Tag archives for vegetarian restaurants

Modern European

Quailty Chop House: Simple, unfussy sharing plates

The Quality Chop House in Farringdon has a drab slate interior with monochrome chequered floor and slightly dour ambience at lunch-time that could use an injection of vitality and a warmer service. It’s not inhospitable by any means but rather like the food is somewhat lacking in effervescence and energy. Sharing, tapas plates are accomplished ...
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Asian

Dozo: Fine Japanese Food in Soho

Asian food is not my strongpoint since I am not its hugest fan but I do have a penchant  for Japanese fare, particularly executed with great precision, something obviously prevalent in the Japanese culture but not so well articulated over here in Japanese eateries. Bromption Asian Brasserie offers some great Japanese cuisine with a Mediterranean ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Bars and pubs

The Guildford Arms: Pretty good gastro food

I can’t really bring myself to enjoy gastropub food. For the most part it’s below average and despite the proliferation of gastronomically focused pubs, the food is pretty pitiful compared to the offerings in Michelin restaurants, who very often charge similar prices.  That said, The Guildford Arms, a relative newcomer to the Greenwich area having ...
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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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French

The Square: Stuffy but consistently good food

The Square headed by Phillip Howard has been serving up a fine dining experience for over 20 years in London’s Bruton Street. Bearing two Michelin stars the restaurant unquestionably provides well-presented and commendable cuisine in one sense, indeed it has a barrel load of critical acclaim, but it’s a trifle boring. Howard is also co-owner ...
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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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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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Indian

Cinnamon Kitchen Liverpool Street: Refined Indian cuisine

Cinnamon Kitchen is sibling of the Westminster based Cinnamon Club, cloistered in the city worker hub Devonshire Square, a hop and a skip away from Liverpool Street station. It’s a chic little venue with a good degree of charm and a relaxed lunchtime vibe. There are predominantly corporate clientele dining at this time but it ...
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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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