"Twice here in 2016. Absolutely consistent, gosh, its impressive when a restaurant can stay on form in this way. Did not recognise anything on the menu from previous visits but as ever here everything looks tempting and is delicious - had 8 different dishes and all were top. And the sherries are an extra treat. had another great dinner early April - the spicing and tastes are so original and spot on. Its busy and the service can slow up but always charming."
"The food is better prepared than on recent visits, and the staff is most accommodating. The menu is quite extensive."
"Much hyped and it lived up to it - this really is very special interesting delicately cooked Indian food. Definitely to return to. Not cheap but why should it be when the quality is this good."
"Really it's market is pizza express and it seems to fare well by comparison"
"Good quick fish restaurant"
"Love the "classiness" of this place, the first one outside of the US. Ambience is fantastic, it takes you back to another era. And they make a mean Bloody Mary"
"Continues to set the standard in steaks that ten pretenders have to aspire to"
"Why oh why do they have to dim the lights....it's not fitting with a buzzing place. Why do they not release all of the tables, leaving people hanging around at the bar. Why service wine in glass beakers. All in all it disappoints with the only saving grace that it''s a walk in steakhouse"
"Continues to shine. If anything the service has improved. Love this place."
"Simple and limited menu, but very well cooked chicken burgers. Far from fine dining, but for a quick bite in a no-fuss environment this takes a lot of beating. Great value for money aND MOST ENJOYABLE FOR WHAT IT IS."
The Observer's critic-in-chief heads to Manchester to try out the new Hawksmoor and stumbles across a veggie dining room, 1847, serving great food – well, apart from the desserts. Read our roundup of restaurant news in Manchester and enter our Hawksmoor Manchester competition.
Meanwhile the Guardian's Marina O'Laughlin pays a visit to the much gushed about Kitty Fisher's
Everyone else love, love, loves it but Marina can't help but feel she's ended up at a house party she wasn't quite invited to, particularly as the restaurant staff seem allergic to answering the phone. We can attest to that having called them on at least 10 occasions without success.
The award for most ferocious review this week has to go to The Sunday Times's A A Gill
The critic has a thing or two to say about Mayfair's 'ridiculously overpriced' Mexican, Peyote, including: “...fiddly, neurotic preparation with pale, polite taste and silly, parsimonious sharing plates that aren’t bounteous or fun and are more like eating the catering pitch for a drug cartel’s wedding.”
Over at The Times, Giles Coren gives his opinion on Russian-imported pizza chain Bocconcino
“Bocconcino isn’t a bad restaurant. It just isn’t a necessary restaurant.” At £202 for pizza and pasta it's not hard to see why Mr Coren might feel that way – mind you, a £46 bottle of wine probably helped nudge the bill up.
And last but not least, Ms Maschler reviews Brindisa's new Morada Asador
The Standard's long-standing critic heads to the latest outpost of this tapas chain (in Soho) and finds the meats are the reason to flock here – from the 'delectable' milk-fed lamb to the Secreto Iberico.
Our readers can get discounted rates on entry to Taste of London when they book online. Just use the code HARDENS for £13 tickets on Wednesday & Thursday, £17 tickets on Friday, and £25 on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets on the door are £16, £21 and £28 respectively.
Taste of London will have something for every foodie, from delicious grub and cooking demonstrations, to chef masterclasses and innovative drinks. Last year's event was quite an extravaganza. Harden's went along to the opening night, which was thronged with visitors, and tried the dish voted Best in Taste – The Clove Club's lamb cutlet with gochuchang, black sesame and mint. Not exactly finger food but damn tasty none-the-less!
The upcoming event will once again be brimming with celeb chefs, cooking demos and hands-on masterclasses. Head to the AEG Taste Theatre and catch the likes of Monica Galetti, Nathan Outlaw, Pierre Koffmann and José Pizarro. Try fabulous food from restaurants across London, such as Club Gascon, The Typing Room, Duck & Waffle, Roux at Parliament Square, Roka, L'Autre Pied and Sushisamba (to name a few).
Beer lovers should head to The Tap Room and try some of the UK’s finest craft beer, or take part in tasting sessions with master brewers from the likes of HonestBrew, Harviestoun Brewery, Wildman Craft Beer and Gipsy Hill Brewing Company.
New for 2016 and certain to excite lovers of all things dessert: Dessert Hour when one hour, every session of the festival will be designated wholly to presenting delicious desserts of all shapes, sizes and flavours to be devoured by those of us with a sweet tooth.
For more information visit: www.tasteoflondon.co.uk.
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