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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,…

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…

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….

Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, dinner

Roasted lobster out of the shell on herbs oil and chives, Azurmendi

Menu from a dinner at the three Michelin-starred Azurmendi in Larrabetzu, with mostly new dishes and a few classics: [Artichoke cracker with citrus gel] [Peanut] [Pumpkin-parmesan butter biscuit] [Asparagus cotton] [Avocado bonbon] [Pickled courgette] Homemade salted anchovy millefeuille Roe and dill CaipiriTxa Hibiscus Infusion Chestnut leaf [Frozen olive on black olive soil] Egg from our hens,…

Highlights from San Sebastian Gastronomika 2015

Paco Morales at San Sebastian Gastronomika

San Sebastian Gastronomika 2013 Two years ago when I attended San Sebastian Gastronomika (SSG) for the first time, I was invited by the conference to present on Chinese food with Hunan restaurant’s Chef Peng, who I had co-authored a cookbook with. The schedule was hectic but I had some time to sit in on the ‘Alta’ demonstrations in the…

Gravner Wine Maker’s Dinner at George, Mayfair

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Menu from a dinner at Mayfair members’ club George with Mateja Gravner with natural wines made in qvevries from Josko Gravner and regional food created by the in-house chef to match: Grilled Porcini mushrooms, garlic, shallot and parsley Gravner Ribolla 2007 Venezua Giulia IGT Prune and Gravner gnocchi, cinnamon crumb Gravner Bianco Breg 2007 Venezia…

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