Restaurant Reviews from May 2010

May 2010 Restaurant Reviews Archive from Foodepedia

  • Alloro Ristorante & Baretto

    Friday May 28th, 2010

    Despite Alloro’s illustrious peers in the A-Z group - Aubergine, Ken Lo’s Memories of China, L’Oranger and Zafferano - it never before blipped my belly’s radar. However, beyond a mild title glints a tesoro nascosto....

  • Bar Boulud, London

    Monday May 24th, 2010

    Already critics have been raving about Bar Boulud, although that’s probably all part of the backlash against the kind of food that Blumenthal has so far championed. Now people, who a year ago would have sneered at you loftily for liking a burger, are actually saying they prefer nothing better than meat in a bun.

  • Sake No Hana, London

    Sunday May 23rd, 2010

    Sake No Hana feels comfortable, intimate and not remotely pretentious like some of the other well known celeb-laden Japanese eateries (mentioning no names…) in the vicinity.  So if you want great food, attentive service in an un-fussy environment than Sake No Hana is for you.  But if WAG culture, drunk D-list celebrities and rude staff and generic service is what your after then head to Berkeley Street for your Sushi

  • My Dining Room, London

    Friday May 21st, 2010

    In terms of value for money, if you go for one of the home dishes at My Dining Room you are onto a winner and the al la carte is fairly priced. The food was very good; the idea of sharing plates a quirky addition that make it worth seeking out. This style of eating is especially suited to occasions when you want to encourage group interaction; birthdays, reunions, mandatory work outings; anytime when you might be stuck for conversation or need to build camaraderie.

  • JW Steakhouse, Park Lane, London

    Wednesday May 19th, 2010

    The steaks, we’re told, are cooked at 650C on a purpose installed broiler. I am never sure what a broiler is, it isn’t a boiler obviously, it must be some kind of super grill. The insanely high temperature is supposed to sear the outside in seconds, like holding the steak under the Space Shuttle during take off, while the inside stays good and tender.

  • The Milroy

    Wednesday May 19th, 2010

    This is a chance for us all to see a famous interior and eat in a dining room boasting Murano glass chandeliers, a decorative Georgian ceiling and an internal marble colonnade which leads onto terraces, with views over Hyde Park.

  • Incanto, Harrow

    Tuesday May 18th, 2010

    Less than a 30 minute drive from central London, Incanto restaurant is located in the affluent leafy green suburbs of Harrow-on-the-Hill, a stone’s throw away from the prestigious Harrow school.  Set in a former 19th century post office, the front of the restaurant is a delicatessen-cum-café with a few scattered tables and some window seating, attracting locals with its Italian produce and quick-fixes like Italian coffee, sandwiches and assorted cheeses and salumi.

  • 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.

  • Aqua Kyoto, Argyll Street, London

    Sunday May 16th, 2010

    When I first heard of Aqua I thought it was an odd combination, bringing together two quite different cuisines, Japanese and Spanish, in one restaurant and of course anyone else would be forgiven for thinking the same. Aqua Kyoto is an excellent restaurant, the surroundings are plush, bordering on opulent and service there is second to none. We had a brilliant evening there.

  • The Anthologist, Gresham Street, London

    Sunday May 16th, 2010

    How the City has changed... it doesn't seem so long ago that the area around the Bank of England had just a smattering of shops and watering holes: these days, the penny has dropped that everyone needs to eat, drink and buy things.  In these days of cookie-cutter shops and wine bars, The Anthologist are doing something different, something which has clearly taken a lot of thought and effort.

  • The Botanist, Chelsea

    Wednesday May 12th, 2010

    With the RHS Chelsea flower show just around the corner, The Botanist is both aptly named and perfectly located for a pre or post show pit-stop and they have even conjured up some lovely cocktails to mark this year’s flower-powered festival and so it would be rude not to try them.

  • Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Baker Street

    Tuesday May 11th, 2010

    The Galvins have an empire now and you can eat rather more ‘refayned’ versions of their dishes at La Chapelle, and I am sure they are worth the money. But for classic cooking in an environment that makes you want to linger for hours, you can’t beat their original and best restaurant - Bistrot de Luxe.

  • Dolada,London

    Thursday May 6th, 2010

    There’s no doubt Dolada offers a real Italian experience quite unlike any others and for my money far better than Heinz Beck at Apsleys. The cotoletta could be cut from the menu and the lamb tagliatelle re purposed, but I’d go back just for a bucket of that Frico. It was friccing fantastic.

  • Petrus, Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge

    Thursday May 6th, 2010

    Gordon Ramsay’s latest opening comes in the shape of the re-vamped and re-located Petrus restaurant. The new location is so discreet that you could miss it, which in fact exactly what happened but I found it eventually. The staff at Petrus are very friendly; the food is really very good and even better than that is the value you get with the unbeatable set lunch menu is almost unbelievable.

  • Mestizo, Hampstead Road, London

    Thursday May 6th, 2010

    A short walk from Euston station, Mestizo adds a vibrant splash of colour to the rather grey part of central London in which Hampstead Road sits. It is a popular restaurant, serving great authentic Mexican food in a friendly atmosphere.

  • Boaters Inn, Lower Ham Road, Kingston upon Thames

    Thursday May 6th, 2010

    Some things calm the soul, just make everything seem a little bit better, . And after a tortuous journey involving two trains and one bus we found one on the outskirts of Kingston; a stretch of the Thames which on a dry, late Spring evening was picture perfect.


  • The Refinery, Southwark Street, London

    Monday May 3rd, 2010

    The Refinery is one of three sister bar/restaurants in London that, we understand. have the same standard menu, but have differing daily specials, depending on what's available from local markets. If you find yourself in SE1, it's worth venturing away from the perhaps better known spots close to London Bridge or Waterloo, and spending some time there.