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  1. Meldlar in Chelsea, The Ledbury in Notting Hill and Hedone in Chiswick are among my favourites in London. Closer to your hotel and as a starter: Pollen St Social / Little Social / Social Eating House. http://www.pollenstreetsocial.com/restaurants/london/ Gymkhana / http://www.gymkhanalondon.com/ Benares http://www.benaresrestaurant.com/ Trishna http://www.trishnalondon.com/ WildHoney http://www.wildhoneyrestaurant.co.uk/ Alyn Williams http://www.alynwilliams.com/ Bubbledogs & kitchen table http://www.bubbledogs.co.uk/home Scotts http://www.scotts-restaurant.com/ Hawksmoor http:
  2. http://m.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/Article.aspx?cat=news&id=349966 The AA awards from last night.
  3. <p>On our most recent trip to Frascati we decided that we would head into Rome for lunch. I considered all the usual options but settled on Metamorfosi.</p> <p> </p> <p>Getting to the restaurant from Frascati is not too difficult. You get the train to Termini then a bus from Termini. It takes an hour or maybe less. So that’s what we did. </p> <p> </p> <p>We arrived at the restaurant and made our way inside to be told that they were closed and would be open that evening. I had booked online a few weeks prior to our reservation, so I
  4. I was thinking I might try one of the menus with paired wine, if I make it there. I will be on public transport from San Sebastian so I may not make it. I thought it might make a decent day trip.
  5. The Good Food Guide is out and L'enclume is top replacing The Fat Duck. http://www.thegoodfoodguide.co.uk/news/top-10-uk-restaurants The Michelin Guide is due towards the end of September (25th I think) but if last year is anything to go by, who knows when the news will break. Predictions?
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    I went back to Frascati at the end of July. Inevitably we did many of the things we enjoyed on previous visits with the addition of a walk to Grottaferrata for lunch. We looked at Taverna Dello Spuntino and it did look very tempting but was a bit pricey for our lunchtime requirements and we had just walked about three miles in 100 degree heat. We settled on Osteria Furlani. It was very busy and very reasonably priced. We had a plate of grilled vegetables to share and a pasta each and it was all delicious. Grilled Vegetables Pasta - pancetta, lardo, tomato Pasta - speck and coutgette
  7. Try Bar Boulud or goodman for a burger, there are lot less expensive burger options too. A ginger pig sausage roll is a great thing.(Marylebone or Borough market and other places) Lunch at Pollen st social is a bargain although the booze is a bit pricey. The Dairy in Clapham is quite new and looks good. Zucca or Jose, Bermondsey St - not far from Borough market. Cassis or Apero cold be worth a look. I ate well in Apero very reasonably. Tasting lunch at Hedone. Sit at the counter. A bit over budget but have a modest breakfast and dinner you are in for a treat.
  8. Has anyone tried L'Atelier in Biarritz? http://www.latelierbiarritz.com/site/ Or any other choices (without a car) in the area?
  9. How much are you planning to spend per person per meal - or total per meal without booze?
  10. Had an excellent dinner at Medlar a few weeks ago. We ate Ajo blanco with scallop, apple, celery. A similar dish featured on the recent Simon Hopkinson programme so I was happy to give it a try. Tripe with polenta, fennel, tomato and gremolata. Tripe being another of those ingredients that don't commonly feature in many UK restaurants. This was a very tasty plateful, tender and meaty. The polenta was also very good. I generally dislike polenta but this was excellent. We also tried seabream carpaccio with tempura prawn, sauce vierge and cucumber. I do like raw food. Delicate and fresh, this w
  11. First try of the Clove Club for lunch a week or two ago. We got there a bit early so had time to have a look around the area. Not been around this part of town before. I don’t know what it’s like in the evenings but there was not much going on. There were a few bars setting up but looked to me like they were trying a bit too hard to be cool with mismatched furniture and recycled old tat. There was a street market on Hoxton St (I think) that had a few stalls doing food or drinks and a whole lot of cheap clothing and other junk. Not particularly impressive. I may not have seen the best of
  12. If you enjoyed this back then you might like this too. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/the-trip-televisions-odd-couple-take-a-romantic-new-journey-to-italy-8590711.html
  13. I have no idea why the cheese pic is at the end. It is great cheese though so perhaps it is quite proper that the cheese hogs the spotlight!! Oh, i didn't mention the compressed water mellon and caviar either....................
  14. Sunday lunch at fraiche is my new favourite thing. Excellent food, great wines, brilliant service. To eat - spiced pecans first. Next; mussels in a light creamy sauce with yuzu,and herbs. Hens egg slowly cooked with a couple of preperations of cauilflower followed. Very, very delicioius. Russet potatoes came with feta and watercress and truffle. Monkfish with olive and blood orange was beautiful. Black faced lamb with leeks, salsify and shallots. This was marvellous too! We each had some cheese. James keeps a great cheese trolley. Two different desserts. Mine was pear. The other was
  15. A few months back I had lunch at Medlar. When we were there we were having a chat with David, the boss who recommended Sticky Walnut in Chester. With Christmas and one thing or another I only managed to get to go for the first time about a month ago, I returned the weekend just gone. Hoole is on the outskirts of central Chester, probably about fifteen minutes walk from the station. We drove on this occasion and were able to park for free just around the corner from the restaurant. Hoole is quite an interesting little area, there are a number of quite nice shops, clothes, butchers, fishmong
  16. Restaurante Alameda is in Hondarribia. We got there by bus from San Sebastian. It took about 40 minutes and costs less than €5.00 return. I picked Alameda because Akalare and Mugaritz were shut, Arzak is in the midst of opening in London and I was struggling to justify the €500+ bill at Martin Berastegui. Hondarribia is an interesting looking small town to the north of San Sebastian heading towards the French border. There is a 10th century Parador that would be a good place to stay for a couple of nights exploring the bars and restaurants in town. On arrival we were offered our choice of
  17. Elkano is in Getaria, a small harbour village about twenty minutes on the bus from San Sebastian. It costs about €3 for the round trip by bus. There are a number of restaurants in town, each with a charcoal grill outside cooking the days catch or whatever else they can over the coals. Wandering around I saw monkfish, large sole, artichokes with bacon and beef on the grills. Getaria smells good. Elkano is not particularly cheap. The menu lists starters from €12 to over €30 and the mains I was interested in were priced by the kilo. Helpfully we were assisted in choosing a couple of half po
  18. Not been to lotm but I think they have recently changed chef. Not sure if this is for the better or worse. Other suggestions. A few places I fancy trying that might fit the bill - Whatley manor, The Montagu arms and Hambleton hall. Not been to any of them because they are a bit of a trek and a bit pricey, especially if you stay over. Maybe others will have been and can add something more useful! The couple of lunches I had at Pennyhill park were very good too, althouh the hotel doesn't feel too country house.
  19. Nothing on this thread for a year then twice in a day. I had lunch here a couple of weekends ago. Only been one before and had the lunch menu. This time we had a variation on the tasting menu. The standard tasting is not served at lunch time so we got a selection from the lunch menu and some from the tasting. To start we got some nibbles; olives, brandade, pork cracking and apple purée. First course was Crab, nashi pear with cauliflower. Good flavours, light and fresh. I could have eaten much more of this one. Tartare of fallow deer with beetroot followed. Another light, flavourful dish. Th
  20. The bland truffle thing is odd. Little point in using anything if its not at its best, those who know how it should be are unimpressed and those that dont are left wondering what is the point of this expensive. On the subject of the demise of the board - to post yesterday I had to reset my password as I had forgotten it!!
  21. Had an enjoyable pre Christmas lunch with my folks here. The Simon Radley restaurant is seldom open at lunch. It's much less hassle getting there and home during the day on the train so we went, I doubt we would have gone at night. The menu had four options per course at £37 and pleasingly there was no additional charge for cheese instead of dessert. Between us we covered most of the menu with the exception of the vegetarian options. Food wise I everyone enjoyed their choices. I ate langoustines with sweetbreads avocado and truffle. It was a little more refined than necessary but nice enough.
  22. In no particular order Al Pont De Ferr (Milan) Sat out on the canalside. Some interesting ideas and tasty food. The Ledbury. A number of very good meals. My favourite. Sra Bua (Bangkok) A refined take on Thai food. The Ritz. Perfect family celebration venue. Good food, Grand room, horrific wine prices. Fraiche. Menu black and regular tasting both very good. Alyn Williams. One of the first of the year and a spur of the moment trip to London. The truffle egg dish was excellent but all was enjoyable. Cracco (Milan). Fantastic food. A bit lacking in atmosphere and pricey but good. The Sq
  23. I did notice my creme crime after posting but couldnt be arsed changing it... Did you decide on venues for your London trip John?
  24. Lunched at Medlar on Saturday. It was good. For those that don't know it is about fifteen minutes walk from South Kensington or Gloucester Rd tube. We ate Crab raviolo with samphire, brown shrimps, fondue of leeks and bisque sauce. It was good, good pasta, plenty of crab, well flavoured sauce. It reminded me a little of the crab lasagne the Square does. Duck egg tart with red wine sauce, turnip purée, lardons and sautéed duck heart was equally well done. It was quite a big portion, rich and tasty. For mains we opted for veal rump with crisp brain and globe artichokes. I tried only a little
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