Category Archive: Modern European

Bonhams Restaurant: Going once, twice, SOLD on Tom Kemble’s impeccable cooking

Sometimes, the best restaurants are hidden in the most unexpected of places. Cue in Bonhams Restaurant in Mayfair. Tucked away inside one of London’s oldest auction houses, a stone’s throw from the bustle… Continue reading

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

Ellory: exemplary cooking and wines at London Fields’ latest modern bistro

Every now and again, a new restaurant comes along and shoots straight into my shortlist of ultimate favourite spots in London. Such is the case with London Fields’ latest modern bistro, Ellory. A joint… Continue reading

Typing Room: Lee Westcott writes a new chapter at the Town Hall Hotel

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you will know what a big fan I am of Bethnal Green’s charming Town Hall Hotel. Having lived in the East End for most of… Continue reading

L’Enclume: simplicity and innovation co-exist at this Cumbrian culinary paradise

Arguably the most stunning and picturesque of England’s national parks, nowhere does the great outdoors and rural charm quite like the Lake District. The gleaming expanse of The Lakes set against Cumbria’s steeply pitched… Continue reading

Mayfields: British cuisine gets a fresh lease of life at this Hackney gem

Modern British cuisine in London has undergone a significant revival in recent years. It’s out with the bland, boring and boiled. There’s now a focus on seasonality, inventiveness and finesse like never before.… 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

The Clove Club: seasonal, avant-garde British cuisine at its finest

I’ve been meaning to visit The Clove Club ever since it opened its doors early this year. The only reason it has taken me this long to get round to it is the… Continue reading

Upstairs at The Ten Bells: escalating Spitalfields cuisine to new heights

As far as old boozers in Spitalfields go, they don’t come more historic or vintage East End than the Ten Bells. Perennially packed, with crowds spilling over onto the pavement overlooking the market square, this… 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

10 Greek Street: the blueprint for a great neighbourhood restaurant

Fresh, seasonal ingredients. Bold, comforting flavours. An ambience that’s understated yet buzzing. And great value for money. If there was a blueprint for that neighbourhood restaurant I wish was in my neighbourhood, Soho’s… Continue reading

Corner Room: my favourite corner in all of London

As far as my favourite restaurants in London go, Nuno Mendes’ Corner Room has come out unquestionably on top for me for some time now. Ever since my first meal here almost a year… Continue reading

Apero: fresh, modern Mediterranean flavours in the Ampersand’s speakeasy-style cellar

Snugged underneath the Victorian arched cellars of the Ampersand Hotel, the newly launched Apero is a breath of fresh air for an otherwise mediocre and often overpriced South Kensington dining scene. There’s no sterile… Continue reading

The Wapping Project: dine in a whopper of a power station

Of all the places I’ve eaten in, few come more unique and intriguing than the Wapping Project. With its towering ceilings, cavernous expanses and abundance of natural light streaming in from all directions,… 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

Bread Street Kitchen: Gordon Ramsay takes on the City

Despite how much of Gordon Ramsay I’ve seen, heard and read as a result of his constantly churning PR machine of TV shows, recipe books and other media streams, it only recently occurred… Continue reading

Riding House Cafe: this goes straight onto the Cool Wall

If I maintained a ‘Cool Wall’ for restaurants like they do for cars on Top Gear (yes, I’m presently partaking in my fav weekend activity of watching Top Gear reruns on Dave while… Continue reading

Pollen Street Social

It’s been barely open a few months, but Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social has already become one of the most touted places to eat in the capital. Word has it that more than 5000… Continue reading

Towpath @ Regent’s Canal, Haggerston

What a bee-ee-Ay-utiful day it was in London today. 20°C…sunny, clear blue skies… not a spot of cloud… and we’re still not even halfway through April yet. Seems the British summer has showed… Continue reading