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Degò, Soho: Wine by trade, Italian by nature

Scallops with hazelnut cream and amarone apples at Dego, London

Degò, Portland House, 4 Great Portland Street, London W1W 8QJ www.degowinebar.co.uk An exploration of wine led me to Degò; an Italian restaurant and wine bar that’s so far removed from its Oxford Circus surroundings it leaves you disorientated. How do you explain its concept? “Devil’s in the detail” perhaps, which is what might be invoked when your…

Garlic and herb focaccia recipe

Garlic and herb focaccia

Makes 1 30cm x 30cm slice Ingredients: 650g  strong white bread flour 1 tbsp dried active yeast (check the packaging of your yeast for instructions if using fast action yeast) 1 tsp sugar 150 ml warm water for the yeast – 1 part boiling to 2 parts cold water as required for the dough 2 tbsp…

Fifteen, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, Review

View out to sea at Fifteen, Cornwall

Expectations: Although a subsidiary of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation, the Fifteen restaurant in Cornwall is actually owned by the Cornwall Foundation of Promise. This means that while the restaurant is influenced by Oliver’s passion for fresh produce and Italian cuisine, it should have its own identity. Given Oliver’s influence, we expected simple rustic food with a…

Piccolino, Heddon Street, Review

Piccolino, Heddon Street

Piccolino, 21 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BG www.piccolinorestaurants.co.uk Before I visited Piccolino in Heddon Street, I mentioned to a few people that I was going there for dinner. They told me that the service was excellent but spoke little about the food. Curious about this strange recommendation, I checked out Piccolino’s website to find out more. From there, I gleamed that…

Dining with Bisol Prosecco at Le Café Anglais

Bisol Dinner

When Harrods officially opened the doors to the new Wine Shop on the 16th of November, Bisol threw a little celebratory dinner party. You see, Bisol now has a rather nice display amongst Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Taittinger and Pommery in the new Wine Shop’s champagne section. Readers familiar with Bisol will know that it is a very highly regarded…

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