Restaurants – London

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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Simon Rogan @ The Cube by Electrolux

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  I had been wanting to visit the Cube by Electrolux since it opened earlier this year but one way or another, travel and other commitments conspired against me.  And when I did finally get a chance to go, it was in the same week as the “Bosigate” drama broke.  For those of you not […]

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Chenestons @ the Milestone Hotel

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  It’s a funny old place, London.  You live here for years and there are some stations that you see on an almost daily basis – and then there are others that you just never seem to get to.  Living in east London, I seldom have any reason to go to High Street Kensington, other […]

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Cigalon

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  I have said it before, but let me repeat it again for those at the back who were not listening:  I. Love. London.  It contains so many things that I love.  It has iconic buildings, monuments and museums (many of them free!).  It has a sense of history and occasion.  And it has a […]

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Trinity Restaurant

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As many of you know, in a previous life I was a criminal lawyer.  I loved criminal law – I loved its very precise world-view and the way it tested every day your belief in the presumption of innocence – it was just the criminals I had to defend that I didn’t like so much. […]

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