#Restaurant Reviews

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.

Salt'n Pepper and Kipling - An Evening of the Telling

The London Magazine | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The London Magazine

Tucked away behind the bustle of Leicester Square lies the restaurant Salt'n Pepper, which specialises in serving contemporary twists on traditional Pakistani, Pan Asian and Indian food.

This Week I Ate...Rimini

William Sitwell | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

The cork pings up to the ceiling like a bullet and those of us around the table cheer. This bottle - cuvee brut - is the Italian version of champagne, a light and fruity sparkling wine that's a few notches up from prosecco. In the two days that I've been eating in and around Rimini every meal apart from breakfast starts like this.

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... At the World's Greatest Pop-Up

William Sitwell | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Thus the menu at The Crown when Aldo came to cook this week reflected the dishes of his childhood. The local sparkie, tyre-man, the farmers, a smattering of music producers (they get everywhere these days) and an excitable crowd of yummy mummies ate five courses, churned out by an increasingly sweaty Zilli, working at the pass with the very gifted pub chef, Felan Hennigan.

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: Ape and Bird and a Squashed Pain Au Chocolat

William Sitwell | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

I then remembered that the girl who served me had asked if I wanted my coffee and pastry to take away. So as she kindly poured the coffee into a cardboard cup, perhaps she also, in her mind considerately, grabbed a small child that she had hidden behind the counter and pressed its bottom onto the pain au chocolat.

Cheap Eats in Dublin: Pitt Bros vs Bison Bar

Peter McGuire | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter McGuire

Both Bison and Pitt Bros serve pulled pork, brisket, sausage, ribs and chicken. In both places, each main comes with two sides, but Pitt Bros has slightly more choice of sides. Prices are the same, although extra sides in Pitt Bros are €3.50 compared to €3.95 in Bison.

'What Foodie Starts A Meal With Chips?' TripAdvisor Spat Goes Viral

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

A scathing, one-star review of a restaurant – and the owner’s decidedly elegant riposte – has gone viral. User S1nsand branded his experienc...

Grain Store - What Hyperbole Was Invented for

Emma Sheppard | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Sheppard

Grain Store is really rather charming and has achieved the tricky task of combining quirky flavours with foods you actually want to eat, in a place that makes you happy. I'm so jealous of anyone yet to experience it. Get down to King's Cross soon. What a treat you have in store.

Three Great Little Independent Munchers

James Emtage | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Emtage

Nice. Little. And independent. It's what I often crave from a meal out. There's something about the service, the attention to detail and the quality of the food that allows you to differentiate between a person who genuinely cares about their restaurant to a person who solely cares about their profit.

Upstart Digital Start-Up Zomato Blitzes London's Ultra Competitive Restaurant Listings Sector

Martin Newman | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Tech
Martin Newman

Zomato's breadth of coverage now exceeds all their existing London competitors with their main selling point the scanned copies of menus for every one of their listings. They've signed up several thousand members and their website is attracting hundreds of thousands of hits a month - all without having spent a penny on advertising the London arm!

Bellevue Rendezvous

Elisa Ashenden | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elisa Ashenden

Bellevue Rendezvous is a charming little French restaurant on the corner of Wandsworth Common. When you don't feel like parting with the entire conten...

'Same Again Please' - Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte

Elisa Ashenden | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elisa Ashenden

Although this is certainly not the best steak to be found in London, it is very tasty and well cooked, and the fries (all hand chipped on premises) are some of the best in town. The £21 price-tag is money well spent, while you enjoy the ambience in this lively slice of Paris.

The River Cafe

Elisa Ashenden | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elisa Ashenden

On a snowy Saturday, there is possibly nowhere I would rather lunch that at The River Café in Hammersmith. Celebrating their 25th year since opening, this Michelin-starred restaurant has been the training ground for some of the finest names in the business, including Theo Randall, Sam and Sam Clark of Moro, and Jamie Oliver to name a few.

'You're A C**t And This Is Personal'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK

Claude Bosi, the double-Michelin starred French chef, has worked in some of the world's toughest kitchens and runs one of the UK's top restaurants, Hi...

Interviewing the Critics - Gaby Soutar, Restaurant Reviewer for The Scotsman

Andrew Learmonth | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Learmonth

This is the first in a planned series of very short interviews with reviewers and the reviewed. I'll talk to the professionals, the amateurs and the people somewhere in between.

Le Memoir of Le Manoir

Alec Owens | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alec Owens

There is something so typically English about Le Manoir, but closer inspection of the menu reveals an extravagance that one would be hard pushed to find in British cuisine. Expect a lavish dinner. If six-courses is not enough, no problem, have nine. The food is rich and indulgent as one might expect. At times it is overwhelming but I still eat, my inner voice getting quieter after every mouthful.

Life's Too Short for Egg-White Omelettes (and Other Rules to Live By)

Lucy Karsten | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Karsten

Purple is long-gone but Vingt-Quatre is alive and well, and has just had a makeover. I popped along to see if I could recapture some of my glory days. Unfortunately, not being almost 18 years old anymore, I get tired nowadays, and so I went for dinner, rather than at 3am.

Moro Restaurant, London

Evie Saffron-Strands | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Evie Saffron-Strands

There's a confidence about the food at Moro that's been there from the first day they fired-up the wood-burning oven and opened the restaurant doors. ...

TripAdvisor's Fake Review Problem

Peter McGuire | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Tech
Peter McGuire

Fake online reviews are not particularly hard to spot. When they're glowing, full of marketing speak, and from a new commenter, this should raise a flag for website owners and users. On the other hand, some hotels and restaurants have complained about malicious and unfounded reviews, some of which come from rival companies.