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Cafes

Patty and Bun: London’s best burgers?

I’m an absolute food snob. I spent years as a vegan, eating a purely organic diet. I wrote a book on toxic chemicals in cosmetics and believe me, the same crap goes into the food we eat. Still, every now and then I get a craving for a big beefy burger that’s dripping with cheese ...
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Restaurants

Gauthier Soho: Don’t go there!

You expect a restaurant with a Michelin star boasting rave reviews to deliver an above average meal, at the very least. Gauthier Soho is sure to disappoint, at every level. Entering the Georgian townhouse felt like I’d stepped into an episode of Fawlty Towers. French fare is offered but little can make up for the ...
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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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Breakfast

42 ° Raw Review: Raw and Fabulous?

Raw food: The basis Gaining momentum the world over the raw food diet is touted as the healthy alternative to conventionally cooked meals. Raw food fans generally eschew foods heated above 40-49 °C in favour of largely organic and unprocessed raw fruits, vegetables, soaked nuts and seeds, sprouted grains, desserts, smoothies and on occasion meat ...
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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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Breakfast

Honey & Co: Lacking in flavour and quality

Honey & Co has been on a hype train recently and I merrily sauntered on. Run by husband and wife team Itamar Srulovich (most recently head chef at the acclaimed Ottolenghi) and Sarit Packer, this bijoux bistrou cafe in Warren Street London has been revered by many a critic for its home-spun Middle Eastern food, ...
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Bakeries

Yotam Ottolenghi: Salads and desserts to die for

Yotam Ottolenghi is a much acclaimed Israeli-born chef and cookery writer who previously worked as a pastry chef at The Capital, Michelin-starred restaurant in Knightsbridge, among other prestigious venues. Ottolenghi draws from various shores, but his influence is mainly Mediterranean, the Middle East and Asia. The first Ottolenghi deli was established in Notting Hill in ...
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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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