reviews

  • At the Tooting Bec end of Trinity Road, not the most salubrious part of town, is an absolute gem of a restaurant.Meza is a 15 cover Lebanese restaurant. It started life solely as a takeaway, and you still get a number of people using it as such, but it is now also a restaurant that is full to bursting each night.

    I got a table on my...

  • This is the most authentic Japanese restaurant I’ve come across in London. Even from the outside the red lantern brought memories of Japan thundering back. Then as we entered, the curtain over the internal door, the friendly Japanese sushi chefs shouting their welcome and the smells emanating from the kitchen made me feel right back in a...

  • This is a new addition to the Clapham scene which opened in late 2011. It is on the ground floor of a new residential development on the intersection between St John’s Hill and Plough Lane, just a short hop from Clapham Junction.

    It’s got a warehouse feel to it with the visible air conditioning pipes and vents in the ceiling...

  • Battersea was home to the first London Recipease shop, café and cookery school. It’s a great place to browse, if slightly dangerous, as all of the kitchen equipment looks like it will make you a better cook, and if not, it will definitely make your kitchen look the part. Because of this appeal I’d dropped in many times and always...

  • This “Lebanese canteen and delicatessen” chain opened the doors to its fourth premises in South Kensington at the end of 2011. This latest opening looks onto the newly pedestrianised area of Exhibition Road and is next door to the ever-popular Casa Brindisa. In spite of this stiff competition next door, it is doing a roaring trade,...

  • This pub is a little off the beaten track, but well worth a visit. The dark wood bar and textured wallpaper are reminiscent of the old boozer that used to occupy the spot, but it has reinvented itself firmly as a gastro pub. We visited on a Friday lunchtime and were lucky to grab the last table on the ground floor without booking. The first...

  • This is a restaurant that knows and loves its wine. The name gives the first hint of this - 28° and 50° are the latitudes between which virtually all of the world’s vineyards are located. The décor provides the second clue. When you walk downstairs away from the bustling city, you are greeted by walls lined with wine bottles and...

  • This tiny little café and bistro on Clapham’s bustling Pavement is a very popular local restaurant. They are always bursting at the seams at weekend breakfast sittings and there’s a steady stream of people coming and going throughout the day. My latest visit was on a Thursday evening when The Pavement turns from café to bistro. They...

  • How often do you come across an Austrian restaurant in London? I wasn’t sure that I had ever knowingly seen one, let alone eaten in one. But all this changed recently with the discovery of Bistro DéLICAT on Northcote Road in Clapham.

    DéLICAT opened in July 2010 and sets out to combine “Viennese cuisine with the ambience of a...

  • They weren’t lying when they called it big, this is a cookbook that requires a reinforced shelf to sit on. In many ways it's not at all practical as a cookbook, but if you bought it for that purpose you’d be missing the point. This book gives the reader a glimpse into the fascinating mind of Heston Blumenthal. It takes...

  • Galvin at Windows is located on the 28th floor of the five star London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. They were awarded their first Michelin star in 2010 and they are continually praised for their seasonal and inventive menu. But it’s not just the food that makes it special. As the name and location would suggest, the view is stunning. The...

  • Pollen Street Social, Pollen Street, W1S - March 2011

  • This was a pub Sunday lunch at its very best, a real home from home with great food, incredibly friendly service and a very relaxed ambiance. Their formula is a little different, there’s no menu on a Sunday, you just eat what they’re serving. Aslo, there’s only one sitting, lunch is served at 2pm which adds to the laid back...

  • Noma is fast becoming a household name. The restaurant won the top spot in the San Peligrino World’s Best Restaurant awards in 2010, ousting El Bulli from first place. Then there was its recent appearance on Masterchef the Professionals where we were given an insight into the restaurant’s ethos of using highly seasonal, often...

  • Just a few doors down from Ramsay’s flagship three Michelin star restaurant on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea is Gordon Ramsay ‘light’, also known as Foxtrot Oscar. This is a more accessible restaurant than its neighbour, both in terms of price and atmosphere.

    Foxtrot Oscar has been in business since 1980 and Ramsay...

  • At the beginning of September, Le Café Anglais opened its doors after three weeks of renovation to reveal its new oyster bar and café, and spruced-up dining room. The new set-up looks fantastic. The first thing that greets you when you enter the restaurant is the sparkling oyster bar with its marble top and red leather stools. In fact, what...

  • Family-run restaurants seem to be the running theme of this month’s restaurant reviews, and Patterson’s is another great one. Based in Mayfair on a narrow street behind Regent Street, with its discreet exterior, it is perhaps not a restaurant you would just stumble upon, but that doesn’t seem to affect its popularity –...

  • Odin’s is old school sophistication at its best.  From the outside, its windows are covered head to toe in net curtains creating an anonymous effect, but once inside you are hit by a comforting, drawing room feel. Its plush furnishings invite a relaxing sigh when you first sink into your chair, the walls are absolutely covered head...

  • I always enjoy being shown the longstanding local favourite of a good friend, it's almost guaranteed to be great. Joanna’s is a Crystal Palace institution that has been running for over 30 years, and been frequented by my friend and her family for more than 15. So it was without hesitation that I made the journey South to...

  • A walk around Hampstead Heath should always be well-timed so that you can end it with lunch in one of the great pubs that sit on the perimeter. The Wells is one such pub that is just south of the expansive heath. It can be pretty easy to lose your bearings once you are surrounded by greenery, so it was touch and go as to whether we would find...