The inaugural, sell-out Harden’s invites dinner was hosted by Peter Harden and Michel, Emily and Giselle Roux at Mayfair’s temple of Gallic gastronomy, Le Gavroche, on Monday 18 September. The event celebrated the launch of Emily and Giselle’s cook book New French Table and was a truly family affair as even Monsieur Albert Roux himself put in an […]

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Jay Rayner in The Observer keeps things on The Straight and Narrow, a piano bar and restaurant in east London’s Docklands… “Food and music are meant to go together. Jazz, which is what I have spent most of my adult life at the keyboard wrestling with, was born in restaurants like this. “The Straight and Narrow has […]

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If you want to get your Valentine’s venue fixed, then our Top 10 Best for Romance list is a great place to start… so long as you began weeks ago, as the most famous passion magnets book up so far ahead. Perhaps your soul is too romantic and spontaneous for so much forward planning? In which case, here are […]

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(Image credit – Mint Leaf Restaurant)  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better time to remind readers of the capital’s top 10 restaurants for romance, as voted for in our annual London restaurant survey: we achieved 7,500 participants in the 2017 survey. The coveted top spots are unchanged from last year, with Clos Maggiore, La Poule […]

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The team behind Norse, the highly rated Scandi-inspired restaurant that piggy-backs in the evenings at a Harrogate café, has hit its target of raising £20,000 on kickstarter to help fund a move into permanent premises. Norse is expected to move into the basement of the Studley Hotel in Swan Road – which has housed a restaurant for 30 […]

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Chef Gordon Ker is opening an offshoot of his hip Soho chophouse Blacklock in the City of London next month. Blacklock wins praise in the latest Harden’s Survey for “the best chops in London”. The new, bigger venue will have an extended version of the same menu, featuring char-grilled meat from Cornish farmer-butcher Philip Warren, served on flatbread, […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed Louie Louie in Camberwell, a daytime cafe that becomes a restaurant in the evening under chef Oded Oren, originally from Tel Aviv, who is “an absolute corker”. “Lamb sweetbreads come skewered and grilled over charcoal. There is a wedge of lemon to squeeze over them and a tidy pile of za’atar, […]

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Chef Monica Galetti is opening her long-planned first restaurant, Mere, in Fitzrovia on Monday March 6, alongside her sommelier husband, David Galetti. It is named in tribute to her mother, Mary — Mere in Samoan, as well as being French for mother. The Samoan-born chef trained in New Zealand before joining Le Gavroche in 1999, rising […]

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It’s nearly time… next Wednesday 23rd November will see the launch of the 26th annual Harden’s London Restuarant Survey. Who is London’s best chef? Where is the best value in the East End? Well, we could tell you, but we’d have to kill you afterwards, so it’s better for everyone that we wait for the official […]

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⦿ The Observer’s Jay Rayner reviewed Foley’s in Fitzrovia, a restaurant taking inspiration from the Near and Far East under former Palomar sous chef Mitz Vora. “Individually each dish really does deliver a thrilling whack. But tasting six in a row starts to feel like being shouted at repeatedly by the kitchen.” ⦿ Grace Dent of ES […]

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