Journal

03rd November, 2012

Brasserie Zedel, London

Brasserie Zedel, London

The golden pair of London’s restaurant scene have done it again. The Corbin-King partnership, spanning 30 years, that is responsible for iconic culinary institutions such as The Ivy, Le Caprice, J. Sheekey (these ones they sold) and later The Wolseley and Delaunay, now has another behemoth to their name. Brasserie Zedel, having opened just earlier […]

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02nd October, 2012

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

My first memory of the Connaught was of wheeling a very noisy trolley full of ice cream and sorbet mixes from the Claridges to the Connaught to be churned at 4am. I was working the night shift at Gordon Ramsay Claridges and our ice cream machine had broken down, and the closest ally was Angela […]

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21st September, 2012

Bistrot Bruno Loubet

Bistrot Bruno Loubet

It truly is a shame when restaurants open to great fanfare and critical acclaim and then slowly become complacent; in this particular occasion, the restaurant fitting the bill was Bistrot Bruno Loubet. Having just finished watching a performance of the San Francisco Ballet and being blown away by the poetry of movement, we eagerly trotted to the […]

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22nd August, 2012

Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

Once a run down and undesirable part of Edinburgh, Leith now boasts some of the cities best dining with The Kitchin and Martin Wishart, Edinburgh’s best known Michelin restaurants,  holding shop on its canals. Having been suitably impressed by our dinner at Tom Kitchin, expectations were equally high at Martin Wishart. Whilst his food veers more towards French […]

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17th July, 2012

Morgan M, Smithfield

Morgan M, Smithfield

For very many years, on the very quiet Liverpool Rd in Highbury, lay a very discreet and quiet restaurant that never seemed to have people in it or for that matter, anyone writing anything about it. I used to always wonder about the restaurant and every now and then, look at the menu and remark […]

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08th March, 2012

Galvin La Chapelle

Galvin La Chapelle

 No strangers to the gastronomic pantheon of England, the brothers Galvin have always been a formidable force on the simmering and roasting fields of French cuisine, with a handful of restaurants to their name in just a few years, all with equal acclaim. A rainy day’s wandering around Liverpool street  awakened the slight memory of […]

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13th November, 2011

Plateau, Canary Wharf

Plateau, Canary Wharf

The catering industry is, essentially, like the royal family – it’s all about who you know and how you know them, and there’s only about 1-2 degrees of separation as opposed to the rest of the world and their 6. Sometimes it so happens that one has a double dose of relationship issues. In my […]

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09th November, 2011

La Portes des Indes

La Portes des Indes

At first glance, an Indian restaurant with a French name could only spell trouble, that is, until one recalls Indian history to bring up French presence in South India. A picturesque town called Pondicherry harks back to the days of the colonial French, with one of the official languages, till this date, being French. Under […]

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27th September, 2011

L’Arpege, Paris

L’Arpege, Paris

Ah Paris, a city rich with history and culture, home to the Eiffel tower, one of the world’s most recognizable and famous landmarks and the Louvre, the world’s largest single museum that has 16km of galleries including the wealthy Mona Lisa, worth a staggering £700 million. The city of lovers, the city of poets and […]

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09th August, 2011

Medlar

Medlar

Following my recent spate of bad luck on Sunday lunches, I’ve almost become a bit nervous venturing out into the world on a Sunday. Even more so if it’s a bright and warm one. Add to this the point that my cheffie friend, MS and I had decided to brave the Sunday lunch together and […]

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