Regular readers may have noticed that I always give a bit of extra praise to restaurants that provide that little something extra. This could be fantastic service, the best cooking imaginable or, in probably my favourite cases, food that you just doesnâ€™t see anywhere else.
This is certainly the case at Bar Shu, which I have read in many places to provide a number of traditional Sichuan cooking, something that I must say I have never experienced first hand but seems to contain everything I could want; spice, exotic ingredients and intrigue. Read more
You hear all the celeb chefâ€™s nowadays talking about how â€œwe must use seasonal productsâ€ in our cooking. Iâ€™m cool with this but its not always possible; equally there are also foods that regardless of seasonality you just need to have week in week out. St John is a restaurant with very much the same ethic.
The place also appealed to me, as they love to promote â€œnose to tail eatingâ€, nothing on an animal is wasted and indeed can created delicious dishes! I popped down there to see just how delicious this could actually be (you know how dubious I can be at times) Read more
As I have been saying for a while now one of the things that I most enjoy about London is how totally cosmopolitan the place is. Growing up in a town that at the time had maybe one Indian restaurant and one pizza place the variety really is something to be proud of. So when I heard about Ethiopian restaurants I really had to go give it a try! Read more
Once in a while everyone should give himself or herself a little treat. With it being my birthday (20th July for anyone interested for next year) I though the time was right for one of my little treats by heading off to my favourite restaurant, Benares in Berkeley Square.
Since my last visit (same time last year) the restaurant has achieved a Michelin star; I would like to think my review from last year helped it on its way, there is no evidence to prove for or against this argument so Iâ€™m going to stick with it. Would gaining this award (the second of head chef Atul Kochharâ€™s career) have lead to complacency?!?! Read more
Gastropubs are the cool thing at the moment it seems. If you have a pub and want to make more money then you DEFINATLY need to also serve good food (heaven forbid you actually think about getting in some interesting beers to draw in the punters, its not like they go to a pub to drink is it!?) I sound like I’m anti-gastropub but really I’m not; when I find I good one I will almost certainly go back for more again and again – especially in the summer. I’ve had my eye on The Peasant for a while now and was happy to finally be heading off there, and if the worse came to the worse there was a pub downstairs! Read more