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Burger Index: Hawksmoor (Seven Dials)

Forget about foie gras. Knowing your burger onions is the sign of a true gourmet. However, finding a good burger is quite like finding a good woman. So complex, so illusive and so many variables that can go wrong. But when you find a goody…oh boy!

This is the story of one man’s search for the best bit of pattie in town. Read more

Burger Index: Byron (Islington)

Forget about foie gras. Knowing your burger onions is the sign of a true gourmet. However, finding a good burger is quite like finding a good woman. So complex, so illusive and so many variables that can go wrong. But when you find a goody…oh boy!

This is the story of one man’s search for the best bit of pattie in town. Read more

Eat: Quo Vadis

Formerly the home of Karl Marx (who lived upstairs from 1851 -1856), Quo Vadis (meaning “where are you going” in Latin) has been a celebrity hang-out ever since it opened as a restaurant in 1926. Soho without Quo Vadis is almost unthinkable and the building exudes a sense of permanence and grandeur from a bygone era.

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Eat: Hi Sushi Izakaya

Hi Sushi!Last month I was invited to review Hi Sushi’s latest restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden. Normally I would run a mile to avoid a restaurant chain – having worked for Michelin starred Umu I am a self confessed sushi-snob. I once asked head chef Ichiro Kubota about Nobu and he scowled ‘Nobu Bullshit!’ and I have to agree. I don’t think cheap sushi should be allowed – it stinks.

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Burger Index: The Ivy

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Forget about foie gras. Knowing your burger onions is the sign of a true gourmet. However, finding a good burger is quite like finding a good woman. So complex, so illusive and so many variables that can go wrong. But when you find a goody…oh boy!

This is the story of one man’s search for the best bit of pattie in town.

 

 

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Eat: Marcus Wareing (Lancashire Hot Pot)

There was a Scotsman (Gordon Ramsay), a Welshwoman (Angela Hartnett) and an Englishman (Marcus Wareing) and they all lived happily together in a pressure cooker called Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH). Wareing joined Ramsay’s Aubergine in 1993, where he became Sous Chef and after running the Grill Room at the Savoy Hotel, Wareing opened Petrus for GRH at the Berkeley Hotel and quickly gained two Michelin stars. Then one day the Englishman decided that he wanted out. The Scotsman huffed, and he puffed, but he couldn’t blow the Englishman’s house down and he reopened Petrus as Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley. Read more

Burger Index: The Stafford

Look at those bunsForget about foie gras. Knowing your burger onions is the sign of a true gourmet. However, finding a good burger is quite like finding a good woman. So complex, so illusive and so many variables that can go wrong. But when you find a goody…oh boy! This is the story of one man’s search for the best bit of pattie in town.

 

 

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Eat: MARC Restaurants

The Dish:
MARC Group (Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation)

The Recipe:
Take one multimillionaire who knows a thing or three about fine dining. Add prime locations in Mayfair and New York. Dress with bespoke interior design, handmade plates and fine artwork. Source the finest ingredients (whatever the cost). Add a few drops of the finest wine from Marlon’s private collection. Season liberally with talented chefs and understated service.

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Eat: Masala World

The Dish:

Masala World restaurant group

The Recipe:

Put everything you know about Indian food into a mould and break. Take precious threads of regional cuisines and weave into a rich tapestry. Stir in exotic locations heady with atmosphere. Saturate with sophisticated, yet understated service. Add much more than a pinch of spice. Serve immediately with crusty naan. Read more

Eat: Angelus

Small yet perfectly formed is Angelus personified. Gallic owner Thierry Tomasin, though charming, is rather rougher around the edges . Two decades ago, he left his home town near Toulouse in south west France (famous for garlic and rugby) for the bright lights of London. In between times he was Head Sommelier at the two starred Le Gavroche in Mayfair for 12 years before moving on to be General Manager of Aubergine in Chelsea, where Ramsay made his name before allegedly stealing the reservations book from owner Marco Pierre-White. Read more