Restaurant Reviews

Ganymede, Belgravia. Photo: Lateef Photography

‘You don’t come to Ganymede to eat. You come to feast’

Sounding like a quaint stream frequented by faeries and hobbits, the legend behind Ganymede in Belgravia is even more supernatural and louche than I first imagined… Photo: Ganymede The restaurant is named after a large moon that circles Jupiter, represented –  in Greek Mythology – by a precociously beautiful adolescent boy who was carried to […]

Eggs, spinach, mushroom, toast; The Fat Badger, Richmond. Photo: The Fat Badger

The Fat Badger Brunch Brings Countryside Flavours to Richmond

On a crisp sunny day in Richmond-on-Thames, Judith Baker discovers that heading up to Richmond Hill Rise for a spot of brunch after a long walk along the river watching rowers, dog walkers and children feeding ducks is a real treat… Photo: The Fat Badger The Fat Badger is one of Richmond’s newest and most […]

Pure Indian Cooking, Fulham. Photo: Pure Indian Cooking

Pure Indian Cooking Fulham: ‘A whole new spin on Indian fine-dining’

With Indian cuisine pervasive across Britain nowadays, it’s refreshing to discover an Indian restaurant that puts a new spin on traditional dishes, as Judith Baker discovered when she visited Pure Indian Cooking in Fulham, which has one of London’s leading female chefs at the helm… Photo: Pure Indian Cooking Pure Indian is found at the […]

Aquavit London, St James's. Photo: Thomas Alexander

Aquavit London:’It’s the food you wish someone would make you for Christmas breakfast’

If Don Draper was closing a deal in London, Aquavit is where he’d take his mistress out for lunch… Photo: Aquavit Tucked behind Regent Street, this sexy, timber clad outpost of the original Scandi restaurant from New York is as stylish as a handbuilt yacht, with natural materials outshining any need for glitz or bling. […]

Ricotta & Pumpkin Ravoli with Sage Butter Emulsion, La Nonna Fresh Pasta Restaurant, Brixton. Photo: Nic Crilly-Hargrave

La Nonna Brixton: Inspired by Grandma’s Honest Cooking

La Nonna brings artisan crafted plates and uncomplicated Italian cooking to Brixton’s Market Row… Photo: La Nonna London’s love affair with Italian cuisine is long-held, however many of the newest additions to the capital’s food scene seem more focused on interiors rather than food. While Insta-famous restaurants gain mass traction on social media, I often […]

Interior photo of Argentinian restaurant in Soho Moo Steakhouse

Moo Steakhouse: Argentinian Hospitality With London Elegance

The Argentines have a passion for steak and a visit to Soho’s new Moo Steakhouse, the younger sister to the Pimlico gastropub, demonstrates why they are masters of the charcoal grill… Photo: Moo Cantina Quincho is the word for a special space in Argentinian homes where the charcoal grill welcomes friends and family to enjoy […]

Review: Yakitori Restaurant Junsei Makes Flavours of Entire Bird Sing

Adventurous eaters are rewarded in finding the delights of off-cuts of chicken in the new yakitori restaurant Junsei in Marylebone… Photo: Junsei The restaurant on Seymour Place prides itself on its ‘zero waste’ policy of serving up every part of the organic slow-reared Suffolk bird, skewered in more than 20 different ways. The chicken and […]

Dining at The Dorchester Review: Old School Glamour & Style With a Modern Twist

The Bar and The Grill at The Dorchester are a heady cocktail of the classic and the contemporary.   Photo: The Dorchester The iconic Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane opened its glamorous doors in 1931 and 90 years on she is not showing her age. As the Christmas lights started to twinkle in ever sparkling Mayfair, I passed […]

Review: Baccalà Brings Best of Italian Sea to Bermondsey

The weather outside might be crisp and cool, but if you want to transport yourself to the Adriatic sea head over to Baccalà in Bermondsey, a family-run restaurant by two couples that specialises in great seafood and wine… Photo: Baccalà The Italian restaurant, which is family-run by two couples and headed by chef Moreno Polverini and […]

The Game Bird Review: ‘We are Certainly Game for a Return’

Michelin-starred Lisa Goodwin-Allen adds finesse and flair to the new menu at The Bird Game at The Stafford in St James’s with elegant riffs on British classics… Photo: The Bird Game The beautiful Stafford Hotel has graced historic and elegant St James in London for over 100 years, and is something of a grand old lady of […]