Frenchie to Go, Paris

If you only have time for one breakfast in Paris,  you really should check out Frenchie to Go. It’s the creation of Gregory Marchand, who owns Frenchie just next door and also Frenchie in Covent Garden, London. It’s a cute little Parisian street with a butchers, greengrocers and coffee shop all within spitting distance. As the name would suggest, Frenchie to Go isn’t a full-on … Continue reading Frenchie to Go, Paris

The Wigmore at The Langham

Based at the crappy end of Regent Street, The Wigmore is a pub, or “modern British tavern”, part of the Langham hotel. It’s overseen by Michel Roux Jr, you know him, the one off of MasterChef: The Professionals, along with the hotel’s exec chef Chris King. It’s the prettiest pub I’ve ever been in. The walls are a glossy British Racing Green, there’s a large … Continue reading The Wigmore at The Langham

The Frog by Adam Handling

Fans of MasterChef: The Professionals will know Adam Handling from the 2013 series where he was a finalist. Since then he’s been a busy chap opening The Frog E1 in Shoreditch; a zero-waste coffee shop called Bean & Wheat; and his flagship restaurant, The Frog, in Covent Garden. The latter is an impressive operation: the whole place screams money. Tables of two face the open … Continue reading The Frog by Adam Handling

Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

Two Scottish blokes, Calum Mackinnon and Andy Waugh, started Mac and Wild as a street food stall on Whitecross Street in Islington serving up Scottish produce. They now have two restaurants in London; Devonshire Square and here in Fitzrovia. The dining room is a simple space; long and narrow with tightly packed tables down one side. There’s lots of wood and the ceiling has bull … Continue reading Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

BRAT, Shoreditch

Chef and co owner of Brat, Tomos Parry, earned his stripes head cheffing at Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair. There he cooked meats on an open grill and it was marvellous. David Cameron even liked it. Tomos’s first standalone restaurant, BRAT, is above Smoking Goat in Shoreditch (the guys from SG have invested). It’s one of the prettier dining rooms I’ve been in of late; dark … Continue reading BRAT, Shoreditch

Chik’N, Baker Street

Carle Clarke and David Wolanski, owners of Chick ‘n’ Sours in Dalston and Seven Dials, certainly have a hit on their hands with their latest opening Chik’N. You can best sum it up with the words free-range, fast-food and bloody-delicious. Essentially it’s more of what they do best: fried chicken. It sits on Baker Street, ironically right next to a KFC, and on our Sunday … Continue reading Chik’N, Baker Street

The Cleveland Arms, Paddington

The Cleveland Arms is a pub and restaurant at the end of a sleepy mews in Paddington. Other than Frontline Club, the area isn’t exactly famous for its food offering. But maybe things are on the up… This is a proper “posh” boozer. The ground floor sees a bar with stools and a snug out the back complete with open fire. Downstairs is the dining … Continue reading The Cleveland Arms, Paddington

L’Ecrin, Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

There are no two ways about it – Rosewood London is a fine example of what a hotel is all about. I’ve written previously about the hotel’s glorious suites and pastry-dazzling restaurant on the blog. I was excited then to see what their Parisian sister, Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, had to offer. It’s a veritable fun house of beautiful bits and bobs. From … Continue reading L’Ecrin, Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

Gucci Osteria by Massimo Bottura, Florence

Massimo Bottura is the chef and owner of 3 Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, voted number two in the World’s 50 Best list. He’s also been the subject of a Netflix Chef’s Table, he’s helped saved millions of pounds’ worth of Parmigiano Reggiano and he runs pop up soup kitchens using surplus food to feed those in need. A busy boy you could say. We’re in Florence, … Continue reading Gucci Osteria by Massimo Bottura, Florence

L’Escargot, Soho

In a city filled with new openings every five minutes, it’s easy to forget restaurants that have been around a little longer. 93 years since opening, L’Escargot can boast the title of London’s oldest French restaurant. Inside it feels old-school-posh but without that stifling atmosphere you used to get with fine dining. Service is relaxed, friendly, even jokey. We sit by the window, next to … Continue reading L’Escargot, Soho

Harry’s Bar, Venice

Harry’s Bar in Venice is most famous for two things; their Bellini cocktails and the astronomical prices of absolutely everything on the menu. It is however something of a Venetian institution – in 2001 it was declared a national landmark by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs. So, while in Venice for a few days we felt we had to give it a go. You … Continue reading Harry’s Bar, Venice

Sabor, Heddon Street

Just off Regent Street and already full of average restaurants, Heddon Street isn’t the first place you’d think of going for a great meal. A strange choice then for Nieves Barragan’s first standalone restaurant after leaving the Barrafina empire she helped create. Once inside however it’s all rather lovely. We take a seat at the low counter overlooking the brightly tiled kitchen and sip on … Continue reading Sabor, Heddon Street

XU, Soho

XU, pronounced ‘shoo’, is the next restaurant from the Taiwanese brother and sister gang who brought us Bao. Whereas Bao sees queues for miles, an informal dining room and a cheap as chips menu, XU is quite the opposite. It takes reservations and the dining room, split over two floors, is an absolute stunner – think 1920’s Taiwan train carriage (it’s designed by Brady Williams … Continue reading XU, Soho

Le Sud, Lyon

We arrive in Lyon on Valentine’s Day and surprise, surprise we struggle to find a restaurant that has space. After a few calls around we get lucky with Le Sud, a Mediteranen brasserie, part of the Paul Bocuse empire (he’s that legendary French chef who recently died). It’s a chaotic arrival, the restaurant is absolutely rammed, all couples naturally, and the manager looks panicked. Our … Continue reading Le Sud, Lyon

Chimis, Southwark

It’s a strange stretch of land is Southwark Bridge Road, SE1. Most of you will have never been there. I’ve only gone down there to get to somewhere else. (Mercato Metropolitano is nearby). There’s a Co-Op. Not much else. But now an Argentinian Parrilla has opened, called Chimis, and it’s rather good. It’s owned by two chaps, Federico Fugazza and Nicolas Modad, who became friends … Continue reading Chimis, Southwark