Tag archives for desserts

Breakfast

Honky Tonk Clapham: Bountiful, delicious brunch

A typical diner style venue Honky Tonk Clapham boasts an array of burgers and a typical weekend brunch menu that can be seen in many trendy dining outlets across London, particularly the Clapham area. Exposed brick walls and dim lights are typical of such haunts and it’s a welcome addition to the dining scene in ...
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British

Outlaws at the Capital: Michelin magic is missing

The Capital feels like something of a bygone era and the Michelin-bearing restaurant shares a bit of this ethos in its rather dated offerings. Decor is rather muted and the food doesn’t balk this general theme, although its presentation is polished, as to be expected of a two-star Michelin bearing chef. The Capital is a ...
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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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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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French

The Greenhouse: Intelligently designed food

The beautifully calm zen garden area sets the theme for lunch at the decidedly serene Greenhouse Restaurant located in Hays Mews. It’s elegant, understated and minimalist, much like the food. Another critic decried an antiseptic ambience, but this was not present on my visit, on the contrary it was a rather liveable space for a ...
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Italian

Novikov Restaurant: Fantastic Italian Cuisine

Slideshows require the Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support. I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by Novikov restaurant because the Guardian’s Jay Rayner was profoundly unimpressed with this Berkeley Street restaurant, owned by Arkady Novikov who owns more than 50 restaurants in Moscow. I love good Italian food and it needs to have a distinctly Michelin ...
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Cafes

Gail’s Kitchen: Fabulous Michelin Level Cuisine

Fed exceptionally well with simple food that lacks pretension but tastes fantastic, I might just be in love with Gail’s Kitchen. In fact, it might be the best place to dine in London bar none on the starter and main front. Everything seems to border on the exquisite. I wonder why none of the Michelin’s ...
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Bars and pubs

The Portman: Better than your average gastropub

I’m a professed gastropub loather on most accounts. They linger haplessly in between a pub, restaurant concept, offering fine dining menus that rarely meet the criteria of proficient culinary art and cuisine at any level. It’s a recipe for disappointment to be offered soused mackerel with horseradish cream or chocolate cremoso only to find that ...
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Asian

Babylon Roof Gardens: Some marked flaws at Babylon

Occupying the seventh floor of Kensington Roof Gardens above The Private Members Club and overlooking London’s Kensington High Street, Babylon at the Roof Gardens is an elegant venue with a nature theme typified by vivid green and leaf motifs. Spectacular views make it an oasis from the city bustle, with attractive themed gardens, natural wildlife ...
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British

La Trompette: Charming and classic Michelin cuisine

Established in 2001 Chiswick based La Trompette is an offshoot of Michelin restaurant The Square and part of the Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole restaurant group, also encompassing Chez Bruce and The Glasshouse. La Trompette offers more simplistic cuisine to The Square, still with a good degree of refinement, such that it earned a Michelin ...
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British

Caxton Grill: Masterchef runner up offers quality British cuisine

Located within the marble clad and stylishly decorated four-star St Ermin’s Hotel in St. James Park, Caxton Grill features baroque prints, soothing caramel tones and polished wooden floorboards with fine quality, largely uncomplicated British food and friendly service. Head Chef Adam Handling recently featured on BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals where he wowed both Michele Roux ...
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French

Club Gascon: A mixed barrel and shocking dessert

A souped up pond on a plate was not what I expected for dessert in a Michelin establishment, but is sadly what I got at the highly respected French restaurant Club Gascon, located close to Smithfield Market and Barbican, and lauded for it’s French gastronomy. Top chef Pascal Aussignac has maintained the culinary Michelin accolade ...
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British

Kitchen W8: Standout Michelin dining

Sometimes I venture into a Michelin restaurant and worry that the food will be nothing more than mildly agreeable and I start to wonder if other dining establishments without a star are unnecessarily falling below the radar. Then I invariably dine at a venue without a prestigious award of some kind and I’m reminded that ...
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Breakfast

Maison Trois Garcons: Unique and quirky lunch spot

An extravagantly decorated space in Shoreditch plays host to Maison Trois Garçons, a retail shop/cafe outpost of the popular French restaurant Les Trois Garçons and Loungelover. There is sense of spaciousness and plenty of quirky furniture displays and decorative antique, vintage and contemporary artefacts lining the small venue. It’s a work of interesting art that ...
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Greek

Warda Restaurant: Deliciously authentic Lebanese Cuisine

Lebanese cuisine with a modern twist is promised by Warda, a Southgate based restaurant with a friendly, convivial atmosphere, typically contemporary and understated interior and range of mezze style dishes such as hoummous, tabbouleh and slow cooked meats. Opened in November 2012 following the critical acclaim Fakhreldine Restaurant in Mayfair, the kitchen is headed by ...
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Restaurants

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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French

Madame Gautier: Rustic French Fare

Launched in July 2013 Madame Gautier is a neighbourhood French bistro in Kensal Rise with an understated atmosphere and menu and friendly, helpful staff. The bistro opts for small producers and farmers in sourcing ingredients and produces freshly made dishes from regional French recipes handed down through the generations. It’s typically comforting, authentic, rustic French ...
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British

Charlotte’s Bistro: Impressive food in a charming setting

Situated in Chiswick, Charlotte’s Bistro is a modern bistro concept accommodating 80 guests and occupying an informal and intimate space with typical wood finishing and leather banquettes. It’s run by the owners of Charlotte’s Place set in Ealing Common but has a more relaxed and less formal interior, although this doesn’t extend to the cuisine ...
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