Marcus Sedghi

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Forgive me for stating the bleeding obvious, but food is food, case closed. One man's rubbish may be another man's treasure, (black pudding is a prime example). The phrase is all too easily forgotten when sampling foreign cuisine. If you serve it to me alive, I'll eat it. If you serve it to meraw, I'll eat it. If you serve me vegetarian bacon, I'll never send you a
Christmas card but I'll still eat it.
Whether I'm in a Michelin star restaurant or a back street café, the one thing you can rely on me for is an honest opinion

  • The Steak Exchange, Exchange Square, London

    Monday April 11th, 2011

    I'm a big avocate of keeping things simple, so when a restaurant serving top quality steak opens on Exchange Square and adopts the name of The Steak Exchange it's already made it into my good books

  • Zenna Bar, Soho

    Monday February 28th, 2011

    Zenna Bar is London’s first Indian cocktail bar, found underneath The Red Fort, a pretty good Indian restaurant. Prior to this launch the venue hadn’t reached anywhere near full potential, averaging small weekly numbers of guests and takings. Now the bar has an atmosphere and is starting to create an identity as new life pulses through its veins.

  • Gwesty Cymru

    Monday February 14th, 2011

    Situated on the seafront of Aberystwyth, Gwesty Cymru is a Taste of Wales award-winning hotel and restaurant. Marcus Sedghi dropped by to find out what makes this restaurant win national honours.

  • Great British Eatery, Broadway Plaza, Birmingham

    Tuesday February 8th, 2011

    It may have been allegedly replaced in the nation's affections by curry, but a well made portion of fish and chips still has the power to delight the discerning diner. Marcus Sedghi, a Birmingham boy, loves his local chippy and not just because it's licensed either

  • The Harbour Master, Aberaeron

    Tuesday November 30th, 2010

    Having a cracking restaurant within a short car journey when you’re away from home is handier than a pocket on a shirt. That’s precisely what I have when my path leads me back to Aberystwyth. A short drive along a coastal road and you arrive in the seaside town of Aberaeron, once one of the main trading ports along the Cardigan Bay coast.

  • Alibi, Mojacar

    Monday November 8th, 2010

    It’s every critics dream to stumble across a diamond in the rough of the culinary world. We all try and locate the next big sensation or discover a superstar chef in the making, probably to enjoy the selfish euphoria of the words “I told you so”. Yet from time to time it’s possible to just stumble upon a venue with no real expectations, only to be bowled over by the no frills attitude with taste sensations.

  • Cowboy Cocina, Mojacar

    Monday November 8th, 2010

    A small side salad arrives first to whet the appetite, made with fresh vegetables, topped with homemade coleslaw and crunchy croutons. It’s really good, crunchy and fresh, but then the monster combos arrive. Each plate contains two giant spare ribs, a sizeable portion of pulled pork.

  • Pho, Wardour Street

    Friday October 29th, 2010

    I’ve been keen to review Pho for a while, having endured a frantic September filled with meetings, weddings, stag parties and business trips. I found it's ideal for a quick meal and an escape from the zombie filled Oxford Street.

  • Tom's Terrace, Somerset House

    Thursday August 5th, 2010

    I’d visited Tom’s Terrace on opening night when Lanson was free-flowing, meaning bathroom trips were frequent and essential, the slight downfall being they’re located outside of the restaurant, obviously. It’s only a slight disgruntle, as are the other minor hitches with the meal, undoubtedly not worth kicking up a fuss over. The occasion was a perfect fit for the venue, a really fantastic place to grab a quick bite with a friend and enjoy the summer sun.

  • The Duke of York, St Johns Wood

    Thursday July 22nd, 2010

    Nobody likes to dine alone, but there’s such a warm and friendly atmosphere in The Duke of York that it isn’t an issue. The staff are talkative and friendly without being overbearing. You can genuinely tell that they will go out of their way to make sure you have the best time possible. A really charming venue with a strong talent for cooking

  • Brasserie One

    Thursday July 15th, 2010

    A very good lunch and perhaps the most resounding reason being that everything is just right. The cooking is good, the dishes are well thought out, the atmosphere is spot-on and in all the feeling is that, for a lunch, Brasserie One is just right and definitely more enchanting than squashing into the nearest franchise chain outlet.

  • Bodean’s Re-Launch, Tower Hill

    Thursday June 17th, 2010

    This was my first visit to a Bodean’s restaurant and definitely will not be my last. There’s more of a welcoming and personal atmosphere compared to other American sports bar style restaurants I’ve visited. The attention and care given to the preparation and standard of the food is shown through the tenderness and taste of the meat. Throw in some good American beer and sweet cocktails and you’ve got a fine recipe for a good night out.

  • BBQ at The Montague on the Gardens

    Wednesday June 2nd, 2010

    Pack away the rusting, and frankly insanitary barbeque. If you fancy your food cooked to perfection and not flambeed to ash then The Montague on the Gardens has got the grill to thrill

  • Tom's Terrace opens at Somerset House

    Friday May 21st, 2010

    The River Terrace Café, which will be re-branded Tom’s Terrace, is sure to be a sensational hit given its fantastic location with its extraordinary décor and canopy. Yet arguably the most influential reason for visiting and subsequent success is the involvement of Tom Aitken, whose reputation continues to snowball thanks to the high quality of his food.

  • Park Terrace & Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington

    Tuesday May 18th, 2010

    The prospect of dinner as a resident at a five star hotel restaurant is an occasion to anticipate. Unquestionably there is a danger of letting the plush surroundings cloud your judgement. However, if you are able to resist being influenced by the grandeur and keep your eye on the ball, then every so often you deduce that perhaps the hotel is not fully committed to fine dining.

  • Thai Festival preview at Lancaster Gate

    Monday May 17th, 2010

    The Lancaster Hotel in Hyde Park played host to a launch event organised by The Royal Thai Embassy, showcasing some of the wonderful food, drink and culture that the Nation has to offer. Brilliantly organised, the event was engulfed in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere organised spectacularly to a supreme level of hospitality.

  • Avalon opens in Shoreditch - ironic trilbys get a night out

    Monday April 26th, 2010

    Avalon grew on me as the night progressed, but a couple of things still spoiled my evening. A packed guest list meant that the venue was too full and made moving around almost impossible. Then there’s the lighting, which baffled me. If your main clientele are the colourful array that Avalon will presumably attract then covering everyone in red lighting, which not only dulls outfits but also conceals the luxurious décor, seems a wrong decision.

  • Medcalf, Exmouth Market, London

    Wednesday April 21st, 2010

    Medcalf’s home is in the middle of the trendy Exmouth Market. I’ve already become a fan of the strip, which possesses a great selection of bars and restaurants that let their produce do the talking. That’s the essence of the market, no frills or pretentiousness here, and Medcalf is a brilliant example.

  • Gow’s, Old Broad Street, London

    Tuesday April 13th, 2010

    My first call at Gow’s was a few weeks back for a few bar snacks. Expecting nothing more than a cup of coffee and a packet or two of crisps and nuts, I was more than impressed with the plates of soft quail eggs, crumbly pork pies and heavily filled sandwich platters that arrived in minutes, leaving me with the notion that this place would swiftly become a favourite. I returned not long after with a friend and shared a good value fish platter.

  • Opus, Birmingham

    Monday March 29th, 2010

    Opus is located in the heart of Birmingham city centre’s business district and the ambience is perhaps slightly more suited to corporate hospitality rather than intimate romantic liaisons. Nevertheless, the powerful combination of excellent food and fine wine should be enough to satisfy those who are dining as a twosome. The most important reason for choosing Opus is the quality of the food.