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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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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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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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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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Michelin

Tom Aikens: Trendy and elaborate

Tom Aikens is unquestionably a talented chef, boasting two Michelin stars and having previously worked at Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire in Chelsea, which gained a third Michelin star during his employment, along with gaining knowledge from culinary sensations Jöel Robuchon, and Gerard Boyer. Ed Dutton of pop up fine dining restaurant Pied Nus recommended ...
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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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French

Koffmanns at The Berkeley: Affordable Classic French Dining

Pierre Koffman is renowned as a culinary sensation having formerly graced three Michelin starred La Gavroche and established his own three Michelin starred London restaurant, La Tante Claire in Hospital Road. He has inspired a generation of global kitchen phenomenons in the chef world. Following his retirement in 2010 Koffman chosen to open a formal ...
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Cafes

Toasted Dulwich: Michelin level cuisine

Toasted is a restaurant and wine shop located on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a typically rustic, bare looking London cafe/dining venue, with wooden furniture and stripped walls. Music is a touch loud and I struggle to think but other than turning the decibels down a notch there ...
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Chinese

Yauatcha Restaurant: Crowd pleasing Chinese cuisine

I am not Chinese cuisines greatest fan, so I consider myself quite inept to judge the cuisine on that basis. Still I couldn’t resist dipping a toe into the Michelin restaurant take on Chinese cuisine and wasn’t entirely disappointed by Yauatcha, sister restaurant to the famous Hakkasan and proud bearer of a Michelin star since ...
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Michelin

Texture Restaurant: One of London’s Best Michelins

I am initially dubious of Texture restaurant before visiting because the title suggests that something will be lacking elsewhere if ‘texture’ is the primary focus. I was however pleasantly surprised by this Michelin starred restaurant with European and Scandinavian influences and a great sense of precision in presentation and delivery of exceptional cuisine. Staff are ...
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