"Fantastic tasting menu if a little decadent. But why serve the food on stones, when hundreds of years of evolution have given us china plates as an adequate alternative? (bone marrow butter served on a pebble, and many of the small tasting dishes served on exceptionally thick and heavy stone plates). I worried for the health and safety of the waiting staff as they were required to carry so many of these rocks at once, not the best way to enjoy one's meal. Plus the restaurant was noisy (crowded, no soft furnishings and unnecessary music), which didn't enhance the enjoyment of one's food, and ill-lit so that I couldn't see it properly either. But the food itself couldn't be faulted."
"After three visits, all enjoyable, it is most welcome to have a newcomer in the gastro-desert of Earls Court"
"Quality remains consistent at this veggie Indian with good spicing. Service is lackadasical,however."
"Seemingly reeling from a busy bank holiday weekend, the staff seemed tired, service chaotic and the kitchen understocked. This elegant building on the edge of the modern blot that is Gunwharf Quays Outlet Centre has everything going for it, but last night's dinner was unlikely to prompt a return to this lacklustre chain."
"Tasty food - duck confit was well cooked & very nicely presented and chocolate peanut butter torte was very well balanced & tasty. Service was trying hard but the waiters were a bit young & needed reminding of order requirements. Very welcoming & good value though - definitely worth taking a detour off the A30 for."
"After a recent makeover and refurb, an excellent gastropub has become even better, with completely new menu and kitchen, and btw some great new beers including 5 Points Pale Ale a local favourite. Imaginative small dishes at the bar, and proper sit-down three course meals, all well-sourced and seasonal. An old favourite is now a new favourite."
"Great Chinese restaurant. As with so many Chinatown restaurants the interior is rather basic, but the food is very tasty and arrives very quickly."
"What a beautiful room, and a grat place for breakfast and lunch."
"I'm not a fan of the refurbishment, I'm afraid."
"My only comment is that these days my appetite is not as great as it once was and most regrettably I was unable to eat the whole meal, which was delicious. Otherwise, brilliant."
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.
Rivea, Bulgari Hotel SW7
Available 23-29 May
Rivea London will pay homage to the Flower Show with two exclusive desserts crafted by Alain Ducasse protégé Alexandre Talpaert – each a playful nod to the quintessential British garden.
Wild Strawberry and Poppy Pergola (£8): A light and fresh option, the shortbread is laced with lemon zest and topped with an airy poppy mousse, wild strawberries and a refreshing strawberry sorbet, sitting beneath a dainty chocolate pergola.
Chelsea Flower Show Planter (£8): The epitome of a perfectly formed miniature flower bed, bursting with fresh berries and flowers and combines zesty lime and smooth vanilla cream in crisp dark chocolate casing.
The Botanist SW1
Available 25-28 May
This year The Botanist Sloane Square has teamed up with BLOOM Gin to create two delightful, floral and botanical cocktails alongside a truly ginspirational pop-up. From Wednesday 25-28 May, noon-8 pm, their carnival-inspired pop-up on Sloane Square will be serving refreshingly fruity concoctions.
Chelsea de Janeiro (£10): A blend of BLOOM Gin, Kings ginger, kiwi, hibiscus, grapefruit bitters, pink grapefruit and pineapple syrup. Classic gin and tonics will also be available, as well as Joseph Perrier Champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks.
Botanist Floral Spritz (£12.50): BLOOM Gin, Belsazar White, Kamm and Sons, St Germain elderflower, lemon juice and a dash of Angostura bitters, topped with soda and garnished with cucumber, dill and an edible flower.
Pont St, Belgraves Hotel SW1
Available until 31 August
Sophie Michell's Belgravia hotel restaurant has launched a botanical afternoon tea to celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This oh so English treat is made up of fresh garden flavours and perfumed floral scents, served with either Veuve Cliquot or a botanical gin tea pot for two.
The menu includes: Danelion, Burdock & Honey Seared Salmon with Pickled Cucumber; Orange Blossom Infused Cream Cheese & Smoked Duck Crostini; Elderflower and Blue Cheese Doughnut; Raspberry, Rose & Lychee Macarons; Honey Bee Financiers and Violet Scented Eclairs sit alongside classic scones with jam and clotted cream.
The Botanical Afternoon Tea is priced at £35, £45 with champagne included or £50 with a botanical gin teapot for two.
Gallery Mess SW1
Available 24-28 May
To celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Gallery Mess will be featuring a floral cocktail, ‘The Lavender Paloma’ alongside a dedicated set-menu of fresh dishes to put a spring in your step. Situated just off the King’s Road, the Saatchi Gallery restaurant is very handy for show visitors.
The Chelsea Flower Show menu is priced at £19.50 for two courses or £24.50 for three, including a glass of wine or their special, floral cocktail. The Lavender Paloma: A fruity mix of tequila, grapefruit juice, house-infused lavender syrup and topped with a spring of lavender, drawing inspiration from the beautiful blooms of the iconic Flower Show.
To celebrate London’s most famous floral festival, the Chelsea Flower Show, Rabbit restaurant will be growing their very own edible garden featuring an array of edible flowers and a variety of vegetables. Head chef and co-owner, Oliver Gladwin, has created a floral feast and the restaurant will serve a floral daily looser (cocktail) over the show period.
Dishes include: Wild duck and bacon salad with wheat berries with blackcurrent and a blossom vinaigrette and to finish there will be home-made shortbread with fresh home-grown strawberries and clotted cream ice cream.
Tom's Kitchen Chelsea SW3
Available 23-29 May
Tom's Kitchen has teamed-up with renowned florist – Lavender Green Flowers – to create floral installations at the restaurant's Chelsea townhouse home with hops draped around the pillars and rustic containers of flowers and greenery placed throughout the ground floor. The first floor tables will have small terracotta pots for centrepieces filled with edible herbs and flowering plants like nasturtium, elderflower and lemon basil.
Floral dishes include: Marinated Loch Duart Salmon with grapefruit and nasturtium; Poached Chicken Lemon Risotto with lemon basil and marigolds; and Sweetened Ricotta with elderflower and rose poached rhubarb.
The restaurant’s signature Chelsea Garden cocktail will also be on offer made with Hendricks Gin, elderflower, cucumber and apple juice.
The Rose Lounge, Sofitel St James SW1
Available for the month of May at The Balcon and with afternoon tea in The Rose Lounge.
Head to this hotel brasserie and bar to sample a bouquet of delicious new desserts in honour of RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Poppy velour: A vanilla sponge cake with a heart of strawberry compote, poppy mousseline cream and a pink chocolate spray on a poppy seed crunchy base, the
Rose tartlet: Sweet pastry tartlet shell, filled with rhubarb and grenadine compote with rose water cream petals, the Daisy macaroon: macaroon filled with daisy diplomat cream, decorated with chocolate daisy flowers and the Jasmin religieuse: choux buns filled with jasmine diplomat cream and icing.
And a delectable floral-inspired cocktail will be served in the The Rose Lounge only during May. The Chelsea Flower Show: Vodka, elderflower syrup, fresh lemon, rose liqueur, topped with rosé champagne.
You can also feast your eyes on a floral installation in The Rose Lounge by Carla Gottlieb, founder of Still Life Flowers.
The Georgian, Harrods SW3
Available 4-31 May
£34 pp (£44 pp with champagne)
To mark the start of the summer season, Harrods will celebrate all things floral with its Whatever the Weather campaign in May. The luxury department store will launch a partnership with landscape gardener Diarmuid Gavin – who has designed the Harrods British Eccentrics Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 – and unveil Harrods Floral Afternoon Tea in the classic setting of The Conservatory at The Georgian restaurant.
On the menu: Lavender and peach macaroons; jasmine and orange chocolate mousse; hibiscus and strawberry jellies with summer fruit; lemongrass yogurt mousse with white chocolate and thyme; and lemon madeleines.
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