It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Neil Rankin. I adore his original restaurant in Soho (BBQ and mezcal), am a bit nonplussed about No.2, City, (curry and gin) but was beyond excited for No.3, featuring pizza, not just any pizza, and vermouth. And so, when I saw the soft launch started on bank … More Temper Covent Garden, sweet Cheesus, the nine hour lunch, restaurant review
I have a friend, well actually an ex and he’s not a friend really, who will make a bet with me knowing he will lose. The outcome is always lunch somewhere I really want to go; it’s bad form not to pay out on a bet. And so, this is how I found myself at Core, the first solo … More Core, restaurant review, London
Fresh, profound, riotous, bizarre, somewhat confused, a little overlong, magical. While contradictory, all of these are true of this new show, looseły based on the Victor Hugo novel, TheMan Who Laughs. Brought to the stage by Tom Morris of War Horse fame, it’s one of the most bizarre shows I’ve seen and it’s well suited to the small space of Trafalgar Studios. The … More The Grinning Man, madness and wonder, theatre review.
I took TP for lunch recently. It was a business lunch but we mostly talked about life and love and,of course, food. He raved about the Oystermen and so that is where Big J and I found ourselves last Friday. I generally avoid Covent Garden but,I have to say, it’s looking good and the opening of the second outpost … More The Oystermen, claws for thought, Covent Garden
Foxlow Soho opened at the end of May and I managed to get a booking during the soft launch. And so the gays of my life and I headed to Soho for a sedate, midweek dinner, at least that was the plan.Like the other Foxlow restaurants, the feel is cool but relaxed with a focus … More Foxlow Soho, restaurant review
On Friday, I finally witnessed the creative genius that is Dabiz Munoz. I really wanted to visit his three Michelin starred restaurant when I was in Madrid but, despite managing to make it onto a waiting list (yes this is a thing now), I didn’t make it to a table. Dabiz is the enfant terrible of Spanish cooking. His aim is … More StreetXO, the London edition
When I heard that Sagardi, the Spanish restaurant chain that celebrates Basque cuisine was opening in Shoreditch I was very, very excited, not least because this time last year I was in San Sebastián feasting on Pintxos. Meat is the star of the show here and the first thing you notice is the beautiful butchers … More Basque cuisine comes to Shoreditch – Sagardi’s review