Restaurant Review – Benares

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Based within Mayfair’s luxurious Berkeley Square, renowned celebrity chef Atul Kochhar’s Benares has been serving incredible Indian inspired dishes since 2003. And cosily nestled alongside a Rolls Royce dealership and Celebrity hotspots such as Robert De Niro’s Nobu just a few doors along, before even entering the restaurant; we could tell that our evening out at the dining institution would be a most classy one. Fusing culinary processes from his native India with his...

Restaurant Review – Heddon Street Kitchen

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food   Before dining Mayfair’s Heddon Street Kitchen, my only Gordon Ramsay experiences had featured a man with a thunderous temper, shrieking profanities and hurling abuse at some poor, less competent chefs looking as though they were about to burst into floods of tears at any given moment. Not the most satiating of first impressions, needless to say. However, the sheer quality of the food served up at the celebrity chef’s newest venture, alone, has...

Bistrò by Shot to open in Parson’s Green

By Jonathan Hatchman Following the success of Shot Espresso and the recently opened pizza and ice cream parlor - Ice & Slice, the team behind these two ventures will be opening a brand new 40-cover restaurant; Bistrò by Shot in Parson’s Green next week (March 19th). Headed up by accomplished Head Chef Fabrice Meier, the new all-day dining concept will offer seasonal dishes with a French-Italian twist that’s set to use ingredients sourced predominantly from a range of local suppliers....

Restaurant Review – The Portrait Restaurant

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor @TLE_Food One of the cultural pinnacles of Central London – The National Portrait Gallery -situated on the edge of Trafalgar Square re-opened the doors to its Portrait Restaurant last month. The current contract is owned by Company of Cooks, who took it over in 2013 from another company, the restaurant closed for refurbishment at the beginning of this year, also reigning in a new culinary director Helena Puolakka, having previously worked alongside the likes of acclaimed chefs...

Restaurant Review – Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

 By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor @TLE_food The city of London seems to have been following a real trend for high-altitude dining within the Square Mile, over the past few years. And joining the impressive skyline’s restaurants in postmodern structures such as The Shard (Aqua, Oblix, Hutong), Heron Tower (Duck & Waffle, SUSHISAMBA) and Tower 42 (City Social), is the newly opened Sky Garden that’s located across the top three floors of 20 Fenchurch Street – AKA The Walkie Talkie. With...

Review: Herman Ze German

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic  Step aside Preston, a new ‘over the counter culture’ has been born in London and this time it’s of a far tastier variety. Herman Ze German is one of several ventures popping up across the capital championing good, regional food served with haste. Akin to US outlets Five Guys and Chipotle Herman is flying the German flag by offering all things schnitzely in a three-step menu system that ensures you’re not far...

Kyloe, Edinburgh – Review

By Simon Bennison, Food Writer Kyloe is an early 19th century term for Highland Cattle, and the title of Edinburgh’s finest gourmet steak joint. It sits to the west end of Princes Street, overlooking Edinburgh Castle. As we arrived up the stairs into the bright sunny room, were seated in a large window facing booth with cowhide covered seats, and introduced to a glass of prosecco and a Lone Star beer. This was going to be a good day. A...

Yurt Lush, Bristol – Review

By Laura Elvin, Food Writer The clue is in the name.  This is Sunday dinner with a difference, and the difference is the fact that you are in a great big Mongolian yurt. Now I can’t really big up the setting because rather unusually the great big tent is sat in the middle of Bristol’s financial district, which on a Sunday is absolutely dead. BUT as soon as you're inside with a blooming lovely log fire in the middle, rustic...

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