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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.

[Asia's 50 Best]

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.



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,

Hoi Polloi Restaurant to come to Ace Hotel Shoreditch

Posted on: September 8, 2013

Hoi Polloi restaurant Ace Hotel

The arrival of Ace Hotel in London, was highly anticipated by fans of the hip Ace Hotel in New York (which is also the venue of April Bloomfield’s Breslin restaurant). Ace London is located on Shoreditch High Street – check out hotelchatter for pics and an opening night review.

To come up with a new restaurant concept, Ace turned to Pablo Flack and David Waddington, the people behind Shrimpy’s and Bistrotheque. Their restaurant will be called Hoi Polloi and is expected to open on 3 October. It will be a modern all-day brasserie (open from breakfast to nightcaps) with 100 covers

Ramsay & Beckham could open Pie and Mash chain

Posted on: September 4, 2013

PM Pie & Mash - David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay

For a while the London food scene (including yours truly) had been speculating about David Beckham’s involvement in the new Gordon Ramsay Group restaurant, Union Street Cafe in Southwark. It turns out there is none. Of course all the publicity hasn’t hurt the venue’s advance bookings – we hear Union Street Cafe already has a couple of months’ worth of reservation in the books before opening its doors.

The Gordon & Becks speculation continues however. The duo are said to be working on a pie and mash restaurant, which could develop into a chain. A filing at the

Young & Foodish on the Meyer Touch

Posted on: July 12, 2013

Shake Shack

BurgerMonday event impresario and food writer, Daniel Young (Young & Foodish) knows New York’s food scene like few people else here in London. A former restaurant critic in the city, he has closely observed Danny Meyer’s ascent over the years. It’s only fitting then that Daniel helped organise a launch event for the recent Shake Shack opening.

In a very detailed article on his blog, Daniel describes the “Meyer Touch” and helps us understand why Meyer’s restaurants have consistently been voted Manhattan’s favourite restaurants.


Singapore Hawker Food – by Rocket & Squash

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Singapore Rocket and Squash

Food writer and FoodVerdicts contributor, Ed Smith (Rocket & Squash) recently published an excellent short guide through Singapore’s hawker food centres. Not really street food as we know it, Ed recommends being guided by a local – which, apparently, isn’t hard:

But maybe the most significant thing was the passion that every Singaporean exudes for hawker food. Ask a group of locals to recommend their favourite stall or centre and, once they’ve argued at supersonic pace amongst themselves, they’ll each insist that they drop everything and drag you around the

Jason Atherton to open Berners Tavern

Posted on: June 15, 2013

Jason Atherton's Berners Tavern restaurant

Berners Tavern is now open! Read our updated article or head over to the Berners Tavern restaurant profile with restaurant reviews and online booking.

Jason Atherton is looking to add to his stable of London restaurants (Pollen Street Social, Social Eating House and Little Social) as well as his Asian projects.

Later this year, Atherton will open Berners Tavern, a 120-seat restaurant at the new Edition hotel in Berners Street in Fitzrovia. As Caterer and Hotelkeeper reports, the kitchen will be headed up by Atherton’s long term colleague Phil Carmichael, who will introduce a sharing

The Tyranny of the Entrée

Posted on: June 8, 2013

Wylie Dufresne on Alder and the New Phase of wd-50

In a detailed and frank interview with Eater NY, chef patron Wylie Dufresne talks about menu changes at WD-50 (where he abolished A La Carte options due to said “tyranny”) and opening his second restaurant, Alder.

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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