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Rise of neighbourhood restaurants

Posted on: September 1, 2014

Artusi Restaurant London

There has a spate of successful openings of neighbourhood restaurants this year from Artusi in Peckham to Shoe Shop in Tufnell Park, Primeur in Islington and Trattoria La Ruga in Walthamstow.

Read critics reviews about other hidden gems and head somewhere different the next time you dine!

 

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Simon Rogan’s Fera at Claridge’s

Posted on: May 11, 2014

Fera at Claridges

Simon Rogan’s hotly anticipated new restaurant at the Claridge’s is now open and taking reservations. Fera at Claridge’s will serve all-British produce from Rogan’s farm in Cumbria.

Fera comes from Latin for ‘wild’ and to complement the fresh and natural food, the glamorous dining room is designed by Guy Oliver in muted earthy colours.

Read more in this article.

[Telegraph]

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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 Read more »

Which are the best tables in London’s restaurants?

Posted on: March 8, 2014

Hawksmoor_Air_Street

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.

[Bloomberg]

 

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014

Posted on: February 25, 2014

Asias 50 Best Restaurants 2014

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants academy (whose view on London restaurants our Verdict takes into account) has published the 2014 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Nahm in Bangkok takes the crown this year – and quite a few Londoners may have sampled chef David Thompson’s food when he ran a now-closed outpost of Nahm at the Halkin Hotel in Belgravia.

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Good food for less in New York

Posted on: February 15, 2014

New York restaurants

Bloomberg’s chief food critic recently shared his notes from an extended trip to New York to present his selection of good value restaurants across the five boroughs.

You can find his list here.

[Bloomberg]

 

Interview with Bunmi Okolosi, General Manager at Lockhart

Posted on: January 28, 2014

GM Lockhart Bunmi

A FOODVERDICTS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Olubunmi “Bunmi” Okolosi is General Manager at Marylebone restaurant The Lockhart. Serving American cuisine, it was founded by two Texan couples. Bunmi’s previous manager positions included Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and most recently, Peruvian restaurant Lima. FoodVerdicts caught up with Bunmi in Lockhart’s bar to talk about his front of house career, the American comfort food trend, his latest venture, and red undies.

Bunmi, tell us about your career in hospitality. You started out as a chef, but soon switched to a front-of-house Read more »

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

Angler

Bo London

Brasserie Chavot

HKK

Lima

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, Read more »

Mayfields Hackney – update and pics

Posted on: September 20, 2013

Mayfields Hackney

“Neighbourhood dining room” Mayfields gets a lot of praise for its menu of sharing plates. Andy Lynes wrote in Metro that he found a kitchen “firing on all culinary cylinders” and food blog Rocket & Squash describes a “very good neighbourhood restaurant”. Find the full roundup of reviews and the critics’ favourite dishes on our restaurant profile.

No surprise then that some of us hopped on the overground to Hackney Central recent and went to see it for ourselves – check out our Mayfields snapshots on the FoodVerdicts blog. Read more »

Chotto Matte – Nikkei cuisine in Soho

Posted on: September 18, 2013

Chotto Matte Soho restaurant reviews

Soho has a new venue for Peruvian cuisine. “Japanese inspired Nikkei cuisine” to be precise – the mix of traditional Peruvian cuisine with Japanese influences that has developed in Peru over a long time.

At Chotto Matte, this means dishes like avocado tempura with smoked purple potato or grilled baby chicken with spicy pomegranate salsa. Set over 3 floors on Soho’s Frith Street, the restaurant also features a robata grill and a sushi bar.

The team behind the new concept includes restaurateur Kurt Zdesar (who previously launched dim sum chain Ping Pong), and executive Read more »

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