Category Archive: French

Les 110 de Taillevent: next level food & wine matching at this elegant Marylebone Brasserie

In London’s ever-evolving restaurant scene, the classic Brasserie is often overshadowed by wave after wave of new openings flogging that next, trend-setting hit. So it’s a breath of fresh air when a Brasserie… Continue reading

Casse-Croute: a little corner of France on Bermondsey street

As much as my chef’s training at Le Cordon Bleu has made me a better cook, it seems to have left one other everlasting side effect on me: a frequent and fervent craving… Continue reading

A Tasting Evening at the brilliant Brasserie Chavot

Ever since opening its doors in 2013, Chef Eric Chavot’s eponymous Brasserie Chavot has gone from strength to strength. The French-inspired cuisine here, which draws upon Chavot’s hometown of Arcachon and time-honoured dishes from… Continue reading

The Square: world-class cooking at a Mayfair classic

Open in 1991 and with 2 Michelin stars under its belt ever since 1998, The Square has a track record which speaks for itself. Restaurants so often come and go in this industry. Few however have the… Continue reading

Brawn @ Columbia Road: honest, rustic perfection

Columbia Road is one of those bipolar places in London. On Flower Market Sundays, it’s a bee hive of activity: the street overflowing with plants. Epic shouts from vendors of “TWO FOR A… Continue reading

Chez Bruce revisited: still dishing up the retro 3 course meal #LikeABoss

Some of the best things are those which have stood the test of time. And like a fine wine that gets better with time, Chez Bruce continues to age gracefully in its quaint… Continue reading

The Ampersand Hotel: Terrific High Tea in the lushest of settings

With plenty of places in London serving up High Tea, one of the things that really makes or breaks the experience for me (apart from the scones of course) is the setting. And… Continue reading

The Waterside Inn, Bray: Timeless perfection

3 Michelin Stars. 27 years consecutively and counting. If there was a Big Daddy of Michelin star restaurants in the UK, this would be the greatest grandfather of them all. Founded by Michel… Continue reading

Koffmann’s: Exquisite yet comforting Gascon style food by the old master

As far as living legends in the culinary world go, Pierre Koffmann is one of those iconic chefs who has certainly left his mark in Britain. The man already had 3 Michelin-stars under… Continue reading

Medlar: King’s Road now has a neighbourhood gem befitting its name

With the recent small-plates / no-bookings fad that’s taken over London’s restaurant scene, the humble neighbourhood restaurant that serves up reliable, good value food has become increasingly few and far between. Someone needs to… Continue reading

Bistrotheque Brunch: a diamond in the rough

With some members travelling (while others a little too hungover to get out of bed), it was a smaller than usual gathering for the August edition of our Brunch Boys Club. If it weren’t… Continue reading

Waiting for Gauthier

When I book a 9pm table at what is supposedly a 1 Michelin star establishment, I expect to have a table waiting for us at 9pm. NOT to be sent back outside into… Continue reading

Alain Ducasse @ The Dorchester

If only there was such a thing as a 4 Michelin Star restaurant… what a fitting venue it would have made for Jo and myself to mark the turn of our 4 years… Continue reading

Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons

After more than 8 years in London, I finally got round to sorting out my driver’s licence last year (an actual official UK one that is… not the ‘made in Malaysia’ type which… Continue reading

Chez Bruce

I get the feeling that Londoners are divided into those who have been to Chez Bruce (and absolutely love it), and those who haven’t been to Chez Bruce. Of all the people I know… Continue reading

L’Autre Pied

5 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U | lautrepied.co.uk | Fri 18th June ’10 I often get asked what my favourite restaurant in London is, to which my default answer is : “it depends”. But,… Continue reading

Le Relais de Venise (‘L’Entrecote’)

120 Marylebone Lane, W1 | relaisdevenise.com | steak-ed out on Saturday 17th Apr ’10 The Steak Frites at L’Entrecote is the stuff of legends. The story goes that almost half a century ago, a certain… Continue reading

Boundary.

2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch | theboundary.co.uk | ingested Oct 23rd ‘09 Terence Conran’s latest project in the heart of Shoreditch is a restaurant-boutique hotel-café-and-rooftop terrace, all packaged within a polished Victorian Warehouse. The… Continue reading

La Creperie de Hampstead

77, Hampstead High St | http://www.hampsteadcreperie.com | ingested Sept 20th 2009 You’re probably thinking “why the long queue?” (…even the little JackRussell seems to be patiently waiting in line for his turn). However,… Continue reading