Restaurant Review – Plateau

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Somehow it seems that scathing restaurant reviews are always the most fun. Not so much for the writer (negative reviews are no easier to write) but, in fact, for the reader, and proof comes with the fact that some of the most revered food writers are also the most outrageously unforgiving. Let’s face it, there’s only so many times that you can enjoy reading 500 words of drivel that describes every single specific detail of...

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – September

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Four Hundred Rabbits - Crystal Palace Coming soon to Crystal Palace, the team behind The Lido Café’s new opening will have a strong focus on Pizza and Beer. Named after traditional Aztec lore of the God of Fermentation and the Goddess of Alcohol spawning 400 Rabbits. Boasting some of the best...

Restaurant Review – Quilon

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Having opened way back in 1999, it would seem that, once upon a time, Quilon was actually quite brilliant. Again, they’ve managed to wow Michelin this year, for the seventh year running, so it’s a real shame that our recent visit didn’t quite manage to live up to high expectations. Owned by the Taj Hotel Group, Quilon is perched upon the corner St. James Court Hotel just a stone’s throw from Parliament and Victoria...

Restaurant Review – Vinothec Compass

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With the current boom in popularity that’s surrounding Greenwich Peninsula at present, North Greenwich is turning into a real hot bed for eating out. Until quite recently, the only places to eat within a stones throw of North Greenwich station were one of the many restaurant chains within the O2 Arena (apart from The Pilot pub, which is a little off of the beaten track for visitors). Earlier this year, celebrated chef Stevie Parle’s...

Restaurant Review – Brasserie Blanc, Charlotte Street

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Whenever visiting a celebrity chef chain restaurant, there’s always a surrounding air of trepidation. It’s highly unlikely, of course, that the chef in question will be on hand to oversee everything that goes on within the kitchen, as well as giving the diner a chance to sample some of the cooking that they’ve witnessed on television. It is, however, likely that the restaurant will be absolutely filled with self-promoting portraits that adorn the walls,...

Restaurant Review – The Wolseley

Photo: David Loftus By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Since opening its doors in 2003, The Wolseley has become a celebrated Central London dining institution. Taking the place of a 1920s car showroom, The Wolseley Car Company, which was later acquired by Barclays Bank. Perched beside The Ritz Hotel, on Piccadilly, the restaurant has become so famous that there’s a downstairs shop selling all types of merchandise that’s emblazoned with the restaurant’s logo, as well as celebrated food writer A.A....

Restaurant Review – Suvlaki

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Alike many of life’s joys, Greek food is one of those things that I often forget just how much I truly adore. As is the case with all cuisines, Greek can be executed remarkably awfully, yet when perfected; Greek food is absolutely sensational. Plump Kalamata Olives dressed in local Olive Oil, Tzatziki (a Yoghurt and Cucumber-based dip), dried Oregano used as a third seasoning, subtle Feta Cheese, an almost magical use of Filo Pastry,...

Restaurant Review – Duck & Waffle

Located upon the 40th floor of London’s Heron Tower, Duck & Waffle isn’t just the highest restaurant in the UK, it’s also one of the most popular amongst London’s foodie elite. Open 24 hours a day, it’s still incredibly difficult to book a table for two. Arriving a little earlier than planned, we begin our visit at the already bustling bar area, taking a seat with a glass of Wine before being whisked away into the dining area and seated...

Restaurant Review – Hutong

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Opened as the second restaurant within The Shard – the skyscraper that still divides opinion between Londoners – back in 2013, Hutong is now perched on floor 33 above Aqua Shard (owned by the same company). As well as the view, as is often the case with this type of skyscraper inhabiting restaurant, the location of London’s first Hutong, based on the Hong Kong original, has contributed to the venue’s popularity, although the building...

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