Zheng Chelsea

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If you’ll excuse a couple of bits of generalisation, Asian dining in London is a tale of extremes. Let’s start with the first generalisation; yes, I am lumping Chinese, Thai, Korean, Indian, Japanese and all points in-between and neighbouring to make my point. As for the second one … Every postcode in the capital probably... Read more »

Ginza Onodera London

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Walking into Ginza Onodera made me realise there’s been a whole sub-genre of restaurants that I have: a) only just realised is a sub-genre of restaurants; and b) studiously avoided for years - Japanese restaurants with oddly forbidding, darkened glass frontages. Seriously, walk around the more chi chi parts of the capital and you’ll spot... Read more »

Chamberlain’s of London

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At the risk of opening myself up to a load of obvious jokes, I am a simple man. I don’t follow trends. Fashion remains a true mystery. Take me somewhere with very loud music, terrible service and /or rude people, and you’ll see me get my coat within a few minutes, although my current record... Read more »

Galvin HOP

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While the Galvin Brothers are perhaps better known for their more upscale ventures – in particular, the Michelin-starred joys of Galvin at Windows – there’s a simple philosophy behind everything that they do: serve lovely food, via lovely people, in lovely surroundings. And, while the interior of Galvin HOP, the brothers first take on a... Read more »

Sakagura

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I don’t know about you but whenever I hear “Heddon Street” my mind veers towards “Hedonism”. It certainly doesn’t bring to mind Hedon in Yorkshire, the town that gave the street its (misspelled) name because of its links to the Pulteney Estate but that might be because I’ve only just looked that up. We’ll see,... Read more »

QP LDN

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The restaurant formerly known as Quattro Passi rebranded a couple of years ago as QP LDN. That might have been a reaction to some negative press – Jay Rayner certainly sharpened his pencil on the place – or just to keep it all fresh. Regardless, and whatever Jay et all might have said, any restaurant... Read more »

Orient London

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There are certain things you should probably have as a Londoner – and almost certainly have as a Londoner who writes about food for a living. Top of this list is, most likely, being able to recommend an Indian restaurant on Brick Lane and knowing where to eat in Chinatown. To be honest, these days... Read more »

Kouzu

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Let me clarify my position regarding Kouzu from the off. It’s very, very good. Service is impeccable – Salvatore, we salute you. Drinks are interesting, and not in that euphemistic, fixed smile kind of way. The room, while not scoring points for originality, is spacious, sleek and stylishly picked out in assorted greys and variations... Read more »