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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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Greek

The Real Greek: Deliciously simple Greek cuisine

Founded in 1999 by celebrity chef and author Theodore Kyriakou, The Real Greek encompasses six restaurants across London and provides traditional, home-style Greek cooking in a largely mezze format. It’s a basic chain restaurant format and the menu provides very simple and healthy Greek dishes. The restaurant chain received the plaudit of Restaurant Magazine’s UK ...
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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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