Last week’s best dishes 11.01.16

1. After a bit of post Christmas shopping in Covent Garden, it only seemed sensible to stop off for a burger and chocolate milkshake at Shake Shack. The place is just as busy as when it opened. 2. Tonkotsu Bankside do a rather good chicken karaage burger with homemade chips at lunchtimes. So that’s made ordering even harder now. 3. I couldn’t resist returning to … Continue reading Last week’s best dishes 11.01.16

Last week’s best dishes 28.12.15

1. Not the most attractive snack ever made but my gentleman companion treated me to a Lorraine Pascale recipe using shop-bought pastry and Peperami – she’s called them Sausage Rolls Big Night Out. Moreish is the word. 2. Mashed potato with onions at Zelman Meats. This new restaurant from the Burger&Lobster/Beast/Goodman chaps serves some cracking meat but the sides alone are worth going in for. … Continue reading Last week’s best dishes 28.12.15

The best dishes of last week 02.11.15

1. Brötchen at Fischer’s to celebrate National Austria Day. Austrian flags hung from the rafters, staff wore Lederhosen and a chap with a moustache walked around singing and playing the guitar – it was all A LOT of fun. 2. Katsu Curry Tuesday is ‘a thing’ at Tonkotsu Bankside and it’s a marvellous one at that. Masses of sauce, sticky rice and juicy chicken in … Continue reading The best dishes of last week 02.11.15

The best things I ate last week 12.10.15

1. Fry up at Babington House while celebrating my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Soho House & Co have got it just right at this country house in Somerset; it’s the height of luxury and a perfect getaway. 2. Fish tacos at recently-opened DF/Mexico (from the team behind Wahaca) on Tottenham Court Road. Loads of colour, loads of flavour and loads of fun. 3. Slice of … Continue reading The best things I ate last week 12.10.15

The best things I ate last week 23.11.15

1. This stunning crab and caviar starter at The Ritz restaurant, showing that it’s not just the dining room that is easy on the eye. The whole experience made for a lunch most memorable. 2. Flat iron waffles with chocolate sauce and marshmallows at a party hosted by The Table Café on Southwark Street to show off their new menu. I’m yet to meet a … Continue reading The best things I ate last week 23.11.15

The best things I ate last week 16.11.15

1. I was very kindly invited to a lunch at Sotheby’s private dining room hosted by restaurant PR royalty Maureen Mills. It finished with a popcorn and salted caramel tart which pretty much finished me off. 2. Some nuts and crackers at Duke’s, which helped soak up the martini this hotel bar is so famed for. Neat frozen Vermouth, Gin and a twist of lemon … Continue reading The best things I ate last week 16.11.15

The best dishes of last week 31.11.15

1. Quiche Lorraine at The Delaunay Counter in Aldwych. The weather might have been terrible, but sitting at one of the outside tables with a warm quiche and flat white, watching the world go by, was good for the soul. 2. You can usually find Decatur at Druid Street Market every Saturday selling some pretty lush grilled oysters. He’s now heading up the kitchen at … Continue reading The best dishes of last week 31.11.15

Last week’s best dishes 21.12.15

1. I’m a bit ramen obsessed at the minute, so I was excited to be having lunch at the recently opened Kanada-Ya (their second) on Panton Street. The gekikara, easily the spiciest ramen I’ve found in London, with its slices of pork chasu and minced pork, is the d’s b’s. 2. I couldn’t resist returning to Corbin and King’s new Bellanger in Islington. This time, … Continue reading Last week’s best dishes 21.12.15

The best dishes of last week 19.10.15

1. Bacon and egg sarnie from Frank’s Cafe, Southwark Street. This is the manliest place on earth and it scares me a little, but my God, they do a cracking bacon and egg sandwich. With masses of ketchup, obviously. 2. Oysters at Savoy Grill. Haven’t been to this Gordon Ramsay restaurant for ages but a recent lunch reminded me just how brilliant it is. These … Continue reading The best dishes of last week 19.10.15

Pink chicken? Nah, you’re alright

To lunch at a recently opened restaurant in Soho. It looks lovely, the staff are friendly and the menu reads particularly well. A simple chicken salad arrives at my table with strips of flabby poultry that are pink. Call me old fashioned, but I like my chicken as white as Richard Caring’s teeth and nothing less. But it’s becoming all too common these days. Numerous … Continue reading Pink chicken? Nah, you’re alright

Last week’s best dishes 14.12.15

1. Tis the season to get hampers. Last week it was Ottolenghi, this week it’s some lovely little treats from The Modern Pantry. Pickled watermelon rind in particular was most peculiar but delightful. 2. To the Newman Arms for Clerkenwell Boy’s birthday bash. Three giant pies were served with some top notch pastry, but it was this roast beef with the crispest roasties EVER that … Continue reading Last week’s best dishes 14.12.15

The best dishes of last week 09.11.15

1. Fried chicken from The Lockhart at the chef’s calendar launch – modelled here by Duck and Waffle’s Dan Doherty. The calendar, which can be bought here, features some of London’s hottest chefs (in both senses of the word) and all the proceeds go towards Action Against Hunger – a thoroughly worthy cause. 2. A profiterole with a squeezy bottle of “exotic sauce”. A day trip … Continue reading The best dishes of last week 09.11.15

The best dishes of last week 26.10.15

1. Farmed and wild smoked salmon and smoked eel at Wiltons, Jermyn Street. We took part in the St James’s Food Safari which stopped off at various restaurants in the area. To see this old classic, which has been going since 1742, was a real treat. 2. Chicken wings (deboned of course) at Chutney Mary, also on the tour. On a nippy Tuesday the place was … Continue reading The best dishes of last week 26.10.15

Last week’s best dishes 07.12.15

1. I’d never been to Boisdale at Canary Wharf before and the ‘Celebrity Cigar Smoker of the Year Awards 2015’ seemed like a good reason to go. This was the main course; roast dry aged fillet of Aberdeenshire Angus beef and raviolo of Claret braised oxtail. Phwooaarr. 2. The masters of doughnuts, Crosstown, have launched a rather special special, covered in a Jura whisky glaze … Continue reading Last week’s best dishes 07.12.15

The best things I ate last week 05.10.15

1. A plate of cheese from Fortnum & Mason whilst at the CODE Industry Drinks night put on for those who work in hospitality. They did a bloody good spread that’s for sure. The next one is on 9th Nov FYI, location TBC. 2. Beef dripping candle at restaurant Story near Tower Bridge. They light the candle, the wax melts, then you dip your bread … Continue reading The best things I ate last week 05.10.15