For hungry tigers:
As Not Seen on TV — Restaurant Review: Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square (NY Times) — A ‘scathing’ review of Guy Fieri’s restaurant in Times Square which has apparently ‘gone viral on Twitter’, and is entirely written as a string of questions. There have been a ridiculous number of follow-up articles (here, here and oh my goodness it’s even been used as a educational tool here) but what’s incomprehensible is how the American press seem to think that the original review, [...]
Continue reading What We’re Reading/Watching – Nov 2012
Walked into my local Waitrose to buy some yoghurt. Ended up finding (and buying) not one, but two, of my favourite splash-out-because-it’s-worth-it products on discount:
Belazu Balsamic Vinegar of Modena – 25% off – £9.74 (was £12.99)
I first heard of this balsamic on the Radio 4 Food Programme a few years ago. Belazu apparently age this product using the same barrel-method as the proper ‘tradizionale’ balsamic, except they use temperature-controlled rooms to replicate the changing of the seasons at a [...]
Continue reading Waitrose Watch 14/11/2012: Belazu & Steens Manuka Honey
Is gris the new noir? Perhaps, at least in my wardrobe. But when it comes to Alsace, both pinots play a definite second fiddle to the virtuoso tune of racy Riesling. After all, when was the last time you ordered an Alsatian pinot in a restaurant?
Always a fan of the underdog, Thirsty Dragon headed to a recent Alsace Wines tasting to see if things are about to change…
After a quick flit around the tables, [...]
Continue reading Tasting: Pinot Gris, Vins d’Alsace
You know a new restaurant (or mini-chain of restaurants) has blown its way out of the trend-seekers-only bracket when your parents, down in the deepest depths of Surrey, have heard of it. Not only have they heard of it, their friends (also in the deepest depths of Surrey) are Facebooking about it.
To anyone who grew up with the idea that love is communicated via food, and especially seafood, Burger & Lobster doesn’t bleep your radar because it’s yet another funky dining concept [...]
Continue reading TigerBites: Burger & Lobster, Soho
For the Tigers:
The gastronauts: London’s new breed of restaurant goer (The Telegraph) — I knew I’d dislike this article even before I clicked on it – it was likened to this other ‘appalling profile of a modern urban foodie’ — and was proved right. Faddish-ness (“I very rarely go the same place twice”) and competitiveness (“We all vie with each other to make the most elaborate food”), it’s all there in this piece. Ugh.
What’s Wrong with the Michelin guide? (Vanity Fair) — Everything, according to [...]
Continue reading What We’re Reading – Oct 2012
Everyone should have a Kerbisher & Malt within walking distance of their home. Unfortunately, at least for now, London will have to be satisfied with just two branches of this modern no-fuss fish-and-chips joint: the original, just north of Hammersmith, and the recently opened second branch in near Ealing Broadway tube.
Chips are double-fried, made in shop, and rather good. The fish, on the other hand, is simply the best: cooked to perfection and no further, in a thin and crispy batter, [...]
Continue reading TigerBites: Kerbisher & Malt, Hammersmith
An entirely random picture of a stuffed wild boar (?) wearing reading glasses
A few months ago, I came down with a nasty bout of restaurant fatigue.
No, I hadn’t traded in the day job for the life of a commis. Rather, it was a weariness from chasing down the latest ‘must-eats’; ennui from flavour combinations designed to elicit lofty thoughts instead of smiles; and wallet exhaustion from a few too many good-but-not-great meals where the final bill vastly exceeded the [...]
Continue reading My Top 5 “Return Anytime” London Dinners
Looking for a sophisticated, quirky afternoon tea in Central London? Then I’ve got just the thing for you.
Set in the sun-filled atrium of the Sanderson Hotel, this Alice-in-Wonderland-theme afternoon tea was just what the doctor ordered for nine mildly hungover girls celebrating a friend’s engagement. To the soothing sound of the atrium fountain, we mulled over a choice of tea-infused cocktails or a glass of Laurent Perrier. The majority opted for the ‘Vivid Hour’, an earl-grey-infused vodka cocktail [...]
Continue reading Review: Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea @ Sanderson Hotel, London