★★★★☆ / ★★★☆☆ / Mexican

La Bodega Negra review – Mexican food gets sexy

A Mexican restaurant of two halves As my fellow restaurant blogger 31_75 pointed out recently, in his own inimitable style, there are very few good Mexican restaurants in London. The situation isn’t nearly as bad as it was two decades ago when all we had were horrid Tex-Mex dives like Chiquito, but it’s still far from … Continue reading

★★★★☆ / German/Austrian / Modern European / Modernist

Steirereck review – eating out in a Vienna park before sunset

This review of a Vienna restaurant is a break from The Picky Glutton’s usual London-based coverage. Steirereck is an unusual restaurant since its premises are located within one of Vienna’s city parks – the Stadtpark. The Stadtpark isn’t Vienna’s most picturesque green space and the exterior of Steirereck’s building isn’t much to look at either, … Continue reading

★★★★☆ / German/Austrian

Eisvogel review – Vienna dining Las Vegas-style

This review of a Vienna restaurant is a break from The Picky Glutton’s usual London-based coverage. Vienna, for most people, conjures up images of fat cakes, waltzes, prancing horses and perhaps a grand, but fading neoclassical imperial capital. If all of that leaves you panting for the cheesy artifice of Las Vegas, then Eisvogel could … Continue reading

★★★☆☆ / Spanish / Tapas

Barrica review – Tapas invades Goodge Street

Yet another tapas place in Fitzrovia – but is it any good? There’s no shortage of tapas restaurants and bars around Goodge Street in Fitzrovia – some of my favourites include The Salt Yard (sister restaurant of The Opera Tavern) and Fino. For some reason Sue-Ellen inexplicably favours Navarro’s – inexplicable given that restaurant’s consistently … Continue reading

★★★★☆ / British

St John Hotel review – Snout to tail eating in Leicester Square

Clerkenwell’s meat palace opens a branch in the West End, but does it have the same magic as the original? The huge glass block that is the new W Hotel now dominates Leicester Square overwhelming everything else. It offends the very aesthetic fibre of the Lensman’s body. Interestingly the W Hotel literally overshadows another new … Continue reading