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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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Barrafina: London’s finest tapas venue

Barrafina is a Soho based dining venue that often rolls off the tongues of the dining aficionados and top chefs across the country. Recently former Masterchef the Professionals winner Adam Handling, who is now Head Chef at Caxton Grill lauded their praises to me and I was curious to finally pay a visit. Located along ...
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Zoilo: Gratifying and upmarket Argentinian cuisine

Zoilo is an Argentinian restaurant run by restaurateurs Diego Jacquet and Alberto Abbate and tucked away in Duke Street close to Selfridges. It’s a distinctly charming, venue with dim lighting, exposed brickwork, red leather seating and an intimate and not unhomely feel. Downstairs there is an open kitchen and small private dining room. It’s received ...
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Notting Hill Kitchen: A noteworthy tapas lunch

The food critics don’t like Portuguese inspired restaurant Notting Hill Kitchen much, and it makes me nervous. There aren’t that many great Spanish and Portuguese restaurants lining London’s streets and I am apprehensive of another dismal or below average dining episode. Head Chef Luis Baena is clearly passionate about his craft and using high quality ...
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Hispania: Homely Spanish Tapas

On a typically rainy afternoon in London I’m having Spanish tapas again. Tapas is de rigueur everywhere apparently, whatever the origins of the cuisine. Hispania’s restaurant manager points out that the Spanish don’t eat tapas at lunch-time, they have three set courses, that’s why this Bank based eating establishment is broadening their menu. I quite ...
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Boqueria: Cool and contemporary Spanish Tapas

Wandering down Acre Lane in Brixton I’m starting to wonder why I’ve bothered to venture so far out of my central London comfort zone, that is until I see the sleek exterior of the coolest Spanish tapas restaurant in town, Boqueria (named after the famous Barcelona food market). Time Out has recently sung its praises, ...
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French

Pollen Street Social: A pleasant re-evaluation

After feeling that Michelin-starred restaurant Pollen Street Social was somehow an unfinished venture, I decided to head back to this bustling, comfortable and contemporary venue. I really did like it but felt I’d missed something or perhaps been a tad harsh. With this in mind I sauntered in on a Saturday afternoon. It was much ...
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French

Pollen Street Social: Reflections on Heinz?

Pollen Street Social is a modern bistro located in the heart of London’s Oxford Circus and steered by chef Jason Atherton, formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Maze’. His first solo project, the bustling venue with its very own Michelin star, has appeared in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants and been lauded for its inventiveness and reasonably ...
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