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Mediterranean

Moro: Rather dull tapas

Exmouth eminence Moro is heralded as one of London’s finer dining spots for tapas with a focus on British Iberian-with-a-North-African- twist Mediterranean menu, which doesn’t easily role off the tongue and on a couple of experiences at the venue hasn’t really dazzled the palate. Run by Samantha and Sam Clark the venue is a small ...
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Italian

Four to Eight: Refined simplicity and delicious

The newest restaurant ventures in Convent Garden London seem to posses san air of authentic traditional cooking mixed with modern simplicity, clean lines and plenty of flavour. Four to Eight is a stand out restaurant among the most recent venue openings across the city. Head Chef Ian Loynes, formerly of the Square is accompanied by ...
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Mediterranean

The Palomar: London’s finest Jewish eaterie

The Palomar recently opened on Rupert Street, just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus has only been open a couple of months but is already receiving rave reviews from London’s top food critics and after a single visit it’s easy to see why. I eagerly returned the very next day after a triumphant lunch and ...
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French

Chez Bruce: Effortlessly Palatable Classical Cuisine

I am starting to get bored of foams and gharish colours adorning my plate lately. I’m slightly disturbed by the rise of fusion Asian cuisine that blends discordant flavours and Michelin level joints seem to be plying my desserts with too many components that clearly belong in a starter or main and never anywhere near ...
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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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Cafes

Tibits Review: Vegetarian food on the go

Vegetarian food has come a long way since the archetypal image of carrot munching, sandal wearing tree hugging hippies and London plays host to a variety of high-quality veggie restaurants and cafes. Tibits, located a stones throw away from Oxford Circus tube station, provides a pay by weight system that allows you to choose from ...
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Italian

Quadrato: An Italian White Truffle Addiction

The modern intimate Quadrato restaurant, offering the rustic, vibrant cuisine of Northern Italy is located within the luxury five-star Four Seasons Canary Wharf, a refined, upmarket and ultra elegant hotel with an impressive riverfront location and professional but affable staff. Canary wharf is a corporate hub with exceptional views of London on a sunny afternoon, ...
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British

Searcy’s Champagne Bar: A solid performance for lunch

As I enter King’s Cross St. Pancras International Station I am immediately reminded that travelling isn’t the most enjoyable of experiences, and as much as a station is given a glossy re-working it’s still not the most desirable venue for a spot of lunch or dinner. Still, Searcy’s Champagne Bar and Restaurant is somewhat of ...
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Mediterranean

Hedone: The finest ingredients but lacking flair

Fastidious when it comes to ingredient sourcing and presentation, Hedone takes food seriously. Located on Chiswick High Road and headed by former food-blogger Mikael Jonsson, Hedone attempts to serve creative, ingredient-focused cuisine with flair. Mikael travels throughout the UK to source out artisan suppliers, serves seasonal food and regularly adjusts the menu to avoid diner ...
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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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Italian

L’Anima: Italian Cuisine without soul

After reading positive reviews of L’Anima I expected something pretty sublime but was sorely disappointed by very bland food, without attention to detail or the fastidiousness I expect from an award-winning dining venue. The sheer elegance promised on the site cannot readily substitute the finest authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant is located close to Liverpool ...
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Italian

Bacco Italian: Hidden gem of haute cuisine

I’ve dined at various Italian restaurants lately and been deeply disappointed by the inability to use simple ingredients well and create dishes that are both well-constructed and executed in terms of aesthetics and taste. Bacco Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar in the heart of Holborn, is, I am pleased to say, not one of these. ...
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Italian

Cassis Bistro: High Street Honey?

Cassis Bistro located along London’s Brompton Road is a subtle, slick and stylishly designed restaurant inspired by Provencale cuisine. The focus is on ingredients sourced locally and from the Mediterranean. You immediately feel relaxed as you enter the restaurant, which has a very laid back vibe. There is nothing ostentatious or stuffy and this simplicity ...
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French

The Ledbury: Top of the league?

I’ve heard great things about The Ledbury – a two-star multi award-winning Michelin restaurant in Notting Hill established by Brett Graham, who began his cooking career in Australia and subsequently worked under the auspices of acclaimed chefs before opening his own restaurant in 2005. The critics love The Ledbury and almost every one I’ve spoken ...
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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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