London: World #97 Hedone

This cat marches to the beat of his own drum! It’s all I could think after I finished chatting to solicitor turned food blogger turned uber chef Mikael Jonsson.  I’d just finished my multi course, sensory overloading tasting menu at Hedone and was still reflecting on what was most likely one of the best meals…

London: World #27 The Ledbury

I can’t think of too many restaurants that I’ve had both a strong desire to visit and an equally strong level of frustration to secure a table. Given the reputation of The Ledbury, a perennial #Worlds50 Best Restaurant and Two Michelin Starred establishment, I can understand that it’s a little difficult to get into.  However,…

London: World #91 St John

I walked right past St John when I was wandering the back streets of Smithfield, such was the unassuming facade of the restaurant.  With it’s roller shutter pulled down, the pub looked just like all of the other semi industrial businesses that help make Smithfield one of the more interesting locations in London. That I…

London: The Clove Club #26 in the World

It’s been a pretty big week in the foodie world. At some point, you probably saw that the latest #Worlds50Best was released; you know, the annual glorification of the top end of the restaurant scene.  I must admit, I watched the ceremony through the live streaming site and was interested to see who the winners and…

Elystan Street: The Square 2.0?

When I sat down to reflect on, then write about my top ten list from 2015, one restaurant stood out above all others. I’d love to have said it was a Hong Kong restaurant; but despite having some amazing meals in my new home, it was a UK restaurant that had won my heart. You…

London: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal #39* in the world

Here’s what my Monday looked like: Flight arrives in London at 5:30am Check into Hotel at 7:30am F45 Training Session at 9:30am Visit to Lyle’s at 12:30pm Visit to Dinner by Heston at 6:30pm If ever there was a contrast between the old culinary world and the new, this was it.  Lunch was at a…

London: Lyle’s #54* in the World

Here’s what my Monday looked like: Flight arrives in London at 5:30am Check into Hotel at 7:30am F45 Training Session at 9:30am Visit to Lyles at 12:30pm I was feeling particularly jet lagged as I arrived at the Shoreditch train station, so I was particularly happy to find that Lyle’s was only a few meters…

Angler @ South Place Hotel

Sometimes you take a punt and it pays off.  Sometimes not. With so many quality restaurants in London, many with Michelin stars, it’s sometimes hard to decide on where to go.  I mean, you generally expect a certain level of quality at Michelin starred restaurants, but I’ve  been disappointed before. I’d been pigging out a…

Galvin la Chapelle – a most beautiful setting

Picture this, a beautiful old building is built for the parish of Bishopsgate as part of a school for girls in 1890; serving as a parish hall and gymnasium.  Enter the 70’s, a time of demolishing the old to make way for the new; and if not for a dedicated group of local residents that…

Gordon Ramsay’s Petrus in Knightsbridge

I still haven’t figured out how to get into Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, the three Michelin starred showpiece restaurant that’s rated as one of the UK’s best.  Every time I’ve travelled to London, I’ve attempted a booking, on any day for lunch or dinner and have been stymied at every turn.  There must be a secret…

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon @ Covent Gardens

I’m slowly accumulating visits to the many L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurants dotted around the world; yeah, that sounds like a real hardship!  If you think about it, the task is not really that difficult.  Arguably the most famous chef on the planet and certainly the most decorated (at last count 33 Michelin Stars), Robuchon…

Greenhouse – Mayfair London

I’m glad we live in an age where Google Maps exists, because without it I’d have spent all day wandering around the back streets of Mayfair looking for the Greenhouse.  The beautiful little restaurant was in the backstreets and mews of one of London’s best areas and was only identifiable from the street because of…