#Bestof2016

1. Crudités at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York. I first heard about this place on the Netflix series Chef’s Table and became obsessed with owner Dan Barber’s almost entirely farm to table cooking. We sat through a never ending tasting menu which was nothing short of astounding and I’ve never tasted vegetables quite like it. 2. Blackberry, douglas fir and chestnut at The Forest Side … Continue reading #Bestof2016

Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell

Based on Goswell Road in Clerkenwell, this is buddies Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney’s first permanent restaurant after years of pop ups and street fooding. We first tried their tacos at Street Feast and they were a little bit bloomin’ lovely. Inside it’s a cute spot. There’s a long shared table in the middle of the room and a bar at the back which overlooks … Continue reading Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell

The Spotted Pig, New York

Getting a table at The Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village isn’t the easiest – maybe because it’s Kanye West’s favourite restaurant or maybe because it’s bloomin’ good. Either way, it’s no reservations so turn up early and hope for the best. It’s a pub, which is rather strange for NYC, but it’s co-owned by British chef April Bloomfield which might explain it. It … Continue reading The Spotted Pig, New York

Caravan Bankside, SE1

Bankside has fast become a foodie Mecca – who’d have thought it? Once, nothing more than an office ridden area between London Bridge and Southwark, it now has a Tonkotsu, ‘O Ver and a new street food cum bar cum music venue cum Sunday Flea market called Flat Iron Square. It’s all going on. Just next door to Hixter is Caravan’s third london restaurant – … Continue reading Caravan Bankside, SE1

The Sommelier’s Table: Hélène Darroze

My last visit to this two Michelin starred restaurant in the Connaught hotel, run by French chef Hélène Darroze, was for her rather special Sunday chicken or Le Poulet du Dimanche. If anyone knows how to cook a chicken, it’s this lady. My visit on this occasion however was not in the main dining room but in the basement – in their wine cellar. It’s … Continue reading The Sommelier’s Table: Hélène Darroze

Radio Alice, Shoreditch

I first tried brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe’s pizzas in Florence, when they flew a small group of us “press” out to one of their 5 pizzerias in Italy. Named Berbere out there, their pizzas are unique in the fact they bake the dough first, then add the toppings. The result is a crisper base, with a crust similar to ciabatta. It’s lush stuff. They’ve … Continue reading Radio Alice, Shoreditch

Prawn on the Lawn, Padstow

Prawn on the Lawn is a fishmonger cum restaurant by husband and wife Rick (chef) and Katie (front of house) Toogood. They first opened one in Islington then decided to move to Padstow in Cornwall and open another which is where they are based now. There’s a lovely relaxed vibe about the place during our visit. The seafood counter in the window attracts a lot … Continue reading Prawn on the Lawn, Padstow

The Cornish Barn, Penzance

If you’re visiting Penzance in Cornwall there are two places you’ll want to eat; The Shore (read about that here) and The Cornish Barn, the restaurant inside The Artist Residence hotel on Chapel Street. The menu is predominantly small plates and smoked meats which is in keeping with the trendy surrounds. There’s reclaimed wood everywhere and old-school school chairs around industrial metal tables while fish … Continue reading The Cornish Barn, Penzance

The Artist Residence, Penzance

The Artist Residence currently has 3 hotels in the UK; London, Penzance, Brighton, with the latter once appearing on channel 5’s The Hotel Inspector. Our visit on this occasion being there one in Cornwall. It’s come a long way since those days. Originally a different local artist would design each room, resulting in an eclectic and rather odd place to stay. You wouldn’t know of … Continue reading The Artist Residence, Penzance

The Ninth, Fitzrovia

Named after the ninth restaurant chef Jun Tanaka has been involved with, The Ninth on Charlotte Street may not win any awards for name innovation but it did recently receive a Michelin star. We arrive to a busy and bustling ground floor dining room. We’re taken upstairs however which is far less atmospheric (request the downstairs if possible). The walls are grey and distressed in an … Continue reading The Ninth, Fitzrovia

Perilla, Stoke Newington

The only downside to Perilla, a new restaurant from chef Ben Marks and FOH Matt Emmerson, who have run a host of successful pop ups, is it’s in Newington Green, which happens to be a right old faff to get to. [Full disclosure: I’m incredibly lazy]. Once in, it’s a beauty of a place. There’s wood galore with a ceiling reminiscent of an attic/garden centre, … Continue reading Perilla, Stoke Newington

Smokestak, Shoreditch

Smokestak is the restaurant opening I’ve been most looking forward to this year and that’s for a good reason – their pork ribs and brisket buns, which I’ve inhaled at various street food markets and festivals, are the tastiest things I’ve ever eaten in my 28 years on this planet. This, their first restaurant, just down the road from Boxpark in Shoreditch, is a seriously … Continue reading Smokestak, Shoreditch

Sagardi, Shoreditch

Sagardi is a Basque steakhouse on Curtain Road in Shoreditch, a few doors down from Flat Iron. Unlike Flat Iron, which sells the eponymous cuts of steak for just £10, Sagardi’s finest meat, the Buey Gallician matured beef, is sold at £12 per 100g and I’m not sure there’s ever less than a kilo per serving. But hands down it’s the best meat I’ve come … Continue reading Sagardi, Shoreditch