Saki, Farringdon

March 3, 2011

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Japanese, Food 5/5, Price ~£30 for three courses £58 for five, Waiting time 5 to 10 mins between courses, Atmosphere 4/5 , website Being Japanese, and a half decent cook, with a mother who’s an excellent cook, I rarely dine out at Japanese restaurants. Saki is a big exception – its food is authentic and […]

Haché, Chelsea

February 20, 2011

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Burger joint, Food 4/5, Price ~£12 for a burger and fries, Waiting time 10 to 15 mins, Atmosphere 3/5 , website The ongoing Haché or Byron debate has continued to divide Londoners.  If you’re a vegetarian, you’d say Haché. Their falafel sweetcorn burger with beetroot is the only vegetarian dish that I’d ever order and […]

Bodean’s

February 20, 2011

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American barbeque, Food 5/5, Price £10 for main with chips, Atmosphere 3/5 website Bodean’s serves incredible, slow-cooked, smoky meat from their “oak-burning smoke pit” – lots and lots of it too. They barbeque chicken wings, burnt ends (slow-cooked beef brisket in BBQ sauce), pulled pork, three different kinds of ribs.. the list goes on. The US diner-style restaurants are […]

C&R Cafe, Chinatown

February 20, 2011

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Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean, Food 5/5, Price around £7 for a main, Atmosphere 2/5, Address 3-4 Rupert Court, W1D 6DY With dishes full of exciting, authentic flavours from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia at rock-bottom prices, C&R Cafe is my new favourite cheap eat in Central London. The crammed tables are formica, sometimes your dessert is served before your […]

London’s Best Bagel Part One-Golders Green

January 23, 2011

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I’ve finally begun my quest for the holey grail that is London’s best bagel. First destination – Golders Green. (I plan to do Brick Lane when it’s warmer.) Having been to secondary school in a Jewish area, I feel that I’m a perfectly qualified critic of authentic bagels. Here, I focus on the plain bagel. […]

Pescatori, Mayfair

October 3, 2010

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Italian seafood restaurant, Food 4/5, Price ~£30 for a meal, Waiting time 10 mins/course, Atmosphere 4/5 , website It’s the only place where you can buy oysters and lobster with the magic currency that is tesco clubcard points. 1000 points gets you £40 pounds to spend on food.  Once, I had a pretty unremarkable but […]

Pasha, Gloucester Road

October 2, 2010

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Themed Turkish restaurant, Food 3/5, Price ~£40 for a meal, Waiting time 10 mins/course, Atmosphere 5*/5 , website You pay a lot for bog standard, lukewarm Turkish food at Pasha. So, where does the difference between the money you pay and the money the food’s worth go? Firstly, they have to pay the people who […]