Upstairs, Downstairs and where the two meet There are restaurants where it’s clear that compromises have been made. Whether due to money, time or stress, or some unfortunate combination of all three, a restaurant’s premises, location or menu sometimes aren’t quite what its proprietor and chef would have liked them to be. I’d be very … Continue reading
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Ella Canta review – hotel restaurant brings modern Mexico to Mayfair
Mexico City celeb chef opens outpost in the badlands of Park Lane Update 27/8/2018 – corrected erroneous star rating in end-of-review summary If you’ve told me a few years ago that a Mexican restaurant, backed by famed chilango celeb chef Martha Ortiz, would open within the bowels of the InterContinental Hotel on Park Lane then … Continue reading
Benazuza review – Cancun hotel fine dining falls flat on its face
This review of a Cancun restaurant is a break from The Picky Glutton’s usual London-based coverage El Bulli, Ferran Adria’s famed modernist restaurant, must have employed half a continent’s worth of people given the number of chefs claiming some connection to that now closed Catalan institution. Benazuza is located half a world away in the basement … Continue reading
Picture review – a work of art or a child’s drawing?
Small plates near BBC Broadcasting House Grabbing a reasonably quick but good quality sit-down meal in London can be tricky. Whether you want to treat yourself during your lunch break or need to catch a show or the last train home, it’s often necessary to resort to pre/post-theatre set menus or cheap and nasty chains. … Continue reading
Caravan review – a good King’s Cross breakfast
Fuel up at breakfast or brunch The area around Kings Cross station is slowly being regenerated and while some will miss the area as it was before, I won’t be one of them. The grotty, run-down, whore-strewn Kings Cross of yesteryear can’t disappear fast enough. One of the highlights of the new Kings Cross is … Continue reading
Naamyaa Cafe review – Busaba Eathai’s awkward younger brother
Alan Yau does it again? London’s restaurant going public can be broadly divided into two camps: those that care about celebrity chefs, brand names and trends and those that don’t. People in the first camp will almost certainly have heard of Alan Yau, the entrepreneur behind Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Cha Cha Moon, Hakkasan and Yauatcha. … Continue reading
Mandalay review – Burmese food on Edgware Road
The only way is Mandalay? Going out for a curry in London usually involves traipsing down to an Indian or Thai restaurant, but a more curious option is Mandalay which is almost certainly the capital’s only Burmese restaurant. Mandalay is one of Templeton Peck’s regular haunts and the prospect of Burmese food was enough to … Continue reading
Food For Friends review – noms best enjoyed with good chums
This review of a Brighton restaurant is a break from The Picky Glutton’s usual London-based coverage On my last visit to Brighton (or London-on-Sea as some cheekily call it), I ate at Terre a Terre, a vegetarian restaurant, and was far from impressed. On my most recent visit to Brighton I dined at Terre a … Continue reading
Anna Sacher review – home of the Sachertorte and so much more
This review of a Vienna restaurant is a break from The Picky Glutton’s usual London-based coverage. The Sacher Hotel is perhaps the most famous of Vienna’s grand and opulent hotels if only for one thing – the Sachertorte. This chocolate sponge cake has a layer of apricot jam in the middle and the entire thing … Continue reading
Suda review – posh Thai at budget prices?
Should Busaba Eathai be worried? Most Thai restaurants in London are far from expensive and well within reach of most budgets, but most are also quite chintzy and cheesy in their decor. Busaba Eathai is the obvious exception to this rule with its classy jasmine-scented surroundings, but there’s a new good-looking kid on the block … Continue reading
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