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Blog Reviews from The F World

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A blog about food and other pleasures


  1. I must say that I was not sure what to expect on my first visit to Clockjack Oven- it is a specialised informal restaurant serving “free-range rotisserie chicken” and chicken only, so I knew I was set up for a “hit or miss” night. The cheerful greeting by the staff and a first peek inside the restaurant- a tasteful mix of blond wood, stone and brick with the ovens at the centre, full of roasting birds – set things off on the right foot. However, as I learnt for myself at a disappointing meal at Tramshed, you still eat the chicken, not the artwork on display, the prowess of some interior designer nor the hotness of the staff. The equation is still pretty much “great chicken=great dinner: bad chicken=bad dinner” and the rest matters little, so I kept expectations low. Also, after the life-changing experience of the underground coconut grilled chicken we ate in Malaysia last year, my “good chicken” bar has been set quite high. In fact, at a quite unattainable place. But this side of Asia, I would happily set for anything better than Nando’s...

  2. Published : Friday, 19th April 2013

    Beagle | Beagle London Bar and Restaurant

    Beagle has a bar area, serving cocktails and British craft beers, whose main attraction is what the Standard review calls “a secret weapon” (mixologist Myles Davies, formerly at Hix and Viajante) and a restaurant with about 40-50 covers, run by head chef James Ferguson (you may remember him from Rochelle Canteen)...

  3. Space and decor: as their minimalist, sleek website will tell you, at The Clove Club you can eat both at the bar – an informal space with a stylish array of reclaimed wood tables around a metallic structure for the counter; or in the main dining room, a high-ceiling quite bare space livened up by the open kitchen with its beautiful tiled surfaces. It is all very East London and studiously put together, but not in an “in your face” way – say like in Meat Mission- and threads the border between achingly cool and authentic pretty well...

  4. I MUST share with you the culinary wonder that is HKK restaurant, the new East London outpost of the Hakkasan Ltd. group in Broadgate West, near Bishopsgate. We went for the 15- courses tasting menu (there is also an 8-courses option); if £95 is not exactly cheap (it certainly isn’t for me), it is still a bargain compared to the a’ la carte prices and for the quality and quantity of food, the offering at HKK restaurant it didn’t feel extortionate...

  5. Published : Thursday, 31st January 2013

    John Salt | Neil Rankin at John Salt, Islington

    Chef Neil Rankin (former Pitt Cue Co.) has finally started his residence at John Salt in Islington, after a short stint in the kitchen by Ben Spalding. I came, I saw, I was conquered by the food – “like porn for carnivores- meat with everything” to quote a friend- I liked everything except an unfortunate plate of soggy fries and the clubby atmosphere. Here’s the laydown of a much-anticipated evening of (good) food and (bad) music...

  6. It was a dark, stormy (and possibly snowy) night…when I headed South to seek warmth and refuge against the bitter cold of the british winter in the form of Spanish tapas at Boqueria, a Spanish restaurant in London. This is the story of how a small-plates hater, a couple of non-foodies, and a East-end die hard, always cold girl (that would be me) made it to Brixton, ate a ton of tapas, got fairly drunk and didn’t regret making the trip. If it’s not as good as the real deal (Boqueria is “the” food market in Barcelona), at least it’s cheaper and closer and doesn’t require Ryanair inferno. ¡Que viva Boqueria!...

  7. Today, in our wanderings, we ended up in front of Brawn and my companion declared: WE MUST EAT HERE. He told me that apparently, Brawn is “Nuno Mendez favourite’s restaurant” – disclaimer before I get a call from some lawyer: I have found no evidence of this anywhere else so he was probably just trying to BS me- and who am I, with my feeble remarks that the weekend before payday AND house moving is not the best one for dining in what looked like some fairly posh French bistro, to compete with the divine maker of Viajante and The Corner Room? Nobody. So Brawn it was. A quick googling told me Brawn is been there since late 2010, and its strong points- in addition to all things piggy, hence the name- are small plates, a killer roast chicken...