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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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, [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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The Royal Garden Hotel is as swish inside as it’s ugly on the outside. Given its hulking boxy concrete exterior, that makes it rather swish indeed.
I felt decidedly underdressed as I step out on the 10th floor and was faced with all the polished surfaces of hotel fine-dining decor. Having high-tailed it over straight from yoga to make it in time for our 6pm booking (the only time-slot available at short notice on a Thursday evening), I somehow ended up compensating for [...]
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We are young and ambitious, have worked in some of the best kitchens in the world, and now we want to do things our way.
~ from the Young Turks website
Who are the Young Turks? Put simply: a ‘collective’ of a few young chefs, currently cooking dinner in the upstairs room of the Ten Bells pub near Spitalfields Market.
Latest news is that this pop-up (yes, let’s all have a collective ‘urgh’ at the word) has now been extended to the end of April, thus making it worth a write-up.
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It’s been a long time in the works, but it’s finally here. May I please present Baker & Loaf — Artisan Bread Making Classes in London:
Why learn with Baker & Loaf?
The Geek Factor — Bread making has very few major variables (flour, water, yeast, salt) but there’s a heck of a lot you can do with them. I didn’t want to teach people to make one single loaf of bread, following a recipe, then go home with no idea [...]
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