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Jidori – Dalston, London – Review

Kumamoto oyster at Jidori, Dalston

89 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB www.jidori.co.uk Jidori was Plan C. Not in earnest, as it was always the plan to visit after Lyle’s and The Clove Club, though there was a Plan D. I’m not sure there’s anyone who found it on the first go. This Dalston restaurant lives in the stripped down shell…

Bao – Soho, London – Review

Pig's blood cake, Bao, London

53 Lexington St, London W1F 9AS baolondon.com I finally made it to Bao. After a morning of tasting German wines and months after everyone else has already paid their dues in the queues. I got there shortly after 2pm thinking that, as it’s a week day and there’s just an hour left until it closes,…

Celeste Restaurant at The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge, lunch

Cracker bread with hummous at Celeste Restaurant, The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge

Menu from an a la carte lunch at Celeste Restaurant at The Lanesborough: Cracker bread with hummous Pan-fried langoustines with wild grains and a langoustine basil broth Suckling pig Pineapple Petit fours I had an à la carte lunch at Celeste Restaurant at The Lanesborough while conducting an interview recently. It’s in the same space…

Château Angélus lunch at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, Mayfair

Sweetbread, cauliflower, muscat grapes, vadouvan at Helene Darroze at The Connaught

Menu from a lunch at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught in Mayfair with food from the two Michelin starred restaurant and wines from Château Angélus to match: Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Sweetbread, cauliflower, muscat grapes, ‘vadouvan’ Carillon d’Angélus 2012 St Emillion Pork, pumpkin, Medjool date, Ras el Hanout Château Angélus 2008 St Emillion Chocolate, mint Château Angélus…

Chocolate making: The bean-to-bar process explained

Cocoa pod shell, Diamond Chocolate Factory

It’s been a while since my chocolate trip to Grenada but I’ve only recently trawled through all the photographs and video footage that I captured on the island. Sometimes, when you delve into forgotten hauls, you find some unexpected gems. For me, it was the surprise discovery of the video snippets that I took inside…

Duck & Champagne at HKK, City, Review

HKK's Cherry wood duck with mantou and caviar

88 Worship St, London EC2A 2BE hkklondon.com Duck and Champagne is a pretty random combination, isn’t it? Food and wine matching common sense would probably suggest that a gamey fowl like duck is best served with a red wine of some sort, say a Pinot Noir; or at the very least, a bold white wine like Chardonnay….

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