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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Restaurants

Notting Hill Kitchen: A noteworthy tapas lunch

The food critics don’t like Portuguese inspired restaurant Notting Hill Kitchen much, and it makes me nervous. There aren’t that many great Spanish and Portuguese restaurants lining London’s streets and I am apprehensive of another dismal or below average dining episode. Head Chef Luis Baena is clearly passionate about his craft and using high quality ...
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British

The Petrichor: Culinary Confusion at The Cavendish

I’ve stepped into a 1970s airport lounge and I’m travelling first class to a two AA rosette culinary extravaganza, that might have earned a third, if the food was less confusing. The Petrichor Restaurant is located within The Cavendish, a four star boutique hotel in the heart of Mayfair. The present building was originally opened ...
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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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British

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal: A Global Culinary Phenomenon

Opened to great critical acclaim in January 2011, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel boasts a Michelin star and frequents The World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards for good reason. The fastidiousness is commendable and legendary British chef Heston Blumenthal is one of very few chefs who manage to successfully craft modernised ...
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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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