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Italian

Zucca: Rustic but competent Italian cuisine

Sam Harris’s Zucca is lauded by London’s trend setters and foodies as one of the city’s best Italian restaurants and certainly produces some great dishes with plenty of flavour and a focus on ingredient quality. The atmosphere is a bit sterile and the fairly boxy bijoux space is rather too minimalist and grey, but excellent ...
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Italian

Tinello: Fabulous Pimlico Based Culinary Classics

Slideshows require the Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support. I’m rarely wowed by Italian dining venues across London. Of course with have Bocca Di Lupo, Zucca and Locanda Locatelli gracing our streets with high calibre creations, but not really so many others. Tinello in London’s Pimlico distric is an exception to this rule, offering rather masterful ...
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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

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

Medlar Review: One of London’s finest Michelins

As London-based Michelin restaurants go you won’t find stratospherically better food than Medlar on the King’s Road in Chelsea. They don’t seem to try too hard and nor do they need to. Food is often exemplary and doesn’t lack complexity to its detriment. Head Chef Joe Mercer Nairne is ex-Chez Bruce and the manager David ...
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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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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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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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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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Italian

Latium Restaurant: Charming and palate pleasing Italian cuisine

Fitzrovia based Latium Restaurant has a warm inviting atmosphere with mixed clientele and an extensive, appealing, regional Italian menu. Opposite The Sanderson this 55 seat minimalist restaurant is bustling with city workers at lunch-time, a refreshing change from many of the deserted venues I’ve frequented just past noon. I’m clearly not the only fan. Wooden ...
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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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Indian

Indian Essence: Indian cuisine worth travelling for

Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar has already made a huge success of the Mayfair based Benares, which takes Indian cuisine to a fine dining audience with a good deal of style, enough tradition to sate spice devotees and innovation to delight some of the gastronomic intelligentsia. Fusion is most definitely the theme and I wondered ...
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