Fera at Claridge’s review – come back Gordon Ramsay, all is forgiven
★★☆☆☆ / Modern European / Modernist

Fera at Claridge’s review – come back Gordon Ramsay, all is forgiven

Foraging in Mayfair We do a lot of things that our ancestors would find regressively, inexplicably primitive. In the past (and right now in the developing world while we’re at it), living in a field without running water, electricity or plumbing would be considered poverty. In the modern West, we call it camping and subject our … Continue reading

Q Grill review – bandwagon barbecue bumbles into Camden
American / ★★☆☆☆ / Barbecue/BBQ / Eclectic

Q Grill review – bandwagon barbecue bumbles into Camden

Porky’s larger, better looking but shallower neighbour You wait months for a new American-style barbecue restaurant in London and two arrive at the same time. Q Grill in Camden arrives hot on the heels of One Sixty in West Hampstead, but while One Sixty has a fairly short, focussed menu, the menu at Q Grill … Continue reading

Lalibela review – a taste of Ethiopia in Tufnell Park
★★★☆☆ / Ethiopian/Eritrean / Vegetarian

Lalibela review – a taste of Ethiopia in Tufnell Park

Kitsch and kitfo by the kilo* *meat not actually sold by the kilogram. I just like alliteration. Cities and towns across Britain are largely filled with the same ol’ usual suspects when it comes to restaurants – Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai and perhaps a French place or a gastropub. London, thankfully, is different with some … Continue reading

Les Deux Salons review – the Strand’s attractive French brasserie
★★★☆☆ / French

Les Deux Salons review – the Strand’s attractive French brasserie

Cheerful Continental Covent Garden Comfort Chow There’s no shortage of mock French-style brasseries and bistros in London from chains such as Cafe Rouge and Cote to independents such as Les Deux Salons. This two floor restaurant is a mere stone’s throw away from Covent Garden, Charing Cross and The Strand. Les Deux Salons is owned … Continue reading

Social Eating House review – Modernist cuisine gets affordable-ish
★★★☆☆ / Modern European / Modernist

Social Eating House review – Modernist cuisine gets affordable-ish

So popular, it needs its own doorman The oddly-named Social Eating House is the latest restaurant in Jason Atherton’s empire and it’s not quite as expensive as Atherton’s flagship Pollen Street Social. Whereas Pollen Street Social has a muted, inoffensive decor suited to its Mayfair location, the Soho-based Social Eating House is a tad more … Continue reading

★★★★☆ / Steak/chophouse

MASH review – a Danish steakhouse in London

Piccadilly gets yet another steakhouse If there’s one thing that Piccadilly doesn’t have any shortage of (apart from tourists of course) it’s steakhouses. There’s the flagship branch of gaudy chain Gaucho, an excellent seafood-themed outpost of Hawksmoor and now a branch of Danish chain MASH. Fans of the Korean War sitcom may be disappointed to … Continue reading