London Restaurants

This Week I Ate... Rabbit and John Doe

William Sitwell | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

The first is Rabbit and the second is John Doe. Sod Michelin, with its mincing implore that a place is 'worth a detour'. These restaurants are a worth car crash. I'd pinch Chris Eubank's stupid big truck and drive it through several houses if that was the most direct route to Rabbit or John Doe.

How to Book an Unbookable Restaurant

Wilson Chung | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Wilson Chung

Isn't it bloody frustrating when you want to go and eat at a restaurant but can't book? Well fear not because there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of getting that elusive table, or even to book it.

This Week I Ate... Clarke's, Terminus Nord and More

William Sitwell | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Some of the biggest names in US food have passed through her kitchens and she is an insistent, quietly spoken campaigner against the culture of fast food. We chatted over a lunch of warms goats cheese with roasted figs, guinea fowl and squash gratin and then the lightest floating island in a damson and creamy sauce.

Planet Appetite: A Taste of Sichuan at the Chinese Cricket Club, London, UK

Rupert Parker | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Located in London's Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blackfriars, the Chinese Cricket Club serves up accomplished Chinese food with selections from the province of Sichuan

This Week I Ate...Bobo Social

William Sitwell | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Are you someone who hankers after food trends, lovingly, obsessively, happily, slavishly jumping on every bandwagon that comes along and chomping on whatever fashion dictates? Of the many trends we have seen over the last couple of years, high-end burgers and small sharing plates have surely been neck and neck at the head of the race to be uber-foodie.

This Week I Ate... Memories of Greece

William Sitwell | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

A brilliant young cook called Lucy, the daughter of the cookery writer Jane Lovett, turns out amazing dinners of grilled prawns, tuna nicoise (the finest I've had; from locally caught fish, seasoned hard and given the merest charring from the grill), lamb tagine, soft slices of pork in a tuna sauce and chicken with peppers and lime.

This Week I Ate... Toto's

William Sitwell | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

The menu was classic, it had promise... But the two-million pound refurbish, the high-ceilingness, the excellent wines and great service simply could not disguise the hollowness that existed at the centre of my experience.

A Guide to London Eating...

Kiesha Meikle | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiesha Meikle

I love London, almost as much as I love food - luckily for me, the two go hand in hand. In fact, the best thing about living in London is the sheer unparalleled variety when it comes to dining out. Rarely do I ever turn down the offer to try a new restaurant or pop-up.

This Week I Ate... The Shed

William Sitwell | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

At The Shed the humous arrives with a novel kind of crisp bread and some chive flowers. It really is a wonderful thing. It's the sort of dish that makes me loathe Michelin. Innovative, delicious beautiful and totally off their fussy Franco-gastrophilanthropic radar.

This Week I Ate...Barnyard

William Sitwell | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

The walls are clad in corrugated iron. There's rustic wooden panelling too. The staff wear checked shirts and have beards (which come to think of it is rather more Shoreditch than Northamptonshire). The food is also a kind of mythologised offering. I mean where else would you put 'lard on toast' on the menu?

This Week I Ate...San Carlo Manchester

William Sitwell | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Off I went to Manchester to see what the deal was. On King Street West, in the main shopping district of the city, you'll find San Carlo. And you'll discover an amazing story about this place too. For the man behind this business - a hugely successful restaurateur making millions from branches from Bangkok to Kuwait - used to be barber.

This Week I Ate...The Crown Inn and Taste of London

William Sitwell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

My stomach doesn't appreciate being a receptacle for 30 different types of cuisine within the space of two hours I like to choose one place and settle in for a bit, which I know isn't the point, but I'm not a very good herdy cow.

This Week I Ate...Umu

William Sitwell | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Umu is one of the most magnificent restaurants in London. It is a Zen-like haven, a spa for the soul, a pleasuredome for the eyes and palate. The place is so good for you. But it's a bit pricey so I think it should be free. Unlike the idea of a free Palestine, a cause which doubtless its followers feel would benefit millions, my campaign is a selfish one. I only want free Umu for me.

This Week I Ate... Indonesian in Amsterdam, Plane Food, Polpo and KPH

William Sitwell | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

The man himself was behind the bar when I visited for lunch. We were the only people there for lunch and our arrival didn't exactly bring a smile to Mr Power's face. Put it this way, there are warm welcomes and there are get out of my pub before I kill you welcomes. Try it yourself and see what you get.

This Week I Ate, On the Roof With... Q, Boisdale, Chiltern Firehouse

William Sitwell | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

My timing was a little off this week. I hung out on two smart roof terraces and on both occasions the rain did its monsoon act. The first was lunch on the roof of Selfridges...

This Week I Ate... Honey & Co, Pizza Express and Zédel

William Sitwell | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Most critics like to emit shudders when faced with the prospect of dining in a chain restaurant, the uniformity spreading out to hundreds of homogenised branches throughout the country, or indeed the world. But, let's face it, Pizza Express is different.

It's National Vegetarian Week! Go Eat a Burger...

Kiesha Meikle | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiesha Meikle

Across London, the veggie burger is being given a delicious new lease of life and there are a few eateries who are leading the way in this resurrection. So, for the last few weeks I have been eating my way around town, searching for the very best veggie burgers London has to offer.

This Week I Ate... The Princess Victoria and Polpetto

William Sitwell | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

There is a lovely homely feel to Polpetto. So many restaurants I visit I leave knowing I won't bother to return, so spoilt we are in London for choice that there is no point wasting time on anything that is less than great.

This Week I Ate... Rivea

William Sitwell | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

It pains me to think about it. But London has so many beautiful rooms that serve amazing food so however good the food and service it will be hard to force myself to return. And the food and service is great. Staff are lovely. There's a table overflowing with tall grissini. You're not offered it, but I did steal a few giant sticks.

This Week I Ate... Jamon on a Sherry Ferry and Signor Sassi

William Sitwell | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

To sustain a restaurant like this must take considerable patience. It must be so tempting for each young turk who gets his hands near the stove to start tweaking dishes. And it takes great restraint to let it be and keep those old favourites on the menu which is what drives people back time and again.

This Week I Ate... Newman Street Tavern, The Lockhart and Marcus

William Sitwell | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Marcus Wareing has freshened up his restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel, reducing the title to just his Christian name as part of his attempt to informalise the joint a little. He has spotted that formal dining is not so all the rage right now...

This Week I Ate... Chiltern Firehouse

William Sitwell | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

You nip to the loo, get lost, then find it downstairs and see people walk through the room and through a secret door. This is where the smokers can hang. It's some kind of sexy underground smokey hangout. It makes smoking seem cool, which is seriously naughty.

This Week I Ate...Maramia, Lisa's and Tom's

William Sitwell | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Some of these guys won't last and will be forced to relinquish their little joints whose offerings give the local community considerably more than another wretched fashion outlet churning clothes whose sequins and buttons were doubtless sewn on by grubby fingered urchins comfortably several oceans away...

Cabana, London - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

The Sweet Potato fries were some of the best I've ever had and were the perfect combination of crispy coating and fluffy potato sprinkled in Paprika. We thought we should try the Cassava Chips since they are 'the Brasilian French Frie' but they were a little bland for both our tastes and we didn't really enjoy them.

This Week I Ate... Honey & Co, Morito and an Ambassador's Des Res

William Sitwell | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

I ordered a Fitzrovia Bun at Milk & Honey on Warren Street. This is something you should try to do at least once in your life. I do it about twice a year. Any more would seem greedy. It is like no other bun you will ever feast your eyes on.