Restaurants – London

LQ Foodings – a Chateau Marmot pop-up restaurant in London

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Shadwell is a bit of London that seldom makes it into the news for good things.  You’re more likely to read about muggings in Cable Street than excellent meals –  and yet there is no logical reason why this should be so.  Shadwell is a stone’s throw from both the financial powerhouse of the City […]

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Buddha-Bar, London

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It’s a brave man that opens a bar named after a major world religious figure – but that is exactly what the late Raymon Visan did in 1996 when he opened the first Buddha-Bar. It was not Visan’s first foray into the world of wining and dining – he had previously opened Barfly in Paris […]

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The Botanist review

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I am an east-Londoner and I have been since I set foot on these fair shores 13 years ago. Every property I have ever lived in (only three, to be fair) has had a post-code starting with the letter E, as have two of the three companies I have worked for.  I love the sens […]

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Sushinho City review

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Sushi made with Italian fillings like olives, basil and calamari. Mushroom ravioli with korma sauce or spaghettini with lamb curry. Tandoori chicken pizzas. Indian curry burritos. Pesto gyoza dumplings.  Prawns in chocolate sauce. Ah yes, it’s astonishing the number of culinary crimes that people are willing to commit in the name of “fusion food”.  The theory […]

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Bedford & Strand sherry and food pairing

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Isn’t it funny how, despite living in London for many years and walking down a particular street many times, it is entirely possible to look straight past a particular shop or restaurant?  When a friend of mine invited me to dinner at Bedford & Strand earlier this year and said it was in Bedford Street, […]

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Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

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I must to admit having a bit of a soft spot for the excellent gastropubs operated by the ETM Group, a group founded by brothers Tom and Ed Martin back in 2000 and which now operates 10 venues across central London  smart City gastro pubs, contemporary brasseries/bars, and small neighbourhood pubs. I think they generally strike […]

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Naga restaurant review

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Am I the only one whose heart sinks when I read about a restaurant where the cuisine is described as pan-[insert huge geographical region here]? Africa is a continent, not a country (as they say), and a vast, not-very-homogenous one at that), and pan-African cuisine can only lead to the kind of messy culinary copulation […]

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