011
This week I try Portobello Ristorante Pizzeria and Sushi Say, and revisit Pied a Terre, Diwana Bhel Poori and Fitou
Mumbai and Singapore dining Sunday, August 14th, 2011
This week I visit Mumbai and Singapore
The Gilbert Scott in St Pancras Saturday, July 30th, 2011
This week I try The Gilbert Scott, The Old Pack Horse and Roganic, and return to Dishoom, Kiraku and The Brilliant
I complete my Welsh tour at The Walnut Tree Saturday, July 02nd, 2011
This week I complete my Welsh trip with The Walnut Tree, and back in London try Addies’s Thai, Thai upon Thames and Thali.
A week in Chicago Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
A week in Chicago
Sat Bains reviewed Sunday, May 08th, 2011
This week I try Trullo, Sat Bains, Great Queen Street, Thai Taste and the Red Fort and return to The Sportsman
Four new London reviews Saturday, April 30th, 2011
This week I try Ilia, The Mall Tavern, Joe Allen, Tapas Revolution and Pollen Street Social and return to Chez Bruce and Madhu’s
A trip to Honfleur Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
This week I eat in Honfleur, try The Olde Bell and return to Trishna and Diwana Bhel Poori
Eating in Berkshire Friday, April 15th, 2011
This week I try The Artichoke and Stoke Park, and return to Dinner, Chutney Mary and Tarantella
A Japanese hidden gem in Ealing Saturday, March 26th, 2011
This week I try Kiraku and return to the Landau, Bar Boulud, Haandi and Windows
An app for wine lovers is born Saturday, February 19th, 2011
This week I try El Pirata, The Seashell, The Vaults and Mandalay and return to Zaika, and launch an app
Roux at the Landau reviewed Saturday, February 05th, 2011
This week I try Roux at the Landau and the Golden Hind and return to The Petersham, the Modern Pantry and Café Spice Namaste
Kerala and Bangalore Saturday, January 29th, 2011
The last two weeks have been spent in Kerala and Bangalore, plus a trip to the Sportsman
A busy week includes the new Cinnamon Kitchen and Hawksmoor Seven Dials Saturday, January 15th, 2011
This week I try Cinnamon Kitchen and Hawksmoor Seven Dials and return to Tangawizi, Patara, Caravan, Zafferano and La Trompette
The Savoy Grill reviewed Saturday, January 08th, 2011
This week I try the Savoy Grill, Grand Imperial and Dishoom, and return to Yauatcha and Gauthier
Two grand London hotel restaurants reviewed Saturday, January 01st, 2011
This week I try the Ritz and the Savoy Rover Room, and return to Rules and The Brilliant.
A week of west london restaurants Saturday, December 11th, 2010
This week I try the Churchill Arms and return to the Harwood Arms, Michael Nadra, Diwana Bhel Poori and Franco Manca.
Le Gavroche revisited Saturday, November 20th, 2010
This week I try Chancery, North Road and Lamberts and return to le Gavroche, Dinings and The Bombay Brasserie
Vegetarian Italian cooking near Smithfield meat market Saturday, November 13th, 2010
This week I try Kiku and Amico Bio, and revisit Club Gascon, Koffmann, Tangawizi and Tarantella
Clarkes reviisted Saturday, November 06th, 2010
This week I try the Crown and Clarkes, and revisit Quilon and Apsleys
Vegetarian food in London comes in many forms Saturday, August 28th, 2010
This week I try Vanilla Black and La Buvette and revisit Madhus, The Brilliant and Mr Kong
The Harrow at Little Bedwyn reviewed Friday, August 13th, 2010
This week I try The Harrow at Little Bedwyn and Rosa’s, and return to Eastside, Charlotte’s Bistro, Skylon and Masala Zone
York & Albany opens Saturday, August 07th, 2010
This week I try York & Albany and Chutney Mary, and revisit La Trompette, Sams Brasserie, The Duke of Sussex and The Sportsman.
The Compleat Angler reviewed Saturday, July 17th, 2010
This week I try the Compleat Angler and the Victoria, and revisit The Capital and the Brilliant
A pair of 3 star restaurants in Italy Friday, July 02nd, 2010
This week I try Da Vittorio and revisit Al Sorriso; back in London I return to Corrigans, Madhus and Franco Manca.
Dal Pescatore revisited Monday, June 28th, 2010
This week I revisit The Glasshouse, Haandi and Ragam, and return to Italy to Dal Pescatore
Cavaillon is a culinary oasis in the desert Saturday, June 12th, 2010
This week I try Cavaillon and the Painted Heron, and revisit Georges at the Cove and The Bingham
Viajante reviewed Saturday, June 05th, 2010
This week I try Viajante and China Tang, and revisit Diwana Bhel Poori
Gauthier moves to Soho Saturday, May 29th, 2010
This week I try Gauthier, Caravan and Jom Makan, and revisit Shilpa, Tangawizi and Kitchen W8
Gordon Ramsay revisited Saturday, May 08th, 2010
I try Al Barretta and revisit Gordon Ramsay, try the revamped Restaurant Michael Nadra and revisit The Bombay Brasserie and Franco Manca
Dining in Hampshire and The Cotswolds Sunday, April 25th, 2010
This week I try JSW, My Dining Room and Art du Fromage, and return to Whatley Manor and The Brilliant
The Harwood Arms is on form Saturday, April 10th, 2010
This week I try the Bedlington Cafe and revisit The Harwood Arms, Tangawizi and Franco Manca W4
Pinchito and a week of west London restaurants Saturday, March 20th, 2010
This week I try Pinchito, and revisit Shilpa, Princess Victoria, Kitchen W8 and Le Vacherin
From Barnes to north London Saturday, March 13th, 2010
This week I try Riva and Villandry W4, and return to Morgan M and Haandi.
Bruno Loubet returns to London Saturday, March 06th, 2010
This week I try Konstam and Bistro Bruno Loubet, and revisit Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Rasa Maricham and Franco Manca
Galvin La Chapelle opens Saturday, February 06th, 2010
This week I try Galvin La Chapelle and revisit Apsleys and Amaya
A week in Mumbai Sunday, January 24th, 2010
This week I was in Mumbai (Bombay)
An Electric Brasserie Saturday, January 02nd, 2010
This week I try the Electric Brasserie, Caponatta and the Meat and Wine Company, and return to the Brilliant.
Anima revisited Saturday, December 26th, 2009
This week I revisit l’Anima, Patara (SW7) Haandi and Royal China
Controversy in Italy Saturday, December 05th, 2009
This week I try Made in China, and revisit Odette’s, Le Gavroche, The Fish Shop on St John Street and the Brilliant.
A busy week including some Thai food Saturday, November 21st, 2009
This week I try Yupa’s Thai Kitchen and Polpo, and return to Kitchen W8, Clos Maggiore, Autre Pied and Tangawizi
A trip to Vienna Saturday, October 31st, 2009
This week I try Steirereck and Palais Coburg in Vienna, visit Michael Wignall at the Latymer and return to Amaya.
A varied week in London Saturday, October 24th, 2009
This week I try The Roebuck and Brouges, and revisit Min Jiang and Haandi
Rules rules the roost Saturday, October 17th, 2009
This week I go to Rules, try Blue Pepper and revisit the Greenhouse, Amaya and the Brilliant.
This week I try Indian Zing and Mark Hix W1 Saturday, October 10th, 2009
This week I try Indian Zing and Mark Hix W1, and revisit the Duke of Sussex and Le Gavroche
Aspleys opens Saturday, September 26th, 2009
This week I try Aspleys and Casa Brindisa, and return to Tangawizi and Diwana Bhel Poori; I also pop up in the new Masterchef series
A week of west London dining Saturday, September 05th, 2009
This week I try The Crabtree, and return to Madhu’s, E&O and Tarantella.
I visit Copenhagen Sunday, August 30th, 2009
This week I try Honeymoon, and revisit Le Café Anglais and Budsara. I also visit Copenhagen.
A trip to Ripley, believe it or not Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
This week I try Drakes, Lagoon Lounge and Fishers, and revisit the Brilliant.
Exploring the Boundary Saturday, August 15th, 2009
This week I try Boundary, and revisit Rasa Samudra, Pied a Terre and Zafferano
I return to The Sportsman Saturday, July 18th, 2009
This week I return to The Sportsman, Corrigans Mayfair and The Brilliant, and try the new tasting menu at the Fat Duck.
I try Terroirs and Donna Margerita Saturday, July 04th, 2009
This week I try Terroirs and Donna Margerita, and revisit Haandi; the term “wilting” took on new meaning at Identita.
I try Sands End and the Anglesea Arms Saturday, June 27th, 2009
This week I try Sands End and the Anglesea Arms, and return to Diwana Bhel Poori and Zafferano; Kiasu re-opens
A week of old favourites Friday, June 19th, 2009
This week I revisit the Quality Chop House, the Pantechnicon dining Rooms, Zuma and the Brilliant
This week I revisit the Ledbury and the Sportsman Saturday, June 06th, 2009
This week I revisit the Ledbury, Tangawizi and the Sportsman.
This week I visit Cambridge Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
This week I try Midsummer House, and return to Tangawizi, Zafferano, Ambassade de l’Ile and the Princess Victoria.
Aubergine revisited Saturday, May 16th, 2009
This week I eat at Aubergine, Launceston Place, Zaika, the Harwood Arms and Tarantella.
This week I try Harrison’s and High Timber Saturday, May 09th, 2009
This week I try Harrison’s and High Timber, and revisit Pied a Terre, Madhu’s and the Princess Victoria.
I try l‘Etranger Saturday, May 02nd, 2009
This week I try l‘Etranger, revisit the High Road Brasserie and the Brilliant, and venture back to the Sportsman.
Rasa Sayang reviewed Sunday, April 19th, 2009
This week I try Rasa Sayang and revisit old favourites Haandi and Zafferano.
Michelin reveals its next guide Saturday, April 11th, 2009
A mainly (gastro) pub and curry kind of a week for me. Michelin reveals its next guide.
This week I try Saf and Fifteen in Hoxton Saturday, March 21st, 2009
This week I try Saf and Fifteen, and revisit Diwana Bhel Poori, Cambio de Tercio and the Harwood Arms.
This week I try The Moti Mahal Saturday, March 14th, 2009
This week I try The Moti Mahal and revisit Tom Aikens, Tangawizi, Zafferano and Ambassade de l’Ile.
An Indian food week Saturday, March 07th, 2009
This week I tried Sagar and Zeen and revisited Le Gavroche, the Harwood Arms and the revamped Bombay Brasserie.
I try The Commander Saturday, February 21st, 2009
This week I try The Commander, and revisit Tangawizi, The Square, Cambio de Tercio and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester.
A week in Goa Saturday, January 31st, 2009
This week I was in Goa, and tried some Plane Food at Heathrow
The Bristol in Paris Saturday, January 24th, 2009
This week I try the Bristol in Paris and the Harwood Arms in London, and return to Helene Darroze and Haandi.
I try the Sportsman in Kent for the first time Saturday, December 27th, 2008
This week I try the Sportsman in Kent, and satisfy my curry craving at the Brilliant.
Andaman revisited Saturday, December 20th, 2008
This week I try Brasserie Roux and revisit Andaman, Madhu’s, The River Café and Zafferano.
I try the new Corrigan’s Mayfair Saturday, December 06th, 2008
This week I try the new Corrigan’s Mayfair and Khans, and revisit Le Café Anglais and the Brilliant. The Michelin Hong Kong guide appears.
Café Strudel - Austrian food in Sheen Saturday, November 29th, 2008
This week I try Café Strudel and the Ragam, and revisit The Abingdon and La Trompette. More Michelin news.
I visit New Orleans, Las Vegas and New York, completing my tour of all 2008 3 star Michelin restaurants. Saturday, November 15th, 2008
I visit New Orleans, Las Vegas and New York, completing my tour of all 2008 3 star Michelin restaurants. Back in the UK, I try Croque Gascon and revisit Pied a Terre, the Cinnamon Club and Tatsuso.
This week I try Enoteca Turi and 11 Abingdon Road Saturday, November 01st, 2008
This week I try Enoteca Turi and 11 Abingdon Road, and revisit Hibiscus and Tangawizi.
The remaining Michelin US guides appear Saturday, October 25th, 2008
This week I try Brula Bistro and Karma, and revisit Haandi. The remaining Michelin US guides appear.
When in Rome... Saturday, September 27th, 2008
I try Tendido Cuatro, revisit the Greenhouse and Haandi, and explore the dining opportunities of Rome.
Only the Running Footman - run far, run fast Saturday, September 20th, 2008
This week I try Only the Running Footman, and revisit Ambassade de l’Ile, the Brilliant and Diwana Bhel Poori, and examine Aiden Byrne’s new book.
Murano reviewed Saturday, August 30th, 2008
This week I try Murano and Café Boheme, and revist Tangawizi, Ambassade de l’Ile and Tarantella.
I try the new Andaman Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
This week I try Andaman and the Botanist, and revisit the Brilliant. Michelin expands further.
I contrast East London Tayyab with Southall stalwart the Brilliant Saturday, August 02nd, 2008
This week I try Aaya and contrast East London Tayyab with Southall stalwart the Brilliant.
I try Helene Darroze at the Connaught Saturday, July 26th, 2008
This week I try Helene Darroze at the Connaught, and revisit the Red Fort. The “Scores on the Doors” yields some surprising results.
Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder Saturday, July 12th, 2008
I try l’Absinthe, and revisit Petrus, Ambassade de l’Ile, Zafferano, Kiasu and Tarantella
In praise of pata negra Saturday, July 05th, 2008
This week I try Annie’s, Cha Cha Moon and Randall and Aubin, revisit the Brilliant and Diwana Bhel Poori, and pig out on some pata negra
Ambassade de l’Ile opens Saturday, June 28th, 2008
I finally try Latium, and am excited about Ambassade de l’Ile. I also revisit La Trompette and Haandi
Pantechnicon reviewed Friday, May 23rd, 2008
This week I try Pantechnicon and Rooburoo, and revisit Rhodes W1, Roussillon, the Ledbury and Haandi
West London favourites Saturday, May 17th, 2008
I revisit the Glasshouse, and go back to old favourites Zafferano and the Brilliant, new favourite Cambio de Tercio and my local the Brackenbury.
Maze grilled Saturday, May 10th, 2008
I try the new Maze Grill, The Abingdon and revisit Amaya. I also try the best that Hampstead and Wimbledon have to offer.
Top 50? Saturday, May 03rd, 2008
I continue to be impressed by Zuma and Royal China, have a slightly below par meal at Bentleys and enjoyable dishes at Rasa Maricham and Tarantella. Also some Top 50 thoughts.
I try the newly re-launched Launceston Place Saturday, April 12th, 2008
This week I try the newly re-launched Launceston Place, revisit the Devonshire and the Brilliant, and bump into Albert Roux
Haozhan reviewed Saturday, April 05th, 2008
This week I try Haozhan, revisit Zafferano and the Fish Shop on St John Street, and am reminded just how bad service can get at the new Hammersmith Keralan restaurant Shilpa.
This week I revisit Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea Friday, March 28th, 2008
This week I revisit Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, try Bord’eaux in Park Lane and revisit Haandi.
The Carpenter's Arms serves up tolerable food but hilarious service Saturday, March 15th, 2008
The Carpenter's Arms serves up tolerable food but hilarious service. Roka is still on form, as is local pizzeria Tarantella. Also, the Michelin waifs and strays.
A week in the deep south of the USA Saturday, March 08th, 2008
A week in the deep south of the USA. Also, Udit Sarkhel resurfaces, and other news.
A fishy experience at Tom’s Place Saturday, March 01st, 2008
I try out Tom’s Place, and revisit Cambio de Tercio and Tangawizi.
Urban Turban reviewed Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
I try Urban Turban, and revisit Hibiscus, the Devonshire, the Brilliant and Diwana Bhel Poori.
I venture to the wilds of Croydon to try Le Cassoulet Saturday, February 16th, 2008
I venture to the wilds of Croydon to try Le Cassoulet, sample newly Michelin-starred Quilon, and revisit Atelier Robuchon and Royal China.
I try Rasoi Vineet Bathia Saturday, February 09th, 2008
I try Rasoi Vineet Bathia, Clos Maggiore, Dehesa and the Grill Room at Browns, and return to Diwana Bhel Poori.
A week in Goa Monday, January 28th, 2008
I enjoy some lovely Indian food while on holiday in Goa.
I visit Angelus Saturday, January 19th, 2008
I visit Angelus, compare Michelin starred Benares with Madhu’s in Southall, and enjoy the new menu at Zafferano.
Dining in Harlow Saturday, January 12th, 2008
I try Tom Ilic and Yumi, return to the Fish Shop on St John Street and the Brilliant, and try eating in Harlow
I try the new Landau at the Langham hotel Saturday, December 29th, 2007
I try the new Landau at the Langham hotel, and return to Kastoori in search of top vegetarian Indian food now that Sabras has closed.
My 2007 culinary highs and lows Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
I revisit Hawksmoor, and return to old favourites Zafferano and Haandi. Also, my 2007 culinary highs and lows.
I go to the "other" restaurant at the Dorchester Saturday, December 15th, 2007
I go to the "other" restaurant at the Dorchester and enjoy it more than Ducasse. Tangawizi continues to impress but not even the Brilliant can rescue a turkey curry. Various Michelin guides come out.
Alan Yau turning Japanese Saturday, December 08th, 2007
I venture to Alan Yau’s new venture, Sake No Hana, and mix with the celebs. I return to Madhus in Southall, and to Tarantella in Chiswick.
Rowley Leigh’s new Cafe Anglais Saturday, November 24th, 2007
This week I try Rowley Leigh’s new Cafe Anglais, revisit Odettes, find a pizzeria with a difference in Giusto, and savour a remarkable special at the Brilliant. The Michelin 2008 Spain guide comes out with little change, but by contrast the new Michelin Tokyo Guide lands with a thump.
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester on its opening night Saturday, November 17th, 2007
I try Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester on its opening night. I find Semplice to be an impressive Italian restaurant, and have very enjoyable meals at Yauatcha and Haandi. Michelin Germany 2008 comes out, and arrives with a bang.
Diwali in Southall is princely Saturday, November 10th, 2007
I spend Diwali in Southall and meet Prince Charles. Cambio de Tercio seems transformed, and Pizzeria Rustica is all too rustic, at least in its staff hygiene training.
I venture to the wilds of Hoxton to try Bacchus Saturday, October 27th, 2007
I venture to the wilds of Hoxton to try Bacchus. Gordon Ramsay arrives in Chiswick in the form of a pleasant gastropub, while Gary Rhodes Brasserie disappoints. The Fish shop on St John Street and Rasa Samudra deliver as usual, but I encounter some dismal service at Bar Shu.
Vacherin revamped Saturday, October 20th, 2007
This week a revamp works wonders for Le Vacherin, I have another excellent curry at Haandi and try two Italians: my old favourite Zafferano and new kid on the block La Trenta.
Sichuan food near Boston Saturday, October 13th, 2007
In Boston, I enjoy the vibrant spicing of a real Sichuan restaurant, but am uninspired by two of the highest rated restaurants there. Back in London, Zaika shows how to make proper biriani.
The Ledbury sails serenely on Saturday, October 06th, 2007
The Ledbury sails serenely on. Indian cuisine meets Austin Powers at Mantra. The Brackenbury continues to set the standard for a top quality neighbourhood restaurant.
Normal for Norfolk Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
My foray to Norfolk is a culinary let-down, but a really promising restaurant opens in London at last. Diwana Bhel Poori and Zafferano continue to excel in their very different ways.
The Phoenix Palace rises from the ashes Friday, September 14th, 2007
The Phoenix Palace delivers a capable meal, which is more than can be said for the much-hyped Wahaca. La Trompette and the Brilliant were also on form. I go to a rice tasting, the new Good Food Guide comes out, and I'll be on telly on Monday.
Tasty Thai food from the Fulham Road branch of Patara Saturday, September 08th, 2007
This week saw a fine meal at the Brackenbury, tasty Thai food from the Fulham Road branch of Patara and another excellent curry at Madhu's in Southall. I also have a new toy.
A good value Italian discovery - Trenta Saturday, September 01st, 2007
A good value Italian discovery in Trenta this week, along with excellent meals at Trompette and Rasa Samudra. I also forgive Racine for the dismal experience I had there when it opened, and find it has settled down just fine. Sadly Boys in Chiswick is a classic: "nice decor, shame about the food" experience.
Roussillon revisited Saturday, August 25th, 2007
Roussillon delivers another enjoyable meal, and an excuse to eat the gorgeous chocolate desserts here. Tangawizi continues to set a standard for Indian cooking that few in London can match, and Royal China continues serenely along.
Dreamy malai chicken tikka Saturday, August 18th, 2007
I revisit Madhu's and have a malai chicken tikka that dreams are made of. My monthly visit to Zafferano is as good as ever, but Matsuri disappoints. My TV appearance firms up.
I judge a TV dinner Saturday, August 11th, 2007
Pearl serves up a slightly inconsistent, though mostly good, meal. E&O seems busier than ever, and the cooking seems a little sharper to me than on previous visits. Haandi is as consistently excellent as ever, and I judge a TV dinner.
Petite Maison comes to Mayfair Saturday, August 04th, 2007
Does London need yet another over-expensive yet carefully marketed bistro? Le Gavroche delivers a solid, if imperfect meal, while the Brilliant is a rock of reliability and value in Southall.
Hof van Cleve and Oud Sluis - serious food Saturday, July 28th, 2007
A busy week. Haandi, Zuma and Yauatcha all deliver reliable meals, but the week was really all about comparing Le Manoir au Quat Saisons with Hof van Cleve and Oud Sluis.
Umu revisited Saturday, July 21st, 2007
I revisit Umu, the controversial Japanese restaurant. Another excellent meal at Zafferano, but a poor burger experience at Ground. Tangawizi in Richmond continues to impress me. Also, a new site feature, some food quizzes.
Gary Rhodes W1 and Skylon compared Saturday, July 14th, 2007
Two new modern British places this week - Gary Rhodes W1 and Skylon. Also contrasting styles of Indian food at the Brilliant in Southall and Rasa Maracham in, er, Kings Cross.
The Thai Bistro is replaced by Budsara Saturday, June 16th, 2007
The Thai Bistro is no more, but Budsara is born in its place. Hawksmoor produces a fine steak, while Deya serves up some terrific Indian dishes. I get a further lesson on why it is unwise to leave the tube network when eating, this time in Warwickshire.
The finest of Knightsbridge reviewed Saturday, June 02nd, 2007
Meals this week at the Capital, Foliage, Hakkasan, High Road House, Madhu's and Agni. I also find the most expensive beer in London at a restaurant - £9 a bottle anyone?
Some good value Indian meals Saturday, May 26th, 2007
The Brilliant continues to live up to its name, and I manage to break the £10 a head barrier at Diwana Bhel Poori. I also return to Arbutus. On another subject, Marcus Wareing 0, Jill Dupleix 1.
Manicomio opens Saturday, April 14th, 2007
Ex chefs at Zafferano cooking at Manicomio produce a pleasant meal, and then Zafferano itself shows how Italian cooking should be done. Tangawizi produces another excellent meal; I don't usually get excited about lentils, but the dhal here is fabulous.
Munching in Munchen Saturday, March 31st, 2007
Munching in Munchen. A superb meal at Konigshof in Munich. By contrast Aubergine in London disappoints but the Brilliant in Southall is as reliable as ever.
Haandi shows up some of London's trendier venues Saturday, March 17th, 2007
A mixed week, with ever-reliable Haandi showing up some of London's trendier venues. Rocket in Putney has everything right apart from the kitchen, Green and Red in Shoreditch disappoints while I jump into the Deep end in Fulham. Also, a fine burger in W4.
The Brilliant is refurbished Saturday, March 03rd, 2007
The Brilliant is successfully refurbished, while St Alban struggles to deliver value for money. I had good meals at Pearl and Yauatcha, while a new Lebanese restaurant is erratic. For the revamped Gordon Ramsay stay tuned next week.
A tale of two curries Saturday, February 24th, 2007
A tale of two curries: fine Indian food in darkest Twickenham, and a return visit to Agni. Zafferano delivers once more, and a mixed bag of tapas in Richmond. Also, the Michelin France 2007 results est arrive.
Classy South Indian food in Chennai Saturday, January 27th, 2007
Blogging from India! Some classy South Indian food in Chennai in particular. Also, Michelin makes some surprising choices in the UK.
The sublime to the ridiculous of Italian food Saturday, January 13th, 2007
Two good bistro meals at Tom's Kitchen and High Road Brasserie, and from the sublime to the ridiculous of Italian food: Zafferano v Vino Rosso in Chiswick
Pearl gleams Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
Pearl turns out to be very good value for such a smart place, and the Good Curry Awards has some odd choices.
The ever-improving Notting Hill Brasserie Saturday, December 16th, 2006
A fine meal at the ever-improving Notting Hill Brasserie, and a general whinge about the cost of eating out on Christmas day.
1 Lombard Street shows how not to do front of house Friday, November 17th, 2006
A lengthy meal at 1 Lombard Street interspersed with stroppy service, but reliable fish and chips in St John Street. Fine curries at Rasa Samudra and the Brilliant.
Good south Indian cooking comes to Hammersmith Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Tasty South Indian cooking at Oottupura, reliable Chinese food at Royal China and ups and downs (but mostly downs) in Chiswick at Vacherin and new opening Carvosso's.
Sonnys in Barnes gets a new chef Saturday, November 04th, 2006
Excellent new chef at Sonnys in Barnes, top Indian food at Haandi and a sneak visit to the Gourmet Burger Kitchen.
Sabras in Willesden is terrific Saturday, October 21st, 2006
Read about my visit to Ledbury. My review on Sabras in Willesden and also some important information about the Good Food Guide forcing councils to publish hygiene inspections of restaurants.
3 star Can Fabes revisited Saturday, October 14th, 2006
3 star Can Fabes near Barcelona is very good though less so than previous visits. The Michelin Guide to California comes out, and I have both a fine Indian meal at Haandi and a dismal one at Green Chilli.
The British Curry Awards is bewildering Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
Deya produces a fine meal, while the British Curry Awards is bewildering despite the glamour. Zafferano excels itself.
Sumosan reviewed Saturday, September 02nd, 2006
Sumosan is pleasant, but why not just go to Zuma? Ootapura is a different and good addition to the King Street array of Indian places.
The Square revisited Monday, August 28th, 2006
The Square purrs along, though it lacks real excitement. Jeevan in Wembley is not worth the trip.
The oddness that is Cocoon Saturday, August 12th, 2006
Cocoon is like an Austin Powers set, but the food is surprisingly good. Zafferano produces a fine wild sea bass dish.
Noisette does its best in an awkward site Saturday, July 29th, 2006
Noisette is pleasant but expensive, and Bjorn van der Horst shows the dining room his extensive English vocabulary. Galvins Bistro is fine, but I cannot really see what the fuss is about. Excellent Indian cooking at Rasa Maricham and the Brilliant in Southall, and the usual at Zafferano.
Notting Hill Brasserie reviewed Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
Mark Jankels is a fine chef, and the Notting Hill Brasserie an excellent spot. Bellamys in Mayfair was rather dull, but I have enjoyable meals at Trompette, Rasa Maricham and the Thai Bistro. Le Talbooth in Essex is a tragi-comic meal: beautiful setting, shame about the truly awful food.
Traditional and modern Indian cooking Saturday, July 15th, 2006
The Brilliant and Deya show the traditional and modern faces of Indian cooking, and both succeed very well. Zafferano is as good as ever in its newly expanded setting.
I visit Arbutus Sunday, June 25th, 2006
Arbutus seems perfectly pleasant to me, but I am surprised at the acclaim it is getting. Rasa Maricham serves up some tasty Keralan food, while Carluccio in W4 is downright poor.
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