Phillip Azevedo

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  • A Grelha, at the Gun

    Monday July 18th, 2011

    There’s something about summer that just calls for some outdoor eating; we went to A Grelha at the Gun in London’s Docklands for some Portuguese-inspired food and fresh-as-a-daisy fish, all al fresco, with the Thames a shimmering backdrop. Go while you can, because it won’t be there forever. Just don’t forget to take a jumper.

  • The Capability, Waldorf Astoria, Syon Park

    Monday July 4th, 2011

    In the depths of Syon Park’s rolling green, the new Waldorf Astoria brings the luxury hotel brand to Middlesex. We went to the in-house restaurant, the Capability, for an evening of comfort, gorgeous food and impeccable service. It would be a shame to restrict visits there to high days and holidays.

  • Neo India, Crystal Palace

    Friday June 17th, 2011

    In the depths of South London, Neo India promises a mix of familiar dishes together with a touch of the unexpected. We had a really good evening there, and while Crystal Palace is well-stocked with Indian restaurants, there’s more than enough on offer at Neo India to make it a regular fixture in the area. It’s a welcome addition, and definitely one to try, whether or not you’re a local.

  • Dishoom Launch Chowpatty Beach on the southbank

    Wednesday May 25th, 2011

    Phillip Azevedo visits Dishoom’s Chowpatty Beach Bar on the southbank and is charmed by the by the experience, the materials used in creating it and enjoys the variety of cocktails on offer.

  • The Folly

    Saturday April 30th, 2011

    A foolish undertaking, or an extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece? The Folly in Gracechurch Street looks to becoming a talking-point in the City.

  • Perrier Nights launch in Fitzroy Square

    Tuesday April 19th, 2011

    In the Georgian setting of Fitzroy Square, there’s a touch of time-travelling to publicise Perrier Nights, a planned series of exclusive mixology events in London.

  • Bettane & Desseaive’s Guide to the Wines of France

    Tuesday April 19th, 2011

    French wine; are you au fait or dans le noir? Do you know your Alsatian whites from your Rhone Valley reds? For anyone wanting to learn more about the many wines of France, this guide could well be the place to start.

  • Baranis cocktail masterclass

    Wednesday March 23rd, 2011

    I knew that we were going to a cocktail masterclass, but what I didn’t know was that the evening would be devoted to those archetypal French drinks, pastis and absinthe. The drinks were the stars of the show, and rightly so. It was interesting to see them in a new light, one which demonstrated their versatility, and will hopefully boost their popularity.

  • The Bolingbroke, Wandsworth

    Monday March 21st, 2011

    Named after a legendary politician and rake, the Bolingbroke feels very much part of its environs; large fronted and smartly decorated, it spreads a warm glow on a frankly nippy evening. Regular readers will know that we are fans of the Renaissance chain and The Bolingbroke certainly has enough good stuff to make it worth a visit if it’s in your neck of the woods.

  • Tapas Revolution, Westfield, Shepherds Bush

    Saturday March 5th, 2011

    The brainchild of chef Omar Allibhoy, it’s the first in a planned series of Madrid-style all day tapas bars. Allibhoy, head chef of El Pirata Detapas, was recently described by Gordon Ramsay as the Antonio Banderas of cooking and was trained by Ferran Adrià of the über-fêted El Bulli, so our expectations were high.

  • Tsuru launches its new branch in the City

    Thursday March 3rd, 2011

    Tsuru’s Mansion House outlet is the third in this chain offering sushi and other Japanese food and drink in smart, casual surroundings. We were there on its second day of operation, and everything felt (and smelled) very new. Open until 10 p.m. daily, so whether you want lunch, an evening meal, or something to tackle the post-drink munchies, it is well worth a visit.

  • The Tommyfield

    Thursday February 10th, 2011

    From the outside, the Tommyfield certainly looks the part; smartly decked out in black, with large windows, and on a prominent corner plot, it's very inviting. Like its sister venues, the Tommyfield offers good food and drink in smart, casual surroundings, delivered by friendly, efficient staff.

  • Undercover Curry – Dave Loyden

    Thursday January 6th, 2011

    The idea behind the book is to enable home cooks to recreate the flavours and dishes that they would get from their local restaurants and takeaways. Overall, this is a thoroughly researched, informative and – most importantly – useful book for anybody with an interest in curry and the desire to re-create the flavours from their favourite restaurant in their own home.

  • The Great Book of Yorkshire Pudding

    Wednesday December 15th, 2010

    Recently published, The Great Book of Yorkshire Pudding takes a look at this British culinary institution, including its history and folklore, myths and myriad uses. Although a mainstay of British cooking for almost 300 years, Yorkshire pudding has an uncertain provenance and it seems that there is no one, definitive, recipe.

  • Locale, great food, now with live music

    Monday November 29th, 2010

    There have been a few changes at Locale in Balham since we were last there, about a year ago. The kitchen is now open, and there is – to A’s great pleasure – a Josper grill. Locale Balham are now featuring five acts on rotation every Thursday and we were there for Katie Verner and Laurence Pendrous.  Being a West End performer, Verner’s delivery had a clarity that was very appealing.

  • When You Entertain

    Thursday November 25th, 2010

    Open mind or not, I won’t be converted to drinking Coca-Cola any time soon, but this book has left me very open to its possibilities as an ingredient.  When You Entertain charmed me with cheery presentation, accessible recipes and its ethos that good food is for sharing.

  • The Giraffe Family Cookbook

    Monday November 22nd, 2010

    Against my expectations, I really liked the Giraffe Family Cookbook.  It's unfussy, well-presented and has a lot of interesting recipes.  It would make an excellent addition to the family bookshelves, although there really is something here for everybody.

  • Grands Crus Classés

    Monday November 8th, 2010

    Some books become well-used reference items, consulted regularly and trusted sources of information and inspiration. Others are to be enjoyed, devoured even, but are ultimately coffee-table items, dipped into and savoured – and none the worse for that. But if you’re a gastronome or an oenophile – or are searching for a great gift for one – this could be the book for you.

  • So What The F*** Should I Eat

    Monday November 1st, 2010

    Really, Kirk has thought of everything. This isn't just some sort of cheerleading exercise, promising the moon on a stick, rather a realistic way to change your health and well-being for the better. She clearly understands the positives but also the potential pitfalls and the book covers both, so the reader can take heart from the successes and avoid the traps that littler the path to better health.

  • Inc Group showcase their Christmas offerings at Tompkins

    Tuesday October 26th, 2010

    Tompkins will be offering their Christmas menus from the third week in November, and based on what we enjoyed at the preview, it promises to be good food, well cooked and competitively priced. If you haven't found your Christmas party venue yet, Tompkins is definitely one to consider - and even if you have, it's worth a visit anyway.