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Blog Reviews from the chic brulee


a blog about food, style, and london

  1. Published : Thursday, 23rd January 2014

    Social Eating House | Social Eating House, London

    Friday night we checked out Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House, a more casual sequel to his Michelin-starred Mayfair eatery, Pollen Street Social (see my review here). Located in bustling Soho, the restaurant focuses on modern British cuisine and presents a sleek, buzzy atmosphere with dim lighting, quirky artwork and closely-packed wooden tables. We ate in the ground floor dining room, however, there is a cool cocktail bar upstairs as well called the Blind Pig which packs in a trendy crowd. With a series of dishes focusing on seasonal ingredients with doses of both playfulness (“P.B.J.”) and amped-up traditional English-bistro fare (mushrooms on toast), as well as an experienced staff, we genuinely enjoyed our night out. We were served a selection of white and brown sliced bread with a side of salted, soft butter. The bread was pleasantly simple, fresh and rustic...

  2. Published : Wednesday, 15th January 2014

    Lima | Lima Restaurant, London

    This weekend my husband and I checked out Lima, a Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant in Fitzrovia. I had high expectations for Latin American chef Virgilio Martinez’s London restaurant after reading some above average critic reviews and having a bit of trouble getting a primetime reservation (persistence on TopTable is key). We had an 8:30 p.m. friday night table and while I initially envisioned a dark, buzzy and lively scene, it was quiet and bright, and everything from the ambience to the service fell a little flat. All that aside, we were there to dine, so I was willing to forgive all of that if the food was extraordinary. Our waiter was friendly and helped us with a few recommendations, which I always appreciate. We were served an assortment of two soft seeded breads, with a whipped yoghurt dip and a second oil dip with a sweet syrup on the bottom. Both breads and dips were delicious and light enough to keep us excited (and hungry) for the actual meal...

  3. Published : Friday, 22nd November 2013

    Tom Aikens CLSOED | Tom Aikens Restaurant, Chelsea

    Last weekend I checked out Tom Aikens restaurant on London’s Elystan Street in Chelsea. I heard good things about English chef Aikens and his Michelin-starred eatery so I was very excited to give it a try. The atmosphere was refreshingly informal yet undeniably classy, with wooden tables, minimalist decor and dim, candlelit lighting. It’s one of those ‘deformalized’ fine dining experiences that I would really like to see more of around the city. The service was impeccable from the well informed waiters to the French sommelier. I’d describe the food as innovative, yet somewhat rustic, with the highest quality ingredients, all presented and plated in an elegant Michelin-esque style. My husband and I both decided on the 7-course tasting menu, £90, in order to get the full experience...

  4. Published : Friday, 11th October 2013

    Pollen Street Social | Pollen Street Social

    They call it “deformalised fine dining” and it’s a concept I’d like to see more of in London. Led by elBulli trained British chef Jason Atherton, Pollen Street Social is a buzzy, Michelin-starred bistro with a hip vibe on an enviable Mayfair block. The interior is clean and contemporary with an ambience formal enough for fine dining, but casual enough for a boisterous weeknight meal. The service was impeccable from the start and rivaled the kind of treatment we’ve received at 2- or 3-star Michelin restaurants around the world. My husband and I often find ourselves looking for a place with the quality of food you’d expect at a fine restaurant, but in a more relaxed atmosphere that doesn’t require a 5-hour time commitment and jacket and tie. Pollen Street Social may be the answer...

  5. Published : Monday, 7th October 2013

    Afternoon tea at The Cadogan | Afternoon Tea at The Cadogan

    With a fashionable location on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge and a quintessentially English ambience, The Cadogan seemed like an obvious choice to enjoy a *real* afternoon tea.Since my disappointing experience at The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea, I have been on a mission to find a proper tea in the heart of London...

  6. Published : Thursday, 26th September 2013

    La Petite Maison | La Petite Maison

    I first went to La Petite Maison while on holiday in London a couple years ago and I remembered it as one of my favorite meals of the trip. Now that I am living in London, I had to make it back to see if it was as good as I remembered. La Petite Maison is a buzzy upscale bistro located off a quiet Mayfair mews, specializing in Southern French cooking. It’s a franchise of the original restaurant in Nice, and there is no mistaking the Côte d’Azur influences in the ambience, service and food...

  7. Published : Friday, 20th September 2013

    Hummingbird Bakery Notting Hill | Hummingbird Bakery, London

    I finally made it over to my local cupcake bakery, Hummingbird, in London’s Notting Hill. Hummingbird is London’s answer to Magnolia bakery in NYC, who was essentially a pioneer in the cupcake craze many years back. I heard great things about Hummingbird so I was super excited to check it out...

  8. Published : Wednesday, 11th September 2013

    Cocomaya | The Quest for Cronuts in London

    I did my research and decided to get the cronuts from Cocomaya, a chic artisan bakery and chocolatier in Paddington. It came as no surprise that cronuts are also highly in demand here in London, so after reading stories about bakeries selling out within hours of opening, I decided to go ahead and reserve a couple a few days before I wanted to pick them up. The nice folks at Cocomaya gladly obliged...

  9. Published : Monday, 2nd September 2013

    Burger and Lobster Mayfair | Burger & Lobster

    This weekend I checked out the Mayfair location of London hotspot Burger & Lobster. This no-reservations eatery constantly has a queue running out the door and, as we found out, for good reason. In lieu of printed menus, the waitstaff verbally offers 3 simple menu options: a burger, lobster or lobster roll. Considering all 3 of these dishes are some of my favorite foods ever, this was totally fine with me. It’s a unique concept to offer such a limited menu, but if you know what you are in for, it makes for a highly satisfying meal...

  10. Being a fashion and food blogger, I was excited to check out The Berkeley Hotel’s Fashionista Afternoon Tea, the seemingly perfect fusion of my two greatest passions. “Prêt-à-Portea” as they call it is a hot ticket in London and I had to book a weekend reservation 2 1/2 months in advance. I had high hopes for the afternoon tea...

  11. Published : Friday, 26th July 2013

    The River Café | Summer Dining at River Cafe London

    Last night we checked out River Café on the north bank of the Thames, a London favorite for over 25 years. The food is upscale Italian and the vibe in informal and fun. We were lucky enough to sit outside and had an enjoyable and delicious meal. Before we left for the restaurant, I went online to check out their menu, as I always do, and had a few amazing-sounding things in mind that I wanted to order. As it turns out, River Café changes their menu twice a day (for lunch and dinner), so I was surprised with a different and equally amazing-sounding menu....