SUSHISAMBA, Amsterdam

We’re in Amsterdam for a few days, staying at the new Soho House, which comes highly recommended. (You don’t need to be a member to stay there FY)I. A pleasant 20 minute stroll away is SUSHISAMBA. We start with a Smoked Plum Negroni and green bean tempura with black truffle aioli (£8) out on the terrace. We’re right by the canal watching the peddle boat … Continue reading SUSHISAMBA, Amsterdam

Maison Bab, Covent Garden

Maison Bab is a “modern kebab house” from friends Stephen Tozer (ex city) and Ed Brunet (ex Le Gavroche). Based in Covent Garden, opposite Temper, it’s a looker inside; tall ceiling, open kitchen and Tom Dixon-inspired copper light shades. I arrive a touch hungover which is handy as a kebab is the perfect fix. We start with a naan bread drenched in meat butter (£4.50). … Continue reading Maison Bab, Covent Garden

Kitchen W8, Kensington

Kitchen W8, that Kensington neighbourhood restaurant which has held a Michelin star since 2011, is fresh from a smartly appointed refurb. The elegant dining room has had a lick of paint and some fresh linen and the result is splendid. We are however the youngest people in there by a country mile. It’s all white hair and people who don’t realise it’s their mobile ringing. … Continue reading Kitchen W8, Kensington

La Dame de Pic, Tower Bridge

La Dame de Pic sits within the Four Seasons hotel in the former Port of London Authority headquarters right by Tower Bridge. As hotels go, it’s an ever so beautiful space, inside and out. The restaurant is by Anne-Sophie Pic, a lauded French chef, and it was awarded a Michelin star in the 2018 guide. We visit to sample the set lunch menu (£32 for … Continue reading La Dame de Pic, Tower Bridge

Heckfield Place, Hampshire

Ask a Hampshire local (Hey, Dad!) and they’ll tell you Heckfield Place has been a long time comin’. Five years in fact. It’s easy to see what’s taken so long when you drive through the manned front gate, up the winding path through the forest and arrive at the Georgian mansion facade. It’s a looker. The website is full of twoddle like “THE GROUNDS ARE … Continue reading Heckfield Place, Hampshire

Adam Reid at The French

You might know Adam Reid from Great British Menu and his ‘Golden Empire’ pudding which he cooked at the banquet. You might also know The Midland hotel in Manchester from the time Simon Rogan had a restaurant there. It’s all changed though… You’ll find Adam Reid at The French here now where it’s all multi course menus served in a fancy dining room. Two giant … Continue reading Adam Reid at The French

Evelyn’s Table, The Blue Posts

It’s an exciting setup at Evelyn’s Table, the eleven-seat kitchen bar in the basement of The Blue Posts pub in between Soho and Leicester Square. You’d have no idea it was there. It was always going to be good though as the owners, Assaf Granit and Zoë and Layo Paskin, who also have The Palomar, The Barbary, Jacob and the Angel and now Coal Office … Continue reading Evelyn’s Table, The Blue Posts

Gunpowder, Tower Bridge

I loved the original Gunpowder near East London’s Spitalfields Market. By their own admission I’m sure, the place is a bit bloody small though. Rejoice then if you like a bit more space with your spice as they’ve just opened a second, much larger, Gunpowder down by Tower Bridge. Inside it’s all warehouse chic as is often the case these days; exposed ducts and piping … Continue reading Gunpowder, Tower Bridge

Neptune, The Principal London

Neptune is the restaurant from Brett Redman inside the recently opened, and rather stunning, Principal London. This guy knows how to run restaurants, owning Elliot’s in Borough Market and Jidori in Covent Garden and Dalston. This is his biggest opening yet and no expense has been spared on the fit out. There’s a salmon and gold colour scheme with plants a plenty. It’s a very … Continue reading Neptune, The Principal London

LIMA, Fitzrovia

With the news that Peruvian restaurant LIMA has just opened in Dubai, it seemed fitting to return to their original London restaurant in Fitzrovia to see how it’s fairing. It’s held a Michelin star for over five years. [NB Lima lost its Michelin star in the 2018 Guide] Not much has changed in appearance since they first opened. There’s still a small dining room out … Continue reading LIMA, Fitzrovia

Min Jiang, Kensington

I’d never been to Min Jiang before but I’d heard plenty about the luscious views from the tenth floor dining room inside the Royal Garden Hotel. I was excited then to be invited in to try the dishes from a specially created menu to celebrate the restaurant’s 10th anniversary. The long and narrow dining room is fairly nondescript – which makes even more of “a … Continue reading Min Jiang, Kensington

Carters of Moseley

It’s not often you’ll find me in Birmingham, lesser still Moseley, a suburb of south Birmingham. But a breezy three hour drive from London and you’ll find Michelin-starred Carters of Moseley. It was seeing chef and owner Brad Carter on Saturday Kitchen that inspired the trip and I’m bloody glad we bothered. It’s a simple dining room; small service bar at the front, kitchen with … Continue reading Carters of Moseley