Cooksister restaurant reviews

One of the things about being a food blogger that rather reminds me of being a doctor or dentist is the fact that people often corner you at parties (or work!) and ask for “professional” advice.  But whereas doctors have to face people pulling up their sleeves and saying “I have this nasty rash…”, and dentists have to grit their teeth as someone opens wide, and points at the offending tooth halfway through chewing on a canapé, at least food bloggers do rather enjoy giving advice on food.  Sometimes the questions are about recipes, but mostly people ask about restaurant recommendations.    So I thought it was high time that I collected all my reviews together neatly in one spot so that the next time somebody asks I can just send them the hyperlink.  And I’ll keep adding to the list as I post more reviews.

Bon appetit!



1 Lombard Street (City) 2 visits

All Star Lanes (Westfield Stratford) 1 visit

Angel & Crown (West End) 1 visit

Arbutus (Soho) 1 visit

Axis @ One Aldwych (Soho/Strand) 1 visit

Bedford & Strand (Covent Garden) 2 visits

Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar (Westminster) 1 visit

Bob Bob Ricard (Soho) 2 visits

Brigade Bar & Bistro (London Bridge) 1 visit

Buddha Bar (Knightsbridge) 1 visit

Cabana (Westfield Stratford) 1 visit

Capability @ Waldorf Astoria Syon Park (Middlesex) 1 visit

Catch @ The Andaz Hotel (City) 1 visit

Ceviche (Soho) 2 visits

Chateau Marmot pop-up (Shadwell) 1 visit

Chenestons @ The Milestone Hotel (Kensington) 1 visit

Cheyenne Spur Steak Ranch (North Greenwich) 5+ visits

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms (City) 1 visit

Chop Shop (Piccadilly) 1 visit

Churchill’s Port House (Soho) 1 visit

Cigalon (City) 1 visit

Club Gascon (Farringdon) 2 visits

Comptoir Gascon (Clerkenwell) 1 visit

Corrigan’s  (Mayfair) 1 visit

Crussh (Canary Wharf) 1 visit

El Cantara (Soho) 1 visit

Feng Sushi (Canary Wharf) 1 visit

Fire & Stone (West End) 1 visit

Fish! (Borough Market) 1 visit

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe (South Bank) 1 visit

Giraffe Bar & Grill (Soho) 1 visit

Glas (Borough Market) 3 visits – closed and reincarnated as Upper Glas in Islington

Gordon Ramsay at Claridges (West End) 3 visits

Great Taste @ The Cadogan (Knightsbridge) 1 visit

Hawksmoor Guildhall (City) 1 visit

Imperial China (Chinatown) 2 visits

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and again (West End) 3 visits

Le Pain Quotidien (Southbank) 4 visits

Le Pont de la Tour (and again) (Shad Thames) 4 visits

Lots Road Pub & Dining Room (Chelsea) 1 visit

Malmaison Brasserie (Farringdon) 1 visit

Mamounia Lounge (Knightsbridge) 1 visit

Mari Vanna (Kensington) 1 visit

Min Jiang @ The Royal Garden Hotel (Kensington) 1 visit

Moro (City) 1 visit

MotiMahal (and again) (Covent Garden) 2 visits

Museum of London Cafe ( City) 5+ visits – now taken over by Benugo’s

Naga (Kensington) 1 visit

Namaaste Kitchen (Camden) 1 visit

No. 35 @ The Hempel (Bayswater) 1 visit

Olivo (Victoria) 1 visit

Ora (Mayfair) 1 visit

Palm Court @ The Park Lane Hotel (Park Lane) 1 visit

Pho (Spitalfields) 1 visit

Ping Pong (West End) 5+ visits

Plateau (Canary Wharf) 1 visit

Pret a Diner (Piccadilly) 1 visit

Rosita & The Sherry Bar (Battersea) 1 visit

Shaka Zulu (Camden) 1 visit

Sushinho City (City) 1 visit – now closed

The Balcon  (St James) 2 visits

The Bingham (Richmond) 1 visit

The Botanist (Sloane Square) 1 visit

The Cadogan Arms (Chelsea) 1 visit

The Clerkenwell Dining Rooms (Clerkenwell) 3 visits – closed

The Cube by Electrolux pop-up (Southbank) 1 visit

The Depot (Barnes) 2 visits

The Global Feast (Stratford) 1 visit

The Milestone Hotel (Kensington) i visit)

The Real Greek (Westfield Stratford) 5+ visits

The Rivington Grill (Greenwich) 3 visits

The Salt Yard (West End) 1 visit

The Ship (Wandsworth) 1 visit

The Stockpot (SoHo) 5+ visits

The White Swan (Holborn) 1 visit

The Wine Theatre (Southwark) 1 visit – closed

Tibits (Mayfair) 1 visit

Texture (West End) 1 visit

Tom’s Kitchen (South Kensington) 1 visit

Trinity (Clapham) 1 visit

Van Lang (Wood Green) 1 visit

Vivat Bacchus (Farringdon) 5+ visits

Vivat Bacchus (London Bridge) 5+ visits

Vivat Bacchus – Club Carnivore (London Bridge) 1 visit

Westminster Kingsway College (Victoria) 1 visit

Wild Honey (Mayfair) 1 visit

Yauatcha (Soho) 1 visit



Babington House (Babington, Somerset) 1 visit

Cafe Belge (West Malling, Kent) 1 visit

The Fat Duck (Bray, Berkshire) 1 visit

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons (Oxfordshire) 1 visit

Suma’s (Jersey) 1 visit

The Baskerville (Shiplake) 1 visit

The Winding Stair (Dublin) 1 visit



Aux Lyonnais (Paris) 1 visit

Chez Emile (Toulouse) 1 visit

Edouard Loubet @ Bastide de Capelongue (Bonnieux) 1 visit

La Maison de la Truffe et du Vin (Menerbes) 1 visit

Le Vigneron (Paris) 2 visits



Aubergine (Cape Town) 1 visit

Belvidere Manor (Knysna) 5+ visits

Bizerca Bistro (Cape Town) 12 visits

Blue Waters Café (Port Elizabeth) 5+ visits

Bombay Brasserie (Cape Town) 1 visit

Cobblestone Bakery (Port Elizabeth) 3 visits

Cornuti al Mare (Plettenberg Bay) 5+ visits

Deli Street Café (Port Elizabeth) 1 visit

Dessie’s (Port Elizabeth) 5+ visits

Fu.Shi (Plettenberg Bay) 3 visits

Gorgeous by Graham Beck (Cape Town) 2 visits

Harbour House (Kalk Bay) 3 visits

Irene Dairy Farm (Gauteng)  2 visits

Jordan winery (Stellenbosch Winelands) 1 visit

La Colombe (Cape Town) 1 visit

Le Chameleon (Humansdorp) 3 visits

Nobu @ One&Only (Cape Town) 1 visit

Quills @ the Airport Intercontinental (Johannesburg) 4 visits

Reuben’s @ One&Only (Cape Town) 1 visit

Roots (Johannesburg) 1 visit

Ryan’s Kitchen (Franschhoek) 1 visit

Spur Steak Ranches (branches countrywide) 5+ visits

The Duckpond @Welmoed Winery (Cape Winelands) 1 visit

The Goatshed @ Fairview winery (Cape Winelands) 1 visit

The Lookout (Plettenberg Bay) 5+ visits

The Roundhouse (Cape Town) 1 visit

The Verandah, Beach Hotel (Port Elizabeth) 5+ visits

The Westcliff Hotel (Johannesburg) 1 visit

Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge (Cape Town) 2 visits



Angelica Kitchen (New York, NY) 1 visit

The Bigger Little Place (New York, NY) 1 visit

Bubby’s Pie Company (New York, NY) 2 visits

John’s of Bleecker Street pizzeria (New York, NY) 1 visit

Katz’s Deli (New York, NY) 1 visit

Luzzo’s Coal Oven Pizza (New York, NY) 1 visit

Neptune Oyster (Boston, MA) 2 visits



Asateer @ Atlantis The Palm (Dubai) 1 visit

Nobu @ Atlantis The Palm (Dubai) 1 visit

Ronda Locatelli @ Atlantis The Palm (Dubai) 1 visit



DB Bistro Moderne (Marina Bay Sands) 1 visit


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