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

Outlaw’s at The Capital, Knightsbridge

We had a truly brilliant meal at Nathan Outlaw’s Michelin starred restaurant in Cornwall a few years back; the service was outstanding and it was the only time we’ve ever had a seafood tasting menu. I wasn’t entirely convinced the whole ethos of fresh and mostly local fish would transport well to his second restaurant (in the Capital Hotel, Knightsbridge) but it got a Michelin … Continue reading Outlaw’s at The Capital, Knightsbridge

Fischer’s, Marylebone

Fischer’s is the latest offering from restaurateurs Corbin and King – the pair behind the Wolseley, Delaunay, Brasserie Zedel and Colbert. It’s based on Marylebone High Street on the former site of Cotidie; a dire Italian restaurant where I had one of the worst meals of my life. What a transformation; it’s a really beautiful restaurant – like a glamorous Austrian cafe in a railway … Continue reading Fischer’s, Marylebone

Dirty Bones, High Street Kensington

Dirty Bones (website here) is a basement restaurant and bar in High Street Kensington which specialises in the kind of ‘dirty’ food this city has grown accustomed to; hot dogs, ribs, wings etc. It’s backed by the same company as Rum Kitchen and Tommi’s Burger Joint, so one can only imagine a second Dirty Bones is on the cards. It’s kitted out beautifully inside and … Continue reading Dirty Bones, High Street Kensington

Jackson & Rye, Chiswick

I really enjoyed my visit to Jackson & Rye’s first restaurant on Wardour Street in Soho, so when I heard they were opening a second one in Chiswick (where that awful Jamie Oliver pizza restaurant used to be) I thought I’d pop down – if only Chiswick wasn’t such a faff to get to eh! As it was a really warm evening, we decided to … Continue reading Jackson & Rye, Chiswick

Tommi’s Burger Joint, Chelsea

I loved our visit to Tommi’s Burger Joint just off Marylebone High Street (the first of the Icelandic burger chain in the UK from a guy called Tomas Tomasson). After a slightly unfulfilling dinner at Lyle’s in Shoreditch, we decided to cross town for a quick burgery snack at their new shop in Chelsea. The small ground floor dining room was a cutely designed space; … Continue reading Tommi’s Burger Joint, Chelsea

Hereford Road, Westbourne Grove

Hereford Road is a restaurant located in an old Victorian butcher’s shop in Westbourne Grove. The head chef, a chap called Tom Pemberton, used to be in charge of the kitchen at St. John Bread and Wine, which is obvious when looking at the menu; simple and seasonal cooking – which is never a bad thing. It was a charming restaurant with mini booth seats for two … Continue reading Hereford Road, Westbourne Grove

Amaya, Knightsbridge

Located in Knightsbridge, Amaya is a Michelin starred Indian restaurant by the same people as Veeraswamy, Chutney Mary and Masala Zone. After a recent incredible meal at Indian restaurant Gymkhana, I was really excited to see what Amaya had to offer – but sadly the whole experience from start to finish was a total disappointment. The restaurant was an attractive space which was flooded with … Continue reading Amaya, Knightsbridge

Marcus at The Berkeley

Two Michelin starred Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley Hotel recently underwent an extensive refurb including, a name change to Marcus, in the hope of making it a much more relaxed affair. We had a brilliant lunch there a couple of years ago so when I received an invitation to review the new place, I jumped at the chance. Ever since blaggergate (what? You’ve not heard … Continue reading Marcus at The Berkeley

Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse is the restaurant inside the new hotel with the same name in Marylebone by André Balazs and it’s run by head chef Nuno Mendes. I was sad when I heard he was leaving Bethnal Green’s Viajante and Corner Room but after seeing this new venture, I can understand why he did – it’s pretty amazing. The hotel wasn’t open yet on our visit … Continue reading Chiltern Firehouse