Vineet Bhatia London, Chelsea

I first visited this Indian restaurant a few years back when it was called Rasoi and it had a Michelin star. Although nothing was hugely wrong with it the food wasn’t exactly scream-worthy. After losing their star it has since had a refurb, name change and complete menu overhaul – evenings are tasting menu only at £105 per noggin. We have to knock at the … Continue reading Vineet Bhatia London, Chelsea

Dominique Ansel Bakery, Victoria

Our first taste of Dominique Ansel’s sweet treats was at his cafe in New York. This chap worked for years as the exec pastry chef at two Michelin star Daniel in New York and then set up his own place which was made all the more famous by his invention the Cronut®. Mum, that’s a cross between a donut and a croissant, you’d love it. … Continue reading Dominique Ansel Bakery, Victoria

Hai Cenato, Victoria

Hai Cenato, meaning ‘have you had dinner?’ in Italian, is the latest opening from chef turned fashion icon Jason Atherton (Sosharu, Social Wine & Tapas and City Social). It’s in a new development in Victoria called Nova which has got restaurants aplenty all housed in glass fronted new-builds right by the station. We have an interesting arrival; a huge door which we can’t see into … Continue reading Hai Cenato, Victoria

Elystan Street, Chelsea

Phil Howard has had quite a career to date; his time running Mayfair stalwart The Square gained him 2 Michelin stars, neighbourhood favourite Kitchen W8 is always busy and he’s regularly a judge on BBC’s Great British Menu. He’s now opened Elystan Street in Chelsea on the former Tom Aikens site. Gone is the dark dining room with quote ridden walls. Instead it’s a bright … Continue reading Elystan Street, Chelsea

Six Portland Road, Holland Park

It’s not a place I often frequent to be honest, is Holland Park. I’m not sure I’ve actually ever been there before. But now Six Portland Road has opened, on 6 Portland Road, I think I’ll be planning many more a visit. It’s a restaurant from Oli Barker (front of house) who used to head up Terroirs near the Strand. Much like there, the menu … Continue reading Six Portland Road, Holland Park

The Goring, Belgravia

The Goring hotel, made famous by Kate Middleton’s stay the night before her wedding day, is now home to a Michelin starred dining room. We’ve had the afternoon tea before in the bar which was quite wonderful. The hotel is all glamour, from the outside to the lobby. The dining room however has a little less grandeur and the clientele are north of 60; it’s … Continue reading The Goring, Belgravia

Egg Break, Notting Hill

Egg Break opened under the radar; there was little to no song and dance about Soho House’s latest restaurant tucked down a sleepy side street in Notting Hill. As the name suggests, the menu specialises in all things eggy and as it’s only open for breakfast and lunch, it’s a convenient brunch spot. We sat on the ground floor which had a relaxed cafe vibe. … Continue reading Egg Break, Notting Hill

Granger & Co., Notting Hill

Serial restaurateur Bill Granger must be doing something right; he’s got restaurants all over the world in Sydney, Seoul, Honolulu and Tokyo, and he’s just about to open another Granger & Co. in Kings Cross. We popped down for brunch at the Notting Hill outpost one Sunday and were greeted with a rather large queue; clearly a popular choice. It’s a charming spot with a … Continue reading Granger & Co., Notting Hill

Fera at Claridge’s

I first visited Simon Rogan’s restaurant Fera in Claridge’s (he also owns SR at The French and L’Enclume) back when it first opened and I loved everything about it. I was excited to return for lunch to see if it was just as wonderful and it really was. They’ve now introduced a set lunch menu priced at £35 for three courses but we opted for … Continue reading Fera at Claridge’s

Kouzu, Victoria

Kouzu is a swanky Japanese restaurant in Victoria which is housed in a grade-ll listed mansion from the 1850’s. As you might expect from such a restaurant in such a location, it ain’t a cheap affair, but the food was really rather good. We started with the beef fillet tataki (£17.50) which was thin strips of lightly seared beef, delicately flavoured with a light soy … Continue reading Kouzu, Victoria

The Ledbury, Notting Hill

The Ledbury is a two Michelin restaurant by Australian born Brett Graham. It’s been a while since we’ve had a bit of fine dining pomp (my favourite of all food to be honest) so we booked ourselves in for a Saturday lunch. Getting a table is still quite hard work FYI. The dining room was elegantly simple but beautiful; it was understated yet with all … Continue reading The Ledbury, Notting Hill

Kurobuta, Chelsea 

Kurobuta, which is the creation of chef and owner Scott Hallsworth, has become so popular that he’s moved his Chelsea outpost down the King’s Road to an even bigger site (he’s turning the old one into Joe’s Oriental Diner). We rocked up on a Wednesday evening, having not booked and the place was rammed to the rafters. All they could offer us was to perch on the … Continue reading Kurobuta, Chelsea 

Mr Chow, Knightsbridge

You don’t hear much about Mr Chow these days. In the 90’s, you weren’t anybody if you didn’t get papped leaving this high end Chinese restaurant in Knightsbridge. It has always been on my list though, so we popped along for dinner. It was far smaller than I expected. We were seated in the ground floor dining room which is split into two sections by … Continue reading Mr Chow, Knightsbridge

The Five Fields, Chelsea

Hidden down a sleepy residential street off the Kings Road, The Five Fields is the sort of restaurant you’d never accidentally stumble upon. On our Saturday night visit the place was packed however and it’s easy to see why. The dining room was small but beautiful, some serious money had clearly been spent on the place. It was all very elegant but the armchairs sloped … Continue reading The Five Fields, Chelsea

Rivea, Knightsbridge

Rivea (pronounced like Nivea FYI), is the second UK restaurant from Alain Ducasse – after his three Michelin starred eponymous restaurant in the Dorchester. This one also has a swanky location, in the Bvlgari Hotel in Knightsbridge down in the basement. A hotel restaurant in the basement is never an easy thing to pull off. We shouldn’t have been so pessimistic however – as we … Continue reading Rivea, Knightsbridge