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British

Kitty Fishers: Snug dining venue with dazzling cuisine

Dickensian restaurant with a crammed space in a quiet corner of Shepherd’s market but fashionable and effortlessly good food. The chefs -Tomas Parry and sous chef Chris Leach have formerly worked in the kitchens of esteemed London venues and this clearly shows in a short, typically modern British menu with the likes of slow cooked ...
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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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American

Cocochan: Crowd pleasing Pan-Asian Cuisine in Soho

Pan-Asian restaurant Cochan in the heart of one of London’s busiest shopping districts, James Street, is a serviceable stop off point for lunch or for an evening meal with a range of light nibbles, dim sum, sushi, and other more classical dishes with modernist references. Expect a diverse pan-Asian menu with Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Indian ...
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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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British

The Terrace on Holland Street: Agreeable British food

Opened in April 2013 The Terrace on Holland Street is a chic, formal, modern, bijoux dining space owned by Sara Adams, founder of Kensington Square Kitchen. Head chef James Kelly formerly worked at a Michelin rated gastropub in Highgate and The Tea Palace in Notting Hill. Food is primarily British, low-key, precisely executed and well ...
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