Restaurant Review – Brasserie Chavot

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food “Would you like me to pair some Wine with your chosen courses, monsieur?” our zealously competent sommelier asks of us upon ordering our meals. And although having already partaken in a few pre-dinner drinks at next door’s rather luxurious Polo Bar that’s situated within The Westbury Hotel, in the spirit of eating out, the sommelier’s offer does seem hard (and slightly rude) to refuse. Yet as is – thankfully - proven during our visit...

Restaurant Review – Galvin at Windows

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With over 30 awards to its name, as well as having retained its prestigious Michelin Star every year since 2009, our expectations of Galvin at Windows were already sky high, before even arriving at Park Lane’s Hilton Hotel. Opening back in 2006 (9 years to the day, on our recent visit), after ascending to the hotel’s 28th floor, the sweeping panoramic views are the first experience that’s on offer from the restaurant. However, although...

Restaurant Review – Bombay Brasserie

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Since opening way back in 1982, Bombay Brasserie’s mission has always been to present London with the authentic food of Bombay in all its ethnic variety. And having dined at the recently refurbished restaurant last week, it’s safe to say that the restaurant manages to deliver that promise, as well as much more. In recent years, there’s been a huge increase in competition when it comes to fine Indian cuisine within the city, however,...

Restaurant Review – Rocket, Holborn

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Nestled along Kingsway a few moments from High Holborn tube lies this well-kept secret. Rocket is a chain of high end and trendy restaurants with sites across the City, Docklands, the Holborn site of course and even one venue in Nottingham. The restaurant is down a flight of stairs and the feel is sleek but also had a relaxed feel. For a Wednesday night it was pretty busy and we took a table towards the...

Restaurant Review – The Dispensary

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Just around the corner from Whitechapel Road, the East Dispensary Hospital was erected in 1782, founded by a selection of doctors with help from the Duke of Wellington. Originally set up as an attempt to provide medical treatment to the poor citizens of the area back in the late 18th century, the venue now acts as a pub/dining room that boasts an interesting mix of hearty pub food and elegant A La Carte treats....

Restaurant Review – Café Football

By David de Winter, Sports Editor, @davidjdewinter  @TLE_Sport I have an intense dislike of the Westfield Shopping Centres in London.  In fact, make that any shopping centre in the world. With their fancy stores placed side by side, imploring the general public to buy, buy, buy, they embody everything that is wrong with the modern world. It is mass consumerism at its most acute. Ah but of course, I almost forgot; the more things I buy the happier I am. Everyone...

Restaurant Owner Creates Britain’s Tallest Burger

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent A restaurant owner has created Britain's tallest burger which towers higher than his own daughter. The whopping two-and-a-half-foot '999 burger' trumps the previous UK record by several inches and contains enough calories to feed one person everyday for two weeks. Created by Chef Craig Harker of The George in Stockton, Teeside, the culinary masterpiece is bigger than his one-year-old daughter who stands at 2ft. The leaning tower of meat is made of three seeded buns, ten gourmet burgers and one slice of...

Restaurant Review – Wheeler’s Rib Room & Oyster Bar

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Twenty-five years ago, Marco Pierre White began to make a name for himself as one of the UK’s most exciting chefs with the release of his classic White Heat cookbook, and now after reigning as on of Britain's most celebrated Celebrity Chefs for quarter of a century, the chef has lent his name to a brand new restaurant. Having sold the original St. James site of Wheeler’s last year, the brand has returned to London with...

Restaurant Review – Sketch: The Lecture Room & Library

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Imagine breaking into the realms of your wildest dreams whilst retaining full self control. Multiply that by ten and you’d most probably have something in mind that’s similar to The Lecture Room & Library at Mayfair’s Sketch. In fact the art heavy interior is so otherworldly and bizarre that it’d be no surprise to find Salvador Dali dining in one corner, stroking his gravity defying moustache while on the opposite side a man-size white rabbit...

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