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Please. Just stop.

Posted on: January 16, 2016


The Observer’s restaurant critic Jay Rayner is an opinionated man, so he wasn’t shy about sharing his list of suggestions (demands?) for restaurateurs, chefs and front of house staff.



Walkie Talkie Update: The Restaurants of 20 Fenchurch Street

Posted on: February 2, 2015

20 Fenchurch Street restaurants

It’s been a while since we’ve written about what’s going on in the Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie (or 20 Fenchurch Street as it prefers to be called). But the restaurants are open now so head over to our Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill profile page to see what the critics think of the flagship operation. Or have a look at the Sky Garden website to see how the Darwin Brasserie turned out or gasp at the views from the Sky Pod Bar.


In 2013 we wrote:

Londoners are getting more and more options for high-rise dining all across town. In the last 12 months, the Capital’s

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London Michelin Stars for 2015 announced

Posted on: September 27, 2014


The 2015 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland is out and as usual the winners and losers are making headlines. Focusing on London, let’s dive right into the results:


London’s two triple-Michelin-starred restaurants stay at the top…


…but six restaurants join the 1-Michelin-star ranks…

  • Barrafina Soho, the revered Spanish tapas bar in Soho
  • City Social, Jason Atherton’s restaurant up on Tower 42 in the City
  • Clove Club in Shoreditch, which according to many critics should

Chiltern Firehouse scores with restaurant critics

Posted on: March 22, 2014

Chiltern Firehouse restaurant reviews

When Chiltern Street Hotel opened early this year, it had all the right ingredients: location (in a beautiful old fire station in Marylebone), pedigree (hotelier Andre Balazs’ portfolio includes US hotels The Mercer, The Standard and Chateau Marmont) and – most intriguingly, in Chiltern Firehouse a restaurant for which chef Nuno Mendes was willing to leave his celebrated East London restaurant Viajante.

Early buzz about Chiltern Firehouse focused on a models-and-oligarchs-heavy clientele and the difficulty of scoring a reservation. It wasn’t unreasonable then

Which are the best tables in London’s restaurants?

Posted on: March 8, 2014


Richard Vines updated his priceless 2010 survey of where to sit in some of London’s best restaurants. So if you want to see the sun set at Duck & Waffle, or book Jon Hamm’s table at Hawksmoor, check out the latest list.



2014 Michelin stars for UK and London announced

Posted on: September 26, 2013

Michelin stars 2014 London

The 2014 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland is out and as usual the winners and losers are making headlines. Focusing on London, let’s start with the cold hard facts:


London had a bumper crop of two new 2-Michelin-star restaurants…

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The Greenhouse


…and nine new 1-Michelin-star places:

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction


Bo London

Brasserie Chavot



Outlaw’s Seafood & Grill at the Capital

Restaurant Story

Social Eating House


And that’s not all

Despite all the speculation prior to the announcement,

Food bloggers and the fickle restaurant scene

Posted on: June 4, 2013

Influece of restaurant reviews and blogs

Josh Ozersky has a thing or two to say about the New York food scene. He’s been writing about restaurants for more than 20 years and was the founding editor of New York Magazine’s successful food blog Grub Street.

Ozersky penned a controversial article for the New York Observer, talking about the high-pressure food blog scene and their pervasive influence on restaurateurs.

Enter the cronut (our picture). A half-croissant, half-donut creation of Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, NY. Delicious, certainly, but Ozersky writes:

“Now do a Google News search for cronuts. You’ll

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The Clove Club – Shoreditch restaurant of the year?

Posted on: June 2, 2013

Clove Club restaurant reviews

It’s probably too early to make this claim but The Clove Club in beautiful and historic Shoreditch Town Hall continues to make waves. Since opening in March, critics and bloggers alike have raved about the sophisticated food served in contrasting “austere” surroundings.

“Nobody in London was eating a more sophisticated, unflashy or epicurean dinner than we were.” AA Gill [Sunday Times]

“The Clove Club’s cooking is intentionally avant-garde.” Guy Dimond [Time Out]

“They’re not trying to be cool and ‘a story’, they just

Now open and dividing critics: Bird of Smithfields

Posted on: June 1, 2013

Bird of Smithfield reviews

Now listed on FoodVerdicts: Bird of Smithfield, with a restaurant, lounge, rooftop bar, private dining room, and cocktail bar spread over 5 floors of a Smithfield townhouse.

Chef patron Alan Bird used to head the kitchens at The Ivy and the Soho House group before; he sticks to a modern brand of British comfort cuisine.

Two papers have sent their critics – and returned with one YAY and one NAY. Who’s right? If you’ve been yourself, vote in our Debate between the Metro and Time Out reviewers.

And why not follow us on tumblr or twitter to keep up with all the new openings that matter.

Best Chinese restaurants in North London

Posted on: May 27, 2013

Best Chinese Restaurant in North London

“The way to spot the best Chinese restaurant is to find the one with the most Jews in it…” said the Times’ restaurant critic Giles Coren during his appearance at the 2013 Hay Festival in Wales; “…if you’re meant to be prohibited from eating pork and shellfish it’d better be worth it.”

Unfortunately, following a part of the Jewish community to North London, we don’t encounter a wealth of Chinese options, but there are two Chinese restaurants up North (-ish) that have received nothing but praise from critics:

Hunanese restaurant

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