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Michelin starred restaurants by price

Posted on: January 4, 2013

The Square

You will probably never find restaurants with two or three Michelin stars on our Cheap Eats list. But some are much more affordable than others. Food writer Andy Hayler has compared prices for a set lunch, 3 course menu and the full tasting menu at the nation’s top restaurants according to Michelin.

Check out his chart here.

And what does it tell us? 3 stars are not only rare, but pricey too. With tasting menus around £180, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester top the list, together with the Fat Duck.

Any bargains? Hardly, but with tasting menus priced around £100,

Bloomberg's Best New NYC Restaurants of 2012

Posted on: December 24, 2012


Bloomberg NY restaurant critic Ryan Sutton selects his top twelve best new restaurants in New York of 2012.

12. Pok Pok
11. The NoMad
10. North End Grill
9. Thirty Acres
8. Maison Premiere
7. La Vara
6. Atera
5. Parm
4. Perla
3. Gwynnett St
2. Blanca

The winner? It’s been a tie of … read the whole article over at Bloomberg’s.


Restaurants of 2012: the Verdicts

Posted on: December 21, 2012


From burgers to fine dining, from ceviche to “chicken on a brick”, 2012 has been another fantastic year for restaurant openings in London. So let’s look back at some of the year’s most remarkable new restaurants.

Fay’s Faves

Evening Standard food critic Fay Maschler published her picks of 2012 restaurant openings. But how do her favourites stack up against the established elite of the London restaurant scene?

Very well indeed.

Dabbous leads the pack. Tried and tested by no fewer than 16 of London’s most influential critics and bloggers, a pack of Michelin

Fay Maschler discusses 40 years as the London Evening Standard’s food critic

Posted on: December 14, 2012


Fay Maschler isn’t mincing words. In an interview with the Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine (full version only available in print version), she observes that food bloggers “just write and photograph everything they eat and enthuse without much discernment, which isn’t terribly useful or interesting”. Ouch.

Maschler also lists her game-changing London restaurants of the past 40 years, which include Langan’s Brasserie (1970s), Kensington Place (1980s), St John and Gordon Ramsay’s Aubergine (1990s), Hakkasan (2000s) and Dabbous (2010s).


An interview (of sorts) with Marina "Olaflin"

Posted on: December 7, 2012


Yugnich, our favourite food blogger and portrait illustrator, interviews Marina – who, in real life, looks like Nancy dell’Olio (apparently).

“mazz-dog is 1 of my bes frends an also a gud bigtim food writr an she writs for places lik ‘the gardnian’ “. His words (obvs).


World's best pub in Buckinghamshire?

Posted on: November 23, 2012


Google maps tells us, all it takes for us Londoners to get to The Hand & Flowers in Marlow is a 25 minute drive down the M40. What you’ll find there is a country pub with a peerless range of awards to its name, among them two Michelin stars and #3 ranking in the most recent National Restaurant Awards (ahead of the Fat Duck, The Square and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons for example).

Richard Vines went to have a look.


Is Brooklyn's food scene really that good?

Posted on: November 20, 2012


Josh Ozersky, restaurant critic of New York’s Grub Street, is telling “the truth about Brooklyn’s overhyped, undercooked restaurant scene”.

While he found many great restaurants in years of living there, he states that “the truth about Brooklyn food, and its secret sin, is that, far from being open-minded, experimental and freewheeling, it’s actually far more hidebound and conservative than anyone has, to my knowledge, remarked”.

Sorry, hipsters.

[New York Observer]

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Scathing Restaurant Review

Posted on: November 15, 2012

NYTimes Guy Fieri review

In what may be the most vicious restaurant review we have read in a while, Pete Wells is asking a lot of questions to Guy Fieri about his new American Kitchen and Bar off Times Square, New York.

“Have you eaten at your new restaurant?” is one of the tamer ones. Ouch.


When is a restaurant at its prime?

Posted on: October 31, 2012

Pete WellsCredit: Earl Wilson/The New York Times30046571A

In his review this week, the New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells includes keen observations on the “media frenzy” accompanying a restaurant opening, and the dangers of attention slipping before long:

“But now, restaurants have to stun from the start. They open amid a frenzy of media attention from bloggers, Yelpers, tweeters, reporters and critics. Then, before long, the reviews are all in, opinions are set and the swarm moves on. It takes, at most, a couple of months, and smart restaurateurs and chefs work at the top of their abilities until it’s over.

All too often,

#twitterwatch – Foodie is not a word

Posted on: October 12, 2012


Former restaurant critic of the New York Times, Sam Sifton, on the expression everyone loves to hate:

Look. “Foodie” is not a word.

@SamSifton 11/10/2012 [Twitter]

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