Som Saa review – eye-opening pop-up Thai settles down in Spitalfields
★★★★★ / Thai

Som Saa review – eye-opening pop-up Thai settles down in Spitalfields

Some say it’s the best Thai in London. All we know is that we call it bloody brilliant. It’s very easy to become jaded and disillusioned when covering London’s restaurants. From the devised-by-committee initiatives to the cynical tourist trap theme parks, from overwrought concepts and dull chains to the atrocious bandwagon jumpers, there’s no shortage of mediocre and down … Continue reading

Taipei Shin Gu Shiang review – old school dining in Taipei
★★★☆☆ / Chinese / Taiwanese

Taipei Shin Gu Shiang review – old school dining in Taipei

This review of a Taiwan restaurant is a break from The Picky Glutton’s usual London-based coverage Taipei is an almost effortlessly modern metropolis and that’s reflected in many of its restaurants which are sleek, modern, air-conditioned places. If you fancy a break from this unbridled modernity then it’s worth seeking out Taipei Shin Gu Shiang. The … Continue reading

★★☆☆☆ / Eclectic / Pan-Asian

Tapasia review – is the food any better than the pun-fully bad name?

Small bites at high prices Update July 2013 – this restaurant has now closed More restaurants than ever are opening in Soho despite the relative scarcity of real estate and Tapasia is one of the newest. This small bar and restaurant, located on bustling Old Compton Street, serves up Asian-inspired tapas which isn’t as strange … Continue reading

★★★☆☆ / Modern European / Modernist / Spanish

Manairo review – dining in the shadow of dead bulls

This review of a Barcelona restaurant is a break from The Picky Glutton’s usual London-based coverage. I was attracted to Manairó because of its apparent reputation as a place for ‘snout to tail’ eating where every part of the animal is used. With this in mind, it’s therefore blackly ironic that the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it restaurant is … Continue reading

★★★☆☆ / Lebanese/Jordanian/Levantine

Fakhreldine review – Lebanon on Green Park

Long lived Lebanese lives up to legend? Update: this restaurant has now closed. Posh-as-corsets Mayfair may seem like an odd place for a Lebanese restaurant, but Fakhreldine isn’t some dodgy cafe with more hookah pipes than customers. It’s a years-old establishment with an attractive, elegant decor even if it does verge on resembling an inoffensively … Continue reading