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30 July 2014

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Blog Reviews from theboywhoatetheworld

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Confessions of a Malaysian-born, London-based foodblogger in search of the perfect meal...


  1. Flanked by the historic Tower of London on one side and the even more iconic Tower Bridge on the other, the Perkin Reveller seems to have all the makings of a prime riverside tourist trap. Only, it’s not. In fact, once you’ve gotten over the spectacular views and taken in the options on their seasonal, contemporary British menu, you start to realise that it’s all actually rather good by tourist-ville standards...

  2. Some of the best things are those which have stood the test of time. And like a fine wine that gets better with time, Chez Bruce continues to age gracefully in its quaint corner in Wandsworth overlooking the public common. 18 years on since Bruce Poole and Nigel Platts-Martin opened Chez Bruce in 1995, the recipe to maintaining their 1 Michelin star success here has remained the same. Uncomplicated, unpretentious French and Modern European cuisine… delectable, tried and tested combinations with a focus on classical techniques… and impeccable execution and service by a very accomplished kitchen and front of house team. We had an amazing time on our last visit here over 2 years ago and as we settled into our seats this time, it was great to see many of the same faces running the dining room with that same seamless efficiency...

  3. As far as my favourite restaurants in London go, Nuno Mendes’ Corner Room has come out unquestionably on top for me for some time now. Ever since my first meal here almost a year ago now, I find myself in this corner of the splendidly refurbished Town Hall Hotel time and time again. Located in the most inconspicuous of rooms on the first floor of what was formerly Bethnal Green’s local town hall, Corner room is a much more casual, informal affair compared to its upmarket sister restaurant downstairs – the much lauded 1 Michelin-starred Viajante. Large Edwardian era windows bathe the simple, understated room in natural light whilst vintage lamps and wooden tables give the space an elegant yet cozy feel. Take a leisurely lunch here on a sunny afternoon and you will get to see this space in its element...

  4. Of all the places I’ve eaten in, few come more unique and intriguing than the Wapping Project. With its towering ceilings, cavernous expanses and abundance of natural light streaming in from all directions, this former hydraulic power station turned restaurant and modern art gallery provides one of the most striking settings for a meal in London...

  5. With plenty of places in London serving up High Tea, one of the things that really makes or breaks the experience for me (apart from the scones of course) is the setting. And if there’s a place that screams ultra-chic, contemporary elegance like no other, it’s South Kensington’s newest Boutique hotel – The Ampersand. Barely a month old since it’s stunning makeover, The Ampersand oozes lush out of every piece of furniture, fabric and artwork that’s been assembled in its gorgeous interior. Bright hues of maroon and turquoise from the leathers and fabrics of the Drawing Rooms inject a sense of life into the place, something so many hotels seem to lack these days. Even the more eclectic pieces seem perfectly in place… everything from the abstract paper lampshades to the avian-themed upholstery to the towering vintage coffee machine gleaming away by the pastry counter. It’s an interior decor masterclass in how to make British stylish. Once you take your seats for afternoon tea and sink into the velvety couches and armchairs, you will never want to leave...

  6. 3 Michelin Stars. 27 years consecutively and counting. If there was a Big Daddy of Michelin star restaurants in the UK, this would be the greatest grandfather of them all. Founded by Michel and Albert Roux in 1972, The Waterside Inn has taken French haute cuisine in Britain to heights never seen outside of the continent. Michel’s more than capable son Alain has since taken over the reigns here, but judging from our recent visit, standards remain as high as ever. The setting could not be more picturesque. Located right on the banks of the River Thames in Bray, long before this little Berkshire village became the gastro-hotspot it is today, the serene waters and greenery of the surrounding woodland provided the most stunning of backdrops for what was easily one of the best dining experiences we’ve had all year...

  7. Great sushi is not easy to find in London. With outlets of Itsu and Wasabi on every other street corner flogging the same ol’ mass-produced Salmon Nigri, there’s little room left in the market for truly authentic sushi bars that are willing to serve top-grade fish at reasonable prices. However, if you look hard enough on a rather...

  8. I’m a big fan of Diners Drive-ins and Dives and often find myself watching re-runs of Guy Fieri on his road trip around the US, hunting down the best stateside diners at anywhere from roadside shacks to petrol stations. Hence when I heard the guys behind Bistrotheque (one of my favourite places in the East End) had launched a...

  9. As far as British sea-side towns go, few evoke more charm and heritage than Whitstable. There’s the old harbour, still lined with fishing boats from another era… There’s the narrow alleyways and rolling green slopes, all of which lead straight down towards the pebble rock beach… There’s the bustling High Street, with the quaintest of [...]