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23 July 2014

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Blog Reviews from Ross eats

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because Ross does love to eat, and does


  1. Published : Wednesday, 28th August 2013

    Gauthier Soho | Gauthier

    Transformation is a word that I think can be rather overused in restaurants, especially those that remain in the same premises and serve the same style of food. I first visited Gauthier during it’s first year and remember having a great meal but other than being given the option of bacon bread in the bread selection and a perfect risotto I couldn’t tell you anything more about the food we had that night, but having since returned (a couple of times) things have rather changed (and they STILL serve bacon bread)...

  2. Published : Thursday, 8th August 2013

    The Hand & Flowers | The Hand and Flowers

    Whenever a restaurant has a sizable waiting list you seem to get one of two experiences; either it blows your mind and is worth the wait or you leave thinking that all the build up and anticipation was really not worth it. The Hand and Flowers refers to itself as a ‘pub restaurant with rooms’ and we had over a 3 month wait for a table and a chef, Tom Kerridge, renowned for cooking food with ‘big flavours’ (in other words, my favourite type of food) who has wowed on each TV appearance; things were stacking certainly stacking up to go one of two ways here...

  3. Published : Thursday, 1st August 2013

    Bone Daddies | Bonedaddies

    The pork broth was indeed as rich as you may have heard of with a near cream like texture and full on meat flavour which ended up tasting more meaty than the accompanying pork slices! The ramen noodles were clearly fresh with no hint of clagyness – it was certainly a very good bowl of noodles...

  4. Published : Thursday, 1st August 2013

    Shake Shack | Shake Shack

    The iconic New York based burger bar arrives in London; however about 3 years too late. It was a higher than normal standard ‘dirty burger’ with nice juicy meat, oozing cheese and fresh vegetables but the problem I had was the niggling thought in the back of my mind...

  5. Published : Thursday, 1st August 2013

    The Coal Shed | The Coal Shed

    Star of the show was the thick cut of plaice on the bone – while not the easiest cut to eat (lots of hidden bones) it was perfectly grilled with delicious crisp skin...

  6. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the burritos sold in their restaurants but the ones sold out of their food vans are a very different thing! All the ingredients brought their own taste and texture to the dish (especially the rice) with not a hint of blandness to be seen. Slight down-mark for a hot-sauce that I think could be knocked up a few notches but other than that a great addition to the London burrito scene; I hope it sticks around...

  7. Published : Monday, 1st April 2013

    Northcote | Northcote

    All the ingredients used tasted super fresh with I’m guessing the majority of the vegetables being picked that day in the house gardens assortment of green houses, we talk about food miles being an important thing but here we’re literally talking food meters. While we had 12 different plates ahead of us the amuse and pre-starter were the same both nights and featured a double beetroot hit with crisp cubes and a creamy sorbet again adding to the list of successful beetroot dishes I’ve had...

  8. Chef Alyn, after learning his trade for the past 5 years fronting up the kitchen at The Berkley under the name of Marcus Wareing is someone I’ve heard great things about from a number of fellow bloggers and food critics. His self-named restaurant is pride of place in The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair and when we visited we received a warm welcome from the front of house, enjoyed a cocktail at the bar and enjoyed the 7 course menu with beer for me and wine for Ella...

  9. Published : Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Bob Bob Ricard | Bob Bob Ricard

    Luxury; a word that used alongside a restaurant musters up visions of bankers splurging their monthly bonus up the wall, of people needlessly spending high prices on ‘rustic’ food, or, as it generally is for me the kind of place I take myself for the occasional pick me up, or for a reward for getting through a tough time. Their websites says that the ‘Bob Bob Ricard Menu offers luxury English and Russian classics’ and along the way I found it also provides a number of delightful quirks and, most important of all, some damn good plates of food...

  10. Published : Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Bob Bob Ricard | Bob Bob Richard

    Luxury; a word that used alongside a restaurant musters up visions of bankers splurging their monthly bonus up the wall, of people needlessly spending high prices on ‘rustic’ food, or, as it generally is for me the kind of place I take myself for the occasional pick me up, or for a reward for getting through a tough time. Their websites says that the ‘Bob Bob Ricard Menu offers luxury English and Russian classics’ and along the way I found it also provides a number of delightful quirks and, most important of all, some damn good plates of food...

  11. Published : Thursday, 20th December 2012

    Mishkin's | Mishkins

    Mishkins labels itself as ‘a kind-of Jewish deli with cocktails’ – probably a fair explanation as while the menu contains a couple of classic Jewish staples like chopped liver, schnitzels and meatballs it feels absolutely nothing like any Jewish deli that I’ve been to (Gaby’s on Charing Cross Road, anything serving beigels in Brick Lane or further afield Katz Deli in New York). When it opened Twitter was awash with pictures of peoples reubens (and to provide a bit of a spoiler it is a damned good sandwich) but what about everything else on the menu?...

  12. Published : Tuesday, 4th September 2012

    Barbecoa | Barbecoa

    Barbecoa is a joint restaurant by Jamie Oliver and American BBQ expert Adam Perry Lang. Described as providing ‘a completely unique grilling concept in London’ the initial reviews were full of ‘must try harders’ so having been open for a year and in the mood for a bit of BBQ action, and as it now seems much easier to get a table, I popped in for a dinner to see what all the ‘fuss’ was really all about. I’m always a little bit cautious of the Jamie Oliver branded restaurants as they seem to focus more on simple cooking done well, and while that’s all well and good I can do that pretty well myself at home; also my initial joy at the ‘Jamie-isms’ plastered all around the menu, decor and staff lips have finally waned. I was therefore rather pleased that this didn’t really feel like a Jamie restaurant at all, not a ‘pukka’ in sight. The staff were all very keen to entertain, we received endless chat, amusing stories and a visual tour of the various BBQ’ing implements in the kitchen – this is probably as ‘Jamie’ as it gets and thankfully that’s the one bit of the brand that will forever work as they did their very best to ensure that everyone has a fun dining experience, and indeed we did...

  13. Published : Friday, 3rd August 2012

    Ceviche | Ceviche

    I’m always on the look out for something new so when I heard of a Peruvian restaurant and ceviche/pisco bar in Soho it was somewhere I knew I would have to go to. With a menu split into sections – ceviche, salads, grills and classics (though don’t worry there is no cuy on the menu) and desserts there is plenty on offer for the hungry and plenty of interesting sounding ingredients to go around for the inquisitive but for me unfortunately it was a meal of ups and downs and, this morning one huge revelation...

  14. Published : Sunday, 29th July 2012

    Burger and Lobster Mayfair | Burger & Lobster

    Their original venue in Mayfair is yet another no reservations place (you can reserve places in the newly opened and double sized Soho restaurant) where you put your name down on a list and they’ll either call you back or you can find space at the bar. I chose the later and ordered a pint, paid for it in cash, received far less change than I had expected as it turns out a automatic service charge had been added. Space at the bar is limited and in stark contrast to my days lunch venue of the awesome yet empty Ducksoup the place was rammed at 5.30pm and as more and more people levered their way into the bar the more I needed to continually move out of the way of people my desire to think poorly of the meal increased. I then was seated and everything changed...

  15. Published : Sunday, 29th July 2012

    Ducksoup | Ducksoup

    On a sunny Saturday afternoon I popped in for lunch and the first thing that grabbed me was for a place that is seemingly across all the papers and social media it was all but empty. The seat over looking the street was full with it’s maximum 3 people sitting in a line and drinking a glass of red but other than that not a soul to be seen other than the front of house. I took this to my advantage and grabbed the seat with it’s back to the record player (pro-tip: it has extra back room) and got handed the days menu – 1 sheet of orange A5 paper covered in lists of small tapas type dishes, £7 plates, £14 plates and puddings, and a few random boxes containing info about oysters and aperitifs. Remixing a phrase made famous by Roy Walker it’s very a much a ‘say what you see’ menu with the ingredients being listed one by one and no hint of presentation or delivery (opposed to raw being included alongside meats where required). I don’t think I quite got the menu format but from what I can tell the food is served tapas style (or at random if you will). The concept of starters and main doesn’t seem to come into play as a few minutes after tucking into what I thought was my starter my main also arrived...

  16. Published : Saturday, 28th July 2012

    10 Greek Street | 10 Greek Street

    Bookings! Love them or hate them they seem to be a big issue in the restaurant world at the moment. Get there at the right time and having a no-booking policy is perfect for a casual dinner around town, get there at the wrong time and having to miss out on that dish you’ve been savouring all day for is enough to send even the pickiest eater down to the supermarket for a Ginsters. 10 Greek Street is one of a few recent Soho openings that are very much into no-bookings, have a reasonably small daily changing menu, a simple dining area with friendly chatty staff – perfect for a Soho lunch from all accounts no, that’s what the reviews in the papers say...

  17. Published : Tuesday, 24th July 2012

    The Kitchin | The Kitchin, Edinburgh

    To top off the culinary tour of Edinburgh, and also my birthday, we got a table at The Kitchin, restaurant of the adeptly named Tom Kitchin and somewhere that has been on my list since the first time I heard about his cooking. Having already proven my theory that the quality of ingredients in Edinburgh is awesome his theme of ‘from nature to plate’ which sees him use all the best of the local and seasonal produce I couldn’t see how this could be anything else than amazing, and thankfully I was not proven wrong...

  18. Published : Tuesday, 17th July 2012

    Ondine | Ondine, Edinburgh

    Fish has always been rather a taboo subject for me; a food I know I should like but one that I’ll normally pass on a menu in favour of meat. I get annoyed at the price of it, the amount of waste preparing it produces and the fact that after all that effort it generally just ends up tasting ‘OK’. I’m also aware that being in London we’re a bit of a way from most of the large fishing ports meaning a fresh fish might in cases be a day or two out of the sea. I’ve always thought that being near the source of a food will make me enjoy it more (like Bakewell tarts bought from Bakewell) so I put this theory to the test at Ondine in Edinburgh...