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Bao – Soho, London – Review

Pig's blood cake, Bao, London

53 Lexington St, London W1F 9AS 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…

Yauatcha, City, Review

Chocolate luxe gateau at Yauatcha City, London

Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS Yauatcha is one of my favourite restaurants. It’s a sort of fail safe option for last minute suppers, especially late at night. I’ve been to it on so many occasions, and I recommend it to just about everyone. Kowtowing to the pastry Kings and Queens A post shared by…

Oswaldo Oliva at Carousel, Marylebone, dinner

Carrots, carrots, carrots, Oswaldo Oliva at Carousel

Menu from a dinner at Carousel London where Oswaldo Oliva was the chef in residence: Snacks Fossilised citrus and worm salt Carrots, carrots, carrots Savoury A sequence of herbs, pickles and dressings Sesame praline in fragrant nage Hake, kohl rhabi and pistachios ‘Blue’ steak, sour leaves and marrow butter [Langoustines, chicken and basil emulsions] Sweet…

Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea at the Wellington Lounge Review

Pastries, Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea at Wellington Lounge

The InterContinental, 1 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7QY There aren’t many places that I would visit twice. Schedules, preferences and the pursuit of “new” all work against a place as soon as I visit. There’s something about revisiting the same spaces for me that has a closer association with impending boredom than the comfort of the familiar. It’s…

Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea at Wellington Louge

Pastries, Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea at Wellington Lounge

Menu from the new Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea at Wellington Lounge, InterContinental Park Lane, with food inspired by summer and Floris London Perfumers: Scents of summer inspired palate cleanser – rose pearl and wheatgrass shot ~ Smoked salmon and bergamot infused cream cheese scroll served on lemon bread Rose pickled cucumber and mascarpone cheese served on Peruvian…