Category Archive: Restaurant Reviews

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

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

Pintxos crawling off the beaten track in San Sebastian: The Gros district

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – San Sebastian has got to be one of my favourite places on the planet. With Michelin stars and Pintxos bars galore, the charm of… 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

Le Gastrotour de France: the Paris weekend stage

With its prolific culinary heritage, the French capital has long had a reputation as one of the top cities in the world for gastronomy. However, I’ve found that eating well in Paris doesn’t… Continue reading

Richard Corrigan and Malaysia Airlines take to the skies

Once or twice every year, I find myself on the long-haul Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight between London and KL when I’m making the trip back home to visit the family. On the rare… 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

My 13 eats of 2013

2013. What a crazy and rewarding year you have been. Apart from the usual restaurant chasing in London and the UK, this year saw me revisit some of my fondest cities in Europe… from a… Continue reading

My Malaysian Nyonya Supper Club: The Debut

After months of plotting, recipe testing and serial hoarding of tableware & Nyonya Batik, the day finally came for the debut of my Malaysian Nyonya Supper Club in London. This Supper Club has… Continue reading

Limablas @ Jalan Mesui: bring on the Nyonya food revival in KL

** N.B. Since writing this post, Uncle John has since moved to a new venture, LimaPulo on Jalan Doraisamy where you’ll be able to find his signature Curry Laksa and other Nyonya classics. 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

Tapas Revolution: a Tapas revelation

Located smack in the middle of Westfield London’s first floor atrium, Tapas Revolution is the brainchild of Spanish-born Omar Allibhoy – Maze alumnus and the executive chef of El Pirata de Tapas. A… Continue reading

A. Wong-derful taste of China in the heart of Victoria

I’ll be honest, I’m usually very skeptical about high-end Chinese restaurants. After many a mediocre and underwhelming meal, I continue to stick by my usual budget options in Chinatown and Bayswater that have… Continue reading

The Chianti Crawl: a round up of the best eats from an epic Tuscan road trip

Chianti. Land of the wild boar. Truffle. Bistecca. And of course… the Chianti Classico. With its seemingly endless backdrop of emerald green hills lined with grapevines and olive groves, it has got to… Continue reading

Ferdies Food Lab: eclectic flavours and a touch of the molecular at the Toynbee’s Grade II listed Banquet Hall

Co-founder of the once much-lauded Fernandez & Leluu Supper Club, Simon Fernandez was one of the early pioneers of what is now a thriving supper club movement in London. More recently though, Simon… Continue reading

The Pig, Brockenhurst: from kitchen garden and the surrounding New Forest straight to your plate

Set in the heart of the New Forest, The Pig is a gorgeous country house hotel and restaurant that prides itself on serving up produce that comes straight from its very own grounds.… Continue reading

19 Numara Bos Cirrik II: memories of Istanbul in Stoke Newington

Ever since my trip to Istanbul last year, I find myself suffering from chronic Turkish food cravings. Never have I had kebabs so mouth-wateringly tasty and juicy. And the luscious Islak ‘wet’ hamburgers…… 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

Perkin Reveller: Chaucer himself would have revelled here

Flanked by the historic Tower of London on one side and the even more iconic Tower Bridge on the other, the Perkin Reveller seems to have all the makings of a prime riverside tourist… Continue reading