Restaurants – London

Review of Ceviche restaurant

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“Old DJs never die, they just fade out” goes the saying, and that may well be true for most of them. But just sometimes, you come across a story of a DJ who not only did not fade away mid-track, but walked out of the DJ booth and into a totally new career.  One such […]

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Afternoon tea at the Milestone Hotel

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So these days, if you are an immigrant who wants to become British, you can’t just show up, attempt to fit in, and hope they don’t put you on the next boat home.  You also need to  do some studying from a Government-issue book on “Life in the British Isles” or a similarly racy title. […]

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Imperial China review – a hit and miss affair

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  When we first came to live in London, like most new arrivals, we did not have a lot of cash to spare.  I was trying to finish a thesis and struggling to find part-time work; we had just shelled out what seemed like an obscene amount of money as a deposit to rent a […]

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Review of Pho (Spitalfields)

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It‘s not every day I get to dine at a restaurant with a name I am not sure how to pronounce.  French names, Italian names, German names – bring them on: it seems that  I have picked up a working knowledge of the pronunciation of most Western European languages since moving to London.  But I […]

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A Russian Winter warmer menu at Mari Vanna, London

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Like many other children of the 1970s and 1980s, I did not exactly grow up thinking of Russia as a culinary hotspot.  For me,  Russia conjured up visions of the frozen steppes and white nights; of food shortages and old women queueing in the snow for a single loaf of bread;  of  grim-faced KGB men […]

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The Real Greek, Westfield Stratford

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Christmas shopping – who needs it? The massive crowds, the Christmas carols on repeat, the compulsive buying of stuff that the giver probablycan’t afford and the recipient probably does not want.  Hellish.  So you may well ask what on earth possessed me to grab my handbag and head for Westfield Stratford City on the first […]

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Min Jiang @ the Royal Garden Hotel

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When I was growing up in Port Elizabeth in the 1970s and 1980s, although it was a wonderful place to live, let’s just say it was not exactly a culinary hotspot.  Hot restaurants du jour included the Hungry I (steaks and seafood), El Cid (steaks and seafood), The Coachman (more steaks and seafood), and La […]

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