Jaja // 4ème // Paris

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Jaja Paris vialaporte 1

Paris has been reinventing the concept of the bistro, with a move to “bistronomie”. Traditional dishes are given a fresh, inventive makeover. Despite trying to emulate this new style, Jaja only succeeds in giving diners a disappointing imitation. …

Lazare // 8ème // Paris

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Lazare Eric Frechon Paris 5

When Eric Frechon opens-up a brasserie in Paris, everyone expects the master from the ***3 star Le Bristol  restaurant Epicure to master the brasserie format too. Located in the wonderful Gare de L’Est, the brasserie looks somehow either incomplete or …

Casse-Croûte // Bermondsey // London

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Vallée d'Auge styled free-range chicken

Being French, I love to find a restaurant that reminds me of home, which is exactly what Casse-Croûte does.  All of the team is French, they speak French with the diners and all food is French. The atmosphere …

Merchants’ Tavern // Shoreditch // London

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Isle of Orkney Scallops, Pumpkin

Being somewhere between a bistro and fine dining is a bit of a strange place to be. Who are you trying to attract? Do you want to serve gutsy classics, but in a more elegant dining room? Can …

Sushi Tetsu // Islington // London

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Once you’ve found-out the date and time that you can make a booking, you’ll need an army of people and a personal concierge to get your reservation confirmed at Sushi Tetsu. With only one bar, seven seats and …

Union Street Café // Southwark // London

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Burrata and warm beans

The latest restaurant in the Gordon Ramsay Empire has been subject to huge media attention. The opening saw punters flirting with the thought of David Beckham lingering about, which ensured that the first few months of booked were …

Hand and Flowers★★ // Marlow // England

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2** toilets

So much has been written about Tom Kerridge’s Hand and Flowers. How exciting to think that there is a new two star restaurant just outside of London.  With so many challengers at this level, from Le Gavroche to …

Morgan Arms // Bow // London

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No doubt the legacy of the Olympic Park and the huge new shopping centre in Stratford will attract more and more people to the East End.  Great news for businesses in the area, but not such great news …

Restaurant Story★ // Southwark // London

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Onion and apricot

Before starting his own Restaurant Story, Tom Sellers worked with some famous folk including Tom Aikens and René Redzepi. Now running his own establishment, this modern Southwark dining room sits on an odd crossroad and gazes across to …