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Cafes

Caravan Kings Cross: Accomplished, affordable modern cuisine

Caravan in Kings Cross occupies a large warehouse Industrial space with stripped back decor, exposed brickwork and ducts and lively atmosphere. It’s not the most visually appealing of spaces and lacks intimacy  but the tapas and large plates range from the above average to really rather accomplished. Food is well turned out on the whole ...
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Breakfast

Jago Shoreditch: Ottolenghi inspired small plates

Jago a new restaurant venture with Southern European, Middle Eastern and Ashkenazi influences in Hanbury Street Shoreditch has a futuristic, modern, clean decor and boasts a former chef (Louis Solley) from the kitchen of Ottolenghi so it’s no surprise to see some typical Mediterranean vegetarian dishes with the ethos to cuisine grounded in simplicity, flavour ...
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Mediterranean

The Palomar: London’s finest Jewish eaterie

The Palomar recently opened on Rupert Street, just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus has only been open a couple of months but is already receiving rave reviews from London’s top food critics and after a single visit it’s easy to see why. I eagerly returned the very next day after a triumphant lunch and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Restaurants

Hispania: Homely Spanish Tapas

On a typically rainy afternoon in London I’m having Spanish tapas again. Tapas is de rigueur everywhere apparently, whatever the origins of the cuisine. Hispania’s restaurant manager points out that the Spanish don’t eat tapas at lunch-time, they have three set courses, that’s why this Bank based eating establishment is broadening their menu. I quite ...
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Italian

Brunello Restaurant: Simple Italian food without fuss

In my experience five-star hotels offer some of the best culinary experiences to be had in London, so I am rather anticipating a decent meal in the plush Baglioni’s Brunello Restaurant, headed by Executive Chef Claudio Milani, protégé of L’Anima’s award winning Chef Francesco Mazzei. Bear in mind everyone else loves L’Anima apparently, apart from ...
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Italian

Trullo: Truly boring Italian food

I’ve always been a huge fan of Italian cuisine. It’s supposed to be passionate, enticing, rich, indulgent, vibrant and fun, or at least it very often is, but dining out in Trullo Restaurant, located near Highbury & Islington, it’s very clear that some dining establishments lack these elements. It’s not that I don’t appreciate simple ...
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Breakfast

L’ETO Caffé: Super salads and scrumptious cakes

First established in 2011 on Soho’s busy Wardour Street L’ETO’s cafes and restaurants now inhabit various London locations, namely Belgravia, Chelsea, Kensington, King’s Road, Mayfair and Soho. The aim is to provide delicious hand-made cakes, salads, breakfasts, artisan sandwiches and main courses, with food available for catering orders and deliveries. Salads and mains can be ...
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Hotels

Apero: Modern Mediterranean food worth savouring

I’m concerned on my latest restaurant venture that I might yet again experience a dearth of decent food. I need to climb out of the Michelin boat but I rarely find a restaurant that makes it a worthy venture. I am pleased to say that Apero Restaurant at The Ampersand hotel has truly convinced me. ...
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Breakfast

The Table Cafe: Reasonably priced lunch destination

I dragged myself to Southwark because even top celebrities bother to grace the premises of London’s top dining venues. I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by The Table Cafe, but I’d heard some rather favourable reviews, even comparisons to Yotam Ottolenghi. Founded seven years ago by Shaun Alpine-Crabtree The Table Cafe focuses on local, ...
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Michelin

L’Autre Pied: Innovative Vegetarian Tasting Menu

I’ve covered Michelin starred L’Autre Pied before, located in the heart of Marylebone and sister restaurant to David Moore’s Pied à Terre. The current chef is Anthony McFadden and he can certainly conjure up some food-based conceptual art, in terms of visuals and taste. I really enjoy the offerings at Pied à Terre and the ...
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Hotels

Cucina Asellina: Rustic Italian in a contemporary setting

I am ready to dislike Italian restaurant Cucina Asellina, occupying a space in London’s five-star ME London Hotel. The website promises genuine Italian food executed with New York flair. I’m concerned I might get Americanised Italian food that shirks tradition in favour of blandness. I’m worried I might suffer from severe food boredom. Designed by ...
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