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Thirty Six By Nigel Mendham: Fine classical cuisine on show

A very traditional British interior plays host to Thirty Six By Nigel Menham, a three rosette bearing restaurant headed by Michelin-starred chef Nigel Mendham and occupying a quiet small space in Dukes Hotel at No.36 James Street. The Rolls Royce region of London houses this neatly maintained, charming dining venue. It’s all rather splendid in ...
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British

1901 Andaz: Ultra chic, well-positioned and good fare

Relaxed, chic, neutral decor, quite and unpretentious and with a decent variety of fish and meat options, the 1901 is a refined setting for a spot of lunch or evening meal. Nestled inside the Andaz Hotel, just a stones throw away from Liverpool Street the hotel has a beautiful combination of modern decor and classical ...
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British

Marcus Wareing: Still one of London’s finest Michelin chefs

In my humble dining experience Michelin restaurants far outweigh other dining venues in terms of quality, presentation and taste across the board. There are a number of more mundane ventures garnering the damning verdict of ‘nice’ from critics across the globe, but even these are superior to London’s other offerings, bar a few select establishments. ...
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British

Society Hilton: Comforting British Classics

Why anyone would go to a restaurant in a four-star venue unless actually imprisoned in the venue itself at usual eating hours is absolutely beyond me, but there are a few establishments where the cuisine is passable and even enjoyable. Society Restaurant in the London Olympia Hilton seems to have managed to produce smile-inducing food ...
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British

Sixty One Restaurant: Michelin level cuisine at a snip

Occupying a discreet brown and cream dining room Sixty One Restaurant is housed in the boutique Montcalm Hotel close to Marble Arch and offers a polished menu of Modern British food including braised beef cheeks, mussels with bread soup and suckling pork belly, fillet of venison with salsify and squab pigeon. The restaurant has 61 ...
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French

Koffmanns at The Berkeley: Affordable Classic French Dining

Pierre Koffman is renowned as a culinary sensation having formerly graced three Michelin starred La Gavroche and established his own three Michelin starred London restaurant, La Tante Claire in Hospital Road. He has inspired a generation of global kitchen phenomenons in the chef world. Following his retirement in 2010 Koffman chosen to open a formal ...
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Asian

Spice Market London: Asian influenced brunch falls short

The Spice Market is a broadly Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant housed within the trendy, flashy 192-bedroomed W Hotel, Leicester Square. It’s an outpost of three Michelin starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s celebrated Manhattan restaurant. Such accolades can only lead to great expectations, so it’s no surprise really that reviewers have been somewhat unkind. Guardian critic Jay Rayner ...
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British

The Petrichor: Culinary Confusion at The Cavendish

I’ve stepped into a 1970s airport lounge and I’m travelling first class to a two AA rosette culinary extravaganza, that might have earned a third, if the food was less confusing. The Petrichor Restaurant is located within The Cavendish, a four star boutique hotel in the heart of Mayfair. The present building was originally opened ...
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Hotels

Apero: Modern Mediterranean food worth savouring

I’m concerned on my latest restaurant venture that I might yet again experience a dearth of decent food. I need to climb out of the Michelin boat but I rarely find a restaurant that makes it a worthy venture. I am pleased to say that Apero Restaurant at The Ampersand hotel has truly convinced me. ...
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Hotels

Cucina Asellina: Rustic Italian in a contemporary setting

I am ready to dislike Italian restaurant Cucina Asellina, occupying a space in London’s five-star ME London Hotel. The website promises genuine Italian food executed with New York flair. I’m concerned I might get Americanised Italian food that shirks tradition in favour of blandness. I’m worried I might suffer from severe food boredom. Designed by ...
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American

Quince at the Mayfair: Chic Dining and Knockout Desserts

Effortless sophistication oozes from every corner of The Mayfair Hotel and creates an implicitly chic but ultra relaxed ambience. I’m certainly impressed with extremely polite and unobtrusive staff and an easy elegance that not every five-star hotel manages to maintain. The restaurant Quince is a more low-key affair. Low ceilings, soothing music and refined clientele ...
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French

Axis Restaurant One Aldwych: Move over Michelin

Fine dining can be an exhilarating, average or exhausting experience depending on where you dine and what your expectations are. If you think Michelin magic is going to pervade your reality and it disappoints you’re left a little crest-fallen, if a luxury hotel has chipped floorboards you wonder why a star wasn’t dropped. The case ...
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French

Alynn Williams at The Westbury: A Mixed Bag

Located a stones-throw away from Oxford Circus, The Westbury is a five-star luxury hotel originally established in 1955, with a contemporary feel and ideal location for exploring London. It’s dining area plays host to food fare from Alyn Williams, a chef lauded for producing innovative menus for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Alyn Williams spent six ...
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Hotels

Amaranto Four Seasons: Flavour without the fuss

Fine dining can be a fussy affair full of over-worked dishes. I’ve experienced it with Michelin star restaurants, where style transcends substance and there is a lack of flavour in the dishes presented, or a frank discordance of flavours. Sometimes salt is used to overcompensate, or one element of a dish overwhelms the others, to ...
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Hotels

Heinz Beck’s Apsleys: Masterful meals to savour

Heinz Beck is one of Europe’s most renowned three star Michelin chefs and he happens to be head-chef at the iconic Lanesborough hotel in London, opened in 2009 and reputedly the most expensive hotel in London. The Lanesborough is located in the heart of Knightsbridge and Apsleys is on the ground floor, occupying a Venetian ...
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