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Park Chinois, Mayfair

Park Chinois is Alan Yau’s latest opening (he’s the bloke who recently brought us Babaji Pide and Duck&Rice) and it’s a real stunner of a restaurant. I’ve neither been to Shanghai nor lived in the 20s but I imagine this is exactly what it’s like. Everything about the place exudes opulence, from the two doormen, the fireplace by the reception desk and the live band … Continue reading Park Chinois, Mayfair

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Noble Rot, Lamb’s Conduit Street

Noble Rot is a new wine bar cum restaurant from the chaps behind the wine mag of the same name. Based on Lamb’s Conduit Street, it takes over the former site of Vats Wine Bar and as it was always such a charming space, it’s nice to see they’ve done very little with the place. Creaky floorboards, dark wood panelled walls, plenty of candles and … Continue reading Noble Rot, Lamb’s Conduit Street

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Shotgun, Carnaby Street

Shotgun is the second restaurant from the husband and wife team who own The Lockhart in Marylebone, made famous by its superb cornbread and fried chicken. This new spot specialises in barbecue and it has already found fans in Jay Rayner and Andy Lynes. As walk ins we were refused the three empty (and very cute) banquettes on the left, as they were reserved, and … Continue reading Shotgun, Carnaby Street

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Hoppers, Frith Street

Sri Lankan cuisine is about as familiar to me as the Rugby World Cup, so the notion of Hoppers, a restaurant specialising in the dish of the very same name, seemed like an intriguing one. It’s based in the former site of Koya and it’s by the Sethi family – who know a thing or three about brilliant restaurants, whether it’s ones they run; Gymkhana … Continue reading Hoppers, Frith Street

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45 Jermyn Street, Fortnum & Mason

45 Jermyn Street replaces Fortnum & Mason’s forgotten Fountain Restaurant and they’ve really gone to town on the place. Salmon banquettes dominate the room and a large bar on one side is the sort I’d gladly prop up while sipping an Old Fashioned. But it is a tad boring; there’s soothing piano music in the background and on our visit, very few customers under the … Continue reading 45 Jermyn Street, Fortnum & Mason

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Canto Corvino, Spitalfields

This is a new Italian restaurant from the team behind Manicomio (they’ve got one in the City and one in Chelsea). After reading Grace Dent’s review in the ES magazine I was super excited to give it a whirl. It’s a large space split into two sections, with a bar in one and a dining room in t’other. It was all very relaxed and unfussy … Continue reading Canto Corvino, Spitalfields

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Bernardi’s, Marylebone

Bernardi’s (owned by the Bernardi brothers) is on Seymour Place which has fast become a foodie hotspot with the likes of Donostia, Lurra and The Lockhart just seconds away. It’s a big restaurant and although the interior is quite simple, it has a relaxing vibe to it. An open kitchen, where the particularly good house focaccia is made, adds a livelier element. We started with some … Continue reading Bernardi’s, Marylebone

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The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds

It’s been quite a year for Michael O’Hare (he’s the chap with the crazy black mullet). His first Michelin star was awarded to his restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds, then he won the regional heats and cooked the fish course at the banquet on BBC’s Great British Menu. And he’s had a haircut – it’s all go. The restaurant is on the … Continue reading The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds

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Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square

There’s no getting away from the name Sexy Fish – it’s pretty garish. But then again, it’s the new restaurant from Richard Caring (The Ivy, Scott’s, J Sheekey et al) so a bit of opulent flamboyance is to be expected. The dining room is exactly that – times ten. A bar, top and tailed with Damien Hirst mermaids, a wall with cascading water, salmon banquettes, … Continue reading Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square

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Bonhams, New Bond Street

Bonhams has been an auction house since 1793 but never had their own restaurant, until now. It even won a Michelin star in this year’s guide. The dining room is easily the most boring you’ll find in London. White tablecloths, white walls, white ceiling; it was as nondescript as it gets. A shame when you’re a few steps away from rooms filled with the most … Continue reading Bonhams, New Bond Street