Journal

09th March, 2012

Amaya, London

Amaya, London

Curry fact of the day…It was the Portuguese that brought chillies to India! On a slightly different matter, far from the shores of Goa and Lisbon, lies an upmarket, Michelin star Indian restaurant by the name of Amaya, sister of Chutney-Mary, just off a quiet street in Knightsbridge. Now, my quest for quality desi grub in […]

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26th February, 2012

Oscarsgate, Oslo

Oscarsgate, Oslo

Never before have I been so under dressed for dinner. Then again, I did go straight from the airport after my Arctic adventure and I wasn’t made to feel out of place by the very gregarious staff that looked after me at Restaurant Oscarsgate in Oslo. Well, I wasn’t actually planning on eating anywhere is […]

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15th February, 2012

Chez Bruce

Chez Bruce

Some restaurants need no introductions. Having been fortunate to spend nearly two years in the kitchens under the tutelage of Bruce Poole and his long standing head chef, Matt Christmas, Chez Bruce, during my stint was probably the most educated kitchen in all of England, with almost every chef having a degree under their belt […]

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10th December, 2011

Kojyu, Tokyo

Kojyu, Tokyo

It’s always hard going to a well known restaurant the day after you’ve had an exceptional meal as the expectations are high. The first was Creations de Narisawa, a 2 star Michelin in Tokyo, with Kojyu, a 3 star in Tokyo the night after. Would this change my experience from European Michelin restaurants where 2 […]

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09th December, 2011

Les Creations de Narisawa, Tokyo

Les Creations de Narisawa, Tokyo

Where does one begin about Tokyo? It’s a maximum city, it’s wild, crazy and yet docile, modern, avant-garde and very traditional. Not to mention that almost every street is a shoppers paradise and a gastronomic heaven. Add to that the fact that a tyre company has decided that Tokyo is now the gastronomic capital of […]

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27th November, 2011

Hand and Flowers, Marlow

Hand and Flowers, Marlow

Great British Menu has always been one of my favourite TV shows, watching some of the country’s top chefs cook off against each other, al with a healthy dose of banter, irony and chef humour. Not to mention, it was through GBM that I came to know about a little pub in the picturesque village […]

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23rd November, 2011

Rasoi by Vineet Bhatia

Rasoi by Vineet Bhatia

My expedition of discovering London’s best Indian eateries has been quite a roller coaster this year. Just a week short of going back home to India, I thought I’d give it one last shot at one of the  more upmarket and well known haunts, Rasoi by Vineet Bhatia. A chef who’s been making marks since […]

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16th November, 2011

Tamarind, London

Tamarind, London

My earliest memories of tamarind are as a teenager, sitting on top of a bus in South India, plucking the fruit from the tree overhead with my classmates and friends. Ah, those were the days, footloose and fancy-free for the most part, but there we were, plucking the hard brown fruit, snapping them open and […]

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07th November, 2011

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner? Lunch? Lunch at dinner? Dinner for lunch? Lunchdinner, dinnerlunch, I know – DUNCH! or LINNER? Either way, the aesthetic humour of this wordplay is never going to stop amusing me. The culprit of such high-brow and sophisticated humour is none other than  Willy Wonka, the mad scientist, Mr. Heston Blumenthal. Dinner is his latest […]

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03rd October, 2011

Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons

Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons

Driving through the lush Oxfordshire countryside on an incredibly hot and sunny day is nothing short of beautiful. The fact that our destination was not only a great restaurant run by one of the country’s most renowned chefs, but also a fabulous property dating back to Tudor times set in acres of beautifully landscaped gardens […]

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