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.
Posted on: February 2, 2015
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
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…
Posted on: March 22, 2014
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
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.
Posted on: September 26, 2013
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…
…and nine new 1-Michelin-star places:
And that’s not all
Despite all the speculation prior to the announcement,
Posted on: June 4, 2013
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
Posted on: June 2, 2013
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
Posted on: June 1, 2013
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.
Posted on: May 27, 2013
“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: