"Surprisingly robust cooking in this intimate dining room"
"We had a good value prix fixe lunch - the main carte is expensive but judging by the cheapo version probably very high quality"
"Very enjoyable, something a bit different from the usual Italian restaurants. Found the room a bit dark but tables well spaced out."
"We usually use the take-away service of the Olympus. Excellent fresh fish and huge portions."
"The Almeida seems to going from strength to strength. The modern English food just gets better and the service is very good too. The perfect place to dine pre-theatre."
"Very good set lunch with salmon, sea trout rilletes and lamb at a decent proce. Excellent ambience"
"Decided to eat in the hotel restaurant. Big mistake. Their special mackerel dish was worse than what we would eat at home...mackerel overcooked, so many bones left in it was inedible, potatoes overcooked and some even burnt, bean purée was like bland baby food."
"Excellent find for a quick business lunch - incredibly old school"
"Excellent - and substantial - dishes with fresh, individual flavours and good quality ingredients. Service a bit geared to talking up additional orders but delivered accurately and swiftly in this very busy modern dining room. Shame you can't book, but you can see that it wouldn't work...."
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.
Trending Restaurants 21-27 April 2016
The Lighterman @TheLightermanKX
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— Camille Co (@camillecoldn) April 24, 2016
Can't move!thank you guys for looking after us!@TheLightermanKX pic.twitter.com/4PwVfStoAv
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Absurd Bird @AbsurdBirdUK
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Fantastic meal at @AbsurdBirdUK, very attentive service too from Diogo
— Rob Davey (@robertdavey) April 22, 2016
Thanks for an absurdly great feast @AbsurdBirdUK #chickenloving 🐓https://t.co/cJRmEL7u9q
— grace&rose (@grace_roseblog) April 24, 2016
Joe Public @JoepublicSW4
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— Tarryn (@LondonLivin) April 25, 2016
Highly recommend @JoepublicSW4 #pizza in #Clapham. Great location, great service, great pizza. Go there! pic.twitter.com/ktEcOT5ba6
— Jack Tarrant (@TarrantJack) April 21, 2016
Chotto Matte @ChottoMatteSoho
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@ChottoMatteSoho thanks for fantastic meal last night. The missus and I had a great time enjoying exceptional dish after exceptional dish.
— Michael Walsh (@chileboy77) April 23, 2016
"@ChottoMatteSoho: hmmm divine pic.twitter.com/acFMKdX0eY"
— Bandraidoir (@bandraidoir) April 23, 2016
Check it out on Twizoo: https://www.twizoo.com/R528970/Duende/
Stumbled across the acest new place this evening in town @duendelondon superb food and lovely service. Will be back soon!
— Dave (@dlordship) April 26, 2016
Highlights from yesterday's late lunch at @duendelondon #londoneats https://t.co/dfNKumhTJB pic.twitter.com/xvO36G35hU
— Markos M (@mmmarkos) April 24, 2016
Twizoo’s Techies Explain…
You’ve probably noticed on Twitter on the left hand side of your ‘Home’ page there’s a ‘Trends’ list. Twizoo has built the same thing, but solely for London restaurants. Our number crunching detects the rate of change of influential mentions on Twitter. For example, ‘Christmas’ is currently trending on Twitter, which means there’s been a spike of mentioning Christmas now compared with the rest of the year.
Applying this to Twizoo’s algorithms: if X restaurant usually gets on average 10 tweets per week, but this week it gets 32 tweets… that’s a pretty big change, so it’s a good indicator something notable is going on. The algorithm notes restaurants that have the highest rate of change and ranks them based on which places’ tweets are the most positive collectively and then it takes the top of those based on how influential the individuals are who tweeted. Simple see?
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