Stevie Parle has confirmed his southern Italian restaurant, Rotorino, is to close. The chef said he is going to “focus on other projects”. The exact closing date is currently unknown, though the restaurant is taking bookings until April 9. The move follows the closure of The Dock Kitchen, Parle’s first restaurant. Parle said: “I’ve been running […]

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Soho institution Quo Vadis has announced the latest lineup for its ‘& Friends: 2019’ series. Approaching its third year, chef patron Jeremy Lee has invited another round of fellow chefs, representing their respective restaurants, to cook with him. The last 12 months saw the likes of Tommy Banks of the Black Swan, Tom Brown of […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed London Shell Co, a floating restaurant aboard a 30-year-old barge which is moored at Paddington over lunch and voyages along the Regent Canal while serving dinner in the evening. “It began as a pop-up on dry land, led by actor-turned-sommelier Harry Lobek and his sister Leah. In the small, diesel-powered […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed The Other Naughty Piglet, a branch of Brixton’s Naughty Piglets inside Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new theatre in Victoria, The Other Place, where he found “a kind of modern British cooking with wallops of umami”. “Sometimes the cleverness is textural. A pile of white crab meat sits atop a heap of […]

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⦿ In the Observer, Jay Rayner reviewed Barbecoa, the new Piccadilly flagship from Jamie Oliver (pictured, left, with Raymond Blanc), a grand and expensive “meat and smoke extravaganza“. “It feels like a big New York brasserie crossed with a branch of Hawksmoor. The real action is downstairs in a basement space which laughs in the […]

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⦿ The Observer’s Jay Rayner reviewed Chop Chop in Edinburgh, which confirmed his view that dumplings are the ultimate comfort food – “While you are eating dumplings nothing bad can happen.” Opened in 2006 by Jian Wang, from Dongbei in northeast China, Chop Chop excels in its dumplings, although its other dishes were more variable […]

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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 Stevie Parle is providing an in-house restaurant for a luxury co-worker space in Clerkenwell that opens early next year. The FORA workspace will offer boutique hotel or members’ club-style services to clients who want a bit more than ping-pong tables and beer on tap in the communal space. The site in Central Street, Clerkenwell, is […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer hit the jackpot with a visit to Riley’s Fish Shack, “two full side-access shipping containers fitted out steampunk-style” overlooking St Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth, near Newcastle, which he declared “the eating experience of the year”. “It is the pristine quality of fish cookery you always hope to find in one of those fancy, raised […]

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