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New restaurants around the globe

Posted on: March 10, 2016


Bloomberg’s Tejal Rao compiled a list of noteworthy recent and upcoming restaurant opening around the world. The first entry may not be promising (Shake Shack LA), but it gets better. A handy list, whether you find yourself in Chicago (Smyth) or Hong Kong (Belon).


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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.



The Fat Duck relaunched

Posted on: October 28, 2015


After a six month closure for renovation (and a stint in Melbourne), The Fat Duck in Bray is open again, and  Heston Blumenthal has a story to tell.

“The move to Australia was a great opportunity to question what the Fat Duck is. In the sense that we cook food and it’s served to people, we’re a restaurant. But that’s not much, is it? The fact is the Fat Duck is about storytelling. I wanted to think about the whole approach of what we do in those terms”, he told The Observer in August.

The Telegraph’s Xanthe Clay went to try the new menu. Whilst some of the restaurant’s most famous

From rainbow chard with yuzu to school meals

Posted on: August 15, 2015


On The Guardian’s Word of Mouth blog, former Nopi chef Nicole Pisani talks about the challenges and rewards of her decision to become a school chef:


“The more we talk about where food comes from in the classroom, the more interested the children become in trying things for themselves – although I might have gone too far when I did a tour of the classes with two lobsters”


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Pre-pay tickets coming to London restaurants

Posted on: April 12, 2015

Clove Club restaurant reviews

Would you buy a ticket for a meal at a restaurant the way you do for a play or football match? Michelin-starred restaurant The Clove Club in Shoreditch thinks you would. The restaurant has partnered with restaurant reservation system Tock and will require diners to pre-pay for dinner. Tickets can’t be cancelled (just like at the theatre) but they can be re-sold.

Clove Club chef Isaac McHale is aware that ”It’s going to ruffle a few feathers. But everyone has a problem with no shows and short-seated tables”.

Whilst The Clove Club is the first British restaurant to test

Where top chefs eat out in London

Posted on: October 12, 2014


Bloomberg’s chief food critic Richard Vines recently updated his survey to find out where leading UK chefs eat on a night out in London. Japanese noodle specialist Koya, Shoreditch destination Clove Club, Indian newcomer Gymkhana and newly Michelin starred Barrafina all got multiple votes, along with Notting Hill’s The Ledbury.

Check out the full list here.



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

2015 Good Food Guide Top 50 restaurants

Posted on: September 1, 2014

Good Food Guide 2015

The Good Food Guide announced their list of top 50 restaurants last week. The top 3 restaurants (L’Enclume, The Fat Duck and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay) all scored a perfect 10 with London restaurants featuring heavily in the top 10 list (Hibiscus, Pollen Street Social, The Square, The Ledbury).

Newcomer, Fera at Claridge’s by Simon Rogan, came in at no. 19 on the list.

Read the Telegraph article here

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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.



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