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Blog Reviews from London Chow | Where to eat in London

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Where to eat in London and where to avoid


  1. It has been some time since I had last been to Rasa Sayang, not because I was indifferent to their food but simply for lack of time - there are just so many new restaurants in London to check out. I recalled from my my last trip to Rasa Sayang that the food was good, bringing to mind the tastes of hawker dishes back home so it was with high expectations that I set off for Rasa Sayang...

  2. John Salt along Islington Upper Street is noticeably more crowded these days. I hesitate to say that it's like that only after Spalding's sudden departure at the end of December as I've read raving reviews about his cooking while he was the head chef at John Salt. At the time of his departure, he had a full booking for Christmas and New Year...

  3. Clockjack Oven is located on Denman Street and is thus perfect for per theatre meals. The restaurant is small with modern grey decor. They have made their rotisserie a statement piece. Housed in a glass case behind the counter you can watch the chicken being engulfed in the blazing flames...

  4. After Wife's lunch at Gilbert Scott sometime back, we headed back again to check out its Sunday roasts. As it was a spur of the moment, we didn't make a reservation. Turned out that the dining hall was full at 1pm and we were directed to the bar instead. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise...

  5. Needless to say the food at Delaunay is excellent. It might look grand but it has a wide range of dishes meant for every budget and taste. Their hotdogs are around 8 quid which is a bargain considering the setting. My favourite is their schitznel. I have tried the deluxe veal version topped with eggs and anchovies - so very delicious. I must say the toppings make all the difference. The chicken version simply adorned with sea sap flakes is less sinful perhaps a little less satisfying but makes a perfectly good meal nevertheless. I had a beef tartare once too, accompanied by a salad and fries which was delicious and I thought good value at £20 for the quality...

  6. It was one of the few times that I was honest with a waitress. When asked how I learnt about The Quality Chop House, I admitted that it was after reading Giles Coren's tweet - "Do not wait for my review of The Quality Chop House, just go. Now!" Not those exact words but that's the gist...

  7. Now, Rivington Grill, as the name implies, is known for its grilled meat. Yes, the burger's patty grilled too but that's hardly the same. But AR was so drummed up about the Rivington Luxury Burger (£12.95) that I had to order that. Frankly, I would be sorely disappointed if I had not gotten a burger by the end of that day. Rivington luxury burger wasn't on the menu itself, instead it was among the many "specials" on the board behind the bar. The truth is I would most certainly have missed it if not for AR pointing it out. Perhaps the burger is for folks who stumbled into the restaurant not knowing any better?...

  8. MEATmission is the third branch of the MEAT chain (after MEATliqour and MEATmarket). Taking its name from the former Christian mission that it occupies, there is obvious effort to preserve as much of the original interiors as possible. For one, the tablets are still in place on the walls. Fancy having a burger with decades old remains right next to you? You've come to the right place. As this is the first MEAT joint that I've been to, I didn't know what to expect other than salads probably isn't its forte. The roll of highly absorbent kitchen towels on each table hinted a messy affair. And it turned out to be one as well...

  9. Published : Tuesday, 15th January 2013

    Barrafina | Barrafina Tapas Bar - the one that nearly got away

    Barrafina is on Firth St which is now quite the foodie street with Koya and Cerviche as its neighbours. It is tiny with bar seats only. I was there for an early lunch and was lucky to score a seat. Otherwise one would have stand behind the seated customers and have your tapas standing while you wait. I am a big fan of bar seats as it allows me to watch my food being prepared and to observe the seamless action that goes on in a bustling kitchen. In this case the bar seat was so close to the action that I could feel the heat from the hot plates in use...

  10. Japan Centre, which is doing a roaring business along Regent Street, is rather slow to jump onto the ramen bandwagon in setting up a ramen joint in London's West End. But unlike the rest sitting prettily at Soho (Ittenbari, Bone Daddies and Tonkotsu), Shoryu Ramen is located along Regent Street, a short walk away from The Mall. Almost directly facing Japan Centre, Shoryu Ramen is a considerably smaller setup compared to its peers. In fact, with its small round and square tables oddly mixed together, it can very well be another high street cafe...